On behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is held for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor Both, in Indian Universities and Colleges.

Till June 2018, the CBSE conducted the NET in 84 subjects at 91 selected Cities of spread across the country. From Dec 2018 onwards, the UGC- NET is being conducted by the NTA.

The award of JRF and or Eligibility for Assistant Professor depends on the aggregate performance of the candidate in Paper-I and paper-II of UGC-NET. 

The candidates qualifying only for Assistant Professor are not to be considered for the award of JRF. 

Candidates who qualify the test for eligibility for Assistant Professor are governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/colleges/state governments, as the case may be.

UGC-NET is conducted twice a year. UGC NET exam date for the year 2020 is yet to be announced.

Eligibility for UGC-NET:

Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks(without rounding off) in Master's Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/ institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities(including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science, etc. are eligible for UGC-NET exams.

A recent study shows that the number of candidates qualifying UGC NET is less than 9 percent.

Adamya Shyam(MSc. Computer science, BHU) cleared the UGC NET in computer science and application with 99 percentile marks. 

He shares how he was able to crack this exam in the first year of MSc computer science and what strategy he used. 

See useful links for UGC NET at the end of this post.

Q. From Which college did you complete your undergraduates from and what was your major? 

I graduated from the Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University with Computer Science as major and Physics and Mathematics as minor subjects.

Q. Did you opt for coaching for UGC Net preparations?

No, I didn't opt for any coaching for preparations. I completely relied on the self-study and teacher notes that I made during my graduation.

I think if someone is doing a consistent study, coaching is not at all necessary factors for the selection of candidates. 


Q. Which books did you choose for preparations?

I will try to be brief here as much as possible about the UGC NET exam pattern. Well, there are 2 sections in the paper of UGC NET. 


The first section is about Teaching and Research Aptitude. According to me the best book for preparing this part is Pearson's NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF - Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude by KVS Madan.

UGC-Net Paper 1 syllabus: English, Hindi

UGC-Net syllabus for all Subject: Here

Read this book carefully. You will find why I called it the best book for UGC NET Paper 1.

The second section consists of questions of the corresponding subject. For me, it is Computer Science.


The questions are based on the syllabus of the Graduation Final Year and the Masters’ program. The major part of this section and the corresponding books I used belongs to the following topics:


1. Discrete Mathematics (Lipschutz)

2. Automata Theory (Peter Linz)

3. C and C++ Programming (Dennis M. Ritchie)

4. Computer Networks (Forouzan)

5. Operating Systems (Silberschatz)

6. Data Structures and Algorithm (Cormen)

7. Artificial Intelligence (Rich and Knight)


The paper is not very lengthy and tough. If you have basic knowledge of the topic along and practiced some questions, you will do it.


Q. How did you make time for preparations apart from managing college study and daily work? 

The paper is mostly based on the syllabus we are studying in college. So it was not that hard to prepare for UGC NET exam.

My work became even a lot easier as I studied well in my Final Year of Graduation. 

After graduation, I used the two-month time gap we got for UGC NET preparation effectively.

Anyone who studied effectively all the topics can crack this exam easily. Also for paper 1 which is the aptitude, one can plan to study an hour daily.

Q. Which online platform you mostly used during your preparations for the UGC NET exam?

I used GeekforGeeks where one can get the study material of GATE including the previous year’s GATE question papers. Here the topic Automata Theory and Data Structures which have major weightage in the paper is explained better with a lot of solved questions.

I used to solve Sanfoundry MCQs. Sanfoundry has a lot of basic computer science questions solved from each topic. They help you in sharpening your basics of computer science.

Q. Can you tell something about your future goals?

I have been always fascinated by technology and graphics and I love to play with them. On a long term plan, I want to be a game developer but for now, I am thinking to pursue a research program in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

Q. What advice you would like to give to students preparing the UGC NET exam in computer science and application?

To all the aspirants, you don't need to take much pressure regarding this exam. If you are studying well and have a good grip on the basics of each topic, It is very easy to crack. 

1. Study effectively and honestly. Don’t lie to yourself. Don’t hesitate to ask doubts from your teachers and don’t get entangled in peer pressure. Prepare with your all planning and strategy.

2. Practice old papers and observe patterns like what type of questions are being asked from each topic. 

3. It may happen that you are preparing a lot of numerical problems from any topic and only theoretical questions are asked. So, prepare wisely, prepare well! 

Best of Luck to all of you!


The key factor to crack any exam is practice. With regular practice and evaluating yourself, you can boost your performance in the exam.

Try to cover the whole syllabus, practice questions, don’t panic, and solve previous year UGC NET question papers.

Some Useful links for NTA UGC NET:

10 Tips and tricks to prepare for entrance exams

UGC NET Official website

UGC NET Question Papers

Some useful books for UGC NET Paper 1:

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