UGC NET Books 2021 For All Subjects | List Of Best Books for UGC NET

UGC NET Books

UGC NET Books 2021: The National Testing Agency conducts UGC NET (University Grant Commission – National Eligibility Test) for determining the eligibility of candidates for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship both or Assistant Professorship only. The NTA officials have published the UGC NET Notification 2021. UGC NET 2021 will be conducted from 2nd May to 17th May 2021.

The UGC NET is conducted twice a year. It is essential for the aspirants to make necessary preparation in order to crack these tough tests.

One of the most important things that must be done by the aspirants is to identify a list of books that help in the preparation of the UGC NET exam.

UGC NET Exam 2021 | Get Detailed Exam Info

The UGC NET Exam consists of two papers. One is common for all, and paper II is for specialization in a particular subject. To qualify for the UGC NET, the aspirants must make the necessary preparation.

UGC NET exam is conducted as a Computer Based Test, it consists of 2 papers, and both are objective.

The best study material must be there to prepare so as to qualify. This article covers the list of books for paper I and Paper II for all the subjects.

Choose Best UGC NET Books 2020-21

Before selecting any books, it is essential to know the pattern of the UGC NET exam. You must choose the right book and study according to the UGC NET syllabus, solve the previous papers for better preparedness and time management.

Therefore a proper study regime and study material are two important things. The booklist has been prepared after thorough research and student opinions about these books.

Before starting the complete guide, you can check the basic overview of the UGC NET Exam 2021 from the table below.

UGC NET 2020-21 Exam Highlights

Exam Name University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test
Commonly known as UGC NET Exam
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Exam Level National
Official Website ugcnet.nta.nic.in
Periodicity Twice in a year (and December)
Conducted for Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professorship
Mode of Exam Computer-based Test (Online mode)
Medium English or Hindi
NET Application fees  Gen – ₹1000, OBC/ EWS- ₹500, SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender – ₹250
UGC NET Helpdesk 8076535482, 7703859909 | ugcnet-nta@nic.in, queries.net.nta@gmail.com

You have seen in the table that UGC NET has two papers. Paper 1 is a general paper and it is common for all the candidates. Paper 2 is a subject-specific test of in-depth knowledge of a subject chosen by the candidate. NTA UGC NET is conducted for a total of 81 subjects.

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UGC Study Packages Paper 1 UGC NET Paper 2 Study Packages

Exclusive UGC NET Paper 1 Books for 2021 Exam

UGC NET Paper 1 is conducted to test your teaching and reasoning ability, research aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness. This paper has 50 questions for a total of 100 marks.

Here are the best books for UGC NET preparation:

Book Title Author(s)’s Name Publisher & Edition/ Year
Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper I M. Gagan, Sajit Kumar Danika Publishing Company, 2019
NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1 KVS Madaan Pearson Education, Third Edition, 2019
2019 Latest Syllabus – NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF – Paper 1 Harpreet Kaur Oxford University Press, First Edition, 2019
NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF – Paper 1 Arihant Experts Arihant Publications, Eleventh Edition, 2019
NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF – Paper 1 Dr. Usha Rani Jain JBC Press, First Edition
CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research Aptitude Dr. M.S. Ansari & RPH Editorial Board Ramesh Publishing House, 2019

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Other Important Books for NTA UGC NET Exam 2021:

In addition, you can refer to the following topic-specific books for UGC NET Paper I:

UGC NET Paper 1 Topic

Reference Books

General Awareness

Manorama Yearbook

General awareness (Arihant Publications)

Reasoning ability 

A Modern Approach To Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning (S.Chand Publication)

A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Nonverbal by B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali (Arihant Publication)

Computer Literacy

Computer Awareness by Mini Goyal and Shweta Rani (Arihant Publication)

Numerical and Arithmetical Ability

Quantitative Aptitude by R.S.Aggrawal (S.Chand Publication)

Quantitative Aptitude by N.K.Singh (Upkar Prakashan Publication)

Test of Comprehension and English Language

High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren and Martin

Must-Read UGC NET Paper 2 Books for 2021 Exam

UGC NET Paper 2 has 100 Multiple Choice Questions for a total of 200 marks. Here is a list of UGC NET books recommended for each of the subjects for Paper 2:

Subject Code

Subject Name

List Of UGC NET Books 

01

Economics / Co-operation / Demography / Rural Economics /Development Planning/Development Studies/Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics

Trueman’s UGC NET Economics by Sriniwas Shirur

UGC NET/JRF/SET Economics (Paper-II) -Upkar Prakashan (Author-Gopal Garg)

02

Political Science

Trueman’s UGC NET Political Science by K.A. Babu, Sajit Kumar (Author) 

UGC Net Political Science by Rukmini Bhattacharjee (Arihant)

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Political Science

Schand UGC NET Political Science

04

UGC NET Books for Psychology

Trueman’s UGC NET Psychology by Dr. Swati Maharshi

UGC Net Psychology 2018 by Siddharth Mittal and Naroj Kumar Sahu (Arihant Experts)

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Psychology

05

Sociology

Trueman’s UGC NET Sociology by S.Hussain

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Sociology

06

History

Trueman’s UGC NET History by Promod Singh

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET History

07

Anthropology

Trueman’s UGC NET Anthropology by A.M. Tripathi

08

Commerce

Trueman’s UGC NET Commerce by Praveen Kataria, Anshu Kataria, and M. Shivani

09

Education

Trueman’s UGC NET Education by GaganManocha

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Education

10

Social Work

Trueman’s UGC NET Education by Yogendra Pal

11.

Defense and Strategic Studies

CBSE UGC-NET-JRF Defense And Strategic Studies

12

Home Science

Trueman’s UGC-NET Home Science by Anju Khosla & Ruchi

UGC NET /SET (JRF &LS) Home Science by Suchi Rastogi

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Home Science

14

Public Administration

UGC Net Public Administration 2018 by Deepak Swain (Arihant)Trueman’s UGC NET Public Administration by Sajit Kumar

15

Population Studies

Principles of Population Studies by Bhende (Author), Himalayan Publishing House

16

Music

UGC NET Music Exam Guide (Hindi) by Gunjan Saxena and Nisha Rawa

17

Management (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)

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Management

19

Bengali

Bengali NET/SET by Balaram Bapari

20

Hindi

Trueman’s UGC NET Hindi Sahitya (Hindi Literature) by Board of Authors

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Hindi

21

UGC NET Books for Kannada

Samagra Kannada Sahitya Kaipidi – Useful For IAS, KAS, KES, PUC Lecturer, NET (UGC), K-SET by Lokesha Masavanaghatta

22

Malayalam

UGC NET /SET/ TET Malayalam Pareeksha Sahayi by Sasidharan A.P. (Author)

23

Odia

UGC NET/SSB/SLET/JRF Odia PAPER-II & III

24

Punjabi

U.G.C. NET/SET/JRF PUNJABI by Universal (Contributor)

25

Sanskrit

UGC NET/JRF/SLET Sanskrit Prashan Patra-II Avum III (Hindi) by Priyanka Tiwari (Author), Arihant Experts (Publisher)

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Sanskrit

27

Telugu

UGC NET & SET (Telugu Literature) by GanjiShashidar, Pothula Venkateshwar Reddy

28

Urdu

UGC-NET JRF & Assistant Professor Khazeen-E-Adab Urdu (Paper II & III) by M.Arshad Ansari and M. S. Ansari

30

English

UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) English Literature by Arihant Experts

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET English

31

Linguistics

UGC NET/SET Linguistics Guide by Ringu Ann Baby

36

Assamese

UGC/CBSE NET Set Guide By Assam Publishing Company (Assamese) (ASHIM CHUTIA -Author)

37

Gujarati

UGC NET/GCET-Commerce Paper (in Gujarati) by Mukesh M Bavaliya

46

Adult Education/Continuing Education/ Andragogy/Non-Formal Education

A brief Book on Extension Education by Shruti Madan Singh (Author), New Vishal Publications

47

UGC NET Books for Physical Education

Trueman’s UGC NET Physical Education by Akhilesh Tripathi (Author), A.K. Srivastava (Author)

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Physical Education

55

UGC NET Books for Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management

Trueman’s UGC NET HRM/ Human Resource Management & Labour Welfare by Reetu Dogra

UGC-NET: Labour Welfare & Industrial Relations / Labour & Social Welfare / Human Resource Management (Paper II) Exam Guide

58

Law

Trueman’s UGC NET Law by Suman Chauhan

UGC-NET: Law (Paper II) Exam Guide by Aproov Bhardwaj (R Gupta’s Publication)

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Law

59

Library and Information Science

Trueman’s UGC NET Library and Information Science by S. Thakur (Author)

60

Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies

UGC NET Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies by Deepak Kumar

62

Comparative Study of Religions

Comparative Study of Religions by C.R. JainComparative Study of Religions by Y. Masih

63

Mass Communication and Journalism

Trueman’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)

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Mass Communication & Journalism

66

Museology & Conservation

Archaeology, Museology, and Conservation: A review Edited by Vibha Upadhaya

67

UGC NET Books for Archaeology

UGC NET/JRF Archaeology and Philosophy Paper (Hindi) by Mohan Lal)

68

Criminology

(UGC-NET/JRF) Criminology Solved Question Paper by Mr. Nitish Kumar Soni Dr. Mridul Srivastava Dr. Anup Yadava

70

UGC NET Books for Tribal and Regional Language/Literature

Folklore and Its Motifs in Tribal Literature by Dr. Kishore Jadav

71

Folk Literature

Folk Literature: A Concise Guide for NET/JRF by Marya Naim (Author)

73

UGC NET Books for Sanskrit 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)

74

Women Studies

Advanced Manual For Women Studies UGC/CBSE -NET/JRF by Anmol Murlidhar Nimsadkar

79

UGC NET Books for Visual 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)

80

Geography

Trueman’s UGC NET Geography by A. Magon, B.P. Panigrahi

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Geography

82

Forensic Science

Forensic Science UGC NET/JRF-MCQ by Dr. Anu Singla

87

UGC NET Books for Computer Science and Applications

Trueman’s UGC NET/SET Computer Science and Applications by Sanjay Singhal, Sameer Mishra

Upkar Prakashan UGC NET Computer Science and Applications

88

Electronic Science

CBSE UGC NET/SET ELECTRONIC SCIENCE by Sunil Kushwaha (Author)

89

Environmental Sciences

Trueman’s UGC NET Environmental Science by Anil Tyagi and Virendra Singh

92

Human 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

93

Tourism Administration and Management.

Trueman’s UGC NET Tourism by Akhilesh

100

Yoga

R.Gupta’s UGC-NET Yoga (Paper II & III) Exam Guide by RPH Editorial Board (Author)

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UGC NET Books & Study Materials From Top Publishers

You can easily download books for UGC NET from various publishers on our website.

You can click on the link given below and access the study materials from famous publishers for UGC NET Exam 2020.

Things to consider while selecting books for UGC NET preparation:

  • Consider the books that have a balance between theory and practice tests.
  • Always look for the latest edition of the book, check for the publication date.
  • Try to compare different editions of books just to know what is updated in the latest edition.
  • Ensure to read the reviews on online sites and make a decision to buy a particular book.

Other Important Links for UGC NET Exam

You should have the following study materials to boost your exam preparation for the NTA UGC NET exam.

NTA UGC NET Syllabus 2021

Before starting preparation for the exam, you should have the latest UGC NET Syllabus of Paper 1 & your chosen subject.

You should know that the Syllabus of Paper 1 is common for all the subjects, whereas the Paper 2 syllabus will be based on the subject that you have opted to appear in the exam.

NTA has updated UGC NET Syllabus 2021 for Paper 1 and all NET subjects under Paper 2.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021

You must know the latest UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021. It will let you know about the exam to understand its methodology and marking scheme.

The UGC NET exam has two papers (Paper I & II).

  • NTA UGC NET Paper- I: It is a common paper to all branches. It deals with the general awareness, comprehension, divergent thinking, and reasoning ability of the aspirant.
  • UGC NET Paper-IIII: Paper 2 will be based on your chosen subject.

You can check the UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper 1 and Paper 2 from the table given below:

UGC NET Papers 

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Exam Duration

Paper 1 

50

100

A cumulative exam duration of 3 hours (180 minutes)

Paper 2 

100

200

Total 

150

300

UGC NET Previous Year Papers

You must solve the previous year’s papers before the exams. It will give you an idea about nature and the exam pattern of the exam. You will know the difficulty level of the questions asked in the exam. 

Practicing UGC NET Previous Year Papers will help you to build your confidence level and also boost the speed of solving questions in real exams.

It will also help students in knowing their conceptual weaknesses so that they can easily cover those before the NET exam.

Click on the other important link to access other study materials related to the UGC NET exam.

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria UGC NET Subjects
UGC NET Date Sheet UGC NET Admit Card
UGC NET Exam Centre UGC NET Exam Analysis
UGC NET Answer Key UGC NET Result
UGC NET Cut Off UGC NET Certificate
UGC NET Career Scopes  

We have covered a detailed guide on UGC NET Books 2020. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below.

FAQs for Best Books for UGC NET 2021 – Paper I & Paper II

Which subject should I choose for paper 2 in the UGC NET 2021 exam?

You should choose based on your graduation/post-graduation subjects as also on your personal interest and aptitude.

How many books should I refer to for UGC NET paper 1?

You can refer to two or more books for more clarity on some topics. Some topics may be covered well in one book and others might be more clear in another book.

What is the mode of examination for UGC NET?

The mode of examination is online. The question paper will be of objective type.

How much time break is there between UGC NET Paper 1 and Paper 2?

There is no break between Paper 1 and Paper 2.

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