What is UGC NET Exam? Commonly known as UGC NET, University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET) is an entrance test conducted in order to select the eligible candidates for the post of Assistant Professor for Colleges/Universities level lectureship and for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). JRF awardees will be eligible to pursue research in their postgraduate subject from IIT’s or other national organisations. Such candidates are also eligible for the post of Assistant Professor in Colleges/Universities of India. The award of ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both’ or ‘Eligibility for Assistant Professor only’ depends on the performance of the candidate in both the papers of UGC-NET in aggregate.  Candidates who qualify for ‘Assistant Professor only’ are not eligible for award of JRF. Candidates who qualify the Test for eligibility for Assistant Professor governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/colleges/state governments.

UGC NET 2021 Highlights

The highlights of the UGC NET 2021 exam are given below.

Exam Name

UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test) 2021

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam Level


Exam Mode

Online only

Exam Duration

180 minutes

Exam Purpose 

Determine the eligibility of candidates for posts of only Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor in Indian universities and colleges

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No. of Test-Takers

Exam Helpdesk No.


Official Website



Note: The candidates, before submitting the Online Application Form, shall satisfy their eligibility to appear in the test. The Candidates should fill their complete postal address with PIN Code for further correspondence. The NTA shall not be held responsible for any loss due to an incorrect address was given by the applicant in the Online Application Form.