UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) 2017

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET) for recruitment and appointments to the post of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). The last NET conducted by the UGC was in June, 2014. Traditionally, the UGC-NET is conducted twice a year, in June and in December.

UGC decided in July, 2014 that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC.) This year, the CBSE has announced that there won't be any NET conducted in June/ July 2017. Instead for 2017, there will only be one UGC-NET exam which will be held on 5 November, 2017. A detailed notification will be released on 24 July, 2017.

The NET is a National level examination to determine eligibility for lectureship (as Assistant professor) and for award of Joint Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian Nationals as a standard test for entrants in the teaching profession and research at the university level.

The CBSE will conduct NET in 79 subjects at 89 centres (NET coordinating institutes) across the country.

Important dates

The UGC NET for the year 2017 is being conducted on Sunday, 5 November, 2017. Visit the UGC NET exam dates page for the complete schedule.


UGC NET is for recruitment/appointment to the post of Assistant professor or award of JRF for eligible candidates. JRF is awarded to candidates, who qualify UGC NET 2017, to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or a related subject. Such candidates would be selected by universities/institutions/IIT for full time research work. The award of JRF and eligibility for Assistant Professor both OR eligibility for Assistant Professor only will be dependent on your performance in all the 3 papers of the UGC NET. But if you qualify only as Assistant Professor, you won't be considered for JRF.

UGC 2017 (November) is being conducted for the following subjects:

Code Subject

01 Economics
02 Political Science
03 Philosophy
04 Psychology
05 Sociology
06 History
07 Anthropology
08 Commerce
09 Education
10 Social Work
11 Defence and Strategic Studies
12 Home Science
14 Public Administration
15 Population Studies*
16 Music
17 Management
18 Maithili
19 Bengali
20 Hindi
21 Kannada
22 Malayalam
23 Odia
24 Punjabi
25 Sanskrit
26 Tamil
27 Telugu
28 Urdu
29 Arabic
30 English
31 Linguistics
32 Chinese
33 Dogri
34 Nepali
35 Manipuri
36 Assamese
37 Gujarati
38 Marathi
39 French
40 Spanish
41 Russian
42 Persian
43 Rajasthani
44 German
45 Japanese
46 Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education
47 Physical Education
49 Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
50 Indian Culture
55 Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour & Social Welfare/Human Resource Management
58 Law
59 Library and Information Science
60 Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies
62 Comparative Study of Religions
63 Mass Communication and Journalism
65 Performing Arts - Dance/Drama/Theatre
66 Museology & Conservation
67 Archaeology
68 Criminology
70 Tribal and Regional Language/Literature
71 Folk Literature
72 Comparative Literature
73 Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotisha/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimamsa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsana/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhva Vedanta/ Dharma Sastra/ Sahitya/ Purana-itihasa/Agama/Advaita Vedanta)
74 Women Studies **
79 Visual Arts (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture/ Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)
80 Geography
81 Social Medicine & Community Health
82 Forensic Science
83 Pali
84 Kashmiri
85 Konkani
87 Computer Science and Applications
88 Electronic Science
89 Environmental Sciences
90 International and Area Studies
91 Prakrit
92 Human Rights and Duties
93 Tourism Administration and Management
94 Bodo
95 Santali

*You can appear for the subject "Population Studies" (Code 15), if you have a Master's Degree in Geography (with specialization in Population Studies) or Mathematics/Statistics. .

**You can appear for the subject 'Women Studies' (Code 74), if you have a Master's Degree in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences.

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts the UGC-CSIR NET (in collaboration with the UGC) for other Science subjects, namely, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences. UGC - CSIR NET was conducted on 18 June, 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

You must score at least 55% marks in your Master's Degree or equivalent in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Application, Electronic Science etc. to be eligible to appear for UGC NET. Get complete details about all the criteria on the UGC NET 2017 eligibility criteria page.

Exam Pattern & Syllabus

UGC NET consists of 3 papers in all. Get complete details about the exam scheme and what to study on the UGC NET 2017 exam pattern and syllabus page.

Application procedure

Application for UGC NET 2017 will be received only by applying online at

Candidates applying for UGC-NET should mention in the application form if they are applying for both JRF & Assistant Professor both OR only for Eligibility for Assistant Professor.

For candidates under the General Category, the examination fee is Rs. 600, for OBC candidates, the fee is Rs. 300 and for SC/ST/PWD it is Rs. 150.

How to pay

The candidates may pay the examination fee either by credit/ debit card or through echallan generated during the online filling of the application form. In case of e-challan the payment should be made in the Syndicate/ Canara/ ICICI/ HDFC Bank.

On completion of the online application form, the candidate should send the following documents with printout of the application form and attendance slip:

  1. Original copy of Bank Challan- UGC copy.
  2. Attested copies of Caste Certificate (for OBC/ST/SC/PWD), if applicable.
  3. Certificate of educational qualification/research experience, if applicable, to avail age relaxation, duly attested by a Gazetted officer.

The application form along with the enclosures should be addressed to the Registrar/Principal of the respective Coordinating Institution. Print of application form sent directly to UGC will not be accepted.

Exam Centres

UGC will conduct NET in 79 subjects in 90 cities across the country.

Candidates must contact the closest NET Coordinating institution to appear for the test. Candidates must note that no admission card will be issued by the Coordinating institution. You are advised to visit the website of the respective NET Coordinating Institution at least 10 days before the test. You will get details about your UGC-NET exam centre from the website of your respective NET coordinating institute.


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About Reeja Elizabeth Varghese

Reeja is a freelance content writer based in Delhi. She has done her undergraduate course in physics and a graduate in law from the Delhi University. She is currently practicing as an advocate before the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court. Reeja writes about legal education and legal careers.

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