The University Grants Commission (UGC) made changes in the exam pattern and age limit for candidates appearing in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), UGC-NET, 2018.

The changes were made after recommendations made by the sub-Committee.

Exam pattern

The first two papers continue to be of objective type with multiple choice questions.


The first paper of General Awareness consists of 50 compulsory questions of two marks each. The choice of 10 questions in Paper-I has been done away with. The duration of Paper-I has been reduced from the present 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour. The paper continues to be of 100 marks.

Paper-II and Paper-III merged

Paper-II and Paper-III are both of the same discipline have been merged together to be termed as Paper-II containing 100 compulsory objective type questions of two marks each from the subject selected by the candidate, with two hours duration.

Age limit

The upper age limit for appearing in Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) has been raised by two years, i.e. from the existing upper age limit of 28 years to 30 years.

There is five years relaxation in age for candidates belonging to Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe/ Persons with Disabilities/ Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer) categories and for women candidates.

The changes approved by the Commission have been intimated to the CBSE. UGC has informed that UGC-NET examination will be conducted twice a year.

This information was given by the Minister of State for HRD, Dr Satya Pal Singh, on Monday in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

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