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

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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.

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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 UGC NET Subjects Syllabus PDF Paper-1st PDF Paper-2nd PF
00 UGC NET General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude (Paper -I)  Download Download
01 UGC NET Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics Download Download
02 UGC NET Political Science Download Download
03 UGC NET Philosophy Download Download
04 UGC NET Psychology Download Download
05 UGC NET Sociology Download Download
06 History Download Download
07 UGC NET Anthropology Download Download
08 Commerce Download Download
09 Education Download Download
10 Social Work Download Download
11 Defence and Strategic Studies Download Download
12 Home Science Download Download
14 Public Administration Download Download
15 Population Studies Download Download
16 Music Download Download
17 Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management) Download Download
18 Maithili Download Download
19 UGC NET Bengali Download Download
20 Hindi   Download
21 Kannada Download Download
22 UGC NET Malayalam Download Download
23 Oriya Download Download
24 Punjabi Download Download
25 Sanskrit Download Download
26 Tamil Download Download
27 Telugu Download Download
28 Urdu Download Download
29 Arabic Download Download
30 English Download Download
31 Linguistics Download Download
32 Chinese Download Download
33 Dogri Download Download
34 Nepali Download Download
35 Manipuri Download Download
36 Assamese Download Download
37 Gujarati Download Download
38 Marathi Download Download
39 French (French Version) Download Download
40 Spanish Download Download
41 Russian Download Download
42 Persian Download Download
43 Rajasthani Download Download
44 German Download Download
45 Japanese Download Download
46 Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education. Download Download
47 Physical Education Download Download
49 Arab Culture and Islamic Studies Download Download
50 Indian Culture Download Download
55 Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management Download Download
58 Law Download Download
59 Library and Information Science Download Download
60 Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies Download Download
62 Comparative Study of Religions Download Download
63 Mass Communication and Journalism Download Download
65 Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre Download Download
66 Museology & Conservation Download Download
67 Archaeology Download Download
68 Criminology   Download
70 Tribal and Regional Language/Literature   Download
71 Folk Literature   Download
72 Comparative Literature   Download
73 Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama).   Download
74 Women Studies   Download
79 Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)   Download
80 Geography   Download
81 Social Medicine & Community Health   Download
82 Forensic Science   Download
83 Pali   Download
84 Kashmiri   Download
85 Konkani   Download
87 Computer Science and Applications   Download
88 Electronic Science    
89 UGC NET Environmental Sciences syllabus    
90 UGC 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
91 Prakrit   Download
92 Human Rights and Duties   Download
93 UGC NET Tourism Administration and Management.   Download
94 UGC NET Bodo   Download
95 UGC NET Santali   Download
100 UGC NET Yoga   Download
101 UGC NET Sindhi   Download



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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

Event UGC NET Paper-I  UGC NET Paper-II 
Mode of Exam Online Online
Exam duration 3 hours (180 minutes) in both papers
paper type Common for all candidates Subject-specific questions
Total number of questions 50 100
Total marks 100 200
Marking scheme +2 for the correct answer

0 for incorrect answer

+2 for correct answer

0 for incorrect answer

Language of paper English and Hindi English 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 Sections Number of Questions in UGC NET Paper-I UGC NET Paper-I Marks
1. Teaching Aptitude 5 10
2. Research Aptitude 5 10
3. Reading Comprehension 5 10
4. Communication 5 10
5. Reasoning (including Maths) 5 10
6. Logical Reasoning 5 10
7. Data Interpretation 5 10
8. Information & Communication Technology (ICT) 5 10
9. People & Environment 5 10
10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration 5 10
Total 50 100
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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 Paper No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Paper 1 50 100 Cumulative time duration of 3 hours.

Shift 1: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM

Shift 2: 2.30 PM – 5.30 PM

Paper 2 100 200
Total 150 MCQs 300 Marks 180 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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