How to prepare Paper-2 Education for UGC NET ?

By Ashwani Tyagi|Updated : September 21st, 2021

This article is all about the strategy, syllabus, important and relevant books, intensive study plan so as to crack the UGC NET in Education (Paper II) for UGC NET 2021 exam with thorough detail.

This article is all about the strategy, syllabus, important and relevant books, intensive study plan so as to crack the UGC NET in Education (Paper II) for UGC NET 2021 exam with thorough detail.

With the proper understanding of syllabus and pattern from previous year questions and with a smart study using limited resources could make your preparation holistic and make it clear with JRF too. 

Points to Remember

  • The important thing to do to crack JRF in Education is to keep the updated  syllabus with you. Read the syllabus line by line.
  • Another important thing is the identification of the areas/topics that are scoring and repeated questions being asked by NTA most of the time.
  • Identify your strong and weak areas/topics in Education. For example- Technology in/ for Education and Inclusive Education are very scoring topics of Education. Avoid missing any question from these topics.
  • Do work upon your  weak areas. Example- an aspiring candidate finds  Pedagogy, Andragogy and Assessment, Learner and Learning Process a bit difficult. Therefore, practise more on these topics.
  • Avoid reading precooked guide/help books available in the market, a holistic approach is the only key.
  • Start with your basics  books that you read in your B.Ed/M.Ed/M.Sc.Ed/MA ed., for a quick recap.
  • Revision of these books will help you in saving a lot of time.
  • Attempt mock tests and previous year questions..
  • Do not take paper-2 lightly. Most candidates put their sole focus on Paper-I but forget that the Paper II is of 200 marks and make your result come out as NET with JRF.

Preparation strategy for your UGC NET in Education Exam 2021

1. Previous Year Paper Analysis:

  • Key analysis drawn from the previous year papers for NET in Education is that NTA is testing candidates objective knowledge and practical approach skills
  • Appeared/Appearing students in the post graduate degree in the field of education are expected to develop fair critical reasoning skills and sound knowledge so to answer the questions
  • Only objective questions are being asked in the paper and a thorough subjective knowledge is a must
  • Real life and practical skills acquired during TLP is an advantage to answer practical based questions.
  • Mostly all options seem to be correct, so a thorough subjective knowledge will make you to BYJU'S Exam Prep in it.

2. Key Areas to be studied:

These are ten units as the latest syllabus out of which, questions are asked in your paper 2 :

  1. Learner and Learning Process
  2. History, Politics and Economics of Education
  3. Educational Studies
  4. Educational Management, Administration and Leadership
  5. Inclusive Education
  6. Research in Education
  7. Curriculum Studies
  8. Pedagogy, Andragogy and Assessment
  9. Teacher Education
  10. Technology in/ for Education

Important topics from the above units which are most important and scoring :


PAPER 2 : Education ( 2020 )

Contribution of Western schools of thoughts


Approaches to Sociology of Education


Committees and Commissions on Education


Educational Policy and National Development


Growth and Development


Principles and Theories of learning


Instructional Design and technique


Educational Research and methodology


Pedagogy of Education


Concept of Educational Technology


Use of ICT in Education


Emerging Trends in e learning


Educational Administration


Change Management


Concept, Principle and Scope of Inclusive Education


Barriers and Facilitators in Inclusive Education


Principle and strategies of curriculum development


Professional ethics and principles as a teacher


New Education Policy*


Concept of Quality and Quality in Education


Takeaways from the ongoing trend of question papers:

  • Most scoring areas : Education policies, commission and committees :
  • Chairman of Committees and Year of commission establishment and report submission is the scoring and important area.
  • Practical based question from your teaching learning practice owns good weightage
  • Inclusive education is very important.
  • Aim to cover above highlighted areas with proper revision
  • Eliminating options technique can also make you reach the right options, which can be only developed by through subjective knowledge and practice
  • Attempt practical based questions with a  critical reasoning and analytical approach

3. Strategy for UGC NET Education :  Paper 2

  • Make yourself aware of the examination pattern
  • Keep your sources limited and practice more
  • Start your revision with scanning your college books
  • At least 3-4 hours daily devotion for a minimum 2 months, Devot at least 4 hours thoroughly
  • Make yourself familiar with all the important points given in the syllabus.
  • Make a habit of writing notes for your revision few days before examination
  • Talk Less Act More strategy with at least one mock test/topic test daily.
  • Time management and routine based study for each topic
  • Revision is the key to your success and retention will make par the exam
  • Focus on quality study and prepare with smart strategies to attempt questions. Elimination method works well in attempting a lot of questions where multiple options are there as correct answer
  • In the exam preparation strategy, allocate proper time to practice the Paper 1.

3. Important Books for UGC NET Education :  Paper 2

Education is vast subject and it includes topics which includes philosophy, psychology, sociology etc., and to cover the designated syllabus by NTA, following books which are available in both English and Hindi medium can be studied with prior matching relevant topics :

  • N. R. Swaroop Saxena
  • Uma Tandon
  • Aruna Gupta
  • Raman Bihari Lal
  • Dr. Girish Pichori
  • J.C. Aggarwal
  • S.P. Ruhela
  • J.S. Walia

Note- NTA picks questions based on theoretical as well as practical knowledge.
Therefore,It is a must for a candidate to practice more with subjective knowledge.

Increase your chances to crack JRF

BYJU'S Exam Prep provides you crisp and relevant notes with plenty of questions, mock tests and practical applications based questions. Hence, to score better, start your preparation now and crack UGC NET 2021.

All the best for your exams.

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Ashwani TyagiAshwani TyagiMember since Jun 2020
UGC NET Qualified 3 times (history)
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Will u provide notes of library and information science net exam
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Sir I  want to  know how prepare the hand notes  for paper 2 education....  I forget the year and dates so how to set up in my mind, so give some sequence...
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Thank u so much sir sach a help full information 🙏🙏🙏

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