Extensive Analysis of UGC NET Paper Pattern
What’s new for the 2021 Exam!
Well, first thing first! What has changed from the last few exams if you compare the latest exam with the previous exams? Is there any change in the paper pattern in the paper 1 exam? or syllabus has changed?
The answer to the above phrase is YES! there is a change in pattern and syllabus!
Let’s see in details!
From December 2018 onwards, NTA or National Testing Agency will regulate UGC NET Examination & CBSE will no longer hold the National Eligibility Test. However, the responsibility of declaration of results e-certificates and any appeal in terms of information of legal challenges will remain with UGC.
As per new guideline, the examination will be conducted twice a year in December and June.
NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern & Schedule
The computer-based exam consists of 2 papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both the papers will consist of only objective type questions. There will be NO break of between them.
As you know online will consist of two papers & both the papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be held in two separate sessions for overall 3 hours:
|Session||Paper||Number of Questions||Marks||Duration|
|Schedule of Examination|
|Dates of Examination|| (Exact dates of examination/shifts will be made available|
on the NTA website)
|Timing of Examination||First Shift||Second Shift|
|03 hours without a break||09.30 am- 12.30 pm||02.30 pm- 5.30 pm|
NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern
As per the official notification below are the details of UGC NET EXAM Pattern –
General Paper – Also known as Paper 1 –
- Regarding Paper-I of the exam, the official website of NTA informs, “The questions will be generic, intending to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate.
- It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.”
Subject Selection – Paper 2 –
- Regarding paper-II, the website informs, “This will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. All the questions of Paper-II will be compulsory.”
UGC NET Exam Marking scheme
The updated marking scheme of UGC NET is given below:
Type of Situation
|Correct Answer||+ 2 marks|
|Incorrect Answer||0 mark|
- Two marks will be awarded for each correct answer. There is no negative marking in the exam.
- Note: If a question for any reason is found to be incorrect, the benefit of marks will be given to only those candidates who attempted the question.
UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper I
|Reasoning (Including Math-Based)||5||10|
|Information & Communication Technology (ICT)||5||10|
|People & Environment||5||10|
|Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration||5||10|
Please note the above table is for reference purposes only and there is no complete guideline on saying that there will be 5 topics from each unit. FYI- More than 5 Question was asked in Dec 2019, June 2020 Exam from research & teaching aptitude topics. in-fact more than 7 Question was asked from teaching aptitude only.
Analysis of 2020 June Exam Paper
|Unit – Topic Based on Paper 1 Syllabus||Average Number of Questions Asked||Difficulty Level||Remarks|
|Teaching Aptitude||8||Moderate||More focus was given on teaching and research aptitude based question. In some session, there is more than 10 Question were asked from this area.|
|Research Aptitude||8||Moderate to Difficult||No of Question-based on research aptitude were increased significantly and some students have reported that Question was difficult.|
|Reading Comprehension||5||Easy||No Significant change.|
|Communication||4||Easy to Moderate||Easy Question directly based on theory.|
|Reasoning (Including Math-Based)||4||Easy||This section of the NET exam is always easy and most of the students are comfortable to score well in this section.|
|Logical Reasoning||5||Easy||Easy Question was asked. However, New Syllabus has introduced multiple new topics so better keep eye on new topics.|
|Data Interpretation||5||Easy||No Significant change.|
|Information & Communication Technology (ICT)||5||Easy||No Significant change. The focus was on basic internet & email topics.|
|People & Environment||3||Moderate||Less Question was asked based on this topic.|
|Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration||3||Easy to Difficult||Less Question was asked based on this topic. Importance was on govt. initiative.|
Shift wise & Date wise analysis
Read details around the Shift wise & Date wise analysis for Paper 1 at – Shift wise & Date wise analysis
In the above-given article Jagran Josh Team has published detailed Exam Analysis of NTA UGC NET Dec 2018 Exam conducted online on 22nd, 21st, 20th, 19th and 18th December 2018 (Shift 1 and 2).
Analysis of last 10 Year Question papers
(Important key points based on the last 10-year exam questions)
|Teaching Aptitude – Teaching and aptitude topics are based on theory and this section required you to go through each keyword written in the books and syllabus|
|Research Aptitude– Important topics are Various research methods, differences, Methods of research; Thesis Writing and Methods|
|Reading Comprehension– Easy mostly based on leading newspaper editorial & magazine|
|Communication– Communication Topics are always easy and they are directly based on the ‘various definition & key differences’ so make sure to go through definition and key points|
|Reasoning (Including Math-Based)- This topic is one of the easiest section asked in paper 1 and most of the students easily score well in this. Questions are based on Fraction, Time & Distance, Ratio, Proportion and Percentage, Profit and Loss, Interest and Discounting, Averages etc.|
|Logical Reasoning– This section has seen the most changes in last 10 years and various twisted and mixed question were asked based on logical reasoning syllabus and also this section has changed a lot in the latest ugc net exam syllabus.|
|Data Interpretation – Read more details on tips for Data Interpretation notes here.|
|Information & Communication Technology (ICT)- Common ICT terms and basic question based on email, internet and audio-visual aids.|
|People & Environment- You will always find a surprising question based on this topic. It’s advised that you should follow class 10 book to cover syllabus on these topics. No book in the market contains the required study materials.|
|Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration – You need to follow various schemes based questions and important institution of Higher education along with apex bodies.|
What’s should be your focus area
- You need to divide the 10 section according to your self-assessments, for example, computer student feels question-based on ICT are easy and similarly, art students think about Governance, Polity & Administration; So do your self-assessment and break your units into Easy/ Medium and Hard Bucket.
- Additionally, you will see no books in the market cover topics based on Higher Education & Environment so you need to follow external contents and read notes from other books/ Current affairs and follow office MHRD website.
- You should keep visiting UGC & MHRD website and go through the various case study/plan, initiatives there are many questions asked directly from there such as Initiative in higher education, NIRF etc.
- Logical reasoning has added Indian philosophies based topics this reacquire you to go through key topics based on Indian logic
- Finally; you need to keep track of time as going forward there will be no gap in the PAPER 1 & PAPER 2 examination (As per the new notification of exam)
Frequently Asked Question on NTA Exam Pattern
How many papers will you sit for during the NTA UGC NET EXAM?
How many questions are in NTA UGC NET EXAM Paper 1?
How many questions do you handle during the NTA UGC NET EXAM Paper 2?
What is the difference between NTA UGC NET EXAM paper 1 and paper 2?
What are the total marks of the NTA UGC NET EXAM?
What is the NTA UGC NET EXAM Pattern?
What topics are common in the NTA UGC NET EXAM paper 1?
Please see the topic wise link below-
Unit-I Teaching Aptitude Based Question
Unit-II Research Aptitude Based Question
Unit-III Comprehension Based Question
Unit-IV Communication Based Question
Unit-V Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude Based Question
Unit-VI Logical Reasoning Based Question
Unit-VII Data Interpretation Based Question
Unit-VIII Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Based Question
Unit-IX People, Development and Environment Based Question
Unit-X Higher Education System Based Question
What is the interval between the finishing time of NTA UGC NET EXAM papers 1 and 2?
How much time are candidates give to complete the NTA UGC NET EXAM?
What types of questions should one expect?
Are there any negative marks during the NTA UGC NET EXAM?
What is the nature of NTA UGC NET EXAM questions?
Are there optional questions?
Can I do only one of the papers?
What is the exam mode?
NET exam paper 1 is easy and it helps you increase your success in the NET exam; Don’t focus only on your subject-based paper as Paper 1 is equally important and you should prepare well by given enough time to complete syllabubs.