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UGC NET: University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) or NTA UGC NET is a national-level exam conducted in order to determine the eligibility of candidates for only Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor posts in Indian universities and colleges. The UGC NET 2023 exam will be held for a total of 83 subjects. Until 2021, the NTA UGC NET exam was conducted for 83 subjects. The UGC NET syllabus differs for all 83 subjects and is prescribed by the University Grants Commission itself. Until June 2018, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the NET exam on behalf of UGC. However, from December 2018 onwards National Testing Agency (NTA) started conducting the UGC NET exam.

UGC NET 2023 Exam Highlights

The highlights of the UGC NET 2023 exam are given below.

Exam Particulars Exam Details
Exam Name UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test)
Conducting Body NTA
Exam Level National
Exam Frequency Twice a year
Mode of Exam Online – CBT (Computer-Based Test)
Exam Fees
  • INR 1,100 for the General category
  • INR 550 for OBC
  • INR 275 for SC/ ST/ PwD
Exam Duration 180 minutes
Exam Time
  • Shift 1 – 09:00 am to 12:00 noon
    Shift 2 – 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm
No. of Papers and Total Marks
  • Paper-1: 100 marks
  • Paper-2: 200 marks
Total Questions 50 MCQs in Paper 1 and 100 MCQs in Paper 2
Marking Scheme
  • +2 for each correct answer
  • No negative marking for incorrect answer
Language/Medium of Exam English and Hindi
Exam Purpose Determine the eligibility of candidates for posts of only Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor in Indian universities and colleges
No. of Test Cities 541
Official Website & Helpline No.
  • 0120-6895200

UGC NET 2023: Important Dates

Starting Date to Apply Online & Payment Fee 01-11-2023
Last Date to Apply Online 30-11-2023 up to 05:00 PM
Last Date for Payment of Fee 30-11-2023 up to 11:50 PM
Correction in the Particulars of Application Form online only 02-12-2023 to 04-12-2023
Date for Exam 26 to 28-12-2023
City Intimation Slip To be announced
Downloading of Admit Card To be announced

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2023

The basic criteria that candidates must fulfil to meet UGC NET eligibility 2023 are mentioned below in terms of the age limit and qualification:

UGC NET Age Limit 2023 (as on 01-07-2023):

  • For JRF: Maximum 28 years
  • For LS/ Assistant Professorship: No upper age limit
  • Age relaxation is applicable as per rules.

UGC NET Educational Qualification 2023:

  • Candidates should have possess M.Sc. or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/ BS-4 years/ BE/ B. Tech/B. Pharma/ MBBS with at least 55% marks for General (UR)/ General-EWS and OBC candidates and 50% for SC/ ST, Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in Integrated MS-PhD program with at least 55% (without rounding off) marks for General (UR)/General-EWS; 50% (without rounding off) marks for OBC (NCL)/SC/ST, Third gender, Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates.
  • B.E./ B.S./ B.Tech./ B.Pharma/ MBBS final year/result awaited candidates are eligible to apply for fellowship only. These candidates will not be eligible for Lectureship/Assistant professor. B.Sc. (Hons.) final year/Result awaited candidates are not eligible to apply.
  • For More Details Please Refer the Notification.

UGC NET Answer Key 2023

The UGC NET answer key 2023 has been released by the NTA on the official website on March 23, 2023. Candidates can download the UGC NET 2023 answer key by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the ‘Answer Key’ link
  • Login into the registered account
  • Download the PDF

How to Challange UGC NET Answer Key 2023?

The steps to challenge UGC NET provisional answer key is given below:

  •  Visit the official website of UGC NET
  •  Click on the link available for the answer key
  • Click on any one of the links: Through the application number and password or Through the application number and date of birth
  • Enter the application number, password/date of birth, and security pin (as shown on the screen)
  • Click on Sign In
  • Click on the Challenge Answer Key link
  • Select the correct answer option ID for the question ID for which the challenge needs to be made
  • Click on the ‘Save Your Claims’ button
  • Upload the supporting documents in a single PDF file to support your claim
  • Click on the ‘Save Your Claims & Pay Fee’ button
  • Pay INR 200 per question in the online mode

UGC NET Result 2023

The UGC NET result 2023 will be announced by the NTA through the normalisation of scores. The NTA uses the percentile scores method to calculate the UGC NET 2023 result. Candidates can check their results by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website –
  • Click on the result link
  • Enter the details – application number, date of birth and security pin
  • Download the scorecard

Have a look at the minimum qualifying marks of the UGC NET exam below.

Categories Aggregate Minimum Qualifying Marks in Both Papers (in %)
General 40
SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/PwD/Transgender 35

UGC NET Application Form 2023

UGC NET application window for the December Cycle was closed on January 23, 2023. Candidates could fill out the UGC NET application 2023 by following the steps given below:

  • Visit the website-
  • Click on the ‘Application form’ link mentioned at the bottom of the home page
  • Click on the ‘New Registration’
  • Enter the required details and complete the registration
  • Fill out the complete application form
  • Upload scanned pictures of passport size photo (10-200 kb) and signature (4-30 kb). Both images should be in JPEG format
  • Pay the UGC NET application fee (Gen – INR 1,100; OBC/EWS – INR 550; SC/ST/PwD/ Transgender – INR 275)
  • Save and submit the form
  • Download the confirmation page

Pre Requisites for UGC NET Registration Process 2023 

UGC NET registration was closed on January 23, 2023. The candidates applying for the UGC NET exam must know the pre-requisite information for making an application for the NTA NET exam. The list of the pre-requisite information has been given below for the candidates that they should keep ready before filling out the application form:

  • Copy of Board/ University Certificate for Name, Mother’s Name, Father’s Name, etc.
  • Identification Card
  • Degree Certificate or last semester result
  • Active Email Id and Mobile Number
  • Four cities and choice of centres
  • Code of subject
  • Category certificate, PwD certificate (if applicable)
  • Scanned photograph and signature

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023

UGC NET exam pattern comprises two papers- Paper 1 and 2. As per the prescribed UGC NET exam pattern, both papers contain multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Candidates need to complete both papers in a single duration of three hours. Have a look at the detailed UGC NET exam pattern 2023 below.

UGC NET Paper Number of Questions Marks
Paper 1 50 100
Paper 2 100 200
Total 150 300

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