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Extensive Analysis of UGC NET Exam Pattern

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NTA UGC Net 2020 Exam Pattern - Major Changes in UGC NET Exam Pattern

Extensive Analysis of UGC NET Paper Pattern

(Based on NTA UGC NET DEC 2019 Exam and previous exams)

What’s new for 2020 Exam!

Well, first thing first! What has changed from the last few exams if you compare the upcoming exam with the previous exams? Is there any change in the paper pattern in 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. 

Revised UGC NET Syllabus Paper 1 Tips &Tricks | Updated 2019

How June 2020 Exam will be different from 2018 Dec Exam?

Dec 2018 Exam was first online exam and going forward all the exams will be in online mode only.

But you need to be careful with the change in UGC NET EXAM SYLLABUS for JUNE exam…

If you have attempted exam before Dec 2018 you will see three differences in the upcoming exam …

  • There will be 50 Questions [All Compulsory with No Negative Marking]
  • The exam will be only in online mode
  • There is the change in syllabus in paper 1; Many topics have been added and few were also removed
There will be no breaks between paper 1 & Paper 2 Exam.

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 a break of 30 minutes 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
First I 50 100 1 Hour 
Second II 100 200 2 Hours 
Total 150 350 3 Hours


Schedule of Examination
Dates of Examination  (Exact dates of examination/shifts will be made available
on the NTA website) from 15 June 2020 to 20 June 2020
Timing of Examination First Shift Second Shift
03 hours without a break 09.30 am- 12.30 pm 02.30 pm- 5.30 pm

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.”
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UGC NET Exam Marking scheme-

The updated marking scheme of UGC NET is given below:

Type of Situation

Marks Allocated

Correct Answer + 2 marks
Incorrect Answer 0 mark
Unanswered  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-

Exam Pattern for the paper I am such that the question paper will be selected from 10 sections as mentioned below and will consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions each carrying 2 marks.  The questions are general, intended 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
Unit Name(Section) Questions Marks
Teaching Aptitude 5 10
Research Aptitude 5 10
Reading Comprehension 5 10
Communication 5 10
Reasoning (Including Math-Based) 5 10
Logical Reasoning 5 10
Data Interpretation 5 10
Information & Communication Technology (ICT) 5 10
People & Environment 5 10
Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration 5 10
Total 50 100

Please note the above table is for reference purpose 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 2018 Exam from research & teaching aptitude topics. in-fact more than 10 Question was asked from teaching aptitude only.

Analysis of 2018 Dec Exam Paper-

Revised UGC NET Syllabus Paper 1 Tip &Tricks | Updated 2019

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 AptitudeTeaching and aptitude topics are based on theory and this section required you to go through each keyword written in the books and syllabus
Research AptitudeImportant 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.


Heads up! You can access last 10 year solved Question paper  at- 10 Year Solved Question Papers

What’s not changed

Although the syllabus of the NET exam has been updated from June 2019 onward but here are key items that have not changed in the last 10 years. however, you never know if in future NTA will follow the same pattern or not…

  • Research & Communication Based Question – the Only topic were the questions were repeated
  • Data Interpretation based Question is simple and most of the time they are based on 1 Table/Pie Chart
  • Reading Section based Question
  • Mathematical reasoning based question

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)


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.

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  1. Aarti says

    You have mentioned 10 class book for people and environment.
    Could you please specify the textbook name and which board.

  2. Irfaan Meera says

    Thanks for the valuable information and study material..Its very helpful