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  1. Important Dates
  2. Eligibility Criteria
  3. Application Fee
  4. How to Apply
  5. Exam Cities
  6. Syllabus
  7. Paper Pattern
  8. Question Papers
  9. Admit Card / Hall Ticket
  10. Cutoff
  11. Answer Key
  12. Results
  13. Contact Details

UGC NET 2016 Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria

UGC National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is a test to determine eligibility for college and university level lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals. It aims to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in teaching professions and research. On behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) holds the test for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian universities and colleges. The Test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science.

Candidates can get the full details of UGC NET December 2016 such as Application Form, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Important Dates and much more on this post.

About UGC NET Exam
Exam Name: University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET)
Conducting Institute: University Grants Commission (UGC)
Commonly called as: UGC NET
Exam Level: National Level
Stream: Entrance Exam

Important Dates

UGC NET Exam Dates / Exam Schedule
Events Dates
Online Application Form Submission 16th August 2016
Last Date for Submission of Examination Fee 08th September 2016
Last date for Applying Online 09th September 2016
Last date of submission of Fee through online generated Bank Challan, at any branch of (SYNDICATE/CANARA/ICICI/HDFC BANK) 15th November 2016
Correction in Particulars of application form on the website November 2016
NET Examination (Tentative) Date 18th December 2016

Eligibility Criteria

- Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by UGC.

- Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination 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 examination 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 P.G degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

- The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination 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.

- 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
- Junior Research Fellowship: Not more than 28 years as on 01.07.2016. 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.

Application Fee

UGC NET Registration & Examination Fee Structure
Application Fee for General category candidates Rs. 600/-
Application Fee for OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) Rs. 300/-
Application Fee for SC/ST/PwD Rs. 150/-

How to Apply

Application Have To Be Submitted Online: Steps For Submission Of Online Application Form
i) Candidate seeking admission to the Test (UGC-NET December 2016) must apply online only on the CBSE website:

ii) 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).

iii) After filling all the details for applying online for NET the candidates have to select the option of payment of examination fee either by credit/debit card or through e-challan generated during the online filling of the application form indicating your details therein and follow the process as mentioned under 6 (ii & iii)

iv) The candidates are required to bring a photo identity card along with their printout of online admission card on the day of examination.

v) 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.

vi) In other to avoid last minute rush, the candidates are advised to apply early enough. CBSE will not be responsible for network problems or any other problem of this nature in submission of online application during last days.

Exam Cities

1 Guntur 2 Tirupati 3 Visakhapatnam
4 Portblair 5 Itanagar 6 Guwahati
7 Silchar 8 Dibrugarh 9 Tezpur
10 Bhagalpur 11 Patna 12 Chandigarh
13 Bilaspur 14 Raipur 15 New Delhi
16 Goa 17 Ahmedabad 18 Patan
19 Rajkot 20 Vadodara 21 Faridabad
22 Hissar 23 Kurkshetra 24 Murthal (Sonepat)
25 Dharmshala 26 Shimla 27 Jammu
28 Srinagar (J&K) 29 Ranchi 30 Bengaluru
31 Dharwad 32 Gulbarga 33 Mangalore
34 Mysore 35 Kochi 36 Kozkikode
37 Thirvananthapuram 38 Bhopal 39 Gwalior
40 Indore 41 Jabalpur 42 Rewa
43 Ujjain 44 Amravati 45 Aurangabad
46 Jalgaon 47 Kolhapur 48 Mumbai
49 Nagpur 50 Solapur 51 Pune
52 Imphal 53 Shillong 54 Aizawal
55 Kohima 56 Berhampur 57 Bhubaneswar
58 Sambalpur 59 Puducherry 60 Amritsar
61 Patiala 62 Ajmer 63 Bikaner
64 Jaipur 65 Jodhpur 66 Kota
67 Udaipur 68 Gangtok (Sikkim) 69 Chennai
70 Coimbatore 71 Madurai 72 Tiruchirapalli
73 Hyderabad 74 Agartala 75 Agra
76 Aligarh 77 Allahabad 78 Bareilly
79 Gorakhpur 80 Kanpur 81 Lucknow
82 Meerut 83 Varanasi 84 Dehradun
85 Nainital 86 Srinagar (Uk) 87 Burdwan
88 Darjeeling 89 Kolkata


All questions of Paper - II and Paper - III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options).
Syllabi for all NET subjects can be downloaded from the UGC website and are also available in the libraries of all Indian Universities. CBSE will not send the syllabus to individual candidates.

Paper Pattern




Number of Question





60 out of which 50 question to be attempted

1¼ Hours (09:30 A.M. to 10:45 A.M.) IST




50 questions all are compulsory

1¼ Hours (11:15 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.) IST




75 questions all are compulsory

2½ Hours (02:00 P.M. to 04:30 P.M.) IST

Paper-I shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. 60 (sixty) multiple choice questions of 2 marks each will be given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any 50 (fifty). In the event of the candidate attempted more than 50 questions, the first 50 questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated.

Paper-II shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.

Paper-III will consist of 75 objective type compulsory questions from the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.

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 along with the test booklet.

- There are no negative marks of incorrect answers

Question Papers

Click here UGC NET Question Papers

Admit Card / Hall Ticket

Admit card download from university website.

The candidate should also dowload ehall ticket from University official website.

The candidate should verify all the information in the admit card. If any issue is found, then get it corrected with the concerned authority.

The candidates are required to carry the admit card to the examination hall. Without it, you will not be allowed to enter the examination hall. It is also very important to document for the further admission processes.


Candidates have who score more than cut off Marks would feature in the merit list. Candidates names included in the merit list will be called for counselling rounds. Candidates can check previous years cut off marks to get an idea of Cut off for the current year as cut off will be declared after the declaration of Result.

Answer Key

- The marks of all the candidates will be uploaded on CBSE website

- The captured images of response sheets (OMR sheets) of the candidates appeared in NET December, 2016 and answer keys of all the papers will be displayed on the website

- The candidates, who are not satisfied with the captured response, may challenge by filling online application form on the website and paying a sum of Rs.1000/- per question The challenge of answer keys will also be accepted online only through the link available on the website on payment of Rs.1000/- per question.

- In case the answer key(s) is/are found to be incorrect, the CBSE will process the result in the light of changed key (s) and qualify the additional candidates for JRF and/or Eligibility for Assistant Professor. However, the result of previously qualified candidates of JRF and/or eligibility for Assistant Professor shall remain unchanged.


The candidates are also advised to download the Rank Cards from the website after publication of results.

Procedure & Criteria For Declaration Of Result This will comprise of following steps:
Step I: Minimum marks to be obtained in NET for considering a candidate for the award of JRF and eligibility for Assistant Professor:
The candidates are required to obtain minimum marks separately in Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper - III as given below:

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

Step II: Amongst those candidates who have cleared step I, a merit list will be prepare subjectwise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of all the three papers secured by such candidates.

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

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

Contact Details

Central Board of Secondary Education
Plot No. 149, Block - H,
Sector - 63, Noida - 201309
Distt- Gautam Budh Nagar (U.P.)
Telephone No. : 7042399520, 7042399521, 7042399524, 7042399525, 7042399526, 7042399528, 7042399529
Fax No. : 0120-2427772
Email : [email protected]

List of suggested books for UGC NET exam preparations.

  • UGC NET /JRF / SET Manovigyan (IInd Prashan Patra) by Soni Jain
  • UGC-NET/JRF/SET Practice Work Book Teaching & Research Aptitude (General Paper-1) (English) by Sanjay Gupta


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