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UGC NET Syllabus 2023 for Papers 1 & 2, Download PDF


UGC NET Syllabus 2023: The University Grants Commission (UGC) prescribes the syllabus for the NET exam in its official notification. This exam has two papers consisting of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Candidates willing to attempt this exam can check the syllabus for all 83 subjects on the official website – ugcnet.nta.nic.in, or directly from this page. Knowing the entire subject-wise syllabus is the most crucial step in preparing for the upcoming exam.

Practice From UGC NET Study Materials
NTA – UGC NET/SET/JRF Practice Book NTA – UGC NET/SET/JRF/Lectureship Teaching Practice Book
Upkar’s UGC NET/SET/JRF Practice Book General Aptitude (Theory and Practice) Practice Book

*Steps to practice exam questions are mentioned below.

Latest Update!
— NTA is ready to conduct the UGC NET 2023 December cycle exam from December 6 to 22, 2023. We strongly recommend all registered aspirants practice UGC NET 2023 mock tests for Paper 1 and 2 and solve UGC NET previous year papers to improve their test-taking strategy.

This will help aspirants to gain a better understanding of the important exam topics. It will also help them develop a study schedule covering every subject from the syllabus. The July 2023 exam will be conducted from June 13 to 22, 2023, in two shifts: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Read this article to get the detailed syllabus.

UGC NET 2023 Syllabus (Revised and Updated)

The UGC NET Syllabus for Paper 1 includes Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Reading Comprehension, Communication, Reasoning (including Mathematics), Logical Reasoning, and so on. However, in Paper 2, candidates should select any subject from the list of 81 subjects. This exam tests the eligibility of candidates for ‘Assistant Professor’ and/or ‘Junior Research Fellowship’ in Indian universities and colleges.

Candidates are required to complete both papers in a duration of 3 hours. Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 have different syllabi, which the candidates must know to prepare well for the exam. Scroll down to check and download the syllabus.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023

Candidates must understand the exam pattern before proceeding with the NTA UGC NET Syllabus 2023. Check out the latest exam pattern for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 from the below table:

PaperNo. of QuestionsMax. Marks
Paper-1: General Aptitude50100
Paper-2: Subject Selected by Candidates100200
Total150 300

Quick Note: The total duration of the test is 3 hours. There is no break between the papers.

Steps To Practice UGC NET Paper 1 Questions at Embibe

Follow the below-mentioned steps to practice unlimited UGC NET Paper 1 questions at Embibe:

  • 1st Step: Visit Embibe’s official website, i.e., embibe.com.
  • 2nd Step: Use the mobile number/email to log in.
  • 3rd Step: Click on “Getting a Government Job”.
  • 4th Step: Select the Goal “Lecturership” from the Dropdown and click “Next”.
  • 5th Step: Search and Select “UGC NET Paper 1” on the search bar and click “Next”.
  • 6th Step: Select the preferred language and click on “Done”.
  • 7th Step: Click “Practice” from the Header Section.
  • 8th Step: Scroll down to the “Subjects” section.
  • 9th Step: Click on any UGC NET Paper 1 subjects.
  • 10th Step: Scroll down to click on the chapters from the selected subject to begin the practice.

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus 2023

The UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus is intended to assess candidates’ teaching/ research aptitude. This exam is common to all applicants. To clear Paper 1, candidates are expected to possess good cognitive abilities, including comprehension, analysis, evaluation, structure of arguments, and deductive and inductive reasoning.

They are also expected to have a general awareness of teaching and learning processes in the higher education system. Further, they should be aware of the interaction between people, the environment, natural resources, and their impact on the quality of life.

Here is the detailed UGC NET 2023 Paper 1 Syllabus:

1. Teaching Aptitude

  • Teaching: Nature, objectives, characteristics, and basic requirements
  • Learner’s characteristics
  • Factors affecting teaching
  • Methods of teaching
  • Teaching Support System
  • Evaluation systems

2. Research Aptitude

  • Research: Meaning, characteristics and types
  • Steps of research
  • Methods of research
  • Research Ethics
  • Paper, article, workshop, seminar, conference, and symposium
  • Thesis writing: its characteristics and format

3. Reading Comprehension

A passage will be given, and candidates must answer the questions asked

4. Communication

  • Communication: Nature, characteristics, types, barriers and effective classroom communication
  • Effective communication
  • Mass-Media and Society

5. Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude

  • Number series; letter series; codes
  • Relationships; classification
  • Types of reasoning

6. Logical Reasoning

  • Understanding the structure of arguments
  • Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Verbal analogies: Word analogy — Applied analogy
  • Verbal classification
  • Reasoning Logical Diagrams: Simple diagrammatic relationship, multi-diagrammatic relationship
  • Venn diagram; Analytical Reasoning
  • Pramanas
  • Structure and kinds of Anumana

7. Data Interpretation

  • Sources, acquisition and interpretation of data
  • Quantitative and qualitative data
  • Graphical representation and mapping of data
  • Data Interpretation
  • Data and Governance

8. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  • ICT: meaning, advantages, disadvantages and uses
  • General abbreviations and terminology
  • Basics of Internet and e-mailing

9. People and Environment

  • People and environment interaction
  • Sources of pollution
  • Pollutants and their impact on human life, exploitation of natural and energy resources
  • Natural hazards and mitigation
  • Development and environment
  • Environmental issues

10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity and Administration

Structure of institutions for higher learning and research in India, formal and distance education, professional, technical and general education, value education, governance, polity, and administration, concept, institutions and their interactions.

Note: 5 questions, each carrying 2 marks, will be set from each module. Whenever graphical or pictorial questions are asked for sighted candidates, a passage followed by an equal number of questions and weightage will be set for visually impaired candidates.

UGC NET Paper 2 Syllabus 2023

The subject that applicants selected while completing their application is included in the UGC NET Paper 2 Syllabus. The Paper 2 exam has 100 questions and awards two marks for each accurate response. The highest possible score for Paper 2 is 200.

  • 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.

Download Subject-wise NET Paper 2 Syllabus PDF

Download UGC NET syllabus PDF for Paper 2 from the tabular column given below:

1Economics/ Rural Economics/Co-operation/ Demography/ Development Planning/ Development Studies/ Econometrics/ Applied Economics/ Development Eco./ Business EconomicsDownloadDownload
2Political ScienceDownloadDownload
10Social WorkDownloadDownload
11Defence and Strategic StudiesDownloadDownload
12Home ScienceDownloadDownload
14Public AdministrationDownloadDownload
15Population StudiesDownloadDownload
(including Business Admn. Mgt./ Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./ Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./ Co-operative Management)
20Hindi– Download
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 Management
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
70Tribal and Regional Language/
71Folk LiteratureDownloadDownload
72Comparative LiteratureDownloadDownload
73Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/ Sidhanta Jyotish/
Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama).
74Women StudiesDownloadDownload
79Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/ Sculpture Graphics/ Applied Art/ History of Art)DownloadDownload
81Social Medicine & Community HealthDownloadDownload
82Forensic ScienceDownloadDownload
87Computer Science and ApplicationsDownloadDownload
88Electronic ScienceDownload– 
89Environmental SciencesDownload –
90Politics, including International Relations/ International Studies including Defence/ Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South-East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, and American Studies.DownloadDownload
92Human Rights and DutiesDownloadDownload
93Tourism Administration and Management.
94Bodo– Download
102Hindu StudiesDownload

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FAQs for UGC NET Syllabus 2023

The frequently asked questions on the UGC NET exam syllabus are given below:

Q: How many subjects are there in UGC NET?

A: UGC NET Paper 1 is compulsory for all, whereas the Paper 2 syllabus has a total of 81 subjects, and candidates can choose the subjects while filling out the application form.

Q: Where can I download the UGC NET Syllabus 2023 PDF?

A: Candidates can access the UGC NET Syllabus PDF from the official website. We have provided the direct links to download the syllabus in this article.

Q: Are UGC NET Papers 1 and 2 conducted on the same day?

A: Yes. The UGC NET papers are conducted consecutively on the same day, without any break.

Q: Is it mandatory to clear both the UGC NET papers?

A: Yes. Candidates must clear both paper 1 and paper 2.

Q: When is the UGC NET 2023 July Exam?

A: The UGC NET December Exam 2023 is scheduled from December 6 to 22, 2023.

We hope you go through the UGC NET syllabus and prepare smartly for the upcoming exam. In case of any queries regarding the exam, feel to check our app. 

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