NTA (National Testing Agency) has announced the UGC NET 2021 exam for December 2020 cycle, which will commence from 02nd May 2021. UGC NET syllabus 2021 is available on its official website. Held twice a year (June and December) as a national entrance test by NTA, UGC NET accesses the aspirant’s capabilities to get recruited for the posts of:
- JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) and Assistant Professor, or
- Assistant Professor only posts in Indian Universities and Colleges
The NTA UGC NET syllabus is divided into 2 Papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both the tests are conducted in CBT mode (computer-based test/online). A total of 150 questions are asked in the UGC NET examination (including part 1 and part 2) and candidates are required to answer all of them within 3 hours.
Candidates who have applied for the exam must keep themselves armed with the complete details related to UGC NET Syllabus and UGC NET exam pattern. Added to this, those who wish to clear the papers must follow the UGC NET syllabus minutely that Buddy4Study has compiled and put together for easy understanding.
- UGC NET exam for December 2020 cycle will be conducted from 02nd May 2021.
- UGC NET admit cards for exams are notyet announced. Visit the official website to know more about the admit cards.
- UGC NET exam will be conducted in a single session with no break between Paper 1 and Paper 2.
- NTA will conduct the UGC NET December 2020 session exam from 02nd May to 17th May 2020 (exam dates distributed during this period).
- UGC NET syllabus has a list of 81 subjects from which candidates can choose one of their preferred subjects.
Read More: UGC NET Exam Dates – Schedule, Timings, Latest Updates & Highlights
Table of Contents
- UGC NET Syllabus – Key Highlights
- UGC NET Syllabus – Paper 1 (General Aptitude) Syllabus
- UGC NET Syllabus – Paper 2 Syllabus (For All Subjects)
- UGC NET Exam Pattern
- UGC NET – Section-wise Distribution of Questions
- UGC NET Syllabus – Recommended Books
- UGC NET Syllabus – Previous Years’ Question Papers and Study Material
- UGC NET Syllabus – FAQs
UGC NET Syllabus – Key Highlights
|Name of Examination||UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test) 2020|
|Exam Conducting Body||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|UGC NET Official Website||https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in |
|Duration of Exam||3 hours or 180 minutes|
|Examination Mode||CBT/Computer Based Test (Online)|
|Medium of Exam||The exam will be conducted in 2 languages:|
|Type of Questions||Objective/Multiple-Choice (MCQ)|
|Number of Questions||Paper 1 – 50 questions|
Paper 2 – 100 questions
|Total Marks||Paper 1 – 100 marks|
Paper 2 – 200 marks
|Marking Scheme||+2 for Every Correct Answer|
No negative marking for incorrect answers
|Exam Shifts||Shift 1 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon|
Shift 2 – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
|Mock Test Link||https://nta.ac.in/quiz|
UGC NET Syllabus – Paper 1 (General Aptitude) Syllabus
UGC NET Paper 1 is compulsory and common for all candidates. The UGC NET Syllabus for Paper 1 includes 10 units. Each unit comprises 5 questions. Hence, Paper 1 will have a total of 50 questions worth 100 marks.
The 10 units included in Paper 1 of UGC NET are –
UGC NET Syllabus Paper 1 – Subjects/Units
UGC NET Syllabus – Section-wise Topics (Paper 1)
The main objective of UGC NET Paper 1 is to evaluate the candidates’ teaching and research capabilities. Besides assessing the teaching prowess, it is also a method of checking the awareness level in candidates.
They are expected to possess and display cognitive abilities. These abilities include analysis, comprehension, understanding the structure of arguments, evaluation, and deductive and inductive reasoning.
To crack the Part 1 exam, candidates can find all the important topics related to each subject/unit covered in the prescribed UGC NET syllabus 2021.
UGC NET Syllabus – Unit/Section-wise Topics in Paper 1
|Units||UGC NET Paper 1 – Subjects||Topics|
|Unit 1||Teaching Aptitude|
|Unit 2||Research Aptitude|
|Unit 5||Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude|
|Unit 6||Logical Reasoning|
|Unit 7||Data Interpretation|
|Unit 8||Information and Communication Technology (ICT)|
|Unit 9||People, Development and Environment|
|Unit 10||Higher Education System|
UGC NET Syllabus – Paper 2 Syllabus (For All Subjects)
NTA UGC NET Paper 2 exam is conducted for a total of 81 subjects. Candidates applying for this exam have the right to choose their preferred subjects for Paper 2 from the UGC NET syllabus. They can select the subject that they may have studied during their post-graduation programme or any subject related to it.
Buddy4study has arranged the elaborate UGC NET syllabus along with the paper codes and UGC NET syllabus (Paper 2) in pdf format (both Hindi and English) in the table below.
UGC NET Syllabus for all Subjects – Paper 2
|Subject Code||Subjects||UGC NET Syllabus (Paper-2)- English||UGC NET Syllabus (Paper-2)- Hindi|
|00||General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude (Paper -I)||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|01||Economics / Rural Economics /Cooperation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|02||Political Science||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|03||Philosophy||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|04||Psychology||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|05||Sociology||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|06||History||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|07||Anthropology||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|08||Commerce||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|09||Education||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|10||Social Work||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|11||Defence and Strategic Studies||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|12||Home Science||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|14||Public Administration||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|15||Population Studies||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|16||Music||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|17||Management (including Business Administration Management/Marketing/ Marketing Management/Industrial Relations and Personnel Management / Personnel Management/Financial Management/Co-operative Management)||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|31||Linguistics||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|39||French (French Version)||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE (FRENCH)|
|46||Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non-Formal Education||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|47||Physical Education||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|49||Arab Culture and Islamic Studies||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|50||Indian Culture||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|55||Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|58||Law||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|59||Library and Information Science||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|60||Buddhist, Jain, Gandhian and Peace Studies||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|62||Comparative Study of Religions||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|63||Mass Communication and Journalism||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|65||Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|66||Museology & Conservation||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|67||Archaeology||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|68||Criminology||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|70||Tribal and Regional Language/Literature||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|71||Folk Literature||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|72||Comparative Literature||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|73||Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama)||CLICK HERE|
|74||Women Studies||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|79||Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|80||Geography||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|81||Social Medicine & Community Health||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|82||Forensic Science||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|83||Pali||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|87||Computer Science and Applications||CLICK HERE|
|88||Electronic Science||CLICK HERE|
|89||Environmental Sciences||CLICK HERE|
|90||Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence/Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies.||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|91||Prakrit||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|92||Human Rights and Duties||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|93||Tourism Administration and Management||CLICK HERE|
|100||Yoga||CLICK HERE||CLICK HERE|
|101||Sindhi||CLICK HERE (Arabic)||CLICK HERE|
UGC NET Syllabus – PDFs in Regional Language
|Subject Code||Subjects||UGC NET Paper-2 Syllabus – Regional Language|
|41||Russian||CLICK HERE (English)|
Click Here (Russian)
UGC NET Exam Pattern
To determine the eligibility of candidates applying for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Assistant Professor only posts, UGC NET December 2020 will be conducted in online mode.
Candidates who register and apply for the UGC NET 2021 exam should go through the exam pattern thoroughly and practice well with the help of online mock tests before attempting the exam. Here are a few key points that they should keep in mind.
- UGC NET will be conducted in CBT mode
- The format of questions asked in the exam will be MCQ (multiple choice questions)
- All questions will have 4 options
- Candidates will be able to move between papers as NTA has not imposed any restriction to answer questions as per section numbers
- There is no negative marking in UGC NET exam
- The UGC NET exam will be conducted in 3 hours or 180 minutes –
- Forenoon (Shift 1) – 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
- Afternoon (Shift 2) – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
- There will be no break time between Paper 1 and Paper 2
UGC NET – Section-wise Distribution of Questions
Apart from UGC NET syllabus, candidates must know about the details of the exam structure, how it will be conducted, distributions of questions and marks, etc. This will help the aspirants prepare strategically for the UGC NET exam.
NTA UGC NET 2021 Paper 1 Section-wise Distribution of Questions
|Units||UGC NET Paper 1 – Subjects||Number of Questions||Marks Allotted|
|Unit 1||Teaching Aptitude||5||10|
|Unit 2||Research Aptitude||5||10|
|Unit 5||Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude||5||10|
|Unit 6||Logical Reasoning||5||10|
|Unit 7||Data Interpretation||5||10|
|Unit 8||Information and Communication Technology (ICT)||5||10|
|Unit 9||People, Development and Environment||5||10|
|Unit 10||Higher Education System||5||10|
NTA UGC NET 2021 Paper 2 Distribution of Questions
|Paper 2||Type of Questions||Number of Questions||Marks Allotted per Question||Total Marks|
|Selected Subject from the 81 Subjects||Objective or Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ)||100||2||200|
UGC NET Syllabus – Recommended Books
Questions asked in the UGC NET examination are quite tough compared to other national level exams. To tackle this, candidates need to prepare well from the topics highlighted above to score well in the upcoming UGC NET exam.
To get a better grip on various UGC NET syllabus and subjects, candidates can find several expert-recommended books and online study resources in the tables below.
|NTA-UGC-NET (Paper-I) Exam Guide: with Previous Years’ (Solved) Papers||Ramesh Publishing House||Dr. M S Ansari & RPH Editorial Board|
|UGC NET/ SET Paper 1||McGraw Hill Education||–|
|CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude||Pearson Education||KVS Madaan|
|UGC NET/ JRF/ SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude||Arihant Publication||Arihant Express|
|Trueman’s UGC NET/ SLET General Paper I||Danika Publishing Company||M. Gagan (Author), Sajit Kumar|
UGC NET Syllabus – Previous Years’ Question Papers and Study Material
As an effective method of preparation, candidates must attempt various mock tests apart from following the UGC NET syllabus. Also, they should solve sample question papers to raise their chances of scoring well in the UGC NET exam 2021. Candidates will find a list of sample question papers in the below table with which they can prepare better for the upcoming UGC NET exam 2021.
UGC NET Solved Question Paper (2012 – 2019)
|UGC NET Online Mock Test – CLICK HERE|
UGC NET Study Material – Click Here
UGC NET Syllabus – FAQs
How many questions will be asked in the UGC NET exam 2021?
A total of 150 questions will be asked in the UGC NET Paper 1 and 100 questions in the UGC NET Paper 2.
What are the different sections of UGC NET syllabus?
UGC NET exam consists of subjects divided into 10 units (paper 1). These include Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Comprehension, Communication, Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), People, Development and Environment, and Higher Education System.
For Paper 2, candidates require choosing any 1 subject amongst the 81 subjects highlighted in the article above.
Is there any negative marking scheme in the UGC NET exam?
No. There is no negative marking for any wrong or unattempted answer. Hence, candidates can attempt all the questions without worrying about negative marking.
Is it useful to solve sample papers or previous years' question papers?
UGC NET previous years' question papers, online mock tests and study materials help candidates to get a better idea about the types of questions asked in the exam and prepare well for it.
Will broad questions be asked in the UGC NET exam?
No. UGC NET exam includes only MCQ-type or multiple-choice questions.