Applicants preparing to appear in UGC NET 2021 Mac Cycle can check UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern here. The National Testing Agency will conduct the National Eligibility Test on behalf of the University Grants Commission. This exam will be held from 2nd to 17th May 2021. All the official preparation are in order to carry out this exam as teaching aspirants are getting ready with their studies. Check this important update regarding UGC NET 2021 Syllabus and preparation guide.

About UGC NETUGC NET syllabus 2021

The National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC). This exam is an important test attended by candidates aspiring to apply for the Assistant Professor post, Junior Research Fellowship, or both. The selected ones are recruited to government colleges and Universities in India. Until 2018, this test was conducted officially by CBSE, which later was administered by National Testing Agency. UGC NET is carried out for 102 subjects in 91 cities across the country which is one of the biggest ever conducted.

UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern – Important Notification

The National Testing Agency conducts the eligibility test twice a year, and this update is regarding UGC NET December Cycle (May 2021). The December 2020 cycle is postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now being conducted in May 2021. The examination will be held from 02-05-2021 (Sunday) to 17-05-2021 (Monday). It’s important to know about UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern and the subject-wise syllabus for the upcoming exams. Candidates can check the following details and Download UGC NET Syllabus 2021 online from the link provided at the end of this update.

Update About  UGC NET Syllabus 2021
Name of Examination National Eligibility Test
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (University Grants Commission)
Posts Applied For Assistant Professor, Junior research Fellow
Place of Work  Government Colleges and Universities
UGC NET Exam Date 02-05-2021 to 17-05-2021
UGC NET Syllabus 2021 Status Available

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What is UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021?

UGC NET 2021 is one of the toughest exam to clear for both JRF and Assistant Professorship. To clear this exam, candidates will require to understand the UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021 first. That’s only how one can prepare for the examination with the help of UGC NET 2021 Syllabus. The UGC NET JRF Exam Pattern is based on and divided into 2 tests – Paper I & Paper II.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021 – Paper I

  • Paper I of the UGC NET JRF exam will be an objective type examination.
  • This exam will be 1 hour in duration and will consist 50
  • There is no negative marking in the exam.
  • Candidates will be awarded +2 marks for every correct answer.
  • Paper I will be bilingual.

UGC NET Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

Units Inlcuded Questions Marks
Teaching Aptitude 5 10
Research Aptitude 5 10
Reading Comprehension 5 10
Communication 5 10
Arithmetic Reasoning 5 10
Logical Reasoning 5 10
Data Interpretation 5 10
ICT 5 10
People and Environment 5 10
Higher Education 5 10


Candidates can gather knowledge about UGC NET paper 1 syllabus. However, UGC NET Syllabus Download links are provided at the end of this article for all the 102 subjects.

The minimum qualifying marks in Paper I for General Category are 40 while for Reserved Category the qualifying marks are 35.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021 – Paper II

  • UGC NET Paper II will be carried out in the second stage for which the pattern is given below.
  • Paper II will be held on the same day and will be 3 hours in duration.
  • Paper II will comprise of the topics based on the chosen subject.
  • There are a total 100 questions in Paper II with 2 marks for each question.
  • Paper II will also not have negative marking.
  • Paper II will also be bilingual.

UGC NET 2021 Syllabus

Provided below are the links to Download UGC NET Syllabus 2021 English and Hindi versions. Candidates can check the detailed exam topics and content important from the viewpoint of the examination. Furthermore, aspirants can print UGC NET 2021 Syllabus pdf after the download is complete.

Subject Code Subject Name English Version Hindi Version
00 General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude (Paper -I) Download Download
01 Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics Download Download
02 Political Science Download Download
03 Philosophy Download Download
04 Psychology Download Download
05 Sociology Download Download
06 History Download Download
07 Anthropology Download Download
08 Commerce Download Download
09 Education Download Download
10 Social Work Download Download
11 Defence and Strategic Studies Download Download
12 Home Science Download Download
14 Public Administration Download Download
15 Population Studies Download Download
16 Music Download Download
17 Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management) Download Download
18 Maithili Download Download
19 Bengali Download Download
20 Hindi   Download
21 Kannada Download Download
22 Malayalam Download Download
23 Oriya Download Download
24 Punjabi Download Download
25 Sanskrit Download Download
26 Tamil Download Download
27 Telugu Download Download
28 Urdu Download Download
29 Arabic Download Download
30 English Download Download
31 Linguistics Download Download
32 Chinese Download Download
33 Dogri Download Download
34 Nepali Download Download
35 Manipuri Download Download
36 Assamese Download Download
37 Gujarati Download Download
38 Marathi Download Download
39 French (French Version) Download Download
40 Spanish Download Download
41 Russian Download Download
42 Persian Download Download
43 Rajasthani Download Download
44 German Download Download
45 Japanese Download Download
46 Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education. Download Download
47 Physical Education Download Download
49 Arab Culture and Islamic Studies Download Download
50 Indian Culture Download Download
55 Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management Download Download
58 Law Download Download
59 Library and Information Science Download Download
60 Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies Download Download
62 Comparative Study of Religions Download Download
63 Mass Communication and Journalism Download Download
65 Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre Download Download
66 Museology & Conservation Download Download
67 Archaeology Download Download
68 Criminology Download Download
70 Tribal and Regional Language/Literature Download Download
71 Folk Literature Download Download
72 Comparative Literature Download Download
73 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).   Download
74 Women Studies Download Download
79 Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art) Download Download
80 Geography Download Download
81 Social Medicine & Community Health Download Download
82 Forensic Science Download Download
83 Pali Download Download
84 Kashmiri Download Download
85 Konkani Download Download
87 Computer Science and Applications Download Download
88 Electronic Science Download  
89 Environmental Sciences Download  
90 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. Download Download
91 Prakrit Download Download
92 Human Rights and Duties Download Download
93 Tourism Administration and Management. Download Download
94 Bodo   Download
95 Santali   Download
100 Yoga Download Download
101 Sindhi Download Download


Further instructions for candidates:

Although the examination dates are fixed, candidates are advised to keep checking the official website of UGC NET. For all the latest news, visit the official portal mentioned below.

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