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CBSE UGC NET 2018 Application Procedure

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) holds the National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC). Aadhaar Card is mandatory to apply for UGC NET and it is an important thing. CBSE UGC NET determines the eligibility of Indian candidates for Assistant Professor or for Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor both. Junior Research Fellowship awardees will be eligible to pursue research in their postgraduate subject from IITs or other national organizations. Such candidates are also eligible for the post of Assistant professor in Indian colleges/Universities. For the year 2018, UGC NET exam will be conducted only one time in a year. Aspirants can read this article further for getting information about UGC NET 2018 including an application form, eligibility, exam dates, pattern, etc. If you are planning to appear on this examination then buckle up and study and for information go through this article.

UGC NET 2018 Exam Date

UGC NET will be held only one time in a year through offline mode. Candidates can check tentative dates of CBSE NET 2018 exam from here:


Dates (Tentative)

Issue of Notification

April 2018

Commencement of online application form

April 2018

Last date to submit the form

May 2018

Last date of fee submission through online generated Bank Challan

May 2018

Corrections in particulars of application form

April/May 2018

Admit Card Availability

June 2018

Exam Date

June 2018

Availability of Answer Key & OMR Sheet

June 2018

Declaration of Result

July 2018

UGC NET 2018 Application Form

·         Candidates wishing to apply for UGC NET 2018 have to fill the application form online only on the official website of CBSE NET.

·         The application form will be released from the month of April 2018 tentatively.

·         No application will be accepted after the last date.

·         Aadhaar card is necessary to apply for UGC NET 2018.

·         The application process will consist of four steps viz. fill the application form, upload scanned photograph and signature, pay the examination fee and print confirmation page.

·         There is no need to send the printout of confirmation page to CBSE.

·         CBSE will also provide the correction facility in UGC NET application form 2018. The correction window will open for a period of 1 week.

Application Fee:

The application fee of UGC NET 2018 varies category-wise. Application fee, once paid, is not refundable or transferable under any circumstances. Fee details are as follows:


Application Fee


Rs. 600/-


Rs. 300/-


Rs. 150/-

Eligibility Criteria

For every examination, there is a specific eligibility criteria that candidates have to fulfill, if they wish to apply for that examination. The conditions of eligibility  for CBSE UGC NET 2018 is given below:

Qualification Eligibility:

·         Qualifying Examination: Master’s or equivalent degree from Universities/Institutions recognized by UGC.

·         Subjects: The qualifying examination must be passed in subjects like Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science &Applications, Electronic Science etc.

·         Minimum Marks: The percentage of marks required in qualifying examination is 55% (50% marks in case of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD categories).

·         Appearing Candidates: Candidates appearing for final examinations towards a Master’s degree (or equivalent) are also eligible to apply.

·         Relaxation: Relaxation of 5% marks in qualifying examination shall be given to Ph.D degree holders whose master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September 1991.

Age Criteria:

For Junior Research Fellowship:

·         Age Limit: The maximum age limit is 28 years as on 1st January 2018.

·         Relaxation: 5 years relaxation in the upper age limit will be provided to OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD category candidates. Relaxation will also be given to the candidates having research experience. Candidates possessing LL.M. degree will be eligible for 3 years relaxation in age.

Aadhaar Card:

In reference to notification for UGC-NET(November) 2017 published in the news papers regarding schedule of filling online application for the said examination, following is being informed:

·         The use of Aadhaar for the applicants of UGC-NET(November) 2017 will result in accuracy of the applicants’ details. This will also help in ascertaining identities of the applicants at the examination centres in a convenient and hassle free manner. Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity.

·         The provisions of the Aadhaar Act and Regulations under the Act have come into effect from 14th September 2016 and notifications to this effect have been published in the Official Gazette. Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act 2016 permits the use of Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of an individual for any purpose pursuant to any law or any contract to this effect.

·         Accordingly, CBSE has decided to use Aadhaar for the applicants of UGC NET(November) 2017, and hereby notifies the following:

o    Applicants who are in possession of Aadhaar, shall enter Aadhaar number, name, date of birth & gender in online application for UGC-NET(November) 2017 for the purpose of his/her identity and authentication thereof.

o    Applicants not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, are hereby required to make application for Aadhaar enrolment in case he/she is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per section 3 of Aadhaar Act. Such applicant may visit any Aadhaar enrolment center (list available at to get enrolled for Aadhaar.

·         The above provisions shall be applicable in all states except J&K, Assam & Meghalaya.

·         The applicants from the states of J&K, Assam & Meghalaya need to enter the passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid Govt. identity number provided they should select the city of examination in these states only.


For Assistant Professor:

·         Age Limit: No prescribed upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.

Who are Exempted From Appearing CBSE UGC NET (For Assistant Professor)?

·         Ph.D Degree Holders: Candidates possessing the Ph.D degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission shall be exempted from the requirement of NET/SELT/SET for recruitment of Assistant Professor in Universities/institutions.

·         UGC/CSIR JRF Qualified Candidates: The qualified candidates of UGC/CSIR JRF examination are exempted from appearing the NET but the condition is that the examination must be passed prior to 1989.

·         States Eligibility Test (SET) Candidates: The qualified candidates of SET (held prior to 1st June 2002) are exempted from appearing in NET. These candidates can apply for the post of Assistant Professor anywhere in India. Those who have cleared the SET (1st june 2002 onwards) are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the Universities/colleges situated in the state of passing the SET.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2018

Candidates can check the CBSE UGC NET 2018 exam pattern which tells about the number of questions, marking scheme, type of questions, duration of the exam and other details related to the exam.

·         Papers: The test will consist of three papers.

·         Exam Mode: Examination will be conducted in offline mode. Candidates have to mark their responses on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) Sheet.

·         Number of Questions: Total 185 questions will be asked in NET which are divided into 3 papers. Paper-I will have 60 questions, out of which candidate has to attempt only 50 questions; Paper-II will have 50 questions and Paper-III will have 75 questions.

·         Type of Questions: All the papers will have objective type questions.

·         Subjects: The Paper-I consists of General Aptitude Questions and the other two papers, Paper-II and III contains questions related to the concerned subject.

·         Medium of Paper: Candidate can choose the paper medium either Hindi or English. Choice for paper medium can be exercised at the time of filling the form.

·         Exam Duration: Paper-1 and Paper-II will be of 11/4 hours while Paper-III will be of 21/2

·         Marking Scheme: Each correct answer will carry 2 marks.

·         Negative Marking: CBSE is not following negative marking scheme in UGC NET.


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Exam Duration


60 out of which 50 questions to be attempted


11/4 hours (09:30 A.M. to 10:45 A.M.)


50 questions (all compulsory)


11/4 hours (09:30   A.M. to 10:45 A.M.)


75 questions (all compulsory)


21/2 hours (02:00   P.M. to 04:30 P.M.)

UGC NET 2018 Syllabus

The syllabus of National Eligibility Test (NET) is different for different subjects. The subjects included in NET is more than 94. It is difficult to provide the syllabus of all the subjects here. However, the subject-wise syllabus will be provided soon. Candidates must prepare as per the syllabus prescribed by the CBSE. Check out the detailed syllabus and study materials  here.

How to Prepare for UGC NET

UGC NET is one of the competitive examinations that enables post graduate students to qualify for University level teaching jobs and also to seek admissions in PhD level programmes. To achieve good scores in CBSE NET, candidates can follow these preparation tips:

·         First of all, gather the complete syllabus as prescribed by CBSE.

·         Candidates can take the reference of previous years question papers to know the exam pattern and important topics.

·         Purchase some good books that covers the whole syllabus.

·         Prepare the short notes and highlight the important topics.

·         Keep yourself updated with current affairs. Candidate should have complete knowledge about their concerned UGC NET Subject.

·         Time management is also important. Manage your time effectively for studies and for daily revision.

·         Last but not the least, be confident and positive.

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