Decoding revised exam structure & pattern for UGC NET July 2018

New Delhi: The online application portal for UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) July 2018 will close on 05 April 2018. The exam will be held on 08 July 2018 (Sunday). Generally, more than six lakh students apply for The UGC National Eligibility Test (NET), which is held twice a year.

For the July 2018 test, the test pattern has been changed and there are many changes. Here, Skilloutlook highlights the key changes under revised exam scheme for the July 2018 UGC NET Exam.


Exam papers reduced to two instead of three: As per the information bulletin of UGC-NET July 2018,  the test will have two papers: Paper I and Paper II. Earlier the test has three papers. Hence, for July 2018, there will no Third Paper. The two Papers of the Subject Matter have been merged to One for July 2018 test.

Duration of each paper changes: Paper I will have one hour (9:30 AM to 10:30 AM). Paper II will have two hours (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM).  Earlier in the previous Nov 2017 test, all the three papers have duration of five hours. Hence, the total duration of test is Three Hours in July 2018 test.

The reduction in number of test papers and duration of the test is welcome by some section students/aspirants.

Paper I Details: Paper I will have 50 questions and all are compulsory. Paper I will have 50 objective type questions (compulsory) and each carrying 2 marks each. The paper shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. The candidates need to answer this paper in 60 minutes (9:30 AM -10:30 AM). The total marks of Paper I are 100.

Paper II scheme details: The paper II will have 100 questions and all are compulsory. Paper II will have 100 objective type questions (compulsory) and each carrying 2 marks, which will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. The test will be held for two hours (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM). Paper II will have total marks of 200.

Syllabi of All Subjects: Syllabi for all NET subjects are uploaded on the UGC website: and are also available in the libraries of all Indian Universities. There are 100 subjects on which exam will be held for July 2018.

Old Papers: The aspirants can view and access the Old Questions Papers of all subjects on the  UGC website: .

Upper Age Limit Hiked: The upper Age limit has been extended to 30 years from the existing 28 years (the age relaxation as earlier will remain same). A relaxation up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC (Non- creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on website: ) SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and to women applicants.

Meanwhile, online application portal for UGC-NET July 2018 exam has been opened from 06 March 2018. The online application portal will close on 05 April 2018. The fee can be paid up to 06 April 2018.

The previous UGC NET was held on 05 November 2017. Now the next test will be held on 08 July 2018. Hence, it is assumed that the NET will be held twice year going forward.

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