ugc net 2022

In a world of UPSC and Bank Exams, it is UGC NET, which is arguable the country’s premier-most examination. 

UGC NET, i.e., National Eligibility Test, is conducted every year by National Testing Agency, to determine the potential candidates for the esteemed Junior Research Fellowship and the post of Assistant Professors in central universities and colleges.    

The exam though is complex and category oriented, yet it is aspired by more than a million candidates every year.   

And, having gone through the aspirant phase and tasted success in this exam, I know what UGC NET demands and what it will take for an aspirant to prepare for the exam efficiently.   

However, there is no brief way to explain the entire process of the exam, moreover, introducing you to the whole spectrum of UGC NET at once will be detrimental to your progress. Hence, I will bring forward every aspect of the exam in a step-by-step manner.  

So, if you are one of the aspirants, or are unsure and seeking details about the examination, then you are at the right place.  

Heads Up! The following information is crucial for you to inculcate. Get ready for a pleasant drive, known as the UGC NET.  

Before I move forward with the blog, let me give you a brief information about UGC NET 2022 Notification 

UGC NET 2022 Notification is expected to come out soon. But, as of yet, there is no information available about the dates of its important aspects. 

However, once the notification will be at place, this space will instantly update you about, the opening and closing of application form, the exam dates, the date of release of admit card, and whatnot.  

While notification will definitely come in due course, you should not waste your valuable time waiting, just start with your preparation now.  

Yet, if you are curious about the general duration of the exam, then for your reference I’ve added the updates that were prevalent with the previous cycle, below. Read carefully, and get hold of the overall examination process of UGC NET. 

UGC NET Exam Basic Information
UGC NET 2021 Exam Dates 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 November 2021, & 01, 03, 04, 05, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30 December 2021 [(Postponed in a few cities of Odisha & Andhra Pradesh) 4 & 5 Jan 2022]
Exam Name National Eligibility Test also known as UGC NET
Administering Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Award on Qualifying Exam Certificate of Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor
Mode of Conduct Online Examination
Application Fees General- Rs. 1000/-
OBC/ EWS- Rs. 500/-
SC/ST/Transgender – Rs 250/-
Selection Process 1 Exam Comprising Paper 1 and Paper 2
Year Started 1989-90
Frequency of Exam Twice a Year
Exam Purpose Determining Eligibility for Posts
of Assistant Professors and Junior Research Fellowship
Score Validity 3 years for JRF
Lifetime for AP
Exam Duration 180 Minutes
Score Range 0-100 for Paper 1
0-200 for Paper 2
No. Of Applicants (2021) 12,67,000
No. Of Test-takers (2021) 6,71,288
UGC NET 2022 Notification Yet To Be Declared
UGC Official Website

NTA UGC NET 2022 Exam Overview

The National Eligibility Test (NET) commonly referred to as UGC NET or NTA UGC NET Exam, started in the year 1989-90, is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for 81 different subjects.

First, let me start by introducing the organisations.

UGC (University Grants Commission) was established in 1956 as a statutory body by the Indian Government. Its objectives were to coordinate, determine and maintain the standards of higher education.

While, NTA (an Indian Government Agency) was established in November 2017 to conduct entrance examinations for institutes of higher education, nationwide.

The UGC NET exam was earlier conducted by the CBSE but from December 2018 onwards it is being conducted by the NTA. It is conducted typically twice a year (June & December Cycles) and more than 5 lakh students appear for the exam each cycle.

The exam’s purpose is basically to determine whether you are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor (AP) &/or receive the Junior Research Fellowship award (JRF).

Now, to talk a little about the JRF. It is a letter awarded to those candidates that have secured marks greater/equal to the JRF cut-offs in their NET for their respective subjects. The JRF letter is basically a bearer document through which you’ll be able to avail a scholarship while pursuing your M.Phil./Ph.D.

With the introduction over, let’s quickly delve into the when and what of UGC NET 2022. The UGC NET 2021 took a major hit in its schedule, owing to the difficult pandemic situation. However, with normalcy restoring at a fine pace, the UGC NET 2022 exam process is likely to go smoothly. 

But for that first the UGC NET 2022 notification has to come, which in all probability is due to arrive soon. 

NTA UGC NET Exam Dates 2022

UGC NET 2022 official notification is yet to publish. Therefore, as of yet the exam dates of UGC NET 2022 are not intimated. 

However, the official notification of UGC NET 2022 will soon be displayed on the official website of National Testing Agency. And hence the information regarding the dates will only be known thereafter. 

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