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October 03, 2015

UGC NET 2015 Exam Pattern Format & Cut-Off Marks

UGC has retained the same exam pattern for UGC NET December 2015 as the previous year exam and this article is being posted to help you find and analyse what is this UGC NET December 2015 exam pattern, so that you can base your preparation on it. In addition, this article also tells you what is the minimum cut-off mark you should score in UGC-NET so as to qualify in the same.

You can refer to my previous blog post titled: UGC NET June 2016 Exam Dates, Application Form and Notification to know what is UGC-NET and how to apply for it along with the eligibility required.

UGC NET 2016 Exam Pattern/Format:
As said, pattern of exam/format has not changed from last years exam. There was major change in scheme of exam in UGC NET June 2012.  Previously Paper-I & II were of Objective type while Paper-III was Descriptive type. Also the marks allotted to Paper-III was reduced to 150 from 200 as was in exams prior to UGC NET June 2012.

There is going to be two sessions in the exam day - Morning session from 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon and Afternoon session from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. The Morning session has two Papers - Paper-I & Paper-II while afternoon session has one paper - Paper-III.

In Paper-I (i.e. Teaching/ Research aptitude) there are 50 questions with 2 marks each. But in  this paper, you will have the option to choose any 50 question out of a total of 60 questions. In the other two paper, you will not have this option - 50 compulsory questions have to be attempted in Paper-II & 75 questions  in Paper-III.

Thus out of total 350 marks, 250 marks is for your subject knowledge - more than 70%. So you have to put proper emphasis on your Subject knowledge.

With this the paper-wise exam format/pattern of UGC NET December 2014 is as given in the following table:
UGC NET 2013 Exam Pattern

UGC NET Cut-off Marks Category-wise:
Along with the change in the exam pattern, UGC has also changed the minimum cut-off marks for each paper. Now you have to score following minimum cut-off marks in UGC-NET which is given category-wise in the table below:
UGC NET 2013 Cut-off Marks Category-wise

As you can see from above, if you are a General category candidate, you need to score 40 marks in each of Paper-I & Paper-II and 75 marks in Paper-III of UGC-NET exam.

A merit list would be prepared subject-wise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of all the three papers secured by candidates who clears the above cut-off marks in UGC NET and top 15% candidates (for each subject and category), will be declared NET qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only. Also, a separate merit list for the award of JRF will be prepared from amongst the NET qualified candidates, from the merit list.
Hope with above information on Exam pattern/Format for UGC NET you can base your preparation accordingly. You can also go through the subsequent blog article of mine titled: UGC-NET Prep Books & Sample papers to know more about UGC NET and how to prepare for the same:

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