UGC NET New Syllabus, Exam Pattern 2019 for UGC NET Paper I and Paper II

UGC NET Updated Syllabus 2019 (Applicable from June 2019 UGC NET Onwards): UGC NET syllabus 2019 for June session: National Testing Agency (NTA) has updated the syllabus of all papers for UGC NET June 2019 session. Candidates willing to appear for the July session exam should follow the updated syllabus of their subject.

UGC NET Updated Syllabus, Exam Pattern

A notification issued by NTA reads, “The University Grants Commission has updated the syllabus of all NET subjects (including Paper-I on General Awareness). The updated syllabus of UGC-NET (Applicable for upcoming exams from June 2019 onwards) is available on UGC-NET website Moreover, the syllabus of paper 1 of UGC NET exam GENERAL PAPER ON TEACHING & RESEARCH APTITUDE. This paper is common for all candidates and is compulsory for every candidate to qualify.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of the University Grant Commission (UGC). The NTA UGC NET examination is conducted twice in a year - June and December. The UGC NET examination comprises of two Papers - Paper-I assesses the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate; while the Paper-II is based on the subject selected by the candidate. UGC NET Paper-I exam pattern, syllabus and some preparations tips for the examination.

UGC NET December 2019 Exam Schedule
Registration Dates: 9th September to 9th October 2019
Downloading of Admit Cards: 9th November 2019
Dates of Examinations: 2nd to 6th December 2019
Date of Announcing Result: 31st December 2019

NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern 
The UGC NET is conducted in a single sitting without any break between Paper-I and Paper-II.
Paper No. of Qs Marks Duration
Paper-I 50 100 1 Hour  [teaching/research aptitude]
Paper-II 100 200 2 Hours [Subject]
Total 150 300 3 Hours

NTA UGC NET 2019 New Exam pattern
From this year, NTA will conduct the exam and instead of 3 papers, there will be only 2 papers – paper 1 and paper 2...
a. NTA UGC NET Paper I:
* UGC NET Paper 1: It will be of 100 marks and will contain 50 objective type compulsory questions. Each question will carry 2 marks and will be of general nature and will test the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. The duration of the same will be one hour (9:30 am to 10:30 am).
100 Marks - 50 Questions [Number of questions (All are compulsory)]
1 hour Duration (First shift: 9.30 am to 10.30 am) and (Second shift: 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm)
b. NTA UGC NET Paper II:
*UGC NET Paper 2: It will be of 100 marks and will contain 100 objective type compulsory questions. Each question will carry 2 marks and will be based on the subject opted by the candidate. The duration of the same will be two hours (11 am to 1 pm).
200 Marks - 100 Questions[Number of questions (All are compulsory)]
2 hours Duration (First shift: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm)and (Second shift: 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm)

The Test will be conducted in the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only. The candidates who desire to appear in the test may see the detailed Information Bulletin for UGC-NET which will be available on the website and w.e.f. 1st September 2018.

The objective of Paper 1 (teaching and research): 
The main objective is to assess the teaching and research capabilities of the candidates. The test aims at assessing the teaching and research aptitude as well. Candidates are expected to possess and exhibit cognitive abilities, which include comprehension, analysis, evaluation, understanding the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning. The candidates are also expected to have a general awareness about teaching and learning processes in higher education system. Further, they should be aware of interaction between people, environment, natural resources and their impact on the quality of life.

The Paper-I of UGC NET examination is generic in nature which aims at assessing the teaching/research aptitude of the candidates. It is primarily designed to examine the reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidates. The is no negative marking for incorrect answers. The UGC NET Paper-I consists of 50 objective type questions (MCQs) and all the questions are compulsory.

UGC NET Paper-I: Important Sections

  1. Teaching Aptitude
  2. Research Aptitude
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Communication
  5. Reasoning (including Maths)
  6. Logical Reasoning
  7. Data Interpretation
  8. Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  9. People & Environment
  10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration

UGC NET Paper-I: Preparation Tips

  • Make a study plan: Make a study timetable for all important sections of question paper and set a target for each day.
  • Clear the concepts: The syllabus prescribed by the UGC is important and candidates are advised to go through the syllabus and understand the important topics and concepts.
  • Solve as many questions as possible: Make the use of previous year question paper and mock test to practice. It will help you in improving your speed and accuracy.
  • Improve your weak areas: Once you attempt the mock test and previous year papers, you will be able to find your weak areas. Work on them, re-read them and spend more time in solving similar questions.
  • Time Management: Time management during the exam is important. You have to solve 150 questions in three hours. The practice papers will help you figure out how to use your time effectively during the exam.

Check the updated syllabus of Paper 1
Check the list of all papers and their updated syllabus


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