UGC NET 2018 Latest changes introduced

Last Updated - March 30 2018

UGC NET 2018, to be organized by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) at the behest of University Grants Commission (UGC) is scheduled for July 8. Aspirants who qualify the test will be considered for the position of Assistant Professor or the award of Junior Research Fellowship as per eligibility.  The test is organized for 84 subjects at 91 test locations in order to determine the eligibility of participants for the position of Assistant Professorship and Junior Research Fellowship at Indian Universities and Colleges. Check UGC NET 2018 Eligibility

Aspirants who qualify for Junior Research Fellowship will be able to pursue research in their post-graduation subject or a concerned subject at the universities, IITs and other national organizations. Such aspirants will also be considered applicable for the post of Assistant Professor.

The application procedure for UGC NET 2018 is on until April 5. From this year onwards, the board has introduced three major changes in the eligibility conditions, documentation for proof of identity, and exam format of UGC NET.

UGC NET 2018 Changes Introduced

Some prominent changes have been introduced in the eligibility conditions for JRF candidates. Also, major changes have been introduced in the exam format, there are only two sections in UGC NET 2018 now. The third section has been merged accordingly with the second section. Lastly and most importantly, as a document of identity proof, aspirants will have to possess either Aadhaar Number, Aadhaar Enrollment Number or any of the following-

  • Valid Government ID such as Driving License/Voter ID etc.
  • Bank Account No.
  • Passport
  • Ration Card

UGC NET 2018 Eligibility for JRF aspirants

In the official notification for UGC NET 2018, CBSE has increased the upper age limit for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) by two years to 30 years as on July 1, 2018.

  • The permissible age-limit for Junior Research Fellowship till the last held UGC NET was 28 years.
  • The Assistant Professor position still does not have an upper age-limit according to the recent changes.
  • Maximum age relaxation for reserved category aspirants (SC/ST/OBC) is unchanged at 5 years.

UGC NET 2018 Aadhaar Compulsory

CBSE issued a notification on March 17, 2018 making Aadhar Number compulsory as proof of identity of Participants for UGC NET 2018.

  • Participants from Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya are exempt from providing their Aadhar Numbers.
  • Aspirants who have not been allowed an Aadhar Card yet, must apply for the same and offer the Aadhar Enrolment Number instead of the compulsory Aadhar Number. 
  • Such aspirants can use their Bank A/c numbers, passport number, ration card number or any other identifying details allocated by the government etc. as proof of identity.
  • All aspirants must fill in their Aadhar number while filling up the UGC NET Application Form and produce the card in original for verification purpose on the day of the exam.

The Aadhaar card details (name, DoB, gender) will be used to cross-check the details offered by the aspirants in the UGC NET Application Form. With the help of the Aadhar Card, it will also be easier to verify aspirants’ identity at the test center and aspirants too will no longer have to carry multiple documents as identity and address proof when they are presenting the Aadhar Card as a testimonial.

UGC NET 2018 Latest Exam Format

Vide a Short Notification dated January 8, 2018, CBSE introduced major changes in the exam format for UGC NET 2018.

  • In the previous editions of UGC NET, the exam was split into 3 sessions of a total five and a half hours’ duration.
  • There still isn’t any provision for negative marking in the exam.
  • Paper 2 will have100 mandatory questions based on the selected subject of the aspirants that they required to clear in 2 hours.
  • From 2018 onwards, UGC NET will include only two papers of 150 objective-type questions to be finished in two separate sessions of a total 3-hour duration.
  • Paper 1 will have 50 mandatory questions based on teaching/research aptitude and the time allotted is 1 hour only.
  • All questions in both papers will carry 2 marks each.

UGC NET Revised Exam Format Highlights

Method of ExamOffline, Paper-based Test (OMR Answer Sheets)
The medium of ExamEnglish/Hindi
Number of Papers2 – Paper I: 50 questions on General Awareness & Teaching/Research Aptitude Paper II: 100 Subject Concerned Questions
Type of QuestionsObjective Type
Time AllottedPaper I – 1-hour Paper II – 2 hour
Marking Scheme2 marks for each accurate response; No provision for negative marking

According to some media reports, CBSE will be organizing UGC NET examination twice a year once again. However, such news has not been substantiated by the Board as yet. Candidates are advised to follow the official website for any notifications in this context.


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