NTA UGC NET Syllabus for Paper I | General Paper on Teaching and Research Aptitude

Published on : 10th December 2017    Author : Tanvi Mittal

National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted to evaluate the eligibility for the post of Assistant Professor and the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). The exam pattern is designed to test the candidates through two papers; Paper I and Paper II. The first paper is a general paper which includes Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) on teaching and research aptitude. The second paper is subject based.

This post focuses on Paper I – General Paper on Teaching and Research Aptitude. It is mainly designed to assess the teaching skills, research ability and general awareness of the candidate. It consists of 50 questions of 2 marks each. All questions are compulsory and need to be completed in 60 minutes.

Recent Update: In a press conference held recently, the HRD (Human Resource Development) Ministry announced that the newly formed National Testing Agency would conduct its first examination, UGN NET 2018, in December. Earlier, the exam was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The exam will also be going ONLINE from the December session. However, there will be no change in the syllabus for the exam.

Usually, aspirants focus on their subject and neglect the first paper. However, it is equally scoring and can bring a great difference in your NET merit. Let’s have a thorough look at the UGC NET Exam syllabus for Paper I so that you can start preparing for it:

Syllabus for Paper I


Subject Code: 00

Subject Name: General Paper on Teaching and Research Aptitude

The syllabus for the paper I is divided into the following topics. 5 questions are asked from each topic in the paper.

Teaching Aptitude

  • Teaching: Nature, Objectives, Characteristics and Basic Requirements
  • Learner’s Characteristics
  • Factors affecting Teaching
  • Methods of Teaching
  • Teaching Aids
  • Evaluation Systems

Research Aptitude

  • Research: Meaning, Characteristics and Types
  • Steps of Research
  • Methods of Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Paper, Articles, Workshop, Seminar, Conference, and Symposium
  • Thesis Writing: Its characteristics and format

Reading Comprehension

  • A passage which the candidates are required to read and answer the set of questions


  • Communication: Nature, Characteristics, Types, Barriers and Effective Classroom Communication

Reasoning (including Mathematical)

  • Number Series; Letter Series; Codes
  • Relationships; Classification

Logical Reasoning

  • Understanding the Structure of Argument.
  • Evaluating and distinguishing Deductive and Inductive Reasoning.
  • Verbal Analogies; Word Analogy – Applied Analogy
  • Verbal Classification
  • Reasoning Logical Diagrams: Simple Diagrammatic Relationship, Multi-Diagrammatic Relationship
  • Venn diagram; Analytical Reasoning

Data Interpretation

  • Sources, Acquisition and Interpretation of Data
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Graphical Representation and Mapping of Data

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  • ICT: Meaning, Advantages, Disadvantages and Uses
  • General Abbreviation and Terminology
  • Basics of Internet and E-mailing

People and Environment

  • People and Environment Interaction
  • Sources of Pollution
  • Pollutants and their impact on Human Life, Exploitation of Natural and Energy Resources
  • Natural hazards and mitigation

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.

The syllabus for Paper I is general, and students can prepare well for it even with one hour of study every day till the November session exam. The exam is scheduled for 5 November 2017.

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