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National Education Test is a national level entrance exam conducted in India for postgraduates who either wants to apply

  • For PhD.
  • University Level teaching jobs.


BODIES ADMINISTERING THESE EXAMS – Bodies which conducts and administers these exams are-

  • For Humanities and Art Discipline-  UGC ( University Grant Commission)


  • For Science and engineering discipline it is jointly conducted by

ü  CSIR ( Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)

ü  UGC (University Grant Commission)


Eligibility Criteria-

  • Candidates who have secured atleat 55 % marks in their masters degree from a university recognized by UGC  in Humanities, Social Science, Computer Science , Electronics etc.
  • For SC/ST – Candidates who have secured 50% marks in their master’s degree from a university recognized by UGC.
  • Candidates who are in the final year of post graduation may also appear for this test but  they will be only edible for JRF/ Lectureship once they will fulfill the above criteria


Candidates who are exempted from this exam-

  • NET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities, however a candidate who has been awarded PhD. In accordance with the University Grant Commission (Minimum Standard and Procedure for Award of PhD degree), regulations, 2009 will be accepted from this exam.
  • Candidates who have passed UGC-NET prior to 1989 shall also be exempted from this exam.
  • The candidates who have cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Lectureship held prior to 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to apply for Lectureship anywhere in India.

How To Apply-

To apply for UGC- NET applicants have to visit their website  fill an online form


Syllabus For the Exam

There will be one general papare which will test-

  • Teaching and Research Aptitude ( Paper 1) – Objective Type

It would be a test of General Aptitude with emphasis on logical reasoning, graphical analysis, analytical and numerical ability, quantitative comparison, series formation, puzzles etc.


Number of Questions-60, Compulsory to attempt- 50

Total Marks- 100

Time Duration- 1.5 Hrs


  • Subject Knowledge ( Paper 11)- Objective Type

          Number of Questions- 50, Compulsory to attempt- 50

Total Marks-100

Time Duration-1.5

  • Subject Knowledge (Paper-111)- Objective Type


It would be test of more confined and in depth knowledge of specialization in your particular subject stream.

Number of questions-75, Compulsory to attempt- 75

Total Marks -150

Time Duration-2.5hrs

Minimum marks to be obtained in NET for considering a candidate for the award of JRF and eligibility for lectureship:

 Paper-1Paper 2Paper3

Important dates of commencement of exam-

  • 30 December 2012
  • June,2013

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  1. Sanjana Kumari says:

    National Education Test is a national level entrance exam which has a lot of value for fresher candidates in post graduation . It is conducted in India for postgraduates who either wants to apply for PhD. or University Level teaching jobs. I would suggest interested people to read this article.

  2. Rashmi Rani says:

    National eligibility test has gained importance and most of the graduates opt for this paper but without every correct information…. it will be a bit difficult.. so read this article to get all the informations that will be helpful for the aspiring candidates

  3. sneha sinha says:

    National eligibility test are national level test for postgraduates who want to go for further education and apply for PHD programmes or junior research fellowship.This article adequately describes the requirements,eligibility,question paper pattern of NET exam.In fact it also describes who are not eligible for the exam.Must go through this article on NET if you are planning to go for higher studies.

  4. Kriti Das says:

    National Eligibility Test has made the course easier after post graduation for people who want to study further and for others who are looking at teaching as a career option.Before this the candidates were required to sit for separate examination as all the universities carried out their entrance test separately.This article has all the details of the eligibility criteria and examination procedure.Extremely useful and well written article.

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