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UGC NET Exam Pattern for December Session 2019 – Check Marking Scheme

The University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test December session exam will be conducted by the newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA) from 2nd to 6th December 2019. The exam is taken by postgraduate students for lectureship posts in reputed Indian universities and for admission to PhD programs.

The exam dates announced by NTA for the NET exam are 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th December 2019. The exam will be conducted through Computer-Based mode in two shifts.

For a detailed exam pattern, read the article.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2019

A few changes have been introduced in the UGC NET exam pattern. As per the revisions made in the pattern, here is the new exam scheme:

Papers Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Paper-I 50 questions (all compulsory) 100 3 Hours without break
Paper-II 100 questions (all compulsory) 200

Till December 2018 session, there was a break of 30 minutes between the two papers. However, from June 2019 onwards, there will be no break between the papers.

Negative Marking – There will be no negative marking for incorrect answer. If any question in the question paper is found incorrect, the benefit of marks will be provided to only those candidates who attempted the question.


Questions are asked on the topics – reasoning ability, research/teaching aptitude, reading comprehension, general awareness, etc.  


Questions will be on subject-related topics. It is advised to choose the subject of your post-graduation or related subject for the UGC NET exam as the syllabus is vast.

Download the syllabus for both the papers of the UGC NET exam. Please note that syllabus of the UGC NET exam has been recently updated. Check the official website for the latest syllabus.

Now, let’s have a quick look at the old exam pattern of the exam.

Old Exam Pattern – UGC NET

Papers Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Paper-I (Teaching/Research Aptitude) 60 questions (50 to be attempted) 100 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Paper-II (Subject Paper) 50 questions (all compulsory) 100 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Paper-III (Subject Paper) 75 questions (all compulsory) 150 2 Hours 30 Minutes

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) used to conduct the examination till July 2018 session. And, from the UGC NET December session, the exam is being conducted by the National Testing Agency.

UGC NET 2019 December Session Schedule

From the December 2018 session onwards, the UGC NET exam is being conducted through computer-based mode in two shifts. Here is the schedule for the examination to be held from 2nd to 6th December 2019:

Date of Examination (exact date and shift of the  exam will be mentioned on the admit card)  

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th December 2019

First Shift Second Shift
Timings (3 hours without break) 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

The December 2019 session exam will be conducted for 81 subjects for 10,34,872 candidates. Check out the date-wise and subject-wise scheduled here. Keep a check on the official website – for further updates on the exam.

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