NET examination is conducted twice every year, one in June and the other in December. The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts joint CSIR UGC Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for lectureship for candidates having masters degree in humanities.

The candidates are having the opportunity for both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and lectureship or for the lectureship only.

NET is basically conducted all over the country. There is another examination which is conducted solely by the individual states and that examination is popularly known as SET (State Eligibility Test). The syllabus is same for NET & SET.

Eligibility: Candidates who have scored 55% marks (50% for SC / ST) in the Masters Degree Examination are eligible to appear for the examination.

Age Limit: The upper age limit for the Junior Research Fellow (JRF) is 28 years. There is no upper age limit for lectureship.


The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of only objective type questions

SessionPaperMarksNumber of QuestionsDuration
FirstI10050 questions all are compulsory1 Hour
SecondII200100 questions all are compulsory2 Hour

Paper-I shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions each carrying 2 marks. The questions which will be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.

Paper-II shall consist of 100 objective type compulsory questions each carrying 2 marks which will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.

All the questions of Paper  - II will be compulsory, covering entire syllabi of earlier Paper II & 
Paper - III (including all electives, without options).

The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper - I & Paper - II on the 
Optical Mark Reader (OMR) Sheet provided along with the test booklet.


Nationality: Candidates must be an Indian National

Education Qualification:

  1. Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Masters Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by UGC (on the website: list of All universities.pdf ) in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. (list of subjects of post-graduation attached at page No. 20) are eligible for this Test. The Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer/Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST)/ persons with disability(PwD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Masters degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.
  2. Candidates who are pursuing their Masters degree or equivalent course or candidates who have appeared for their qualifying Masters degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of Junior Research Fellowship/eligibility for Assistant Professor only after they have passed their Masters Degree OR equivalent examination with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of OBC falling in Non Creamy layer/SC/ST/PwD (persons with disability)) category candidates. Such candidates must complete their Masters degree or equivalent examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.
  3. Candidates belonging to third gender in other words transgender would be eligible to Fellowship 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.
  4. The Ph.D. degree holders whose Masters level examination had been completed by 19th September 1991(irrespective of 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.
  5. 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 subjects in item No.14 (on page 12-13), may appear in a related subject.
  6. Candidates are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility nor printout of their Application Form (Confirmation Page) to CBSE. 
    However the candidates, in their own interest, must satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the Test. In the event of any ineligibility being detected by the UGC/CBSE at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.
  7. 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 Masters degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi. ( )

Age Limit & Relaxation

  1. Junior Research Fellowship: Not more than 30 years as on 01.07.2019. 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 production of a certificate from appropriate authority. Three years relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates possessing L.L.M. 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.
  2. Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.


  1. 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.
  2. The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.
  3. For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being 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.

CSIR UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern

  • The single paper MCQ based test will be held tentatively on Sunday, the 17th June 2019. The examination will be held in two sessions; morning 09.00 AM to 12.00 noon and afternoon 02.00 PM to 05.00 PM
  • The Test will be held in a total of five subjects viz., Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Earth, Physical Sciences Chemical Sciences, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences. The CSIR UGC NET pattern for the Single Paper MCQ test shall be as given below
  • The MCQ test paper of each subject shall carry a maximum of 200 marks; the exam shall be for duration of three hours. The question paper shall be divided in three parts.
  • Candidates should use only black ballpoint pen and not pencil to fill in their particulars in the OMR Answer Sheet/Question Paper Booklet and to darken the appropriate circle to mark their answers in their OMR answer sheet
  • The Question Booklet for this test will be printed in Hindi & English Version


CategoryGeneralOther Backward Classes (Non-creamy layer), as per the Central list of OBC available on website: www.ncbc.nic.inSC / ST / PwD / 
Examination FeeRs.  1000/-Rs. 500/-Rs. 250/-
  1. The candidates may pay the examination fee either by credit/ debit card or through e-challan generated during the online filling of the application form. In case of e-challan the payment should be made in the Syndicate/Canara/ICICI Bank. In case the examination fee is paid through credit/debit card the additional processing charges as following will also be debited from the credit/debit card of the candidate. 
    Credit card: - 1.20% of the examination fee plus the service tax as applicable. 
    Debit Card: - 0.75% of examination fee plus the service tax as applicable
  2. After filling all the details for applying online for NET, the candidate will have the option to select the mode of payment of examination fee either by credit/debit card or through e-challan generated during the online filling of the application form indicating their details therein.
  3. The candidates are required to check the status of fee payment at CBSE website ) and if the status is OK the candidate will be able to take the printout of Confirmation Page. In case, the fee payment status is not OK the candidates are 
    advised as following:-


  • If the fee is paid through e-challan be depositing cash in above mentioned bank, the candidate should contact immediately the concerned bank to update his/her fee status on the website.
  • If the fee is paid through credit/debit card and status is not OK, it means the transaction is cancelled and the amount will be refunded to concerned credit/debit card within a week. Such candidates have to pay the fee once again.
  • Please note that fee submitted by any other mode like money order, demand draft, IPO etc. will be rejected. Fee once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.

Procedures for Enrolment in the NET & SET Guidance Centre, St. Xavier's College

  • For Enquiry interested candidates may call Office (9903208940) from 28th October, 2020 onwards during 10 AM- 5PM (Except Monday & Tuesday).
  • Online Applications begin from 28th Oct, 2020 and closes on to be notified.

NOTE: Applicants are required to bring their Age Proof Certificate, Post-Graduation Mark Sheet/Last Exams Mark Sheet and Online Fees Receipt on the date of Counseling. Original Documents regarding academic qualifications and others will be required at the time of admission.

Original Documents regarding academic qualifications and others will be required at the time of admission.

Date of Inauguration of the course : 2nd December 2020

Medium of Instruction 
Classes will be held taking English as the mode of instruction.

Course Duration 
The duration of the course is December 2020 to September 2021.

Subjects to be Offered : 
The test will be held in the subjects as given under:

  • Paper I
  • Physical Sciences
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Life Science
  • Computer Science

Course Materials 
The course fee includes one book for the Common Paper 1, Study Materials and Mock tests.

Course Duration 
The duration of the course is from Dec 2020 to Sep, 2021.

Fees for the Course 
Course fee for only Paper 1 will be Rs. 15000. For Paper 2 Rs. 10000/- would be charged. 
The First Installment to be given before joining the course. Second Installment to be given within the first week of joining. 
No refund policy will be entertained.

Details of the Course

  • Classes will commence on 2nd Dec 2020 and will continue till 30th Sep 2021.
  • The course fee includes one book for the Common Paper 1, Study Materials and Mock tests.
  • Classes will be held two to three days in a week excluding Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

This course is not offered presently