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1. About National Testing Agency (NTA)
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), which is now known as Ministry of
Education (MoE), Government of India (GOI) has established the National Testing Agency
(NTA) as an independent, autonomous, and self-sustained premier testing organization under
the Societies Registration Act (1860) for conducting efficient, transparent and international
standards tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admissions to premier
higher education institutions.
The NTA has been entrusted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) with the task of
conducting UGC-NET, which is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘Assistant
Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ in Indian 
universities and colleges.

2. About University Grants Commission (UGC) 
The University Grant Commission (UGC), is a Statuary Body of Government of India, Ministry 
of Education, Department of Higher Education, constituted under the University Grants 
Commission Act, 1956 (3 of 1956), vested with two responsibilities: that of providing funds and 
that of coordination, determination and maintenance of standards in institutions of higher 
education. The UGC`s mandate includes: 
 Promoting and coordinating university education. 
 Determining and maintaining standards of teaching, examination and research in 
 Framing regulations on minimum standards of education. 
 Monitoring developments in the field of collegiate and university education; disbursing 
grants to the universities and colleges. 
 Serving as a vital link between the Union and state governments and institutions of 
higher learning. 

 Advising the Central and State governments on the measures necessary for 
improvement of university education. 
3. University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) 
3.1 UGC-NET is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘Assistant Professor’ 
and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ in Indian universities and 
3.2 The selection of candidates for the following Fellowships will be made through the Ministry 
of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Ministry of Minorities Affairs: 
• National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students (NFSC) 
• National Fellowship for Other Backward Classes (NFOBC) 
• Maulana Azad National Fellowship Scheme for minorities (MANF) has been 
discontinued w.e.f. Financial Year 2022-23 onwards (Letter No. SS-15/2022-
Scholarship-MoMA dated 25.11.2022 of the Ministry of Minority Affairs). 
3.3 Candidates aspiring for the Fellowships listed above, shall also have to apply for the Test.

Marking Scheme 
(i) Each question carries 02 (two) marks. 
(ii) For each correct response, candidate will get 02 (two) marks. 
(iii) There is no negative marking for incorrect response. 
(iv) No marks will be given for questions un-answered/un-attempted/marked for 
(v) To answer a question, the candidate needs to choose one option as correct 
(vi) If a question is found to be incorrect/ambiguous or has multiple correct answers, 
only those candidates who have attempted the question and chosen one of the 
correct answers would be given the credit. 
(vii) If a question is found to be incorrect and the Question is dropped, then two marks 
(+2) will be awarded to only to those candidates who have attempted the question. 
The reason could be due to human error or technical error. 
5. Eligibility Criteria for UGC-NET December 2022 
5.1. Qualifying Examination: 
(i) General/Unreserved/General-EWS candidates who have secured at least 55% 
marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from 
universities/institutions recognized by UGC (available on the website: 
www.ugc.ac.in in Humanities and Social Science (including languages), 
Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this 
Test. List of subjects at Post Graduation level is attached as Appendix -V. The 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to Non-Creamy Layer/Scheduled Caste 
(SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Third gender category 
candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s 
degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test. 
(ii) Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or equivalent course or 
candidates who have appeared for their qualifying Master’s degree (final year) 
examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying 
examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test. However, such
candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award
of JRF/eligibility for Assistant Professor only after they have passed their Master’s
Degree or equivalent examination with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of
OBC-NCL/ SC / ST / PwD / Third gender category candidates). Such candidates
must complete their Master’s degree or equivalent examination within two years
from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they
shall be treated as disqualified.
(iii) Candidates belonging to the Third gender category are eligible to draw the same
relaxation in fee, age and Eligibility Criteria for NET (i.e. JRF and Assistant
Professor) as are available to SC/ST/PwD categories. The subject-wise qualifying
cut-offs for this category would be the lowest among those for SC / ST / PwD /
OBC–NCL / General-EWS categories in the corresponding subject.
(iv) The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination have been completed
by 19 September 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible
for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in
NET. The list of Post-Graduation courses and their codes is given at Appendix -
VI. (v) Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their Post-Graduation only. The
candidates, whose Post Graduation subject is not covered in the list of NET
subjects attached as Appendix -V, may appear in a related subject.
(vi) Candidates are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of
their eligibility nor printout of their Application Form or Confirmation Page to NTA.
However, the candidates, in their own interest, must ensure themselves about their
eligibility for the test. In the event of any ineligibility being detected by the UGC/NTA
at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal

action. NTA does not verify the information provided by the candidates during
online registration and hence candidature will be purely provisional subject to the
fulfillment of eligibility criteria.
(vii) Candidates with post-graduate diploma/certificate awarded by Indian University/
Institute or foreign degree/diploma/certificate awarded by the foreign University/
institute should in their own interest, ascertain the equivalence of their
diploma/degree/ certificate with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities
from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi (www.aiu.ac.in).
5.2. Instructions
(i) The eligibility for ‘Assistant Professor’ or for ‘Junior Research Fellowship and
Assistant Professor’ will depend on the performance of the candidate in both the
papers of UGC-NET in aggregate. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively
for Assistant Professor will not be considered for the award of JRF. Candidates
appearing in UGC-NET should thoughtfully select in the Application Form whether
they are applying for ‘Assistant Professor’ or ‘Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)
and Assistant Professor’. Candidates who qualify the Test for eligibility for Assistant
Professor will be governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant
Professor of the concerned Universities / Colleges/ State governments, as the case
may be.
(ii) The candidates who qualify for the award of JRF are eligible to pursue research in
the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for
Assistant Professor. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national
organizations may select the JRF awardees for full time research work in
accordance with the procedure prescribed by them.
(iii) Junior Research Fellowship: Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF will be
eligible to receive fellowship of UGC under various schemes, subject to their finding
placement in universities/IITs/Institutions. The validity period of the offer will be
three years w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF Award Letter. However, for those
candidates who have already joined M. Phil. / Ph.D., the date of commencement
of Fellowship shall be from the date of declaration of NET result or date of their
joining, whichever is later.
(iv) The National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students (NFSC) and National
Fellowship for Other Backward Classes (NFOBC) shall be governed by the
guidelines available on the official websites of the concerned Ministries and/or the
5.3. Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor)
(i) NET/SET/SLET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and
appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions. In this
regard, exemption from NET/SET/SLET will be governed by UGC regulations and
amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time.
(ii) The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR/ JRF examination prior to 1989
are also exempted from appearing in NET.
(iii) For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test
(SET) accredited by UGC for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st June 2002, are
exempted from appearing in NET, and are eligible to apply for Assistant Professor
anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st June 2002 onwards, the qualified
candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the
universities/colleges situated in the State from where they have cleared their SET.
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Important Points to Note:
i. The Candidates should fill their complete postal address with PIN Code
for further correspondence.
ii. The Candidate must ensure that e-mail address and Mobile Number
provided in the Online Application Form are their own (which cannot be
changed later) as communication may be sent by NTA through e-mail or
iii. The Candidate should not give the postal address, Mobile Number or e-
mail ID of Coaching Centre in the Online Application Form.
iv. In order to appear in UGC-NET December 2022, the candidates are
required to apply ‘online’. The Application Form other than online mode
shall not be accepted. No change will be accepted through offline mode
i.e. through fax/application including e-mail etc.
v. Online submission of application may be done by accessing the NTA
official website: ugcnet.nta.nic.in.
vi. Online Application Form cannot be withdrawn once it is submitted
vii. Application Form of candidates who do not fulfill the eligibility criteria shall
be rejected.
viii. A candidate is allowed to submit only one Application Form. If a candidate
submits more than one Application Form, the candidature is likely to be
ix. Request for change in any particular in the Application Form shall not be
entertained after closing of the correction window.
Note: However, a chance will be given to the candidates to
correct/modify/edit some of the particular(s) of the Application Form
online only, after submission of Application Form. Candidates are
advised to keep visiting the NTA website regularly for any updates.
x. The City of Examination Centres where the test shall be conducted are
given in the Information Bulletin. The Cities indicated for the entrance
Examination should be carefully chosen by the candidate, as no change
will be allowed once application is submitted.
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