Scheme of Test  For  UGC NET Exam . . .  


Scheme of test  may help the candidates who are preparing to appear UGC NET/JRF exam and make them ready


(i).  There are three papers in the test. All the three papers may contain only objective type questions and to be held on  in two separate sessions as under:



Maximum Marks

Number of Questions per Session

Time Duration

First I 100 50  out of  60  questions to be attempted 1¼ Hours (09.30 A.M. to 10.45 A.M.)
First II 100 50 questions will be there.  All are compulsory 1¼ Hours (10.45 A.M. to 12.00 NOON)
Second III 150 75 questions will be there. All are compulsory 2 1/2 Hours (01.30 P.M. to 4.00 P.M.)

Paper-I will be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It has primarily been designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. There are Sixty (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each and the candidates are need to answer any fifty (50). If the candidates are attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty questions attempted by the candidate will be evaluated.

Paper-II should contain 50 objective type questions based on the subject selected by the candidate and all are compulsory. 2 marks will be given to each question.

Paper-III should contain 75 objective type compulsory questions from the subject selected by the candidate. 2 marks will be given to each question. 



As indicated earlier in this page, all questions of Paper-II and Paper-III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives).

The NET/JRF candidates have to mark the responses for questions of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet to be provided along with the Test Booklet.

The detailed instructions for filling up the OMR Sheet can be had by uploading it from the UGC website (  or )  in the last week of previous month of test date. It is to be noted that, instructions to candidates will not be sent to the candidate by post. 


This will comprise of following steps: 

Step I: The Minimum marks to be obtained in NET for considering a candidate for the award of JRF and eligibility for Assistant Professor are as given bolow:

The candidates must obtain following minimum marks separately in Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III as given below: 


CATEGORY Minimum Marks (%) to be required
GENERAL 40 (40%) 40 (40%) 75 (50 %)
OBC (Non-creamy layer)/ PWD/ SC/ ST 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 60 (40 %)


Step II: A merit list will be prepared subject-wise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of all the three papers secured by such candidates from  among the candidates who have cleared step I .

Step III: Top 15% candidates (for each subject-wise and category-wise)  will be declared NET qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor  from the merit list mentioned under step II, .

Step IV: A separate meritorious candidates list for the award of JRF will be prepared from amongst the NET qualified candidates  in the merit list prepared under step III.

It is very clear that the above qualifying criteria decided by UGC is final and binding.

(ii)For Persons with Disability (Visually Challenged candidates) can get thirty minutes’ compensatory time and will be provided separately for paper-I and Paper-II. For paper-III, forty five minutes’ compensatory time will be provided. They can also get the services of a scribe who would be a graduate in a subject other than that of the candidate. UGC will also provide the Test Booklets of Paper-I, II & III in Braille along with usual Test Booklets to such Persons with Disability (Visually Challenged candidates) as provided to other candidates.

Those Persons with Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates who are not in a position to write in their own hand-writing can also get these same services by making prior request (at least one week before the date of UGC-NET) in writing to the Co-ordinator of the NET Coordinating Institution. Compensatory time and facility of scribe will not be permitted to other Persons with Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates.


(iii). Test Syllabus : As indicated earlier in this webpage, all questions of Paper-II and Paper-III will be compulsory and covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options).  Syllabi for all NET subjects can be downloaded from the 

(iv) In case of any discrepancy found in the English and Hindi versions, the questions in English version will be taken as final