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

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Aug 27, 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.

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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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prashant
my dob 24-01-1990.can i eligable to net exam
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Prashant, if you belong to general category, then, you are not eligible as candidates must not be above than 30 years of age as on June 30, 2020. However, there is 5-year age relaxation for reserved categories. Thus, if you belong to reserved category, then only you will be considered eligible.
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neeraj
JRF - Not more than 30 Years Assistant Professor - There is no upper age limit in applying for UGC-NET for Assistant Professor.
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muskan singh
Is there other exams after these two exams
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Muskan, yes, there is no exam after these two exams.
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deepika
Does the UGC board interview you after passing the net exams?
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Deepika, yes, an interview is conducted by the organization whenever you apply for any job on the basis of UGC NET score.
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ramteke arti
I have got atkt in one subject in m.com last semester but i have given the exam and waiting for the result so my question is that am i eligible for net .
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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Aarti, no, you are not eligible at present because students who have applied for this exam must have passed their post graduation. You can check other eligibility criteria too in detail from here: UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

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diksha nanda
Q1)what is the pattern of ugc and 2) how many marks do we need to clear 3) how many hours of study do we need per day 4) how can we do a smart study ?
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kalpanadevi
Hello sir/mam, I want to know that there any coaching classes for UGC NET Examinations in Pondicherry?
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vedanshi patel
Hello mam, I wanted to know that are there any coaching classes for UGC NET Examinations in Ahmedabad?
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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Vedanshi, some of the coaching institutes for UGC NET in Ahmedabad are mentioned below:

  • Gate Indian Institute of Tutorials
  • Arihant Career Group
  • LEARNX
  • OSN Academy
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rashmi chaware
Hello sir sir pls suggest book for social work net exam
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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Rashmi, you can check the Syllabus for Sociology for NET exam from here.

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ramu banapuram
I'm pursuing my PG now in 1st yr MCom I'm i eligible to write NET?
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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Ramu, you will be able to fill the application form for this exam only when you are in final year of your PG degree. You can check the Eligibility Criteria in detail from here.

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celina peter
Are there any coaching classes for NET gen paper as well as English paper in Pune?
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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Celina, following are some of the coaching centers for UGC NET in Pune:

  • Gate Indian Institute of Tutorials
  • Success Forum
  • Prudent Coaching Classes
  • IBT Institute
  • Aditya Coaching Centre