UGC NET Exam Pattern 2022: Latest Paper 1 & 2 Pattern, Marks

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2022: Latest Paper 1 & 2 Pattern, Marks

ByNikhil Verma  |  Updated on: Sep 14, 2022
UGC NET Exam Pattern for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 is shared here. Check the latest update on the UGC NET total marks, time duration for both papers, marking scheme, negative marking, mode of exam, and more.
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UGC NET exam pattern 2022 was recently revised by the National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) on the National Testing Agency website @ugcnet.nta.nic.in. The number of papers is reduced to 2 from 3. The latest exam pattern of UGC NET states that the exam will be conducted online for two papers in a single day without a break. The exam has two papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2, which contain multiple choice questions (MCQs). There are no subjective questions in the exam. Each question has a few options, out of which only one is correct. Candidates get a cumulative time of 3 hours to attempt both papers. According to the latest UGC NET exam pattern, both papers are available only in Hindi and English.

UGC NET exam pattern is fabricated to test candidates teaching ability, general aptitude, higher education understanding, and the subject knowledge of their choice. Paper 1 has 50 questions designed to test candidates' knowledge of teaching, mathematics, data interpretation, information, technology, etc. Paper 2 has 100 questions designed to check the candidate's understanding of their subject. For paper 2, candidates must select one subject they want to do JRF or get assistant professor jobs. NTA published the UGC NET paper pattern in the exam's detailed notification, which is explained below.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2022

To devise the ideal exam strategy, you must be familiar with the UGC NET exam pattern 2022, the marking scheme, and the total marks. Aspirants must have a solid preparation plan to do well in the UGC NET exam. The written exam is a computer-based examination separated into two parts, with each question carrying two marks. The exam will last 3 hours in total.

UGC NET 2022 exam will be conducted online as a computer-based test (CBT). Candidates are given three hours to complete UGC NET papers 1 and 2. UGC NET exam pattern consists of two papers. The detailed paper pattern 2022 for each paper is discussed below. The pattern is discussed as follows:

  • UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper 1.
  • UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper 2.

UGC NET Exam Pattern

Papers

Number of Questions

UGC NET Total Marks 

Duration

Paper 1

50

100

3 hours

Paper 2

100

200

Now that you know the detailed UGC NET exam pattern 2022, start your preparation to crack this exam with a good score.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2022 Highlights

Candidates preparing for the NET exam must acquaint themselves with the latest UGC NET paper pattern. With a good understanding of the exam pattern, candidates can make an elaborate and effective study plan to ace the exam. Here in the table, we have presented the detailed highlights of both papers to overview the NET exam pattern.

ParticularsUGC NET Paper 1 HighlightsUGC NET Paper 2 Highlights
Exam modeOnlineOnline
Exam duration180 minutes (3 hours )
Type of paperGeneral Paper (Common for all)Subject-specific questions (82 Subjects)
Total Questions50100
Type of questionsMultiple Choice Questions
Total marks100200
Marking scheme+2 for the correct answer+2 for the correct answer
Negative MarkingNo negative marking
Language of paperEnglish and Hindi

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2022 For Paper 1

UGC NET exam pattern for Paper 1 is easy to understand and imbibe. There is a total of 50 questions, and each question is 2 marks. So, the total mark for NET Paper 1 is 100. It will consist of topics from Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, Comprehension, Communication, Divergent Thinking, and General Awareness. All the questions are compulsory. Check the detailed UGC NET Paper 1 pattern in the table below.

UGC NET Paper 1 SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
Teaching Aptitude510
Research Aptitude510
Reading Comprehension510
Communication510
Reasoning (including Maths)510
Logical Reasoning510
Data Interpretation510
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)510
People & Environment510
Higher Education System510
Total50100

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2022 for Paper 2

UGC NET exam pattern for Paper 2 is straightforward. There is a total of 100 questions, and each question is 2 marks. So, the total marks for NET paper 2 are 200. Paper 2 will have the questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. E.g., if one candidate selects Electronic Science, he/she attempts Paper 2, which has questions from electronics only. All the questions are compulsory. Paper 2 has good weightage in UGC NET total marks. Check the detailed UGC NET paper pattern for the second paper.

PaperQuestionsTotal Marks
Paper 2100200

UGC NET Marking Scheme 2022

THE UGC NET marking scheme is in line with the exam pattern and is straightforward to understand and follow. The marking scheme of both papers is the same and direct. The marking scheme is as follows:

  • A uniform marking scheme is used, which means that for both Paper 1 and Paper 2, each correct answer will get you two marks.
  • There is no negative marking for incorrect answers in the UGC NET exam's revised exam pattern.
  • As a result, rather than skipping a question, one can apply a calculated guess and indicate the correct answer.
UGC NET ParametersMarks 
Correct answer+2
Incorrect answer0
Un-attempted question0

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2022: Selection Criteria

When reviewing the UGC NET exam pattern, one more element to consider is the selection process. This will give you an overview of several key elements we will address further. Let us now go through the selection criteria as per the UGC NET eligibility criteria, which will help you understand:

  • How the number of candidates to be qualified is decided?
  • What procedure is followed for selection?

We shall now discuss how this selection of candidates is made. The following steps will be followed:

Step I:

The candidate belonging to the General category needs to secure at least 40% aggregate in both the papers taken together and at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for the candidates belonging to the Reserved category (SC, ST, OBC, PWD, Transgender) to be considered for Assistant Professor or JRF.

Step II:

  • The number of candidates who qualify for Assistant Professor should equal 6% of the total candidates appearing in both papers (Total slots).
  • Similarly, the number of candidates who qualify for the award of JRF should equal 1% (approx.) of the total candidates who appeared in both papers.

Step III:

The total slots shall be allocated to different categories per the Government's Reservation Policy.

Step IV:

The methodology used for calculating the number of candidates to be declared qualified in any subject for a specific category is shown below:

  • The aggregate percentage of both papers corresponding to the number of slots arrived at will determine the qualifying cut-off for Eligibility for Assistant Professor in 'Management' subject for the General category.
  • Similarly, subject-wise qualifying cut-offs for all categories can be computed by applying the same methodology.

Step V:

  • All the candidates who had applied for 'Eligibility for Assistant Professor & JRF both' out of the total number of qualified candidates computed as per Step IV shall be considered for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

Step VI:

  • The total number of slots available for awarding JRF is allocated among different categories subject-wise as per the Government's Reservation Policy.
  • The procedure followed for category-wise cum subject wise cum allocation of JRF slots is shown below:

Example:

Number of candidates to be declared qualified for JRF & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in the subject 'Management' for the General category

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  • The aggregate percentage of both papers corresponding to the number of slots arrived at will determine the qualifying cut-off for the award for JRF 'in 'Management' subject for the General category.
  • A similar procedure is used for all subjects and categories. It should be noted that the above-mentioned criteria are final and binding.

Important Note: The subject-wise and category-wise merit list is prepared based on marks obtained by the candidates in all the rounds for selection purposes. This covered everything you needed to know about the UGC NET exam pattern 2022. So, the aspirants must keep all these factors in mind while preparing for the exam. We hope you find this information helpful.

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UGC NET Exam Pattern FAQs

  • UGC NET 2022 exam pattern is very straightforward. It consists of two papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2. While Paper 1 is a general aptitude test consisting of questions from English, Reasoning, and Mathematics, Paper 2 comprises questions from the subject chosen by the candidates in their application form.

  • No, according to the latest UGC NET exam pattern, the exam won't have any negative markings. Instead of skipping a question, candidates can use their calculated guesses and mark the answer in both papers of UGC NET.

  • With the help of the UGC NET paper pattern 2022, candidates will get to know about how questions will be asked in the exam and other things like the number of subjects and time duration, with the help of which candidates can prepare accordingly. Check the UGC NET syllabus after the exam pattern.

  • Candidates get 3 hours to complete both papers for the UGC NET exam. The latest changes in the UGC NET exam pattern have combined both papers, and now aspirants have 3 hours to complete the exam.

  • No. There is no time limit for each section. Candidates can move between any sections of both exams at any time. Paper 1 will be the same for all applicants, whereas paper 2 will be subject-specific and designed to test candidates' in-depth knowledge. There will be 150 multiple-choice questions on the paper, and applicants will receive 2 marks for each correct answer.

  • The total mark of UGC NET is 300. 50 questions are asked in Paper 1, and 100 are in Paper 2, each with two marks. Every applicant must complete Paper 1. The UGC NET Paper 1 is divided into ten sections.

  • According to the latest exam pattern of UGC NET, the exam is conducted online computer based test. The questions are multiple-choice with 4 options, of which only one is correct.

  • The latest UGC NET paper pattern divided the weightage of Paper 1 and Paper 2 into 1:2. Paper 1 is conducted for 100 marks whereas Paper 2 is conducted for 200 marks. Candidates must keep these points in mind during UGC NET preparation.

  • Yes, it is mandatory to appear for both papers of UGC NET. The NTA has changed the exam pattern. Now, candidates cant leave the exam hall till the time is over. They have to attempt both papers.

  • The UGC NET marking scheme is straightforward to understand. For correct answer candidates are awarded +2 marks and for wrong answer, there is no negative marking in the exam.

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