UGC NET 2021: Exam Pattern & Syllabus PDF of Both Papers

UGC NET Exam 2021

UGC NET exam conducted by National Testing Academy (NTA). UGC NET 2021 exam notification and form filling process is already done.

In this article, I will show you in-depth knowledge about UGC NET exam patterns and the syllabus for better preparation.

But the exam date has been postponed, we will inform you about the UGC NET exam date.

UGC NET exam consists of two papers i.e. Paper I and Paper-II. The exam is conducted two times a year.

NTA takes the UGC NET exam for eligibility of candidates for Junior Research Fellow and Assistant Professorship in Universities and Colleges in India.

Also Download, UGC NET Previous Year Question Paper


UGC NET 2021 Syllabus PDF Download

In this section, we provide you All UGC NET subjects syllabus pdf of paper-1st & paper-2nd in pdf file format. NTA has released the UGC NET exam 2021 Syllabus on its official notification. 

UGC NET Exam Syllabus

You can easily download all the subjects pdf to prepare a better strategy for your UGC NET Exam.

The syllabus helps in giving you the right way to cover all the important topics asked in the exam.

Select your subject and download the pdf from the link NET Subjects Syllabus PDFPaper-1st PDFPaper-2nd PF
00UGC NET General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude (Paper -I) DownloadDownload
01UGC NET Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business EconomicsDownloadDownload
02UGC NET Political ScienceDownloadDownload
03UGC NET PhilosophyDownloadDownload
04UGC NET PsychologyDownloadDownload
05UGC NET SociologyDownloadDownload
07UGC NET AnthropologyDownloadDownload
10Social WorkDownloadDownload
11Defence and Strategic StudiesDownloadDownload
12Home ScienceDownloadDownload
14Public AdministrationDownloadDownload
15Population StudiesDownloadDownload
17Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management)DownloadDownload
19UGC NET BengaliDownloadDownload
20Hindi Download
22UGC NET MalayalamDownloadDownload
39French (French Version)DownloadDownload
46Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education.DownloadDownload
47Physical EducationDownloadDownload
49Arab Culture and Islamic StudiesDownloadDownload
50Indian CultureDownloadDownload
55Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource ManagementDownloadDownload
59Library and Information ScienceDownloadDownload
60Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace StudiesDownloadDownload
62Comparative Study of ReligionsDownloadDownload
63Mass Communication and JournalismDownloadDownload
65Performing Art – Dance/Drama/TheatreDownloadDownload
66Museology & ConservationDownloadDownload
68Criminology Download
70Tribal and Regional Language/Literature Download
71Folk Literature Download
72Comparative Literature Download
73Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama). Download
74Women Studies Download
79Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art) Download
80Geography Download
81Social Medicine & Community Health Download
82Forensic Science Download
83Pali Download
84Kashmiri Download
85Konkani Download
87Computer Science and Applications Download
88Electronic Science  
89UGC NET Environmental Sciences syllabus  
90UGC NET: Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence/Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies. Download
91Prakrit Download
92Human Rights and Duties Download
93UGC NET Tourism Administration and Management. Download
94UGC NET Bodo Download
95UGC NET Santali Download
100UGC NET Yoga Download
101UGC NET Sindhi Download




UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern:

National Testing Agency has released the UGC NET exam pattern along with the UGC NET notification on the NTA official website.

UGC NET Exam 2021Here, we have provided the detailed UGC NET Exam Pattern and its marking scheme for the upcoming exam. By understanding the paper pattern of UGC NET

It will help the candidates to make a strategy for better preparation.

Knowing this, candidates will have a clear idea about the number of sections, the number of questions asked, time duration, marking scheme, mode, and medium of examination.

In this section, you can check the detailed information of the UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021 for boost and make a proper strategy for your UGC NER exam.

A Quick Overview of the UGC NET Exam Pattern

EventUGC NET Paper-I UGC NET Paper-II 
Mode of ExamOnlineOnline
Exam duration3 hours (180 minutes) in both papers
paper typeCommon for all candidatesSubject-specific questions
Total number of questions50100
Total marks100200
Marking scheme+2 for the correct answer

0 for incorrect answer

+2 for correct answer

0 for incorrect answer

Language of paperEnglish and HindiEnglish and Hindi


UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern for Paper 1st and Paper 2nd

Here, I show you the Exam pattern of both papers in a combined manner. You can check the detailed Exam pattern in a simple way.

UGC NET Paper-I SectionsNumber of Questions in UGC NET Paper-IUGC NET Paper-I Marks
1. Teaching Aptitude510
2. Research Aptitude510
3. Reading Comprehension510
4. Communication510
5. Reasoning (including Maths)510
6. Logical Reasoning510
7. Data Interpretation510
8. Information & Communication Technology (ICT)510
9. People & Environment510
10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration510


Mode of UGC NET Exam:

    • All the candidates will be allotted a decktop with pre-installed software at the exam center by NTA. 
    • Make sure that the system and mouse are working properly before the test starts.

Nature of Questions of both papers:

    • All the questions in the UGC NET exam will be of Multiple Choice type (MCQs)/objective types.
    • There are 4 multiple options for each question, candidates must select the most appropriate answer.

Total Number of Question 

Check the below table to know about the number of questions and marks that will be allotted on these questions.

All the questions are important to attempt.

UGC NET PaperNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
Paper 150100Cumulative time duration of 3 hours.

Shift 1: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM

Shift 2: 2.30 PM – 5.30 PM

Paper 2100200
Total150 MCQs300 Marks180 minutes

Marking Scheme of UGC NET 2021

Correct Answer: There are 2 marks allotted for each correct answer in both papers.

Negative Marking: There is no negative marking for any wrong answer. It’s a positive point of your preparation.

Unattempted Question: No marks deducted for unanswered questions.

Note: If any question is found wrong due to any reason, the benefit of marks will be given to only those candidates who attempted the question.


UGC NET Previous Year Question Papers

Understand the Syllabus and Exam Pattern and get comfortable: After a thorough analysis of the UGC NET question paper, you will be able to understand the paper pattern and also get comfortable with the type of questions asked in the exam.

Topic Weightage: UGC NET question paper is the best resource to understand the weightage distribution of topics in the syllabus. Customize your exam preparation according to the weightage of the subject and your abilities.

The practice of these paper help to find your weaknesses and strengths.

Attempt the past year’s UGC NET question papers in an exam setting to get ready for the exam.

After completing each topic, you must go through the question papers and solve that topic questions to boost your preparation.

Click to Get UGC NET previous year Question papers


UGC NET Frequently Asked Question 

Q. Is net is compulsory for Ph.D.?

A. Apart from Ph.D., candidates will have to clear the National Eligibility Test (NET) or a recognized examination (State Level Eligibility Test) or other similar examinations,” the HRD ministry official said. According to reports, those who have done PhD before 2009 will not be asked to clear NET.

Q. What is the full form of UGC NET?

A. UGC NET full form is “University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test”.

Q. What option after NET Qualifying?

A. After qualifying for NET-JRF, candidates can pursue research in their respective postgraduate subjects. They select universities/colleges from NET coordinating institutes and enroll themselves for doing Ph.D. in various universities/institutions and IIMs.

Q. Can I become a professor without NET?

A. Yes, it is mandatory and mandatory if you want to become an Assistant Professor/Lecturer all over India. As per the UGC rule, only the UGC NET exam is the gateway or entrance to become an assistant professor. Ph.D. candidates are not exempted from appearing in UGC NET.




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