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Paper Pattern for CBSE UGC NET July 2016

Published On: 02 May 2012 | Last Updated On: 12 Apr 2016

CBSE NET is conducted for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the eligibility for Assistant Professor only or junior research fellowship & eligibility for assistant professor both in Indian universities and colleges. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on behalf of UGC has announced the exam dates for National Eligibility Test (NET-2015), which will be conducted in July 2016. The CBSE NET will be held on Sunday, July 10, 2016.

The candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national organizations may select the JRF awardees for whole time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them. The award of JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both or Eligibility for Assistant Professor only will depend on the performance of the candidate in all three papers of NET. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF.

Paper Pattern for CBSE NET 2016:

The test will consist of three papers.




No. of Question





60 out of which 50 question to be attempted

1¼ hours




50 questions all are compulsory

1¼ hours




75 questions all are compulsory

2 ½ hours

  • Paper-I shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. 60 (sixty) multiple choice questions of 2 marks each will be given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any 50 (fifty). In the event of the candidate attempted more than 50 questions, the first 50 questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated.
  • Paper-II shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.
  • Paper-III will consist of 75 objective type compulsory questions from the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.
  • All the questions of Paper – II and Paper – III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options).
  • The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper – I, Paper - II and Paper – III on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) Sheet provided along with the test booklet.

Eligibility Crietria for CBSE NET 2016

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