UGC NET Law 2020 Exam | Syllabus(updated), Study Material, Solved Paper & More

UGC NET Law Exam 2020

Law, the discipline and profession concerned with the customs, practices, and rules of conduct of a community that are recognized as binding by the community. Enforcement of the body of rules is through a controlling authority.

Pursuing career in law is one of the top choices in our country for the students who want to become a lawyer. But choosing Law subject in your master’s degree not only provide the opportunities as a legal practitioner but also as an Assistant Professor, JRF and several other job options in established government and private organizations. 

For this, NTA conducts the UGC NET Exam for students who have completed or are in the final year of law or a related stream and want to explore their career options.

To prepare correctly for the UGC NET Law Exam in 2020 and you need relevant, genuine updates on the syllabus, study material, previous year question papers and more, we will guide you for that. Although UGC has revised its pattern and syllabus in the last year, this year there are no changes expected.

UGC NET Law 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Before starting your preparation, you should check and fulfil the Eligibility Criteria for UGC NET Law exam. 

To sort out the suitable candidates based on their age limits, educational qualifications, and other criteria, NTA has decided some guidelines for the exam which are as follows:

  • Masters’ in Law or related subjects with minimum
    • 55% (For General) 
    • 50% (For OBC/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender). 
  • For NET JRF, the age limit is 
    • 30 years (For General) 
    • 35 years (for OBC/SC/ST/PwD/Female/Transgender)
  • For Assistant Professor, there is no age limit criteria. 

UGC NET Law Exam Syllabus 2020 (Updated)

UGC NET exam Law Code number for the exam is 58. List of topics as given in the syllabus: 


  • Nature and sources of law
  • Concept of rights and duties
  • Legal personality
  • Schools of jurisprudence
  • Law and morality
  • Law, poverty, and development
  • Concepts of property, ownership, and possession
  • Concept of liability
  • Global justice
  • Modernism and postmodernism


  • Preamble, fundamental rights, and duties, directive principles of state policy.
  • Union and State legislature and distribution of legislative powers; Judiciary
  • Union and State executive and their interrelationship; Emergency provisions; Temporary, transitional and special provisions in respect of certain states
  • Election Commission of India
  • Nature, scope, and importance of administrative law; Principle of natural justice
  • Judicial review of administrative actions: Grounds


  • International law: Definition, nature, and basis; Sources of International law
  • Recognition of states and governments; Nationality, immigrants, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)
  • United Nations and its organs
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Extradition and asylum
  • Settlement of international disputes
  • International humanitarian law (IHL) – Conventions and protocols
  • Implementation of IHL – Challenges


  • General principles of criminal liability: Actus reus and men’s rea, individual and
  • group liability and constructive liability
  • Offenses against the human body
  • Offenses against state and terrorism
  • Offenses against property
  • Offenses against women and children
  • Stages of crime and inchoate crimes: Abetment, criminal conspiracy, and attempt
  • General exceptions
  • Drug trafficking and counterfeiting
  • Offenses against public tranquility
  • Theories and kinds of punishments, compensation to the victims of crime


  • Nature and definition of tort; General principles of tortious liability; General defenses
  • Specific torts – Negligence, nuisance, trespass, and defamation
  • Remoteness of damages
  • Strict and absolute liability
  • Tortious liability of the State
  • The Consumer Protection Act 1986 – Definitions, consumer rights, and redressal
  • mechanism
  • The Competition Act, 2002 – Prohibition of certain agreements, abuse of dominant
  • position and regulation of combinations
  • The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 – No fault liability, third party insurance, and claims
  • tribunal


  • Essential elements of contract and e-contract
  • Specific contracts: Bailment, pledge, indemnity, guarantee, and agency
  • Sale of Goods Act, 1930
  • Breach of contract, the frustration of contract, void and voidable agreements
  • The standard form of contract and quasi-contract
  • Partnership and limited liability partnership; Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881
  • Company law: Incorporation of a company, prospectus, shares, and debentures
  • Company law: Directors and meetings; Corporate social responsibility


  • Sources and schools
  • Marriage and dissolution of marriage
  • Matrimonial remedies: Divorce and theories of divorce
  • Changing dimensions of the institution of marriage: Live-in relationship; Recognition of foreign decrees in India on marriage and divorce
  • Maintenance, dower, and stridhan; Adoption, guardianship, and acknowledgment
  • Succession and inheritance Will, gift and wakf; Uniform Civil Code


  • Meaning and concept of ‘environment’ and ‘environmental pollution’
  • Constitutional and legal framework for the protection of the environment in India
  • International environmental law and UN Conferences
  • National Green Tribunal
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and control of hazardous waste in India
  • Concept and development of human rights
  • International Bill of Rights
  • Universalism and cultural relativism
  • Group rights: Women, children, persons with disabilities, elderly persons,
  • minorities and weaker sections
  • Protection and enforcement of human rights in India: National Human Rights
  • Commission, National Commission for Minorities, National Commission for Women, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes and National Commission for Backward Classes 


  • Intellectual Property: Concept and meaning
  • Theories of intellectual property
  • International conventions pertaining to intellectual properties
  • Copyright and neighboring rights: Subject matters, limitations, and exceptions,
  • infringement and remedies
  • Law of patent: Patentability, the procedure for grant of patent, limitations and exceptions, infringement and remedies
  • Law of trademark: Registration of trademarks, kinds of trademarks, infringement and passing off, remedies
  • Cybercrimes, penalties, and adjudication
  • Protection of Geographical Indications
  • Information technology Law: Digital signature and Electronic signature, Electronic Governance, Electronic records and Duties of Subscribers
  • Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge


  • Comparative Law: Relevance, methodology, problems, and concerns in Comparison
  • Forms of governments: Presidential and parliamentary, unitary and federal
  • Models of federalism: USA, Canada, and India
  • Rule of Law: Formal and ‘substantive’ versions
  • Separation of Powers: India, USA, UK, and France
  • Independence of Judiciary, Judicial Activism and Accountability: India, UK and
  • USA
  • Systems of constitutional review – India, USA, France, and Switzerland
  • Amendment of the Constitution: India, South Africa, and the USA
  • Ombudsman: Sweden, UK, and India
  • Open Government and Right to Information: UK, USA, and India

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern for Law

Check out the exam pattern for UGC NET 2020 which will comprise two papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. While Paper 1 shall be primarily based on the candidate’s teaching and research aptitude, Paper 2 shall evaluate the candidate’s domain knowledge.


Total Marks

Total Duration

Questions Based On

Number of Questions



3 hours with no break in between.

Teaching and research aptitude, communication, mathematical reasoning and aptitude, comprehension, logical reasoning, ICT, people, development and environment, data interpretation and higher education system




The subject of law


UGC NET 2020 Important Topics for Law

Candidates taking the UGC NET 2020 for the subject of law can find the important topics which will help them ace the exam and get the award of JRF and/or the eligibility for Assistant Professor.

Unit 1:


Concepts of ownership, property and possession

Law and development

Concept of liability

Modernism and post-modernism

Global justice

Nature and sources of law

Concept of rights and duties

Law and morality

Schools of jurisprudence

Legal personality

Unit 2:

Administrative and Constitutional Law

Preamble, directive principles of state policy, fundamental rights and duties,

Union Legislature, State legislature and distribution of their legislative powers

Union and State executive

Election Commission of India


Nature, scope and significance of administrative law

Temporary, transitional and exclusive provisions of certain states

Emergency provisions

Judicial review of administrative actions – Grounds.

Principle of natural justice.

Unit 3:

Law of Crimes

General principles of criminal liability – mens rea and Actus reus, individual, group liability and constructive liability

Offences against the human body

Offences against property

Counterfeiting and Drug trafficking

Offences against public tranquillity

Offences against women and children

Theories and types of punishments, compensation to the victims of crime

General exceptions in crimes

Stages of crimes and inchoate crimes – Criminal conspiracy, Abetment and attempt

Offences against state and terrorism

Unit 4:

IHL and Public International Law

Sources of International law

International law – Meaning, nature and basis

Recognition of states and governments

Refugees, Nationality, immigrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs)

United Nations and its organs

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Asylum and Extradition

International humanitarian law (IHL) – Protocols and Conventions

Settlement of international disputes

Implementation of International Humanitarian Law – Its Challenges

Unit 5:

Commercial Law

Frustration of contract, Breach of contract, void and voidable agreements

Specific contracts – Indemnity, guarantee and agency, Bailment, pledge

Standard form of quasi-contract and contract

Essential elements of contract and e-contract

Negotiable Instruments Act of 1881

Company law – Meetings and Directors

Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Partnership and limited liability

Company law –Prospectus, shares and debentures, incorporation of a company

Sale of Goods Act, 1930

Unit 6:

Systems of Governance and Comparative Public Law

Systems of constitutional review – Switzerland, India, USA and France

Ombudsman – India, Sweden, UK

Open Government and Right to Information (RTI) – India, USA, UK

Judicial activism, Independence of judiciary and accountability – India, USA and UK

Amendment of the Constitution – South Africa, India, USA

Rule of Law – ‘Substantive’ and ‘Formal’ versions

Forms of governments – Unitary and federal, Presidential and parliamentary,

Models of federalism – Canada, USA and India

Comparative Law – Problems and concerns in Comparison, relevance, methodology

Separation of powers – USA, France, India and the UK

Unit 7:

Consumer Protection and Law of Torts

Specific torts – Nuisance, trespass and defamation and negligence.

Tortious liability of the State

The Competition Act, 2002 – Abuse of dominant position and regulation of combinations, the prohibition of certain agreements.

Nature and definition of tort

General principles of tortious liability

General defences

The Consumer Protection Act 1986 – Consumer Rights and redressal mechanism and definitions,

Remoteness of damages

The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 -Third-party insurance and claims tribunal, no-fault liability

Strict and absolute liability

Unit 8:

Human Rights and Environment Law

Group rights – Elderly persons, women, minorities, children, persons with disabilities and weaker sections

Enforcement and Protection of human rights in India – National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (ST)

National Commission for Backward Classes, National Commission for Women

National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Minorities

Meaning and concept of ‘environment’ and ‘environmental pollution’

UN Conferences and International environmental law

Legal and Constitutional framework for the protection of the environment in India

Environmental Impact Assessment

Control of hazardous waste in India

Concept and development of human rights

Cultural relativism and Universalism

International Bill of Rights

National Green Tribunal (NGT)

Unit 9:

Family Law

Marriage and the dissolution of it

Matrimonial remedies – Divorce and its theories

Changing dimensions of the institution of marriage and Live-in relationship

Sources and schools

Gift, wakf and will

Maintenance, dowry and stridhan

Adoption, guardianship and acknowledgement

Succession and inheritance

Uniform Civil Code (UCC)

Recognition of foreign decrees in India on divorce and marriage

Unit 10:

IT and Intellectual Property Law

Theories of intellectual property

International conventions related to intellectual properties

Copyright and neighbouring rights – Subject matters, infringement and remedies, limitations and exceptions

Cybercrimes, adjudication and penalties

Protection of Geographical Indications

Law of patent – Patentability, limitations and exceptions, procedure for grant of patent, infringement and remedies

Law of trademark – Registration of trademarks, infringement and passing off, remedies, kinds of trademarks,

Concept and meaning of intellectual property

UGC NET Law Study Material For Aspirants:

To prepare for UGC NET Law, you must get the right and genuine study material. The study material for all the important Law topics includes UGC NET Law previous year question paper that is either available online or as hard copy; solved papers of the previous year,

Law books by recognized authors; and mock test papers for revision. It is very important to cover the basic concepts and then revise those topics before the exam.

You can also get pdf for UGC NET Law previous year question papers and solved test papers. 

You can download the various UGC NET study materials from below.

Along with the study material you can refer to these top recommended books for UGC NET Law mentioned below:

Book Name


UGC NET General Paper I

M. Gagan, Sajit Kuma

Teaching and Research Aptitude

KVS Madaan


Pankaj Jaiswal


Sawlashwa BK

UGC NET Law 2020 Expected Cut-off

For UGC NET Law Exam, you must have the idea of expected cut-off marks as it helps to understand the difficulty level of the exam and plan your preparation in the best possible way using the target-goal strategy.

We have prepared the following cut-off list after analysing the last few years’ exams.


JRF & Assistant Professor 

Assistant Professor 




























Note: Please note, this is expected cut off and could vary according to the official announcement. 

Other Important Subjects for UGC NET Exam

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

Click on the link to access other Subjects related to the UGC NET exam.

Career Scope After UGC NET Law

The career scopes after clearing this exam are brilliant. Qualifying the UGC NET Law make you eligible for Lectureship and Research Fellowship and various other jobs in PSUs and reputed organisations.

Below, we have mentioned some popular career options that can be chosen after UGC NET:

  • Legal Researcher
  • Assistant Professor or Lecturer in any UGC Approved Universities
  • Doctorate Degree in Law
  • Job in PSUs such as IOCL, BHEL, HPCL, NTPC etc.
  • Legal Consultant
  • Government Jobs
  • Solicitor General or Public Prosecutor 
  • Judicial Cadre Posts 
  • Writer or Editor of Law Books
  • Law Students trainer

UGC NET Law 2020 Exam Preparation Tips

The difficulty level of UGC NET is high. To get success in this exam, you must be highly passionate and dedicated towards your studies. Following are some preparation tips and success mantras that will help you to achieve your goal.

  • Once your complete Paper 1, start with Paper 2 which requires more time. You should make a list of important topics as per their weightage in the previous years’ UGC NET Question Papers.
  • Make a well-structured study plan for preparation and keep at least 2 topics for each day. Make sure you study at least 7 hours a day to get grip on these topics.
  • Prepare short notes! It is the best way to revise complete syllabus in a short time.
  • Time management is very effective in preparation and during the exam to get success. Give time to the topics according to their importance level.
  • Solve previous years UGC NET Law Question Papers and then check UGC NET Law Answer Key to evaluate your level of preparation.
  • Practice mock test papers to boost your speed and accuracy. Take Mock Test for NET Paper 1.
  • Take help from experts of Law subject to clear your doubts and concepts.
  • ​​​​​​​Stay relaxed and focused.

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

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