UGC NET Paper I & II - Course

  • UGC conducts NET examination twice a year to select Junior Research Fellow and Assistant Professors. 
  • Exam module involves two papers, where the second one covers field specialisation. 

If you wish to be an Assistant Professor or a Junior Research Fellow, University Grant Commission’s (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET) is the stepping stone. Since 2018 the National Testing Agency  has been conducting the UGC NET facilitating many candidates in achieving their dreams.

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Understanding the UGC NET Paper I & II

There are two papers; Paper I & Paper II, in the UGC NET containing 10 diversified modules focusing on teaching and research aptitude. Also, it covers logical and mathematical reasoning and is designed to analyse the comprehensive knowledge and aptitude of a candidate. 

The National Eligibility Test is conducted by the UGC to assess the eligibility of Indian nationals appearing for the examination. They are tried and tested for Assistant Professorship and/or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) at various Indian Universities, Institutes and Colleges. 

However, the position of JRF and Assistant Professor depend upon the aggregate performance of the candidate in Paper I & II. The candidates who qualify for Assistant Professor are not eligible to be awarded the position of JRF. Moreover, they are governed by the rules & regulations for Assistant Professor of the concerned universities, colleges, state governments etc.

The UGC NET is conducted bi-annually; this cycle was disrupted during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 10 modules covered in the UGC NET Paper I are as follows. 




Teaching Aptitude


Research Aptitude






Mathematical Reasoning & Aptitude


Logical Reasoning


Data Interpretation


Information & Communication Technology


People, Development & Environment


Higher Education System

Paper I is for assessing the qualities of the candidate for assistant professor and JRF. While the second paper is focused on the specialisation of the candidate. Whatever the candidate had pursued during graduation and post graduation dictates the choice of subject here. If you are an economics student and it is your choice in UGC NET Paper II, we at Ecoholics are here to help.   

Here are a few important details about the University Grant Commission National Eligibility Test. 

Exam Name


Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Conducted For

Assistant Professor & Junior Research Fellowship

Mode of Exam

CBT (Online)


English & Hindi

Exam Duration

180 Minutes (3 Hrs) [ No break between Paper I & II

Total Questions


Periodicity / Frequency

Twice a Year (June & December)

Max. Marks


No. of Exam Center


Number of Subject 


Exam Level


Official Website

Place the required link.


Place the required information.

A candidate is also required to qualify in his/her specialisation subject. Paper I would assess your teaching prowess while Paper II is to showcase your prowess in the subject of specialisation. Here is the side-by-side comparison of Paper I & II. 



UGC Net Paper II

Exam Mode 




3 Hrs

3 Hrs


Common for all

Subject Specific

No. of Questions



Types of Questions



Max. Marks



Marking Scheme

2 for correct (No Negative marking)

2 for correct (No Negative marking)

Language of the Paper

English & Hindi

English & Hindi. 

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

  • A candidate appearing for UGC NET must have scored at least 55% marks (50% for reserved categories) in Post Graduation or equivalent from any recognized university. 
  • The Final-year students are also eligible to appear, but they will only be accepted for JRF or Assistant Professor after passing the Master’s degree with qualifying marks.
  • If a candidate holds a Ph.D and the PG exam was completed before September 19,1991. In such cases they are eligible for additional 5% relaxation in minimum marks required. 
  • There is no age limit for Assistant Professor. 
  • For Junior Research Fellowship the upper age limit is 30 years. For candidates from reserved categories the age relaxation is per the government norms. 
  • The applicant must be a permanent resident of India and holds Indian nationality.

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