UGC- NET 2023 December Cycle Exam: Exam Dates, Syllabus & Books

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UGC NET is a national level exam conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for the post of ‘Assistant Professor’ or ‘Junior Research Fellowship’. The UGC NET 2023 December cycle exam dates are announced which is all set to be carried out between December 6th to 22nd, 2023.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the application form for the UGC NET December cycle exam in the month of October 2023. 

The official notification has been released for the UGC NET December exam on the website which comprises the application dates, guidelines for the exam etc. Candidates can download the UGC NET 2023 notification from the official website - 

So, let’s delve into this article to know more about UGC NET 2023 December Cycle exam.

About the UGC NET 2023 Exam (December Month)

Name of the Exam UGC: National Eligibility Test (NET)

Conducting Body: National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam Conducted in A Year: Twice a Year

Mode of Examination: Online

Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Number of Papers: UGC NET Paper I, UGC NET Paper-II

Number of Questions: 150

Time Duration: 3 hours

Negative Marking: No

UGC NET Fee structure

General Category

INR 1150


INR 600


INR 325


UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023 Highlights


UGC NET Paper 1 Highlights

UGC NET Paper 2 Highlights

Exam mode



Exam duration

3 hours (180 minutes)

Type of paper

Common for all candidates

Subject-specific questions

Total questions



Type of questions

MCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option

MCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option

Total marks



Marking scheme

+2 for correct answer

0 for incorrect answer

+2 for correct answer

0 for incorrect answer

Language of paper

English and Hindi

English and Hindi


UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper 1

All the candidates who have applied for the UGC NET exam, Paper 1 is compulsory for every applicant which has a total of 10 sections.

UGC NET Paper 1 Sections

Questions in UGC NET Paper 1

UGC NET Paper 1 Marks

Teaching Aptitude



Research Aptitude



Reading Comprehension






Reasoning (including Maths)



Logical Reasoning



Data Interpretation



Information & Communication Technology (ICT)



People & Environment



Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration







UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper 2

The exam pattern of UGC NET Paper 2 is based upon the subject, chosen by the aspirants. However, for any subject, people choose, the exam pattern will be the same for all subjects. Here are the details on the UGC NET Paper 2 exam pattern:



Number of Subjects

83 (Candidates need to choose from these)

Type of Questions

Objective MCQs (All questions are compulsory)

Number of Questions

100 Questions

Mark for each Question

2 marks

Total Marks

200 marks

Time Duration

3 hours

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus: 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-centered vs. Learner-centered Methods; Offline vs. Online 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.

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus: Research Aptitude

  • Research: Meaning, Types, and Characteristics, Positivism, and Post Positivist Approach to Research.

  • Methods of Research: Experimental, Descriptive, Historical, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, and Steps of Research.

  • Thesis and Article Writing: Format and Styles of Referencing, Application of ICT in Research, Research Ethics.

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus: Comprehension

  • A passage of text is given.

  • Questions related to the passage are asked.

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus: 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.

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus: 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.

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus: 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, and Analogies.

  • Venn Diagram: Simple and multiple uses for establishing the 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).

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus: Data Interpretation

  • Sources, Acquisition, and Classification of Data.

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data.

  • Graphical Representation (Bar-chart, Histograms, Pie-chart, Table-chart, and Line-chart)

  • Mapping of Data, Data Interpretation. Data and Governance.

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus: Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  • General Abbreviations and Terminology, Basics of the Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencing, Digital initiatives in Higher Education, ICT and Governance.

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus: People, Development and Environment

  • Development and Environment: Millennium Development and Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Human and Environment Interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on the environment.

  • Environmental Issues: Local, Regional and Global issues; 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.

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus: 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 Programs in India.

  • Professional, Technical, and Skill-Based Education.

  • Value Education and Environmental Education.

  • Policies, Governance, and Administration.

UGC NET Paper 2 Syllabus 2023

UGC NET Paper 2 will have 100 questions exclusively based on the subject chosen The detailed syllabus PDF for 83 subjects of the UGC NET Exam is given in the link mentioned below:

Download the subject’s syllabus from this link

Best Books on UGC NET for Preparation

After learning the UGC NET Syllabus, it is time for candidates to learn from the best UGC NET books. Candidates must be well-versed in their respective subjects for Paper 2 & must hold command over their bachelor's and master's curriculum. Here are some book recommendations by us for UGC NET Paper 1:

Name of the Book


Trueman’s UGC NET/ SLET General Paper I

M. Gagan (Author), Sajit Kumar

UGC NET/ JRF/ SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude

Arihant Express

CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude

KVS Madaan

CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research Aptitude

Dr. M S Ansari & RPH Editorial Board

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