Imagine a child playing with his ball in a park in front of his house when suddenly it starts to rain. His mother shouts out to him to come back into the house. The child wants to grab his ball before doing so and therefore argues with his mother about the same but the mother shouts out at him to leave the ball and come home immediately. Being scolded so severely the boy gives up his fixation on retrieving the ball and runs into the house.

Next two or three days it does not stop raining. The boy becomes extremely sad and dejected for not being able to play with his ball. Then one day the rain loses its intensity and all that remains is very light drizzling. Seeing this the boy gets a smile on his face that stretches from one ear to the other. He can now finally go out and retrieve the ball that he so dearly loves.

Now, having mentioned this cute little story, can you relate yourself to the little kid being stuck inside the house. I know I can, looking back at the boring corona lockdowns last year. You see at the start of the year 2020, we were exactly like the little kid pursuing the balls of our ambitions and careers in the parks of our lives, only to be disrupted by the Corona pandemic.

However, it seems that now, here in India at least, the corona pandemic is finally breathing its last and that our lives are getting back to normal.

Consequently, the exams that had been postponed are also being conducted one after the other. The same holds true for the 2020 UGC NET December cycle also. Consequently, the exams that had been postponed are also being conducted one after the other. The same holds true for the 2020 UGC NET December cycle also.

The National Testing Agency has released the UGC NET Notification for December 2020 cycle (May 2021) on February 2, 2021. Candidates who desire to appear for the exam can apply from February 2, 2021, to March 2, 2021, on the official website. The last date to pay the application fee is March 3, 2021.

According to the official notification, the UGC NET exam date for December 2020 cycle is May 2,3, 4,5,6,7,10,11,12, 14 and 17, 2021. You can check the eligibility for NET exam, process to fill the UGC NET application form 2021 and the topic of NTA UGC NET registration in this blog article "UGC NET Important Books and Mock Test".

Eligibility for NET exam

The first point of the educational eligibility for NET exam is that candidate must have a master degree or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university. Final year students currently in the process of completing their post-graduation degrees can also apply.
General/Unreserved candidates with minimum of 55% marks in Master Degree or equivalent degree are eligible for this test.

SC/ ST, OBC, NCL, and PWD candidates require 50 % marks in master degree or equivalent degree to become eligible to appear for this test.

Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or equivalent course or appeared for their qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose final exams of qualifications have been delayed can also apply for the NET.. In such cases, candidates will be admitted provisionally only after they pass their master degree with 55 percent for General category and 50 percent in case of SC/ST/OBC/PwD.

Candidates who have finished their post-graduation by September 19, 1991, and possess a PhD degree are eligible for the exam. Such a candidate is eligible for 5% relaxation in aggregate marks.
Transgender category candidates will also be liable for the same relaxation criteria as per SC/ ST/ PWD category candidates.

It’s advisable that candidates appear for the NET exam in the subject of their Post-Graduation only.
Candidates need not send any document or certificate in support of their eligibility to NTA.

UGC NET Age Limit

The first Age limit criteria for eligibility for NET exam is this: When talking of JRF, General category candidates must have the maximum age of 31 years by March 1, 2021.
For reserved category candidates, the age limit can be relaxed by 5 years. Relaxation will be given to the candidates with research experience or limited to the period spent on research in the relevant or related subject of post-graduation degree.
Also, there will be a relaxation of 5 years for women candidates as well.

Candidates with a degree of L.L.M. degree are entitled for a 3 years relaxation.
A relaxation of up to 5 years is given to the candidates who have served in the armed forces.
There are no upper age limit criteria for applying for the post of Assistant Lectureship through UGC NET.
UGC NET Exam Registration:
The process of filling out the UGC NET form should not be taken lightly.

Step 1: UGC NET Registration Form 2021

To Apply for the UGC NET exam, first, visit the UGC NET page on the official website of the test.
Next, click the link called ‘UGC NET Application Form 2021’ at the bottom of the page
Doing so would open up a new page
Here, you’d need to click on the ‘New Registration’ link and also download the information brochure.
After you’re done doing that, click on the checkbox at the bottom of page and press the ‘Click Here to Proceed’ tab.
After that fill in your personal and contact details and choose a password.
After filling the details, click on the ‘submit’ button and proceed to complete your UGC NET form. After submission of detail, an ‘Application Number’ would come up on your screen. Note the Application number for future reference.
Step 2: Fill UGC NET Application Form 2021

After you are over with the NTA UGC NET exam registration, you can start the process of filling your UGC NET application form 2021 by logging in by using your application number and password. After you sign in, fill out the online application structure. Further, details that are to be filled in are:
Details related to the exam: Here, you are asked to choose your preferences for the UGC NET test centres. Also choose if you want to become a JRF or an assistant professor here.
-Personal information: Here you are asked to give in your -personal details.
-Permanent location
-Mailing address
-Academic qualification: This segment wants your details pertaining to your academic achievements. E.g., status of post-graduation (showing up/passed), college name, year of passing post-graduation, subject of post-graduation test, status of Ph.D. and M.Phil. (showing up/passed/not showing up), etc.

Security pin: Here you have to fill in the security number previously displayed on the page.
With all the details filled, click on the tab called “next”. That way you’ll be sent to yet another page.
Step 3: Upload Photo and Signature of Candidate
Next, upload your signature and pictures in JPG format according to the requirements.
Step 4: The UGC NET Application Fee
Next, pay the UGC NET application fee.
Step 5: Download Confirmation Page
After the successful payment of the UGC NET application fees, a new page will appear. On this page will be a message of confirmation which gives testimony that your application process has been completed and you are clear to receive your UGC NET admit card. Take a printout of this page for future reference.
Note: If you are facing any issues while processing UGC NET Application Form issues 2021, Check Out the related questions here.

UGC NET Application Form Review

After you are done filling out the UGC NET application form 2021, you’ll be given a final opportunity by the NTA to review your UGC NET form.

Steps to access UGC NET application form 2021 and correct the mistakes and finalize your UGC NET form, are listed below:

Open the official website

Login using your Application Number and Password
Press the link with, ‘Connection Accessible for Application Structure Amendment’ written on it.
Make the necessary amendments in the fields of the application structure.

Press on the ‘Submit’ catch to finalize the application form.

That brings us to the end of this blog. I hope this blog has been useful. Take care and Good Luck!

Author's Bio: 

Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 4 years of experience in the field of Education.