NET Syllabus

UGC NET is an exam conducted by the National Testing Agency. The National Eligibility Test (NET), is the examination for deciding the qualification for the post of an assistant professor as well as for the Junior Research Fellowship grant in Indian colleges and Universities. In short, the NET is conducted to pick candidates for JRF and Assistant Professorship twice every year. To appear for the examination, every applicant needs to meet a UGC NET Eligibility Criteria. However, the criteria are different for both JRF and Assistant Professorship. With more than ten lakh candidates appearing, it is a prestigious examination. Only the top 6% are qualified and it is a difficult exam to crack. However, by following the right preparation tips the aspirants can increase their chances of qualifying the exam. 

The mantra to qualify the NET exam or any other exam is very simple. The top five tips to prepare well for the NET exam are as follows-

1- Research and Understand the NET syllabus well

2- Choose the right study material to prepare for the exam

3- Go through the previous year question papers(atleast last five years)

4- Appear for mock tests

5- Design and follow a well-planned study routine

6- Maintain a good mental and physical health

The first mantra to qualify the NET exam is to understand the NET syllabus well. The NET syllabus is vast and needs a deep understanding. Let us discuss the NET exam pattern and  NET syllabus well. 

NET Exam Pattern

1-The NET exam is divided into two papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2.

2-Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 are in the MCQ-based pattern

3-The question paper consists of 150 questions

4-The duration to complete the exam is three hours

5-There is no negative marking in the NET examination

6-The question in the paper 1 will be asked from the common subjects

7-The questions in the paper 2 will be asked from the subjects chosen by the aspirants

NET Examination Syllabus

As mentioned above, the NET exam is divided into two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2 and the syllabus of both the papers differs from each other. Let us understand the syllabus of both the papers in detail-

Paper 1- The paper 1 contains the common subjects for all the candidates and all the candidates prepare for the same syllabus and subjects. The subjects in paper 1 are as follows.

  1. General Aptitude
  2. Teaching Aptitude
  3. Research Aptitude
  4. Comprehension
  5. Communication
  6. Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude
  7. Logical Reasoning
  8. Data Interpretation
  9. Information and Communication Technology
  10. People, Development and Environment

Paper 2- The paper 2 contains subjects that are selected by the candidates. Candidates have to choose one subject for the NET Exam paper 2  preferably the subject that they had in their post-graduation. Here are the subject options.

  1. Economics / Rural Economics /Cooperation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economic
  2. Political science
  3. Philosophy
  4. Psychology
  5. Sociology
  6. History
  7. Anthropology
  8. Commerce
  9. Education
  10. Social Work
  11. Defence and Strategic Studies
  12. Home Science
  13. Public Administration
  14. Population Studies
  15. Music
  16. Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management)
  17. Maithili
  18. Bengali
  19. Hindi
  20. Kannada
  21. Malayalam
  22. Oriya
  23. Punjabi
  24. Sanskrit
  25. Tamil
  26. Telugu
  27. Urdu
  28. Arabic
  29. English
  30. Linguistics
  31. Chinese
  32. Dogri
  33. Nepali
  34. Manipuri
  35. Assamese
  36. Gujarati
  37. Marathi
  38. French (French Version)
  39. Spanish
  40. Russian
  41. Persian
  42. Rajasthani
  43. German
  44. Japanese
  45. Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education.
  46. Physical Education
  47. Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
  48. Indian Culture
  49. Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management
  50. Law
  51. Library and Information Science
  52. Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies
  53. Comparative Study of Religions
  54. Mass Communication and Journalism
  55. Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre
  56. Museology & Conservation
  57. Archaeology
  58. Criminology
  59. Tribal and Regional Language/Literature
  60. Folk Literature
  61. Comparative Literature
  62. Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama).
  63. Women Studies
  64. Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)
  65. Geography
  66. Social Medicine & Community Health
  67. Forensic Science
  68. Pali
  69. Kashmiri
  70. Konkani
  71. Computer Science and Applications
  72. Electronic Science
  73. Environmental Sciences
  74. Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence/Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies.
  75. Prakrit
  76. Human Rights and Duties
  77. Tourism Administration and Management.
  78. Bodo
  79. Santali
  80. Yoga
  81. Sindhi

The candidates can choose their preferred subjects and the subjects they have an interest in from the above list. 

This is the detailed syllabus for the NET exam and if the candidates understand the syllabus well and prepare well by following a good study routine, they will be able to crack the exam in the very first attempt.

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