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UGC NET 2020-21 exam pattern

Updated By Sakunth Kumar on 03 Feb, 2021 12:22

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UGC NET December 2020 (May 2021) Exam Pattern

UGC NET 2020-21 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


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

1 hour


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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. 

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Nature of Questions in UGC NET December 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

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 Marking Scheme

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

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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 March 30, 2021 01:33 PM
  • 3 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 ...


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 December 03, 2020 12:03 PM
  • 2 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.


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 the ...


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FAQs about UGC NET Exam Pattern

What will be the language of the paper?

The paper will be both in Hindi as well as the English language. The lingual papers such as Marathi, Tamil, etc. will be in regional languages only.

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

No, there is no negative marking.

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