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CBSE UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - May 29, 2017

National Eligibility Test 2018 or NET 2018 is a national level exam conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education on behalf of University Grants Commission(UGC). This national level test is a qualifying exam for lectureship in universities. It is also mandatory for some research programs.

  • CBSE UGC NET 2018 will consist of Multiple-choice questions.
  • There is no negative marking in this exam. It is divided into three papers.
  • Paper 1 consists of Mathematics, LR and teaching aptitude and is common for all candidates.
  • Paper -II and Paper -III is based on the subject that the candidate is appearing for.
  • The exam is held twice in a year - once in July and then in January.
  • The medium of exam is bilingual - Hindi or English.
  • All three papers are held on the same day. The exam usually begins at 9:30 in the morning.
  • Candidates are not allowed to exit the exam centre after Paper – I.
  • Only after the completion of Paper - II will candidates be allowed a break for lunch. They have to report back at the exam centre 30 minutes before the start of Paper -III.

CBSE UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam ModeOffline (Pen and Paper based)
Number of papers 3
Number of sectionsPaper 1- General Exam Paper 2- Subject Specific Paper 3- Subject Specific 
Question Paper Type Multiple Choice Questions
Exam durationPaper I - 1hour 15 mins Paper II - 1 hour 15 mins Paper III - 2 hours 30 minutes
Exam language English and Hindi

CBSE UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern

UGC NET 2018 is essential for candidates trying for lectureship positions. It also exempts students from having to complete an M.Phil degree as many universities in India provide eligibility relaxation to students who have cleared NET.

CBSE UGC NET 2018 consists of only Multiple-Choice Questions. It has three parts - Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3. Paper 1 or the General Paper consists of questions based on mathematics, logical reasoning and teaching aptitude. It is common for all the candidates. Paper 2 and Paper 3 are subject papers and test the expertise of the candidate in the related subject.

  • The test will be pen and paper based.
  • Candidates will have to fill in their answer in the OMR sheets provided by circling the right number.
  • They will be provided a black ball point pen to circle their choices.
S.NoPaper SpecificationNo Of QuestionsTime
1Paper 1 (General Paper)60 questions out of which 50 are to be attempted1 hour 15 minutes
2Paper 2 (Subject Related)50 questions; all are compulsory1 hour 15 minutes
3Paper 3 (Subject Related)75 questions; all are compulsory2 hours 30 minutes

CBSE UGC NET 2018 Marking Scheme

As already discussed above, the Test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be held on July 2018 in three separate session as under:

  • First (Paper 1): 100 Marks (60 out of which 50 questions to be attempted) [Duration: 1¼ Hours (09.30 am to 10.45 am, IST)]
  • Second (Paper 2): 100 Marks (50 questions all are compulsory) [Duration: 1¼ Hours (11.15 am to 12.30 pm, IST)]
  • Third (Paper 3): 150 Marks (75 questions all are compulsory) [Duration: 2½ Hours (02.00 pm to 04.30 pm, IST)]


  • All the questions of Paper 2and Paper 3 will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options)
  • The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) Sheet provided along with the test booklet
  • There is no negative marking in any of the papers

CBSE UGC NET 2018 Syllabus

UGC CBSE NET Exam Syllabus is varied and depends on the subject that the candidate has selected. This is the reason why candidates are advised to write their exam in their Masters subject.

Since the eligibility criteria for NET exam is a Masters’ degree. It is essential that candidates revise their Bachelors and Masters syllabus thoroughly and are aware of the research advances in their field.

Candidates should try and solve model question papers and go through previous years’ question papers.

  • For Paper 1, the syllabus includes teaching and research aptitude - Questions on Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Teaching Aptitude will be asked.
  • For Paper 2 and Paper 3, the syllabus will be related to the subject, so a thorough revision of Bachelors and Masters syllabus will help the students clear this exam

Since it is difficult to prepare for an exam without knowing the pattern, scheme, and type of questions, candidates should take help of various books available in the market that will present them with consolidates syllabus. And make it easier to prepare for this exam.

Some of the important publication that can greatly help in the preparation of UGC CBSE NET are

For Paper 1 some of the books that can be consulted are –

S.NoBook NameAuthorPublisher
1.Trueman’s UGC NET/SLET General Paper IM. Gagan (Author), Sajit KumarDanika Publishing Company; 2015 edition
2.UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research AptitudeArihant expressArihant Publication; Ninth edition (2017)
3.CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research AptitudeKVS MadaanPearson Education; Second edition
4.UGC NET/SET Paper 1--McGraw Hill Education; Second edition
5.CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research AptitudeDr. M S Ansari & RPH Editorial BoardRamesh Publishing House

In Case of Hindi Editions

S.NoBook NameAuthorPublisher
1.Trueman’s UGC NET Paper 1 (Hindi)by Sanjay Gupta, A.K. SinghTrueman’s
2.UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Shikshan Avum Shodh Abhiyogita--Arihant; Fifth edition
3.UGC NET/ SET – Paper 1 (Hindi)--McGraw Hill Education

For Paper 2 and Paper 3, candidates are advised to check the same publishers for subject specific material.  Some of the books are:

Economicsfor UGC-NET / SLET and Other Competitive ExaminationsAtlantic
UGC NET/SLET Economics Guide Paper II & IIIRamesh Publishing House
Political ScienceUGC NET/SLET Political ScienceCosmos Book hive’s
UGC-NET Political Science Previous Year’s Papers (Solved)R Gupta
PhilosophyUGC NET / SLET PhilosophyA.M. Tripathy
UGC NET/SLET Paper II PhilosophyCosmos Book hive
SociologyModern UGC NET / SLET SociologyAnmol Publisher
 AnthropologyUGC NET / SET AnthropologyA. M. Tripathi

Important Instructions

The first and the foremost step should be to get the complete information about the course and the exam including its syllabus, paper pattern, time duration, its purpose, etc.

  • The next step is to look for previous years question papers and try to solve them as it will help the candidates judge the difficulty level of the exam.
  • Then the candidates need to download the complete syllabus as well as the paper pattern as stated on the official site.
  • Write and prepare notes. The candidates are suggested to write down the important events or processes about different topics and highlight the related points as it will help them in revising the things before the examination.
  • While preparing for exams, time management is must. The candidates should devote proper time to each topic and try to revise the topics he had already prepared for.
  • Make sure that you have all the documents required on the day of the exam
  • Carry a valid id proof and admit card to the exam centre.
  • No watch or cellphones will be allowed inside the premises so make sure you leave them outside at the gate or do not carry them with you on the day of the exam.



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