UGC NET Exam Pattern

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2020: Know Marking Scheme & Exam Duration

UGC NET is a national level exam conducted by NTA on behalf of the University Grants Commission to certify the eligibility of candidates for the post of ‘Assistant Professor’ or ‘Junior Research Fellowship’. NTA will conduct  UGC NET 2020  from June 15 – 20, 2020 in online mode.

Latest: The last date of submission of NTA UGC NET 2020 application form has been extended up to June 15, 2020. Apply through the link given below.


UGC NET comprises two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2 which will be held consecutively without any break. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours. Candidates are free to devote any amount of time to any paper. Paper 1 and Paper 2 will have 50 and 100 multiple choice questions respectively.

Each correct answer will award you 2 marks. There will be no negative marking in the exam. Syllabus for Paper 1 and all 81 NET subjects of Paper 2 have been revised in 2019 and for this year no changes are expected to be made in the syllabus. Candidates can read the article below to know more about the exam pattern.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern Details

UGC NET has been conducted by the National Testing Agency in the following pattern:

UGC NET: Mode of Exam

  • UGC NET will be conducted in Online mode.
  • Each candidate will be allocated a desktop with a pre-installed software specially created for the examination.
  • Make sure to check that the system and the mouse is working properly before the exam commences.

Direct Link to Download UGC NET Previous Year Paper

Nature of Questions in UGC NET Exam

  • The questions in both the papers will be objective in nature.
  • This means all the questions in UGC NET June 2020 will be of Multiple Choice type (MCQs).
  • The question will have 4 options, candidates must select the most appropriate answer.

Total Number of Questions in UGC NET 2020

  • UGC NET 2020 will have a total of 150 multiple-choice questions.
  • Paper 1 will have 50 questions and Paper 2 will have 100 questions.
  • There is No Restriction to move to and fro among the Papers.
  • All the questions are compulsory to attempt.

The table below shows the exam pattern of Paper 1 and Paper 2:

UGC NET Paper No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Paper 1 50 100 Cumulative time duration of 3 hours.
Shift 1: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM
Shift 2: 2.30 PM – 5.30 PM
Paper 2 100 200
Total 150 MCQs 300 Marks 180 minutes
Note: NTA releases subject-wise mock tests for all the subjects at

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UGC NET Marking Scheme 2020

  • A uniform marking scheme is followed in the exam i.e. for both Paper 1 and 2, each correct answer will fetch you 2 marks.
  • As per the revised exam pattern of UGC NET exam, there is no negative marking for incorrect answer.
  • Hence, instead of skipping a question, one can use their calculated guess and mark the answer.

The updated marking scheme of UGC NET is given below:

Type of Answer Marks Allotted
Correct Answer 2 marks
Incorrect Answer 0 mark
No Answer 0 mark
Note: If a question for any reason is found to be incorrect, the benefit of marks will be given to only those candidates who attempted the question. However, if NTA drops a question, the benefit will be given to all the candidates.

Direct link to check UGC NET Syllabus

UGC NET Exam Pattern: Important Date

UGC NET June 2020 Exam

Important Dates

Online Application and Registration Date

16th March 2020 to 31st May 2020 (5:00 PM)

Downloading of Admit Cards

Postponed (Previously 18 April to 24 April 2020)

UGC NET June 2020 Exam Dates

Previously 15th  June 2020 to 20th June 2020

Date for announcing results

5th July 2020 (Postponed)

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