UGC NET 2016 Exam Pattern/ Format

The next UGC NET exam is going to be held on or around 26th June, 2016. Although the exam is still some time off - around four months from now, if you are keen to crack the exam, you should start your preparation, if you have not done it so far. To help you prepare for the exam, I am posting this exclusive blog post on UGC NET 2016 Exam Pattern. It tells you what are the test-papers you have to face, how many questions are there, for what marks and what is the duration.

UGC NET 2016 Exam Pattern/Format:

The exam is going to be held in two sessions on the same day - Morning session from 9:30 AM to 12:30 Noon and Afternoon session from 2:00 PM to 4:30 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 60 questions with 2 marks each. But in  this paper, you will have the option to choose any 50 question out of the 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.. All these questions are of Objective type i.e. Multiple Choice Questions. They have to be answered in Optical Mark Reader (OMR) Sheet provided along with the test booklet.

With this, the paper-wise exam format/pattern of UGC NET June 2016 is as given in the following table:
UGC NET 2016 Exam Pattern Format

As you can see above, out of total 350 marks, 250 marks is for your subject knowledge. This is 71.4% of the total mark. The paper on "Teaching & Research Aptitude" is only 28.6% of the total marks. The paper-wise market share in UGC NET 2016 is given below from which you can see  it clearly:
UGC NET 2016 Paper-wise mark share

So you have to put proper emphasis on your Subject knowledge.

UGC NET 2016 Qualifying mark:

You have to score minimum 40% marks for Open category candidates and 35% marks for Reserved category candidates in each UGC NET paper. The qualifying mark for UGC NET paper-wise is as follows:
UGC NET 2016 Qualifying mark

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.

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