UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023: Download PDF, Check Important Topics, and More

UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023: Candidates who aspire to pursue their career in education must check the UGC NET Education syllabus. Check out the latest UGC NET Education Syllabus and Exam Pattern here!

UGC NET Education Syllabus
UGC NET Education Syllabus

UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023: The UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023 has been released by the exam conducting authority on the official website. Candidates aspiring to appear in the UGC NET Education exam must thoroughly check the official syllabus and exam pattern to align their preparation with exam requirements. The UGC NET Education syllabus comprises two papers, i.e. Paper A and Paper B. Paper A is a general aptitude paper that is asked in all the subjects. Paper B is a subject-specific section related to Education topics. 

The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the UGC-NET exam to assess the eligibility for ‘Assistant Professors’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship Assistant Professors in Indian Universities and Colleges. Thus, one should analyse the syllabus to gain in-depth knowledge of important topics. As per the past trends and analysis, the overall difficulty level of the UGC NET Education question was moderate. 

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In this article, we have shared the UGC NET Education syllabus along with the exam pattern, preparation tips, and best books in detail.

UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023 PDF

Before applying, aspirants should download the official UGC NET Education syllabus PDF link shared below to identify the important and unimportant topics. Get the direct link to download the UGC NET Education syllabus below:

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UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023: Important Topics

The Education Syllabus of the UGC NET is divided into two papers. The UGC NET education exam is a computer-based test. Paper I is conducted for 50 objective-type questions and carries a total of 100 marks, whereas Paper 2 contains 100 multiple-choice questions for 200 marks. As per the UGC NET marking scheme, 2 marks will be awarded for every correct answer, and there shall be no negative marking in the exam. The exam duration will be 3 hours, and the exam will be conducted without any break between the papers. Check the important NTA UGC NET Education syllabus 2023 topics below.

Unit 1: Education Studies.

Unit 2: History, Politics, and Economics of Education.

Unit 3: Learner and Learning Process.

Unit 4: Teacher Education.

Unit 5: Curriculum Studies.

Unit 6: Research in Education.

Unit 7: Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Assessment.

Unit 8: Technology for Education.

Unit 9: Educational Management, Administration and Leadership.

Unit 10: Inclusive Education.

Unit-wise UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023

The Education syllabus for the UGC NET exam is divided into ten units. The important topics included in the UGC NET Education syllabus are Education Studies, History, Politics, and Economics of Education, Learner and Learning Process, Teacher Education, Curriculum Studies, Research in Education., Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Assessment, Technology for Education, Educational Management, Administration and Leadership, and Inclusive Education. Let’s look at the unit-wise Education syllabus for UGC NET in detail below:

Unit 1: Educational Studies

a) Contribution of Indian Schools of philosophy (Sankhya Yoga, Vedanta, Buddhism, Jainism) with special reference to Vidya, Dayanand Darshan; and Islamic traditions towards educational aims and methods of acquiring valid knowledge

b) Contribution of Western schools of thought (Idealism, Realism, Naturalism, Pragmatism, Marxism, Existentialism) and their contribution to Education with special reference to information, knowledge and wisdom

c) Approaches to the Sociology of Education (symbolic Interaction, Structural Functionalism and Conflict Theory). Concept and types of social Institutions and their functions (family, school and society), Concept of Social Movements, Theories of Social Movements (Relative Deprivation, Resource Mobilization, Political Process Theory and New Social Movement Theory)

d) Socialization and education- education and culture; Contribution of thinkers (Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Aurobindo, J.Krishnamurthy, Paulo Freire, Wollstonecraft, Nel Noddings and Savitribai Phule) to the development of educational thought for social change, National Values as enshrined in the Indian Constitution - Socialism, Secularism, justice, liberty, democracy, equality, freedom with special reference to education

Unit 2: History, Politics and Economics of Education

a) Committees and Commissions’ Contribution to Teacher Education Secondary Education Commission (1953), Kothari Education Commission (1964-66), National Policy of Education (1986,1992), National Commission on Teachers (1999), National Curriculum Framework 2005, National Knowledge Commission (2007), Yashpal Committee Report (2009), National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education (2009), Justice Verma Committee Report (2012)

b) Relationship between Policies and Education, Linkage between Educational Policy and National Development, Determinants of Educational Policy and Process of Policy formulation: Analysis of the existing situation, generation of policy options, evaluation of policy options, making the policy decision, planning of policy implementation, policy impact assessment and subsequent policy cycles.

c) Concept of Economics of Education: Cost Benefit Analysis Vs Cost Effective Analysis in Education, Economic returns to Higher Education Signaling Theory Vs Human Capital Theory, Concept of Educational Finance; Educational finance at Micro and Macro Levels, Concept of Budgeting

d) Relationship Between Politics and Education, Perspectives of Politics of Education Liberal, Conservative and Critical, Approaches to understanding Politics (Behaviouralism, Theory of Systems Analysis and Theory of Rational Choice), Education for Political Development and Political Socialization

Unit 3: Learner and Learning Process

a) Growth and Development: Concepts and principles, Cognitive Processes and stages of Cognitive Development, Personality: Definitions and theories (Freud, Carl Rogers, Gordon Allport, Max Wertheimer, Kurt Koffka), Mental health and Mental hygiene

b) Approaches to Intelligence from Unitary to Multiple: Concepts of Social intelligence, multiple intelligence, emotional intelligence Theories of Intelligence by Sternberg, Gardner, Assessment of Intelligence, Concepts of Problem Solving, Critical thinking, Metacognition and Creativity

c) Principles and Theories of learning: Behaviouristic, Cognitive and Social theories of learning, Factors affecting social learning, social competence, Concept of social cognition, understanding social relationships and socialization goals

d) Guidance and Counselling: Nature, Principles and Need, Types of guidance (educational, vocational, personal, health and social & Directive, Non-directive and Eclectic), Approaches to counselling – Cognitive-Behavioural (Albert Ellis – REBT) & Humanistic, Person-centred Counselling (Carl Rogers) - Theories of Counselling (Behaviouristic, Rational, Emotive and Reality)

Unit 4: Teacher Education

a) Meaning, Nature and Scope of Teacher Education; Types of Teacher Education Programs, The Structure of Teacher Education Curriculum and its Vision in Curriculum Documents of NCERT and NCTE at Elementary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Levels, Organization of Components of Pre-service Teacher Education Transactional Approaches (for foundation courses) Expository, Collaborative and Experiential learning

b) Understanding the Knowledge base of Teacher Education from the viewpoint of Schulman, Deng and Luke & Habermas, Meaning of Reflective Teaching and Strategies for Promoting Reflective Teaching, Models of Teacher Education - Behaviouristic, Competency-based and Inquiry Oriented Teacher Education Models

c) Concept, Need, Purpose and Scope of In-service Teacher Education, Organization and Modes of In-service Teacher Education, Agencies and Institutions of In-service Teacher Education at District, State and National Levels (SSA, RMSA, SCERT, NCERT, NCTE and UGC), Preliminary Consideration in Planning in-service teacher education programme (Purpose, Duration, Resources and Budget)

d) Concept of Profession and Professionalism, Teaching as a Profession, Professional Ethics of Teachers, Personal and Contextual factors affecting Teacher Development, ICT Integration, Quality Enhancement for Professionalization of Teacher Education, Innovation in Teacher Education

Unit 5: Curriculum Studies

a) Concept and Principles of Curriculum, Strategies of Curriculum Development, Stages in the Process of Curriculum development, Foundations of Curriculum Planning - Philosophical Bases (National, democratic), Sociological basis (socio-cultural reconstruction), Psychological Bases (learner’s needs and interests), Benchmarking and Role of National level Statutory Bodies - UGC, NCTE and University in Curriculum Development

b) Models of Curriculum Design: Traditional and Contemporary Models (Academic / Discipline Based Model, Competency-Based Model, Social Functions / Activities Model [social reconstruction], Individual Needs & Interests Model, Outcome Based Integrative Model, Intervention Model, C I P P Model (Context, Input, Process, Product Model)

c) Instructional System, Instructional Media, Instructional Techniques and Material in enhancing curriculum Transaction, Approaches to Evaluation of Curriculum: Approaches to Curriculum and Instruction (Academic and Competency-Based Approaches), Models of Curriculum Evaluation: Tyler’s Model, Stakes’ Model, Scriven’s Model, Kirkpatrick’s Model

d) Meaning and types of Curriculum change, Factors affecting curriculum change, Approaches to curriculum change, Role of students, teachers and educational administrators in curriculum change and improvement, Scope of curriculum research and Types of Research in Curriculum Studies

Unit 6: Research in Education

a) Meaning and Scope of Educational Research, Meaning and steps of Scientific Method, Characteristics of Scientific Method (Replicability, Precision, Falsifiability and Parsimony), Types of Scientific Method (Exploratory, Explanatory and Descriptive), Aims of research as a scientific activity: Problem-solving, Theory Building and Prediction, Types of research (Fundamental, Applied and Action), Approaches to educational research (Quantitative and Qualitative), Designs in educational research (Descriptive, Experimental and Historical)

b) Variables: Meaning of Concepts, Constructs and Variables, Types of Variables (Independent, Dependent, Extraneous, Intervening and Moderator), Hypotheses - Concept, Sources, Types (Research Directional, Non-directional, Null), Formulating Hypothesis, Characteristics of a good hypothesis, Steps of Writing a Research Proposal, Concept of Universe and Sample, Characteristics of a good Sample, Techniques of Sampling (Probability and Non-probability Sampling), Tools of Research - Validity, Reliability and Standardisation of a Tool, Types of Tools (Rating scale, Attitude scale, Questionnaire, Aptitude test and Achievement Test, Inventory), Techniques of Research (Observation, Interview and Projective Techniques)

c) Types of Measurement Scale (Nominal, Ordinal, Interval and Ratio), Quantitative Data Analysis - Descriptive data analysis (Measures of central tendency, variability, fiduciary limits and graphical presentation of data), Testing of Hypothesis (Type I and Type II Errors), Levels of Significance, Power of a statistical test and effect size, Parametric Techniques, Non- Parametric Techniques, Conditions to be satisfied for using parametric techniques, Inferential data analysis, Use and Interpretation of statistical techniques: Correlation, t-test, z-test, ANOVA, chi-square (Equal Probability and Normal Probability Hypothesis). Qualitative Data Analysis - Data Reduction and Classification, Analytical Induction and Constant Comparison, Concept of Triangulation

d) Qualitative Research Designs: Grounded Theory Designs (Types, characteristics, designs, Steps in conducting a GT research, Strengths and Weakness of GT) - Narrative Research Designs (Meaning and key Characteristics, Steps in conducting NR design), Case Study (Meaning, Characteristics, Components of a CS design, Types of CS design,

Steps of conducting CS research, Strengths and weaknesses), Ethnography (Meaning, Characteristics, Underlying assumptions, Steps of conducting ethnographic research, Writing ethnographic account, Strengths and weaknesses), Mixed Method Designs: Characteristics, Types of MM designs (Triangulation, explanatory and exploratory designs), Steps in conducting an MM design, Strengths and weakness of MM research

Unit 7: Pedagogy, Andragogy and Assessment

a) Pedagogy, Pedagogical Analysis - Concept and Stages, Critical Pedagogy- Meaning, Need and its implications in Teacher Education, Organizing Teaching: Memory Level (Herbartian Model), Understanding Level (Morrison teaching Model), Reflective Level (Bigge and Hunt teaching Model), Concept of Andragogy in Education Meaning, Principles, Competencies of Self-directed Learning, Theory of Andragogy (Malcolm Knowles), The Dynamic Model of Learner Autonomy

b) Assessment – Meaning, nature, perspectives (assessment for Learning, assessment of learning and Assessment of Learning) - Types of Assessment (Placement, formative, diagnostic, summative) Relations between objectives and outcomes, Assessment of Cognitive (Anderson and Krathwohl), Affective (Krathwohl) and psychomotor domains (R.H. Dave) of learning

c) Assessment in Pedagogy of Education: Feedback Devices: Meaning, Types, Criteria, Guidance as a Feedback Devices: Assessment of Portfolios, Reflective Journal, Field Engagement using Rubrics, Competency-Based Evaluation, Assessment of Teacher Prepared ICT Resources

d) Assessment in Andragogy of Education - Interaction Analysis: Flanders’ Interaction analysis, Galloway’s system of interaction analysis (Recording of Classroom Events, Construction and Interpretation of Interaction Matrix), Criteria for teacher evaluation (Product, Process and Presage criteria, Rubrics for Self and Peer evaluation (Meaning, steps of construction)

Unit 8: Technology in/ for Education

a) Concept of Educational Technology (ET) as a Discipline: (Information Technology, Communication Technology & Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Instructional Technology, Applications of Educational Technology in formal, non-formal (Open and Distance Learning), informal and inclusive education systems, Overview of Behaviourist, Cognitive and Constructivist Theories and their implications to Instructional Design (Skinner, Piaget, Ausubel, Bruner, Vygotsky), Relationship between Learning Theories and Instructional Strategies (for large and small groups, formal and non-formal groups )

b) Systems Approach to Instructional Design, Models of Development of Instructional Design (ADDIE, ASSURE, Dick and Carey Model Mason’s), Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction and Five E’s of Constructivism, Nine Elements of Constructivist Instructional Design, Application of Computers in Education: CAI, CAL, CBT, CML, Concept, Process of preparing ODLM, Concept of e-learning, Approaches to e-learning (Offline, Online, Synchronous, Asynchronous, Blended learning, mobile learning)

c) Emerging Trends in e-learning: Social learning (concept, use of web 2.0 tools for learning, social networking sites, blogs, chats, video conferencing, discussion forum), Open Education Resources (Creative Common, Massive Open Online Courses; Concept and application), E Inclusion - Concept of E Inclusion, Application of Assistive technology in E-learning , Quality of E-Learning – Measuring quality of system: Information, System, Service, User Satisfaction and Net Benefits (D&M IS Success Model, 2003), Ethical Issues for E Learner and E Teacher - Teaching, Learning and Research

d) Use of ICT in Evaluation, Administration and Research: E-portfolios, ICT for Research - Online Repositories and Online Libraries, Online and Offline assessment tools (Online survey tools or test generators) – Concept and Development.

Unit 9: Educational Management, Administration and Leadership

a) Educational Management and Administration – Meaning, Principles, Functions and importance, Institutional building, POSDCORB, CPM, PERT, Management as a system, SWOT analysis, Taylorism, Administration as a process, Administration as a bureaucracy, Human relations approach to Administration, Organisational compliance, Organisational development, Organisational climate

b) Leadership in Educational Administration: Meaning and Nature, Approaches to leadership: Trait, Transformational, Transactional, Value-based, Cultural, Psychodynamic and Charismatic, Models of Leadership (Blake and Mouton’s Managerial Grid, Fiedler’s Contingency Model, Tri-dimensional Model, Hersey and Blanchard’s Model, Leader-Member Exchange Theory)

c) Concept of Quality and Quality in Education: Indian and International perspective, Evolution of Quality: Inspection, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Total Quality Management (TQM), Six Sigma, Quality Gurus: Walter Stewart, Edward Deming, C.K Pralhad

d) Change Management: Meaning, Need for Planned change, ThreeStep-Model of Change (Unfreezing, Moving, Refreezing), The Japanese Models of Change: Just-in-Time, Poka-yoke, Cost of Quality: Appraisal Costs, Failure costs and Preventable costs, Cost Benefit Analysis, Cost-Effective Analysis, Indian and International Quality

Assurance Agencies: Objectives, Functions, Roles and Initiatives (National Assessment Accreditation Council [NAAC], Performance Indicators, Quality Council of India [QCI], International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education [INQAAHE]

Unit 10: Inclusive Education

a) Inclusive Education: Concept, Principles, Scope and Target Groups (Diverse learners; Including Marginalized group and Learners with Disabilities), Evolution of the Philosophy of Inclusive Education: Special, Integrated, Inclusive Education, Legal Provisions: Policies and Legislations (National Policy of Education (1986), Programme of Action (1992), Persons with Disabilities Act (1995), National Policy of Disabilities (2006), National Curriculum Framework (2005), Concession and Facilities to Diverse Learners (Academic and Financial), Rehabilitation Council of India Act (1992), Inclusive Education under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Features of UNCRPD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) and its Implication

b) Concept of Impairment, Disability and Handicap, Classification of Disabilities based on ICF Model, Readiness of School and Models of Inclusion, Prevalence, Types, Characteristics and Educational Needs of Diverse learners’ Intellectual, Physical and Multiple Disabilities, Causes and prevention of disabilities, Identification of Diverse Learners for Inclusion, Educational Evaluation Methods, Techniques and Tools

c) Planning and Management of Inclusive Classrooms: Infrastructure, Human Resource and Instructional Practices, Curriculum and Curricular Adaptations for Diverse Learners, Assistive and Adaptive Technology for Diverse learners: Product (Aids and Appliances) and Process (Individualized Education Plan, Remedial Teaching), ParentProfessional Partnership: Role of Parents, Peers, Professionals, Teachers, School

d) Barriers and Facilitators in Inclusive Education: Attitude, Social and Educational, Current Status and Ethical Issues of inclusive education in India, Research Trends of Inclusive Education in India

UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023 In Hindi

यूजीसी नेट के शिक्षा पाठ्यक्रम को दो पेपरों में विभाजित किया गया है। UGC NET शिक्षा परीक्षा एक कंप्यूटर आधारित परीक्षा है। पेपर I 50 वस्तुनिष्ठ प्रकार के प्रश्नों के लिए आयोजित किया जाता है और कुल 100 अंकों का होता है, जबकि पेपर 2 में 200 अंकों के लिए 100 बहुविकल्पीय प्रश्न होते हैं। यूजीसी नेट मार्किंग स्कीम के अनुसार, प्रत्येक सही उत्तर के लिए 2 अंक दिए जाएंगे और परीक्षा में कोई नकारात्मक अंकन नहीं होगा। परीक्षा की अवधि 3 घंटे होगी, और परीक्षा पेपर के बीच बिना किसी ब्रेक के आयोजित की जाएगी। नीचे महत्वपूर्ण NTA UGC NET शिक्षा पाठ्यक्रम 2023 विषयों की जाँच करें।

यूनिट 1: शिक्षा अध्ययन।

यूनिट 2: इतिहास, राजनीति और शिक्षा का अर्थशास्त्र।

यूनिट 3: शिक्षार्थी और सीखने की प्रक्रिया।

यूनिट 4: शिक्षक शिक्षा।

यूनिट 5: पाठ्यचर्या अध्ययन।

यूनिट 6: शिक्षा में अनुसंधान।

यूनिट 7: शिक्षाशास्त्र, एंड्रागॉजी और आकलन।

यूनिट 8: शिक्षा के लिए प्रौद्योगिकी।

यूनिट 9: शैक्षिक प्रबंधन, प्रशासन और नेतृत्व।

यूनिट 10: समावेशी शिक्षा।

Weightage for UGC NET Education Syllabus

Candidates should be well-acquainted with the UGC NET Education exam pattern to get an idea of the question format, the number of questions, subject names, the marking scheme, etc., followed by officials. The exam pattern of the UGC NET Education subject is divided into papers, i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2. Check the paper-wise UGC NET Education exam pattern below:



Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Marking Scheme

Paper 1

Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Reading Comprehension, Communication, Reasoning (including Maths), Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), People & Environment, and Higher Education System



+2 marks for the correct answer. No negative marking is applicable

Paper 2




+2 marks for the correct answer. No negative marking is applicable

How to Prepare for UGC NET Education Syllabus?

Candidates should adhere to the unique UGC NET Education preparation strategy to excel in the exam. To plan the right strategy, they should analyse the latest UGC NET Education syllabus and exam pattern and assign hours to every exam-relevant topic accordingly. Here is a list of the best preparation tips to score high marks in the UGC NET Education subject.

  • Go through the UGC NET Education syllabus and exam pattern to focus only on the topics important from the exam point of view.
  • Pick high-quality books and study materials to learn the topics' fundamentals.  This will help them to understand the advanced-level concepts easily.
  • Practice previous year's question papers, UGC NET sample papers, and mock tests to boost your problem-solving skills and improve the weak areas that require improvement.
  • Prepare short notes at the time of covering education topics and revise all the topics regularly to remember details for a definite period.

Best Books for UGC NET Education Syllabus

Candidates should read the expert-recommended UGC NET Education books to achieve excellent scores in the exam. The right resources will help them to prepare for all the topics mentioned in the UGC NET Education syllabus. Some of the highly recommended books for the UGC NET Education subject are discussed below:

  • Truman’s UGC NET/SET Education by Gagan Manocha
  • UGC-NET: Education (Paper II) Exam Guide by M. S. Ansari
  • R Gupta’s UGC-NET Education Previous Years’ Papers (Solved) by RPH Editorial Board

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Which books are best to cover the UGC NET Education syllabus?

Some of the best books to excel in the UGC NET Education syllabus are Truman’s UGC NET/SET Education by Gagan Manocha, UGC-NET: Education (Paper II) Exam Guide by M. S. Ansari, and R Gupta’s UGC-NET Education Previous Years’ Papers (Solved) by RPH Editorial Board.

How difficult is the UGC NET exam in Education?

As per the past rend and analysis, the overall difficulty level of education subjects has been reported to be moderate. Hence one can expect questions to be moderately difficult in the upcoming exam.

How to start preparation for UGC NET exam in Education?

To prepare for UGC NET Education, candidates should carefully review the syllabus and exam pattern, use the best books to clear the concepts, and attempt unlimited questions to improve their chances of scoring high marks in the exam.

What is the UGC NET Education Syllabus?

The UGC NET Education Syllabus is divided into ten units, i.e. Education Studies, History, Politics, and Economics of Education, Learner and Learning Process, Teacher Education, Curriculum Studies, Research in Education, Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Assessment, Technology for Education, Educational Management, Administration and Leadership, and Inclusive Education.

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