The UGC NET 2021 syllabus will e published with the release of exam notification by the National Testing Agency (NTA). 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. NTA UGC NET is conducted for a total of 81 subjects.
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To increase the accuracy of solving the questions, the aspirants should thoroughly go through the UGC NET 2021 Preparation Tips. Moreover, for better preparations, candidates can also download UGC NET Practice Papers.
UGC NET Paper 1 is common and compulsory for every candidate. Paper 1 will have 50 questions worth 100 marks. Paper 1 syllabus has 10 units and exactly 5 questions will be asked from each unit. The detailed syllabus for Paper 1 is described below:
There are some of the important books that will help you to prepare better for UGC NET 2021. Candidates must be well versed in their respective subjects for Paper 2. They should rigorously go through books of their bachelor's and master's curriculum. For Paper 1 they can follow the given 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|
The subject for paper 2 is chosen by the candidate. Paper 2 will have 100 questions exclusively based on the subject chosen. The detailed syllabus PDF for 81 subjects of UGC NET Exam is given in the table below –
|0||General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude (Paper -I)||Click Here|
Economics/ Rural Economics/ Co-operation/ Demography/
Development Planning/ Development Studies/ Econometrics/
Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics
|2||Political Science||Click Here|
|10||Social Work||Click Here|
|11||Defence and Strategic Studies||Click Here|
|12||Home Science||Click Here|
|14||Public Administration||Click Here|
|15||Population Studies||Click Here|
Management (including Business Admin. Mgt./Marketing/
Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./
Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management)
|39||French (French Version)||Click Here|
|46||Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education.||Click Here|
|47||Physical Education||Click Here|
|49||Arab Culture and Islamic Studies||Click Here|
|50||Indian Culture||Click Here|
|55||Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/
Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management
|59||Library and Information Science||Click Here|
|60||Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies||Click Here|
|62||Comparative Study of Religions||Click Here|
|63||Mass Communication and Journalism||Click Here|
|65||Performing Art - Dance/Drama/Theatre||Click Here|
|66||Museology & Conservation||Click Here|
|70||Tribal and Regional Language/Literature||Click Here|
|71||Folk Literature||Click Here|
|72||Comparative Literature||Click Here|
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).
|74||Women Studies||Click Here|
|79||Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)||Click Here|
|81||Social Medicine & Community Health||Click Here|
|82||Forensic Science||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.
|92||Human Rights and Duties||Click Here|
|93||Tourism Administration and Management.||Click Here|
The updated marking scheme of UGC NET is given below:
|Type of Answer||Marks Allotted|
|Correct Answer||2 marks|
|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.
Also read UGC NET 2021 Preparation Tips
Ques: What is the syllabus for Paper 1 and Paper 2 of UGC NET 2021?
Ans: The syllabus for both papers is different. The syllabus for paper 1 is common for everyone and based on the topics of teaching and reasoning ability, research aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness. The syllabus for paper 2 is based on the subject chosen by the candidate. It tests the candidate’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in the respective subject. NTA UGC NET is conducted for a total of 81 subjects.
Ques: Are there any changes in the syllabus of UGC NET 2021?
Ans: No. The syllabus has been revised in 2019 and no changes are expected to be made in UGC NET 2021 syllabus.
Ques: Do I have to appear for both the papers?
Ans: Yes. You have to appear for both the papers. The duration of the exam is 3 hours and candidates have to complete both the papers in this time only. No breaks will be given in between the exam.
Ques: What is the duration of the exam and weightage given to each paper?
|UGC NET Paper||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration|
Cumulative time duration of 3 hours.
Shift 1: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Shift 2: 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
|Total||150 MCQs||300 Marks||180 minutes|
Ques: What is the new syllabus of the NTA UGC NET Paper 1?
Ans: The paper-1 syllabus for NTA UGC NET is common for all aspirants. It has 10 units and 5 questions are asked from every unit in the exam. The units are teaching aptitude, research aptitude, comprehension, communication, mathematical reasoning and aptitude, logical reasoning, data interpretation, ICT, people, environment and development, and higher education system. You can check the detailed syllabus here.
Ques: Does the UGC NET syllabus change every year?
Ans: No, the UGC NET syllabus does not change every year. The last major change was in the exam pattern when three papers were reduced to two however, the syllabus was not reduced but compressed into one paper.
Ques: How to crack the UGC NET exam in two months?
Ans: Smart planning of your syllabus and schedule will help you crack the exam in two months. If you dedicatedly study for 10-12 hours per day continuously for two months, you can complete the entire syllabus at least once and then revise it too.
Ques: What subject should I select for UGC CBSE NET?
Ans: For UGC CBSE NET, you must select the subject you had for your post-graduation or graduation. The paper-1 is common for all while paper-2 is subject-specific.
Ques: Is six months’ time enough for UGC net preparation?
Ans: Yes, 6-months is more than enough for the UGC NET preparation for both the papers along with repeated revision. However, you have to study consistently for 10+ hours every day over this time period so that you can finish the syllabus.
Ques: How many times can we attempt the UGC NET exams?
Ans: There is no time limit to the number of times you can attempt the UGC NET exam for the position of the assistant professor but for JRF, only three attempts are allowed.
Ques: Which is the best book for paper one of the UGC NET?
Ans: The following are some of the best books for UGC NET-
Ques: Is it possible to apply for NET in two different subjects?
Ans: No, you cannot apply for two different subjects in UGC NET. You can only apply for the subject in which you can complete your master’s degree.
Ques: Which is the easiest subject for UGC-NET?
Ans: You can only apply for the subject in which you have done your post-graduation. Hence, you cannot choose the subject as per your interest based on which seems easy or difficult.
Ques: Is it necessary to take UGC net coaching?
Ans: It is not mandatory to take coaching if you are confident about consistently studying and taking preparation without any external guidance.
Ques: In the UGC NET, are previous questions repeated?
Ans: Yes, there are several times when you will get repeated questions from previous years in several subjects.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.