UGC NET 2020 exam pattern

Sakunth Kumar Updated On: 15 Jan, 2020 10:00 IST

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UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern defines the structure of the examination paper. The exam pattern generally includes the number of questions, types of questions (subjective or objective), number of sections, marks allotted to each section, the total number of marks, mode of examination, the language of the paper, time duration, etc. The exam pattern also consists of the marking scheme defined by the concerned authority.

Highlights of UGC NET Exam Pattern

Candidates are advised to go through the below-mentioned details for a clear understanding. 

  • The exam is conducted in Computer-based mode.
  • The test will consist of two papers and both the papers will have objective type questions.

  • The choice for the paper medium can be exercised at the time of filling the form. Candidates can choose either Hindi or English language.

  • The duration for Paper I is 1 hour. 



Test Duration for Paper 1

1 hour

Test Duration for Paper 2

2 hours

Number of Sessions


Total Number of Questions in Paper 1


Total Number of Questions in Paper 2


Total Number of Marks in Paper 1


Total Number of Marks in Paper 2


Each Question Carries

2 marks

Marks Deducted for Each Incorrect Question


Also Read: Check out the UGC NET 2020 Preparation Strategy

UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper I & II


Number of Questions

Exam Time

Exam Duration

I 50

09:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

1 hour

II 100

11:00 A.M. to 01:00 P.M

2 hours

  • Paper-I is of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It is primarily designed to test the reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. The paper consists of 50 objective type compulsory questions.

  • Paper-II has 100 objective type questions, which are based on the subject selected by the candidate. 

Also Read: Find out the syllabus 

Nature of Questions in UGC NET 2020

UGC NET 2020 will consist of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) for both Paper 1 and Paper 2. Candidates will have to select the right answer from among the options available for each question. Answering all the MCQs have been issued to be mandatory from the exam conducting authority. 

Topic Wise Number of MCQs in UGC NET 2020 Paper 1

Sections Number of MCQs
Research Aptitude 5
Teaching Aptitude 5
Reading Comprehension 5
Reasoning (Including Mathematics) 5
Communication 5
Logical Reasoning 5
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 5
Data Interpretation 5
Higher Education System: Governance, Polity and Administration 5
People and Environment 5

UGC NET Marking Scheme

  • Each correct answer carries 2 marks.
  • There is no negative marking.

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