UGC NET Syllabus 2023

UGC NET Syllabus 2023 has been released on the official website. UGC NET Syllabus PDF is released by National Testing Agency (NTA). The University Grant Commission – UGC prescribes the NET exam syllabus for paper 1 and Paper 2.  

Knowing the UGC NET syllabus of Paper 1 and 2 is the first step toward Assistant Professorship and Junior Research Fellowship exam preparation. Being well versed with the latest UGC NET exam Syllabus is crucial and will help candidates to prepare well for the examination. 

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UGC NET Paper Pattern

Before going through the detailed UGC NET syllabus for both paper 1 and Paper 2 given below are the important facts related to the NET exam- 

  1. UGC NET exam is held in a single session (unlike previous pattern) and comprising 2 different papers. All three papers will be on a single day. There is no break in between the papers.
  2. The medium of the UGC NET question paper is in English and Hindi languages only.
  3. Both the papers will have multiple-choice questions (MCQ).
  4. UGC NET paper 1, and 2 will have a total of 300 marks with a total time duration of 3 hours.
  5. UGC NET paper 1 will have 100 marks and paper 2 will have a total of 200 marks.
  6. For each correct answer in both the papers candidates will be awarded 2 marks.
  7. There is no negative marking for incorrect responses.
  8. No marks will be awarded for questions left blank or unanswered.
UGC NET Papers Number of Questions Marks
Paper 1 50  100
Paper 2 100  200
Total 150  300

Go through the detailed UGC NET Exam Pattern for in depth knowledge of the pattern.

UGC NET Syllabus Paper 1

UGC NET Paper 1 is common and compulsory for every candidate. The paper 1 syllabus of UGC NET comprises topics from General Paper on Teaching and Research Aptitude. There are a total of ten sections/subjects in UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus 2023. Subjects include Research Aptitude, Teaching Aptitude, Communication, Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Information & Communication Technology,  Maths, etc. The  paper 1 is designed in such a way that it will test the candidate’s teaching and research ability. The UGC NET Paper 1 syllabus is as follows – 

UGC NET Syllabus Paper 1
Unit Name UGC NET Syllabus Paper 1 2023
Teaching Aptitude Teaching: Concept, Objectives, Levels of Teaching, Characteristics, and Basic Requirements.
Learner’s Characteristics: Characteristics of Adolescent and Adult Learners, 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.
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
Steps of Research
Application of ICT In Research
Methods of Research: Experimental, Descriptive, Historical, Qualitative, And Quantitative Methods
Thesis and Article Writing: Format and Styles of Referencing
Research Ethics
Comprehension A passage of text would be given & the questions will be asked from the passage.
Communication Effective Communication: Verbal and Non-Verbal, Inter-Cultural and Group Communications, Classroom Communication
Mass-Media and Society
Communication: Meaning, Types, And Characteristics of Communication.
Barriers to Effective Communication
Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude Number Series, Letter Series, Codes, And Relationships
Mathematical Aptitude
Types of Reasoning
Logical Reasoning Venn Diagram: Simple and Multiple Uses for Establishing the Validity of Arguments
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
Pramanas: Pratyaksha, Anumana, Upamana, Shabda, Arthapatti, And Anupalabddhi
Evaluating and Distinguishing Deductive and Inductive Reasoning.
Structure and Kinds of Anumana, Vyapti, Hetvabhasas
Indian Logic: Means of Knowledge
Data Interpretation Graphical Representation And Mapping of Data
Sources, Acquisition and Classification of Data
Data and Governance
Quantitative and Qualitative Data
Data Interpretation
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Basics of the Internet, Intranet, E-Mail, Audio, And Video-conferencing
ICT And Governance
Digital Initiatives in Higher Education
ICT: General Abbreviations and Terminology
People, Development and Environment Human and Environment Interaction: Anthropogenic Activities and Their Impacts on the Environment
Impacts of Pollutants on Human Health
Development and Environment: Millennium Development and Sustainable Development Goals
Natural Hazards and Disasters: Mitigation Strategies
Environmental Issues: Local, Regional and Global; Air Pollution, Water Pollution, Soil Pollution, Noise Pollution, Waste, Climate Change, and Its Socio-Economic and Political Dimensions
Natural and Energy Resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear, and Forests.
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 Evolution of Higher Learning and Research in Post-Independence India
Professional, Technical, and Skill-Based Education
Institutions of Higher Learning and Education in Ancient India
Policies, Governance, And Administration
Oriental, Conventional and Non-Conventional Learning Programmes In India
Value Education and Environmental Education

UGC NET Syllabus Paper 1 PDF – Download Here

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UGC NET Job Profile & Salary UGC NET Admit Card

UGC NET Syllabus Paper 2

The subject for UGC NET Paper 2 needs to be chosen by the candidate. A candidate can choose the subject of his/her post-graduation or a related subject. NTA UGC NET is conducted for a total of 82 subjects (earlier 81).

In 2023, the UGC added a new subject ‘Hindu Studies’ (Subject code 102) to the list of UGC NET 2023 subjects. 

The subjects covered in UGC NET exams are as follows-

  • Streams: Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Science and Application, Electronic Science, Environmental Science, Politics, etc
  • Indian Languages: Maithili, Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Singhi, Bodo, Santali, etc
  • Foreign Language: Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian, Persian, German, Japanese,
  • Cultures: Arab Culture and Islamic Studies, Indian Culture, Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian & Peace Studies, Yoga, etc.

Aspirants can go through the UGC NET Subjects and codes on the linked page.

The knowledge about the complete UGC NET Syllabus for Paper 2 of your desired subject helps to plan your timetable and strategize your study in the most effective way. Hence, download the UGC NET Syllabus Paper 2 PDF provided in the table below.

UGC NET Syllabus Paper 2


  Subjects Download PDFs
01 UGC NET Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies/Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics Download
02 UGC NET Political Science Download
03 UGC NET Philosophy Download
04 UGC NET Psychology Download
05 UGC NET Sociology Download
06 UGC NET History Download
07 UGC NET Anthropology Download
08 UGC NET Commerce Download
09 UGC NET Education Download
10 UGC NET Social Work Download
11 UGC NET Defence and Strategic Studies Download
12 UGC NET Home Science Download
14 UGC NET Public Administration Download
15 UGC NET Population Studies Download
16 UGC NET Music Download
17 UGC NET Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management) Download
18 UGC NET Maithili Download
19 UGC NET Bengali Download
20 UGC NET Hindi Download
21 UGC NET Kannada Download
22 UGC NET Malayalam Download
23 UGC NET Oriya Download
24 UGC NET Punjabi Download
25 UGC NET Sanskrit Download
26 UGC NET Tamil Download
27 UGC NET Telugu Download
28 UGC NET Urdu Download
29 UGC NET Arabic Download
30 UGC NET English Download
31 UGC NET Linguistics Download
32 UGC NET Chinese Download
33 UGC NET Dogri Download
34 UGC NET Nepali Download
35 UGC NET Manipuri Download
36 UGC NET Assamese Download
37 UGC NET Gujarati Download
38 UGC NET Marathi Download
39 UGC NET French (French Version) Download
  UGC NET French (English Version) Download
40 UGC NET Spanish Download
41 UGC NET Russian Download
42 UGC NET Persian Download
43 UGC NET Rajasthani Download
44 UGC NET German Download
45 UGC NET Japanese Download
46 UGC NET Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education. Download
47 UGC NET Physical Education Download
49 UGC NET Arab Culture and Islamic Studies Download
50 UGC NET Indian Culture Download
55 UGC NET Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management Download
58 UGC NET Law Download
59 UGC NET Library and Information Science Download
60 UGC NET Buddhist, Jain, Gandhian and Peace Studies Download
62 UGC NET Comparative Study of Religions Download
63 UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism Download
65 UGC NET Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre Download
66 UGC NET Museology & Conservation Download
67 UGC NET Archaeology Download
68 UGC NET Criminology Download
70 UGC NET Tribal and Regional Language/Literature Download
71 UGC NET Folk Literature Download
72 UGC NET Comparative Literature Download
73 UGC NET Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama). Download
74 UGC NET Women Studies Download
79 UGC NET Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art) Download
80 UGC NET Geography Download
81 UGC NET Social Medicine & Community Health Download
82 UGC NET Forensic Science Download
83 UGC NET Pali Download
84 UGC NET Kashmiri Download
85 UGC NET Konkani Download
87 UGC NET Computer Science and Applications Download
88 UGC NET Electronic Science Download
89 UGC NET Environmental Sciences Download
90 UGC NET Politics 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. Download
91 UGC NET Prakrit Download
92 UGC NET Human Rights and Duties Download
93 UGC NET Tourism Administration and Management. Download
94 UGC NET BODO Download
95 UGC NET Yoga Download
101 UGC NET Sindhi Download
102 UGC NET Hindu Studies Download


Good UGC NET study materials are very important for any candidate to get success in the exam. There are millions of UGC NET books available in the market for the exam, but candidates must choose the right books for them.

Here we are providing some important books for UGC NET Paper I, and for Paper II candidates must follow the post-graduation and graduation books to revise the topics and excel in the exam.

UGC NET Books for Paper 1 Author
Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper I M Gagan and Sajit Kumar
NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF Paper I: Teaching and Research Aptitude by Pearson KVS Madaan
General Paper-1 UGC NET/JRF/SLET – Teaching & Research Aptitude Arihant Experts
Upkar’s UGC-NET/JRF/SET Teaching And Research Aptitude (General Paper – I) Dr Lal Jain and Dr KC Vashistha

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