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National Testing Agency (NTA) releases Notification for UGC NET 2021 (May) Exam

UGC NET 2021 May - National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC) has released the notification for the National Eligibility Test (NET) 2021 May Examination. The examination is scheduled to be conducted on May 2 to 7, 10 to 12, 14 and 17, 2021 for the posts of Junior Research Fellowship or eligibility for Assistant Professor or both at Indian University.

The application should be submitted through online mode till March 2, 2021. Interested candidates can check the complete information about UGC NET 2021 May application form, registration process, exam pattern, dates and more from the page below.


Also see : UGC NET 2021 May Exam postponed, check details


About UGC NET 2021

The National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility of Assistant Professorship, Junior Research Fellowship or both, for Indian Universities and Colleges. UGC-NET is conducted twice every year. However in 2020 due to the pandemic, the June 2020 examination got delayed and was deferred to September 2020 until November 2020 to cover all the subjects. The December 2020 cycle had to be postponed and is now being conducted in May 2021


UGC NET 2021 Dates (May 2021)

Starting of Application Form Submission - 02nd February, 2021

Last Date for submission of Application form - 02nd March, 2021

Last date for successful transaction of Examination fee - 03rd March, 2021

Correction in the Particulars of Application Form online only - 05th March to 09th March 2021

Downloading for Admit Cards - To be announced later on website

Date of UGC-NET Exam - 2nd to 7th, 10th to 12th, 14th and 17th May 2021

Display of Recorded Responses and Provisional Answer Keys on the Website for inviting challenge(s) from interested candidates - To be announced later on website

Declaration of Result - To be announced later on website


Also see : UGC NET 2021Application correction window activated, check details


UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit and Relaxation :


Not more than 31 years as on 1 st day of the month in which the examination is concluded i.e. 01.03.2021 (This age limit is applicable for the current examination only). A relaxation up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC (Non-creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on Website SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and to women applicants.

Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on the production of a certificate from an appropriate authority

Three years relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates possessing LLM Degree

A relaxation of up to 5 years is provided to the candidates who have served in the armed forces subject to the length of service in the armed forces up to the first day of the month in which the concerned UGC-NET is to be held. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances

For Assistant Professor

There is no upper age limit for applying for Assistant Professor

Educational Qualification :

  • The candidates applying for UGC NET May 2021 should have qualified the Master’s degree or equivalent in listed subjects scoring 55% from any state or central recognized university (50% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates) in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science, etc. are eligible for this Test
  • The Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer/SC/ST/Persons with disability (PwD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent exam are eligible for this Test.
  • Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or equivalent course or candidates who have appeared for their qualifying Master’s degree (final year) exam and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying exams have been delayed may also apply for this test.
  • However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of JRF/eligibility for Assistant Professor only after they have passed their Master’s Degree OR equivalent exam with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of OBC falling in Non Creamy layer/SC/ST/PwD category candidates).
  • Such candidates must complete their Master’s degree or equivalent exam within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.
  • Candidates belonging to the transgender category would be eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age and qualifying criteria for NET (i.e. JRF and Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ST/PwD categories. The subject wise cut-offs for this category should be the lowest among those for SC/ST/PwD/OBC–NCL categories in the corresponding subject.
  • The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level exam have been completed by19th September 1991 (irrespective of the date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. From 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET.
  • Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their Post-Graduation only. The candidates, whose Post Graduation subject is not covered in the list of NET subjects attached as Annexure-III, may appear in a related subject.
  • Candidates having post-graduate diploma/certificate awarded by Indian University/ Institute OR foreign degree/diploma/certificate awarded by the foreign University/institute should in their own interest, ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/degree/certificate with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi (

Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor) :

  • NET/SET/SLET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions. In this regard, exemption from NET/SET/SLET will be governed by UGC regulations and amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time.
  • The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR/ JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.
  • For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, and are eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India.
  • For SET held from 1st June 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the universities/colleges situated in the State from where they have cleared their SET.


How to apply for UGC NET 2021 May Exam - Application Process

  • Candidates can apply for UGC-NET May 2021 in “Online” mode only.
  • Submission of Online Application Form may be done by accessing the NTA website & Only one application is to be submitted by a candidate. More than one application i.e. multiple Application Forms submitted by a candidate will not be accepted.
  • Candidates must read carefully the Instructions (including how to fill up the Application Form online) given in the Information Bulletin available on the NTA Website. Candidates not complying with the Instructions shall be summarily disqualified.

Follow the steps given below to Apply Online:

Step-1 - Register for Online Registration using your own Email ID and Mobile No. and
note down system generated Application Number.

Step-2 - Complete the Online Application Form and note down the system generated
Application Number.

Step-3 - Upload legible scanned images of: (i) a recent photograph (in jpg/ jpeg file,
size 10Kb – 200Kb) either in colour or black & white with 80% face (without
mask) visible including ears against white background; (ii) candidate’s
signature (file size: 4kb - 30kb);

Step-4 - Pay fee using the Payment Gateway(s)/Payment Modes of concerned
Banks/Paytm integrated to the Online Application and keep proof of fee paid.

All the 4 Steps can be done together or at separate timings.


Application Fee

For General/Unreserved Candidates - Rs. 1000/-

For Gen-EWS / OBC-NCL Candidates - Rs. 500/-

For Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribes (ST) / Person with Disability (PwD) Candidates - Rs. 250/-

Mode of Payment - Online (through Credit Card/ Debit Card/Net Banking & Paytm Payment Modes


Also see : UGC NET 2021 Registration date extended


UGC NET 2021 Admit Card

  • The candidate has to download the Admit Card from the NTA website and appear for the Examination at the given Centre on date, shift, time and discipline as indicated in his/her Admit Card. No candidate will be allowed to appear at the examination centre, on Date and Timings other than that allotted to them in their Admit card.
  • In case a candidate is unable to download Admit Card from the website, he/she may approach the Help Line of NTA between 09:30 am to 5:30 pm or write to NTA at:
  • In case of any discrepancy in the particulars of the candidate or his/her photograph and signatures shown in the Admit Card and Confirmation Page, the candidate may immediately approach the Help Line between 09:30 am to 5:30 pm.


UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern

The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of objective type, multiple choice questions. There will be no break between papers.

Mode of Exam

Computer Based Test (CBT) mode

Timing of Examination

First Shift: 09.00 am to 12.00 pm

Second Shift: 03.00 pm to 06.00 pm

Question Paper Language

English & Hindi only

Duration of Exam

03 hours (180 minutes) without any break

Types of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

No. of Questions

Paper I - 150 questions

Paper II - 100 questions

Total Marks

Paper I - 100 Marks

Paper II - 200 Marks

Marking Scheme

Each question carries 02 (two) marks. For each correct response, the candidate will get 02 (two) marks.

Negative Marking

There is no negative marking for incorrect response.


Also see : UGC NET 2021 (May) Application process begins, last date March 2


UGC NET 2021 Subject & Syllabus of Test

Paper I - The questions in Paper I intend to assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, reading comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate

Paper II - This is based on the subject selected by the candidate and will assess domain knowledge

  • The candidates may note that the syllabus has been modified and the new syllabus applicable from June 2019 onwards has also been notified through a Public Notice on NTA website. Updated Syllabi for all NET Subjects can be downloaded from the UGC website:


For more detail and to apply online visit the official website


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