What is UGC NET?

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is a national-level exam conducted in order to select candidates for only Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor in Indian universities and colleges. Till June 2018, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted NET on behalf of UGC. However, from December 2018 onwards National Testing Agency (NTA) started conducting the UGC NET exam.

Every year, lakhs of candidates appear for UGC NET. For December 2019 exam, total 10,34,872 candidates registered and 7,93,813 aspirants took the exam.

UGC NET June 2020 Exam

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Candidates have to specify in the application form whether they want to apply only for “Assistant Professor” or both “Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor”. UGC NET 2020 Eligibility for JRF and Assistant Professorship varies and candidates must satisfy the criteria before applying for the exam.   
  • Master’s Degree holders with a minimum of 55% marks (50% for reserved candidates) can register for the exam.
  • Students in the final year of master’s program or waiting for its result can also apply for the exam. 
  • Ph.D. degree holders who completed their master’s degree before September 19, 1991 are given relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks.
  • Applicants must not be more than 30 years of age as on June 1, 2020 to apply for Junior Research Fellowship.
  • SC, ST, OBC, PWD, Transgender and Women candidates are given an age relaxation of upto 5 years.

Educational Qualification Requirements

  • Candidates securing at least 55% marks in their Master’s Degree or equivalent from recognized universities in Humanities (including languages), Social Science, Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this test.
  • However, candidates belonging to non-creamy layer of other backward classes (OBC-NC), scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribe (ST), persons with disability (PwD) and transgender category have to score at least 50% marks. 
  • Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or are waiting for their result or whose qualifying examinations have been delayed can apply for the test.
  • However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and will be considered for award of JRF or recruitment as Assistant Professor only when they will pass their Master’s Degree with at least 55% marks (50% marks for reserved category).
  • Such candidates will also have to complete their Master degree within two years from the date of UGC NET 2020 Result with required percentage of marks, failing which they will be treated as disqualified. 
  • Candidates with Ph.D. degree whose Master’s level examination was completed before September 19, 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) will be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in UGC NET 2020.
  • Transgender candidates will be provided same relaxation in fee, age and qualifying criteria for NET (i.e. JRF and Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ ST/ PwD categories. The subject wise cutoffs for transgender category will be the lowest among those for SC/ ST/ PwD/ OBC–NCL categories in the respective subject.
  • Candidates are suggested to choose the same NET subject for Paper 2 as their specialization in Post Graduation. However, if your post graduation subject is not covered in the list of 81 NET subjects, you can appear in a related subject.
  • Candidates possessing Post Graduation Diploma/ Certificate awarded by Indian University/ Institute or foreign degree/ diploma/ certificate awarded by a 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 and Relaxation

UGC NET 2020 Age Limit and Relaxation for Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professorship are given below:

  • Junior Research Fellow: Candidates should not be more than 30 years as on June 1, 2020.
  • Candidates belonging to OBC-NC, SC, ST, PwD categories, Transgenders and women applicants are provided a relaxation of upto 5 years.
  • Candidates with research experience will also be provided age relaxation equivalent to the years/ period spent on research in the respective subject of Post Graduation Degree.
  • Relaxation to researchers can be of upto 5 years and will only be provided on production of a certificate from appropriate authority.
  • Candidates with L.L.M. Degree will be permitted an upper age relaxation of 3 years.
  • Candidates who have served in the armed forces will be provided the benefit of relaxation of upto 5 years subject to the length of service in the armed forces upto June 1, 2020.
  • Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.
  • Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit to apply for Assistant Professor.
Note: Before applying for UGC NET 2020, candidates must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility for the test. 
  • Candidates do not have to send any certificates/ documents to National Testing Agency in support of their eligibility. 
  • NTA does not verify the details provided by the candidates in the application form and hence their candidature will be purely provisional subject to the fulfillment of eligibility criteria.
  • In case, NTA or UGC detect any ineligibility at any stage, the candidature will be cancelled and legal action may be taken against the candidates. 

UGC NET Exam is a computer based test having multiple choice questions.

  • The exam has two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2.
  • Paper 1 is same and compulsory for all candidates. It tests teaching and reasoning ability, research aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. Each unit gets equal weightage: 5 questions and 10 marks from each section, i.e., 2 marks for each correct answer.
  • Paper 2 is based on the subject chosen by the candidate (Management. It tests candidate’s in depth knowledge and expertise in the respective subject.
  • The combined exam duration for Paper 1 and Paper 2 is 180 minutes. Candidates are free to move and attempt any paper or question in this 3 hours.
  • Each question carries 2 marks and there is no negative marking in any of the papers.
  • For Assistant Professor, the number of candidates to be qualified (total slots) will be equal to 6% of the candidates appeared in both the papers of NET.


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks


Paper 1



A cumulative time duration of 3 hours.
Shift 1: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Shift 2: 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Paper 2




150 MCQs

300 Marks

180 minutes

  1. Paper 1 Syllabus 2020:Download
  2. Paper 2 (Management Code 17) Syllabus 2020:Download
Paper 1 Syllabus 2020: (Click Here) to Download

UGC NET Paper 1 is common and compulsory for every candidate. Paper 1 will have 50 questions worth 100 marks. Paper 1 syllabus has 10 units and exactly 5 questions will be asked from each unit. Each unit gets equal weightage: 5 questions and 10 marks from each section, i.e., 2 marks for each correct answerDetailed syllabus for Paper 1 is described below:

Unit-I Teaching Aptitude  
  • Teaching: Concept, Objectives, Levels of teaching (Memory, Understanding and Reflective), Characteristics and basic requirements.
  • Learner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners (Academic, Social, Emotional and Cognitive), Individual differences.
  • Factors affecting teaching related to: Teacher, Learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment and Institution.
  • Methods of teaching in Institutions of higher learning: Teacher centred vs. Learner centred methods; Off-line vs. On-line methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs etc.).
  • Teaching Support System: Traditional, Modern and ICT based.
  • Evaluation Systems: Elements and Types of evaluation, Evaluation in Choice Based Credit System in Higher education, Computer based testing, Innovations in evaluation systems.
Unit-II Research Aptitude 
  • Research: Meaning, Types, and Characteristics, Positivism and Postpositivistic approach to research.
  • Methods of Research: Experimental, Descriptive, Historical, Qualitative and Quantitative methods, Steps of Research.  
  • Thesis and Article writing: Format and styles of referencing,  Application of ICT in research, Research ethics.
Unit-III Comprehension 
  • A passage of text be given. Questions be asked from the passage to be answered.
Unit-IV Communication
  • Communication: Meaning, types and characteristics of communication.
  • Effective communication: Verbal and Non-verbal, Inter-Cultural and group communications, Classroom 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 the structure of arguments: Argument forms, structure of categorical propositions, Mood and Figure, Formal and Informal fallacies, Uses of language, Connotations and denotations of terms, Classical square of opposition, Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning, Analogies. 
  • Venn diagram: Simple and multiple use for establishing validity of arguments.  
  • Indian Logic: Means of knowledge, Pramanas- Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication) and Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension).
  • Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasas (fallacies of inference).
Unit-VII Data Interpretation 
  • Sources, acquisition and classification of Data.
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data. 
  • Graphical representation (Bar-chart, Histograms, Pie-chart, Table-chart and Line-chart) 
  • Mapping of Data, Data Interpretation. Data and Governance.
Unit-VIII Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 
  • ICT: General abbreviations and terminology, Basics of Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencing, Digital initiatives in higher education. ICT and Governance. 
Unit-IX People, Development and Environment ·
  • Development and Environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals. 
  • Human and environment interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on environment. 
  • Environmental issues: Local, Regional and Global; Air pollution, Water pollution, Soil pollution, Noise pollution, Waste (solid, liquid, biomedical, hazardous, electronic), Climate change and its Socio-Economic and Political dimensions. Impacts of pollutants on human health.
  • Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear and Forests.
  • Natural hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategies, Environmental Protection Act (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 and education 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 and environmental education.
  • Policies, Governance, and Administration

Paper 2 (Management Code 17) Syllabus 2020: (Click Here) to Download
Paper 2 will have 100 questions. 
Unit – I
  • Management – Concept, Process, Theories and Approaches, Management Roles and Skills
    Functions – Planning, Organizing, Staffing, Coordinating and Controlling.
    Communication – Types, Process and Barriers.
    Decision Making – Concept, Process, Techniques and Tools
    Organisation Structure and Design – Types, Authority, Responsibility, Centralisation, Decentralisation and Span of Control
  • Managerial Economics – Concept & Importance
    Demand analysis – Utility Analysis, Indifference Curve, Elasticity & Forecasting
    Market Structures – Market Classification & Price Determination
    National Income – Concept, Types and Measurement
    Inflation – Concept, Types and Measurement
  • Business Ethics & CSR
    Ethical Issues & Dilemma
    Corporate Governance
    Value Based Organisation
 Unit – II
  • Organisational Behaviour – Significance & Theories
    Individual Behaviour – Personality, Perception, Values, Attitude, Learning and Motivation
    Group Behaviour – Team Building, Leadership, Group Dynamics
    Interpersonal Behaviour & Transactional Analysis
    Organizational Culture & Climate
    Work Force Diversity & Cross Culture Organisational Behaviour
    Emotions and Stress Management
    Organisational Justice and Whistle Blowing
  • Human Resource Management – Concept, Perspectives, Influences and Recent Trends
    Human Resource Planning, Recruitment and Selection, Induction, Training and Development
    Job Analysis, Job Evaluation and Compensation Management
 Unit – III
  •  Strategic Role of Human Resource Management
  • Competency Mapping & Balanced Scoreboard
  • Career Planning and Development
  •  Performance Management and Appraisal
  • Organization Development, Change & OD Interventions
  • Talent Management & Skill Development
  • Employee Engagement & Work Life Balance
  • Industrial Relations: Disputes & Grievance Management, Labour Welfare and Social Security
     Trade Union & Collective Bargaining
  • International Human Resource Management – HR Challenge of International Business
  • Green HRM
 Unit – IV
  • Accounting Principles and Standards, Preparation of Financial Statements
    Financial Statement Analysis – Ratio Analysis, Funds Flow and Cash Flow Analysis, DuPont Analysis
    Preparation of Cost Sheet, Marginal Costing, Cost Volume Profit Analysis
    Standard Costing & Variance Analysis
  • Financial Management, Concept & Functions
    Capital Structure – Theories, Cost of Capital, Sources and Finance
    Budgeting and Budgetary Control, Types and Process, Zero base Budgeting
    Leverages – Operating, Financial and Combined Leverages, EBIT–EPS Analysis, Financial Breakeven Point & Indifference Level.
Unit – V
  • Value & Returns – Time Preference for Money, Valuation of Bonds and Shares, Risk and Returns;
  • Capital Budgeting – Nature of Investment, Evaluation, Comparison of Methods;
  • Risk and Uncertainly Analysis
  • Dvidend – Theories and Determination
  • Mergers and Acquisition – Corporate Restructuring, Value Creation, Merger Negotiations, Leveraged Buyouts, Takeover
  • Portfolio Management – CAPM, APT
  • Derivatives – Options, Option Payoffs, Option Pricing, Forward Contracts & Future Contracts
  • Working Capital Management – Determinants, Cash, Inventory, Receivables and Payables Management, Factoring
  • International Financial Management, Foreign exchange market
Unit – VI
  • Strategic Management – Concept, Process, Decision & Types
    Strategic Analysis – External Analysis, PEST, Porter’s Approach to industry analysis, Internal Analysis – Resource Based Approach, Value Chain Analysis
    Strategy Formulation – SWOT Analysis, Corporate Strategy – Growth, Stability, Retrenchment, Integration and Diversification, Business Portfolio Analysis – BCG, GE Business Model, Ansoff’s Product Market Growth Matrix
    Strategy Implementation – Challenges of Change, Developing Programs
    Mckinsey 7s Framework
  • Marketing – Concept, Orientation, Trends and Tasks, Customer Value and Satisfaction
    Market Segmentation, Positioning and Targeting
    Product and Pricing Decision – Product Mix, Product Life Cycle, New Product development, Pricing – Types and Strategies
    Place and promotion decision – Marketing channels and value networks, VMS,
    IMC, Advertising and Sales promotion
Unit –VII
  • Consumer and Industrial Buying Behaviour: Theories and Models of Consumer Behaviour
  • Brand Management – Role of Brands, Brand Equity, Equity Models, Developing a Branding Strategy; Brand Name Decisions, Brand Extensions and Loyalty
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Drivers, Value creation, Supply Chain
  • Design, Designing and Managing Sales Force, Personal Selling
  • Service Marketing – Managing Service Quality and Brands, Marketing Strategies of Service Firms
  • Customer Relationship Marketing – Relationship Building, Strategies, Values and Process
  • Retail Marketing – Recent Trends in India, Types of Retail Outlets.
  • Emerging Trends in Marketing – Concept of e-Marketing, Direct Marketing, Digital Marketing and Green Marketing
  • International Marketing – Entry Mode Decisions, Planning Marketing Mix for International Markets
Unit –VIII
  • Statistics for Management: Concept, Measures Of Central Tendency and Dispersion, Probability Distribution – Binominal, Poison, Normal and Exponential
    Data Collection & Questionnaire Design
    Sampling – Concept, Process and Techniques
    Hypothesis Testing – Procedure; T, Z, F, Chi-square tests
    Correlation and Regression Analysis
  • Operations Management – Role and Scope
    Facility Location and Layout – Site Selection and Analysis, Layout –Design and Process
    Enterprise Resource Planning – ERP Modules, ERP implementation
    Scheduling; Loading, Sequencing and Monitoring
    Quality Management and Statistical Quality Control, Quality Circles, Total Quality Management – KAIZEN, Benchmarking, Six Sigma; ISO 9000 Series Standards
    Operation Research – Transportation, Queuing Decision Theory, PERT / CPM
Unit –IX
  • International Business – Managing Business in Globalization Era; Theories of International Trade; Balance of payment
    Foreign Direct Investment – Benefits and Costs
    Multilateral regulation of Trade and Investment under WTO
    International Trade Procedures and Documentation; EXIM Policies
    Role of International Financial Institutions – IMF and World Bank
  • Information Technology – Use of Computers in Management Applications; MIS, DSS
    Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
    Data Warehousing, Data Mining and Knowledge Management – Concepts Managing Technological Change
Unit – X
  • Entrepreneurship Development – Concept, Types, Theories and Process, Developing Entrepreneurial Competencies
    Intrapreneurship – Concept and Process
    Women Entrepreneurship and Rural Entrepreneurship
    Innovations in Business – Types of Innovations, Creating and Identifying Opportunities, Screening of Business Ideas
    Business Plan and Feasibility Analysis – Concept and Process of Technical, Market and Financial Analysis
    Micro and Small Scale Industries in India; Role of Government in Promoting SSI
    Sickness in Small Industries – Reasons and Rehabilitation
    Institutional Finance to Small Industries – Financial Institutions, Commercial Banks, Cooperative Banks, Micro Finance.

Candidates can fill UGC NET June 2020 Application Form in online mode at ugcnet.nta.nic.in Click Here to Apply

  • Visit the official website and click on Apply online to fill the registration page.
  • Enter your personal details, email ID and mobile number.
  • Post registration, a system generated application number will be sent on the email Id and mobile number.
  • Login again and select your subject, position and preferred exam center.
  • Now, upload your photograph and signature in specified format. 
  • Make application fee payment either through debit card/ credit card/ netbanking or paytm
  • Final step is to download 4 copies of filled in application form and e-receipt of fee payment for further reference.

Application Fee


Examination Fees


INR. 1000/-

OBC (Non- Creamy Layer)/ EWS

INR. 500/-

SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender

INR. 250/-

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