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Best Books for UGC NET 2022: Paper I & Paper II

Updated By Vaibhav Bansal on 30 Jun, 2022 16:30

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Best Books for UGC NET 2022

Are you searching for best books for UGC NET 2022 preparation? Worry not, we've compiled a list of some of the highly recommended books for UGC NET 2022 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 2022 exam is scheduled to be conducted in June 2022 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

Best Books for UGC NET 2022 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 2022.

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. Some of the best books for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 are mentioned below.

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Best Books for UGC NET 2022 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

Best Books for UGC NET 2022 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


Trueman's UGC NET Economics by Sriniwas Shirur

UGC NET/JRF/SET Economics (Paper 2)-Upkar Prakashan

Political Science

Trueman's UGC NET Political Science by K.A. Babu, Sajit Kumar

UGC Net Political Science by Rukmini Bhattacharjee (Arihant)


Trueman's UGC NET Psychology by Dr. Swati Maharshi

UGC Net Psychology by Siddharth Mittal and Naroj Kumar Sahu (Arihant Experts)


Trueman's UGC NET Sociology by S.Hussain


Trueman's UGC NET History by Promod Singh


Trueman’s UGC NET Anthropology by A.M. Tripathi


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


Trueman’s UGC NET Education by GaganManocha

Social Work

Trueman’s UGC NET Education by Yogendra Pal

Defense and Strategic Studies

UGC-NET-JRF Defense And Strategic Studies

Home Science

Trueman’s UGC-NET Home Science by Anju Khosla & Ruchi

UGC NET /SET (JRF &LS) Home Science by Suchi Rastogi

Public Administration

UGC Net Public Administration by Deepak Swain (Arihant)

Trueman's UGC NET Public Administration by Sajit Kumar

Population Studies

Principles of Population Studies by Bhende (Himalaya Publishing House)


UGC NET Music Exam Guide (Hindi) by Gunjan Saxena and Nisha Rawa


Trueman’s UGC-NET Management by M. Shivani

UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) Management by Mohit Aggarwal (Arihant experts)


Bengali NET/SET by Balaram Bapari


Trueman’s UGC NET Hindi Sahitya by Board of Authors


Samagra Kannada Sahitya Kaipidi

K-SET by Lokesha Masavanaghatta


UGC NET /SET/ TET Malayalam Pareeksha Sahayi by Sasidharan A.P. 




U.G.C. NET/SET/JRF PUNJABI by Universal (Contributor)


UGC NET/JRF/SLET Sanskrit Prashan Patra-II Avum III (Hindi) by Priyanka Tiwari 


UGC NET & SET (Telugu Literature) by GanjiShashidar, Pothula Venkateshwar Reddy


UGC-NET JRF & Assistant Professor Khazeen-E-Adab Urdu Paper-II by M.Arshad Ansari and M. S. Ansari


UGC NET/SET English Literature by Arihant Experts


UGC NET/SET Linguistics Guide by Ringu Ann Baby


UGC/CBSE NET Set Guide By Assam Publishing Company


UGC NET/GCET-Commerce Paper (in Gujarati) by Mukesh M Bavaliya

Adult Education/Non-Formal Education

A brief Book on Extension Education by Shruti Madan Singh, New Vishal Publications

Physical Education

Trueman’s UGC NET Physical Education by Akhilesh Tripathi, A.K. Srivastava

Labor Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management

Trueman’s UGC NET HRM/ Human Resource Management & Labour Welfare by Reetu Dogra 

UGC-NET: Labour Welfare & Industrial Relations / Labour & Social Welfare / Human Resource Management (Paper-II) Exam Guide


Trueman’s UGC NET Law by Suman Chauhan

UGC-NET: Law (Paper-II) Exam Guide by Aproov Bhardwaj

Library and Information Science

Trueman’s UGC NET Library and Information Science by S. Thakur

Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian, and Peace Studies

UGC NET Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian, and Peace Studies by Deepak Kumar

Comparative Study of Religions

Comparative Study of Religions by C.R. Jain

Comparative Study of Religions by Y. Masih

Mass Communication and Journalism

Trueman’s UGC NET Mass Communication & Journalism by Sameer K. Mishra 

UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism by Atul Udaipuria and Nitesh Kumar Singh

Museology & Conservation

Archaeology, Museology, and Conservation: A review Edited by Vibha Upadhaya


UGC NET/JRF Archaeology and Philosophy Paper (Hindi) by Mohan Lal


Criminology Solved Question Paper by Mr. Nitish Kumar Soni, Dr. Mridul Srivastava, Dr. Anup Yadava

Tribal and Regional Language/Literature

Folklore and Its Motifs in Tribal Literature by Dr. Kishore Jadav

Folk Literature

A Concise Guide for Folk Literature of NET/JRF by Marya Naim 

Sanskrit Prashan

UGC NET/JRF/SLET - Sanskrit Prashan-Patra II Avum III by Priyanka Tiwari

Women Studies

Advanced Manual For Women Studies UGC/NET/JRF by Anmol Murlidhar Nimsadkar

Visual Art

Upkar’s UGC-NET/JRF/SET Visual Art (Paper-II) by M. Vasim


Trueman’s UGC NET Geography by A. Magon, B.P. Panigrahi

Forensic Science

UGC NET/JRF-MCQ of Forensic Science by Dr. Anu Singla

Computer Science and Applications

Trueman’s UGC NET/SET Computer Science and Applications by Sanjay Singhal, Sameer Mishra

Electronic Science

UGC NET/SET Electronics Science by Sunil Kushwaha

Environmental Sciences

Trueman's UGC NET Environmental Science by Anil Tyagi and Virendra Singh

Human Rights And Duties

UGC NET/SET Human Rights & Duties Paper-II by Fazil Atul Udaipuria

UGC NET Human Rights and Duties by Arihant Experts

Tourism Administration & Management.

Trueman's UGC NET Tourism by Akhilesh


R.Gupta’s UGC-NET Yoga (Paper-II)

Exam Guide by RPH Editorial Board

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How to Choose the Best Books for UGC NET Preparation 2022?

  • While choosing the best books for UGC NET 2022, 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.

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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 UPSC …


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.

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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?

-SssUpdated on September 07, 2020 02:01 PM
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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 …


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FAQs about UGC NET Books

Which is the best book for UGC NET Paper 2 Political Science?

The best book for UGC NET Paper 2 Political Science is Trueman’s UGC NET Political Science by KA Babu and Sajit Kumar.

How to select best books for UGC NET?

For UGC NET, you should select only those books that contain some sample papers along with at least 3-4 questions for each type of problem.

What are some of the best books for UGC NET English Literature?

Some of the best books for UGC NET English Literature are Chaucer to Shakespeare, Victorian Period, Modern Period, etc.

Is Arihant book good for UGC NET History preparation?

Yes, Arihant publication provides enough practice as per the requirement of books and exams with complete study material. In this, chapters are given in detail according to the latest and revised syllabus of UGC NET.

What are the best books for UGC NET Paper 1?

The best books to prepare for UGC NET Paper 1 are UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1: Teaching & Research Aptitude Paperback by Arihant Experts. CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF - Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude Paperback by KVS Madaan. CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF - Paper 1 by Mc Graw Hills.

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