UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

    Lokesh Gupta Lokesh Gupta
    Exam Prep Master

    UGC NET is a national level exam conducted by NTA on behalf of University Grants Commission to certify the eligibility of candidates for the post of ‘Assistant Professor’ or ‘Junior Research Fellowship’. NTA will conduct UGC NET 2020 from June 15 – 20, 2020 in online mode. 

    • UGC NET comprises two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2 which will be held consecutively without any break.
    • The total duration of the exam is 3 hours. Candidates are free to devote any amount of time to any paper.
    • Paper 1 and Paper 2 will have 50 and 100 multiple choice questions respectively.  
    • Each correct answer will award you 2 marks. There will be no negative marking in the exam.
    • Syllabus for Paper 1 and all 81 NET subjects of Paper 2 have been revised. Download Updated Syllabus PDFs

    UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern Details

    Since June 2018, UGC NET has been conducted by National Testing Agency in the following pattern:  

    UGC NET: Mode of Exam

    • UGC NET will be conducted in Online mode.
    • Each candidate will be allocated a desktop with a pre-installed software especially created for the examination.
    • Make sure to check that the system and the mouse is working properly before the exam commences. 

    Nature of Questions in UGC NET Exam

    • The questions in both the papers will be objective in nature.
    • This means, all the questions in UGC NET June 2020 will be of Multiple Choice type (MCQs).
    • The question will have 4 options, candidates must select the most appropriate answer.

    Total Number of Questions in UGC NET 2020

    • UGC NET 2020 will have a total of 150 multiple choice questions.
    • Paper 1 will have 50 questions and Paper 2 will have 100 questions.
    • There is No Restriction to move to and fro among the Papers.
    • All the questions are compulsory to attempt.

    The table below shows the exam pattern of Paper 1 and Paper 2:

    UGC NET PaperNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
    Paper 150100A cumulative time duration of 3 hours.
    Shift 1: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM
    Shift 2: 2.30 PM – 5.30 PM
    Paper 2100200
    Total150 MCQs300 Marks180 minutes
    Note: NTA releases subject-wise mock tests for all the subjects at ugcnet.nta.nic.inDownload UGC NET Sample Papers

    UGC NET Marking Scheme 2020

    • A uniform marking scheme is followed in the exam i.e. for both Paper 1 and 2, each correct answer will fetch you 2 marks.
    • As per the revised exam pattern of UGC NET exam, there is no negative marking for incorrect answer.
    • Hence, instead of skipping a question, one can use their calculated guess and mark the answer. 

    The updated marking scheme of UGC NET is given below:

    Type of AnswerMarks Allotted
    Correct Answer2 marks
    Incorrect Answer0 mark
    No Answer0 mark
    Note: If a question for any reason is found to be incorrect, the benefit of marks will be given to only those candidates who attempted the question. However, if NTA drops a question, the benefit will be given to all the candidates.

    Read How is UGC NET Scored?

    UGC NET 2020 Syllabus (Updated)

    Syllabus for UGC NET 2020 Paper 1 and Paper 2 varies and are designed to test different skills of the candidates. A brief about both the papers are:

    • UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus tests teaching and reasoning ability, research aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.
    • UGC NET Paper 2 Syllabus is based on the subject chosen by the candidate. It tests candidate’s indepth knowledge and expertise in the respective subject.

    UGC NET Paper I Syllabus 2020

    Paper 1 is same and compulsory for every candidate. It will have a total of 50 multiple choice questions, 5 each from the following 10 topics:

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

    UGC NET Paper II Syllabus 2020

    Paper 2 Syllabus will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.

    • It will have 100 MCQs only on the stream chosen by the candidate. 
    • All the questions of Paper II will be compulsory.
    • It is suggested to thoroughly revise all the topics of Bachelors and Masters curriculum of your subject.

    Click here to download Paper 2 Subjects Syllabus PDFs

    UGC NET Books 2020

    There are some of the important books that will help you to prepare better for UGC NET 2020. Candidates must be well versed with their respective subjects for Paper 2. They should rigorously go through books of their bachelors and masters curriculum. For Paper 1 they can follow the given books:  

    UGC NET Paper 1 Books 

    Name of the BookAuthorPublisher
    Trueman’s UGC NET/ SLET General Paper IM. Gagan (Author), Sajit KumarDanika Publishing Company
    UGC NET/ JRF/ SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research AptitudeArihant ExpressArihant Publication
    CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research AptitudeKVS MadaanPearson Education
    UGC NET/ SET Paper 1--McGraw Hill Education
    CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research AptitudeDr. M S Ansari & RPH Editorial BoardRamesh Publishing House

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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    Aarti Ramteke

    I have got atkt in one subject in last semester but i have given the exam and waiting for the result so my question is that am i eligible for net .

    17 Jan, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Aarti, no, you are not eligible at present because students who have applied for this exam must have passed their post graduation. You can check other eligibility criteria too in detail from here: UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

    17 Jan, 2020 12:13
    Diksha nanda

    Q1)what is the pattern of ugc and 2) how many marks do we need to clear 3) how many hours of study do we need per day 4) how can we do a smart study ?

    05 Jan, 2020 00:20

    Hello sir/mam, I want to know that there any coaching classes for UGC NET Examinations in Pondicherry?

    27 Dec, 2019 16:37
    Vedanshi Patel

    Hello mam, I wanted to know that are there any coaching classes for UGC NET Examinations in Ahmedabad?

    26 Dec, 2019 08:00
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Vedanshi, some of the coaching institutes for UGC NET in Ahmedabad are mentioned below:

    • Gate Indian Institute of Tutorials
    • Arihant Career Group
    • LEARNX
    • OSN Academy

    26 Dec, 2019 10:44
    Rashmi chaware

    Hello sir sir pls suggest book for social work net exam

    19 Nov, 2019 16:31
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Rashmi, you can check the Syllabus for Sociology for NET exam from here.

    19 Nov, 2019 17:02
    Ramu Banapuram

    I'm pursuing my PG now in 1st yr MCom I'm i eligible to write NET?

    20 Sep, 2019 22:48
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Ramu, you will be able to fill the application form for this exam only when you are in final year of your PG degree. You can check the Eligibility Criteria in detail from here.

    21 Sep, 2019 14:05
    Celina Peter

    Are there any coaching classes for NET gen paper as well as English paper in Pune?

    18 Sep, 2019 19:54
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Celina, following are some of the coaching centers for UGC NET in Pune:

    • Gate Indian Institute of Tutorials
    • Success Forum
    • Prudent Coaching Classes
    • IBT Institute
    • Aditya Coaching Centre

    18 Dec, 2019 17:07
    Kirti parmar

    Sir I have completed PG by geology subject...can I apply this by geography

    17 Sep, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Kirti, yes, you are eligible to apply in this subject provided you have scored at least 55% in your post graduation. You can check other Eligibility Criteria for the same from here.

    17 Sep, 2019 12:53
    prithvi kumari

    Hi, Can you suggest the authors for Commerce and Management subjects?

    14 Sep, 2019 18:55
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Prithvi, below is the list of the books that you can refer for preparation of Management and Commerce:

    • Business Environment - K S Ashwathappa
    • Advanced Accounting- Shukla, Grewal & Gupta
    • Cost Accounting- M N Arora
    • Business Statistics- S P Gupta & M P Gupta/( statistics for management- Levin & Rubin)
    • Management- Koontz & ‘o' Donnel / J S Chandan
    • Marketing Management - Philip Kotler
    • Financial Management- I M Pandey/ Y M Khan
    • Human Resource Management- K S Ashwathappa

    18 Dec, 2019 15:33
    singaram sowjanya

    which subject wil lbe choose m'pharmcy post graduates in ugc net exam

    11 Sep, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Singaram, candidates who have done M.Pharmacy may choose Pharmacy as a subject in UGC NET. CSIR NET Life Sciences & CSIR NET Chemical Sciences, any of these options would be good enough for the student.

    11 Sep, 2019 11:56

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