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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
  • Mode of Conduction
    Online (Computer-Based Test)
  • Exam Duration
    3 Hours (180 Minutes)
  • Exam Frequency
    Twice a year
  • Official Website
  • No. of Papers
  • Total Marks
    Paper I – 100 Marks Paper-II – 200 Marks
  • Total No. of Questions
    Paper I – 50 Paper-II - 100
  • Medium of the exam
    English or Hindi (as per candidate’s selection)
  • Marking Scheme
    2 marks for each correct answer
  • Exam Dates
    July 8-12, 2022 and August 12-14, 2022
Eligibilty Criteria

The most important step before applying for an examination is to check its eligibility criteria. Below are the eligibility criteria for UGC NET in detail. The candidates must go through the educational, age, and nationality qualifications before applying for the exam.

UGC NET 2022 Eligibility: Nationality

The UGC NET Exam is conducted only for Indian nationals. The aim is to select the best candidates for posts of Assistant professors and Junior Research Fellowships or JRFS among Indian nationals for various Indian universities, colleges, and institutes.

UGC NET Age Limits and Relaxation

Applying candidates must follow the age criteria of UGC NET 2022 as declared by the official notification. The age criteria are given below:

  • There is no maximum age limit for the post of Assistant Professor.
  • Candidates applying for a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) must not be more than 31 years.
  • There is no particular age limit for Lecturership.
  • Age relaxation is provided to the reserved category candidates as per the Government of India norms to apply for UGC NET JRF:
Category UGC NET Age Limit
SC/ST, OBC/Women/PwD/ Transgender 5 years (Up to the age of 36 Years)
Candidates having research experience Maximum 5 years spent on research
Candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree 3 years
Candidates who have served in the armed forces 5 years

UGC NET Educational Qualifications

The educational qualification is the most important criterion of eligibility. Given below are the details of the eligibility criteria instructed by UGC NET:

  • Qualification: Applying candidates must have a Master’s degree in a relevant field from a recognized board or university.
  • Appearing Candidates: Those candidates appearing in their final examinations, completing their postgraduation or awaiting results can also apply for the exam.
  • Marks: A minimum of 55% aggregate marks should be scored by General candidates, Relaxation of 5% is allowed for reserved candidates (SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD/ Transgender, and others)
Exam Pattern

The UGC NET is conducted in two parts through online CBT mode. Candidates need to clear both the papers of the exam to crack it. UGC NET Exam is a computer-based test having multiple-choice questions.

The exam includes two papers. UGC NET Paper 1 is compulsory for all the candidates while the candidates need to choose the subject of Paper 2. Some of the important details about the UGC NET Exam are:

Particulars Details
Mode of Exam Online Mode (Computer Based Test or CBT)
Language of Exam English or Hindi (as per candidate’s selection)
Type of Questions Objective Type (MCQs)
Number of Questions 150
Number of Papers 2
Division of Marks
  • Paper I – 100 Marks
  • Paper II – 200 Marks
Total Weightage 300 Marks (2-mark per question)
Marking Pattern 2 marks for each correct answer
Negative Marking Criteria None
Duration of Exam 3 Hours

The UGC NET Exam Pattern 2022 is tabulated below:

Paper Marks Number of Questions
Paper-I 100 50
Paper-II 200 100
Total 300 Marks 150 Questions

The first step to prepare for the UGC NET Exam is to thoroughly know the syllabus. Paper I is a common paper for all examinees, while Paper-II shall be based on the choice of the subject made by the candidate. A detailed syllabus of UGC NET 2022 is given below.

UGC NET Syllabus:

UGC NET Paper 2 consists of subjects that are helpful in analyzing the candidates’ teaching and research ability along with general awareness in teaching and learning in the higher education system. The syllabus for Paper I is given below:

Units Syllabus
Unit I: Teaching Aptitude
  • Teaching
  • Learner’s Characteristics
  • Factors Affecting Teaching
  • Methods of Teaching in Institutions of Higher Education
  • Teaching Support system
  • Evaluation Systems
Unit II: Research Aptitude
  • Research
  • Methods of Research
  • Thesis and Article Writing
  • Application of ICT in Research
  • Research Ethics
Unit III: Comprehension
  • Passage of Text with questions
Unit IV: Communication
  • Communication
  • Effective Communication
  • Barriers to Effective Communication
  • Mass Media and Society
Unit V: Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude
  • Types of Reasoning
  • Number Series, Letter Series, Codes and Relationships
  • Mathematical Aptitude (Fraction, Time & Distance, Ratio, Proportion and Percentage, Profit and Loss, Interest and Discounting, Averages etc.)
Unit VI: Logical Reasoning
  • Understanding Structure of Arguments
  • Evaluating and Distinguishing Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
  • Analogies
  • Venn Diagram
  • Indian Logic
  • Pramanas
  • Structure and Kinds of Anumana
Unit VII: Data Interpretation
  • Sources, Acquisition, and Classification of Data
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Graphical Representations (Bar-chart, Histograms, Pie-chart, Table-chart and Line-chart) and Mapping of Data.
  • Data Interpretation
  • Data and Governance
Unit VIII: Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • ICT General Abbreviations and Terminology
  • Basics of the Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio, and Video Conferencing
  • Digital Initiative in Higher Education and Learning
  • ICT and Governance
Unit IX: People, development and Environment
  • Development and Environment
  • Human and Environment Interaction
  • Environmental Issues
  • Natural and Energy Resources
  • Impacts of Pollutants on Human Health
  • Natural Hazards and Disasters
  • Environmental protection Act of 1986, National Action Plan on Climate Change, International agreements/efforts -Montreal Protocol, Rio Summit, Convention on Biodiversity, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement, International Solar Alliance.
Unit X: Higher Education System
  • Institutions of Higher Learning in Ancient India
  • Evolution of Higher Learning and Research in Post Independence India
  • Oriental, Conventional, and Non-Conventional Learning Programmes in India
  • Professional, Technical, and Skill-Based Education
  • Value Education
  • Environmental Education
  • Policies, Governance, and Administration

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