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UGC NET December 2018: Dates, Syllabus, Eligibility, Application Process, Admit Card, 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 10th 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 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 Answer Key 2018

The provisional answer keys for NTA UGC NET December session exam 2018 will be released on the official website – and it will remain available for 3 to 5 days. There is no official announcement regarding the exact date for a release of provisional answer key.

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 will be declared on the official website by 10th January 2019. Candidates can check their result through the registered ID and password. No individual intimation will be given to the candidates regarding result declaration. So, they must keep a check on the official website.

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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