National Testing Agency (NTA) has been established as a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions.

To assess competence of candidates for admissions and recruitment has always been a challenge in terms of matching with research based international standards, efficiency, transparency and error free delivery. The National Testing Agency is entrusted to address all such issues using best in every field, from test preparation, to test delivery and to test marking.

The National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility of Assistant Professorship, Junior Research Fellowship or both, for Indian Universities and Colleges.Until June 2018, the NET was conducted by CBSE in 84 subjects at 91 cities across the country. Thereafter from December 2018 onwards, the UGC- NET is being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Awarding of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and/ or Eligibility for Assistant Professorship depends on the aggregate performance of the candidate in Paper-I and Paper-II of UGC-NET. The candidates qualifying only for Assistant Professorship are not to be considered for the awarding of JRF. Candidates who qualify the eligibility test for Assistant Professorship are governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/colleges/state governments, as the case may be.

UGC-NET is conducted twice every year. Due to postponement of December 2020 UGC-NET in view of COVID-19, the schedule of June 2021 UGC-NET has been delayed. In order to regularize the UGC-NET examination cycles, the National Testing Agency (NTA), with the concurrence of UGC, has merged both UGC-NET of December 2020 and June 2021 cycles so that they be conducted together in CBT mode. The Application process is therefore being reopened for the new applicants to fill in and submit their forms.

Who Will Conduct UGC NET Exam? 

The UGC NET exam was initiated by UGC and later, the CBSE conducted the NET in 84 subjects at 91 centers across the country. From December 2018 onwards, the responsibility of UGC NET has been transferred to the National Testing Agency (NTA), which has been established as a premier and autonomous testing organization for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions.

Age Limit:

1. For Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for applying for Assistant Professor.
2. Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): The Upper age limit fixed 30 years as on 01-06-2020, (Age relaxation up to 5 years to candidates belonging OBC).


  1. To conduct efficient, transparent and international standards tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admission, and recruitment purposes.
  2. To undertake research on educational, professional and testing systems to identify gaps in the knowledge systems and take steps for bridging them.
  3. To identify experts and institutions in setting examination questions.


  1. To identify partner institutions with adequate infrastructure from the existing schools and higher education institutions which would facilitate conduct of online examinations without adversely impacting their academic routine.
  2. To create a question bank for all subjects using the modern techniques
  3. To establish a strong R&D culture as well as a pool of experts in different aspects of testing
  4. To help individual colleges and universities in the field of testing and to provide training and advisory services to the institutions in India.
  5. To provide quality testing services to the academic institutions in India.
  6. To develop a state of the art culture of testing in India by using domestic and international expertise.
  7. To collaborate with international organizations like ETS to achieve the same.
  8. To undertake any other examination that is entrusted to it by the Ministries/Departments of Government of India/State Governments.

UGC NET 2021 Application Fee:-

The application fee of UGC NET exam 2021 is different for all categories. The application fee is not refundable or transferable once paid. It can be paid through credit/ debit card or e-Challan. All the candidates paying through e-Challan have to make the cash payment in bank. The category-wise fee details are mentioned below:

  • General/Unreserved: Rs. 1000/-
  • OBC-NCL: Rs. 500/-
  • SC/ST/PwD/Transgender: Rs. 250/-


Paper 1
1. Teaching Aptitude
2. Research Aptitude
3. Comprehension
4. Communication
5. Mathematical Reasoning And Aptitude
6. Logical Reasoning
7. Data Interpretation
8. Information And Communication Technology (ICT)
9. People, Development And Environment
10. Higher Education System
1. History & Principle Of Physical Education
2. Exercise Physiology
3. Sports Psychology
4. Biomechanics
5. Sports Training
6. Research & Statistics
7. Sports Management
8. Health Education
9. Test & Management
10. Professional Preparation