UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023: Download Unit-wise Syllabus PDF

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Updated on: September 13th, 2023

The UGC NET Education Syllabus provides information on topics that will be asked in the exam. It will help you to make a proper study plan and start your preparation wisely. Having good knowledge of the topics helps you in preparation and getting good results in education papers.

The UGC NET Education Syllabus consists of 10 units which are divided into topics and subtopics. The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the UGC NET Exam for position of ‘Assistant Professor’ and for ‘Junior Research Fellowship’ in Indian Colleges and Universities. Download the UGC NET Education Syllabus PDF from the direct link provided below.

UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023

We have elaborated on the UGC NET Syllabus for Education that is asked in the exam. The subject is vividly explained in the table below, describing each unit in the most detailed manner. The UGC NET Education Syllabus for Paper 2 is divided into 10 major units that are asked in the exam. Paper 2 has total numbers of 100 questions. Each question carries +2 marks. So, the total marks allotted for Paper 2 is 200. Check the latest UGC NET Syllabus for Education below.

NTA UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023 Topics:

  • 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.
  • Inclusive Education.

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A thorough understanding of the UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023 is required to prepare well for the exam. All applicants studying for the UGC NET Education should begin preparation with the important topics. Candidates must have a look at UGC NET Exam Pattern after the syllabus. The UGC NET Education Syllabus PDF link is provided in English and Hindi below.

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NTA UGC NET Education Syllabus for Paper 2

Check the complete UGC NET Education Syllabus in the table below. The important topics for the Education exam are Teacher Education, Curriculum Studies, Research in Education, Pedagogy, Andragogy and Assessment, Technology for Education, etc.


UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023

Unit 1: Education Studies

1. Indian Schools of philosophy (Contribution)

  • Sankhya Yoga, Vedanta, Buddhism, Jainism (Special Mention to Vidya, Dayanand Darshan)
  • Islamic traditions for educational aims and methods in acquiring useful knowledge.

2. Contribution of Western schools of thoughts

  • Idealism, Realism, Naturalism, Pragmatism, Marxism, Existentialism.
  • Knowledge and wisdom.

3. Approaches to Sociology of Education

  • Concept of social Institutions and their functions (family, school, and society),
  • Concept and Theories of Social Movements (Relative Deprivation, Resource Mobilization, Political Process Theory, and New Social Movement Theory).

4. Socialization and Education

  • Contribution of different thinkers like Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, etc.
  • National Values n the Indian Constitution: Socialism, Secularism, justice, liberty, democracy, equality, freedom (Education point of view).

Unit 2: History, Politics, and Economics of Education

1. Committees and Commissions’ Contribution

  • 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)

2. Policies and Education

  • Educational Policy and National Development Linkage.
  • Educational Policy Determinants.
  • Process of Policy formulation.

3. Concept of Economics of Education

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis versus Cost-Effective Analysis.
  • Economic returns to Higher Education.
  • Educational Finance: Concept
  • Concept of Budgeting.

4. Politics and Education

  • Various Perspectives of Politics of Education Liberal, Conservative and Critical.
  • Different approaches to understanding politics.
  • Education for Political Development and Political Socialization.

Unit 3: Learner and Learning Process

1. Growth and Development

  • Growth Development: Concept
  • Cognitive Processes and different stages of Cognitive Development and Personality.
  • Definitions and theories according to Freud, Carl Rogers, Gordon Allport, Max Wertheimer, etc.,
  • Mental health and Mental hygiene.

2. Approaches to Intelligence from Unitary to Multiple

  • Social intelligence and its concepts, multiple and emotional intelligence.
  • Intelligence Theories by Sternberg, Gardner, etc.
  • Problem Solving concepts, Critical thinking, Metacognition, and Creativity.

3. Principles and Theories of learning

  • Behaviouristic, Cognitive and Social theories of learning.
  • Factors affecting social learning.
  • Concept of social cognition, understanding the social relationship and socialization goals.

4. Guidance and Counselling

  • Nature, Principles, and Need of Guidance and Counselling.
  • Guidance Types (educational, vocational, personal, health and social & Directive, etc.)
  • Different Approaches to counseling: Cognitive-Behavioural (Albert Ellis – REBT) & Humanistic, Person-centred Counselling (Carl Rogers).

Unit 4: Teacher Education

1. Teacher Education

  • Types of Teacher Education Programs.
  • Structure of Teacher Education Curriculum.
  • Curriculum Documents of NCERT and NCTE at different levels, namely, Elementary, Secondary, and Higher Secondary Levels.

2. Understanding Teacher Education

  • The various viewpoint of Schulman, Deng, and Luke & Habermas.
  • Reflective Teaching: Its Concept and Strategies to promote Reflective Teaching.
  • Different Models of Teacher Education.

3. Modes of In-service Teacher Education

  • Agencies and Institutions at District, State, and National Levels like SSA, RMSA, SCERT, NCERT, UGC, etc.
  • Planning in-service teacher education program.

4. Teaching as a Profession

  • Professional Ethics of Teachers.
  • Factors affecting Teacher Development.
  • ICT Integration and quality Enhancement to professionally increase Teacher Education and promote Innovation in Teacher Education.

Unit 5: Curriculum Studies

1. Concept and Principles of Curriculum Development

  • Various stages in the Curriculum Development Process.
  • Curriculum Planning Foundations: Philosophical Bases (National, democratic), Sociological basis (socio-cultural reconstruction), Psychological Bases (learner’s needs and interests).
  • Benchmarking and Role of National levels Statutory Bodies like UGC, NCTE, and University in Curriculum Development.

2. 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 Model
  • Discussion on Intervention Model.
  • Elaboration on CIPP Model Model.

3. Techniques and Materials in enhancing curriculum 

  • Approaches to Curriculum and Instructions (Academic and Competency-Based Approaches).
  • Different Models of Curriculum Evaluation: Tyler’s Model, Stakes’ Model, Scriven’s Model, Kirkpatrick’s Model.

4. Types of Curriculum change

  • Factors affecting curriculum change.
  • Students, teachers, and educational administrators’ roles in curriculum change and improvement.
  • Curriculum research scope.
  • Types of Research in Curriculum Studies.

Unit 6: Research in Education

1. Educational Research

  • Meaning, steps, and characteristics of Scientific Method: Replicability, Precision, Falsifiability, and Parsimony.
  • Exploratory, Explanatory and Descriptive: Types of Scientific Method.
  • Aims of research as a scientific activity include the concept of Problem-solving, Theory Building, and Prediction.
  • Types of research: Fundamental, Applied, and Action Research.
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to educational research.
  • Designs methods in educational research.

2. Variables

  • Concepts, Constructs, and Variables.
  • Types of Variables: Independent, Dependent, Extraneous, Intervening, and Moderator.
  • Hypotheses: Its Concept, Sources, Types including Research, Directional, Non-directional, Null, How to formulate a Hypothesis, Discussion on Characteristics of a reasonable hypothesis.
  • A sequential procedure for Writing a Research Proposal, characteristics of a good Sample.
  • Techniques of Sampling: Probability and Non-probability Sampling.
  • Tools of Research: Validity, Reliability, and Standardization of a Tool.
  • Rating scale, Attitude scale, Questionnaire, Aptitude test, and Achievement Test, Inventory: Types of Tools.
  • Observation, Interview, and Projective Techniques of Research.

3. Types of Measurement Scale 

  • Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, and Ratio.
  • Quantitative Data Analysis: Descriptive data analysis, Testing of Hypothesis, Levels of Significance, Power of a statistical test and effect size, Parametric and Non- Parametric Techniques, Conditions to be satisfied for using parametric techniques, Inferential data analysis, Interpretation of statistical techniques like Correlation, t-test, z-test, ANOVA, chi-square.
  • Qualitative Data Analysis: Data Reduction and Classification, Analytical Induction and Constant Comparison, Concept of Triangulation.

4. Qualitative Research Designs:

  • Grounded Theory Designs: Its Types, designs, characteristics, and Steps in conducting GT research, including Strengths and Weaknesses of Grounded Theory.
  • Narrative Research Designs: Meaning, characteristics of Narrative Research.
  • Meaning, Characteristics, Components of a Case Study design, Types and Steps of conducting a Case Study research including Strengths and weaknesses.
  • Meaning, Characteristics, Underlying assumptions, Steps of conducting ethnographic research, Writing ethnographic account.
  • Mixed-Method Designs: Types and characteristics of MM designs, steps in conducting a MM design including the Strengths and weakness of Mixed Methods.

Unit 7: Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Assessment

1. Pedagogy, Pedagogical Analysis 

  • Concept and Stages of Pedagogy, Pedagogical Analysis.
  • Critical Pedagogy: Its Concept, Need and its usefulness in Teacher Education.
  • Organizing Teaching which includes the topics of Memory Level (Herbartian Model), Understanding Level (Morrison teaching Model), and Reflective Level (Bigge and Hunt teaching Model).
  • Meaning and elaboration of Andragogy in Education: Theory of Andragogy (Malcolm Knowles), The Dynamic Model of Learner Autonomy.

2. Assessment

  • Assessment Meaning, nature, and perspectives.
  • Types of Assessment namely, Placement, diagnostic, summative, and formative.
  • Relations between the laid objectives and outcomes.
  • Assessment of Cognitive domains (Anderson and Krathwohl), Affective (Krathwohl), and psychomotor domains (R.H. Dave) of learning.

3. Assessment in Pedagogy of Education

  • Feedback Devices: Concept with types.
  • Guidance as a Feedback Device includes Assessment of Portfolios, Reflective Journal, Field Engagement using Rubrics, Competency-Based Evaluation, and Assessment of Teacher Prepared ICT Resources.

4. Assessment in Andragogy of Education

  • Introduction to Interaction Analysis: Flanders’ Interaction analysis and Galloway’s system of interaction analysis.
  • The criterion for teacher evaluation and the Meaning and steps of Peer evaluation.

Unit 8: Technology for Education

1. Educational Technology

  • Concepts of Information Technology and Instructional Technology.
  • Applications of Educational Technology: Informal, non-formal, informal, and inclusive education systems.
  • Overview of Behaviourist, Cognitive and Constructivist Theories and usefulness to Instructional Design (Skinner, Piaget, Ausubel, Bruner, Vygotsky).
  • Relationship between Learning Theories and Instructional Strategies.

2. Systems Approach Instructional Design

  • Models of Development of Instructional Design according to ADDIE, ASSURE, Dick and Carey Model Mason’s.
  • Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction.
  • Five E’s of Constructivism.
  • Nine Elements of Constructivist Instructional Design.
  • Application of Computers in Education: Concept, Process, and Approaches to e-learning.

3. Emerging Trends in e-learning

  • Social learning.
  • Open Education Resources: Concept and Applications.
  • E-Inclusion: Concept of E-Inclusion, Application of Assistive technology in E-learning,
  • Quality and Measuring quality of E-Learning: 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.

4. Use of ICT in Evaluation

  • Administration and Research: E-portfolios.
  • ICT for Research: Concept and Development (Including Online and Offline assessment tools).

Unit 9: Educational Management, Administration and Leadership

1. Educational Management and Administration

  • Meaning, Principles and its Functions.
  • POSDCORB, SWOT analysis, Taylorism, CPM, PERT, Management as a system.
  • Administration as a process and as a bureaucracy.
  • Human relations approach to Administration,
  • Organizational compliance, Organizational development, Organizational climate.

2. Leadership in Educational Administration

  • Meaning and its Nature.
  • Various Approaches to leadership (Some important points include 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, etc.

3. Concept of Quality and Quality in Education

  • Indian & International Perspective about Quality in Education.
  • Discussion on Evolution of Quality including Inspection, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Total Quality Management, Six Sigma.
  • Viewpoints of Quality Gurus: Walter Stewart, Edward Deming, C.K Pralhad, etc.

4. Change Management

  • Meaning and desperate Need for Planned change.
  • Three- Step-Model of Change: Unfreezing, Moving, Refreezing
  • The Japanese Models of Change. (Important)
  • 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 NAAC, Performance Indicators, Quality Council of India, International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education.

Unit 10: Inclusive Education

1. Inclusive Education

  • Concept, Principles, Scope, and Target Groups.
  • Evolution of the Philosophy of Inclusive Education. Acts and Provisions.
  • National Policy of Education: Started in 1986.
  • Program of Action of Action: Started in 1992.
  • Persons with Disabilities Act: Started in1995.
  • National Policy of Disabilities: Started in 2006.
  • National Curriculum Framework: Started in 2005.
  • Rehabilitation Council of India Act: Started in 1992.
  • Inclusive Education under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
  • Features and Provisions of UNCRPD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities).

2. Concept of Impairment

  • Classification of Disabilities based on different Models like the ICF Model, Readiness of School, and Models of Inclusion.
  • Characteristics and Educational Needs of Diverse Learners.
  • Causes and prevention of Disabilities.
  • Identification of Diverse Learners for Inclusion, Educational Evaluation Methods, Techniques, and Tools.

3. Planning and Management of Inclusive Classrooms

  • Providing Infrastructure, Human Resource, and Instructional Practices.
  • Curriculum Adaptations for Diverse Learners.
  • Adaptive Technology for Diverse Learners: Its Product include Aids and Appliances and Processes like Individualized Education plans, Remedial Teaching
  • Parent-Professional Partnership: Role of Parents, Peers, Professionals, Teachers and the role of School.

4. Barriers and Facilitators in Inclusive Education

  • Attitude, Social and Educational, Current Status.
  • Various Ethical Issues of inclusive education in India.
  • Research Trends of Inclusive Education in India.

UGC NET Education Syllabus 2023 in Hindi

यूजीसी नेट परीक्षा के शिक्षा पाठ्यक्रम में दो पेपर होते हैं। पेपर 1 में दो-दो अंकों के 50 बहुविकल्पीय प्रश्न हैं। और पेपर 2 में दो-दो अंकों के लिए 100 बहुविकल्पीय प्रश्न होते हैं। पेपर के बीच कोई ब्रेक नहीं होगा क्योंकि वे एक ही तीन घंटे के सत्र में आयोजित किए जाएंगे। केवल कंप्यूटर आधारित परीक्षा का उपयोग किया जाएगा। वाणिज्य के लिए नवीनतम यूजीसी नेट पाठ्यक्रम नीचे देखें।

NTA UGC NET शिक्षा पाठ्यक्रम 2023:

  • शिक्षा अध्ययन
  • इतिहास, राजनीति और शिक्षा का अर्थशास्त्र
  • सीखने और सीखने की प्रक्रिया
  • शिक्षक की शिक्षा
  • पाठ्यचर्या अध्ययन
  • शिक्षा में अनुसंधान
  • शिक्षाशास्त्र और आकलन
  • शिक्षा के लिए प्रौद्योगिकी
  • शैक्षिक प्रबंधन, प्रशासन और नेतृत्व
  • समावेशी शिक्षा

How to Prepare UGC NET Education Syllabus?

The experts have devised the best UGC NET Preparation Tips and strategy for getting the UGC NET Education Syllabus covered. Candidates who had followed the tips had cleared the exam with good marks. Check the steps to follow for preparation.

  • Candidates must go through the UGC NET education pattern and syllabus.
  • Make a UGC NET Study Plan and follow it religiously for the preparation.
  • Start attempting the UGC NET Education Previous Years Question Papers for time management and accuracy.
  • Revise all the topics regularly.
  • Take a mock test to know your progress.
  • Work on your health with your studies.

Best Books for UGC NET Education Syllabus

To complete the UGC NET Education Syllabus, candidates can refer to the books mentioned below. Also, go through the best UGC NET Books for the remaining sections. 

UGC NET Education Books


Truman’s UGC NET/SET Education

Gagan Manocha

R Gupta’s UGC-NET Education Previous Years’ Papers (Solved)

RPH Editorial Board

UGC-NET: Education (Paper II) Exam Guide 

M. S. Ansari

How to Score More With UGC NET Education Syllabus?

To score more in UGC NET Education Paper, the candidate must follow the simple steps given below

  • Do smart work instead of hard work and read each concept thoroughly. Never become stressed out when studying for an exam.
  • For frequent practice and preparation, get UGC NET Question Papers. also don’t put only the selected subject first. All units must be given equal consideration.
  • When compared to other subjects like Teacher Education, Curriculum Studies, Research in Education, Pedagogy, Andragogy and Assessment, and Technology for Education, 1-2 units are rather simple. The candidate must focus on that topics first.
  • The subjects that have been highlighted are quite significant in terms of the examination. On average, 10 questions from each unit should be included in the final exam.
  • Keep yourself informed about current events in international business.
  • Attempt to complete the entire syllabus on time, and revise with practice in the last month. To improve your time management abilities, concentrate on the mock test.


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