Ugc Net Commerce - All You Need to Know

One of the most popular subjects among the aspirants of UGC Net exam conducted by NTA is Commerce as maximum selections are from this subject only.

Fri Sep 17, 2021

What is Ugc Net Commerce Exam ?


National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility of Assistant Professorship, Junior Research Fellowship or both, for Indian Universities and Colleges.

Until June 2018, the NET was conducted by CBSE in 84 subjects at 91 cities across the country. Thereafter from December 2018 onwards, the UGC- NET is being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

One of the most popular subjects among the aspirants of UGC Net exam is Commerce. UGC Net exam in commerce in conducted by NTA to determine eligibility of candidates for appointment as Assistant Professors or award of fellowship for pursuing research in the field of commerce. Let’s learn more about UGC Net Commerce exam in the form of FAQs:


Q. What is the eligibility criteria for UGC Net Commerce exam ?

  • General/Unreserved/General-EWS candidates - at least 55% marks in Master’s Degree.
  • OBC-NCL /SC/ST/PwD/Transgender candidates - at least 50% marks in Master’s degree.

Q. What are the career opportunities after clearing NET exam in commerce ?

  • You become eligible for the post of Assistant Professor. 
  • After Qualifying JRF, you can pursue PhD with monthly stipend of over Rs. 30,000 p.m.

Q. When is UGC Net commerce exam held ?

UGC-NET is conducted twice every year usually in the months of June and December. 

Q. Can a mediocre / average student qualify UGC Net commerce exam ?

You can do anything you wish to with proper guidance and hard work. The nature of exam is such that it seeks to test the analytical understanding of the students with objective MCQ questions. 

Q. What is the difference between NET and JRF exam ?

Qualifying NET means you are eligible for appointment as Assistant Professor. 

The candidates who qualify for the award of JRF are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject.

Q. What is the validity period of JRF award letter ?

The validity period of the offer will be three years w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF Award Letter.

Q. I am in my final year of M.Com. Can I appear for UGC Net Commerce exam ?

Yes, but you must complete Master degree within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks.

Q. What is the syllabus of UGC Net Commerce ?

Its similar to what you studied in graduation and post-graduation.

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Q. Is there any age limit as well to appear for this exam ?

There is no upper age limit in applying for UGC-NET for Assistant Professor.

However, if you wish to apply for JRF, then your age should not be more than 30 years.  A relaxation of upto 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC-NCL/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and to women applicants.  

Q. What is the cut-off for UGC Net Commerce ?

As a thumb-rule, for General Category, Cut-off for JRF in commerce is 65±3% and for NET in commerce is 58±3%. Cut-off for EWS, SC and ST category is slightly lower.

Q. What kind of questions are asked in UGC Net commerce exam ?

Gone are the days, when we were asked simple direct questions. 

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Q. What are the minimum qualifying marks for UGC Net Commerce ?

40% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for General/EWS candidates 

35% aggregate marks for SC, ST, OBC-NCL, PwD and Third gender candidates.

Q. How many students qualify UGC Net Commerce exam ?

The number of candidates to be qualified (total slots or Eligibility for Assistant Professor) shall be equal to 6% of the candidates appeared in both the papers of NET.

Q. How many hours should I study to crack UGC Net Commerce exam in first attempt ?

Ideally, studying for 6-8 hours a day over a period of 3-4 months is enough for preparation of UGC Net exam. 

Q. What is the pattern of UGC Net commerce exam ?

Pattern of UGC Net Commerce Exam

Q. What is the level of knowledge required to crack UGC Net exam in commerce ?

  • Conceptual clarity alongwith ability to analytically apply the concepts to questions asked in exam. 
  • Also, you need to remember certain facts like who gave which theory, which section relates to what and number of members in key international organizations like IMF, WTO etc.

Q. Do we get any choice between the questions asked in UGC Net commerce exam ?

No. All the questions are compulsory.

Q. Is there any negative marking in UGC Net Commerce exam ?

Good thing about this exam is that there is no negative marking for incorrect answers. So, you can go ahead and make all the guesses you wish to.

Q. I am a house-wife. Can I clear UGC Net exam in commerce ?

Absolutely Yes. If you can manage your home, you can surely manage the exam preparation as well. 

Q. Where can I find previous year papers of UGC Net Commerce exam ?

Everstudy Classes has compiled and sorted all the previous year questions of UGC Net Commerce from 2012 onwards in a unitwise manner for effective coverage. You can check this course here.


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