NTA UGC NET 2020 Syllabus for Paper I | General Paper on Teaching and Research Aptitude

Published on : 10th January 2020    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.

Recent Update: UGC has updated the syllabus for the National Eligibility Test (NET) all subjects. The updated syllabus is applicable from June 2019 session onwards.

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 updated 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 include topics for analysing comprehensive skills, teaching and research aptitude, deductive, and inductive reasoning. Here is the detailed syllabus:

Teaching Aptitude

  • Teaching: Concept, Objectives, Levels of Teaching (Memory, Understanding and Reflective), Characteristics and Basic Requirements.
  • Learner’s Characteristics: Characteristics of adolescents and adult learners (Academic, Social, Emotional and Cognitive), Individual differences.
  • Factors affecting Teaching related to: Teacher, Learner, Support Material, Instructional Facilities, Learning Environment and Institution.
  • Methods of Teaching in Institutions of higher learning: Teacher centred vs. Learner-centred methods; Off-line vs. On-line methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs etc.)
  • Teaching Support systems: Elements and Types of evaluation, Evaluation in Choice Based Credit System in Higher Education, Computer-Based Testing, Innovations in Evaluation Systems

Research Aptitude

  • Research: Meaning, Characteristics and Types, Positivism and Post-positivistic Approach to Research
  • Methods of Research: Experimental, Descriptive, Historical, Qualitative and Quantitative methods.
  • Steps of Research
  • Thesis and Article Writing: Format and Styles of Referencing
  • Application of ICT in Research
  • Research Ethics


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


  • Communication: Meaning, Types and Characteristics of Communication.
  • Effective Communication: Verbal and Non-verbal, Inter-Cultural and group communications, classroom communication.
  • Barriers to effective communication.
  • Mass-Media and Society

Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude

  • Types of Reasoning
  • Number Series; Letter Series; Codes and Relationships
  • Mathematical Aptitude (Fraction, Time & Distance, Ratio, Proportion and Percentage, Profit and Loss, Interest and Discounting, Averages, etc.)

Logical Reasoning

  • Understanding the Structure of Argument: Argument Forms, Structure of Categorical Propositions, Mood and Figure, Formal and Informal Fallacies, Uses of Language, Connotations and Denotations of Terms, Classical Square of Opposition.
  • Evaluating and distinguishing Deductive and Inductive Reasoning.
  • Analogies
  • Venn Diagram: simple and multiple uses for establishing validity of arguments.
  • Indian Logic: Means of Knowledge
  • Pramanas: Pratyaksha ((Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication) and Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension).
  • Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasas (fallacies of inference).

Data Interpretation

  • Sources, acquisition and classification of Data
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Graphical representation (Bar-chart, Histograms, Pie-chart, Table-chart and Line-chart) and mapping of Data
  • Data Interpretation
  • Data and Governance

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  •  ICT: General Abbreviations and Terminology
  • Basics of Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencing
  • Digital initiatives in higher education
  • ICT and Governance

People, Development and Environment

  • Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals
  • Human and environment interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on the environment
  • 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
  • Impacts of pollutants on human health
  • Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear and Forests
  • Natural hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategies
  • 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

  • Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India
  • Evolution of higher learning and research in Post Independence India
  • Oriental, Conventional and Non-conventional learning programmes in India
  • Professional, Technical and Skill-Based education
  • Value education and environmental education
  • Policies, Governance, and Administration.

Five questions will be set from each module. The syllabus for Paper I is general, and students can prepare well for it even with one hour of study every day till the exam. The exam is scheduled from 15th to 20th June 2020.

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