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UGC NET December Cycle 2020 (May 2021) Postponed Due to Pandemic!

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, NTA has postponed the UGC NET December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) Exam for an indefinite time. The exam was earlier scheduled to be held from 2nd to 17th May (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17). As per the latest notification by the National Testing Agency, aspirants will be notified about the exam schedule, at least, 15 days before the commencement of the test. NTA stated, “Looking at the present situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and also taking into account the safety and well being of the candidates and examination functionaries, it has been decided to postpone the UGC-NET exam.”

UGC-NET, the Role of NTA and Other Key Information

Are you aspiring to be a lecturer in an Indian college or university? You might not need an introduction about UGC NET. However, many students/ NET aspirants lack adequate information about this competitive entrance examination. To equip such aspirants with sufficient knowledge, we ensure to deliver reliable and authentic information about the University Grant Commission National Eligibility Test.

Popularly known as NET, the National Eligibility Test is the minimum eligibility criterion for “determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian Universities and Colleges.” Until 2018, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) administered the NET exam. Now, it is handed over to the National Testing Agency. The Agency has been formed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India to take away the burden of CBSE. NTA for the first conducted the NET exam in December 2018.

The NTA UGC-NET December 2020 cycle (May 2021) exam will have two papers. You must keep in mind that qualifying exclusively for lectureship, i.e. Assistant Professor is not to be considered for JRF. In this regard, the official website states, “Candidates who qualify the Test for eligibility for Assistant Professor are governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/ colleges/ state governments, as the case may be.

NTA NET May 2021 (December 2020 Cycle) Latest News –

The UGC-NET December 2020 cycle (May 2021) exam has been postponed keeping in view the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases. NTA announced that the revised dates for the National Eligibility Test would be announced 15 days before the examination.

UGC-NET May 2021 Highlights

Let’s take a quick look at the highlights of the NET exam for the May session.

Name of the exam


Full form

University Grant Commission National Eligibility Test

Conducting authority

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Earlier, it was CBSE until 2018


To recruit candidates as Assistant Professor and JRF or both in Indian college and university




May (December 2020 cycle)

Mode of exam


Total papers


Exam to be commenced

It will be announced 15 days before the exam.

Official website

UGC-NET December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) Important Dates

Check out the important exam dates…

UGC-NET December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) Events

UGC-NET May 2021 Important Dates

Submission of online application starts

02 February 2021

The last date to close online submission

03 March 2021

09 March 2021 (Extended)

Admit card available to download

It will be updated soon.

Exam dates

02 May – 17 May 2021

It will be updated soon (15 days before the exam).

Answer keys to be available

To be announced later

Result to be announced

Will be declared after the exam

 NTA-NET December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) Eligibility Criteria

You will not be allowed to sit in the upcoming UGC National Eligibility Test unless you meet the eligibility requirements. Make sure you fulfil the following eligibility prescribed by the Agency.

Academic Qualification

  • Applicants must have passed Master’s Degree or equivalent exam from institutions/ universities recognized by University Grant Commission in Humanities and Social Science, Electronic Science and Computer Science and Applications with at least 55% marks (without rounding off).
  • Students whose final result is still awaited or pursuing a Master’s or equivalent course can apply for the exam. However, such applicants will be admitted provisionally. Only after passing the Master’s Degree with 55% marks, they will be considered eligible for Assistant Professor/ award for JRF.
  • Those who have done the PhD degree by 19 September 1991 will enjoy 5% relaxation in aggregate marks, which ultimately reduces to 50% from 55% for appearing in the exam.
  • OBC-NCL/ Transgender/ SC/ ST/ PwD candidates should have secured 50% marks in Master’s Degree or equivalent exam.
  • Transgender candidates will further gain some relaxation in age and fee.

Age Limit & Relaxation –

  • Junior Research Fellow (JRF): Are you below 30 years as on 01.06.2020? If yes, you are eligible to take up the test.
  • Assistant Professor (AP): There is no upper age limit set for appearing in the NET exam 2019.
Category Age Relaxation
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) 5 years
SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender 5 years
Women 5 years
PhD (limited to the period spent on research) Up to 5 years on production of the certificate
L.L.M Degree holders 3 years
Ex-military (army) Up to 5 years

Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor) –

  • Candidates who have cleared JRF/ UGC/ CSIR exam before 1989 are exempted from appearing in the NTA NET May 2021 exam.
  • Also, aspirants who have passed the State Eligibility Test (SET) for Assistant Professor before 01 June 2002 (recognised by University Grant Commission) should not be bothered by the upcoming NET exam. They are exempted from appearing in the entrance test. Such people can apply for the AP post anywhere in the country.
  • These candidates can only apply for the post in the colleges and universities in the state from where they hail from or have passed the SET exam.

UGC-NET Application Process

The application process for the upcoming University Grant Commission NET exam is over now. It began on 2nd February 2021 and ended on 9th March 2021.

General Advice – Before filling in the application form keep the following things ready beforehand. Also, don’t wait until the last minute to fill the form. Remember, the National Testing Agency would not be held responsible for any server issues or network errors. It is wise to get the job done before the last date.

  • Aadhaar card
  • Certificate of Board/ University for the name of the candidate, father and mother
  • Date of birth certificate
  • ID (passport number, bank account number, ration card or any other government ID)
  • Academic certificate
  • Category certificate (OBC/ ST/ SC/ PWD)
  • Scanned images of photograph and signature
  • Permanent address/ mailing address with PIN code
  • Post-Graduation code, subject code

Detail Instructions to Fill Online Application Form –

The NTA-UGC NET online application can be filled in 4 steps. They are –

  • Step 1: Fill the registration page.
  • Step 2: Note down the system-generated application number.
  • Stet 3: Upload images in JPG/ JPEG format.
  • Step 4: Make application fee payment.

Submit the form and take 4 printouts of the confirmation page.

Step-by-step Guide to fill NTA-UGC NET May 2021 Application Form –

  • Go to the official website, i.e.
  • On the Homepage, click on the link “Fill Application Form UGC-NET December 2020”.
  • Click on “New Registration”.
  • Read the instructions carefully, check tick “I have downloaded Information Bulletin, read and understood all the instructions” and proceed with “CLICK HERE To PROCEED”.
  • Provide Personal Details, Contact Details, Choose Password, Security PIN and SUBMIT.
  • You will receive a system-generated registration number. Note it down.
  • Now, proceed with “Part II: Application Form
  • Upload the scanned images of your signature (between 4 kb and 30 kb) and passport-size photograph (between 10 kb and 200 kb) in the prescribed format.
  • The next step is to “Make Application Fee Payment”.
  • Then follows form submission and take printouts of the Confirmation Page.

Note: Only one application form needs to be submitted with correct details. Submitting more than one form will result in the cancellation of the candidature.

Application Fee Details –

You will be able to remit the UGC-NET application fee 2020 online.

  • The online modes of payment are credit card, debit card, net banking, and Paytm.

Status of Receipt of Online Application Form with Fee –

Those who have failed to remit the application fee within the given date won’t be able to appear in the exam.

In the cases where the applicants have paid the amount but due to some reasons the particulars are not shown in the final list of candidates, the applicants are advised to approach the HelpLine. While contacting the officials, you need to carry the underneath documents –

  • Confirmation of fee paid
  • Confirmation of printout of application submission

UGC-NET December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) Application Correction –

The ‘correction in application form UGC-NET May 2021’ link will be activated soon.

Here’s how corrections can be made to the online application form –

  • Visit the official website and scroll down to find the ‘correction in application form UGC-NET December 2020’.
  • Registered candidates can enter ‘Application No’, ‘Password’, and ‘Security Pin’ and then sign in.
  • You will then be able to make the required corrections.
  • Once the corrections are made, you can submit the same.

Common Services Centres/ Facilitation Centres to Help Candidates Submit Applications –

In order to help candidates who are facing difficulties while submitting the online application, the Agency has given them an

option to use the “services of Common Services Centre, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.

More than 1.5 lakh CSC have been built across the nation to help the NET aspirants to submit the form and remit the application fee through an e-wallet without any hassle.

UGC-NET Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The forthcoming National Eligibility Test will be conducted in online mode, i.e. Computer Based Test (CBT). There will be two papers – Paper I and II. Both the papers will comprise questions of objective types and all the questions are mandatory. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours and candidates will be given no break between papers. For a correct answer, 2 marks will be awarded. For an incorrect answer, there will be no deduction.

  • Mode of exam: Online (CBT)
  • Papers: Paper I & Paper II
  • Total number of questions: 150
  • Type of Questions: Objective type
  • Exam duration: 3 hours
  • Negative Marking: No


Total Questions

Total Marks



Paper I



Reasoning Ability, Divergent Thinking, General Awareness and Comprehension

180 minutes (no break in between)




It will be based on the subject chosen by the candidate.

Note: For unanswered questions, no marks will be given.

For those who are unaware – the UGC-NET syllabus 2020 has been updated. There are 82 subjects. The new subject ‘Sindhi’ has been added to the already existing syllabus since 2019. Download the updated UGC-NET 2020 syllabus with the subjects and their respective codes here.

Click here to know the latest UGC-NET 2020 Exam Pattern and download the updated Syllabus

UGC-NET December 2020 Admit Card (May 2021)

At present, NTA has postponed the exam date due to COVID-19. It will notify the same very soon. Accordingly, the admit card will be issued to the eligible candidates.

The candidates who have successfully submitted the application form with a prescribed fee will be intimated to download the admit card from the official website of the UGC National Eligibility Test. Check the steps below –

  • Visit the authorised website of NTA NET (already mentioned above).
  • Look for the link that says ‘Download Admit Card 2020 December’ on the Homepage.
  • Click the link, you will be directed to a new page where you need to provide details like application number and password.
  • The hall ticket will appear on the screen.
  • Download it and take a printout for future use.

Details that NET admit card will carry –

  • The name of the candidate
  • Photo and signature of the candidate
  • Roll number
  • Exam venue/ address
  • Date and time
  • DOB
  • Parents’ names
  • Category
  • Candidate’s address
  • Other important instructions

In case of any discrepancy in the admit card, you can contact the Help Line number.

Note: The Agency will not issue a duplicate UGC-NET admit card at the examination centre. It will not send the call letter by post.

UGC-NET 2020 Examination Centres (Cities)

The National Testing Agency will administer the NET exam in 225 cities across India. The candidates have to choose any 4 cities of their preference (mandatory). Take a look at the exam cities, states and city codes below.

Click here for complete details about UGC-NET Admit Card 2020 and exam centres

Test Practice Centres –

NTA understands that not everyone is good at computer. In order to provide the right assistance to aspirants belonging to remote and rural areas, the Agency has established a network of Test Practice Centres (TPCs) in various destinations. Anyone can take full advantage of this facility for free of cost. All they need to do is to visit the official NTA NET website and register themselves. By doing so, candidates will be given a convenient location to practice on a computer. Aspirants will be offered all types of facilities to get acquainted with the CBT method.

UGC-NET 2020 June Answer Key & Recorded Response Sheet

The UGC-NET answer key & recorded response sheet 2020 June will be released online by NTA within 1 week after the commencement of the examination. It will be displayed for two or three days on the official website. Candidates can check and match their answers based on the answer key. They can further challenge the answer key on payment of Rs. 1,000/- per question (processing fee).

Note: As per the official website “The NTA decision on the challenges shall be final and the result will be declared on the basis of final answer keys.

NTA UGC-NET Result (December 2020)

The NTA UGC-NET result 2020 December will be declared after the exam is over. It will be announced by NTA UGC NET online. Keep your credentials like the application number and the password ready to log in and see the result. The easy steps to download the NET result are –

  • Visit the authorised website of UGC-NET
  • Look for the link that says “View Result – UGC December 2020” on the homepage.
  • Enter the credentials – your application number, password and CAPTCHA/ Security PIN and login.
  • See the result on the screen, download it and take printouts for future reference.

Click here to get complete details of the UGC-NET result 2020!

UGC-NET Cut-off December 2020

The cut-off of NET December 2020 will be released along with the result. It will be announced online on the NTA website.

Some Handy UGC-NET 2021 May Preparation Tips

Need quick prep tips for the upcoming exam? Check out these handy points:

  • Understand the exam pattern and get well-versed with the syllabus
  • Follow good books and cover maximum subjects/ topics that are important
  • Study every single day without a miss
  • Get in touch with friends and teach them for better/ clearer notes
  • Revision is important
  • Solve previous years question papers
  • Stay up-to-date with current affairs
  • Take adequate rest and sleep properly 8 – 10 hours a day

NTA UGC-NET Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I submit the application form now for the 2020 December examination?

A: No. The last date to submit the application form was 9th March 2021.

Q: When will NTA conduct the UGC-NET December 2020 exam?

A: It will conduct the exam on different dates. (Check the important date section above for details)

Q: Is it an offline or online exam?

A: The exam will be conducted in CBT mode, i.e. computer-based test.

Q: What about the exam centres? Does NTA select the venues on its own?

A: The exam will be conducted in 225 cities. As far as the selection of the exam venues is concerned, the Agency doesn’t play a great role. Candidates are required to select 4 cities at least. NTA will then allot the venues based on the cities already chosen by the candidates.

Q: When can I download my admit card?

A:It will be announced by NTA soon.

Q: What is the procedure to select the date and exam slot?

A: No, you cannot do that. You can only choose the cities and it is up to NTA to allot date and shifts as per the availability.

Q: Where can I avail the complete syllabus of the NET exam?

A: Kindly refer to the above syllabus section in the article.

Q: What are the minimum and maximum age for the exam?


  • Junior Research Fellow (JRF): Are you below 30 years as on 01.06.2020? If yes, you are eligible to take up the test.
  • Assistant Professor (AP): There is no upper age limit set for appearing in the NET exam.

Q: When will the result be declared?

A: After the completion of the exam.

Q: Let’s say I secured the qualifying marks. Then where should I get the e-certificate?

A: NTA only conducts the exam and declares the result. The University Grant Commission NET Bureau will issue the e-certificate. Better you should contact the Bureau at

Head, UGC NET Bureau, University of Delhi, South Campus,

Benito Juarez Marg, New Delhi, Pin Code-110021, Phone

No. (011-24116316, 24115416, 24115419).

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