How to apply for UGC NET 2017 exam

What are the UGC NET 2017 Examination dates? What is the application process for UGC NET 2017 examination? This article provides detailed information on the UGC NET 2017 application process and the important dates as well as eligibility and details on fees etc. Get all the information that you need to know right here.

Update: The CBSE has revised the dates for the UGC NET 2017 admission programme and made the Aadhaar card mandatory, barring students belonging to specific states. Kindly check the fresh dates and other important details.

The Central Board of Secondary Education, better known as the CBSE has made public the dates for the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) 2017 examination. The examination is scheduled to be held in November 2017. Aspirants hopeful of building a career in the field of teaching will be required to submit their applications online, after the official notification for the same, scheduled to be announced on 24 July 2017.

What is UGC NET?

The UGC NET or the University Grants Commission's National Eligibility Test is conducted twice a year, to shortlist worthy candidates to fill up teaching positions as Assistant Professor or as (JRF) Junior Research Professor & Assistant Professor.

The Central Board of Secondary Examination is set to conduct the UGC NET 2017 on 5 November, in a total of 84 subjects, in roughly 90 examination centres across various cities across India.

The examination pattern for UGC NET explained

The UGC NET 2017 examination will follow a set pattern where the applicants have to attempt three separate papers, to qualify. Paper - I has a set of 60 questions and candidates must answer 50 of these. Paper - II has 50 questions and Paper - III has 75 questions.

Note : Aadhaar made mandatory

The CBSE has made the Aadhaar card mandatory for applicants for the UGC NET 2017. Candidates who do not have an Aadhaar Card are required to quote the Aadhaar Enrolment number at the time of registration.

Candidates from the following states are exempted and can submit copy/details of any Government of India, approved Identity card, such as Passport, Voter ID card, Driving License etc.

  • Assam
  • Jammu & Kashmir
  • Meghalaya

Important dates to track

The following dates are important with regards to the UGC NET 2017. Jot them down on a calendar or set them as a reminder, so you do not miss the crucial announcements and dates –

  • Admission Notification is scheduled to be announced on 04 August, 2017
  • Submission of online applications begins on 11 August, 2017
  • Submission of online applications ends on 11 September. 2017
  • Last date for paying the UGC NET application fee is 12 September, 2017
  • The UGC NET examination will be held on 05 November, 2017

The procedure for filling the application form

Candidates aspiring to appear for the CBSE UGC NET 2017 will need to register their applications online. This can be done by logging onto the official website. Once they are on the CBSE NET, they will be able to notice a link that says 'Apply for NET 2017'. Clicking on the link will take them to a new page. Here, candidates will be required to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the 'Proceed to Apply Online' link. Following which the candidates will automatically be shown the NET Application Form.

Proceed to fill the form as illustrated below –

First step: Filling the application form

A number of details have to be filled in the online form. These include –

  • Details pertaining to the examination : Here, the applicants are required to select their preference for the examination centre. Additionally, the applicants have to select their choice of subjects, along with the position that they are looking to apply for. The positions are Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor/JRF
  • Personal details :In this segment the candidates will have to mention their full name (as it appears in their education documents), Gender, Aadhaar number, Name of parent/spouse, Date of birth, Contact details such as email address, mobile and landline numbers etc
  • Permanent address :The complete address will have to be provided
  • Mailing address :This can be the current address where the applicant is residing or the permanent address. This is the address that all communication will be delivered to
  • Educational qualification :Applicants will need to provide details of their educational qualification in the relevant columns. Status of various degrees, whether pursuing, qualified or not pursuing, will need to be filled in. Details such as subject in which post graduation was completed, name of the university, year in which post graduate degree was obtained, status of other degrees, such as MPhil and PhD will also need to be provided
  • Password generation :Next the applicant will need to create a password, which will enable them access to their application, as well as secure their account
  • Security PIN :The security PIN is an added security feature. The Security PIN will be mentioned on the page, and applicants will only need to enter it into the given box. Once the application form is filled, the applicants will need to click on the 'Next' tab, which opens a new page

Second Step: Scan and upload signature & images

Applicants are required to submit a scanned image of themselves, as well a scanned copy of their signature. While uploading the same the following have to be kept in mind –

  • Both have to be in JPEG format
  • The uploaded photograph must be larger than 4kb and smaller than 40kb
  • The photograph must measure 3.3cm in width and 4.5cm in height
  • The copy of the signature to be uploaded must not be smaller than 1kb and not larger than 30kb
  • The scanned signature must fit into 3.5cm x 1.5cm frame

Third step: Payment of application fee

Two modes of payment are available to the candidates –
Bank challan: The UGC NET 2017 fee can be paid through an e-Challan at one of the following banks –

  • HDFC Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • Canara Bank

Applicants need to select one of the above-mentioned banks, on doing so the system will generate an e-Challan. A print out of this document has to be taken to a branch of the specific bank and the fee deposited.

Credit/Debit Card: The application fee can be remitted online using credit or debit card. For this, the applicants need to select that mode of payment and proceed as directed.

Application fee

The application fee varies depending on the category of the applicant.

  • General category – INR600
  • OBC – INR300
  • PwD/SC/ST – INR150

Final step: Download Confirmation Page

As a final step applicants are required to download/take printout of the Confirmation Page. This document is proof that the applicant ahs successfully registered for the UGC NET 2017. It can be used for communication and/or future reference.

With this step, the registration to the UGC NET 2017 would be complete.

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Author: Partha K.02 Aug 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 7

An excellent and very useful article for the students appearing in NET. As the author already explained, UGC-NET is conducted for lectureship and junior research fellowship. UGC-NET is conducted in languages and in social sciences. For science and technology based subjects, CSIR-NET is being held. UGC-NET is conducted twice in a year; in May-June and in November-December. The author has provided details in respect of UGC-NET scheduled to be held on last Saturday of November, 2017.

I would also like to add that the first paper of UGC-NET is a general paper. The second paper and third paper are based on the subject chosen by the candidate. If a candidate gets the qualifying marks in the first paper, his/her second paper is evaluated. If he/she qualifies the second paper, the third paper will be evaluated. The final merit list will be drawn by aggregating the marks obtained by the candidates who qualify all the three papers.

When I appeared in UGC-NET (I appeared twice in two different subjects), the applications were required to be sent by post. Later the system of submitting online application started. I personally know that many students from semi-urban and rural areas face extreme difficulty in submitting online application for NET. This article will definitely help students who are not very proficient in computer operations. I strongly recommend the present article to the NET-aspirants. They must go through this article before attempting to fill up the online application form for NET.

Author: Mjaay16 Aug 2017 Member Level: Silver   Points : 3

Everything has been beautifully explained in the article. I would just like readers to be cautious that please don't be over confident by the level of paper 1. This paper is comparatively easier than the other two.
One important point is that go through the basics of the subject and study the concerned subject properly and in depth as per the syllabus. Paper 3 has the moderate to difficult questions from the concerned subject that you are applying for.
Whenever you are preparing get well with you subject.

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