UGC NET 2021 Syllabus and Exam Pattern.pdf

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is going to conduct the University Grant Committee National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) of 2021. Application forms have been released on 2nd February 2021 for the December session. The examination will be conducted for the post of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) only. Qualified candidates who will clear the test will be eligible for the required post in universities and colleges of India. All the necessary information related to UGC NET 2021 like, exam fee, exam pattern, syllabus,  etc. have been mentioned in the article below. Scroll down and check more details about the UGC NET 2021 Syllabus and Exam Pattern.

The syllabus of UGC NET 2021 has been divided into 2 parts – Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1  is of  General Aptitude and Paper 2 is of a subject that candidates have selected out of 81 subjects. The exam is based on (MCQ) multiple-choice questions and the marking scheme has been discussed below in the article. Each question in the exam is consists of 2 marks. So for every correct answer, the candidate will score 2 marks. No negative marking is there for an incorrect answer. Exam Pattern and Syllabus for the UGC NET 2021 are listed below.


PaperNo.of Questions   Marks Duration
          I     50        100   1 hours
          II     100     200    2 hours
  Total      150     300     3 hours

Paper I has been further divided into sections:

  Part Sections( MCQ) Syllabus No. of Questions Marks
     1.Teaching AptitudeTeaching: Concept, objectives, levels of teaching (memory, understanding and reflective), characteristics and basic requirementsLearner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners (academic, social, emotional and cognitive), individual differencesFactors affecting teaching related to: Teacher, Learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment and InstitutionMethods of teaching in institutions of higher learning: Teacher centred vs. learner centred methods; offline vs. online methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs etc.).Teaching support system: Traditional, modern and ICT basedEvaluation systems: Elements and types of evaluation, evaluation in Choice Based Credit System in higher education, computer based testing, innovations in evaluation systems       5    10
      2.Research Aptitude  Research: Meaning, types, and characteristics, positivism and post-positivist approach to researchMethods of research: Experimental, descriptive, historical, qualitative and quantitative methodsSteps of researchThesis and article writing: Format and styles of referencingApplication of ICT in researchResearch ethics       5     10
      3.Reading ComprehensionA passage of text be given. Questions to be asked from the passage to be answered.     5      10
      4.Communication  Communication: Meaning, types and characteristics of communicationEffective communication: Verbal and non-verbal, inter-cultural and group communications, classroom communicationBarriers to effective communicationMass-media and society       5      10
      5.Reasoning (including maths)Types of reasoningNumber series, letter series, codes and relationshipsMathematical aptitude (fraction, time & distance, ratio, proportion and percentage, profit and loss, interest and discounting, averages etc.)      5      10
      6.Logical ReasoningUnderstanding 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 oppositionEvaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoningAnalogiesVenn diagram: Simple and multiple use for establishing validity of argumentsIndian Logic: Means of knowledgePramanas: Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication) and Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension)Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasa (fallacies of inference)              5       10
      7.Data Interpretation  Sources, acquisition and classification of dataQuantitative and qualitative dataGraphical representation (bar-chart, histograms, pie-chart, table-chart and line-chart) and mapping of dataData interpretationData and governance             5        10
      8.Information & Communication Technology(ICT)ICT: General abbreviations and terminologyBasics of Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencingDigital initiatives in higher educationICT and Governance              5        10
       9.People & EnvironmentDevelopment and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goalsHuman and environment interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on environmentEnvironmental 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 dimensionsImpacts of pollutants on human healthNatural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear and ForestsNatural hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategiesEnvironmental 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               5       10
      10.Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & AdministrationInstitutions of higher learning and education in ancient IndiaEvolution of higher learning and research in post-independence IndiaOriental, conventional and non-conventional learning programmes in IndiaProfessional, technical and skill-based education.Value education and environmental educationPolicies, governance, and administration          5            10
      Total           50     100

Paper 2 of UGC NET has been divided into respective subjects with their codes. For a detailed syllabus, please click on the respective link

Subject codeSubject
             01Economics / Rural Economics /Cooperation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies/Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics
02Political Science
10Social Work
11Defence and Strategic Studies
12Home Science
14Public Administration
15Population Studies
17Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management)
39French (French Version)
 French (English Version)
46Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education.
47Physical Education
49Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
50Indian Culture
55Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management
59Library and Information Science
60Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies
62Comparative Study of Religions
63Mass Communication and Journalism
65Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre
66Museology & Conservation
70Tribal and Regional Language/Literature
71Folk Literature
72Comparative Literature
73Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama).
74Women Studies
79Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)
81Social Medicine & Community Health
82Forensic Science
87Computer Science and Applications
88Electronic Science
89Environmental Sciences
90Politics 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.
92Human Rights and Duties
93Tourism Administration and Management.

Online registration has begun from 2nd February 2021 and will end on 2nd March 2021. Application forms need to be filled by desired candidates on the official website of UGC NET- The fee structure for the various categories as follows.

  • General – Rs. 1000/-
  • OBC/Economically weaker section – Rs. 500/-
  • SC/ST/PwD/ Transgender – Rs.250/-

We have listed here most of the details about the UGC NET Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021. If you have any kind of queries on it then please have a look at the below listed questions and answers on it.

Questions and answers related to UGC NET Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Q. Is the marking scheme mentioned above correct?

Ans. Yes, the information provided has already been verified from the official website. Although we tried to give maximum help over here, for further assistance one can visit the official website.

Q.Which type of questions are asked in UGC NET?

Ans. No subjective questions are asked. Only multiple choice questions are asked in the exam of UGC NET.

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