Best Books for UGC NET 2020

Updated By Nupur Kaushik on 16 Dec, 2019 14:07

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Best Books for UGC NET 2020

Are you searching for best books for UGC NET 2020 preparation? Worry not, we've compiled a list of some of the highly recommended books for UGC NET to help you prepare better and provide you with the correct guidance.

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is conducted for those who aspire for a career in the research field or lectureship. The UGC NET 2020 exam is scheduled to be conducted in June 2020 and since the difficulty level of this exam is high, it is advisable to start preparing early for the exam so that you get ample time to create a preparation strategy.

Finding the right set of books is imperative and you must select the best books that will help you gain insight into various topics as per the syllabus and also help in better understanding of various concepts.

Another thing you must keep in mind is the exam pattern of UGC NET. The exam is divided into two papers. See the table below to know the no. of questions asked in each paper along with their marking scheme.

PaperNumber of QuestionsMarks
I50 Questions (all compulsory)100
II100 Questions200

How to Choose the Best Books for UGC NET Preparation 2020

  • While choosing the best books for UGC NET 2020, it is important to check the year of publication and the edition. It is relevant to select a book that has all the updated content and information.

  • You can also pick up books, which are issued and recommended by some renowned coaching centers. Those books will be really helpful as there is a possibility that they may also have sample papers attached with them.

  • Keep it in mind to opt for books by renowned authors or reputed publishing houses as such books will be more credible and have useful information.

  • Books focused on exam preparation with sample papers and previous years’ question papers are also available for UGC NET Preparation.

  • If you want more clarity, you can also compare topics and contents of 2-3 books and then verify the information with your mentors or UGC NET experts.

Best Books for UGC NET 2020 Paper-wise

Since there are many books available in the market, there is a possibility that you may get confused looking at the multiple options. To help you select the best books for UGC NET, the list below mentions some good books for the preparation of UGC NET 2020.

UGC NET comprises of 2 papers: Paper I is General Paper/Teaching and Research Aptitude while Paper II has subject related papers and for this, you should have good knowledge of the subject in your Master’s degree. Therefore, books have a very significant role to play in the preparation of UGC NET.

Books for Paper I

  • Trueman's UGC NET/SET General Paper I by M. Gagan and Sajit Kumar

  • CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude by KVS Madaan

  • UGC NET/SET Paper 1 by McGraw Hill Education

  • CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research Aptitude-JRF and Assistant Professor Exam Guide (for Paper-I) (CBSE UGC (NET) JRF & Asstt. Professor Exam) by Dr. M.S. Ansari & RPH Editorial Board

  • UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude by Arihant Experts

  • UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) 14 Years’ Solved Papers Teaching and Research Aptitude Paper-I

  • UGC-NET (Paper-I) 50 Practice Papers (Solved) by Ramesh Publishing House

Books for Paper II

The table covers the list of best books for some of the most popular subjects of Paper II. This paper is a subject related paper and every student can choose one subject, which is usually the subject of his/her MA degree.


Books and Authors' names

Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies/Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics

Trueman's UGC NET Economics by Sriniwas Shirur

Political Science

Trueman’s UGC NET Political Science by KA Babu and Sajit Kumar


Trueman's UGC NET Philosophy by A.M. Tripathi 


Trueman’s UGC NET Psychology by Akhilesh Mani


Trueman's UGC NET Sociology by S.Hussain


Trueman’s UGC NET History by Pramod Singh


Trueman’s UGC NET Commerce by Parveen Kataria, Anshu Kataria and M. Shivani


Trueman’s UGC NET Education by GaganManocha

Defence and Strategic Studies

CBSE UGC-NET Defence and Strategic Studies

Management (including Business Admn. Mgt/Marketing/Marketing Mgt/ Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt. /Cooperative Management

Trueman’s UGC NET Management by M. Shivani


Trueman’s UGC NET Hindi Literature (Hindi Sahitya) by Boards of Authors


UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) English Literature Paper II & III by Arihant Experts (Author),‎ Third (Editor)

Electronic Science


by Sunil Kushwaha (Author)

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If I choose History as an optional subject for my UPSC entrance exam and fail to clear the exam, can I apply for UGC NET with History?

-Ishiqa srivastavaUpdated on December 03, 2020 12:15 PM
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Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

Dear student, it seems that you are mixing up two very different things completely. In order to be eligible to apply for the UPSC civil services examination, you at least need to have a graduation degree from any recognised University. For UGC NET, the minimum qualification required to apply is a postgraduate degree. Thus, only if you have completed your Master’s degree study in History or any related subject, you are eligible to apply for UGC NET with History as your main paper. We suggest you take a look at the following links for a better understanding regarding both ...


I have completed my MBA and In my graduation (BA - Major in English). Please suggest, do I need to select the management paper for NET exam or I could have Option to choose another subject as well,Like as History.

-NISHITUpdated on December 03, 2020 12:03 PM
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Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

You can select any subject of your choice in UGC NET 2020 and there is no such limitation restricting you to choosing subjects related to your academics. However, it is recommended that you choose a subject related to your post-graduation or graduation as it helps a lot in the exam.

Check the eligibility criteria and syllabus of UGC NET for more details. Please feel free to write back if you have any queries.

Thank you.


Where can I find the detailed syllabus and exam pattern for UGC NET Mathematics exam 2020?

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Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

Dear student, as per the latest information available on the official website of the University Grants Commission (UGC), there are no details regarding the conduct of the UGC NET mathematics exam. There is no syllabus and exam pattern for the UGC NET mathematics exam available on the official website. However, you can apply for CSIR UGC NET 2020 exam in which there is a subject called - Mathematical Sciences. The CSIR UGC NET 2020 mathematical sciences exam is expected to be conducted in the second week of November and you can find out all the details regarding the same from the ...


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