Choosing the proper UGC NET Books and study material for NET preparation is important to your NET exam preparation. To find the right UGC NET books for both Paper I (Teaching & Research Aptitude) and Paper II (Research Aptitude), candidates must first know the UGC NET Syllabus and Exam Pattern (Subject Specific Test). Moreover, having reliable UGC NET books can help you save time when studying for the UGC NET exam.

Moreover, having reliable UGC NET books can help you save time when studying for the UGC NET exam. In collaboration with the National Testing Agency, the University Grants Commission (UGC) determines the UGC NET syllabus for its applicants (NTA). The UGC NET examination is conducted twice a year by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Overview of UGC NET Books 2021

The UGC NET Notification 2021 for the December 2020 Cycle said that the exam would be held in May 2021. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was postponed. Exam dates for the UGC-NET December 2020 cycle have been altered (May 2021).The examination is scheduled to take place in November 2021. Before we get into the details of UGC NET books, let's have a look at the UGC NET exam itself:

Name of the Exam

National Eligibility Test (NET)

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Mode of Examination


Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Number of Papers

Paper I
 Paper II

Number of Questions


Time Duration

3 hours

Negative Marking

There is no negative marking for wrong answer

Official Website


For Paper I, UGC NET Books

The UGC NET Paper I examines the candidate's ability to teach and reason, as well as their research aptitude, understanding, divergent thinking, and general awareness. There are 50 questions on this exam, for a total of 100 marks. To get a higher UGC NET marks, candidates should read the following great books for UGC NET Paper I:

Best book for UGC NET Paper 1


Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper 1 - 2020 Edition


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

Arihant Experts

NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF Paper 1 - Teaching and Research Aptitude

KVS Madaan (Pearson Education)

UGC-NET/JRF/SET - Teaching & Research Aptitude (General Paper 1)

Upkar Prakashan

NTA UGC NET JRF Paper I – All 10 Subject + Indian Logic (Link Below)

Shubham Singhania & Anuj Jindal

Latest NTA UGC NET Paper 1 – 14 Solved Past Year Papers (7 Papers of 2019, and 5 Papers of 2018 and 2 Papers of 2017) (Link Below)

Shubham Singhania & Anuj Jindal


Although the books listed above are more comprehensive in that they cover many topics from UGC NET Paper 1, there are a few other books that are excellent for specific topics.


The topics covered in the UGC NET Paper 1 and 2 syllabus can be seen here.

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