UGC NET Syllabus 2020 - University Grants Commission (UGC) has released the updated syllabus of UGC NET 2020 for National Eligibility Test (NET). UGC NET determines eligibility of candidates for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor both, in Indian Universities and Colleges. It consists of two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2. UGC provides detailed UGC NET 2020 Syllabus for Paper 1 and Paper - 2 on its official website. The UGC NET Syllabus 2020 for Paper 1 is common for all candidates. For Paper 2, candidates have to choose one subject from a list of 101 subjects. UGC NET 2020 Syllabus for Paper 2 is different for different subjects. Candidates must have complete knowledge of the syllabus of UGC NET 2020 before they start with their preparation.
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UGC NET is a computer-based test conducted for two papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2 of objective-type multiple choice questions. National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct UGC NET 2020 from June 15 to June 20 in online mode. The result will be based on the aggregate performance of the candidate in Paper-1 and Paper-2. NTA UGC NET 2020 ensures the minimum standards for the candidates in teaching professions and research.

UGC NET Syllabus 2020

UGC NET 2020 Syllabus

Candidates must go through UGC NET Syllabus 2020 for both papers to know what they need to study. Let us understand UGC NET Syllabus for Paper 1 and Paper 2 in brief.

  • UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus 2020 tests the teaching and research ability of the candidate. It assesses candidates’ cognitive abilities, general awareness about teaching and learning processes in higher education system and interaction between people, environment.

  • UGC NET Paper 2 Syllabus is based on the subject selected by the candidate. It tests the candidate’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in the respective subject.

NTA has also provided some mock tests on its official website to give an idea of the syllabus and paper pattern to the candidates so that they can prepare the UGC NET Syllabus 2020 properly. There will be no break between Paper-I and Paper–II.

UGC NET 2020 Paper 1: Marking Scheme

UGC NET Paper 1 is the same and mandatory for all candidates. Paper 2 is different for different subjects.

  • UGC NET Paper 1 will have a total of 50 multiple choice questions

  • Each question will carry 2 marks

  • The UGC NET Syllabus 2020 for Paper 1 covers 10 units

  • 5 questions will be asked from each unit (i.e 10 units X 5 questions = 50 questions)

UGC NET Syllabus for Paper 1

Subject: General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude

The UGC NET syllabus for Paper 1 tests the candidate’s teaching and research ability as well as aptitude of the candidate. The syllabus of UGC NET 2020 for Paper 1 is designed to test candidates’ cognitive abilities including comprehension, analysis, evaluation, understanding the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning. The UGC NET syllabus 2020 also provides for testing candidates’ general awareness about teaching and learning processes in the higher education system. Further, the syllabus of UGC NET 2020 assesses if the candidate is aware of interaction between people, environment, natural resources and their impact on the quality of life.

The detailed UGC NET Paper I Syllabus 2020 is given in the table below to help the candidates clearly understand what all they need to study.

UGC NET 2020 Syllabus for Paper I



Detailed UGC NET Paper I Syllabus 2020


Teaching Aptitude

  • Teaching: Concept, Objectives, Levels of teaching (Memory, Understanding and Reflective), Characteristics and basic requirements.

  • Learner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners (Academic, Social, Emotional and Cognitive), Individual differences.

  • Factors affecting teaching related to: Teacher, Learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment and Institution.

  • Methods of teaching in Institutions of higher learning: Teacher centred vs. Learner centred methods; Off-line vs. On-line methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs etc.).

  • Teaching Support System: Traditional, Modern and ICT based.

  • Evaluation Systems: Elements and Types of evaluation, Evaluation in Choice Based Credit System in Higher education, Computer based testing, Innovations in evaluation systems.


Research Aptitude

  • Research: Meaning, Types, and Characteristics, Positivism and Post-positivist approach to research.

  • Methods of Research: Experimental, Descriptive, Historical, Qualitative and Quantitative methods.

  • Steps of Research.

  • Thesis and Article writing: Format and styles of referencing.

  • Application of ICT in research.

  • Research ethics.



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  • Communication: Meaning, types and characteristics of communication.

  • Effective communication: Verbal and Non-verbal, Inter-Cultural and group communications, Classroom communication.

  • Barriers to effective communication.

  • Mass-Media and Society.


Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude

  • Types of reasoning.

  • Number series, Letter series, Codes and Relationships.

  • Mathematical Aptitude (Fraction, Time & Distance, Ratio, Proportion and Percentage, Profit and Loss, Interest and Discounting, Averages etc.).


Logical Reasoning

  • Understanding 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 opposition.

  • Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning.

  • Analogies.

  • Venn diagram: Simple and multiple use for establishing validity of arguments.

  • Indian Logic: Means of knowledge.

  • Pramanas: 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).


Data Interpretation

  • Sources, acquisition and classification of Data.

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data.

  • Graphical representation (Bar-chart, Histograms, Pie-chart, Table-chart and Line-chart) and mapping of Data.

  • Data Interpretation.

  • Data and Governance.


Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  • ICT: General abbreviations and terminology.

  • Basics of Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencing.

  • Digital initiatives in higher education.

  • ICT and Governance.


People, Development and Environment

  • Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals.

  • Human and environment interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on environment.

  • Environmental 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 dimensions.

  • Impacts of pollutants on human health.

  • Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear and Forests.

  • Natural hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategies.

  • Environmental 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.


Higher Education System

  • Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India.

  • Evolution of higher learning and research in Post Independence India.

  • Oriental, Conventional and Non-conventional learning programmes in India.

  • Professional, Technical and Skill Based education.

  • Value education and environmental education.

  • Policies, Governance, and Administration.

UGC NET 2020 Syllabus for Paper 2

UGC NET Paper 2 will be based on the subject chosen by the candidate.

  • A total of 101 subjects are provided by the UGC.
  • The candidate has to choose one subject from these 101 subjects.
  • The Paper-2 will also consist of only objective type questions (MCQs).

The detailed UGC NET 2020 Syllabus for Paper 2 is provided at the official website.

UGC NET Syllabus 2020 - Paper II (Subject-wise)




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To download the UGC NET syllabus 2020 for all the other subjects - Click Here.Now that you know all about the UGC NET Syllabus 2020, start your preparations and score well.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2020

UGC NET will be conducted by National Testing Agency in the following UGC NET exam pattern:

  • Both Paper -1 and Paper -2 will be conducted in Online mode.

  • The questions will be objective-type in both Paper -1 and Paper -2.

  • Paper 1 will have 50 questions and Paper 2 will have 100 questions.

UGC NET 2020 Question Papers

The previous year papers are available on the official website of the UGC-NET.

UGC NET previous year papers are the best source of material for UGC-NET preparation. Solving them will give you an understanding of the exam pattern, difficulty level and popular topics in the exam paper.

The below table contains PDF files for the UGC NET previous year papers.

Question Papers

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June 2019

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Dec 2018, Paper I (Paper II-English)

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Dec 2018, Paper I (Paper II-Political Science)

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June 2014 (Paper I, II and III)

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December 2013 (Paper I, II and III)

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September 2013 (Paper I, II and III)

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December 2012 (Paper I, II and III)

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June 2012 (Paper I, II and III)

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December 2011 (Paper I, II and III)

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June 2011 (Paper I, II and III)

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December 2010 (Paper I, II and III)

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June 2010 (Paper I, II and III)

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December 2009 (Paper I, II and III)

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June 2009 (Paper I, II and III)

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UGC NET Admit Card 2020

National Testing Agency (NTA) will release UGC NET 2020 admit card online on official website few days before the date of exam. To download the admit card of UGC NET 2020, candidates should log in using their application number and date of birth. It is mandatory to carry the printout of their admit card along with a valid photo ID (Voter ID card, Aadhaar Card, Driving License, Passport) to the examination centre on the exam day.

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I have done my Post Graduate Diploma in Banking from ( Manipal University) icici Manipal academy. So, whether I am eligible for UGC NET. 2020 Exam ?

sathwika 3rd Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

As you done your post graduation diploma in banking in manipal university as it is one of the top and good university among India in the national level and i think you can attempt that entrance examination after the completion of this but i think that exam needs graduation also so study well and work hard to get good marks in the future examinations ALL THE BEST for your future and i think my suggestions and knowledge may be helpful to u.


How to get UGC NET Exam solved question for Commerce?

Nikki Nair 1st Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant

UGC NET exam solved paper can be found on the official website :

You can refer the above two links for sample,modal and previous year question paper.



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.
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