Aspiring research fellows, lecturers and professors in India, we have news for you! If you have already heard that the University Grants Commission in India has changed the syllabus for the National Eligibility Test or NET, you have heard right! What is the new NET syllabus? Where can I find the new NET syllabus? If these questions are baffling you right now, you have come to the right place. We will tell you exactly how you can get your hands on the new syllabus for the test.

The UGC conducts NET for Indian postgraduates who are looking for a career in academics, particularly at the college and university level. NET basically strains out candidates who can become junior research fellows and assistant professors with higher education institutions in the country. In other words, only a NET-qualified individual can be hired for these posts by a university or a college in India. NET is conducted in 84 subjects and across only 91 selected cities in the country.

National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct NET in June 2019 based on the new syllabus. Not only the syllabus for the 84 distinct subjects but also the syllabi for compulsory paper 1 on teaching and research aptitude has been updated. This paper aims at testing the teaching and research capabilities of the candidate as NET is a qualifier exam for teaching and research-oriented posts in the higher education scenario of India.

To know the revised syllabus you can click on the link https://ugcnetonline.in/.

By click on a link marked as the updated syllabi of UGC-NET (applicable from June 2019 UGC-NET onwards), you will be redirected to a page that has a list of all the subjects. Download links for the new syllabi are given with each subject. Now download the new syllabus for your subject. Don’t be late as dates for the June 2019 NET have already been declared. The test will be conducted in phases on June 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28.

The registration process for NET is going to start on 1 March 2019. All those wanting to appear for the examination do register at https://ntanet.nic.in/ntanetcms/public/home.aspx between 1 March and 30 March. Without registration, one cannot take the test.

In December 2018, NTA conducted NET for the first time. The tests were conducted from 18 to 22 December. According to NTA, 9, 56,837 candidates registered themselves for the test in December, out of which only 6, 81,930 appeared for both the papers. Out of them, 44,001 candidates qualified as eligible for the role of assistant professors and 3,883 candidates qualified for the same along with qualifying for a junior research fellowship with Indian universities.

So now that you are aware of all the changes that have taken place in the scenario of the National Eligibility Test, buck yourself up. Get a print out of the syllabus and start preparing. June is just a few months away so start studying. Qualifying NET and becoming eligible for a research fellowship with all the respectable Indian universities, adds a new dimension to the career and resume of aspiring professors. All the best to all those appearing for NET this year!