UGC NET First Paper Syllabus

UGC NET First Paper Syllabus

Welcome to another article of the UGC NET series. This article is all about UGC NET first Paper Syllabus. We will discuss all the points related to UGC NET First Paper or General Paper of NTA NET in detail.

I hope you would have gone through my first articles of UGC NET. If you missed it, read it- What is UGC NET. So, here we go, and let’s see which points we are explaining in this article:

  1. The pattern of the Exam
  2. The objective of General paper or Paper-I
  3. Syllabus of UGC NET First Paper
  4. Popular Books
  5. Related Links
  6. Conclusion

The Pattern of Examination

The pattern of the Test is Objective type, Multiple choice questions (MCQ). The Test consist of two papers- Paper I & Paper II.

Paper I– This paper is also known as the General Paper of UGC NET. General Paper has 50 questions based on various aptitudes like teaching, research & reasoning. Generally, it also focused on the ability of the candidates in thinking & general awareness.

  • Max Question: 50
  • Each question: 2 Marks  

Paper-II: Paper II is a subjective paper. The second Paper has 100 questions & each question is 2 marks. In fact, These questions are based on the subjects which were chosen by the candidates.  

However, there is no negative marking for incorrect responses. All the questions are compulsory which have to be done in a maximum of 3 hours (180 minutes). In between, there is no break in the papers.

ugc net first paper syllabus

The objective of General paper or Paper-I

The UGC NET First paper or General paper assesses various abilities and qualities of the candidates. So, the main focused objectives of general papers are:

  • Assessing the teaching & research capabilities of the candidates.
  • Assessment of the teaching & research aptitude.
  • To check the abilities of cognitive abilities with comprehension, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Understanding the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning.
  • General awareness about teaching & learning processes in the higher education system.

Syllabus of UGC NET First Paper

As per the UGC syllabus, the following is the details syllabus of UGC NET first paper or general paper:

Teaching Aptitude (Unit-I)

  • 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 differences.
  • Factors affecting teaching related to Teacher, Learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment, and Institution.
  • Methods of teaching in Institutions of higher learning: Teacher-centered vs. Learner-centered methods; Off-line vs. On-line 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.

Research Aptitude (Unit- II)

  • 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.

Comprehension (Unit- III)

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

Communication (Unit-IV)

  • 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.

Mathematical Reasoning & Aptitude (Unit-V)

  • 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.).

Logical Reasoning (Unit-VI)

  • Understanding the structure of arguments: argument forms, the 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.
  • Analogies.
  • Venn diagram: Simple and multiple uses for establishing the 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).

Data Interpretation (Unit- VII)

  • 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.

Information & Communication Technology (ICT) (Unit- VIII)

  • ICT: General abbreviations and terminology.
  • Basics of the Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio, and Video-conferencing.
  • Digital initiatives in higher education.
  • ICT and Governance.

People, Development & Environment (Unit-IX)

  • Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals.
  • Human and environment interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on the 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.

Higher Education System (Unit-X)

  • 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.

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We select some books on the basis of students’ reviews & their popularity. Accordingly, I am putting books in both the language- Hindi & English Medium. Hence, some books are presenting here to facilitate the UGC NET aspirant:

In Hindi Medium
Book #1
Oxford NTA UGC Paper I for NET/SET/JRF in Hindi – Teaching and Research Aptitude, Includes June and December 2019 Solved Papers
  • PublisherOxford University Press; Second edition (27 January 2020)
  • Authors: Pradip Shrivastava & Rajiv Garg Sheelwant Singh, Sarika
  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Price: Rs. 445.00/-
Book #2
NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF – Paper 1 Teaching and Research Aptitude updated syllabus 2019 with Solved paper Hindi
  • Publisher: Arihant Publications; Tenth edition (14 June 2019)
  • Author: Arihant Experts (Author)
  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Price: Rs. 290.00/-
Book #3
NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF: Samanya Paper 1, Sikshan evam Shodh Abhiyogyata | Fourth Edition| By Pearson
  • PublisherPearson; Fourth edition (10 February 2021); Pearson Education
  • AuthorKVS Madan & Anshu Bala Madan
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Price: Rs. 449.00/-

Book #4
एन टी ए- यू. जी. सी. (नेट /सेट/जे आर एफ) सामान्य पेपर-1 (Old Edition)
  • Publisher : Pearson Education; Second edition (30 April 2019)
  • Author: KVS Madan & Anshu Bala Madan
  • Paperback : 640 pages
  • Price: Rs 336.00/-
Book #5
UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Shikshan Avum Shodh Abhiyogita 2020
  • PublisherArihant Publications; Tweleve edition (10 February 2020)
  • AuthorDr. Madhubala Rastogi, Kafeel Ahmad, Ajeet Kumar, Devash Sonkar, Shweta
  • Paperback: 469 pages
  • Price: Rs. 267.00/-

Books in English

Book #1
UGC NET Paper 1 – 30 Solved Papers (2004 to 2018)
  • Publisher: Disha Publication; First edition (31 March 2019)
  • Author: Rashmi Singh & Asim Khan
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Price: Rs. 225.00/-
Book #2
NTA UGC (NET/SET/JRF ) 2021 : Paper I – Teaching & Research Aptitude 2ed
  • PublisherGK Publications Pvt. Ltd.; 2nd edition (16 February 2021)
  • AuthorT S Sodhi
  • Paperback: 772 pages
  • Price: Rs. 375.00/-

Book #3

NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF: Teaching & Research Aptitude Paper 1 | By Pearson
  • Publisher : Pearson Education; Fourth edition (15 March 2020)
  • Author: KVS Madan
  • Paperback : 584 pages
  • Price: Rs 449.00/
Book #4
Oxford NTA UGC Paper I for NET/SET/JRF – Teaching and Research Aptitude, includes June and December 2019 solved papers
  • PublisherOxford University Press; Second edition (22 January 2020)
  • AuthorHarpreet Kaur
  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • M.R.P.: Rs. 465.00/-
Book #5
NTA UGC NET Paper 1 – 34 Solved Papers (2019 to 2004)
  • Publisher : Disha Publication; Third edition (31 January 2020)
  • Author: Asim Khan Rashmi Singh
  • Paperback : 252 pages
  • Price: Rs 260.00/
  1. University Grant Commission (UGC)
  2. National Testing Agency (NTA)
  3. UGC NET Online
  4. Syllabus
  5. UGC NET Results
  6. Previous Year Question Papers


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