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Books for UGC NET Paper 1
Some important tips regarding Paper 1
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Subject Name
Some important tips regarding Paper 2
Key Takeaways
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The CBSE UGC NET test is a popular national-level exam held twice a year by CBSE. Eligible candidates fill out an application form and appear for the exam every year. For various exam themes, there are numerous books available on the market. General Awareness Yearbook by Arihant Publications, Quantitative Aptitude by RS Agarwal, and more publications might help you ace exam preparations. The UGC NET Syllabus is structured to cover a wide range of topics in Papers 1 and 2.


Here is some important information about the whole UGC Paper.

Particulars Details
Exam Name UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test )
Level of Exam National
Conducting Body University Grants Commission (UGC)
Purpose Assistant Professor, Junior Research Fellowship, and Assistant Professor positions are available in a number of Indian colleges and universities. Various Indian colleges and institutions are hiring Assistant Professors, Junior Professors, and Senior Professors. Research Fellowship, and Assistant Professor posts.
Mode Online Examination
No. of Questions 150 Questions
Duration of Exam 3 hours
Types of Questions Objective(Multiple Choice Questions)
Negative Marking No
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Pattern of Exam

The Exam Pattern is consistent throughout. Exam format or pattern aids in the clarification of doubts and the planning of your routine without distracting your attention. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are the two papers that make up the UGC NET. The following is an overview of the UGC NET Exam Pattern:

  Paper 1 Paper 2
Topic Research Aptitude and Teaching Subject Specific Test
Syllabus Reading Comprehension, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, and Divergent Thinking Based on the subject opted by the candidates and will assess the domain knowledge
Max Marks 100 200
No. of Questions 50  100

Books for UGC NET Paper 1

The UGC NET books are an important element of the exam preparation for the UGC NET 2022 exam. Candidates should choose the top UGC NET books and create a study plan to ensure exam success. Check out the list of key books for the UGC NET Paper 1 below to get started on your preparation.

Book Title Author Name
Computer Awareness Mini Goyal & Shweta Rani
Quantitative Aptitude RS Agarwal
Quantitative Aptitude Arun Sharma
English( Grammar and Composition) Wren & Martin
Reasoning ( Verbal and Non-Verbal) B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali
General Awareness yearbook Arihant Publications
CBSE UGC NET Teaching and Research Aptitude Dr M.S. Ansari & RPH Editorial Board
NTA UGC NET/ SET / JRF - Paper 1 Arihant Experts, Harpreet Kaur, Dr Usha Rani Jain, KVS Madaan
Trueman’s UGC NET/ SET/ General Paper 1 Mr Gagan, Sajit Kumar

Some important tips regarding Paper 1

Books are a major part to pass an exam but one should know how to reap the ..Defensemost out of books. Here are some important tips for your exam preparation.

  1. Now that the exam is online, it is necessary to routinely practice UGC NET Paper 1 exams in order to maintain proper speed and accuracy on the exam.
  2. Work on your weak areas of paper 1 and learn to prioritize units based on the outcomes of your mock exam.
  3. Mock exams and sample papers may be useful in determining your readiness for paper 1.
  4. Make a study schedule for each day and attempt to stick to it.
  5. Keep a notepad where you can record your accomplishments and areas where you need to improve.
  6. Paper 1 has no negative marking, thus you should try to answer all 50 questions. So, review all of the topics included in UGC NET Paper 1 and practice a large number of questions based on them.
  7. Attempt to devote at least 3-4 hours per day to UGC NET paper 1 preparation. This time frame will be sufficient to cover all of the paper's sub-sections and practice questions based on them.

Books for UGC NET Paper 2 

UGC NET Paper 2 has 100 quotations carrying 2 marks each which make the maximum mark 200. All the questions in both papers are of objective type and no negative marking is there. Here is a list of subject-wise books for UGC NET Paper 2:

Subject Code

Subject Name


01 Economics / Co-operation / Demography / Rural Economics /Development Planning/Development Studies/Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics Trueman's UGC NET Economics by Sriniwas ShirurUGC NET/JRF/SET Economics (Paper 2) -Upkar Prakashan (Author-Gopal Garg)
02 Political Science Trueman's UGC NET Political Science by K.A. Babu, Sajit Kumar (Author)UGC Net Political Science by Rukmini Bhattacharjee (Arihant)
04 Psychology Trueman's UGC NET Psychology by Dr. Swati MaharshiUGC Net Psychology 2018 by Siddharth Mittal and Naroj Kumar Sahu (Arihant Experts)
05 Sociology Trueman's UGC NET Sociology by S.Hussain
06 History Trueman's UGC NET History by Promod Singh
07 Anthropology Trueman’s UGC NET Anthropology by A.M. Tripathi
08 Commerce Trueman’s UGC NET Commerce by PraveenKataria, Anshu Kataria, and M. Shivani
09 Education Trueman’s UGC NET Education by GaganManocha
10 Social Work Trueman’s UGC NET Education by Yogendra Pal
11. Defence and Strategic Studies CBSE UGC-NET-JRF Defense And Strategic Studies
12 Home Science Trueman’s UGC-NET Home Science by Anju Khosla & RuchiUGC NET /SET (JRF &LS) Home Science by Suchi Rastogi
14 Public Administration UGC Net Public Administration 2018 by Deepak Swain (Arihant)Trueman's UGC NET Public Administration by Sajit Kumar
15 Population Studies Principles of Population Studies by Bhende (Author), Himalayan Publishing House
16 Music UGC NET Music Exam Guide (Hindi) by Gunjan Saxena and Nisha Rawa
17 Management (including Business Administration Management/Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management) Trueman’s UGC-NET Management by M. Shivani (Author)UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) Management by Mohit Aggarwal (Arihant experts)
19 Bengali Bengali NET/SET by Balaram Bapari
20 Hindi Trueman’s UGC NET Hindi Sahitya (Hindi Literature) by Board of Authors
21 Kannada Samagra Kannada Sahitya Kaipidi - Useful For IAS, KAS, KES, PUC Lecturer, NET (UGC), K-SET by Lokesha Masavanaghatta
22 Malayalam UGC NET /SET/ TET Malayalam Pareeksha Sahayi by Sasidharan A.P. (Author)
24 Punjabi U.G.C. NET/SET/JRF PUNJABI by Universal (Contributor)
25 Sanskrit UGC NET/JRF/SLET Sanskrit Prashan Patra-II Avum III (Hindi) by Priyanka Tiwari (Author), Arihant Experts (Publisher)
27 Telugu UGC NET & SET (Telugu Literature) by GanjiShashidar, Pothula Venkateshwar Reddy
28 Urdu UGC-NET JRF & Assistant Professor Khazeen-E-Adab Urdu (Paper II & III) by M.Arshad Ansari and M. S. Ansari
30 English UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) English Literature by Arihant Experts
31 Linguistics UGC NET/SET Linguistics Guide by Ringu Ann Baby
36 Assamese UGC/CBSE NET Set Guide By Assam Publishing Company (Assamese) (ASHIM CHUTIA -Author)
37 Gujarati UGC NET/GCET-Commerce Paper (in Gujarati) by Mukesh M Bavaliya
46 Adult Education/Continuing Education/ Andragogy/Non-Formal Education A brief Book on Extension Education by Shruti Madan Singh (Author), New Vishal Publications
47 Physical Education Trueman’s UGC NET Physical Education by Akhilesh Tripathi (Author), A.K. Srivastava (Author)
55 Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management Trueman’s UGC NET HRM/ Human Resource Management & Labour Welfare by Reetu DograUGC-NET: Labour Welfare & Industrial Relations / Labour & Social Welfare / Human Resource Management (Paper II) Exam Guide
58 Law Trueman’s UGC NET Law by Suman ChauhanUGC-NET: Law (Paper II) Exam Guide by Aproov Bhardwaj (R Gupta’s Publication)
59 Library and Information Science Trueman’s UGC NET Library and Information Science by S. Thakur (Author)
60 Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies UGC NET Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies by Deepak Kumar
62 Comparative Study of Religions Comparative Study of Religions by C.R. JainComparative Study of Religions by Y. Masih
63 Mass Communication and Journalism

Trueman’s UGC NET Mass Communication & Journalism by Sameer K. Mishra (Author)

UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism by Atul Udaipuria and Nitesh Kumar Singh (Arihant Experts)

66 Museology & Conservation Archaeology, Museology, and Conservation: A review Edited by Vibha Upadhaya
67 Archaeology UGC NET/JRF Archaeology and Philosophy Paper (Hindi) by Mohan Lal)
68 Criminology (UGC-NET/JRF) Criminology Solved Question Paper by Mr. Nitish Kumar Soni Dr. Mridul Srivastava Dr. Anup Yadava
70 Tribal and Regional Language/Literature Folklore and Its Motifs in Tribal Literature by Dr. Kishore Jadav
71 Folk Literature Folk Literature: A Concise Guide for NET/JRF by Marya Naim (Author)
73 Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ / Navya Nyaya/ Mimansa /Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya) UGC NET/JRF/SLET - Sanskrit Prashan-Patra II Avum III by Priyanka Tiwari (Author)
74 Women Studies Advanced Manual For Women Studies UGC/CBSE -NET/JRF by Anmol Murlidhar Nimsadkar
79 Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art) Upkar’s UGC-NET/JRF/SET Visual Art (Paper-II) by M. Vasim (Author)
80 Geography Trueman’s UGC NET Geography by A. Magon, B.P. Panigrahi
82 Forensic Science Forensic Science UGC NET/JRF-MCQ by Dr. Anu Singla
87 Computer Science and Applications Trueman’s UGC NET/SET Computer Science and Applications by Sanjay Singhal, Sameer Mishra
88 Electronic Science CBSE UGC NET/SET ELECTRONIC SCIENCE by Sunil Kushwaha (Author)
89 Environmental Sciences Trueman's UGC NET Environmental Science by Anil Tyagi and Virendra Singh
92 Human Rights and Duties

(a) UGC NET/SET (JFR&LS) Human Rights & Duties Paper II & III by FazilAtulUdaipuria (Author)

UGC NET Human Rights and Duties by Arihant Experts

93 Tourism Administration and Management. Trueman's UGC NET Tourism by Akhilesh
100 Yoga R.Gupta’s UGC-NET Yoga (Paper II & III) Exam Guide by RPH Editorial Board (Author)

Some important tips regarding Paper 2

Paper 2 comprises of the major portion of the exam, it contains 100 Questions and 200 marks hence it is very important to score in this Paper. Aside from UGC NET books, one must also know how to use them effectively. Here are some tips for preparing for the UGC NET paper 2.

  1. Paper 2 is also a multiple-choice exam. This paper is dependent on the candidate's subject choice when applying for the UGC NET.
  2. The subjects covered in paper 2 are typically those studied at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  3. Because this paper has a large course and has more weight in the final grade, you should aim to devote at least 5-6 hours to its preparation.
  4. You should concentrate more on your subject's fundamental subjects since after you've mastered them, understanding and answering questions about other chapters and topics will be rather simple.
  5. Make chapter-by-chapter notes, underlining essential topics, fundamentals, or formulas that will be tested more heavily.
  6. Different internet lessons can also be used to assist in learning the chapters.
  7. Keep a list of useful references. Exam experts recommend using UGC NET books to ensure that you can get all of your study materials in one spot as opposed to paper-II searching through different sources.
  8. Paper 2 of the UGC NET requires a great deal of revision. Remember that you have a large syllabus to finish for paper 2, and timely revision will guarantee that you retain what you learn. So, set aside 30-40 minutes at night or at the start of the day to review what you learned during the day or the day before.
  9. Exams, subjects, chapters, and notes should all be considered in context.
  10. It is critical to practice previous year's papers in order to prepare effectively for paper 2. It will assist you in narrowing down the most frequently asked exam topics while also allowing you to practice more.
  11. Solve previous UGC NET test papers from the last 8-10 years.


  1. What is the Exam Pattern for the UGC NET?
    There will be two papers in the test. Numerous objective questions will be included in both papers. There will be 150 questions for a total of 300 points.
  2. Is Paper 1 of the UGC NET the same for all subjects?
    Paper 1 is the same for all candidates and is required. There will be 50 multiple-choice questions in total.
  3. What is the exam format for the UGC NET?
    The UGC NET exam is conducted entirely online.
  4. Is it possible to take the UGC NET after completing a postgraduate degree?
    You are qualified to take the exam if you have finished a PG Diploma from a recognized university.
  5. What does a UGC NET Qualify get paid?
    Assistant professors earn between Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 45,000 per month after passing the UGC NET, whereas JRF candidates receive a stipend of Rs. 25,000.

Key Takeaways

To summarize the blog, we got to know about the details of the UGC exam. Also, we got to know of the books we need to study for the particular topics for each subject. We have also acquired some important tips for both papers(Paper 1 as well as Paper2). Now you can rest easy and easily prepare for the exam.

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