UGC NET Syllabus for Paper-I

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UGC NET Syllabus for Paper-I

UGC NET paper-I (General Paper on Teaching and Research Aptitude) is

common and mandatory for all candidates. Check the complete UGC NET

paper-I syllabus 2020 below:

UGC NET Paper-I Units UGC NET Paper-I Topics
Unit-I: Teaching Aptitude

Teaching: Concept, objectives, levels of teaching (memory, understanding and reflective), characteristics and basic requirements

Learner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and

adult learners (academic, social, emotional and cognitive), individual


Factors affecting teaching related to: Teacher, Learner,

Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment and


Methods of teaching in institutions of higher learning: Teacher

centred vs. learner centred methods; offline vs. online methods

(Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs etc.).

Teaching support system: Traditional, modern and ICT based

Evaluation systems: Elements and types of evaluation,

evaluation in Choice Based Credit System in higher education, computer

based testing, innovations in evaluation systems

Unit-II: Research Aptitude

Research: Meaning, types, and characteristics, positivism and post-positivistic approach to research

Methods of research: Experimental, descriptive, historical, qualitative and quantitative methods

Steps of research

Thesis and article writing: Format and styles of referencing

Application of ICT in research

Research ethics

Unit-III: Comprehension

A passage of text be given. Questions to be asked from the passage to be answered

Unit-IV: Communication

Communication: Meaning, types and characteristics of communication

Effective communication: Verbal and non-verbal, inter-cultural and group communications, classroom communication

Barriers to effective communication

Mass-media and society

Unit-V: Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude

Types of reasoning

Number series, letter series, codes and relationships

Mathematical aptitude (fraction, time & distance, ratio,

proportion and percentage, profit and loss, interest and discounting,

averages etc.)

Unit-VI: Logical Reasoning

Understanding the structure of arguments: Argument forms,

structure of categorical propositions, mood and figure, formal and

informal fallacies, uses of language, connotations and denotations of

terms, classical square of opposition

Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning


Venn diagram: Simple and multiple use for establishing validity of arguments

Indian Logic: Means of knowledge

Pramanas: Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana

(Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication) and

Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension)

Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasas (fallacies of inference)

Unit-VII: Data Interpretation

Sources, acquisition and classification of data

Quantitative and qualitative data

Graphical representation (bar-chart, histograms, pie-chart, table-chart and line-chart) and mapping of data

Data interpretation

Data and governance

Unit-VIII: Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

ICT: General abbreviations and terminology

Basics of Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencing

Digital initiatives in higher education

ICT and Governance

Unit-IX: People, Development and Environment

Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals

Human and environment interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on environment

Environmental issues: Local, regional and global; air

pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, noise pollution, waste

(solid, liquid, biomedical, hazardous, electronic), climate change and

its socio-economic and political dimensions

Impacts of pollutants on human health

Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear and Forests

Natural hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategies

Environmental Protection Act (1986), National Action Plan on

Climate Change, International agreements/efforts -Montreal Protocol, Rio

Summit, Convention on Biodiversity, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement,

International Solar Alliance

Unit-X: Higher Education System

Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India

Evolution of higher learning and research in post-independence India

Oriental, conventional and non-conventional learning programmes in India

Professional, technical and skill-based education.

Value education and environmental education

Policies, governance, and administration

Best UGC NET Books for Paper-I Preparation

Go through the list of important books recommended by toppers for preparation of UGC NET paper-I below:

UGC NET Paper-I Book Author
Trueman's UGC NET/SET General Paper I M Gagan and Sajit Kumar
NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF Paper I: Teaching and Research Aptitude by Pearson KVS Madaan
General Paper-1 UGC NET/JRF/SLET – Teaching & Research Aptitude Arihant Experts
Upkar’s UGC-NET/JRF/SET Teaching And Research Aptitude (General Paper - I) Dr Lal Jain and Dr KC Vashistha

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