UGC NET 2023 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, etc.

UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) is an entrance examination conducted by National Testing Agency to provide candidates admission into the various Indian Universities. The admission into the university will be for Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor. In this article, we will discuss UGC NET 2023 Exam Date, Registration, Revised Syllabus, Pattern, Eligibility, etc.

UGC NET 2023 Important Dates

EventsExam Dates (June session)Exam Dates (December session)
Application Re-opened August 2023September 2023

Start to submit the application formAugust 2023September 2023
Last date to apply online Application formSeptember 2023September 2023
Last Date of Submission of FeeSeptember 2023 —
Correction window openSeptember 2023November 2023
UGC NET 2023 Admit Card Issued DateNovember 2023November 2023
UGC NET 2023 Exam DateNovember 2023December 2023
UGC NET ResultTo Be Announced LaterJanuary 2023

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria of UGC NET is as follows-

  • The candidate must be a permanent citizen of India
  • The minimum required age for applying for UGC NET is 28 years with no maximum age limit
  • Candidates who have a 4-year BSc program or having a B.E/B.Tech/B.Pharma/ or Integrated BS-MS/MBBS/B.Sc. (Hons)/M.Sc. or equivalent degree/B.Sc. (Hons) or any equivalent degree.
  • The candidates who want to get enrolled in the integrated MS-PhD program must have scored a minimum of 55% marks and a relaxation of 50% for the other categories (SC/ST, Physically and, visually handicapped)
  • The candidates who want to get enrol for an M.Sc. course or have just completed 10+2+3 years of any of the required qualifying examinations are also eligible to appear for the entrance exam
  • To avail the benefit of fellowship, candidates have to complete the required qualifying degree with the required percentage of marks within the valid period of two years.
  • Candidates having a Bachelor’s degree, in the discipline of Engineering, Science, or any other will also be eligible to avail the benefit of UGC fellowship only after the enrolment for a Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. program within the valid period of two years

UGC NET Admission Process

The Application form of UGC NET can be filled online. The following are the steps by step application process-

  • Visit the official website of UGC NET followed by navigating to the admission tab and clicking on the UGC NET 2023 link
  • After clicking on the link, a page will appear where you have to get yourself registration using your email Id and Password
  • Now, verify the email by clicking on the verification link send by UGC on your email
  • Now, Log in to your account and click on the apply button
  • A form will appear, fill the form with correct information
  • Now upload your scanned passport size photograph and other documents mentioned below
  • Now a payment gateway will open where you have to pay the application fee using Credit/Debit, UPI, Net Banking, or challan
  • Take a print out of the payment confirmation slip and the application for future uses

Documents required for UGC NET

The following are the list of documents required for UGC NET-

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  • Board/University certificate
  • Ration card/Passport number/Aadhaar card number/Voter ID card number/other Government ID
  • Qualifying degree certificate
  • Category certificate (if applicable)
  • Economically Weaker Section (EWS) certificate (if applicable)
  • Person with Disability (PwD) certificate (if applicable)
  • Scanned images of photo and signature in JPG format (file size of photo: 10 kb to 200 kb, file size of signature: 4 kb to 30 kb)
  • A valid email ID and mobile number
  • Permanent and correspondence address with pin code
  • Four exam cities in order of preference
  • Code of NET subject for which the candidate plans to take the exam (available in information brochure)
  • Code of post-graduation course (available in information brochure)

UGC NET Application Fee

The application fee for the UGC NET entrance examination is as follows-

CateogryApplication Fee
OBC/NCLRs. 500/-
SC/ST/PH/VHRs. 250/-

UGC NET Examination Pattern

The following are the examination pattern of UGC NET-

UGC NET PaperNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Paper 150 100
Paper 2100 200
Total150 350

UGC NET Syllabus

UGC NET entrance examination is divided into two parts- Part-A and Part-B. The following are the syllabus of the NET syllabus-

UGC NET Paper 1

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; offline vs. online 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

Research Aptitude

  • Research: Meaning, types, and characteristics, positivism and post-positivistic 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


  • A passage of text be given. Questions to be asked from the passage to be answered


  • 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

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.)

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, the 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

Data Interpretation

  • Sources, acquisition and classification of data
  • Quantitative and qualitative data
  • Graphical representation (bar-chart, histograms, pie-chart, table-chart and line-chart) and mapping of data
  • Data interpretation
  • Data and governance

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

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

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

UGC NET Paper-2

Paper-2 is the specialization paper and it depends on your field of specialization. The following are the subjects that you can choose from-

  • Economics/Rural Economics/Co-operation/Demography/Development Planning/Development Studies/Econometrics/Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Commerce
  • Education 
  • Social Work
  • Defence and Strategic Studies
  • Home Science
  • Public Administration 
  • Population Studies
  • Music
  • Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./ Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./ Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./ Financial Mgt./ Co-operative Management)
  • Maithili
  • Bengali
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Oriya
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • Arabic
  • English
  • Linguistics
  • Chinese
  • Dogri
  • Nepali
  • Manipuri
  • Assamese
  • Gujarati
  • Marathi
  • French (French Version)
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Persian
  • Rajasthani
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education
  • Physical Education
  • Arab Culture and Islamic Studies 
  • Indian Culture
  • Labour Welfare/ Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/ Human Resource Management
  • Law
  • Library and Information Science
  • Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies
  • Comparative Study of Religions
  • Mass Communication and Journalism
  • Performing Art – Dance/ Drama/ Theatre
  • Museology & Conservation 
  • Archaeology
  • Criminology
  • Tribal and Regional Language/ Literature      
  • Folk Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/ Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama)
  • Women Studies
  • Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/ Sculpture/ Graphics/ Applied Art/ History of Art)
  • Geography
  • Social Medicine & Community Health
  • Forensic Science
  • Pali
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Computer Science and Applications 
  • Electronic Science
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Politics including International Relations/ International Studies including Defence/ Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies 
  • Prakrit 
  • Human Rights and Duties 
  • Tourism Administration and Management 
  • Bodo
  • Santali
  • Yoga
  • Sindhi

UGC NET 2023 Admit Card

The admit card for UGC NET is not yet released, we will update the admit card status once the authority releases the admit card.

UGC NET 2023 Exam Result

The examination result for UGC NET is not yet released, we will update the result status once the authority releases the result for UGC NET 2023.

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