UGC NET 2018: The University Grants Commission will conduct the National Eligibility Test (NET) examination from December 9 to 23. All the candidates who will appear for the examinations can download the admit card through the official website ntanet.nic.in. The results of the NET examination will be released on January 10, 2019. UGC NET is held for determining the eligibility for Assistant Professor post only or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or both.
UGC NET 2018: Five important things you need to know
NTA to conduct examinations
From this year, the National Testing Agency has started conducting NET examinations twice a year. The examinations will be held in 84 subjects at 91 selected cities.
New exam pattern
From this year, NTA will conduct the exam and instead of 3 papers, there will be only 2 papers – paper 1 and paper 2.
– Paper 1: It will be of 100 marks and will contain 50 objective type compulsory questions. Each question will carry 2 marks and will be of general nature and will test the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. The duration of the same will be one hour (9:30 am to 10:30 am).
– Paper 2: It will be of 100 marks and will contain 100 objective type compulsory questions. Each question will carry 2 marks and will be based on the subject opted by the candidate. The duration of the same will be two hours (11 am to 1 pm).
Age limit increased
The age limit has been raised by 2 years. Earlier, the upper age limit for appearing for JRF was 28 years, but now, it has been increased to 30 years.
Educational qualification: Candidates need to obtain at least 55 per cent marks in master’s degree or equivalent examination from a recognised universities/ institutions.
A relaxation of five per cent will be provided to OBC, Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Persons with Disability (PwD) category and transgender candidates who have secured at least 50 per cent marks (without rounding off) in masters degree or equivalent examination.
No need of Aadhaar card
Following queries received from the students, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has clarified that Aadhaar number is only one of the types of identification and is not mandatory. The UGC-NET bulletin December 2018 clearly provides that the candidates can also enter passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid government identity number, mentioned the official statement.