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UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023: Paper I & II, Marking Scheme, Questions Type, MCQs

Updated By Shivangi Ahirwar on 23 Nov, 2023 18:03

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UGC NET 2023 Exam Pattern

National Testing Agency (NTA) released the UGC NET exam pattern 2023 for the June cycle along with the official notification. The June Cycle of the UGC NET 2023 Exam was successfully conducted over two phases from June 13 to 22, 2023. Furthermore, the NTA has also released dates for the UGC NET 2024, slated to be held between June 10 and June 21, 2024. The dates for the upcoming UGC NET exam for the December Cycle are set to occur from December 6 to December 22, 2023. The NTA has also announced the dates for the UGC NET Exam for the June cycle in 2024, which is scheduled to be held between June 10, 2023, to June 21, 2023.

The  UGC NET 2023 exam pattern consists of two papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. These papers will be conducted simultaneously, without any breaks. Both papers are comprised of objective-type multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The exam will be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode. The medium of the UGC NET question paper is in English and Hindi languages only. The exam is of three-hour duration. The UGC NET syllabus will be revised soon, as announced by UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar after a meeting on November 3. Candidates will be informed of the new syllabus in advance to ensure a smooth transition. The UGC last updated the UGC-NET subject syllabi in 2017.

Aspiring candidates appearing for the UGC NET exam are mainly evaluated on the basis of their subject knowledge, Teaching abilities, and General Aptitude. UGC NET 2023 is administered in two parts, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 of UGC NET June 2023 contains 50 questions that focus on the candidate's teaching skills, problem-solving abilities, and data analysis. On the other hand, Paper 2 comprises 100 questions that intend to check candidates' command of their subject. Read more to know about the UGC NET June Exam Pattern 2023.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023 Highlights

Check the highlights of the UGC NET 2023 exam pattern provided in the table below. 


UGC NET Paper 1 Highlights

UGC NET Paper 2 Highlights

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

3 hours (180 minutes)

Type of Paper

Common for all candidates

Subject-specific questions (82 Subjects)

Total Questions



Type of Questions

MCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option

MCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option

Total Marks



Marking Scheme

  • +2 for a correct answer

  • 0 for an incorrect answer

Language of Paper

English and Hindi

UGC NET Exam Pattern

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. Check the UGN NET 2023 exam pattern below.


Number of Questions

Total Marks

UGC NET Paper 1



UGC NET Paper 2






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UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023 for Paper 1

In UGC NET Paper 1 the questions will be generic in nature, intending 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.

UGC NET Paper 1 Sections

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Teaching Aptitude



Research Aptitude



Reading Comprehension






Reasoning (including Maths)



Logical Reasoning



Data Interpretation



Information & Communication Technology (ICT)



People & Environment



Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration






UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper 2

UGC NET Paper 2 exam will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. All the questions of Paper 2 will be compulsory.

Candidates need to choose the subject of the UGC NET Paper 2 from the given options of 82 subjects while filling out the application form. Candidates need to appear in the subject of their Post-Graduation only. Candidates, whose Post Graduation subject is not covered in the list of NET subjects, can appear in a related subject.

Nature of Questions in UGC NET 2023

UGC NET 2023 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 2023 Paper 1

SectionsNumber of MCQs
Research Aptitude5
Teaching Aptitude5
Reading Comprehension5
Reasoning (Including Mathematics)5
Logical Reasoning5
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)5
Data Interpretation5
Higher Education System: Governance, Polity and Administration5
People and Environment5

UGC NET 2023 Marking Scheme

Check the marking scheme of the UGC NET 2023 exam mentioned below:

  • Each correct answer carries 2 marks.
  • No negative markings for incorrect questions.

  • No negative markings for unattempted questions.

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FAQs about UGC NET Exam Pattern

What will be the language of the paper?

The paper will be available in both Hindi and English languages to cater to a wider audience and accommodate individuals who are more comfortable reading and comprehending information in their native language. Regional language papers, such as Marathi and Tamil, will be exclusively in their respective regional languages.

Will there be negative marking for an incorrect answer in the UGC Net paper?

No, there is no negative marking for an incorrect answer in the UGC NET paper. Candidates are not penalized for wrong answers, so it is advisable to attempt all the questions without the fear of losing marks for incorrect responses.

How many topics will be there in the UGC Net exam?

There will be two papers for UGC Net exam, Paper I and Paper II. Paper I will consist of topics including teaching aptitude, research aptitude, comprehension, mathematical reasoning & aptitude, communication, logical reasoning, Data Interpretation, ICT, People, development & environment, and higher education system. Paper-II will consist of the subject wise questions depending on subjects opted by the student.

What will be the mode of UGC NET exam?


The mode of the UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test) exam is Computer-Based Test (CBT). Candidates will take the exam on a computer at designated test centers, where they will answer multiple-choice questions through an online interface.

What will be the duration of UGC NET exam?

The UGC NET exam duration is typically three hours, consisting of two sessions. The first session lasts for 1 hour, while the second session also spans 2 hours.

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Related Questions

I have completed my MBA and In my graduation (BA - Major in English). Please suggest, do I need to select the management paper for NET exam or I could have Option to choose another subject as well,Like as History.

-NISHITUpdated on May 25, 2023 02:32 PM
  • 3 Answers
Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

You can select any subject of your choice in UGC NET 2020 and there is no such limitation restricting you to choosing subjects related to your academics. However, it is recommended that you choose a subject related to your post-graduation or graduation as it helps a lot in the exam.

Check the eligibility criteria and syllabus of UGC NET for more details. Please feel free to write back if you have any queries.

Thank you.


If I choose History as an optional subject for my UPSC entrance exam and fail to clear the exam, can I apply for UGC NET with History?

-Ishiqa srivastavaUpdated on June 25, 2022 01:38 PM
  • 4 Answers
Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

Dear student, it seems that you are mixing up two very different things completely. In order to be eligible to apply for the UPSC civil services examination, you at least need to have a graduation degree from any recognised University. For UGC NET, the minimum qualification required to apply is a postgraduate degree. Thus, only if you have completed your Master’s degree study in History or any related subject, you are eligible to apply for UGC NET with History as your main paper. We suggest you take a look at the following links for a better understanding regarding both UPSC …


Where can I find the detailed syllabus and exam pattern for UGC NET Mathematics exam 2020?

-SssUpdated on September 07, 2020 02:01 PM
  • 1 Answer
Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

Dear student, as per the latest information available on the official website of the University Grants Commission (UGC), there are no details regarding the conduct of the UGC NET mathematics exam. There is no syllabus and exam pattern for the UGC NET mathematics exam available on the official website. However, you can apply for CSIR UGC NET 2020 exam in which there is a subject called - Mathematical Sciences. The CSIR UGC NET 2020 mathematical sciences exam is expected to be conducted in the second week of November and you can find out all the details regarding the same from …


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