NET Exams 2021 - 2022: NET & SET Exam Date, Syllabus, Registration, Hall Ticket, Result

By : Nikhil Verma

Updated : Sep 27, 2021, 16:43

UGC NET & SET exam 2021 is going to be conducted to determine the eligibility for the Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship in Indian universities and colleges. Prior to 2018 NET exam was conducted by CBSE but now NTA (National Testing Agency) is the in-charge on behalf of the UGC (University Grants Commission).

There are several other State Eligibility Tests similar to NET exams conducted across the country to help students find opportunities within the state. Most of the States conduct SET similar to UGC NET Exam 2021 to shortlist eligible candidates for the post of Assistant Professor. 

The major difference between the NET & SET exams is the no. of subjects offered for the exam. Since state tests offer fewer subjects which vary from state to state whereas the NET exam subjects are more in number and applicable all over the country. Below you can check out the complete list of the SET & NET exam dates 2021 conducted in India:

List of UGC NET & SET Exams 2021

Check the various SET exam and other exam related to Assistant Professor exams below. 


Exam Dates

UGC NET Exam 2021 

06 October to 11 October 2021
17 October 2021 to 19 October 2021

KSET Exam 2021

Karnataka SET Exam 

25 July 2021

MH SET Exam 2021

Maharashtra SET Exam 

26th September 2021

APSET Exam 2021

Andhra Pradesh SET Exam

31st October 2021

TNSET Exam 2021

Tamil Nadu SET Exam

26 September 2021

Kerala SET Exam 2021

 14 August 2021

WB SET Exam 2021

West Bengal SET Exam 

 09 January 2022

RPSC Assistant Professor Exam 2021


from 22 September 2021 to 24 September 2021

from 28 September 2021 to 06 October 2021

from 08 October 2021 and 09 October 2021

GSET Exam 2021

Gujarat SET Exam 

 26 December 2021

UPPSC Assistant Professor Exam 2021

 17th April 2021 (postponed)

UPHESC Assistant Professor Exam 2021

 30 October 2021
06 November 2021
14 November 2021
26 November 2021
12 December 2021

OPSC Assistant Professor Exam 2021

 To be announced

UGC NET & SET Exam Registration 2021

Candidates holding a master's degree with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent in Humanities and Social Science, Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science and also want to pursue their career as a professor usually appears for the NET exams. Thus, to appear for these common entrance tests you need to fill the NET registration form which is released on the same day along with the recruitment notification. Following are the steps to register yourself for the NET 2021 exam hassle-free:

  • Step 1: Registration yourself by logging into the website.
  • Step 2: Now, log in with the credentials received.
  • Step 3: Fill and submit the application form.
  • Step 4: Pay the requisite application fee.
  • Step 5: Print the application receipt.

UGC NET Exam 2021

UGC NET exam 2021 is considered one of the popular as well as the toughest exams in India. It is conducted twice a year (June and December) across the country. Cracking the UGC NET exam will make you eligible to be an Assistant Professor and/or Junior Research Fellowship in UGC-approved Universities.

UGC NET exam is qualifying in nature, due to which every year lakhs of aspirants appear for it but only a few win the race. However, the cut-off is much higher than the state eligibility tests. 

UGC NET 2021 Exam Mode

Online (multiple choice questions)

Time Duration 

3 hours

Number of papers 

2 (Paper 2 & Paper 2)


Paper 1– General 

Paper 2– Based on core subject

Marking Scheme

2 marks per question

Total No. of Questions


Negative Marking 


UGC NET Mock Test, NET Exam Question paper, NET Exam Eligibility

Similarities and Differences between UGC NET and CSIR NET




Exam conducting authority



Educational background



Qualification required

Post Graduate

B-Tech, BS, B-Pharm (4 Years Degree)

Upper age Limit

30 years

28 years

Exam Pattern

Paper I, Paper 2

Part A, Part B & Part C




Negative marking



Cut off




UGC Approved Universities

CSIR Research Labs

UGC NET & SET Exam Syllabus 2021 

Below you can check out the topics asked under Teaching Research Aptitude of NET exam syllabus:

Teaching Aptitude

Research Aptitude



Learner’s characteristics

Types and Characteristics

Objectives and Basic requirements

Steps of Research

Methods of Teaching

Methods of Research

Factors affecting teaching

Research Ethics

Teaching Aids

Paper, Article

Evaluation systems.

Conference & Seminar

UGC NET & SET Subjects List 2021

The UGC NET Exam and State SET exams are conducted for various subjects for Paper 2. Usually, The Paper 2 subject is your graduation subject. Check the list of UGC NET subjects list below. 





Public Administration



Computer Science & Applications

Social work


Physical Sciences

Women Studies

Political Science

Mathematical Sciences



Chemical Sciences



Life Sciences



Environmental Sciences

Performing Arts


Home Science



Electronic Science


Tourism and Administration

Earth Sciences

Physical Education



Visual Arts

Library & Information Science


Folk Literature

Mass Communication & Journalism



How to prepare for UGC NET & SET Exam 2021?

UGC NET & SET Exam 2021 necessitates thorough preparation and coverage of the full syllabus. Prepare a study schedule based on the importance of the topics and your personal strengths. Follow the study plan to the letter, and seek expert advice if necessary. Use the study resources listed below to help you prepare for your exam.

You must also solve NET previous year question papers to get a clear picture of the exam. Solve UGC NET Test Series 2021 along with other SET Exam Mock Test 2021

Also, Check NET Online Coaching

GSET 2021 Exam

Gujarat State Eligibility Test, GSET is the common entrance exam conducted to recruit Assistant Professors & Lectureship in the states of Gujarat. GSET 2021 exam will be conducted by Gujarat State Eligibility Test (GSET) Agency, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara (Nodal Agency). GSET exam is conducted in 23 subjects at 11 examination centers spread across the Gujarat state. Refer to the tabular data below for more details on GSET 2021 exam:

Exam Conducting Body

Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara

GSET 2021 Exam Mode

Online (multiple choice questions)

Time Duration 

3 hours

Number of papers 

2 (Paper I & II)



Total Questions


Negative Marking 


KSET 2021 Exam

Karnataka State Eligibility Test, KSET conducted annually by the University of Mysore in 41 subjects to test the eligibility of the candidates as an Assistant Professor or Lectureship. Candidates who qualify the KSET exam are governed by the recruitment rules and regulations stipulated for the post of Assistant Professors of concerned Universities /Colleges /Institutions (Government/ Aided /Private) of Karnataka State.

Exam Conducting Body

University of Mysore

KSET 2021 Exam Mode

Online (multiple choice questions)

Time Duration 

  • Paper I - 1 hour
  • Paper II - 2 hours

Number of papers 

2 (Paper I & II)



Total Questions

  • Paper I - 50
  • Paper II - 100

Total Marks

  • Paper I - 100
  • Paper II - 200

Negative Marking 


MH SET 2021 Exam

The 33rd Maharastra State Eligibility Test, MH SET entrance exam for the eligibility of Lectureship & Assistant Professors will be conducted by the Savitribai Phule Pune University. This exam is conducted in 32 various subjects across 15 selected exam cities in the state. The MH SET examination is generally held in two different sessions on the same day. With the help of the tabulated data shown below, it will be easy for you to understand the examination procedure:

Exam Conducting Body

Savitribai Phule Pune University

MH SET 2021 Exam Mode

Online (multiple choice questions)

Time Duration 

  • Paper I - 1 hour
  • Paper II - 2 hours

Number of papers 

2 (Paper I & II)



Total Questions

  • Paper I - 50
  • Paper II - 100

Total Marks

  • Paper I - 100
  • Paper II - 200

Negative Marking 


FAQs related to NET Exams

1) What is the benefit of the NET Exam?

Answer: NET exams make you eligible to apply for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship post all across the country.

2) Who are eligible for NET exam?

Answer: Candidates holding Post Graduation degree are eligible to apply for NET exam 2021.

3) How to Prepare for NET Exams?

Answer: To prepare conveniently for NET exams, it is important to follow expert tips, solve daily practice tests and above all a perfect schedule which can be find at BYJU'S Exam Prep.

4) How to apply for NET Exam?

Answer: Eligible candidates can directly apply at the website of NTA for NET 2021 exams. 

5) What is the benefit of NET Exam?

Answer: Cracking NET exam makes you eligible to be a lecture or work as a research fellowship in Indian universities.

6) How many times the NET exam is conducted in a year?

Answer: NET exams are conducted twice a year.

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