UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023 For Paper I & Paper II


UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023 For Paper I & Paper II: NTA UGC NET Exam has two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2 which are conducted uninterruptedly without any break. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours. But you are free to finish the paper according to your own timelines.

Complete Guide on NTA UGC NET 2023 Exam

You must have a proper preparation plan to score well in the UGC NET exam. To create an effective study plan for the exam, you must know the UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023 and the marking scheme.

In this blog, you will find a detailed guide on the NTA UGC NET Paper Pattern for Paper I & Paper II.

UGC NET Exam Pattern for JRF & Assistant Professor 22

You need to understand the structure of the question paper before preparing for any exam. You should know that NTA conducts the UGC NET Exam twice a year (in June and December month) in two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Paper 1 is based on General Paper while Paper 2 is a subject-specific exam (for the subject that you choose during the form-filling process).

The UGC NET Paper Pattern for both General Paper 1 and Paper 2 is given below – 


UGC NET Paper-I Exam Pattern

UGC NET Paper-II Exam Pattern

Exam mode



Exam duration

3 hours (180 minutes)

Type of paper

Common for all candidates

Subject-specific questions

Total Questions



Type of questions

MCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option

MCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option

Total marks



Marking scheme

+2 for the correct answer

0 for an incorrect answer

+2 for the correct answer

0 for an incorrect answer

Language of paper

English and Hindi

English and Hindi

As per the UGC NET 2023 Notification, the exam will be conducted in two different shifts:

UGC NET Exam Timing 22



Exam Time

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Total Duration

3 hours

Entry Time

1 hour before the exam

Documents Checking Before Entering

30 minutes before the exam

Instructions by the Invigilators

8:45 AM to 8:55 AM

2:45 PM to 2:55 PM

Paper Starting Time

9:00 AM

3:00 PM

 End of the Exam

12:00 PM

6:00 PM

UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper I

You should know that the Paper 1 exam i.e. General Aptitude Test is common for all subjects. The questions in UGC NET Paper 1 are based on teaching and research aptitude that test your interpretation skill.

It covers the topics like Reasoning Ability, Reading Comprehension, Mental Ability, General Awareness, etc.

UGC NET Paper-I Sections

Questions in UGC NET Paper-I

UGC NET Paper-I Marks

Teaching Aptitude



Research Aptitude



Reading Comprehension






Reasoning (including Maths)



Logical Reasoning



Data Interpretation



Information & Communication Technology (ICT)



People & Environment



Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration






UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper II

UGC NET Paper-II is a subject-based paper. It covers 100 MCQ-type questions (multiple choices with a single correct answer), each consisting of two marks.

NTA UGC NET Paper-II is based on the entire syllabus of the master’s degree subject. So, you must have depth knowledge of the subject to qualify for the exam.

There are 81 subjects included in paper 2 for NTA UGC NET. You have to select one subject for the exam. Generally, the subject should be the same as your post-graduation subject. 

Paper-II has only

Selected Subject out of 81 subjects

Type of Questions

Objective MCQs (All questions are compulsory)

Np. of Questions

100 Questions

Mark for 1 Question

2 marks

Total Marks

200 marks

Exam Duration

2 hours

Important Points about UGC NET Paper-II Exam Pattern

  • For every correct answer, you will get 2 marks.
  • There is no negative marking for an incorrect response.
  • No marks will be given for questions Unanswered/ Marked for Review.
  • For incorrect/ambiguous questions during the key challenge, you would be given the credit only for attempted questions and chosen one of the correct answers.
  • Only for dropped question(s), if any, marks will be given to all the candidates.

UGC NET Marking Scheme 22

UGC NET has uniform marking i.e. for both Paper I & Paper II, each correct answer will fetch you 2 marks.

  • Each question carries 02 (two) marks.
  • For each correct response, the candidate will get 02 (two) marks.
  • There is no negative marking for incorrect responses.
  • No marks will be given for questions un-answered/un-attempted/marked for Review.
  • To answer a question, the candidate needs to choose one option as the correct option.
  • If a question is found to be incorrect/ambiguous during the Key Challenge, only those candidates who have attempted the question and chosen one of the correct answers would be given the credit. Only for dropped question(s), if any, marks will be given to all the candidates.
  • In case a Question is dropped due to some technical error, full marks shall be given to the candidates who have attempted it.

The updated UGC NET marking scheme is given below:

Type of Answer

Marks Allotted

Correct Answer

2 marks

Incorrect Answer

0 mark

No Answer

0 mark

UGC NET Medium of Question Paper 22

  • The medium of the Question Paper shall be in English & Hindi only.
  • The option of medium of Question Paper should be carefully chosen by the Candidate while filling the Application Form online. The option once exercised cannot be changed.
  • Candidates opting for Hindi medium in the Application Form will be given bilingual paper, but candidates opting for English medium will be given English version only.
  • Candidates are required to answer in the medium as per the option exercised in the Application Form.
  • In case of any ambiguity in the translation/construction of a question in the exam, its English version shall be treated as final and the decision of NTA shall be final in this regard.

UGC NET Syllabus 22

You should know that the Syllabus of Paper 1 is common for all the subjects, whereas the Paper 2 syllabus will be based on the subject that you have opted to appear in the exam. Here you can check the detailed Syllabus for UGC NET 2023 Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Paper-wise UGC NET Syllabus is as given below:

  • UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus: It is designed to test the teaching and reasoning ability, research aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness of candidates.
  • UGC NET Paper 2 Syllabus: It is based on the subject chosen by you. It tests your in-depth knowledge and expertise in the respective subject. It has a total of 81 subjects.

Other Important Information for the UGC NET Exam

You should have the following important information to boost your exam preparation for the NTA UGC NET exam. Click on the link to access other study materials related to the UGC NET exam.

We have covered the complete guide on UGC NET Exam Pattern For Paper I & Paper II 22. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below.

FAQs Related To UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023 For Paper 1 & Paper 2

Here you can check the Frequently Asked Questions related to NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023 For Paper 1 & Paper 2.

What is the duration of the UGC NET Exam?

As per the New UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023, both papers will be conducted in a single three-hour duration. Any candidates from the PwD category will get an extra time of 20 minutes for Paper-I and 40 minutes for Paper-II in case the aspirant is availing of the facility of the scribe.

Is there any negative marking in the UGC NET exam?

No, there is no negative marking on both Paper I and Paper II.

What is the mode of the NET Exam in 22, is it online or offline?

The NET 2023 Exam will be conducted in online mode (Computer Based Test) only.

How many papers are there in the UGC NET Exam?

The UGC NET Exam consists of two papers – Paper 1 (general paper) and paper 2 (subject-wise paper).

For how many subjects is UGC NET conducted?

The UGC NET exam is conducted for a total of 81 subjects.

How many marks are allotted for the correct answer in the UGC NET exam?

You will be allotted two marks for every correct answer in the exam.

Is it mandatory to appear for both papers?

Yes, it is mandatory to give both UGC NET papers.

How many questions does the UGC NET exam contain?

The UGC NET exam consists of a total of 150 questions.

What is the duration of the UGC NET exam?

The duration of UGC NET papers is three hours.

What is the weightage of UGC NET paper I and paper II?

UGC NET Paper I holds a weightage of 100 marks. Paper II carries a weightage of 200 marks.

Does the UGC NET exam contain subjective questions?

No, the UGC NET exam does not contain any subjective questions. Both papers consist of objective Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) only.

What are the major topics for paper 1 of UGC NET?

Paper 1 is the same and compulsory for all candidates. It will have a total of 50 multiple-choice questions, 5 each from the following 10 topics:

– Teaching Aptitude
– Research Aptitude
– Comprehension
– Communication
– Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude
– Logical Reasoning
– Data Interpretation
– Information and Communication Technology
– People, Development and Environment
– Higher Education System

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