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UGC NET 2022 Important Topics for Paper 1 (Teaching and Research Aptitude)

Diksha Sharma
Diksha SharmaUpdated On: May 04, 2022 10:17 am IST

The exam is conducted in two sessions every year: one in July and another in December. This year, NTA is going to conduct the exam in the month of  June, 2022. The application form is released on April 30, 2022.

UGC NET 2022

Every year, National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts UGC NET exam for examining the eligibility of candidates for the post of Assistant Professor or JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) & the Assistant professor. The exam is conducted in two sessions every year: one in July and another in December. This year, NTA is going to conduct the exam in June 2022. The application form is released on April 30, 2022.

With the exam coming closer, the students must be wondering about the important topics for UGC NET exam and how to prepare for the exam. In this article, we will overview some of the important topics which the candidates must focus on to crack UGC NET 2022 exam, question pattern and the preparation strategy.

UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper-I

The complete exam pattern for Paper-I is given as below:


Number of Questions (MCQ)


Teaching Aptitude



Research Aptitude






Reading comprehension



Logical Reasoning






Data Interpretation



People & Environment



ICT (Information & Communication Technology)



Higher Education System






UGC NET 2022 Syllabus for Paper 1

The Paper-I for UGC NET 2022 will consist of the following subjects as syllabus:

  • Teaching Aptitude

  • Research Aptitude

  • Communication

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Reasoning

  • Data Interpretation

  • Logical Reasoning

  • Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

  • People & Environment

  • Higher Education System

On the other hand, Paper-II will depend on the subject chosen by the candidate.

UGC NET 2022 Important Topics for Paper 1

There are some important topics in UGC NET exam which the students must cover to score high in the exam. These important topics as per the different subjects are given in the table below.

1. Teaching Aptitude

Through the teaching aptitude, the skills and knowledge of the candidate in terms of teaching methods will be determined. This will examine the various knowledge domain of the student such as problem-solving skills, student management, teaching methods, etc. Some of the important topics for teaching aptitude are:

  • 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, 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 Systems in higher education, computer-based testing, innovations in evaluation systems

2. Research Aptitude

Through the research aptitude, the candidates will be examined in the domain of research in different subjects and how to complete the research. Some of the important topics to cover for research aptitude are:

Meaning, Types and Characteristics of Research

Methods of Research

Steps for researching

Research ethics

The characteristics and format for the thesis writing

Paper, workshop, article, conference, seminar, and symposium

3. Communication

Through communication, the efficiency of the candidate will be examined in terms of exchanging ideas, conveying a message, speech, signals, behaviour and thoughts. Some of the important topics for communication are:

Nature of Communication

Types of Communication

Characteristics of Communication

Effective Communication in the classroom

Barriers to effective communication

4. Reading Comprehension

Through reading comprehension, the efficiency of the candidate will be tested on the basis of reading efficiency and answering questions related to that. There is no specific topic to prepare for reading comprehension. The candidates can read daily newspapers, and practice reading comprehensions to score well in this section.

5. Mathematical Reasoning

This section will test the reasoning skill of the candidate in terms of mathematical computations and logics. Some of the important topics for Mathematical Reasoning are:



Letter Series

Relationship Theory


Classification Theory

6. Logical Reasoning

This section will be testing the ability of the candidate in terms of problem-solving and logical thinking. Most of the questions in this section will be related to logics interpretation and brain-teasing. Some of the important topics for Logical Reasoning are:

Arguments and its Characteristics

Verbal Analogies

Deductive Reasoning & Inductive reasoning: Evaluation & distinguishing

Verbal Classification

Venn Diagram

Reasoning Logical Diagrams: Simple and multi- diagrammatic relationship,

Analytical Reasoning

7. Data Interpretation

This section will examine the proficiency of the candidates in terms of using the data given to solve the questions. Some of the important topics related to Data Interpretation are:

Qualitative data

Quantitative Data

Acquisition, sources and interpretation of data

Mapping and graphical representation of the data

8. Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

Through this section, the candidates will be examined on the basis of their knowledge in terms of IT and other related topics such as audiovisual systems, operating systems, middleware, storage, etc. Some of the important topics to cover for Information & Communication Technology (ICT) are:

Meaning, advantages, disadvantages, and uses of ICT

General abbreviations and terminology related to ICT

Basic IT concepts


9. People & Environment

This section will evaluate the proficiency of the candidate in terms of environment-related concepts. Some of the important topics for People & Environment are:

Interaction of People and Environment

Natural Hazards & their mitigation

Sources of Pollution

The effect of pollutants on the life of human, and exploitation of energy and natural resources

10. Higher Education System

This section will evaluate the efficiency of the candidate in terms of the higher education system characteristics and latest process changes. Some of the important topics related to Higher Education System are:

The higher education system and research in India: Structure of Institution

Value education

Concepts, institutes and the interaction

Polity, Governance and administration

General Education

Formal & Distance education

UGC NET 2020: Preparation Strategy

For a complete UG NET 2022 preparation strategy and study plan, click on the link given below:

UGC NET 2022 Preparation Strategy and Study Plan

Meanwhile, the students need to keep in mind some of the important points related to UGC NET 2022 exam preparation to score well in the exam. Some of these points are:

  • Before starting your preparation study, prepare a time table as per your schedule and stick to it. Try to allot more time to the subjects you find more difficult and less time for the subjects which you have already studied.

  • Learn the exam pattern, markings scheme and important topics which you need to focus on for the exam.

  • Make a habit of practising previous years’ question papers and mock tests every day. This will help you increase your problem-solving speed and you will also be familiar with the nature of questions asked in the exam.

  • Spend more time on the weak areas which you need to study. Keep your strong subjects for the last.

  • Since there is no negative marking in the exam. Try to manage your time and attempt as many questions as you can. Don’t waste your time over the difficult questions in the exam. Try to solve th questions which you know first.

UGC NET 2022: FAQs

  1. Are there changes in exam pattern and syllabus for UGC NET 2022?

Yes, the UGC NET 2022 exam will be now conducted for only two papers which was earlier conducted for 3 papers. However, there is no change in syllabus for these two papers.

  1. Will both the papers contain similar questions for all the candidates?

No, while paper-I will be same for all the candidates. Paper-II will depend on the subject as chosen by the candidate.

  1. Is there negative marking for an incorrect answer?

No, there is no negative marking.

  1. Can I opt for attempting one paper among the two?

No, it is compulsory for the candidates to appear for both the papers to get qualified.

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