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UGC NET January 2017 Admit Card, Syllabus , Practice Papers

CBSE UGC NET exam was conducted successfully on January 22, 2017 multiple sessions. Candidates who appeared for UGC NET exam can check their predicted scores by downloading UGC NET answer keys. Click here to download UGC NET January 2017 answer key

UGC-NET exam conducted in offline mode. There are 3 papers which are objective innature. While paper I deals with general aptitude questions, paper II and paper III consist of subject-specific questions. 

UGC NET is conducted by CBSE and is a qualifying exam for the posts of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship or both. UGC NET also serves as eligibility criteria for admission to PhD degree program as many universities exempt NET qualified candidates from appearing in written test and call such candidates directly for the interview. 

JEE Main Latest UpdateLatest Update: CBSE will now evaluate the answer sheets of UGC NET 2017 as per newly introduced ‘Digi Scoring’ Method to ensure accurate and evenhanded Result. Inspired by the success of Kendriya Vidyalaya Recruitment exam, CBSE Chairman RK Chaturvedi along with other officials came up the decision.
What is Digital Scoring?
Digital Scoring involves scanning of OMR sheets and storing images instantly on the central server. This provides security of each examinee in a temper proof format. CBSE also said that the board will proceed in a phased manner and plans to conduct the forthcoming UGC NET examination on January 22, 2017, using the same format in at least few hundred centers before switching over to other competitive exams.

UGC NET 2017 Important Dates

CBSE UGC NET exam 2017 has now concluded. The official answer keys for the exam will release soon. Candidates can go through the following table to know more about the rest of the schedule for UGC NET 2017:

Start of online applicationOctober 17, 2016
End of online applicationNovember 17, 2016
Last date for Fee Payment through bank challanNovember 17, 2016
Correction of details in application formNovember 22 to 29, 2016
Admit Card DownloadDecember 28, 2016
Date of ExaminationJanuary 22, 2017
Release of UGC NET 2017 Answer KeyMarch, 2017
UGC NET Result will be decalred inSeptember, 2017

UGC NET 2017 Results

The results for UGC NET exam will be declared on the official CBSE website according to the schedule. Candidates can check their results once the merit list has been published.

Qualifying Criteria

Candidates must obtain the minimum cut-off marks to qualify the exam. From among the candidates who successfully secure the minimum marks, a merit list will be prepared, both subject-wise and category-wise. For this purpose, the aggregate marks obtained in all three papers by each candidate will be taken into consideration.

The top 15% candidates (for each subject and category) from the merit list will be declared to be NET qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only. Now, a separate merit list for Junior Research Fellowship will be prepared from amongst these NET qualified candidates using the following formula:

No. of candidates selected under General category for JRF in a subject = [(No. of candidates who have opted for JRF and are qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor in that subject) X (No. of slots available under General category)] / (Total No. of General candidates who have opted for JRF and are qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor)

The same formula will be used for other categories as well.

UGC NET 2017 Cut Off

In order to be considered for merit list preparation, a candidate must score the minimum qualifying marks in each paper. However, scoring the minimum qualifying marks does not ensure qualification in UGC NET. The final cut off for each subject will be decided by CBSE. The details for UGC NET minimum qualifying marks are given below:

Category Minimum qualifying marks
Paper IPaper IIPaper III
General40 (40%)40 (40%)75 (50%)
OBC/PWD/SC/ST35 (35%)35 (35%)60 (40%)

UGC NET 2017 Admit Card

UGC NET Admit Card will be uploaded on the official CBSE website on December 28, 2016. No hard copies of the admit card will be sent to individual candidates.

Follow the steps given below to download the UGC NET Admit Card:

  • Visit CBSE website at
  • Click on the link “Admit Card for UGC NET”.
  • Enter your login credentials – application number and password.
  • View and save UGC NET Admit Card

The UGC NET exam will be conducted in a total of 90 cities all across the country. Candidates will be required to select the test city of their choice according to their own preference.

Read more about UGC NET Admit Card

UGC NET 2017 Exam Pattern

UGC NET exam consists of 3 papers. The exam for all the three papers is conducted in a single daywindow. There will be total 175 questions which have to be answered in a cumulative duration of 5 hours. The details for UGC NET Exam Pattern are provided below:

Examination Schedule
National Eligibility TestJanuary 22, 2017 (Sunday)
SessionPaperMarksNumber of QuestionsDuration
FirstI10060 out of which 50 question to be attempted1 1/4 Hours (09:30 AM to 10:45 AM) IST
SecondII10050 Questions all are compulsory1 1/4 Hours (11:15 AM to 12:30 AM) IST
ThirdIII15075 Questions all are compulsory2 1/2 Hours (02:00 PM to 04:30 PM) IST

The marking scheme for all three papers of UGC NET is same. For each question which candidates answer correctly, two marks will be awarded. There is no negative marking in CBSE UGC NET exam. 


UGC NET 2017 Eligibility

UGC NET is open for candidates who have completed their post-graduation degree. The eligibility for Assistant Professor and JRF varies a little. The required academic qualification is given below:

Educational Background

  • Candidates should have minimum 55% marks in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination.
  • The subjects should include Humanities (including languages), Social Science, Electronic Science andComputer  Science and Applications.
  • For candidates belonging to OBC (non-creamy layer), SC, ST and PWD category, the minimum marks required in Master’s degree or equivalent exam is 50%.
  • Those in the final year of their Master’s Degree are also eligible.
  • Candidates who have a PhD and whose Master’s exam has been completed by 19th September 1991 will be eligible for a 5% relaxation in aggregate marks.
  • Candidates should appear in the subject of their post-graduation only.

Age Limit

There is an upper age limit of 28 years as on 01.01.2017 for candidates applying for Junior Research Fellowship. There is a relaxation of 5 years for women applicants and candidates belonging to OBC, SC, ST, and PwD categories. There is also a relaxation of 3 years for LLM degree holders and of 5 years for those having research experience. There is no upper age limit for candidates applying for Assistant Professor only. 

Learn more about UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

UGC NET 2017 Application Process

The application process for UGC NET commences from October 17, 2016. The last date to register online is November 23, 2016. The candidates have to register on the official website. The application form can be accessed on the official CBSE website at Keep the following documents ready before starting the application process:

  • Scanned image of Passport size photograph in JPG format of minimum 4kb to 40 kb size and with a dimension of 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (height).
  • Scanned image of Signature in JPG format of minimum 4kb to 30 kb size and dimension of 3.5 cm (width) x 1.5 cm (height).

Fill in all the details in the UGC NET Application Form. After filling in the application form, the next step is application fee payment. 

Read more about UGC NET Application Process

UGC NET 2017 Application Fee

The application fee varies according to the category the candidate belongs to. It must be noted that the application form will not be accepted without the payment of application fee. The details of UGC NET application fee amount are given below:

CategoryApplication Fee
GeneralINR 600
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)INR 300
SC / ST / PWDINR 150

Mode of Fee Payment

The UGC NET application fee can be paid by both online and offline modes of payment. Candidates can choose the method of fee payment according to their convenience.

The online modes of fee payment include credit and debit card. Additional processing charges will be deducted along with the application fee if these options are chosen. For credit card, 1% of the examination fee plus the service tax will be charged. For the debit card, 0.75% of examination fee plus the service tax will be charged.

If the candidate wishes to pay the fee using offline option, he can choose the e-challan option. The Challan will be generated during form filling. Payment will have to be made through Syndicate / Canara / ICICI / HDFC Bank.


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