UGC NET Syllabus

UGC NET Syllabus 2020: National Testing Agency (NTA) has extended the last date of submission of UGC NET application form on the official website, Now, the last date for the submission of UGC NET application form is extended up to 15th June 2020.

UGC NET Syllabus 2020: Paper 1 & Paper 2 (Check Subject Wise Syllabus)

NTA will conduct UGC NET June 2020 Exam in various subjects at selected Examination Centers spread across the country for the post of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Assistant Professor only. The exam would be conducted in a single session with no break between Paper 1 & Paper 2.

Latest: The last date of submission of NTA UGC NET 2020 application form has been extended up to June 15, 2020. Apply through the link given below.

Direct link to apply online till 5th June 2020

The foremost step for the preparation of the NET exam is to be completely aware of the UGC NET syllabus. The NTA UGC NET 2020 exam will consist of two papers. UGC NET Paper 1 will be common for all the aspirants. UGC NET Paper 2 will be subject-specific (For e.g. If a candidate opts for Electronic Science, he/she will attempt the questions from Electronics Engineering).

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

Check Detail about UGC NET Exam Pattern

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 Syllabus Paper 1 2020

The Paper 1 of UGC NET exam will comprise of 50 questions. One hour will be provided to attempt this section. The syllabus of this paper includes 10 different sections. The weightage of each section is the same, i.e. 5 Questions (5*2=10 marks) from each section (as per the previous trend).
We will now have a look at the sections asked in the Paper-I test of UGC NET as well as the topics asked under them.

Teaching Aptitude

  • Teaching-Nature
  • Characteristics
  • Objectives and Basic requirements
  • Factors affecting teaching
  • Learner’s characteristics
  • Methods of Teaching
  • Teaching Aids
  • Evaluation systems.

Research Aptitude

  • Research-Meaning
  • Types and Characteristics
  • Steps of Research
  • Methods of Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Paper, Article
  • Conference & Seminar
  • Workshop and Symposium
  • Thesis writing: Its characteristics and format.

Reading Comprehension

  • A passage will be set with questions to be answered from within the passage.


  • Communication Nature
  • Types
  • Characteristics
  • Barriers
  • Effective classroom communication.

Reasoning (Including Mathematical)

  • Letter series
  • Number series
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Arithmetic
  • Set Theory etc.

Logical Reasoning

  • Understanding the structure of arguments
  • Evaluating and distinguishing inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Verbal analogies – Applied analogy
  • Word analogy
  • Verbal classification
  • Reasoning Logical Diagrams – Simple diagrammatic relationship
  • Multi-diagrammatic relationship
  • Venn diagram
  • Analytical Reasoning.

Data Interpretation

  • Sources, Acquisition and interpretation of data
  • Qualitative and quantitative data
  • Graphical representation
  • Mapping of data.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  • ICT Meaning
  • Uses
  • Advantages & Disadvantages
  • General abbreviations and Terminology
  • Basics of internet and e-mailing.

People and Environment

  • People and environment interaction
  • Sources of pollution
  • Pollutants and their impact on human life
  • Natural hazards and mitigation
  • The exploitation of natural and Energy resources.

Higher Education System: Governance, Policy, And Administration

  • Structure of the institutions for higher learning and research in India
  • Formal and Distance education
  • Technical/professional and General Education
  • Value education – Polity, Governance and Administration.

UGC NET Syllabus Paper 2 2020

Paper 2 of UGC NET exam will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. The candidate can choose any one of the 81 subjects. This paper will comprise 100 questions of 2 marks each. All questions will be compulsory. The paper would cover the entire syllabus (including all electives, without any options). The syllabus of all the NET subjects can be downloaded from the official UGC website.

We have shared the detailed syllabus of the UGC NET Paper-II exam for some of the subjects below. The subjects with their respective codes and syllabus link are provided below:

Note: Subjects are 84, but the code is from 1-100 (a few codes are deleted, as per official notification)

Direct link to download UGC NET Paper-II Syllabus 2020

UGC NET Preparation Tips 2020

To crack UGC NET 2020 in one go, a candidate can use these effective tips:

  • Be thorough with the exam pattern

  • Take the mock tests available in the NTA website

  • Solve previous year question papers for paper I and paper II

  • Revise and evaluate

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