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UGC NET 2017 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test (UGC – NET) (to be conducted by CBSE) will comprise of three papers that will be held in three separate sessions. The UGC NET (November) 2017 exam pattern is explained in detail here.

  • All papers will consist of multiple-choice questions (MCQ). The entire NET paper will be for 350 marks in total. Paper I & II are for 100 marks each and Paper III is for 150 marks.
  • Paper-I will be conducted from 9.30 – 10.45 am, Paper-II from 11.15 am – 12.30 pm while Paper-III will be held from 2 pm – 4.30 pm.
  • In Paper-I, 50 questions out of 60 will have to be attempted while in Paper-II all 50 questions are compulsory. Paper-III will comprise of 75 compulsory questions

There will be no negative marking for wrong responses.

NET Exam Cut Off Marks & Qualifying Criteria

To qualify for the recruitment as Assistant Professor and to be eligible to be awarded a JRF, candidates are required to obtain minimum marks separately in all three papers:

For General category: Minimum marks to be obtained in Paper-I and Paper-II is 40% each and 50% in Paper-III.


For Reserved Category (OBC (Non-creamy layer)/ PWD/ SC/ ST): 35% in Paper-I and Paper-II; and 40% in Paper-III

***** Only 6% candidates who appear for UGC NET would qualify *****

NET Syllabus

Paper-I: It will cover basic principles which will assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily test the candidates’ reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness.

Paper-II: It will consist of 50 questions based on the subject of study chosen by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.

Paper-III: This paper shall consist of 75 objective type questions based again on the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.

Subject-wise syllabus for NET can be downloaded from UGC website

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