UGC NET Books 2020 - For any candidate aspiring to crack UGC NET 2020, it is quintessential to know the best UGC NET 2020 Books to be referred. After all, one of the most important steps in preparing for any competitive exam is identifying the best books that may help you garner all knowledge required to clear the examination. This article provides you with a list of the best books for UGC NET 2020. The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct UGC NET from June 15 - 20, 2020. With just a few months left for the examination, candidates must start their UGC NET 2020 preparation with recommended UGC NET 2020 books at the earliest.
Latest: NTA has extended the last date to fill UGC NET Application Form 2020 to May 16
UGC NET (University Grant Commission – National Eligibility Test) is used to determine the eligibility for the position of “Assistant Professor” and “Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor” in Indian colleges and universities.

Best Books for UGC NET 2020
  • UGC NET exam consists of two papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2.

  • UGC NET Paper 1 is common and mandatory for all candidates. All candidates need to refer to UGC NET Paper 1 books.

  • UGC NET Paper 2 is subject-specific based on the subject chosen by the candidate out of a list of 101 subjects. Hence, UGC NET Paper 2 books would be different for different candidates depending on the subject they have selected for Paper 2.

We have provided you with a list of UGC NET Paper 1 books as well as UGC NET Paper 2 books.

For good preparation, the candidates need best books for UGC NET 2020 for the given topics. Plethora of books are available in the market but it is advisable to buy a book on the basis of its merits. The UGC NET books 2020 must cover the given syllabus of the competitive exam. The result of the exam will be based on the aggregate performance of the candidate in Paper-1 and Paper-2. To clear both the papers with a good score, candidates must plan a proper strategy for preparation along with using the recommended UGC NET 2020 books.

UGC NET Books 2020

Before getting into the details of best UGC NET 2020 books, let’s have an overview of the exam:

Exam NameUGC-NET
Examination AuthorityNational Testing Agency (NTA)
PostAssistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship
Frequency of the ExamTwice a Year (June & December)
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Mode of examinationOnline (Computer-based examination)
Time Duration3 hours
Type of QuestionsObjective Type – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Number of PapersTwo
Total Number of Questions150
Negative MarkingNo

UGC NET 2020 Books - Paper 1

UGC NET Paper 1 is a general paper on teaching & research aptitude. It assesses the teaching and research ability of the candidate. It checks candidates’ cognitive abilities, general awareness about teaching and learning processes in higher education system and also interaction between people, environment.

Best Books for UGC NET 2020 Paper 1

Book Name

Author/Publisher Name

NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF - Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude

KVS Madaan /Pearson Education

NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF - Paper 1 Teaching and Research Aptitude

Harpreet Kaur /Oxford University Press

Trueman's UGC NET/SET General Paper I - Teaching & Research Aptitude

Sajit Kumar, M. Gagan

NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF - Paper 1 Teaching and Research Aptitude

Arihant Experts/Arihant Publications

NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF - Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude

Dr. Usha Rani Jain

You can refer to any book among the listed options. You may also refer to 2 books for better clarity and preparation.

UGC NET 2020 Books - Paper 2

Paper 2 is subject-based. The UGC NET books for paper 2 are listed below:

Subject CodeSubject NameList of UGC NET Books 2020


Economics / Cooperation / Demography / Rural Economics /Development Planning/Development Studies/Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics

Trueman’s UGC NET Economics by Srinivas Shirur

UGC NET/JRF/SET Economics (Paper II) - Upkar Prakashan (Author-Gopal Garg)


Political Science

Trueman’s UGC NET Political Science by K.A. Babu, Sajit Kumar (Author)

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)


UGC NET Books for Sociology

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


UGC NET Books for Commerce

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



Trueman’s UGC NET Education by GaganManocha


Social Work

Trueman’s UGC NET Education by Yogendra Pal


Defence and Strategic Studies

CBSE 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 2018 by Deepak Swain (Arihant)

Trueman’s UGC NET Public Administration by Sajit Kumar


Population Studies

Principles of Population Studies by Bhende (Author), Himalayan Publishing House



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


UGC NET Books for Management (including Business Administration Management/Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management)

Trueman’s UGC-NET Management by M. Shivani (Author)

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



Bengali NET/SET by Balaram Bapari



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



Samagra Kannada Sahitya Kaipidi – Useful For IAS, KAS, KES, PUC Lecturer, NET (UGC), K-SET by Lokesha Masavanaghatta



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






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



UGC NET/JRF/SLET Sanskrit Prashan Patra-II Avum III (Hindi) by Priyanka Tiwari (Author), Arihant Experts (Publisher)



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



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



UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) English Literature by Arihant Experts



UGC NET/SET Linguistics Guide by Ringu Ann Baby



UGC/CBSE NET Set Guide By Assam Publishing Company (Assamese) (ASHIM CHUTIA -Author)



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


Adult Education/Continuing Education/ Andragogy/Non-Formal Education

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


Physical Education

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


Labour 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 (R Gupta’s Publication)


Library and Information Science

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


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. JainComparative Study of Religions by Y. Masih


Mass Communication and Journalism

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

UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism by Atul Udaipuria and Nitesh Kumar Singh (Arihant Experts)


Museology & Conservation

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



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



(UGC-NET/JRF) 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

Folk Literature: A Concise Guide for NET/JRF by Marya Naim (Author)


Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ / Navya Nyaya/ Mimansa /Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya)

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


Women Studies

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


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

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



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


Forensic Science

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


UGC NET Books for Computer Science and Applications

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


Electronic Science

CBSE UGC NET/SET Electronic Science by Sunil Kushwaha (Author)


Environmental Sciences

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


Human Rights and Duties

(a) UGC NET/SET (JFR & LS) Human Rights & Duties Paper II & III by Fazil Atul Udaipuria (Author)

UGC NET Human Rights and Duties by Arihant Experts


Tourism Administration and Management

Trueman’s UGC NET Tourism by Akhilesh



R.Gupta’s UGC-NET Yoga (Paper II & III) Exam Guide by RPH Editorial Board (Author)

Now that you are aware of the best UGC NET books 2020 available, start your preparation as soon as possible.

UGC NET Exam Pattern

As per the UGC NET 2020 exam pattern, the test is conducted for two papers - paper I and II. Both paper I and II are objective -MCQ type. UGC NET paper will be for a maximum of 300 marks - 100 marks for paper I and 250 marks for paper II. While Paper I will be a general paper on research ability and aptitude, Paper II will be based on the subject chosen by the candidates.

UGC NET 2020 Syllabus

Before buying the books, the candidates must know the UGC NET syllabus completely. You must know what you need to study. The syllabus for Paper 1 tests the candidate’s teaching and research ability and aptitude of the candidate. Paper 2 is subject specific and the syllabus is different for each subject.

UGC NET Question Paper 2020

Along with best books for UGC NET 2020, you must also solve previous years question papers for UGC NET. It will give you an idea about the exam pattern, difficulty level and popular topics in exam paper. This will help you prepare in the right direction. It will also help you make a strategy in terms of time management, speed and accuracy to be maintained to score well.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - Best Books for UGC NET 2020

Question: Which subject should I choose for paper 2 in the UGC NET 2020 exam?


It depends on your graduation/post-graduation subjects as also on your personal interest and aptitude.

Question: How many books should I refer to for UGC NET paper 1?


You can refer to two books for more clarity on some topics. Some topics may be covered well in one book and others might be more clear in another book.

Question: What is the mode of examination for UGC NET?


The mode of examination is online. The question paper will be of objective type.

Question: How much time break is there between UGC NET Paper 1 and Paper 2?


There is no break between Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Question: Suggest some books for UGC NET Paper 1?


Students are known to refer NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF - Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude by KVS Madaan or Harpreet Kaur or Sajit Kumar, M. Gagan or Arihant Experts

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Questions related to UGC NET

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Can i become professor biochemistry without phd if i am ugc net cleared and what will be the salary

Akram Khan 1st Apr, 2020


If you qualified the ugc net exam you can apply for the post of assistant professor. According to 7th pay commission the the salary of assistant professors lie in Band Pay  of INR 37400 to INR 67,000

Hope this helps.


How much to score for the cut off UGC NET JRF?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020


The cut is as follows category wise

  • General category: PAPER-1: 40 marks out of 100 marks, PAPER-2: 40 marks out of 200 marks
  • SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PWD/Transgender: PAPER-2: 35 marks out of 100 marks, PAPER-2: 35 marks out of 200 marks

You can check the cut off in June 2019 & Decemeber 2019 subject wise.Copy paste the links below in web browser

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How to crack UGC NET Exam in 3months?

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 30th Mar, 2020
Note down the complete Syllabus of your concerned subject. Rote learning or just an overview of the topic won't help you much. Clear your concepts and doubt. Purchase some good books specified by UGC that may help you to clear your basic concepts and logics as well as cover whole syllabus.You can make your own notes, write short notes. These will help you in your revision day. Developing Time Management Skills is quite beneficial. Solve previous year exam papers and sample papers by your own. Give mock tests as much as possible. Start your revision early so that you can perform very well in exam.

can I apply ugc net exam June2020 under ews category if ews certificate valid 31March2020 as per financial year?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 29th Mar, 2020

Jyoti, your question isnt quite clear. Does your EWS Certificate validity starts from March 2020? In such case, yes you can use the same certificate and can claim EWS reservation for UGC NET June Session. But if your EWS Certificate expires bt March 2020, to be able to claim EWS reservation, you should get it renewed. You cannot use this certificate for June session as it has already expired.


can a nutrition master student go for social medicine and community health for ugc net

Akram Khan 29th Mar, 2020


According to ugc net information brochure

"Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their Post Graduation only. The candidates, whose Post Graduation subject is not covered in the list of NET subjects attached as Annexure-IV, may appear in a related subject."

So if you found masters in nutritional science related with social medicine and community health you can apply for it in Ugc net exam.

Usually the students having masters in nutritional sciences apply for home science in ugc net.

Hops this helps.

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