UGC NET 2016 Notification and Exam Pattern

UGC NET 2016 Notification and Dates

CBSE UGC NET July 2016 Notification (National Eligibility Test)

CBSE has issued notification for the National Eligibility Test (NET) and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Examination to be conducted on 10th July 2016 (Sunday).
Eligible candidates can apply online for UGC-NET July 2016 Exam from 12th April 2016 to 12th May 2016 at CBSE-NET

National Eligibility Test (NET)-2016

Junior Research Fellowship / Eligibility for Lectureships
On behalf of UGC, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) shall hold the National Eligibility Test (NET) on 10th July 2016(Sunday) for determining the eligibility of Indian Nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research FellowshipEligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian Universities and Colleges
CBSE will conduct NET in 83 subjects at 88 selected Cities of Examination spread across the country
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. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national organizations may select the JRF awardees for whole time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them
The award of JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both OR Eligibility for Assistant Professor only will depend on the performance of the candidate in all three papers of NET
However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF

Junior Research Fellowship

Candidates qualifying for the award of Junior Research Fellowship will be eligible to receive fellowship of UGC under various schemes, subject to their finding placement in universities/IITs/institutions
The validity period of the offer is two years w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF Award Letter. However, in case the candidates who have already joined M.Phil / PhD, the date of commencement of fellowship shall be from the date of declaration of NET result or date of their joining, whichever is later

Scheme and Exam Schedule

The Test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be held on 10th July 2016
First (Paper-I): 100 Marks (60 out of which 50 questions to be attempted) [Duration: 1¼ Hours (09.30 am to 10.45 am, IST)]
Second (Paper-II): 100 Marks (50 questions all are compulsory) [Duration: 1¼ Hours (11.15 am to 12.30 pm, IST)]
Third (Paper-III): 150 Marks (75 questions all are compulsory) [Duration: 2½ Hours (02.00 pm to 04.30 pm, IST)]
All the questions of Paper-II and Paper-III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options)
The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) Sheet provided alongwith the test booklet

Important Dates for UGC NET Exam 2016

Online Application Form Submission: 12th April 2016
Last Date for Applying Online: 12th May 2016
Last Date of Submission of Fee through Online Generated Bank Challan, at any branch of (Syndicate/Canara/ICICI/HDFC Bank): 13th May 2016
Correction in Particulars of Application Form on the Website: 17th to 23rd May 2016
Date of Examination: 10th July 2016 (Sunday)

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree (Or) equivalent exam from universities/institutions recognised by UGC (list attached page No.22 to 48) in Humanities (including Languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc (list of subjects of post graduation attached at page No. 18 to 19) are eligible for this Test
The Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to Non-creamy Layer/SC/ST/PWD Category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent exam are eligible for this Test
Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s degree (final year) exam and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test
However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of Junior Research Fellowship/eligibility for Assistant professor only after they have passed their Master’s Degree Exam (Or) equivalent with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of OBC(Non-creamy layer) / SC/ ST /PWD (Persons with Disability) category candidates
Such candidates must complete their PG Degree Exam within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified
The PhD Degree holders whose Master’s Level Exam had been completed by 19th September 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET
Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their post graduation only. The candidates, whose post graduation subject is not covered in the list of subjects in item No.14 (on page 12-13), may appear in a related subject
Candidates are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility nor printout of their Application Form (Confirmation Page) to CBSE
Candidates having post-graduate diploma/certificate awarded by Indian University/Institute or foreign degree/diploma/certificate awarded by the foreign University/institute should in their own interest, ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/degree/certificate with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi

Age Limit & Relaxation

(i) Junior Research Fellowship: Not more than 28 years as on 01st July 2016. A relaxation up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC (Non-creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on website SC/ST/PWD categories and to women applicants
Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on production of a certificate from appropriate authority
Three years relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates possessing LLM degree; total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances
(ii) Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor

Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor)

  1. i) NET/SLET/SETshall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/Institutions. Provided however, that candidates, who are or have been awarded a PhD degree in accordance with the UGC Regulations, 2009, shall be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SELT/SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in Universities/Colleges/Institutions
    ii) The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF Exam prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET
    iii) For SET Candidates:The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 01st December 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India

Exam Fee and Mode of Payment

For General candidates, the examination fee is Rs.600/-; for Other Backward Classes (Non-creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on website, the fee is Rs.300/- and for SC/ST/PWD candidates, it is Rs.150/-
i) The candidates may pay the exam fee either by credit/debit card or through e-challan generated during the online filling of the application form. In case of e-challan the payment should be made in the Syndicate/Canara/ICICI Bank
In case the exam fee is paid through credit/debit card the additional processing charges as following will also be debited from the credit/debit card of the candidate. The fee can be remitted in the following ways:
>>Through e-Challan by deposit of prescribed fees in CBSE Account with Syndicate Bank, ICICI, HDFC and Canara Bank
>>By Debit/Credit Card
ii) After filling all the details for applying online for NET, the candidate will have the option to select the mode of payment of exam fee either by credit/debit card or through e-challan generated during the online filling of the application form indicating your details therein
iii) The candidate is required to check the status of fee payment at CBSE website ( and if the status is ‘Ok’ the candidate will be able to take the printout of online Application Form (one copy), Attendance Slip (one copy) and Admission Card (one copy) on separate A-4 size papers. In case, the fee payment status is not ‘OK’ the candidate are advised as following:
> If the fee is paid through e-challan by depositing cash in the above mentioned bank, the candidate should contact immediately the concerned bank to update his/her fee status on the website
> If the fee is paid through credit/debit card and status is not ‘OK’, it means the transaction is cancelled and the amount will be refunded to concerned credit/debit card within a week. Such candidates have to pay the fee once again

UGC NET July 2016 Exam Pattern

The Central Board of Secondary Education will be conducting the forthcoming edition, July  2016, of the National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of the University Grants Commission on 10th July, 2016.  Check out the exam pattern for the same.

The test, which will be conducted in three phases (one paper in each phase) will comprise of mainly objective type questions in two distinct sessions. As per the information available on UGC’s official website, the first session will comprise of two phases – Paper I and II carrying 100 marks each. Paper I will include 60 questions out of which 50 are to be attempted, whereas Paper II will include 50 questions (all compulsory). The allotted time is 75 minutes per paper.

Meanwhile, the second session will comprise of only one paper (Paper III) carrying 150 marks. Paper III will include 75 questions (all compulsory) for which, candidates will be allowed a maximum of 2.5 hours.

The questions in Paper I (9:30 am to 10:45 am) will be mostly of general nature, aimed to evaluate the research/teaching aptitude, comprehension, reasoning ability and divergent thinking in the candidates. For each correct answer, the candidate will get two marks.

Paper II (10:45 am to 12:00 pm) will include 50 objective type questions – all compulsory – from the subject picked by the candidate. Each correct will earn the candidate two marks.

Paper III (1:30pm to 4:00 pm) will include 75 objective type questions (each carrying two marks) from the subject chosen by the candidate. Like Paper II, all questions in this paper are compulsory.

The questions in Paper II and III will be designed to cover the entire syllabus, including the electives. The candidates will require marking their answers for questions of all three papers on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet provided alongside the Test Booklet.

For details, including how to fill up the OMR sheet, candidates can visit the official UGC website.

UGC Net 2016 Subjects and Subject Code

The list of NET subjects along with their respective codes are as given below:

(01) Economics, (02) Political Science, (03) Philosophy, (04) Psychology, (05) Sociology, (06) History, (07) Anthropology, (08) Commerce, (09) Education, (10) Social Work, (11) Defence and Strategic Studies, (12) Home Science, (14) Public Administration, (15) Population Studies*, (16) Hindustani Music (Vocal/Instrumental) , (17) Management, (18) Maithili, (19) Bengali, (20) Hindi, (21) Kannada, (22) Malayalam, (23) Odia, (24) Punjabi, (25) Sanskrit, (26) Tamil, (27) Telugu, (28) Urdu, (29) Arabie, (30) English, (31) Linguistics, (32) Chinese, (33) Dogri, (34) Nepali, (35) Manipuri, (36) Assamese, (37) Gujarati, (38) Marathi, (39) French, (40) Spanish, (41) Russian, (42) Persian, (43) Rajasthani, (44) German, (45) Japanese, (55) Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/Labour and Social elfare/Human Resource Management, (58) Law, (59) Library and Information Science, (60) Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies, (62) Comparative Study of Religions, (63) Mass Communication and Journalism, (65) Dance, (66) Museology & Conservation, (67) Archaeology, (68) Criminology, (70) Tribal and Regional Language/Literature, (71) Folk Literature, (72) Comparative Literature, (73) Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotisha/Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/Mimamsa/Navya Nyaya/Sankhya Yoga/Tulanatmaka Darsana / Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhva Vedanta/ Dharma Sastra/ Sahitya/ Purana-itihasa/Agama/Advaita Vedanta), (74) Women Studies, (79) Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture/Graphics/Applies Art/History of Art), (80) Geography, (81) Social Medicine & Community Health, (82) Forensic Science, (83) Pali, (84) Kashmiri, (85) Konkani, (87) Computer Science and Applications, (88) Electronic Science, (89) Environmental Sciences, (90) International and Area Studies, (91) Prakrit, (92) Human Rights and Duties, (93) Tourism Administration and Management, (94) Bodo, (95) Santali, (96) Karnatik Music (Vocal Instrument, Percussion), (97) Rabindra Sangeet, (98) Percussion Instruments, (99) Drama, (100) Theatre

*The candidates with Master’s Degree in Geography (with specialization in Population Studies) or Mathematics/Statistics are also eligible to appear in the subject “Population Studies” (Code 15)

**The candidates with Master’s Degree in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences are eligible to appear in the subject ‘Women Studies’ (Code 74)

How to Apply

The candidates who desire to appear in the test may see the detailed notification available on the website from 12th April 2016
Before applying Online, the candidates must possess the scanned images as below:
Passport size photograph in JPG format of minimum 4kb to 40 kb. The dimension of the photograph should be 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (height)
Signature in JPG format of minimum 4kb to 30 kb; the dimension of the signature should be 3.5 cm (width) x 1.5 cm (height)
Before applying Online, candidates are advised to go through detailed notification available on CBSE website
Please note that Fee submitted through any other mode like Money Order, Demand Draft, IPO etc. will be summarily rejected
The envelope containing the Application Form should be superscribed “UGC NATIONA”


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