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UGC NET Books 2024: Subject-wise Best Books for Paper 1 and Paper 2


UGC NET Books 2024: University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test or NTA UGC NET is a national-level exam conducted to determine the eligibility of candidates for Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor posts in Indian universities and colleges. The UGC NET exam will be held from June 16, 2024, and all appearing aspirants must have satisfied the eligibility criteria. Since the UGC NET 2024 is one of the most competitive exams, aspirants must have access to the best UGC NET 2024 books to crack it at the first attempt.

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UGC NET books are an essential part of exam preparation. Candidates preparing for the exam should obtain the best UGC NET books and develop a proper study plan to ace the exam. In this article, they can find the best book for UGC NET Paper 1 preparation. Read on to know more.

UGC NET Books 2024

Before getting into the details of UGC NET books, let us have an overview of the UGC NET exam mentioned below:

Name of the ExamNational Eligibility Test (NET)
Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Mode of ExaminationOnline
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Number of PapersPaper I
Paper II
Number of Questions150
Time Duration3 hours
Negative MarkingThere is no negative marking for the wrong answer
Official Websiteugcnet.nta.nic.in

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UGC NET Exam Pattern

Before getting into the details of UGC NET books, let us understand the UGC NET exam pattern for effective preparation. UGC NET has two papers. Paper I is a general paper that is common for all candidates. Paper II is a subject-specific test for in-depth knowledge of a subject chosen by the candidate.

NTA UGC NET is conducted for a total of 81 subjects. Check the exam pattern for Paper I and Paper II mentioned below:

PaperSectionsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Paper 1It includes Reasoning Ability, Reading Comprehension, Divergent Thinking and General Awareness50100
Paper 2This is based on the subject selected by the candidate and will assess domain knowledge100200

UGC NET Paper 1 Books

UGC NET Paper I tests the teaching and reasoning ability, research aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness of the candidate. This paper has 50 questions for a total of 100 marks. To secure a good UGC NET score, the candidate must refer to the best books for UGC NET Paper 1, which are tabulated below:

Book TitleAuthor NamePublisher Name
Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper IM. Gagan, Sajit KumarDanika Publishing Company
NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1KVS MadaanPearson Education, Third Edition
2019 Latest Syllabus – NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF – Paper 1Harpreet KaurOxford University Press, First Edition
NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF – Paper 1Arihant ExpertsArihant Publications, Eleventh Edition
NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF – Paper 1Dr Usha Rani JainJBC Press, First Edition
CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research AptitudeDr M.S. Ansari & RPH Editorial BoardRamesh Publishing House
General Awareness- Manorama Yearbook Arihant Publications
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Nonverbal B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali Arihant Publication
Computer Awareness Mini Goyal and Shweta Rani Arihant Publication
Quantitative Aptitude R.S.Aggrawal S.Chand
Quantitative Aptitude N.K.Singh Upkar Prakashan Publication
High School English Grammar and Composition Wren and Martin

These books are revised according to the latest syllabus. They include solved papers from previous years as well as practice sets. Candidates are advised to check the book’s table of content, edition, and originality before buying them.

As a Last Minute Preparation, candidates can practice UGC NET Paper 1 book questions for.

In addition, candidates can refer to the following topic-specific books for UGC NET Paper I:

General Awareness

  • Manorama Yearbook
  • General Awareness (Arihant Publications)

Reasoning Ability

  • A Modern Approach To Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning (S.Chand Publication)
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Nonverbal by B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali (Arihant Publication)

Computer Literacy

  • Computer Awareness by Mini Goyal and Shweta Rani (Arihant Publication)

Numerical and Arithmetical Ability

  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S.Aggrawal (S.Chand Publication)
  • Quantitative Aptitude by N.K.Singh (Upkar Prakashan Publication)

Test of Comprehension and English Language

  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren and Martin

UGC NET Books Paper 2

UGC NET Paper 2 has 100 Multiple Choice Questions for 200 marks. Here is a list of the best books for UGC NET Paper 2 recommended for all 81 subjects. Candidates can check the list below and download the same to score good marks in the upcoming exam.

Subject NamesList of UGC NET Books
Economics / Co-operation / Demography / Rural Economics/ Development Planning/ Development Studies/ Econometrics/ Applied Economics/ Development Eco./ Business EconomicsTrueman’s UGC NET Economics by Sriniwas ShirurUGC NET/ JRF/ SET Economics (Paper II) -Upkar Prakashan (Author-Gopal Garg)
Political ScienceTrueman’s UGC NET Political Science by K.A. Babu, Sajit Kumar (Author) UGC Net Political Science by Rukmini Bhattacharjee (Arihant)
UGC NET Books for PsychologyTrueman’s UGC NET Psychology by Dr Swati MaharshiUGC Net Psychology 2018 by Siddharth Mittal and Naroj Kumar Sahu (Arihant Experts)
SociologyTrueman’s UGC NET Sociology by S.Hussain
HistoryTrueman’s UGC NET History by Promod Singh
AnthropologyTrueman’s UGC NET Anthropology by A.M. Tripathi
UGC NET Commerce BookTrueman’s UGC NET Commerce by Praveen Kataria, Anshu Kataria, and M. Shivani
EducationTrueman’s UGC NET Education by GaganManocha
Social WorkTrueman’s UGC NET Education by Yogendra Pal
Defence and Strategic StudiesCBSE UGC-NET-JRF Defense And Strategic Studies
Home ScienceTrueman’s UGC-NET Home Science by Anju Khosla & RuchiUGC NET /SET (JRF &LS) Home Science by Suchi Rastogi
Public AdministrationUGC Net Public Administration 2018 by Deepak Swain (Arihant) Trueman’s UGC NET Public Administration by Sajit Kumar
Population StudiesPrinciples of Population Studies by Bhende (Author), Himalayan Publishing House
MusicUGC NET Music Exam Guide (Hindi) by Gunjan Saxena and Nisha Rawa
UGC NET Management Book (including Business Administration Management/ Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./ Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./ Financial Mgt./ Co-operative Management)Trueman’s UGC-NET Management by M. Shivani (Author)UGC NET/ SET (JRF & LS) Management by Mohit Aggarwal (Arihant experts)
BengaliBengali NET/ SET by Balaram Bapari
HindiTrueman’s UGC NET Hindi Sahitya (Hindi Literature) by Board of Authors
UGC NET Books for KannadaSamagra Kannada Sahitya Kaipidi – Useful For IAS, KAS, KES, PUC Lecturer, NET (UGC), K-SET by Lokesha Masavanaghatta
MalayalamUGC NET/ SET/ TET Malayalam Pareeksha Sahayi by Sasidharan A.P. (Author)
PunjabiU.G.C. NET/ SET/ JRF PUNJABI by Universal (Contributor)
SanskritUGC NET/ JRF/ SLET Sanskrit Prashan Patra-II Avum III (Hindi) by Priyanka Tiwari (Author), Arihant Experts (Publisher)
TeluguUGC NET & SET (Telugu Literature) by GanjiShashidar, Pothula Venkateshwar Reddy
UrduUGC-NET JRF & Assistant Professor Khazeen-E-Adab Urdu (Paper II & III) by M.Arshad Ansari and M. S. Ansari
EnglishUGC NET/ SET (JRF & LS) English Literature by Arihant Experts
LinguisticsUGC NET/ SET Linguistics Guide by Ringu Ann Baby
AssameseUGC/ CBSE NET Set Guide By Assam Publishing Company (Assamese) (ASHIM CHUTIA -Author)
GujaratiUGC NET/ GCET-Commerce Paper (in Gujarati) by Mukesh M Bavaliya
Adult Education/Continuing Education/ Andragogy/Non-Formal EducationA brief Book on Extension Education by Shruti Madan Singh (Author), New Vishal Publications
UGC NET Books for Physical EducationTrueman’s UGC NET Physical Education by Akhilesh Tripathi (Author), A.K. Srivastava (Author)
UGC NET Books for Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource ManagementTrueman’s UGC NET HRM/ Human Resource Management & Labour Welfare by Reetu Dogra UGC-NET: Labour Welfare & Industrial Relations/ Labour & Social Welfare / Human Resource Management (Paper II) Exam Guide
LawTrueman’s UGC NET Law by Suman ChauhanUGC-NET: Law (Paper II) Exam Guide by Aproov Bhardwaj (R Gupta’s Publication)
Library and Information ScienceTrueman’s UGC NET Library and Information Science by S. Thakur (Author)
Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace StudiesUGC NET Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies by Deepak Kumar
Comparative Study of ReligionsComparative Study of Religions by C.R. Jain Comparative Study of Religions by Y. Masih
Mass Communication and JournalismTrueman’s UGC NET Mass Communication & Journalism by Sameer K. Mishra (Author)
UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism by Atul Udaipuria and Nitesh Kumar Singh (Arihant Experts)
Museology & ConservationArchaeology, Museology, and Conservation: A review Edited by Vibha Upadhaya
UGC NET Books for ArchaeologyUGC NET/ JRF Archaeology and Philosophy Paper (Hindi) by Mohan Lal)
Criminology(UGC-NET/ JRF) Criminology Solved Question Paper by Mr Nitish Kumar Soni, Dr Mridul Srivastava, Dr Anup Yadava
UGC NET Books for Tribal and Regional Language/ LiteratureFolklore and Its Motifs in Tribal Literature by Dr Kishore Jadav
Folk LiteratureFolk Literature: A Concise Guide for NET/ JRF by Marya Naim (Author)
UGC NET Books for Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Navya Nyaya/ Mimansa /Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya)UGC NET/ JRF/ SLET – Sanskrit Prashan-Patra II Avum III by Priyanka Tiwari (Author)
Women StudiesAdvanced Manual For Women Studies UGC/ CBSE -NET/ JRF by Anmol Murlidhar Nimsadkar
UGC NET Books for Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/ Sculpture Graphics/ Applied Art/ History of Art)Upkar’s UGC-NET/ JRF/ SET Visual Art (Paper-II) by M. Vasim (Author)
GeographyTrueman’s UGC NET Geography by A. Magon, B.P. Panigrahi
Forensic ScienceForensic Science UGC NET/ JRF-MCQ by Dr Anu Singla
UGC NET Books for Computer Science and ApplicationsTrueman’s UGC NET/ SET Computer Science and Applications by Sanjay Singhal, Sameer Mishra
Electronic ScienceCBSE UGC NET/ SET Electronic Science by Sunil Kushwaha (Author)
Environmental SciencesTrueman’s UGC NET Environmental Science by Anil Tyagi and Virendra Singh
Human Rights and Duties(a) UGC NET/ SET (JFR&LS) Human Rights & Duties Paper II & III by Fazil Atul Udaipuria (Author) (b) UGC NET Human Rights and Duties by Arihant Experts
Tourism Administration and ManagementTrueman’s UGC NET Tourism by Akhilesh
YogaR.Gupta’s UGC-NET Yoga (Paper II & III) Exam Guide by RPH Editorial Board (Author)

UGC NET Exam: Preparation Tips

Candidates can check the following points on UGC NET preparation tips for Paper 1 and Paper 2:

  • Candidates should select books that have authentic information.
  • Check the UGC NET syllabus and exam pattern to understand the structure of the question paper.
  • Candidates should solve sample papers and previous year’s question papers for practice.
  • Aspirants can also attempt mock tests to increase their speed and boost their confidence.

UGC NET Exam Date 2024

The UGC NET exam 2024 is scheduled from June 16, 2024. Candidates can check the important dates related to UGC NET Exam 2024 in the table below:

Downloading of UGC NET Admit CardTo Be Announced (TBA)
UGC NET 2023 Exam DatesJune 16, 2024
Duration of UGC Exam180 minutes (03 hours)
Timing of ExaminationFirst Shift: 9.00 am to 12.00 pm
Second Shift: 03.00 pm to 06.00 pm 
UGC NET Answer Key 2023TBA
UGC NET Result DateTBA

You can also check:

UGC NET NotificationUGC NET Application Form
UGC NET SyllabusUGC NET Exam Pattern
UGC NET Question PapersUGC NET Mock Tests
UGC NET Admit CardUGC NET Answer Key
UGC NET ResultUGC NET Cut-off

FAQs on UGC NET Books 2024

The frequently asked questions on UGC NET Books are given below. Candidates can check the same and find answers to all their questions and doubts:

Q: What is the mode of the UGC NET exam?

Ans: The mode of the UGC NET examination is online.

Q: How many papers are there in the UGC NET exam?

Ans: There are two papers in the UGC NET exam, i.e., Paper-I and Paper-II.

Q: Which is the best book for UGC NET preparation?

Ans: Candidates can check the list of books for both the papers mentioned in this article.

Q: How can I select the best books for UGC NET?

Ans: Candidates should select the latest edition of books with authentic and updated content.

Q: What is the UGC NET exam pattern?

Ans: The exam comprises two papers with numerous questions of the objective type. 150 questions with 300 marks will be asked.

Q: Is UGC NET Paper 1 the same for all subjects?

Ans: Paper 1 is the same and compulsory for every candidate. It will have a total of 50 multiple-choice questions.

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