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UGC NET Syllabus December 2020 (May 2021)

Updated By Sakunth Kumar on 06 May, 2021 14:23

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UGC NET 2021 Syllabus

UGC NET will be conducted for the candidates who wish to apply for the posts of Assistant Professor and/or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). UGC NET 2021 syllabus defines the topics and subjects that the candidates must study well in order to score good marks in this national level competitive examination. The exam will be divided into 2 sessions Paper 1 and Paper 2. For Paper 1, the candidates will have to go through a common syllabus describing the details that are covered under the teaching and research capabilities. The syllabus of Paper 2 is based on the subject that the candidates choose for the examination. Candidates can also check the important topics to prepare for UGC NET by clicking on the link given below: -

The University Grants Commission (UGC) under the supervision of 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 syllabus of UGC NET in detail will help the candidates to identify what to study and what not to study for the entrance exam. Let's check out the Syllabus for Paper 1 in detail and know about the 100 subjects that can be opted for Paper 2 of UGC NET 2021.

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UGC NET 2021 Syllabus for Paper 1

Paper 1 has been planned in order to check the teaching skills and research capabilities of the candidates. General awareness with context to the teaching profile combined with cognitive abilities are tested in this section. There are a total of ten sections/subjects that cover the entire Paper 1 of UGC NET 2021. Subjects like Research Aptitude, Teaching Aptitude, Communication, Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Information & Communication Technology, etc. are part of the Syllabus of Paper 1 of UGC NET 2021. A detailed description of the sub-topics of these subjects is given below for candidates to read through it and start preparing for Paper 1. 


Research Aptitude
  • Research: Meaning, Characteristics, and Types
  • Methods of Research
  • Paper, Article, Workshop, Seminar, Conference, and Symposium
  • Steps of Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Thesis writing: its characteristics and format
Teaching Aptitude
  • Teaching: Nature, Objectives, Characteristics and Basic Requirements
  • Evaluation Systems
  • Factors Affecting Teaching
  • Learner’s Characteristics
  • Teaching Aids
  • Methods of Teaching
Reading Comprehension
  • Comprehensive Passage
  • Set of Associated Questions
Reasoning (Including Mathematics)
  • Number Series
  • Letter Series
  • Codes
  • Classification
  • Relationship
  • Communication Nature
  • Types of Communication
  • Characteristics
  • Barriers
  • Effective Classroom Communication
Logical Reasoning
  • Venn Diagram
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Reasoning Logical Diagrams: Simple Diagrammatic Relationship, Multi-Diagrammatic Relationship
  • Understanding the Structure of Arguments
  • Verbal Analogies: Word Analogy — Applied Analogy
  • Evaluating and Distinguishing Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
  • Verbal Classification
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • ICT: Meaning, Advantages, Disadvantages, and Uses
  • Basics of Internet and E-Mailing
  • General Abbreviations and Terminology
Data Interpretation
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Sources, Acquisition and Interpretation of Data
  • Graphical Representation and Mapping of Data.
Higher Education System: Governance, Polity and Administration
  • Structure of the Institutions for Higher Learning and Research in India: Formal and Distance Education Professional/Technical and General Education
  • Value Education: Governance, Polity, and Administration
  • Concept, Institutions and their Interactions
People and Environment
  • People and Environment Interaction
  • Pollutants and their Impact on Human Life, Exploitation of Natural and Energy Resources
  • Sources of Pollution
  • Natural Hazards and Mitigation

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List of Subjects Available in UGC NET Paper 2

The list of subjects for Paper 2 of UGC NET 2021 is given below:

Public Administration



Labour Welfare


Comparative Studies of Religions

Visual Arts

Forensic Science

Women Studies

Social Medicine & Community Health

Tribal and Regional Language/ Literature

Rabindra Sangeet

Social Work





Library and Information Services


Buddhist, Gandhian and Peace Studies

Tourism Administration and Management


Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotisha/Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/Mimamsa/Navya Nyaya/Sankhya Yoga/Tulanatmaka Darsana / Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhva Vedanta/ Dharma Sastra/ Sahitya/ Purana-itihasa/Agama/Advaita Vedanta)

Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture/Graphics/Applies Art/History of Art)







Karnatik Music (Vocal Instrument, Percussion)



Indian culture

Forensic Science





Adult Education




Human Rights and Duties



Comparative Literature



Tourism Administration & Management

Defence and Strategic Studies




Electronic Science

International and Area Studies

Environmental Sciences



Computer Science and Applications




Percussion Instruments

Population Studies





Performing Arts




Arab culture and Islamic Studies

Museology and Conservation


Home Science


Human Rights and Duties



Physical Education


Electronic Science


Environmental Sciences


Women Studies



Social Medicine & Community Health

Folk Literature



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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 March 30, 2021 01:33 PM
  • 3 Answers
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?

-SssUpdated on September 07, 2020 02:01 PM
  • 1 Answer
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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FAQs about UGC NET Syllabus

Are there some changes in the new syllabus for UGC Net?

Yes, the examination board has made some changes in the new syllabus for UGC Net.

How can I check the updated syllabus for UGC Net?

You can check the updated syllabus by clicking on the link given above. Else, you need to follow the given below steps to check the updated syllabus for UGC Net through the official website: Visit the official website. On the homepage, click on the link for 'Updated Syllabi of UGC-NET (Applicable from June 2019 UGC-NET Onwards)'. The new syllabus will be displayed on the screen. Take a printout for future references.

How many topics will be there in the UGC Net exam?

There will be two papers for UGC Net exam, Paper I and Paper II. Paper I will consist of topics including teaching aptitude, research aptitude, comprehension, mathematical reasoning & aptitude, communication, logical reasoning, Data Interpretation, ICT, People, development & environment, and higher education system. Paper-II will consist of the subject wise questions depending on subjects opted by the student.

What are some of the important topics and sections to prepare for UGC Net exam?

Some of the important topics for UGC Net exam are Teaching aptitude, data interpretation, comprehensions, information and communication technology, and logical reasoning, i. However, since each of the section carries equal marks for all the questions, so you should focus on every topic.

Is the syllabus for Paper 1 and Paper 2 the same for all the candidates?

No, while Paper 1 consists of common topics for all the candidates, the paper 2 will be based on the subjects opted by individual candidates.

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