Analysis of NTA NET Paper 1 Syllabus





In January 2019, UGC has released a newly modified syllabus for NTA NET Exam that is applicable from June 2019 exam. It is very important to know these changes. This document analyses the various aspects of the syllabus. It will be discussed under five topics.

    A. UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus
    B. General analysis of the new syllabus.
    C. Comparison of New and Old syllabus.
    D. Topic-wise analysis of the latest changes
    E. List of newly added topics.

    A. Newly released UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus

    Unit-I Teaching Aptitude
    • Teaching: Concept, Objectives, Levels of teaching (Memory, Understanding, and Reflective), Characteristics, and basic requirements.
    • Learner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners (Academic, Social, Emotional and Cognitive), Individual differences.
    • Factors affecting teaching related to Teacher, Learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment, and Institution.
    • Methods of teaching in Institutions of higher learning: Teacher-centered vs. Learner-centred methods; Off-line vs. On-line methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs, etc.).
    • Teaching Support System: Traditional, Modern, and ICT-based.
    • Evaluation Systems: Elements and Types of evaluation, Evaluation in Choice Based Credit System in Higher education, Computer-based testing, Innovations in evaluation systems.
    Unit-II Research Aptitude
    • Research: Meaning, Types, and Characteristics, Positivism, and Post-positivistic approach to research.
    • Methods of Research: Experimental, Descriptive, Historical, Qualitative, and Quantitative methods.
    • Steps of Research.
    • Thesis and Article writing: Format and styles of referencing.
    • Application of ICT in research.
    • Research ethics.
    Unit-III Comprehension
    • A passage of text is given. Questions are asked from the passage to be answered.
    Unit-IV Communication
    • Communication: Meaning, types, and characteristics of communication.
    • Effective communication: Verbal and Non-verbal, Inter-Cultural and group communications, Classroom communication
    • Barriers to effective communication.
    • Mass-Media and Society.
    Unit-V Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude
    • Types of reasoning.
    • Number series, Letter series, Codes, and Relationships.
    • Mathematical Aptitude (Fraction, Time & Distance, Ratio, Proportion and Percentage, Profit and Loss, Interest and Discounting, Averages, etc.).
    Unit-VI Logical Reasoning
    • Understanding the structure of arguments: argument forms, the structure of categorical propositions, Mood and Figure, Formal and Informal fallacies, Uses of language, Connotations and denotations of terms, Classical square of opposition.
    • Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning.
    • Analogies.
    • Venn diagram: Simple and multiple uses for establishing the validity of arguments.
    • Indian Logic: Means of knowledge.
    • Pramanas: Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication), and Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension).
    • Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasas (fallacies of inference).
    Unit-VII Data Interpretation
    • Sources, acquisition, and classification of Data.
    • Quantitative and Qualitative Data.
    • Graphical representation (Bar-chart, Histograms, Pie-chart, Table-chart and Line-chart) and mapping of Data.
    • Data Interpretation.
    • Data and Governance.
    Unit-VIII Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
    • ICT: General abbreviations and terminology.
    • Basics of the Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio, and Video-conferencing.
    • Digital initiatives in higher education.
    • ICT and Governance.
    Unit-IX People, Development and Environment
    • Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals.
    • Human and environment interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on the environment.
    • Environmental issues: Local, Regional and Global; Air pollution, Water pollution, Soil pollution, Noise pollution, Waste (solid, liquid, biomedical, hazardous, electronic), Climate change, and its Socio-Economic and Political dimensions.
    • Impacts of pollutants on human health.
    • Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear, and Forests.
    • Natural hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategies.
    • Environmental Protection Act (1986), National Action Plan on Climate Change, International agreements/efforts -Montreal Protocol, Rio Summit, Convention on Biodiversity, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement, International Solar Alliance.
    Unit-X Higher Education System
    • Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India.
    • Evolution of higher learning and research in Post Independence India.
    • Oriental, Conventional, and Non-conventional learning programs in India.
    • Professional, Technical, and Skill-Based education.
    • Value education and environmental education.
    • Policies, Governance, and Administration.
    NOTE

    • Five questions each carrying 2 marks are to be set from each Module.
    • Whenever graphical/pictorial question(s) are set for sighted candidates, a passage followed by an equal number of questions and weightage be set for visually impaired candidates.

    B. General analysis of the new syllabus

    1. There is not much change in the overall syllabus
    2. Instead of changing the whole syllabus, UGC has made more clarification regarding the subtopics coming under existing topics.
    3. Many of the subtopics added under main topics were being already prepared by the students.
    4. The number of entirely new topics added is few, less than 15 only.
    5. There is no change in no of questions from each topic.

    C. Comparison of New and Old syllabus

    For the comparison of the New and Old syllabus, we will be following the below pattern.

    1. Black color will be used for the topics which remained the same on both the new and old syllabus.
    2. Green color will be used for those sub-topics which were added under existing topics that provide more clarification regarding the syllabus.
    3. The red color will be used for entirely new topics that were added.

    Unit

    New SyllabusOld Syllabus
    ITeaching Aptitude
    1. Teaching: Concept, Objectives, Levels of teaching (Memory, Understanding, and Reflective), Characteristics, and basic requirements.
    Teaching Aptitude
    1. Teaching: Nature, objectives, characteristics, and basic requirements
    2. Learner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners (Academic, Social, Emotional, and Cognitive), Individual Differences.2. Learner’s characteristics
    3. Factors affecting teaching related to Teacher, Learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment, and Institution.3. Factors affecting teaching
    4. Methods of teaching in Institutions of higher learning: Teacher centered vs. Learner-centred methods; Off-line vs. On-line methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs, etc.).4. Methods of teaching
    5. Teaching Support System: Traditional, Modern, and ICT based.5. Teaching Aids
    6. Evaluation Systems: Elements and Types of evaluation, Evaluation in Choice Based Credit System in Higher education, Computer-based testing, Innovations in evaluation systems.6. Evaluation systems
    IIResearch Aptitude
    1. Research: Meaning, Types, and Characteristics, Positivism, and Post-positivistic approach to research.
    Research Aptitude
    1. Research: Meaning, characteristics, and types
    2. Methods of Research: Experimental, Descriptive, Historical, Qualitative, and Quantitative methods.2. Methods of research
    3. Steps of research3. Steps of research
    4. Thesis and Article writing: Format and styles of referencing.4. Thesis writing: its characteristics and format.
    5. Application of ICT in research.5. Paper, article, workshop, seminar, conference, and symposium
    6. Research ethics.6. Research ethics.
    IIIComprehension
    A passage of text is given. Questions are asked from the passage to be answered
    Reading Comprehension
    A passage to be set with questions to be answered.
    IVCommunication
    1. Communication: Meaning, types, and characteristics of communication.
    Communication
    1. Communication: Nature, characteristics, types.
    2. Effective communication: Verbal and Non-verbal, Inter-Cultural and group communications, Classroom communication.2. Barriers and effective classroom communication.
    3. Barriers to effective communication.
    4. Mass-Media and Society.
    VMathematical Reasoning and Aptitude
    1. Types of reasoning.
    Reasoning (Including Mathematical)
    1. Number series; letter series; codes.
    2. Number series, Letter series, Codes, and Relationships.2. Relationships; classification.
    3. Mathematical Aptitude (Fraction, Time & Distance, Ratio, Proportion and Percentage, Profit and Loss, Interest and Discounting, Averages, etc.).
    VILogical Reasoning
    1. Understanding the structure of arguments: argument forms, the structure of categorical propositions, Mood and Figure, Formal and Informal fallacies, Uses of language, Connotations and denotations of terms, Classical square of opposition.
    Logical Reasoning
    1. Understanding the structure of arguments.
    2. Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning.2. Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning.
    3. Analogies.3. Verbal analogies: Word analogy — Applied analogy; Verbal classification.
    4. Venn diagram: Simple and multiple uses for establishing the validity of arguments.4. Venn diagram; Analytical Reasoning.
    5. Indian Logic: Means of knowledge.5. Reasoning Logical Diagrams: Simple diagrammatic relationship, multi diagrammatic relationship.
    6. Pramanas: Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication), and Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension).
    7. Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasas (fallacies of inference)
    VIIData Interpretation
    1. Sources, acquisition, and classification of Data.
    Data Interpretation
    1. Sources, acquisition, and interpretation of data.
    2. Quantitative and Qualitative Data.2. Quantitative and qualitative data.
    3. Graphical representation (Bar-chart, Histograms, Pie-chart, Table-chart, and Line-chart) and mapping of Data.3. Graphical representation and mapping of data.
    4. Data Interpretation.
    5. Data and Governance.
    VIIIInformation and Communication Technology (ICT)
    1. ICT: General abbreviations and terminology.
    Information and Communicating Technology
    1. ICT: meaning, advantages, disadvantages, and uses;
    2. Basics of the Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio, and Video-conferencing.2. General abbreviations and terminology;
    3. Digital initiatives in higher education.3. Basics of internet and e-mailing.
    4. ICT and Governance.
    IXPeople, Development and Environment
    1. Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals.
    People and Environment
    1. People and environment interaction.
    2. Human and environment interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on the environment.2. Sources of pollution.
    3. Environmental issues: Local, Regional and Global; Air pollution, Water pollution, Soil pollution, Noise pollution, Waste (solid, liquid, biomedical, hazardous, electronic), Climate change, and its Socio-Economic and Political dimensions.3. Pollutants and their impact on human life.
    4. Impacts of pollutants on human health.4. Exploitation of natural and energy resources.
    5. Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear, and Forests.5. Natural hazards and mitigation.
    6. Natural hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategies.
    7. Environmental Protection Act (1986), National Action Plan on Climate Change, International agreements/efforts -Montreal Protocol, Rio Summit, Convention on Biodiversity, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement, International Solar Alliance.
    XHigher Education System
    1. Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India.
    Higher Education System: Governance Polity And Administration
    1. Structure of the institutions for higher learning and research in India.
    2. Evolution of higher learning and research in Post Independence India.2. Formal and distance education.
    3. Oriental, Conventional, and Non-conventional learning programs in India.3. Professional/technical and general education.
    4. Professional, Technical, and Skill-Based education.4. Value education.
    5. Value education and environmental education.5. Governance, polity, and administration; concept, institutions, and their interactions.
    6. Policies, Governance, and Administration.


    D. Topic wise analysis of the latest changes

    1. Teaching Aptitude:

      Not any significant changes in Teaching Aptitude. More clarity on subtopics that should be covered under this topic.

    2. Research Aptitude:

      No significant change. The only explanation of the existing topics.

    3. Comprehension:

      No change

    4. Communication:

      Subtopics are given under some existing topics and new topics added named Mass, Media and Society were added.

    5. Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude:

      Types of reasoning included under Mathematical Reasoning. More specified mathematical topics mentioned.

    6. Logical Reasoning:

      One of the topics to undergo some major changes. 3 entirely new topics added

      1. Indian Logic: Means of knowledge.
      2. Pramanas: Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication), and Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension).
      3. Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasas (fallacies of inference)

    7. Data Interpretation

      A new topic Data and Governance added.

    8. Information and Communication Technology

      Some topics expanded and 2 new topics were added

      1. Digital initiatives in higher education.
      2. ICT and Governance.

    9. People, Development, and Environment.

      Another topic to undergo some drastic changes. The name of the topic itself changed, a new term `Development` is added which is very important nowadays. 5 new topics added

      1. Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals.
      2. Environmental issues: Local, Regional and Global;
      3. Climate change and its Socio-Economic and Political dimensions.
      4. Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear, and Forests.
      5. Environmental Protection Act (1986), National Action Plan on Climate Change, International agreements/efforts -Montreal Protocol, Rio Summit, Convention on Biodiversity, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement, International Solar Alliance.

    10. Higher Education

      This topic has also undergone some drastic changes.3 New topics were added

      1. Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India.
      2. Oriental, Conventional, and Non-conventional learning programs in India.
      3. Professional, Technical, and Skill-Based education.

    E. List of newly added topics.

    1. Mass, Media and Society [Communication]
    2. Indian Logic: Means of knowledge. [Logical Reasoning]
    3. Pramanas: Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication), and Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension). [Logical Reasoning]
    4. Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasas (fallacies of inference) [Logical Reasoning]
    5. Data and Governance [Data Interpretation]
    6. Digital initiatives in higher education. [ICT]
    7. ICT and Governance. [ICT]
    8. Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals. [Environment]
    9. Environmental issues: Local, Regional and Global; Environment]
    10. Climate change and its Socio-Economic and Political dimensions. Environment]
    11. Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear, and Forests. Environment]
    12. Environmental Protection Act (1986), National Action Plan on Climate Change, International agreements/efforts -Montreal Protocol, Rio Summit, Convention on Biodiversity, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement, International Solar Alliance Environment]

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