[UGC NET Books] Best Books For UGC NET (National Eligibility Test) Preparation

The National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) twice a year generally in the months of June and December to determine eligibility for lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession
and research. The Test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science.

Eligibility Criteria
 to apply are as below:

Age Limit:
 For Junior Research Fellowship, candidate should not more than 28 years at the time of applying and for the post of Assistant Professor, there is no upper age limit for applying.

Education Qualification: 
Candidates should have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test.

- Candidates appearing OR will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited OR candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed can also apply.

- Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only. The candidates whose post-graduation subject is not covered in the list of subjects, may appear in a related subject. 

For Assistant Professor:
 NET/SLET/SET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/Institutions.

- Candidates, who are or have been awarded a Ph. D. Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission shall be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SLET/SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions.

- Candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.

UGC NET Exam Pattern

UGC NET Test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be conducted on the same day.

UGC NET Written Exam Pattern
Max. Questions 
Max. Marks 
Time Alloted
General Paper on Teaching
& Research Aptitude
75 min.
Subject Selected (Via)
75 min.
Subject Selected (Via)
150 min.

- In Paper-I, Sixty (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each will be given, out of which candidates have to answer any fifty (50) questions only. In the event of the candidate attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated.

- Paper-II shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.

- Paper-III will consist of 75 objective type compulsory questions from the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.

- Minimum qualifying marks for Paper-I and Paper-II, 40% for General and 35% for SC/ST/OBC and for Paper-III, it is 50% for General and 40% for SC/ST/OBC.

- Candidates can select subjects from the list, made by UGC NET.

Some of the books which can help candidates to prepare for University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET) Exam or UGC NET Exam are suggested as below :

(1) Books for UGC NET Paper-I: Compulsory For Everyone UGC-NET Student

Candidates who are eligible to appear in UGC NET Exam June/December, already have the knowledge of the subject in which s/he passed his/her Master Degree. But Paper-I is of general nature and candidates are required to go through the syllabus and design of the Paper-I.

UGC NET Paper-II & Paper-III are also important for any candidate though s/he has good knowledge of his/her subject.

Books for UGC NET Exam can help a lot to the candidates who are going to appear in NET Exam for the first time as well as for those who have appeared in the last/previous exam but did not succeed due to any reason.

Booksfor Paper-I (Teaching & Research Aptitude - General Paper)
 : The candidates can choose the books for UGC NET Paper-I from the Market or Online. There are no criteria for the selection of Best Books for Paper-I of UGC NET. You can choose the book from the nearby market or search online. Here are some links for UGC NET Paper-I Books.

UGCNET Books for Paper-I (Teaching & Research Aptitude)


UGC NET Books for Paper-I (Teaching & Research Aptitude) 

These books consists of all the related topics at one place.


Syllabus for UGC NET

Candidates can subjectwise download UGC NET syllabus from here. Candidates can also download previous year UGC NET Papers (Subjectwise) and previous year UGC NET Papers (Yearwise) from here.


  1. Pls suggest books for history paper 2&3 net/set

  2. Plz suggest books for forensic science 2&3 ugcnet exam

  3. Pls suggest book for ECONOMICS for UGC NET

  4. Kindly provide the detailed analysis of the subject history and books for it. pattern was erratic this time and anything can be asked.

  5. pls suggest electronics science

  6. Pls suggest books for political science UGC NET part (1,2,3) means all parts

  7. suggest book for the sociology sir

  8. Dear All,

    1. I want to know which books or study material i need for preparation of HSET & NET-HINDI
    2. Please provise previous years HINDI question papers along with answers keys
    3. Also any tips or guidance to prepare .

    Thank you for your help.
    Nitin Thakur


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