UGC NET Notes/UGC NET Study Material, MCQs, Mock Tests, Practice Questions

Posted on Jan 18 2020 - 5:20pm by Preeti

On behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC), the National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor both, in Indian Universities and Colleges. Since Dec 2018 onwards, the UGC- NET is being conducted by the NTA. The Exam is conducted twice a year.

UGC NET Important Dates

UGC NET Events UGC NET Dates
Online applications begin on March 16, 2020
Last date to apply April 16, 2020
Release of admit card May 15, 2020
UGC NET Exam Start Date June 15, 2020
UGC NET Exam End Date June 20, 2020
Result July 5, 2020

UGC NET Study Material/UGC NET Important Dates/ UGC NET Mock Tests/UGC NET MCQs

Students have a difficulty in searching for the relevant material. Sometimes they do get their hands on certain books, but later do they realize that the book was not sufficient. So here Simplynotes/Simplinotes is providing you the most important, relevant, comprehensive notes on  UGC NET Paper 1 and Paper 2.  Simplynotes provides most relevant and easy to understand notes compiled from best books, arranged specially for the preparation of UGC NET Paper1 and Paper 2 Exam. 

UGC NET Paper 1 Notes

UGC NET Paper 2 Study Material 

UGC NET Mock Test Series

Eligibility Criteria for UGC NET


i. Candidate must be an Indian citizen.
ii. If any candidate is found otherwise, the application form of that particular candidate will be rejected.

Qualification Criteria

i. Candidates securing at least 55% marks in their Master’s Degree or equivalent from recognized universities in Humanities (including languages), Social Science, Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this test.
However, candidates belonging to non-creamy layer of other backward classes (OBC-NC), scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribe (ST), persons with disability (PwD) and transgender category have to score at least 50% marks.
ii. Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or are waiting for their result or whose qualifying examinations have been delayed can apply for the test.
iii. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and will be considered for award of JRF or recruitment as Assistant Professor only when they will pass their Master’s Degree with at least 55% marks (50% marks for reserved category).
iv. Such candidates will also have to complete their Master degree within two years from the date of UGC NET 2019 Result with required percentage of marks, failing which they will be treated as disqualified.
v. Candidates with Ph.D. degree whose Master’s level examination was completed before September 19, 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) will be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in UGC NET 2019.
vi. Transgender candidates will be provided same relaxation in fee, age and qualifying criteria for NET (i.e. JRF and Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ ST/ PwD categories. The subject wise cutoffs for transgender category will be the lowest among those for SC/ ST/ PwD/ OBC–NCL categories in the respective subject.
vii. Candidates are suggested to choose the same NET subject for Paper 2 as their specialization in Post Graduation. However, if your post graduation subject is not covered in the list of 81 NET subjects, you can appear in a related subject.
viii. Candidates possessing Post Graduation Diploma/ Certificate awarded by Indian University/ Institute or foreign degree/ diploma/ certificate awarded by a foreign University/ institute should in their own interest, ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/ degree/ certificate with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi.

Age Criteria

i. Candidates should not be more than 30 years in age as on to apply for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)
ii. No age bar to apply for the role of Assistant Professor

Reservations & Exemptions

Relaxations for reserved categories in educational and age criteria
i. A relaxation of five percent in educational qualification is given for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Other Backward Class (OBC)/ Persons with Disability (PwD) category. Therefore, candidates from reserved categories require only 50 per cent aggregate marks in their master’s degree exams.
ii. PhD degree holders whose master’s exams completed on September 19, 1991 (regardless of the result declaration date) are eligible for a relaxation of five percent marks in the aggregate i.e, only 50 per cent marks are required for such candidates.
iii. A relaxation of five years in age criteria is given to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PwD and women candidates. Relaxation is also given to candidates having research experience limited to the period spent on research in the relevant subject of post-graduation degree.
Note: Three years relaxation in age criteria is given to candidates holding LLM degree

UGC NET Exam Patter

NTA has introduced changes in UGC NET 2019 exam pattern. Till December 2018, UGC NET exam pattern was such that the test consisted of two papers (Paper I, II) that were conducted in two different sessions. Candidates had to complete both the papers (Paper I, II) in a duration of one and two hours, respectively. However, going forward, UGC NET exam for both the papers will be conducted in a single three hour duration. Like previous year, the papers will be conducted in Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode and will contain objective-type questions.
It may be noted that it is mandatory for candidates to appear for both the papers in order to be eligible for JRF and Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor only. Also, all questions will be compulsary to attempt in UGC NET exam.

Paper Number of Questions
I 50
II 100
Total 150 


UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus

The main objective is to assess the teaching and research capabilities of the candidates. The test aims at assessing the teaching and research aptitude as well.
Candidates are expected to possess and exhibit cognitive abilities, which include comprehension, analysis, evaluation, understanding the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning. The candidates are also expected to have a general awareness about teaching and learning processes in higher education system. Further, they should be aware of interaction between people, environment, natural resources and their impact on the quality of life.
The details of syllabus are as follows:

Unit-I 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.

Unit-II Research Aptitude

• Research: Meaning, Types, and Characteristics, Positivism and Post-positivistic 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.

Unit-III Comprehension

• A passage of text be given. Questions be asked from the passage to be answered.

Unit-IV Communication

• 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.

Unit-V 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.).3

Unit-VI 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), Hetvabhasas (fallacies of inference).

Unit-VII 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.

Unit-VIII 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.

Unit-IX 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.

Unit-X 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.

NOTE: (i) Five questions each carrying 2 marks are to be set from each Module. (ii) Whenever graphical/pictorial question(s) are set for sighted candidates, a passage followed by equal number of questions and weightage be set for visually impaired candidates.

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