CBSE UGC NET 2018 is a National Eligibility Test organised by Central Board of Secondary Education. The exam is organizeed to select the aspirants for the position of Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor. The exam is piloted biannually and the next CBSE UGC NET exam is likely to be organizeed on January 2018. CBSE organizes the exam on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC). This offline exam is organizeed for over 84 subjects and the selected aspirants are placed across the country in over 750 Universities.
The number of seats available varies every year based on the requirements of the university. University Grant Commission validates and inspects the universities in India before finalising on the vacancy positions.
|Exam Type||National Eligibility Test|
|Organizing Body||Central Board of Secondary Education|
|Medium||English or Hindu|
|Type and Number of Questions||Objective Type (185 questions)|
|Sections||General Aptitude, and the course selected|
The exam will be organised biannually in the month of January and July. The dates for January session is as follows:
|Exam Releasement||October 2017|
|Last Date of Filling in the Application Form||November 2017|
|Exam Date||January 2018|
|Exam Result||May 2018|
Aspirants should have an at least of 55% in their Post Graduate or an equivalent exam in the subject of their choice from any recognized university. CBSE UGC NET 2018 provides concession to aspirants from the Other Backward Classes (OBC)/ ST/SC categories for up to 50%.
CBSE permits students in the final year of the course to apply for the exam. Aspirants are strongly advised to select courses of their speciality. If the course is not listed, then they can select a course nearly close to it. However, aspirants will be disqualified if they fail to secure the marks as indicated by the Board. The board provides additional 5 % relaxation to aspirants who have finished their Doctorate degree before September 19, 1991.
Aspirants applying for Junior Research Fellowship should not be more than 28 years as on January 1, 2018. However, age relaxation is given for the below categories
Aspirants will have to pre-register with Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) before filling before filling in the application form. The aspirants who have already registered can login using their credentials and fill in for the exam.
New Aspirant Registration
Aspirants will have to follow four steps for successful completion of the application. The steps are as follows
Step 1: Fill the Application form
The application form will contain various columns and the aspirants are advised to fill in all the questions diligently and with care. The aspirants will be asked to download the information bulletin and cautiously read the conditions given on the page. The page will so speak of the fees structure and the photo specifications
Examination Concerned Details
Aspirant Mailing Address
This can be the address to which the aspirant requests the board to send their communication material. This can be college or work address
Aspirant Permanent Address
Aspirants are asked to fill in their permanent address as given in the ration card and other government documents
Details of Educational Qualifications
Aspirants will have to fill their Post-graduation examination details like
The password should be 8 characters long. Make a note of the password as it is very important for downloading and corrections of the form
Enter the security pin and proceed. Aspirants will be given a preview of the document post which they can select the final submit option
Step 2: Uploading the photograph
CBSE UGC NET will generate an application number at successful completion of Step 1. Aspirants will be asked to upload the photograph and signature in the given specifications
The page will provide a preview of the photograph and signature. If you are satisfied, click on final upload and continue.
Step 3: Payment of Examination fee
Aspirants can pay CBSE UGC NET fees both by online and offline mode
Online Method – The online payment can be made by Debit Card / Credit card / Net banking. The banking charges as indicated by the bank is eligible
Offline Method – Aspirants are requested to download the challan and make the payment in any authorised bank. The challan number should be entered in the form for acceptance of the form.
Step 4: Final Confirmation
Aspirants are advised to go via the entire document before final submission of the application form
The application fee determined by CBSE varies according to the category of the aspirant. Aspirants can pay the fees in both online and offline mode
Participants are advised to make the payments well in advance to avoid any unforeseen circumstances and events.
The examination fees for different categories will be as follows:
|Other Backward Class (non – creamy layer)||INR 300|
|SC / ST / PWD||INR 150|
CBSE UGC NET 2018 Hall Ticket is a compulsory document and aspirants will not be permitted to write the exam without producing a valid hall ticket. venue details, exam timing, the signature of the aspirant, and space for examiner signature. The hall ticket will contain details like name, date of birth, examination details, photograph. The hall ticket will be available for download 15 days before the exam. The hall ticket will not be sent to the aspirant and aspirants are requested to take a print out of the downloaded hall ticket.
Given below is the steps to download the hall ticket
CBSE UGC NET 2018 will have in over 90 examination centres across the country. CBSE will select exam centres on basis of the Universities validated and approved by them. The exam will be held in all areas of the country. The examination centre in each state will be selected on the basis of the credibility and the accessibility factor. The examination centres will be planned in all the states across the country for easy accessibility for the aspirants. Aspirants will be allotted examination centres based on their preferences and availability.
The exam format will be organizeed in the offline method and it will be organised into three papers.
The paper I will consist of General Aptitude Test and 60 questions will be asked. Aspirants will be expected to response an at least of 50 questions. The questions will be of objective type and the aspirants to fill the response in an OMR Sheet. Even if the aspirant responses more than 50 questions, the first 50 questions will be evaluated.
The paper II will contain 50 multiple choice questions and the aspirants are expected to fill all the questions. They will be given a time of 1 hour 15 minutes and the responses should be recorded in Optical Mark Reader (OMR Sheet)
Paper III will contain questions from the subject chosen by the aspirant. The paper will contain 75 objective type questions and will be given a time of 2 hours 30 minutes.
Specially challenged aspirants will be given 30 minutes extra for Paper I and Paper II respectively and 45 minutes for Paper III
Exam Format Highlights Table
|Method of Examination||Offline|
|Number of Questions||175|
|Period of Exam||5 hours|
|Sections in Paper||General Aptitude and the subject opted by the aspirant|
CBSE UGC NET 2018 Exam Format will have three papers. The Paper I will be common for all aspirants. It will contain questions of General Aptitude which will comprise:
Paper II and Paper III will contain questions from the subject opted by the aspirant. It will cover the entire syllabus and the aspirants are advised to refer the University Grant Commission for detailed syllabi. History, Philosophy, Sociology, Home Science, Public Administration, Social Work. Literature, Archaeology, etc. Languages, Music, Religion, Labour Welfare. The subject selected by the aspirants will comprise Economics, Commerce, and Political Science. The questions will be of Objective type and the aspirants will be honoured 2 marks for every right response.
The reference books will vary for each subject and a few important books are:
|Name of the Book||Publisher/Author|
|Trueman’s UGC NET / SLET General Paper I||Danika Publishing Company|
|UGC NET / JRF / SLET General Paper||Arihant Publisher|
|UGC NET / JRF / SLET Teaching & Research Aptitude||Upkar Publishers|
CBSE UGC NET 2018 Result is likely to be announced on May 2018. Aspirants who pass in all three papers with need cut off will only be selected by the commission. The result will be released on the CBSE and UGC website. The notification of the result will appear in all leading newspapers and websites.
Steps to download/view the scorecard:
CBSE UGC NET 2018 Response key can be downloaded from the website of Central Board of Secondary education once the results are released. The aspirants can download the response key for reference and re-evaluation procedure.
University Grant Commission has defined a set of scores which the aspirant has to score in order to qualify. The cut off is determined based on each category. The percentage for each paper for various categories is as follows Aspirant has to score the at least cut off in all the papers.
|Category||Paper I||Paper II||Paper III|
|General||40 %||40 %||50 %|
|OBC / PWD / SC / ST||35 %||35 %||40 %|
The merit list is prepared on the basis of the cut off score. The merit list is prepared on basis of the cumulative score, personal subject wise score and category wise score. The remaining aspirants will be ranked separately for the Junior Research Fellowship The leading 15 % of aspirants will be selected based on the subject and category. These aspirants will be applicable for the position of Assistant Professor.
After scoring the at least qualifying marks does not ensure qualification in UGC NET. The final cut off for each subject will be decided by CBSE. The at least marks that an aspirant required to be a score in UGC NET to be considered for the award of JRF and eligibility & Assistant Professor is given below:
|Category||Paper I||Paper II||Paper III|
|General||40 marks (40%)||40 marks (40%)||75 marks (50%)|
|SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD||35 marks (35%)||35 marks (35%)||60 marks (40%)|
Selected aspirants will be called for counseling based on their position in the Merit List. The details of the counseling date and venue will be displayed in the University Grant Commission Website
All original documents of the aspirant will be verified at the time of counseling. The list of documents need are as follows If there are any discrepancies establish, the aspirant will be disqualified and fined.
Aspirants must carry both the original and 3 set of Xerox copies along with them