The UGC NET Test consists of three papers. They are divided into two separate sessions. The breakup of the papers is as follows:

SessionPaperMarks (Questions x Marks)
FirstI100 (50 x 2)1¼ Hours
FirstII100 (50 x 2)1¼ Hours
SecondIII150 (75 x 2)2¼ Hours

Paper I = 100 Marks

(50 Questions, 2 Marks each)

This paper is of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It is designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.

Choice in Paper I:

Starting December 2009 UGC NET, candidates have been provided internal choice in Paper I. Out of the Sixty (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each, candidate are required to answer any fifty (50). In the event of the candidate attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated.

Paper II = 100 Marks

(50 Questions, 2 Marks each):

Paper II consists of Objective Type questions based on the subject selected by the candidate.

Negative Marking:

Since June 2010, UGC has decided that there will be NO NEGATIVE MARKS in both Paper I and Paper II. Candidates are free to attempt the questions based on their knowledge without the fear of losing marks.

Paper III = 150 Marks

(75 Questions, 2 Marks each):

This part consists of questions based on Subject selected by the candidate. Starting June 2012 UGC has decided that Paper III will not be subjective. There will be 75 Objective type questions with multiple choices. Just like Paper I and II, there will be NO negative marks in Paper III.


Paper I is general and Paper II / III are subject specific. You can download syllabus for UGC NET exam. Make sure you are eligible for UGC NET Exam before you apply.

8 Thoughts to “UGC NET Pattern (Latest)”

  1. shankar Naik Dessai

    i want to answer this NET Exam. so it is easy?



  3. Kushal singh

    What is the cut off marks in paper 3rd of ugc net.

  4. khushboo srivastava

    Is there any eligibility for MSc IT students???

  5. sevanta k

    Respected sir,
    i want to previous question papers about the law subjects.

  6. krishnaveni

    Currently pursuing LLM in Intellectual property rights . Is it available as an optional subject in Paper III. Guidance requested.

  7. udayakumar

    i want previous qustions papers for economics becouse of exam preparetion

  8. udayakumar

    i have no idea about nagetive marks. how will be the calculation

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