List of Recommended Books for UGC NET Paper I (Students’ Choice 2020)

Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the National Eligibility Test (NET) for the appointment of Assistant Professors. The exam is conducted on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC). It is also an eligibility requirement for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). This year, the exam is scheduled to be conducted from 15th to 20th June 2020.

Changes in UGC NET

  • The exam pattern has been changed w.e.f 2018. Instead of three papers, there will be only two papers. However, there is no change in syllabus. Paper-II will cover the entire syllabus of earlier Paper II and III.
  • The upper age limit for the award of JRF has been increased by 2 years. Earlier it was 28 years which is 30 years from the year 2018.
  • The syllabi for the UGC NET exam have been updated w.e.f. July 2019.

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UGC NET 2020 Pattern


Number of Questions




50 questions (all compulsory)


3 Hours (180 minutes) without any break


100 questions (all compulsory)


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Paper I is common for all subjects and Paper II is subject-specific. Candidates have to select one subject from the list of 81 subjects (preferably their Master’s degree subject) for paper II. In the article, we will cover the most popular and user recommended books for paper I. Before that, let’s have a look at the areas covered in the paper.

Syllabus of Paper I

Paper-I will consist of questions on teaching and research aptitude, general awareness, reasoning, numerical ability, English language and computer literacy.

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Books for preparation of Paper-I are easily available in the market. You can buy a single book covering all the topics. Here we are providing details on the top books recommended by users

UGC NET 2020: Books for Paper-I


Book Name


Book Link


Trueman's UGC NET/SET General Paper I 

M. Gagan,

Sajit Kumar

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CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF - Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude

KVS Madaan

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UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude

Arihant Experts

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UGC NET/SET Paper 1 


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CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research Aptitude-JRF and Assistant Professor Exam Guide (for Paper-I) (CBSE UGC (NET) JRF & Asstt. Professor Exam)

Dr. M.S. Ansari & RPH Editorial Board

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These books have been recommended after considering the customer’s online review. So, these are the most popular books considered by students for UGC NET Paper-I preparation. You can also buy Kindle version of the books. You can also purchase a set of previous years’ papers and test papers (solved) for practice.

List of Recommended Books for UGC NET Paper II

In order to gain maximum from the books, follow these tips:

  • Do solve the questions at the end of every topic to evaluate your understanding.
  • Make a notebook to write down the important points from every topic.
  • Solve the practice papers provided at the end of the books.

Once you qualify the UGC NET 2020 exam, you can apply for the vacancies of Assistant Professor announced from time-to-time in colleges and universities. You can also pursue research in your interested field through JRF.

Best Wishes for your Preparation!

UGC NET Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

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  • CTET Paper I & Paper II Previous Year Solved Papers (2011 - 2016) (E-Book) Download
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Recommended Study Material for UGC NET Exam

  • UGC NET Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude Download
  • Trueman's UGC NET/SET General Paper I Download
  • UGC NET Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude by Pearson Download
  • NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF: Teaching & Research Aptitude Paper 1 Download
  • Computer Sciences & Applications (Paper I, II & III) Previous Years Papers Download
  • Trueman's UGC NET Computer Science Download


prince kumar, December 31, 2022

need updates

Sandeep Kumar, January 18, 2019

I want to prepare for the net, give me the guide line.