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UGC NET Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021

UGC NET Syllabus is generally very vast as it has a different Syllabus for each and every subject in its purview. Here we are going to provide you with all the necessary details that a UGC NET aspirant must be aware of regarding the course and Syllabus of the UGC NET 2021 Examination. UGC NET 2021 (December cycle) was earlier scheduled to take place in May 2021 but due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the UGC NET 2021 got postponed and the new Exam Dates are yet to arrive. In this article, we have discussed the UGC NET syllabus (December Cycle 2021) Paper-I & Paper-II in detail. UGC NET Exam is considered one of the most Popular Exams among Post – Graduates due to its variety of subjects and respective Syllabus. UGC NET Syllabus generally consists of two Papers, UGC NET Paper -1 (General Paper similar for all) and UGC NET Paper -2 (Different for all subjects).

UGC NET Syllabus 2021

The University Grants Commission (UGC) every year with the help and coordination of the National Testing Agency (NTA) decides the UGC NET syllabus for its aspirants. Based on the different subjects, a planned detailed syllabus prescribed by UGC is available for the candidates. The UGC NET Syllabus for Paper I and Paper II is as follows. Candidates can plan their preparation accordingly.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021

Given below is the UGC NET Exam Pattern For 2021.

Paper Marks Number of
Pattern Duration
Paper – I 100 50 The questions will be generic in nature, intending to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. 1 hour
Paper-II 200 100 This will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. All the questions of Paper–II will be compulsory. 2 hours

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UGC NET Syllabus 2021 for Paper-I

UGC NET Paper-I is a general the tests the candidate’s knowledge with respect to Teaching and Research Aptitude, basic knowledge of the English language, Mathematical and Reasoning Skills and etc. It is common and mandatory for all the candidates irrespective of their choice of subject. Check the complete UGC NET Paper-I syllabus 2021 below:

UGC NET Syllabus for Paper-I

UGC NET Paper-I  Units UGC NET Paper-I 2021 Topics
Unit-I: Teaching Aptitude
  • Teaching: Concept, objectives, levels of teaching (memory, understanding, and reflective), characteristics, and basic requirements
  • Learner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners (academic, social, emotional, and cognitive), individual differences
  • Factors affecting teaching related to Teacher, Learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment, and Institution
  • Methods of teaching in institutions of higher learning: Teacher-centered vs. learner-centered methods; offline vs. online methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs, etc.).
  • Teaching support system: Traditional, modern, and ICT based
  • Evaluation systems: Elements and types of evaluation, evaluation in Choice Based Credit System in higher education, computer-based testing, innovations in evaluation systems
Unit-II: Research Aptitude
  • Research: Meaning, types, and characteristics, positivism and post-positivistic approach to research
  • Methods of research: Experimental, descriptive, historical, qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Steps of research
  • Thesis and article writing: Format and styles of referencing
  • Application of ICT in research
  • Research ethics
Unit-III: Comprehension
  • A passage of text is given. Questions to be asked from the passage to be answered
Unit-IV: Communication
  • Communication: Meaning, types, and characteristics of communication
  • Effective communication: Verbal and non-verbal, inter-cultural and group communications, classroom communication
  • Barriers to effective communication
  • Mass-media and society
Unit-V: Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude
  • Types of reasoning
  • Number series, letter series, codes, and relationships
  • Mathematical aptitude (fraction, time & distance, ratio, proportion and percentage, profit and loss, interest and discounting, averages etc.)
Unit-VI: Logical Reasoning
  • Understanding the structure of arguments: Argument forms, structure of categorical propositions, mood and figure, formal and informal fallacies, uses of language, connotations and denotations of terms, classical square of opposition
  • Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Analogies
  • Venn diagram: Simple and multiple use for establishing validity of arguments
  • Indian Logic: Means of knowledge
  • Pramanas: Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication) and Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension)
  • Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasas (fallacies of inference)
Unit-VII: Data Interpretation
  • Sources, acquisition and classification of data
  • Quantitative and qualitative data
  • Graphical representation (bar-chart, histograms, pie-chart, table-chart and line-chart) and mapping of data
  • Data interpretation
  • Data and governance
Unit-VIII: Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • ICT: General abbreviations and terminology
  • Basics of Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencing
  • Digital initiatives in higher education
  • ICT and Governance
Unit-IX: People, Development and Environment
  • Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals
  • Human and environment interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on the environment
  • Environmental issues: Local, regional and global; air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, noise pollution, waste (solid, liquid, biomedical, hazardous, electronic), climate change and its socio-economic and political dimensions
  • Impacts of pollutants on human health
  • Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear and Forests
  • Natural hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategies
  • Environmental Protection Act (1986), National Action Plan on Climate Change, International agreements/efforts -Montreal Protocol, Rio Summit, Convention on Biodiversity, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement, International Solar Alliance
Unit-X: Higher Education System
  • Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India
  • Evolution of higher learning and research in post-independence India
  • Oriental, conventional and non-conventional learning programs in India
  • Professional, technical and skill-based education.
  • Value education and environmental education
  • Policies, governance, and administration

UGC NET Syllabus 2021 Paper II

UGC NET Syllabus for Paper -2 is the specialization paper that is different for all based on the subject taken by the candidate in his/her Post-Graduation (PG). The syllabus for UGC NET Paper-II is detailed below.

UGC NET Syllabus for Paper-II

Subject Code Subject Links to detailed Syllabus
00 General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude (Paper -I) Download Here
01 Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies/Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics Download Here
02 Political Science Download Here
03 Philosophy Download Here
04 Psychology Download Here
05 Sociology Download Here
06 History Download Here
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08 Commerce Download Here
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10 Social Work Download Here
11 Defence and Strategic Studies Download Here
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15 Population Studies Download Here
16 Music Download Here
17 Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management) Download Here
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44 German Download Here
45 Japanese Download Here
46 Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education. Download Here
47 Physical Education Download Here
49 Arab Culture and Islamic Studies Download Here
50 Indian Culture Download Here
55 Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management Download Here
58 Law Download Here
59 Library and Information Science Download Here
60 Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian, and Peace Studies Download Here
62 Comparative Study of Religions Download Here
63 Mass Communication and Journalism Download Here
65 Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre Download Here
66 Museology & Conservation Download Here
67 Archaeology Download Here
68 Criminology Download Here
70 Tribal and Regional Language/Literature Download Here
71 Folk Literature Download Here
72 Comparative Literature Download 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) Download Here
74 Women Studies Download Here
79 Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art) Download Here
80 Geography Download Here
81 Social Medicine & Community Health Download Here
82 Forensic Science Download Here
83 Pali Download Here
84 Kashmiri Download Here
85 Konkani Download Here
87 Computer Science and Applications Download Here
88 Electronic Science Download Here
89 Environmental Science Download 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 Download Here
91 Prakrit Download Here
92 Human Rights and Duties Download Here
93 Tourism Administration and Management Download Here
94 BODO Download Here

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UGC NET Syllabus 2021: FAQ’s

Q. What is the full form of UGC NET?
A. UGC NET Stands for University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test.

Q. What is the purpose of conducting the UGC NET Exam?
A. The UGC NET Exam is conducted to recruit eligible candidates for the post of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship(JRF) in Indian Universities and Colleges.

Q. How many times does UGC NET takes place?
A. UGC NET Exam is conducted twice in a year, one in June and the other in December.

Q. How many papers are there for UGC NET Exam?
A. UGC NET Exam has two papers: Paper I and Paper II.

Q. What is the syllabus for UGC NET Exam?
A. UGC NET Paper I will be General Paper on Teaching and Research Aptitude and will be compulsory. Paper II will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.

Q. Is there a negative marking for UGC NET Exam?
Ans. No, there will not be negative marking for UGC NET Exam.

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