UGC NET Exam Pattern Changed, To be Held Twice a Year

Vinod Sharma updated on : 25 Jan 2018

UGC NET exam pattern has changed and the exam is to be held twice a year now. Also, NET-JFR upper age limit has been increased by two years.


There have been a series of developments for the UGC NET and NET-JFR aspirants and they are all for good mind you. The first thing first, UGC NET 2018 exam pattern has changed. Secondly, UGC NET will be held twice a year now, as compared to once a year currently. Thirdly, authorities have increased the upper age limit for Junior Research Fellowship (JFR) offered through the National Eligibility Test (NET).

UGC Exam Pattern Change

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is the exam conducting body for the National Eligibility Test (NET). CBSE will be conducting UGC NET 2018 on July 8, Sunday. In a short notice, the board has announced the revision of exam pattern and eligibility criteria. The candidates clearing NET papers will be eligible for a junior research fellowship or can be considered for the post of Assistant Professors. A detailed notification confirming the same will be introduced on the official website on February 1, 2018.

There have been major changes in the exam pattern and age limit eligibility. As per the latest updates, there will be only two papers – paper 1 and paper 2 – instead of three, which was the norm earlier. Paper 1 will be of 100 marks and will contain 50 objective type compulsory questions of two marks each. These questions will be general in nature and will test the candidate’s teaching/research aptitude. The duration of the exam will be one hour. The paper 2 will be 100 marks too and will contain 100 objective type compulsory questions, carrying one mark each. The questions will be based on the subject that a candidate has opted. Candidates need to answer these questions in two hours.

UGC Will be Conducted Twice a Year

As per the latest updates, UGC National Eligibility Test will be conducted twice a year and a two-paper exam of three hours duration will replace the earlier three-paper system. Therefore, there are more chances for candidates to make an attempt to qualify UGC NET now.

NET-JFR Age Limit Increased

In what can be deemed a major decision, authorities have increased the upper age limit for NET- JFR, which is offered through NET. The age limit has been increased by two years making it now 30 years instead of 28. The number of papers has also been reduced from three to two, which will also pave the way for more students to qualify the exam. As per the official notification, registration for NET would commence from March 6 and the exam is scheduled to take place on July 8, 2018.  

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