UGC NET 2021 Notification Released: Online Application For May 2021 (December 2020 Cycle)

UGC NET 2021 Notification: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the notification for the UGC NET 2021 (December 2020 Cycle) exam on February 02, 2021, at the official website The University Grants Commission (UGC), the National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Through this exam, Indian candidates are selected for the post of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Indian Universities and Colleges. Candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria shall apply online through the link that is given below.

Update: National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the UGC NET 2021 December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) notification & exam date on its official websites The Age Limit for JRF is increased to 31 years this year.

The online application link is active on the official website, which is below in the article, the candidates can apply for the UGC NET 2021 (May 2021) from February 02 to March 02, 2021. The last date to pay the application fee is March 03, 2021.

UGC NET 2021 Notification

NTA has released the notification for the UGC NET 2021 (December 2020 Cycle) on its official website UGC NET 2021 exam date is also released in the notification. Check the exam date below.

UGC NET 2021 Notification (December 2020 Cycle)
Organization National Testing Agency (NTA)
Name of Exam University Grants Commission (UGC), the National Eligibility Test (NET)
Posts Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)
Online Registration Starts February 02, 2021
Last Date to Apply March 02, 2021
Exam Level National
Category Teaching Jobs
Official Website

UGC NET 2021 Notification

UGC NET Notification and the registration is out on February 02, 2021. UGC NET Exam is conducted twice a year, once in June and then in December. Last year due to COVID-19, the exam was postponed. Until July 2018, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was responsible for conducting the UGC NET exam but from December 2018 onwards, NTA is conducting the UGC National Eligibility Test. Each year lakhs of candidates apply for UGC NET to become Assistant Professor and JRF in Indian Colleges & Universities. If we go by the figures of 2019, approximately 7.93 lakh candidates had taken the test. Therefore, it is expected that the figures might go up this year as well. In this article, we give you every possible detail of the UGC NET Exam.  The NTA has released the UGC NET 2021 (December 2021 cycle) notification and exam dates.

UGC NET 2021: Important Dates

UGC NET 2021 (December 2020 Cycle) Events Date
Conducting Agency February 02, 2021
Release of Application form February 02, 2021
Last date to Submit UGC NET Application March 02, 2021
Last date to Pay Fee March 03, 2021 (up to 11:50 pm)
Correction in particulars of Application Form
on website only
March 05 to 09, 2021
UGC NET Admit Card April 2021 (Tentative)
UGC NET Exam Date 2021 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14 and
17 May 2021
Duration of UGC Exam 180 minutes (03 hours)
No break between Paper 1 & Paper 2
Timing of Examination First Shift: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Second Shift: 02.30 pm to 05.30 pm
Declaration of Result To be notified

UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Cracking UGC NET 2021 (December 2020 Cycle)is a good opportunity for the candidates who wish to make their career in the field of teaching. Therefore, for the convenience of the aspiring candidates, we have provided the eligibility criteria below.

Educational Qualification

  • Candidates must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent from UGC recognized Universities/Institutions.
  • Candidates should have scored:
    General Candidates: 55% marks
    Reserved Category Candidates: 50% marks.
  • Candidates, who are appearing in the final semester of the master’s degree can also apply.
  • Percentage relaxation is given to Ph.D. degree holders in aggregate marks.

Age Limit

Junior Research Fellowship(JRF) – For Junior Research Fellowship the upper age limit is 31 years as of March 01, 2021. The age limit is changed for this year’s exam. Previously the age limit was 30 years for JRF. However, age relaxation is given for the Reserved Category of Candidates.

Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit in applying for UGC-NET for Assistant Professor

Read UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021

UGC NET 2021 Online Application Fee

The application fee is determined by the NTA as per the category of the candidate. The fee for UGC NET is to be paid online only.

Category UGC NET Exam Fee
General INR 1000
OBC (Non- Creamy Layer)/ EWS INR 500
SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender INR 250

Steps to Apply Online For UGC NET 2021


  1. Click on the link given below or visit the official website
  2. Click on the button “New Registration” option in the list.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Click here to proceed”
  4. Fill up your details and submit.
  5. An Email & SMS is sent to the registered email ID and a Mobile number containing the Registration number and Password.
  6. Log in with the Registration number and Password and fill in all the important details asked there.
  7. Upload scanned copy of recent photograph and signature, left-hand thumb impression, and a handwritten declaration.

UGC NET 2021 Online Application

The application date for UGC NET 2021 (December 2020 cycle) online link is given below. The link is active till March 02, 2021. Candidates can submit the application fee by March 03, 2021.

UGC NET 2021 Syllabus

UGC NET Syllabus comprises Paper 1 and Paper 2. The syllabus for each subject is given below.

UGC NET 2021 Paper 1 Syllabus

  1. Teaching Aptitude
  2. Research Aptitude
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Communication
  5. Reasoning
  6. Quantitative Aptitude
  7. Data Interpretation
  8. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  9. People and Environment
  10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity, and Administration

UGC NET 2021 Paper 2 will have a syllabus from specific subjects as chosen by the candidate for UGC NET 2021.

Read the detailed UGC NET Syllabus 2021

UGC NET Exam Pattern

UGC NET 2021 Exam will be conducted as a Computer Based Test (CBT) only. The Online Test will consist of two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both the papers will consist of multiple-choice questions (MCQ). There will be no break between the two papers. Check out the table that has been given below.

Paper No. of Questions Marks First Shift Second Shift Duration
Paper 1 50 100 09 a.m – 12 noon 03 – 06 p.m 03 hours (180 minutes) For Each Paper
Paper 2 100 200

Note:  2 marks will be given for each correct answer. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.

Read the Detailed UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021

UGC NET Admit Card 2021

The UGC NET Admit Card 2021 will be released in May 2021. After being delayed several times, the exam will be held in May 2021. The link to download the UGC NET Admit Card is available as it is released officially.

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