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UGC NET December 2018: Dates, Syllabus, Registration, Admit Card, Answer Key and Result


The UGC NET is an eligibility criterion for college and university level lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian scholars. Every year, this exam is conducted in the months of July and December. Earlier, CBSE conducted it but from now onwards NTA will conduct it. This article throws light on the NTA UGC NET December Exam 2018. Those, who are eligible for this exam, should get complete information about it and start preparing for it thoroughly.

UGC NET December 2018 Exam Overview

Exam Name NTA UGC NET 2018
Organizing body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Name of the post Lectureship/assistant professor and JRF
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online
Official Website

UGC NET December Exam Important Dates 2018

The online registration process for the UGC NET December Exam is to start from 1st September 208. Candidates should be ready to start with this process. The important dates related to this exam are tabulated below:

Events Dates
Registration Process and online application 1st September 2018
Last date for submission of online application 30th September 2018
Last date for depositing fee 30th September 2018
Issuance of Admit Card 19th Nov 2018
Written Exam From 18th December to 22nd December 2018 (two shifts per day on Saturdays and Sundays)
Declaration of the result 5th January 2019

NTA UGC NET December Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2018

UGC NET exam is conducted for 85 subjects (a new subject – Sindhi – added from December 2018 onwards). The syllabus for each subject is prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The syllabus is vast so it is necessary for the candidates to follow the official syllabus strictly to avoid unnecessary topics. Most of the topics are from the post-graduate syllabus.

The syllabus for UGC NET Paper-I is common for all the aspirants. Topics from teaching and research aptitude are covered in the first paper. Candidates can check out the syllabus for the second paper here – UGC NET Syllabus For All Subjects.

Exam Pattern

The UGC NET exam comprises of two papers – Paper I and Paper II. Paper-I is of General nature including questions on teaching and research aptitude. It is common for all. Paper-II is subject-related. Candidates are advised to choose the subject of their post-graduation for the exam. Here are further details:

Papers Number of Questions Marks Duration
I 50 questions (all compulsory) 100 60 Minutes
II 100 questions (all compulsory) 200 120 Minutes

The exam will be conducted in two shifts each day:

  • Shift-I – 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Shift-II – 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM

A break of 30 minutes will be provided between two papers. Candidates can check the complete examination schedule at the official website –

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UGC NET Exam Subjects

Code NET Subject
01 Economics
02 Political Science
03 Philosophy
04 Psychology
05 Sociology
06 History
07 Anthropology
08 Commerce
09 Education
10 Social Work
11 Defence and Strategic Studies
12 Home Science
14 Public Administration
15 Population Studies*
16 Hindustani Music (Vocal/Instrumental)
17 Management
18 Maithili
19 Bengali
20 Hindi
21 Kannada
22 Malayalam
23 Odia
24 Punjabi
25 Sanskrit
26 Tamil
27 Telugu
28 Urdu
29 Arabic
30 English
31 Linguistics
32 Chinese
33 Dogri
34 Nepali
35 Manipuri
36 Assamese
37 Gujarat
38 Marathi
39 French
40 Spanish
41 Russian
42 Persian
43 Rajasthani
44 German
45 German
46 Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy / Non Formal Education
47 Physical Education
49 Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
50 Indian Culture
55 Labour Welfare/ Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/ Human Resource Management
58 Law
59 Library and Information Science
60 Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies
62 Comparative Study of Religions
63 Mass Communication and Journalism
65 Dance
67 Museology & Conservation
68 Archaeology
69 Criminology
70 Tribal and Regional Language/ Literature
71 Folk Literature
72 Comparative Literature
73 Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha/ SidhantaJyotisha/Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimamsa/ NavyaNyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ TulanatmakaDarsana/ Shukla Yojurveda/ Madhav Vedanta/ Dharma Sastra/ Sahitya/ Puranaitihasa/ Agama/Advaita Vedanta)
74 Women Studies**
79 Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/ Sculpture/ History of Art/ Applied Art/ Graphics
80 Geography
81 Social Medicine & Community Health
82 Forensic Science
83 Pali
84 Kashmiri
85 Konkani
87 Computer Science and Applications
88 Electronic Science
89 Environmental Sciences
90 International and Area Studies
91 Prakrit
92 Human Rights and Duties
93 Tourism Administration and Management
94 Bodo
95 Santali
96 Karnatik Music (Vocal Instrument, Percussion)
97 Rabindra sangeet
98 Percussion Instruments
99 Drama/Theatre
100 Yoga
101 Sindhi

UGC NET Dec 2018 Books For Preparation

Picking up a good book for your exam’s preparation is essential. A good book helps you in keeping in-line with the syllabus by eliminating the unnecessary topics. It also helps in understanding the complex topics in simple language. Another plus point of a good book is it includes questions after every topic which helps in self-analysis. We have come up with a list of such preparation books which will help you in getting through the UGC NET exam. Scroll down for the same.

UGC-NET Teaching and Research Aptitude: Previous Years Papers and Test Papers (Solved) Click Here
UGC-NET: Computer Sciences & Applications (Paper I, II & III) Previous Years Papers (Solved) Click Here
Trueman’s UGC NET Computer Science Paperback – 1 Jan 2018 Click Here
UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude Paperback – 2017 Click Here
NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper-1: Teaching and Research Aptitude by Pearson Paperback – 1 Sep 2018 Click Here

NTA UGC NET December Eligibility Criteria 2018

Educational Qualification: Candidates must have passed Master’s degree or any equivalent degree with at least 55% marks in aggregate from any college or university recognized by UGC. There is relaxation in marks for SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD categories candidates. They should have scored at least 50% marks in post graduation. Apart from this, candidates, who are appearing in the final year of examination of a Master’s degree, are also eligible.

Age Criteria: The maximum age limit for this exam is 30 years as on 1st January 2018. This age limit is relaxable by 5 years for the reserved category students, such as SC, ST, OBC, transgender and PwD category candidates. Those, who have LL.M. degree, will get the relaxation of 3 years in age.

Click here for Complete NTA UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

UGC NET Dec Application Process 2018

The application process for the UGC NET Exam requires to be handled properly. Candidates need to be very careful with the spellings of their names, parents’ names, addresses, etc. If they follow the following steps, they will not end up with any problems.

  • Go to the official website –
  • Click on the ‘UGC NET December Application Process 2018
  • A form will appear on the screen
  • Fill out the required details – your name, father’s name, mother’s name, gender, email address, Aadhar card number, etc.
  • Click on ‘Submit’
  • Note down your registration number
  • Upload your passport size photograph and signature
  • Make payment for your application fee
  • Finally, take a print out of your application form for further reference

UGC NET December Application Fee Structure 2018

The application fee structures for various categories of students are tabulated below:

Category of Students Application Fee
GENERAL Rs. 800/-
OBC (Non- Creamy Layer) Rs. 400/-
SC/ST/PWD/Transgender Rs. 200/-

UGC NET December Preparation Tips 2018

UGG NET is one of the most competitive exams. So, candidates need to have thorough a preparation to crack it. Studying haphazardly will serve no purpose to them. There are some tips for their preparation:

  • Familiarize yourself with the syllabus of your subject
  • Refer to books of renowned authors
  • Lay more focus on important topics
  • Make notes for everyday study and revision
  • Teach someone to become clearer with your notes
  • Update yourself regularly with the current affairs
  • Revise whatever you study on a regular basis
  • Solve previous year papers and online test series
  • Always stay positive and optimistic


UGC NET December Admit Card 2018

Candidates will be able to download the admit card from the official website. They need to follow the following steps:

Download UGC NET December 2018 Admit Card

Note: Candidates should bear in mind that they need to bring the admit card to the examination centre with any photo identity card, such as aadhaar card, passport, pan card, voters id card, driving license, etc.  the admit card will contain candidates’ name, father’s name, mother’s name, coordinating institution, roll number, email id, subject name, exam date and time, venue details, candidates’ passport size photo and useful instructions.

NTA UGC NET December Selection Process 2018

The selection of candidates will depend on the following factors:

  • Number of slots for a particular category
  • Number of candidates belonging to that particular category
  • Total number of qualified candidates
  • Preference of the candidates (JRF or Lectureship)

UGC NET December Session Question Paper and Response Sheet

NTA has released the question paper and candidates’ response sheet for the December session exam conducted from 18th to 22nd December. Candidates can download the same using their application number, DOB, and password. The response sheet will help in calculating the expected score of the exam. The link to download the response sheet will remain active till 1st January 2019 on the official website.

UGC NET December Session Answer Key 2018

NTA has released the answer keys for NTAS UGC NET December session exam 2018 on the official website – on 29th December. The link to challenge the answer key is also active on the official website. Candidates can raise the objection till 1st January 2019.

Candidates will be given an option to challenge the provisional answer key on payment of Rs. 1000/- per question. NTA’s decision on the challenges made will be final. A revised/final NTA UGC NET answer key will be released after considering the challenges. The result will be declared on the basis of the final answer key.

Please Note that no request in respect of answer key will be entertained after the declaration of NTA UGC NET result.

UGC NET 2018 December Session Cut Off

UGC NET cut-off will be released by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on the official website of the NTA NET after the announcement of NET result 2018. Candidates can check the cut-off PDF at Separate cut-off lists will be released for JRF and Lectureship and Lectureship only for all the subjects and categories. The minimum marks to be obtained for becoming eligible for JRF and Assistant Professor are:

Category Minimum Marks to be obtained (in %) in both Paper I and Paper II (aggregate %)
General 40%
OBC/Sc/ST/PWD/Transgender 35%

The official notification states the procedure and criteria for determining the result/cut-off.

UGC NET December Result 2018

The UGC NET Result for December 2018 session has been uploaded on the official NTA NET website on 5th January 2019. Candidates can check their result through the application number and password using the following steps:

  • Visit the official NTA Net website –
  • Click on ‘View Result – UGC NET December 2018’ button.
  • Provide your application number, password, and security pin to log-in.
  • Your result will appear on the screen; download and take a printout.

UGC will issue the eligibility certificate to candidates who have qualified the exam. The UGC NET merit list will also be uploaded on the official website soon for different categories and subjects.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q 1: When will the registration process for the UGC NET December Exam 2018 begin?

A: The registration process for the UGC NET December Exam 2018 will begin from 1st September 2018.

Q 2: What is the last date for submission of online application form?

A: The last date for submission of online application form is 30th September 2018.

Q 3: When will the admit card be issued for the UGC NET December Exam 2018?

A: It will be issued 3 weeks prior to the commencement of the exam.

Q 4: When will the UGC NET December Written Exam 2018 be held?

A: The NTA UGC NET December Written Exam 2018 will start from 18th December to 22nd December 2018.

Q 5: How many papers will be there in the exam?

A: There will be three papers. Paper, I will be related to general aptitude questions and the other two papers will be related to the subject chosen by candidates.

Q 6: What is the selection process of candidates in the NTA UGC NET December Exam 2018?

A: The selection of candidates depends upon their performance in both the papers, a total number of qualified candidates, total number candidates belonging to a particular category, preference of the candidate, and total slots available.

Q 7: Is there any shortcut to qualify this exam?

A: There is no shortcut to this exam. UGC NET exam is one of the toughest examinations in the country and candidates need to have excellent preparation to qualify for it.

Q 8: I have passed Masters in Arts with 52 per cent marks. Am I eligible for the UGC NET exam?

A: As per the official eligibility criteria, candidates belonging to an unreserved category should have passed Master’s degree with minimum 55% marks and those belonging to the reserved category should have scored minimum 50% marks. If you fall in the reserved category, you are eligible for the exam.

Q 9: What is the age limit for the NET examination?

A: There is no upper age limit for the posts of Assistant Professor. However, candidates can apply for the award of JRF only until 30 years of age.

Q 10: If there any provision of negative marking in the exam?

A: No, there is no provision for negative marking in the exam i.e. no mark will be deducted for an incorrect response.

Q 11: What is the maximum number of attempts for the exam?

A:  For the post of assistant professor, there is no limit on maximum attempts as there is no upper age limit. And, for JRF, candidates can apply till the age of 30.

Q 12: Is there any change in the number of questions in the UGC NET exam?

A: Yes, w.e.f. July 2018 exam, the UGC NET exam comprises of two papers with 50 questions in Paper-I and 100 questions in Paper-II. Earlier, there were three papers; Paper-I with 60 questions, Paper-II with 50 questions, and Paper-III with 75 questions.


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  1. When will upload official NTA net exam ans key

    1. When will upload official NTA net exam ans key
      There is no official date for release of NTA NET answer key. However, it will release before 10th January 2019.

  2. I forgot my password for sign in, and tried to reset it with the link provided in the site, but I was unable to reset it. Confirmation code was sent to my phone but it is displayed that session time out. What should I do

    1. All you need to do is make the process quick. Complete the process in one go. As soon as you receive the confirmation code, enter it in the space provided. If you are not receiving the code quickly, click on the resend option. Try recovering your password again.

  3. Dear sir/Madam,
    The UGC NET EXAM how many time conducted in year.

    1. Hello Vinayak,

      In the year 2018, the exam was conducted twice – in July and in December. However, there is no official announcement on 2019 exam schedule. As soon as NTA makes any announcement for the same, it will be updated here. So stay in touch.

  4. How can i get the answer key of Dec 2018 net exam. I couldn’t download it before 1st June and now it is not available.

    1. You cannot download the answer key now. It was available only till 1st January 2019.

  5. My percentile score is more than 35% and more than cut off% for commerce under OBC category. But result is not qualified for JRF or Assistant professor .

    1. The cut-off for Dec 2018 session will release soon. And, this might be because of the qualifying criteria which is only top 6% of the candidates who have appeared for the exam will be declared qualified.

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