UGC NET Paper-I 2019 exam pattern, syllabus Analysis

PUBLISH DATE 29th August 2019

The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of the University Grant Commission (UGC). The UGC NET exam is conducted twice in a year by NTA - June and December. The UGC NET examination comprises of two Papers - Paper-I assesses the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate; while the Paper-II is based on the subject selected by the candidate.

Here we will talk about UGC NET Paper-I exam pattern, syllabus and some preparations tips for the examination. Read below to find out more details:

UGC NET December 2019 Exam Schedule

Event Date
Mode of Examination Computer Based Examination
Registration Dates 9th September to 9th October, 2019
Downloading of Admit Cards 9th November, 2019
Dates of Examinations 2nd to 6th December, 2019
Date of Announcing Result 31st December, 2019

NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern

The UGC NET is conducted in a single sitting without any break between Paper-I and Paper-II.

Paper No. of Qs Marks Duration
Paper-I 50 100 1 Hour
Paper-II 100 200 2 Hours
Total 150 300 3 Hours


The Paper-I of UGC NET examination is generic in nature which aims at assessing the teaching/research aptitude of the candidates. It is primarily designed to examine the reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidates. The is no negative marking for incorrect answers. The UGC NET Paper-I consists of 50 objective type questions (MCQs) and all the questions are compulsory.

UGC NET Paper-I: Important Sections

  1. Teaching Aptitude
  2. Research Aptitude
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Communication
  5. Reasoning (including Maths)
  6. Logical Reasoning
  7. Data Interpretation
  8. Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  9. People & Environment
  10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration

UGC NET Paper-I: Preparation Tips

  1. Make a study plan: Make a study timetable for all important sections of question paper and set a target for each day.
  2. Clear the concepts: The syllabus prescribed by the UGC is important and candidates are advised to go through the syllabus and understand the important topics and concepts.
  3. Solve as many questions as possible: Make the use of previous year question paper and mock test to practice. It will help you in improving your speed and accuracy.
  4. Improve your weak areas: Once you attempt the mock test and previous year papers, you will be able to find your weak areas. Work on them, re-read them and spend more time in solving similar questions.
  5. Time Management: Time management during the exam is important. You have to solve 150 questions in three hours. The practice papers will help you figure out how to use your time effectively during the exam.


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