UGC NET Books for Political Science, Commerce, Economics, History, English, Geography, Psychology
Gitumoni Baruah, 07 Sep 2018, #UGC NET

UGC NET Books - Among the many questions troubling the minds of UGC NET aspirants, “What are the best books for UGC NET preparation?” holds the top position. If one is aiming to crack UGC NET, choosing the best books is an imperative part of the preparation strategy. The key components of preparing for the exam is studying from the right materials and books as per the prescribed syllabus of UGC NET. Thus, while listing the UGC NET preparation strategies, candidates must have knowledge about the UGC NET books. With an objective to help aspirants, Careers360 brings the best UGC NET books along with their publications and author names.


Candidates should first know, what is the purpose of selecting the best books for UGC NET. A good book should have certain qualities to help you in winning the race to crack the exam.


UGC NET Books - Qualities of a good book:

  • Easy to study and understand – As Martin Tupper says, “A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever." A book should be easy to understand and comprehend.

  • Quality and clarity – Books having fancy language should be avoided as they create a distraction while studying. A good book should hold quality content and must have clarity in concepts.

  • Based on the latest prescribed syllabus – It is imperative that the books you follow should be based on the latest UGC NET syllabus prescribed by NTA.

  • Good illustration of most asked questions – Each subject has concepts which are difficult to understand. Therefore, it is important to choose only those good books which have accurate information explaining the concept of the topics in an understandable and simple manner.

  • UGC NET Books by notable authors and publications – As J.K Rowling says, “I do believe something very magical can happen when you write a good book.” A good author has a necessary role to play in your preparation. You should follow those publications/authors which are subject matter experts and have produced good books in the past. Many students who have cleared the exams also can recommend the best books for UGC NET examination.

Before proceeding to best books to prepare for UGC NET 2018, candidates must have an understanding of the exam pattern.


UGC NET Exam Pattern 2018

  • The UGC NET exam will be conducted for two papers – I and II

  • The paper will be in English, Hindi and Regional Language

  • The Paper I will have a total of 50 questions carrying 100 marks while paper 2 will have 100 questions carrying 200 marks. All questions are compulsory

  • Each question of paper 1 and 2 will carry 2 marks. There will be no negative marking for incorrect answer


UGC NET Books 2018 - Subject Wise

As we know there are plenty of books available in the market, and selecting the best books for UGC NET becomes a difficult proposition. To help candidates crack UGC NET, we have compiled the best books for UGC NET preparation keeping in mind the syllabus for the entrance exam.


UGC NET Books for General Paper-1

  • 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.

  • Trueman's UGC NET Commerce Paperback by M Gagan & Sajit Kumar

  • Trueman's UGC NET Management Paperback by M Shivani

  • CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF - Paper 1 by Mc Graw Hills


UGC NET Books for Economics


Author or Publications

UGC NET/JRF/SET Economics (Paper II & III)2015

Gopal Garg

UGC NET/JRF Exam Solved Economics Paperback – 2015

Editorial Board: Competition Science Vision

UGC-NET-Economics Guide (Hindi) Paperback – 2016

Sanjay Kumar

Economics for UGC-Net/Slet and Other Competitive Examinations Objective Type Questions Paperback – 14 Jan 2001

Atlantic Research Division

CBSE UGC-NET Economics: Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor Exam Guide (Paper II & III) Paperback – 2016

 Sanjay Kumar

Trueman's UGC NET Economics Paperback – 1 Jan 2016

Sriniwas Shirur

CBSE-UGC-NET: Economics Previous Papers (Solved) Paperback – 2016

RPH Editorial Board


UGC NET Books for Education



UGC-NET/SET Education Paper (I & II)

R. Gupta

UGC-NET/JRF/SET Education (Paper-II)

Dr Shyam Anand

UGC-NET: Education Previous Years' Papers (Solved) 2018 Edition (English, Paperback)

RPH Editorial Board

Trueman’s UGC NET Education Paper I

Gagan Manocha

UGC NET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude book 2018

Arihant Experts

UGC NET Education

Gupta R


M. S. Ansari

Modern UGC NET

Anmol Publishers

UGC NET Education

Trueman Publications

UGC NET Education

Atlantic Publishers


UGC NET Books for Commerce



Business Environment

K.S. Ashwathappa

Advanced Accounting

M. B. Shukla, Grewal & Gupta

Cost Accounting

M. N. Arora

Business Economics

H. L. Ahuja

Business Statistics

S P Gupta & M P Gupta/ (Statistics for Management by Levin & Rubin)


Koontz & ‘o' Donnel / J S Chandan.

Marketing Management

Philip Kotler

Financial Management

I.M. Pandey/ Y M Khan

Human Resource Management

K.S. Ashwathappa

International Business

P. Subba Rao

Banking & Financial Institutions

Trueman's guide

Income Tax

Degree tax books


UGC NET Books for History



UGC NET/SET History Exam Guide

Kr Sanjay and S.D. Tiwary

Ancient India

R.S. Sharma

Indian History

Krishna Reddy

Modern Indian History by

Tarique Mohammed

Trueman's UGC NET History

Pramod Singh

Indian History with Objective Questions and Historical Maps

V.K. Agnihotri

A History Of Ancient And Early Medieval India

Upinder Singh

Trueman's UGC NET History


Penguin History of Early India

Romila Thapar


UGC NET Books for English



A Critical History of English Literature

David Daiches

History of English Literature

Edward Albert

An Outline History of English Literature

W. H. Hudson

Beginning Theory

Peter Barry

Oxford Companion to English Literature

Sir Paul Harvey and Margaret Drabble

Glossary of Literary Terms

M. H. Abrams'

Modern and Post-modern Literature

Shiv Govind Puri

A History of English Literature

M. K. Naik

Indian Writing in English

K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar

American & Commonwealth Literature

Norton Anthology of American Literature

Australian Literature


A History of Literary Criticism and Theory

M. A. R. Habib

A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory

Raman Selden and Peter Widdowson and Peter Brooker


UGC NET Books for Geography



Trueman’s UGC NET Geography

A. Magon and B.P. Panigrahi

Trueman’s UGC NET General Paper I

M.Gagan (Author) and Sajit Kumar (Author)

UGC NET/SLET Geography (Paper II) Guide

Indra Kumar Lal, Naseeruddin Khan

UGC NET/JRF/SET Geography (Paper II)

Rajeev R. Shrivastava

UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) Geography

Arihant Publication


UGC NET Books for Psychology



Psychology for UGC NET/SLET/JRF (Paper 2)

Trueman Publication

Psychology Paper-II, III UGC NET/SLET

R. Gupta Popular Master Guide by Dr Swati Maharshi

Psychology for UGC NET/SLET/JRF

Trueman Publication

Psychology (Paper-II)UGC NET/SLET

Arihant Publication


UGC NET Books for Philosophy



Trueman's UGC NET Philosophy

A.M. Tripathi

The Story of Philosophy

Will Durant

The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

Albert Camus

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Frederich Nietzsche

Bookhive India CBSE Net Solved Philosophy (II & III)


Western Philosophy A History of Philosophy

Frank Thilly

An Introduction to Indian Philosophy

Satishchandra Chatterjee

An Introduction to Political Theory

O. P. Gauba

Introduction to Religious Philosophy

Y. Masih

Philosophy of Religion

John H. Hick


UGC NET Books for Computer Science



Discrete Structures

Seymour Lipschutz

Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages and Computation

John E. Hopcroft and Ullman

Programming in C -

Byron Gottfried

OOPS using C++

E. Balagurusamy

Digital Logic and Computer Design

M. Morris Mano

Data structure

Seymour Lipschutz

Fundamentals of Database Systems -

Ramez Elmasri, Navathe

Database Management

G.V. Post

Computer Networks -

Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Data and Computer Communications

William Stallings

Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools

Aho, Lam, Sethi and Ullman

Operating Systems Internals and Design Principles

William Stallings

Unix-Concepts and Applications

M. J. Back, S. Das

Artificial Intelligence

Elaine Rich and Kevin Knight

Software Engineering concepts

Richard Fairley


UGC NET Books for Political Science

Rajneeti Vigyan (Ek Samagra Adhyayan)

Rajesh Mishra (A Must Read Book Especially for Hindi Medium Students)

Globalisation of World Politics

(Eds.) Baylis, Smith & Owens

Global Politics

Andrew Heywood

An Introduction to Political Theory

OP Gauba

Western Political Thought

Brian R. Nelson

Pratiyogita Darpan

Political Science Issue (Repository of Factual Information)

Pratiyogita Darpan

Public Administration Issue (Factual Information)

UGC NET Political Science

Ashutosh Roy

Politics in India

Rajani Kothari


About UGC NET exam - NTA will conduct UGC NET 2018 for the December session from December 9 to 23 in the computer-based mode for two papers. Candidates must also note that as the NTA will conduct the exam in the online mode, therefore, taking UGC NET Mock Test regularly will be beneficial for the preparation. The mock test facility will open in November 2018. The exam will be held in two shifts on Saturdays and Sundays at around 266 cities across India. Candidates have to appear in both Paper I and II to be eligible for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship programme. The question paper is designed to assess the teaching and researching capabilities in a student, which requires a good knowledge of reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness, logic and clarity of concepts and command over the fundamentals of subjects selected for UGC NET.

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