UGC NET 2019 Changes

As National Testing Agency (NTA) concludes the first and second days of UGC NET 2019 June exam today, the one thing that all candidates are rejoicing is the elimination of break between paper 1 and 2. This time, the exam is taking place continuously for 3 hours instead of having a thirty minutes gap between the two.

Now candidates can switch between the two papers. They can start with any question of either papers. Questions can be solved in any order. The National Eligibility Test is a completely computer based test. Therefore for answer key of UGC NET 2019, candidates get question paper with answers.


This has positively affected the NET aspirants since many candidates find few calculation based questions of paper 1 lengthy, and prefer to solve them in the end. Candidates can now solve easy, less time consuming questions first, and hard as well as time consuming ones later.

Another positive step taken by NTA is to eliminate scrolling issue. Last time, candidates had faced some problems in reading comprehension passages; sometimes passages are so long that candidates not only had to scroll up-down, but left-right also. NTA found a solution to this issue by removing the requirement for horizontal (left-right) scroll.

On both the days, candidates have reported the paper 1 to be relatively easy, and paper 2 moderately difficult. Nevertheless they were happy to note that NTA gave easy questions on the new topics introduced as per new syllabus.

Candidates must score at least 40% marks (or 35% in case of SC, ST, OBC) in aggregate of paper 1 and 2. Since there is no paper wise cut off in the UGC NET exam, therefore candidates can also chose to focus on one paper more than the other when it comes to allocating time between the two.

Since the handover of conduct of exam to NTA, UGC NET has undergone some major changes. To start with, earlier there used to be three papers namely 1, 2, 3 (or I, II, III). Whereas now there is only paper 1 and 2. Then the syllabus of exam was also changed this time.

The exam dates of UGC NET June 2019 are 20, 21, 24, 25, 26 June. Shortly thereafter, the National Testing Agency shall release official answer key and invite challenges. After that it will declare result of UGC NET 2019. Result shall be announced by 15 July at ntanet.nic.in.

UGC NET is the national level exam held to determine eligibility of candidates for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian Universities and Colleges. Recently Joint CSIR UGC NET 2019 was held on 16 June. Whereas UGC NET is for Humanities and Social Science subjects, CSIR NET is for Science subjects.

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