ugc net paper 1 syllabus

Unit-I Teaching Aptitude
  • Teaching: Concept, Objectives, Levels of teaching (Memory, Understanding and Reflective), Characteristics and basic requirements.

  • Learner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent 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 System: Traditional, Modern and ICT based.

  • Evaluation Systems: Elements and Types of evaluation, Evaluation in Choice Based Credit System in Higher education, Computer based testing, Innovations in evaluation systems.

Unit-II Research Aptitude
  • Research: Meaning, Types, and Characteristics, Positivism and Postpositivistic 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.

Unit-III Comprehension

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

Unit-IV Communication
  • 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.

Unit-V 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.)

Unit-VI Logical Reasoning
  • Understanding the structure of arguments: 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 use 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).

Unit-VII 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.

Unit-VIII 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.

Unit-IX People, Development and Environment
  • Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals.

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

Unit-X 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.


(i) Five questions each carrying 2 marks are to be set from each Module.

(ii) Whenever graphical/pictorial question(s) are set for sighted candidates, a passage followed by equal number of questions and weightage be set for visually impaired candidates.

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