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UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern (Paper Wise Pattern), Marking Scheme, Syllabus & Books

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Oct 21, 2020

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UGC NET is a national level exam conducted by NTA on behalf of the University Grants Commission to certify the eligibility of candidates for the post of ‘Assistant Professor’ or ‘Junior Research Fellowship’. NTA will conduct  UGC NET 2020  from June 15 – 20, 2020 in online mode. UGC NET comprises two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2 which will be held consecutively without any break. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours. Candidates are free to devote any amount of time to any paper. Paper 1 and Paper 2 will have 50 and 100 multiple choice questions respectively.

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Each correct answer will award you 2 marks. There will be no negative marking in the exam. Syllabus for Paper 1 and all 81 NET subjects of Paper 2 have been revised in 2019 and for this year no changes are expected to be made in the syllabus. Candidates can read the article below to know more about the exam pattern. 


UGC NET Exam Pattern

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern Details

Since June 2018, UGC NET has been conducted by the National Testing Agency in the following pattern:

ugc net exam pattern  

UGC NET: Mode of Exam

  • UGC NET will be conducted in Online mode.
  • Each candidate will be allocated a desktop with a pre-installed software specially created for the examination.
  • Make sure to check that the system and the mouse is working properly before the exam commences. 

Nature of Questions in UGC NET Exam

  • The questions in both the papers will be objective in nature.
  • This means all the questions in UGC NET June 2020 will be of Multiple Choice type (MCQs).
  • The question will have 4 options, candidates must select the most appropriate answer.

Total Number of Questions in UGC NET 2020

  • UGC NET 2020 will have a total of 150 multiple-choice questions.
  • Paper 1 will have 50 questions and Paper 2 will have 100 questions.
  • There is No Restriction to move to and fro among the Papers.
  • All the questions are compulsory to attempt.

The table below shows the exam pattern of Paper 1 and Paper 2:

UGC NET Paper No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Paper 1 50 100 Cumulative time duration of 3 hours.
Shift 1: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM
Shift 2: 2.30 PM – 5.30 PM
Paper 2 100 200
Total 150 MCQs 300 Marks 180 minutes
Note: NTA releases subject-wise mock tests for all the subjects at ugcnet.nta.nic.inDownload UGC NET Sample Papers

UGN NET Marking Scheme

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UGC NET Marking Scheme 2020

  • A uniform marking scheme is followed in the exam i.e. for both Paper 1 and 2, each correct answer will fetch you 2 marks.
  • As per the revised exam pattern of UGC NET exam, there is no negative marking for incorrect answer.
  • Hence, instead of skipping a question, one can use their calculated guess and mark the answer. 

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The updated marking scheme of UGC NET is given below:

Type of Answer Marks Allotted
Correct Answer 2 marks
Incorrect Answer 0 mark
No Answer 0 mark
Note: If a question for any reason is found to be incorrect, the benefit of marks will be given to only those candidates who attempted the question. However, if NTA drops a question, the benefit will be given to all the candidates.

Read About UGC NET Score Calculation


UGN NET Syllabus

UGC NET 2020 Syllabus (Updated)

Syllabus for UGC NET 2020 Paper 1 and Paper 2 varies and are designed to test different skills of the candidates. A brief about both the papers are:

  • UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus tests teaching and reasoning ability, research aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.
  • UGC NET Paper 2 Syllabus is based on the subject chosen by the candidate. It tests the candidate’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in the respective subject.

UGC NET Paper I Syllabus 2020

Paper 1 is the same and compulsory for every candidate. It will have a total of 50 multiple choice questions, 5 each from the following 10 topics:

  1. Teaching Aptitude
  2. Research Aptitude
  3. Comprehension
  4. Communication
  5. Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude
  6. Logical Reasoning
  7. Data Interpretation
  8. Information and Communication Technology
  9. People, Development and Environment 
  10. Higher Education System

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UGC NET Paper-II Syllabus 2020

Paper 2 Syllabus will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.

  • It will have 100 MCQs only on the stream chosen by the candidate. 
  • All the questions of Paper-II will be compulsory.
  • It is suggested to thoroughly revise all the topics of the Bachelors and Masters curriculum of your subject.

Click here to download Paper 2 Subjects Syllabus PDFs


UGC NET Important Books

UGC NET Books 2020

There are some of the important books that will help you to prepare better for UGC NET 2020. Candidates must be well versed in their respective subjects for Paper 2. They should rigorously go through books of their bachelor's and masters' curriculum. For Paper 1 they can follow the given books:  

UGC NET Paper 1 Books 

Name of the Book Author Publisher
Trueman’s UGC NET/ SLET General Paper I M. Gagan (Author), Sajit Kumar Danika Publishing Company
UGC NET/ JRF/ SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude Arihant Express Arihant Publication
CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude KVS Madaan Pearson Education
UGC NET/ SET Paper 1 -- McGraw Hill Education
CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research Aptitude Dr. M S Ansari & RPH Editorial Board Ramesh Publishing House

Frequenlty Asked Questions

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UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern FAQs

Ques: Is there any negative marking in the exam and what is the total time duration of the exam?

Ans: No. There is no negative in the exam. UGC NET 2020 will have a total of 150 multiple-choice questions and candidates will be given 3 hours to complete the exam. Paper 1 will have 50 questions and Paper 2 will have 100 questions. There is no Restriction to move to and fro among the Papers. All the questions are compulsory to attempt.

Ques: What is the exam pattern of UGN NET Paper 1 and 2?

Ans: The updated marking scheme of UGC NET is given below:

Type of Answer Marks Allotted
Correct Answer 2 marks
Incorrect Answer 0 mark
No Answer 0 mark

Ques: Is there any sectional time limit in UGC NET 2020? 

Ans: No. There is no sectional time limit. Candidates can move to and fro among any sections of both papers. Paper 1 is going to be the same for every candidate and paper 2 is subject-specific which is specially designed to test the in-depth knowledge of candidates. Paper will have a total of 150 multiple choice questions and candidates will be given 2 marks for every correct answer, no negative marking will be there.

Ques: What are the major topics for paper 1 of UGC NET?

Ans: Paper 1 is the same and compulsory for every candidate. It will have a total of 50 multiple choice questions, 5 each from the following 10 topics:

  1. Teaching Aptitude
  2. Research Aptitude
  3. Comprehension
  4. Communication
  5. Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude
  6. Logical Reasoning
  7. Data Interpretation
  8. Information and Communication Technology
  9. People, Development and Environment 
  10. Higher Education System

Ques: How can I prepare for paper 2 of UGC NET?

Ans: Candidates have to follow the syllabus provided by NTA to prepare for the exam. Paper 2 is conducted for 81 subjects. Candidates can select the subject for paper 2 that is similar or related to their post-graduation subjects. It will have 100 MCQs only on the stream chosen by the candidate. All the questions of Paper 2 will be compulsory. It is suggested to thoroughly revise all the topics of the Bachelors and Masters curriculum of your subject.  Check Detailed Updated Syllabus

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

Comments


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riyaz
What is the expected cutoff for the UGC-NET 2020 according to the revised pattern? What marks must be scored separately? I’ve applied for both AP and JRF so I need to know the separate passing marks.
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kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. To qualify for UGC NET JRF and Lectureship, it is mandatory for the candidates to get a minimum of 40% aggregate marks in both the papers combined for the general category (minimum 35% marks for reserved category candidates).

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chalam charla anil kumar
I am attempt the jiont csir ugc net on november Is it necessary to apply the CSIR UGC NET I mean the boath are same i think ...?
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dummy

Dear Chalam Charla Anil Kumar

Greetings from Collegedunia. CSIR UGC NET Exam is held for chemical sciences, earth atmospheric ocean, and planetary science, life science, mathematical sciences, and physical sciences whereas CBSE UGC NET consists of 81 subjects. The candidates can choose on of the subjects in which he has passed Master’s Degree for this exam. So, Both Exams are different from each other.

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arathy lal m
When is the next Net exam sir.
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abdul nazir

Hi Arathy, UGC NET is conducted twice in a year, one in June and second in December. For June session, probably application will be released in February 2021 and exam date will be 2nd week of June 2021 tentatively. For more details click here.

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lakshay kakkar
What are the subjects in which NET is conducted?
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kavita rani

Hi Lakshay. CSIR NET Exam is taken for 5 subjects including Chemical Science, Earth Science, Life Science, Mathematical Science, and Physical Science. Candidates are supposed to complete their respective papers in a duration of three hours. More details are mentioned here.
 

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teli chandrasekhar
How many numbers selected each net exam
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arvind kumar

Hi Teli, around 60 thousand students are selected in NET exam. For more details visit: NET EXAM

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sadim ansari
Is there negative marking in UGC-NET?
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kavita rani

Hi Sadim. There is no negative in the exam. Check detailed exam pattern here.
 

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rashmi
How do one prepare and crack NTA-NET in English Literature?
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kavita rani

Hi Rashmi. One can refer to books like Trueman's books and Arihant publication book while preparing for the English literature. Also, read at least one newspaper daily to improve your vocabulary skills.

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riyaz
Is it mandatory to study all the electives for paper III management for the UGC NET?
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kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. Yes, as per the latest pattern, it is essential to study all the electives for your subject paper .

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sameer
Can journalism students apply to the UGC NET exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Sameer. Yes, in case you have a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, you are eligible to give the UGC NET exam. Detailed eligibility criteria is mentioned here.
 

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riyaz
Which books should I consult for net for my English literature and how should I prepare myself for it?
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kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. You can refer to books like Trueman's books and Arihant publication book while preparing for the English literature. Refer here to check out other books.