UGC NET 2018 Notification – Registration, Eligibility, Exam Dates, Pattern and Syllabus | National Eligibility Test


National Eligibility Test (NET) also called UGC NET or CBSE NET is being conducted from 2018 once a year which used to happen twice in a year. UGC NET 2018 is an eligibility test for college and university level lectureship and also for the award of Junior Research Fellowship. On behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts NET once a year.

The candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor.

NET aims to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and for research. Aspirants for UGC NET can read about the application form, Important dates, Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus and Result in the following article.

UGC NET 2018 Important Dates

S. No. Events Dates
1. Release of UGC NET Notification 1st Feb 2018
2. Online application 6th March 2018 – 12th April 2018
3. Last date for Application fees 6th April – 13th April
4. Correction allowed in Application form 25th April 2018 – 1st May 2018
5. Admit Card for UGC NET 2018 June 2018
6. Exam date for UGC NET 2018 8th July 2018
7. Result Date July 2018

Eligibility Criteria for CBSE NET Exam

  • The candidates from General category who secure a minimum of 55% in their Master’s and candidates from SC/ST/OBC/PWP who secure a minimum of 50% are eligible to attempt the National Eligibility Test (NET)
  • Those who are appearing for their final exams or waiting for their final results are also eligible.
  • For PhD candidates who have completed their Master’s (regardless of their result) on September 19, 1991, will be eligible for a 5 percent relaxation of marks on the aggregate.

For further eligibility criteria please visit the website

Registration and Application form

The notification with regards to the NET exam was released in the month of February. This year the exam is being conducted on July 8th. The interested candidates for NET should fill out the application through online mode (Application closed for the year 2018). The procedure of application for NET is as follows

  • Visit the Website
  • Fill out the application form which includes the candidate’s personal details along with the preference for their UGC exam centres, the subject they specialize in as well as what they want to opt for (either Assistant Professor or JRFandAssistant Professor). After filling out educational qualifications and other details, a password for the account has to be created and also security PIN has to be entered.
  • Upload scanned photograph and signature

The size and dimensions of photo image are as mentioned below:

Size of photo image Greater than 4 kb and less than 40 kb
Dimensions of photo image 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (height)

The size and dimensions of the signature image are as mentioned below:

Size of signature image Greater than 4 kb and less than 30 kb
Dimensions of signature image 3.5 cm (length) x 1.5 cm (Height) only

Application fee for UGC NET

The amount can be paid via Credit/ Debit card or through E-Challan mode:

Category UGC NET Application Fee
General Rs 1,000
OBC Rs 500
SC/ ST/ PwD Rs 250

Print the confirmation form and keep it for future use.

Note: Aadhar card details are necessary

Exam Pattern

The exam pattern with respect to current year has been changed. Instead of three papers, the exam has been reduced to two papers.

The Paper – I is General Paper on Teaching and Research aptitude which includes Reasoning ability, Comprehension reading, mental ability, General awareness etc. Paper- I consist of 50 questions which carry 2 marks each. All questions are compulsory. The duration is one hour.

Paper- II is an elective which we can choose in correspondence to our Master’s. It consists of 100 multiple choice questions, 2 marks each. The duration of paper- II is 2 hours. There is no negative marking in this eligibility test.

Important points to remember:

  • National Eligibility Exam is conducted in Offline mode only and OMR sheet will be used to mark the questions.
  • There is no Negative Marking scheme in the NET exam as per CBSE
  • Only Objective type questions will be present in the UGC NET 2018
  • Paper – I has a duration of 1 hour wheres Paper – II will be conducted in 2 hours
  • Both English and Hindi medium are allowed. Student has to choose the language while filling the application form.

Exam Qualification and Cutoff for NET Exam

The cut -off marks for general category is 40 marks of 40% in Paper- I as well as in Paper- II and for the reserved category the cut off is 35 marks or 35% in Paper – I as well as in Paper- II

The candidates who have cleared the eligibility test with respect to the criteria mentioned above will become a part of the merit list prepared by the board. The merit list is prepared using the aggregate marks of all the papers secured by such candidates.

From that merit list, only 6% will be declared NET qualified for Assistant Professor. Separate merit list will be prepared for qualifying for Junior Research Fellowship with the help of the formula below

Number of slots under General (UR) category for JRF in a subject = Number of candidates who have opted for JRF and are qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor in that subject X Number of slots available under General (UR) category

Divided by (÷)

Total Number of General (UR) candidates who have opted for JRF and are qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor

Syllabus for National Eligibility Exam

The syllabus for Paper- I and Paper- II is as below:

00 General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude (Paper -I) Download
01 Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies/Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics Download
02 Political Science Download
03 Philosophy Download
04 Psychology Download
05 Sociology Download
06 History Download
07 Anthropology Download
08 Commerce Download
09 Education Download
10 Social Work Download
11 Defense and Strategic Studies Download
12 Home Science Download
14 Public Administration Download
15 Population Studies Download
16 Music Download
17 Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management) Download
18 Maithili Download
19 Bengali Download
20 Hindi Download
21 Kannada Download
22 Malayalam Download
23 Oriya Download
24 Punjabi Download
25 Sanskrit Download
26 Tamil Download
27 Telugu Download
28 Urdu Download
29 Arabic Download
30 English Download
31 Linguistics Download
32 Chinese Download
33 Dogri Download
34 Nepali Download
35 Manipuri Download
36 Assamese Download
37 Gujarati Download
38 Marathi Download
39 French (French Version) Download
 39.1 French (English Version) Download
40 Spanish Download
41 Russian Download
42 Persian Download
43 Rajasthani Download
44 German Download
45 Japanese Download
46 Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education. Download
47 Physical Education Download
49 Arab Culture and Islamic Studies Download
50 Indian Culture Download
55 Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management Download
58 Law Download
59 Library and Information Science Download
60 Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies Download
62 Comparative Study of Religions Download
63 Mass Communication and Journalism Download
65 Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre Download
66 Museology & Conservation Download
67 Archaeology Download
68 Criminology Download
70 Tribal and Regional Language/Literature Download
71 Folk Literature Download
72 Comparative Literature Download
73 Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama). Download
74 Women Studies Download
79 Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art) Download
80 Geography Download
81 Social Medicine & Community Health Download
82 Forensic Science Download
83 Pali Download
84 Kashmiri Download
85 Konkani Download
87 Computer Science and Applications Download
88 Electronic Science Download
89 Environmental Sciences Download
90 Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence/Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies. Download
91 Prakrit Download
92 Human Rights and Duties Download
93 Tourism Administration and Management. Download

This year’s examination pattern has been changed but for reference and practice, it is beneficial to go through old question paper models. The following website contains old model papers as well as their key

UGC NET 2018 Result

The result for UGC NET 2018 will be declared by the CBSE on the official website in the month of July 2018. We will be update the article with the result link for CBSE NET 2018 in this article.

Important Links

Further, these are the links to websites that help clarify more doubts and provide further notifications regarding NET

The following video is also very helpful regarding this which gives a generalized view on the exam. This video deals with the older model of examination, but it still helps with the tips the narrator gives and I hope this video is helpful.