CBSE UGC National Eligibility Test 2017

On behalf of UGC, the Central Board of Secondary Education announces holding of the National Eligibility Test ( NET ) 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.

CBSE will conduct NET in 84 subjects at 91 selected Cities of Examination spread across the country.

UGC NET - JRF

Candidate appearing in NET should clearly specify in the prescribed Application Form whether they are applying for both JRF& Eligibility for Assistant Professor both OR only for eligibility for Assistant Professor. Candidates who qualify the Test for eligibility for Assistant Professor will be governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities / colleges / state governments, as the case may be.

Scheduled Caste ( SC ) / Scheduled Tribe ( ST ) / Persons with Disability ( PWD ) / Other Backward Classes ( OBC ) ( Non creamy layer ), as per the central list of Other Backward Classes available on National Commission for Backward Classes ( NCBC ), Government of India website : www.ncbc.nic.in, candidate will be given such special concessions as may be decided by the UGC.

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. / Ph.D., the date of commencement of fellowship shall be from the date of declaration of NET result or date of their joining, whichever is later.

UGC NET 2017 Eligibility

Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks ( without rounding off ) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities / institutions recognised by UGC in Humanities ( including languages ) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test. The Other Backward Classes ( OBC ) belonging to non-creamy layer / Scheduled Caste ( SC ) / Scheduled Tribe ( ST ) / persons with disability ( PWD ) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks ( without rounding off ) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.

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 PhD 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. The candidates, whose post graduation subject is not covered in the list of subjects 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. However the candidates, in their own interest, must satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the Test. In the event of any ineligibility being detected by the UGC / CBSE at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.

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 1st November, 2017. A relaxation up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC ( Non- creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC ) 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 L.L.M. Degree. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.

Assistant Professor

There is no upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.

Exemption ( Eligibility for Assistant Professor )

NET / SLET / SET shall 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 Ph. D. Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission ( Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of the Ph. D. Degree ) 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.

The candidates who have passed the UGC / CSIR JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.

For SET Candidates : The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test ( SET ) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st June 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the universities / colleges situated in the state from where they have cleared their SET.

UGC NET 2017 Exam Pattern

The Test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be held on 5th November, 2017 ( Sunday ) in three separate sessions as under :

SessionPaperMarksNumber of QuestionDuration
FirstI10060 out of which 50 question
to be attempted
1¼ Hours
( 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM ) IST
SecondII10050 questions all are compulsory1¼ Hours
(11:15 AM to 12:30 PM ) IST
ThirdIII15075 questions all are compulsory2½ Hours
( 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM ) IST

Paper – I : 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 : 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 : 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.

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 :

CategoryMinimum Marks (%) to be obtained
PAPER – IPAPER – IIPAPER – III
GENERAL40 ( 40% )40 ( 40% )75 ( 50% )
OBC ( Non – creamy layer ) PWD / SC / ST35 ( 35% )35 ( 35% )60 ( 40% )

Step II : Amongst those candidates who have cleared step I, a merit list will be prepared subject-wise 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.

It may be noted that the above qualifying criteria decided by UGC / CBSE is final and binding.

Provisions for Persons with Disability ( Including Visually Challenged Candidates )

Twenty five minutes compensatory time shall be provided for Paper – I and Paper – II separately. For paper – III, fifty minutes compensatory time shall be provided. These candidates, on their request, will also be provided the services of a scribe who would be a graduate in a subject other than that of the candidate. CBSE will also provide the Test Booklets of Paper – I, Paper – II & Paper – III in Braille in those subjects only which are printed in English or English and Hindi along with usual Test Booklets as provided to other candidates.

The Persons with Disability ( Physically Challenged ) candidates who are not in a position to write in their own hand-writing can also avail the services of scribe by making prior request ( at least one week before the date of UGC – NET ) in writing to the concerned Center Superintendent. Compensatory time and facility of scribe would not be provided to other Persons with Disability ( Physically Challenged ) candidates who have disability of less than 40% .

The candidate has the discretion of opting for his / her own scribe or has to request the concerned Center Superintendent for the same in writing at least one week in advance of the test. In such instances the candidate is allowed to meet the scribe a day before the examination so as to verify whether the scribe is suitable or not.

The candidates with disability should fill in the type and percentages of disability correctly in the online application form of NET November, 2017.

An amount of Rs. 1000/- will be paid to the scribe by the Center Superintendent on the day of examination for all papers.

UGC NET 2017 Application Form

Candidate seeking admission to the Test ( UGC – NET, November, 2017 ) must apply online only on the CBSE website : www.cbsenet.nic.in.

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 ).

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.

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

Before applying Online, candidates are advised to go through detailed notification available on CBSE website www.cbsenet.nic.in Please note that Fee submitted through any other mode like Money Order, Demand Draft, IPO etc. will be summarily rejected.

In order 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.

Mode of Payment

CategoryGeneralOther Backward Classes ( Non – creamy layer ), as per the Central list of OBC available on website: www.ncbc.nic.inSC / ST / PwD
Examination FeeRs. 600/- Rs. 300/-Rs. 150/-

The candidates may pay the examination 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 / HDFC Bank. In case the examination 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.

  • Credit card : 1.20 % of the examination fee plus the service tax as applicable.
  • Debit Card : 0.75 % of examination fee plus the service tax as applicable.

After filling all the details for applying online for NET, the candidate will have the option to select the mode of payment of examination fee either by credit / debit card or through e-challan generated during the online filling of the application form indicating their details therein.

The candidates are required to check the status of fee payment at CBSE website www.cbsenet.nic.in and if the status is ‘OK’ the candidate will be able to take the printout of Confirmation Page.

In case, the fee payment status is not ‘OK’ the candidates are advised as following : 

  • If the fee is paid through e-challan by depositing cash in 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.

Please note that fee submitted by any other mode like money order, demand draft, IPO etc. will be rejected. Fee once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.

UGC NET 2017 Admit Card

The UGC NET 2017 admission card will be uploaded on the website www.cbsenet.nic.in in the third week of October, 2017. No admission cards will be sent to the candidates by post.

The candidates should download their admission cards from the website to ascertain their venue of the Test as mentioned in the Admission Card and appear in the examination only at the designated examination center.

No candidate will be allowed to appear at the examination center other than that allotted to him / her in the admission card.

UGC NET 2017 Exam Centres

CODE NO. STATE CITIES OF EXAMINATIONCODE NO. STATE CITIES OF EXAMINATION
1ANDHRA PRADESH GUNTUR 47MAHARASHTRA KOLHAPUR
2ANDHRA PRADESHTIRUPATI 48MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI
3ANDHRA PRADESHVISAKHAPATNAM 49MAHARASHTRA NAGPUR
4ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS PORTBLAIR 50MAHARASHTRA NASIK
5ARUNACHAL PRADESH ITANAGAR 51MAHARASHTRA SOLAPUR
6ASSAM GUWAHATI 52MAHARASHTRA PUNE
7ASSAM SILCHAR ( ASSAM ) 53MANIPUR IMPHAL
8ASSAM DIBRUGARH 54MEGHALAYA SHILLONG
9ASSAM TEZPUR 55MIZORAM AIZAWL
10BIHAR BHAGALPUR 56NAGALAND KOHIMA
11BIHAR PATNA ( BIHAR ) 57ORISSA BERHAMPUR
12CHANDIGARH CHANDIGARH 58ORISSA BHUBANESWAR
13CHHATISHGARH BILASPUR 59ORISSA SAMBALPUR
14CHHATISHGARHRAIPUR 60PUDUCHERRY PUDUCHERRY
15DELHI NEW DELHI 61PUNJAB AMRITSAR
16GOA GOA 62PUNJAB PATIALA
17GUJARAT AHMEDABAD 63RAJASTHAN AJMER
18GUJARAT PATAN ( GUJARAT ) 64RAJASTHAN BIKANER
19GUJARAT RAJKOT 65RAJASTHAN JAIPUR
20GUJARAT VADODARA 66RAJASTHAN JODHPUR
21HARYANA FARIDABAD 67RAJASTHAN KOTA
22HARYANA HISSAR 68RAJASTHAN UDAIPUR
23HARYANA KURKSHETRA 69SIKKIM GANGTOK ( SIKKIM )
24HARYANA MURTHAL ( SONEPAT ) 70TAMIL NADU CHENNAI
25HIMACHAL PRADESH DHARMSHALA 71TAMIL NADUCOIMBATORE
26HIMACHAL PRADESHSHIMLA 72TAMIL NADUMADURAI
27JAMMU & KASHMIR JAMMU 73TAMIL NADUTIRUCHIRAPALLI
28JAMMU & KASHMIRSRINAGAR ( J & K ) 74TELANGANA HYDERABAD
29JHARKHAND RANCHI 75TELANGANA WARANGAL
30KARNATAKA BENGALURU 76TRIPURA AGARTALA
31KARNATAKA DHARWAD 77UTTAR PRADESH AGRA
32KARNATAKA GULBARGA 78UTTAR PRADESH ALIGARH
33KARNATAKA MANGALORE 79UTTAR PRADESH ALLAHABAD
34KARNATAKA MYSORE 80UTTAR PRADESH BAREILLY
35KERELA KOCHI 81UTTAR PRADESHGORAKHPUR
36KERELA KOZKIKODE 82UTTAR PRADESHKANPUR
37KERELA THIRVANANTHAPURAM 83UTTAR PRADESHLUCKNOW
38MADHYA PRADESH BHOPAL 84UTTAR PRADESHMEERUT
39MADHYA PRADESHGWALIOR 85UTTAR PRADESHVARANASI
40MADHYA PRADESHINDORE 86UTTRAKHAND DEHRADUN
41MADHYA PRADESHJABALPUR 87UTTRAKHAND NAINITAL
42MADHYA PRADESHREWA 88UTTRAKHAND SRINAGAR ( UTTRAKHAND )
43MADHYA PRADESHUJJAIN 89WEST BENGAL BURDWAN
44MAHARASHTRA AMRAVATI 90WEST BENGAL DARJEELING ( SILIGURI )
45MAHARASHTRA AURANGABAD 91WEST BENGAL KOLKATA
46MAHARASHTRA JALGAON

UGC NET 2017 Syllabus

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 www.ugc.ac.in and are also available in the libraries of all Indian Universities. CBSE will not send the syllabus to individual candidates.

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

Code Subject Code Subject
1Economics 45Japanese
2Political Science 46Adult Education / Continuing Education / Andragogy / Non Formal Education
3Philosophy 47Physical Education
4Psychology 49Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
5Sociology 50Indian Culture
6History 55Labour Welfare / Personnel Management / Industrial Relations / Labour and Social Welfare / Human Resource Management
7Anthropology 58Law
8Commerce 59Library and Information Science
9Education 60Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies
10Social Work 62Comparative Study of Religions
11Defence and Strategic Studies 63Mass Communication and Journalism
12Home Science 65Dance
14Public Administration 66Museology & Conservation
15Population Studies* 67Archaeology
16Hindustani Music ( Vocal / Instrumental )68Criminology
17Management 70Tribal and Regional Language / Literature
18Maithili 71Folk Literature
19Bengali 72Comparative Literature
20Hindi 73Sanskrit 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 )
21Kannada 74Women Studies **
22Malayalam 79Visual Art ( including Drawing & Painting / Sculpture / Graphics / Applied Art / History of Art )
23Odia 80Geography
24Punjabi 81Social Medicine & Community Health
25Sanskrit 82Forensic Science
26Tamil 83Pali
27Telugu 84Kashmiri
28Urdu 85Konkani
29Arabic 87Computer Science and Applications
30English 88Electronic Science
31Linguistics 89Environmental Sciences
32Chinese 90International and Area Studies
33Dogri 91Prakrit
34Nepali 92Human Rights and Duties
35Manipuri 93Tourism Administration and Management
36Assamese 94Bodo
37Gujarati 95Santali
38Marathi 96Karnatik Music ( Vocal Instrument, Percussion )
39French 97Rabindra Sangeet
40Spanish 98Percussion Instruments
41Russian 99Drama / Theatre
42Persian 100Yoga
43Rajasthani
44German

*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 subject ‘Women Studies’ ( Code 74 ).

UGC NET - JRF

UGC NET 2017 Important Dates

S.NoEventDate
1Starting date of online application form1st August, 2017
2Submission of online application form11th August, 2017
3Last date for Applying Online11th September, 2017
4Last date of submission of Fee
through online generated Bank
challan, at any branch of
( Syndicate / Canara / ICICI / HDFC
Bank ) or through credit / debit
card
12th September, 2017
5Correction in Particulars of
application form on the website
19th to 25th September, 2017
6Date of Examination5th November, 2017

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