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NTA UGC NET 2021 – Computer Science and Applications (087)

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  • Last Updated : 15 Jan, 2021
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University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is a national-level exam, conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA), to provide job opportunities for the posts of Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor. Candidates who successfully pass the examination get recruited for particular posts in Indian Universities and Colleges. The official notification for UGC NET 2021 is expected to release soon by NTA and to know everything about the exam in detail, you’re recommended to go through the complete article.


Eligibility Criteria

You need to ensure that you satisfy the below-mentioned eligibility criteria before applying for the UGC NET exam:

1. Age Limit: For JRF, the maximum age is 30 years and for Assistant Professor, there is no upper age limit.

2. Educational Qualifications:

  • The General / Unreserved / General-EWS candidates are required to have a Master’s degree or its equivalent with a minimum of 55% marks and the Non-Creamy Layer / Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe / Persons with Disability / Transgender category candidates required 50% marks.
  • Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or equivalent course or candidates who have appeared for their qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test.

Also, you can check the detailed eligibility criteria including information like relaxation schemes, etc. from the official website.

Selection Process and Exam Pattern

The selection of the candidates will be based on the performance in Online Examination. The exam will be conducted as a Computer Based Test (CBT) and will consist of two papers. The candidate will get 2 marks for each correct answer and there is no negative marking for an incorrect answer. It is mandatory for the candidates to appear in both – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Paper 1: The questions in Paper I intend to assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, reading comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness of the candidate.

Paper 2: This is based on the subject selected by the candidate and will assess domain knowledge.



No. Of Questions

Maximum marks


IUGC NET Research & Teaching Aptitude501003 Hours
IIDomain Knowledge
(Computer Science and Applications)

The eligibility for ‘Assistant Professor’ or for ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ will depend on the performance of the candidate in both the papers of UGC-NET in aggregate. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for the award of JRF. The candidates who qualify for the award of JRF are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor.

What to Prepare?

Based on various previous year question papers and other parameters, we’ve compiled a list of the most important topics that you need to cover to crack the exam:

Paper 1:  

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

Paper 2: (Computer Science and Applications – 087)


The expected timeline for NTA UGC NET 2021 is provided below:



Notification ReleaseMarch 2021
Last Date of RegistrationApril 2021
Dates of ExaminationJune 2021
Result AnnouncementTo be announced

The Call Letter / Admit Card for NTA UGC NET 2021 can be downloaded from the official website. And all the candidates must keep in mind that if you won’t carry the admit card with you on the day of the exam, you won’t be able to appear for the exam.

How to Apply?

The application form for NTA UGC NET 2021 can be filled in online mode with an application fee of Rs.1000/- for General / Unreserved, Rs.500/- for Gen-EWS / OBC-NCL, and Rs.250/- for SC / ST / PwD / Transgender candidates (as per last year information). The steps to fill the application form are provided below:

  1. Visit the official website of UGC NET and click on the “Apply Online” button under UGC-NET 2021.
  2. Then enter the details required in the registration form and click on the ‘Submit’ button.
  3. Upload the required images of photograph and signature as per specifications.
  4. Pay UGC NET online Application Fee
  5. Take a printout of the submitted application form and keep it safe for future use.

You’re strongly recommended to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the particular exam and provide correct details in the application form as a little mistake from your side can make you lose the remarkable job opportunity!

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