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UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021: Check section-wise paper pattern and marking scheme

Safalta Expert Published by: Deepesh Mehra Updated Wed, 08 Sep 2021 10:06 PM IST


Check out UGC NET Exam Pattern here with Safalta. Also, get to know the section-wise paper pattern and marking scheme.
National Testing Agency will conduct an examination for the December 2020 and June 2021 session of the NET exam combined on October 6 to 11, 2021. The candidates who have applied for this exam must know UGC NET Exam Pattern before the final date of the exam. Till 2018 the exam was conducted in two shifts, time duration for the papers was 1 hour and 2 hours respectively. But since the exam is conducted in a single sitting. The exam consists of one paper which is held in 3 hours. The changed UGC NET Exam Pattern is covered in this space in detail, we have also covered the marking scheme for the befit of candidates. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our monthly FREE Current Affairs E-book- Download Now. \

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UGC NET Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for the exam is as follows:
  • The exam is a computer-based test.
  • Questions are objective type.
  • The exam is bilingual - Questions are framed in English and Hind.
  • The exam consists of two papers.
  • Both the papers are to be completed in 2 hours.



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The section-wise breakdown of the papers is as follows:

Paper-I Sections

Questions  Asked  


Teaching Aptitude



Research Aptitude



Reading Comprehension






Reasoning (including Maths)



Logical Reasoning



Data Interpretation



Information & Communication Technology (ICT)



People & Environment



Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration






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Paper 2 will be of 250 marks where questions related to the respective subject of candidates are asked. 

UGC NET Marking Scheme 

The marking scheme declared UGC is given below:
  1. The total marks are 350.
  2. The correct answer will carry 2 marks in paper 1.
  3. Paper 2 marking scheme may vary.
  4. The maximum marks for paper 2 are 150.
  5. There is no negative marking in the exam.
  6. No marks are awarded or deducted for unattempted questions.

UGC NET Syllabus

The syllabus for UGC NET Paper 2 is based on the master's syllabus in the respective subject. The syllabus of paper 1 is covered below:

 Teaching Aptitude Syllabus

  1. Teaching: Concept, Objectives, Levels of teaching (Memory, Understanding, and Reflective), Characteristics, and basic requirements.

  2. Learner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners (Academic, Social, Emotional and Cognitive), Individual differences.

  3. Factors affecting teaching related to: Teacher, Learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment and Institution.

  4. Methods of teaching in Institutions of higher learning: Teacher centered vs. Learner-centered methods; Off-line vs. On-line methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs etc.).

  5. Teaching Support System: Traditional, Modern and ICT based.

  6. 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 Syllabus

  1. Research: Meaning, Types, and Characteristics, Positivism and Postpositivistic approach to research.

  2. Methods of Research: Experimental, Descriptive, Historical, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Steps of Research.

  3. Thesis and Article writing: Format and styles of referencing.

  4. Application of ICT in research.

  5. Research ethics.

Comprehension Syllabus

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


  1. Communication: Meaning, types, and characteristics of communication.

  2. Effective communication: Verbal and Non-verbal, Inter-Cultural and group communications, Classroom communication.

  3. Barriers to effective communication.

  4. Mass-Media and Society.

Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude Syllabus

  1. Types of reasoning.

  2. Number series, Letter series, Codes, and Relationships.

  3. Mathematical Aptitude (Fraction, Time & Distance, Ratio, Proportion and Percentage, Profit and Loss, Interest and Discounting, Averages, etc.).

Logical Reasoning Syllabus

  1. 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.

  2. Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning.

  3. Analogies.

  4. Venn diagram: Simple and multiple uses for establishing the validity of arguments.

  5. Indian Logic: Means of knowledge.

  6. Pramanas: Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication) and Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension).

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

Data Interpretation Syllabus

  1. Sources, acquisition and classification of Data.

  2. Quantitative and Qualitative Data.

  3. Graphical representation (Bar-chart, Histograms, Pie-chart, Table-chart, and Line-chart) and mapping of Data.

  4. Data Interpretation.

  5. Data and Governance.

 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Syllabus

  1. ICT: General abbreviations and terminology.

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

  3. Digital initiatives in higher education.

  4. ICT and Governance.

People, Development and Environment Syllabus

  1. Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals.

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

  3. 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.

  4. Impacts of pollutants on human health.

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

  6. Natural hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategies.

  7. 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 Syllabus

  1. Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India.

  2. Evolution of higher learning and research in Post Independence India.

  3. Oriental, Conventional, and Non-conventional learning programs in India.

  4. Professional, Technical, and Skill-Based education.

  5. Value education and environmental education.

Policies, Governance, and Administration.

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