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UGC NET (CBSE NET) Syllabus and Exam Pattern


The National Eligibility Test (NET) is the national level entrance examination mandatory for recruitment of Assistant Professor or admission in Ph.D research. It is conducted by CBSE for postgraduate candidates in more than 80 subjects.


The CBSE NET is conducted in objective mode from June, 2012 onwards. The Test consists of three papers.





Number of Question





60 out of which 50  question to be attempted

75 minutes




50 questions all are compulsory

75 minutes




75 questions all are compulsory

150 minutes


Paper-I is general in nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It is primarily designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. Sixty (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each are given, out of which the candidate is required to answer any fifty (50). In the event of the candidate attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty questions attempted by the candidate are evaluated. Syllabus for paper-I is given at bottom of this page.


Paper-II consists of 50 objective type compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Each question carries 2 marks.

Paper-III consists of 75 objective type compulsory questions from the subject selected by the candidate. Each question carries 2 marks.

Syllabus for Paper-I is given below:

Click here for Syllabus of Paper-II and Paper-III for Management subject (Code 17)

Click here for Syllabus of PaperII and Paper-III for Labour Welfare and Industrial Relations Subject (Code 55)   


CBSE NET Paper-I Syllabus

I. Teaching Aptitude
Teaching : Nature, objectives, characteristics and basic requirements; Learner’s characteristics; Factors affecting teaching; Methods of teaching; Teaching aids; Evaluation systems.

II. Research Aptitude
Research : Meaning, characteristics and types; Steps of research; Methods of research; Research Ethics; Paper, article, workshop, seminar, conference and symposium; Thesis writing: its characteristics and format.

III. Reading Comprehension
A passage to be set with questions to be answered.

IV. Communication
Communication : Nature, characteristics, types, barriers and effective classroom communication.

V. Reasoning (Including Mathematical)
Number series; letter series; codes; > Relationships; classification.

VI. Logical Reasoning
Understanding the structure of arguments; Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning; Verbal analogies : Word analogy — Applied analogy; Verbal classification.
Reasoning Logical Diagrams : Simple diagrammatic relationship, multidiagrammatic relationship;
Venn diagram; Analytical Reasoning.

VII. Data Interpretation
Sources, acquisition and interpretation of datag. ‘P Quantitative and qualitative data; > Graphical representation and mapping of data.

VIII. Information and Communicating Technology (ICT)
ICT : meaning, advantages, disadvantages and uses; > General abbreviations and terminology; > Basics of internet and e-mailing.

IX. People and Environment
People and environment interaction;
Sources of pollution;
Pollutants and their impact on human life, exploitation of natural and energy
Natural hazards and mitigation
X. Higher Education System : Governance Polity And Administration;
Structure of the institutions for higher learning and research in India; formal and distance education; professional/technical and general education; value education: governance, polity and administration; concept, institutions and their interactions.