UGC NET Books 2021: Subject-wise Books List for Paper 1 & Paper 2

UGC NET Books 2021: Subject-wise Books List for Paper 1 & Paper 2

ByNikhil Verma  |  Updated on: Feb 12, 2021Check out details about UGC NET Exam 2021 below such as UGC NET 2021 exam admit card details, notification, exam date, application form link, syllabus, pattern, eligibility criteria, selection process, etc.
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Best Books for UGC NET Paper 1

Find the below list of important books for the UGC NET Paper 1 that you must follow to start the preparation.

Book Name


Trueman’s UGC NET /SET General Paper 1Trueman
UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research AptitudeArihant Experts
NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF Paper 1- Teaching and Research AptitudeKVS Madaan (Pearson Education)
UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude General Paper-1Upkar Prakashan

You can refer to any of the books mentioned above. If needed, you can refer two books for more clarity and better preparation.

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UGC NET Preparation Tips for Paper 1

  • Now that the exam is online, one must practice Paper-I tests of UGC NET regularly, in order to maintain proper speed and accuracy for the exam.
  • Work upon your weak sections of Paper 1 and learn to prioritize the units based on your performance in mock tests.
  • Evaluate your preparation for Paper I with the help of mock tests and sample papers.
  • Frame a study plan for each day and try to execute it accordingly.
  • Maintain a notebook where you keep track of your strengths and areas which need further development.
  • There is no negative marking in Paper-I, thus, one must aim to attempt all 50 questions. So, study all the topics that are asked in Paper-I of UGC NET and practice an ample number of questions based on them.
  • Try to devote at least 3-4 hours every day for the preparation of Paper-I. This duration will be sufficient to cover all the sub-sections of this paper and practice questions based on them.

Best Books for UGC NET Paper 2 (Subjects wise)

This paper is subject-specific. The list of recommended books for Paper-II subject-wise is provided below:

Subject Code

Subject Name


01Economics / Co-operation / Demography / Rural Economics /Development Planning/Development Studies/Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business EconomicsTrueman's UGC NET Economics by Sriniwas ShirurUGC NET/JRF/SET Economics (Paper II) -Upkar Prakashan (Author-Gopal Garg)
02Political ScienceTrueman's UGC NET Political Science by K.A. Babu, Sajit Kumar (Author)UGC Net Political Science by Rukmini Bhattacharjee (Arihant)
04PsychologyTrueman's UGC NET Psychology by Dr. Swati MaharshiUGC Net Psychology 2018 by Siddharth Mittal and Naroj Kumar Sahu (Arihant Experts)
05SociologyTrueman's UGC NET Sociology by S.Hussain
06HistoryTrueman's UGC NET History by Promod Singh
07AnthropologyTrueman’s UGC NET Anthropology by A.M. Tripathi
08CommerceTrueman’s UGC NET Commerce by PraveenKataria, Anshu Kataria, and M. Shivani
09EducationTrueman’s UGC NET Education by GaganManocha
10Social WorkTrueman’s UGC NET Education by Yogendra Pal
11.Defence and Strategic StudiesCBSE UGC-NET-JRF Defense And Strategic Studies
12Home ScienceTrueman’s UGC-NET Home Science by Anju Khosla & RuchiUGC NET /SET (JRF &LS) Home Science by Suchi Rastogi
14Public AdministrationUGC Net Public Administration 2018 by Deepak Swain (Arihant)Trueman's UGC NET Public Administration by Sajit Kumar
15Population StudiesPrinciples of Population Studies by Bhende (Author), Himalayan Publishing House
16MusicUGC NET Music Exam Guide (Hindi) by Gunjan Saxena and Nisha Rawa
17Management (including Business Administration Management/Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management)Trueman’s UGC-NET Management by M. Shivani (Author)UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) Management by Mohit Aggarwal (Arihant experts)
19BengaliBengali NET/SET by Balaram Bapari
20HindiTrueman’s UGC NET Hindi Sahitya (Hindi Literature) by Board of Authors
21KannadaSamagra Kannada Sahitya Kaipidi - Useful For IAS, KAS, KES, PUC Lecturer, NET (UGC), K-SET by Lokesha Masavanaghatta
22MalayalamUGC NET /SET/ TET Malayalam Pareeksha Sahayi by Sasidharan A.P. (Author)
24PunjabiU.G.C. NET/SET/JRF PUNJABI by Universal (Contributor)
25SanskritUGC NET/JRF/SLET Sanskrit Prashan Patra-II Avum III (Hindi) by Priyanka Tiwari (Author), Arihant Experts (Publisher)
27TeluguUGC NET & SET (Telugu Literature) by GanjiShashidar, Pothula Venkateshwar Reddy
28UrduUGC-NET JRF & Assistant Professor Khazeen-E-Adab Urdu (Paper II & III) by M.Arshad Ansari and M. S. Ansari
30EnglishUGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) English Literature by Arihant Experts
31LinguisticsUGC NET/SET Linguistics Guide by Ringu Ann Baby
36AssameseUGC/CBSE NET Set Guide By Assam Publishing Company (Assamese) (ASHIM CHUTIA -Author)
37GujaratiUGC NET/GCET-Commerce Paper (in Gujarati) by Mukesh M Bavaliya
46Adult Education/Continuing Education/ Andragogy/Non-Formal EducationA brief Book on Extension Education by Shruti Madan Singh (Author), New Vishal Publications
47Physical EducationTrueman’s UGC NET Physical Education by Akhilesh Tripathi (Author), A.K. Srivastava (Author)
55Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource ManagementTrueman’s UGC NET HRM/ Human Resource Management & Labour Welfare by Reetu DograUGC-NET: Labour Welfare & Industrial Relations / Labour & Social Welfare / Human Resource Management (Paper II) Exam Guide
58LawTrueman’s UGC NET Law by Suman ChauhanUGC-NET: Law (Paper II) Exam Guide by Aproov Bhardwaj (R Gupta’s Publication)
59Library and Information ScienceTrueman’s UGC NET Library and Information Science by S. Thakur (Author)
60Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace StudiesUGC NET Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies by Deepak Kumar
62Comparative Study of ReligionsComparative Study of Religions by C.R. JainComparative Study of Religions by Y. Masih
63Mass Communication and JournalismTrueman’s UGC NET Mass Communication & Journalism by Sameer K. Mishra (Author)

UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism by Atul Udaipuria and Nitesh Kumar Singh (Arihant Experts)

66Museology & ConservationArchaeology, Museology, and Conservation: A review Edited by Vibha Upadhaya
67ArchaeologyUGC NET/JRF Archaeology and Philosophy Paper (Hindi) by Mohan Lal)
68Criminology(UGC-NET/JRF) Criminology Solved Question Paper by Mr. Nitish Kumar Soni Dr. Mridul Srivastava Dr. Anup Yadava
70Tribal and Regional Language/LiteratureFolklore and Its Motifs in Tribal Literature by Dr. Kishore Jadav
71Folk LiteratureFolk Literature: A Concise Guide for NET/JRF by Marya Naim (Author)
73Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ / Navya Nyaya/ Mimansa /Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya)UGC NET/JRF/SLET - Sanskrit Prashan-Patra II Avum III by Priyanka Tiwari (Author)
74Women StudiesAdvanced Manual For Women Studies UGC/CBSE -NET/JRF by Anmol Murlidhar Nimsadkar
79Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)Upkar’s UGC-NET/JRF/SET Visual Art (Paper-II) by M. Vasim (Author)
80GeographyTrueman’s UGC NET Geography by A. Magon, B.P. Panigrahi
82Forensic ScienceForensic Science UGC NET/JRF-MCQ by Dr. Anu Singla
87Computer Science and ApplicationsTrueman’s UGC NET/SET Computer Science and Applications by Sanjay Singhal, Sameer Mishra
88Electronic ScienceCBSE UGC NET/SET ELECTRONIC SCIENCE by Sunil Kushwaha (Author)
89Environmental SciencesTrueman's UGC NET Environmental Science by Anil Tyagi and Virendra Singh
92Human Rights and Duties(a) UGC NET/SET (JFR&LS) Human Rights & Duties Paper II & III by FazilAtulUdaipuria (Author)

UGC NET Human Rights and Duties by Arihant Experts

93Tourism Administration and Management.Trueman's UGC NET Tourism by Akhilesh
100YogaR.Gupta’s UGC-NET Yoga (Paper II & III) Exam Guide by RPH Editorial Board (Author)

The list shared above has been created on the basis of the review of students as well as top ratings. We hope these books will help you in your preparation of UGC NET Exam.

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UGC NET Preparation Tips for Paper 2

  • Paper-II is also an MCQ based exam. This paper is based on the subject selected by the candidate while applying for UGC NET.
  • The course of Paper-II usually includes the subjects of Graduation and Post-Graduation level.
  • You must try to devote at least 5-6 hours for the preparation of this paper since its course is huge and it carries more weightage in the final score.
  • You should focus more on the core topics of your subject because once they are strengthened, understanding and attempting questions based on other chapters and topics become comparatively easy.
  • Make chapter-wise notes, highlighting important points, basics or important formulas, which carry comparatively more weightage in the exam.
  • One can also take help in learning the chapters with the help of different online tutorials.
  • Keep track of good reference books, as suggested by exam experts, to ensure that you find all the study material in a single place rather than looking up from multiple sources.
  • Revision is crucial for the preparation of Paper-II of UGC NET. Remember, you need to complete huge syllabus for Paper-II and timely revision would ensure that you retain what you study. So, take out 30-40 minutes at night or start of the day to revise what you studied during the day or on the previous day respectively.
  • Keep the exams, your subject, the chapters and your notes in perspective.
  • For an effective preparation of Paper-II, proper practice of Previous year papers is important. It will help you narrow down the commonly asked topics for the exam and at the same time will help you practice more.
  • Solve previous 8-10 years UGC NET question papers

UGC NET 2021 Exam Preparation

The first step towards UGC NET preparation should be familiarizing yourself with complete exam details.

  • University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET) is a gateway test in India to start a career as a Lecturers/Professors/Associates in varsities and other educational institutions.
  • On behalf of UGC, CBSE used to conduct the NET exam till JUNE, 2018. However, now the National Testing Agency (NTA) is responsible to administer the UGC NET Exam. 
  • NET is conducted twice a year i.e. in the month of June and December. December 2020 session will now be conducted as UGC NET Exam 2021 in May 2021. 
  • UGC also grants JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP under the same umbrella to the NET passed out candidates.
  • The NET exam is conducted to examine the knowledge of an individual for any of the distinctive positions, based on the rank one acquires at Indian Universities.
  • This is the benchmark examination that will evaluate your knowledge not only in a particular subject but also in your language, writing skills, speed, and others.

Next, understand how the exam is conducted.

  • The UGC NET 2021 exam will be online. Primarily, one must start preparing by understanding the subject-wise topics to be covered for the examination based on the latest pattern and syllabus.
    For example, if your subject is English you will have to answer two papers: PAPER 1 and PAPER 2, which are conducted combined for a 3-hour duration. No break in between. Candidates are required to appear for both the papers in order to be eligible for JRF and Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor only.

We have already shared the latest UGC NET exam pattern and detailed syllabus of UGC NET. Candidates are advised to go through these posts for better understanding. Let us now discuss some important tips on how one should prepare for the UGC NET exam.

Important UGC NET Links:
UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2021UGC NET Notification 2021
UGC NET Apply Online
UGC NET Admit Card 2021
UGC NET Question Papers
UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021
UGC NET Syllabus 2021
UGC NET Job Profile
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UGC NET Certificate
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