UGC NET 2019 (University Grant Commission’s National Eligibility Test)

Last Updated - January 31 2018

UGC NET 2019 or University Grant Commission’s National Eligibility Test is held to select aspirants for Assistant Professor positions and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) at Indian Universities and Colleges. In this article, we elaborate on the salient features of the exam, based on past records, for a better understanding of interested candidates. The exam is organized by CBSE bi-annually, in the offline mode, on behalf of UGC in multiple subjects. The official notification for UGC NET 2019 will be announced by CBSE on the official website, in due course.

  • Only 6% of the total aspirants qualifying UGC NET 2019 will be declared applicable for Assistant Professorship.
  • The results of the exam are expected in January 2020.
  • Aspirants can avail their UGC NET Hall Ticket from October 2019.
  • Approximately, 6 lakh aspirants are reported to have appeared for UGC NET, in a year.
  • UGC NET 2019 will be organized in 84 subjects at 91 selected UGC NET 2019 exam centers across India.
  • The application procedure is in online mode, Accessible at
  • The exam is expected to be held in November 2019 and the application procedure for the same will take place tentatively between August – September 2019.
  • UGC NET 2019 is split into three papers, to be organized in three separate sessions. Aspirants will be selected for JRF or Assistant Professorship based on their performance in all the three papers.

Highlights of UGC NET 2019

Name of the ExamUGC NET (University Grants Commission - National Eligibility Test)
Exam Organizing BodyCBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)
Tentative Exam DateNovember 2019
Period of Exam5 Hours (Paper 1 & 2 – 1 ½ hours, Paper 3 – 2 ½ hours)
Method of ExamOffline
Eligibility CriteriaMaster’s Degree with an at least score of 55%
Method of ApplicationOnline
HelpdeskEmail: Phone: +91 7042399520

Exam Dates for UGC NET 2019

Since the official notification for UGC NET 2019 has not been announced yet, we have structured a tentative event calendar for the same, on the basis of earlier years’ trends. Interested participants are advised to follow the official website for further updates on the exam.

Availability of UGC NET 2019 Online ApplicationAugust - September 2019
Application Fee Submission DeadlineSeptember 2019
Application Form Correction WindowSeptember 2019
Admission Card Available for Download fromOctober 2019
Scheduled Date for UGC NETNovember 2019
Announce of Response KeyDecember 2019
Publishing of ResultJanuary 2020

Eligibility Criteria for UGC NET 2019

The eligibility criteria for UGC NET, as specified by UGC in the context of aspirant’s age and academic qualification are listed below:

Age Criteria

  • Maximum relaxation of up to 5 years is allowed for aspirants with LLM degree as well as aspirants having research experience.
  • Aspirants applying for Junior Research Fellowship should not be more than 28 years of age as on November 1, 2019 (can be relaxed up to 5 years for OBC/SC/ST/PWD/Female Aspirants).
  • No upper age limit has been defined for the Assistant Professor position.

Academic Qualification

  • An at least aggregate score of 55% marks in qualifying examination (50% for aspirants belonging to reserved category).
  • A master’s degree or equivalent from a recognised University in either Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Electronic Sciences, Computer Science and Applications.
  • Aspirants are advised to appear for the subject of their qualifying exam only. Aspirants, whose qualifying exam subject is not covered in the subject list specified by UGC, should appear in a concerned subject.
  • Aspirants appearing for final qualifying examination or awaiting results are also applicable to apply.
  • Aspirants with a Ph.D. or who finished Master’s Degree on or before September 1991 applicable for a 5% relaxation in the aggregate score of the qualifying examination.

UGC NET Application Form 2019

UGC NET 2019 Application Form will be available online, Accessible on the official website expectedly from August 2019. Aspirants will be able to fill the application form in September 2019. Aspirant’s Aadhaar Number is a compulsory detail for UGC NET Online Application Form. They must use the latest versions of web browsers to clear UGC NET 2019 Application Procedure.

The application procedure for UGC NET is elaborated below:

  1. Register at the official website with participants’ name, active email ID and valid mobile number.
  2. Upon successful registration, Application Form Number and Password will be generated.
  3. Re-login to the website and enter participants’ individual details, contact information, academic details, work experience details, choice of program and exam center preference, accurately.
  4. Upload scanned images of participants’ recent passport-size color photograph and specimen signature with the following specifications:
Participant’s recent, colour, passport-size photographImage dimensions: 3.5cm X 4.5cm File size: 4KB - 40KB
Participant’s specimen signatureImage dimensions: 1.5cm X 3.5cm File size: 1KB - 30KB

The UGC NET 2019 application fee can be paid both online (Net banking or Credit/Debit Cards) as well as offline (via e-challan, payable at Syndicate/Canara/ICICI Bank). Further details are offered in the following section.

Upon successful completion of application fee payment, a Confirmation Page is generated. Participants are advised to obtain prints of this Confirmation Page for the records. Please note that aspirants obligatory not send the copy of the Confirmation Page to the exam organizing authority.

UGC NET 2019 Application Fee

UGC NET 2019 Application fee can be paid in both offline and online modes.

  • For offline application fee payment, participants obligatory to obtain a print of the e-challan from the website and make payment at any Syndicate/ICICI/Canara Bank discipline. Participants then obligatory to enter the details stamped on the challan to the UGC NET online application form on the official website in order to clear the procedure.
  • Participants can make the application fee payment online via the integrated payment gateway on the official website using either Net Banking or Credit/Debit Cards.

UGC NET 2019 expected Application Fee, for the various categories, is tabulated below:

CategoryApplication Fee
GeneralINR 1000
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)INR 500

UGC-NET 2019 Hall Ticket

UGC NET 2019 Hall Ticket or Admission Card is expected to be available for download from the official website in October 2019. Participants who have submitted their UGC NET 2019 Application Form clear in all respects along with the requisite fees will be allocated the Hall Ticket. Please note that there are no other means of reaching the document other than downloading from the website. The same has to be downloaded from the official website.

Details like Participant’s name, Registration Number, Photograph, Date of Birth, Exam Venue, Exam Date, and Timings, etc. It is compulsory for the aspirants to carry the Hall Ticket in person to appear for the entrance exam along with a valid Photo ID Proof. will be printed on the Hall Ticket.

UGC NET 2019 Hall Ticket can be downloaded in the following steps:

  1. Visit the official website, i.e.
  2. Click on the link “UGC NET 2019 Hall Ticket”.
  3. Enter participants’ login credentials i.e. the application number and password.
  4. The UGC NET Hall Ticket will be displayed on-screen.
  5. Download, save and obtain prints of the document for future use.

UGC NET 2019 Exam Centers

UGC NET 2019 is expected to be organized in 91 cities across India. Participants can, during the application procedure, select four exam cities of their choice, in order of preference. The allotment of exam center is done by the exam organizing authority on the basis of the aspirants’ preferences. However, the authority’s judgment in this regard is final and binding on all.

An indicative list of the UGC NET exam center locations is tabulated below:

Port BlairVadodaraKozhikodeNasikUdaipur
DibrugarhMurthal (Sonepat)JabalpurKohimaMadurai
New DelhiDharwadKolhapurAjmerAllahabad

Exam Format for UGC NET 2019

UGC NET 2019 will consist of 3 papers- Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3. All the 3 papers will be organized in a single day, in three consecutive sessions. The details about CBSE UGC NET 2019 Exam Format has been mentioned below.

  • There will be total 175 objective-type questions in 3 sessions, each carrying 2 marks.
  • There will be no provision for negative marking in UGC NET 2019.
  • Paper 1 tests aspirants’ language skills, reasoning ability, and general awareness. However, Paper 2 and 3 consists of subject-concerned questions.
  • Total time allotted for the exam in three sessions is 5 hours.

The break-up of questions, total marks and time allotted are tabulated below.

SessionPaperNumber of QuestionsMarksTime Allotted
First15010075 minutes
Second25010075 minutes
Third375150150 minutes
Total-175 (All questions are mandatory)350300 minutes/5 Hours

UGC NET Result 2019

UGC NET 2019 Result will be declared by CBSE at The scorecard will have the aspirants’ name, roll number, category, subject code, scores secured in each paper, total marks obtained, and the status of candidature for the JRF or Assistant Professorship. The scorecard can be downloaded within a few days of the declaration of result.

UGC NET 2019 Scorecard can be downloaded in the following steps:

  1. Visit the official website
  2. Click the link “UGC NET 2019 Result”.
  3. Enter participants’ login credentials.
  4. UGC NET Scorecard will be displayed on-screen.
  5. Download, save and obtain prints of the document for future use.

Prior to the declaration of UGC NET Result 2019, CBSE will announce the Response Keys to each of the question papers for the exam, from which the aspirants can draw an estimate of their expected score.

Aspirants have the option of challenging UGC NET Response Key 2019 by filling an online application form on the official website and a payment of 1000 INR per question. The response key challenge fee can be paid either in online method (debit/credit card) or offline method (e-challan). The Final Response Keys will be announced after making need changes (if any) based on aspirants’ challenges. UGC NET 2019 result will be prepared for various subjects and categories on the basis of the Final Response Key.

Cut Off for UGC NET 2019

UGC NET 2019 Cut Off score is the at least qualifying marks need to be considered applicable for the JRF and Assistant Professor position. CBSE has ear-marked the at least qualifying marks both general and reserved category aspirants at 40% aggregate in all the 3 papers.

However, aspirants should bear in mind that just scoring the at least qualifying marks does not ensure qualification in UGC NET but ensures a position in the Merit List. UGC NET Merit List will be prepared both Subject-wise as well as Category-wise.

The UGC NET at least qualifying marks for various categories are tabulated below:

CategoryAt Least Qualifying Marks
Paper 1Paper 2Paper 3
General40 (40%)40 (40%)75 (50%)
OBC/ PWD/ SC/ ST35 (35%)35 (35%)60 (40%)

For the purpose of preparing the Merit List for UGC NET 2019, the aggregate score secured in all three papers by each personal aspirant is taken into consideration. A separate merit list for Junior Research Fellowship will be announced from amongst these qualified aspirants using the following formula:

Number of positions vacant in General category for JRF in a subject equals toNumber of aspirants who have opted for JRF and are qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor in that subject X Number of positions available under General category Divided by (÷) Total Number of General aspirants who have opted for JRF and are qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor

Note: A similar formula is used for all the categories and subjects.

Please note that only the top 6% aspirants (for each subject and category) from the merit list will be shortlisted for Assistant Professor position.

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