UGC NET Psychology Syllabus 2024: PDF Download

Hafsha Qureshi
Hafsha Qureshi

Updated on - Mar 19, 2024

UGC NET psychology syllabus 2024 comprises various topics such as the Emergence of Psychology, Psychological Testing, Biological Basis of Behaviour, Attention, Perception, Learning, Memory and Forgetting, Thinking, Intelligence and Creativity and more.

The paper is split into Paper I and Paper II with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The UGC NET Psychology is one of the most important subject inclusion since the time being.

Candidates have the liberty to choose any type of subject (honours/expertise) for the posts of Lectureship/Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for the UGC NET 2024 examination. 

Table of Contents

Chapter-wise UGC NET 2024 Psychology Syllabus

The following Unit - (I-X) represents the chapter and section-wise topics under points for UGC NET Exam, particularly for the psychology enthusiasts. It is one of an exhaustive syllabus under NET, which needs thorough understanding.

  • Emergence of Psychology
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Psychological Testing
  • Biological Basis of Behaviour
  • Attention, Perception, Learning, Memory, and Forgetting
  • Thinking, Intelligence and Creativity
  • Personality, Motivation, Emotion, Stress, and Coping
  • Social Psychology
  • Human Development and Interventions
  • Emerging Areas

Unit-I - Emergence of Psychology

The study on the occurrence of human behaviour and their mental processes based on the emergence of psychology in India, to addressing social issues, disciplinary identity crisis. This unit covers learning about the emergence of psychology during the western, greek, medieval, and modern periods and different aspects of knowledge paradigms, its primacy of self-knowledge in Indian psychology.

Emergence of Psychology Syllabus
Topic  Sub-Topic
Psychological thought in some major eastern systems Bhagavad gita, Buddhism, Sufism and Integral yoga
Academic Psychology in India Pre-independence era; post-independence era; 1970s: The move to addressing social issues; 1980s: Indigenization; 1990s: Paradigmatic concerns, disciplinary identity crisis; 2000s: Emergence of Indian psychology in academia. Issues: The colonial encounter; Postcolonialism and psychology; Lack of distinct disciplinary identity
Western Greek heritage, the medieval period and the modern period. Structuralism, functionalism, psychoanalytical, gestalt, behaviorism, humanistic existential, transpersonal, cognitive revolution, multiculturalism. Four founding paths of academic psychology - Wundt, Freud, James, Dilthey
Issues Crisis in psychology due to strict adherence to experimental analytical paradigm (logical empiricism). Indic influences on modern psychology
Essential Aspects of Knowledge Paradigms Ontology, epistemology, and methodology. Paradigms of western psychology: positivism, post-positivism, critical perspective, social constructionism, existential phenomenology, and co-operative Enquiry. Paradigmatic controversies. Science and spirituality (avidya and vidya). The primacy of self-knowledge in Indian psychology

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Unit-II - Research Methodology and Statistics

The research methodology and statistics system of methods used for investigating the concepts on psychological aspects which includes variables, sampling, observation, theory, focus groups, in-depth case studies, correlative type of analysis, regression and factor analysis, interpretation, and experimental designs.

Research Methodology and Statistics Syllabus
Topic  Sub-Topic
Research Meaning of research, purpose, and dimensions. Research problems, variables and operational definitions, hypothesis, sampling. Ethics in conducting and reporting research
Paradigms of Research Quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods approach
Methods of Research Observation, survey [interview, questionnaires], experimental, quasi-experimental, field studies, cross-cultural studies, phenomenology, grounded theory, focus groups, narratives, case studies, ethnography
Statistics in Psychology Measures of central tendency and dispersion. Normal probability curve. Parametric [t-test] and non-parametric tests [Sign Test, Wilcoxon Signed Rank test, Mann-Whitney test, Kruskal-Wallis test, Friedman]. Power analysis. Effect size
Correlational Analysis Correlation [product moment, rank order], partial correlation, multiple correlations
Special correlation methods Biserial, point biserial, tetrachoric, phi coefficient
Regression Simple linear regression, multiple regression
Factor Analysis Assumptions, methods, rotation and interpretation
Experimental Designs ANOVA [One-way, factorial], randomized block designs, repeated measures design, latin square, cohort studies, timeseries, MANOVA, ANCOVA. Single-subject designs

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Unit-III - Psychological Testing

Learning on the conduction of physiological tests, a person's skills, intellect level, expressiveness, interests, attitude is administered via psychological testing by the experts or trainers with proper regulated guidelines. The below mentioned list will give you a brief idea:

Psychological Testing Syllabus
Topics Sub-topics
Types of Tests Test construction: Item writing, item analysis
Test Standardization Reliability, validity and norms
Areas of Testing Intelligence, creativity, neuropsychological tests, aptitude, personality assessment, interest inventories
Attitude Scales Semantic differential, staples, likert scale. Computer-based psychological testing
Applications of Psychological Testing in Various Settings Clinical, organizational and business, education, counseling, military, career guidance

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Unit-IV - Biological Basis of Behaviour

Studies with regard to the way in which a certain individual presents themselves when in a society, group or in a private manner is dealt in this unit.

Biological Basis of Behaviour Syllabus
Topics Sub-topics
Sensory Systems General and specific sensations, receptors and processes
Neurons Structure, functions, types, neural impulse, synaptic transmission, neurotransmitters
The Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems Structure and functions, neuroplasticity
Methods of Physiological Psychology Invasive methods – Anatomical methods, degeneration techniques, lesion techniques, chemical methods, microelectrode studies. Non-invasive methods – EEG, scanning methods
Muscular and Glandular system Types and functions
The Biological Basis of Motivation Hunger, thirst, sleep and sex
The Biological Basis of Emotion The limbic system, hormonal regulation of behaviour
Genetics and behaviour Chromosomal anomalies; nature-nurture controversy [Twin studies and adoption studies]

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Unit-V - Attention, Perception, Learning, Memory, and Forgetting

This section gives more attention on the psychological forms, models, perception, focus on the details, and its approaches, theories, fundamentals, the practice to which minds store and remember, long term of storing memories, and memory power.

Attention, Perception, Learning, Memory, and Forgetting Syllabus
Topics Sub-topics
Attention Forms of attention, models of attention
Perception Approaches to the study of perception; gestalt and physiological approaches, perceptual organization: gestalt, figure and ground, law of organization perceptual constancy: size, shape, and color; illusions perception of form, depth and movement role of motivation and learning in perception
Signal Detection Theory Assumptions and applications of subliminal perception and related factors, information processing approach to perception, culture and perception, perceptual styles, pattern recognition, ecological perspective on perception
Learning Process and Fundamental Theories Thorndike, Guthrie, Hull Classical Conditioning: procedure, phenomena and related issues instrumental learning: phenomena, paradigms and theoretical issues; reinforcement: basic variables and schedules; behaviour modification and its applications of cognitive approaches in learning: latent learning, observational learning. Verbal learning and discrimination learning recent trends in learning: Neurophysiology of learning
Memory and Forgetting Memory Processes Encoding, storage, retrieval stages of memory: sensory memory, short-term memory (Working memory), long-term memory (Declarative – Episodic and Semantic; Procedural) theories of forgetting: Interference, retrieval failure, decay, motivated forgetting

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Unit-VI - Thinking, Intelligence and Creativity

This unit deals with the ideology behind the topics is to focus on the ability to think, intellectual level and utilization of imagination power, the production level and capability of figuring strategies, decision making, awareness and consciousness of an individual thought process.

Thinking, Intelligence and Creativity Syllabus
Topics Sub-topics
Theoretical Perspectives on Thought Processes Associationism, gestalt, information processing, feature integration model concept formation: Rules, Types, and Strategies; Role of concepts in thinking types of reasoning language and thought
Problem-Solving Type, strategies, and obstacles
Decision-Making Types and models
Metacognition Metacognitive knowledge and metacognitive regulation
Intelligence Spearman; Thurstone; Jensen; Cattell; Gardner; Stenberg; Goleman; Das, Kar & Parrila
Creativity Torrance, Getzels & Jackson, Guilford, Wallach & Kogan Relationship between intelligence and creativity

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Unit-VII - Personality, Motivation, Emotion, Stress, and Coping

The study on the combination of characteristics or qualities that build up a human being's characters or its behaviour through the account of motivating thoughts and action, emotion, stress and coping with situations in various modes towards the reaction is what this unit deals with.

Personality, Motivation, Emotion, Stress, and Coping Syllabus
Topics Sub-topics
Determinants of Personality Biological and socio-cultural approaches to the study of personality: Psychoanalytical, neo-freudian, social learning, trait and type, cognitive, humanistic, existential, transpersonal psychology. Other theories: Rotter's Locus of Control, Seligman's Explanatory styles, Kohlberg’s theory of moral development
Basic Motivational Concepts Instincts, needs, drives, arousal, incentives, motivational cycle. Approaches to the study of motivation: Psychoanalytical, ethological, S-R cognitive, humanistic

Exploratory Behaviour and Curiosity Zuckerman's Sensation seeking Achievement, affiliation and power motivational competence self-regulation flow

Emotions Physiological Correlates Theories of Emotions: James-Lange, Canon-Bard, Schachter and Singer, Lazarus, Lindsley emotion regulation
Conflicts Sources and types stress and coping: Concept, models, type A, B, C, D behaviours, stress management strategies [biofeedback, music therapy, breathing exercises, progressive muscular relaxation, guided imagery, mindfulness, meditation, yogasana, stress inoculation training]

Unit-VIII - Social Psychology

This unit is about study on the scope, history, nature, theoretical perspectives, influences by a group and social, including applied psychology.

Social Psychology Syllabus
Topics Sub-topics
Social Psychology Nature, scope and history of social psychology
Traditional Theoretical Perspectives Field theory, cognitive dissonance, sociobiology, psychodynamic approaches, social cognition
Social Perception Communication, Attributions, attitude and its change within a cultural context, prosocial behaviour
Group and Social influence Social Facilitation; Social loafing, Social influence [Conformity, Peer Pressure, Persuasion, Compliance, Obedience, Social Power, Reactance]. Aggression, Group dynamics, leadership style and effectiveness. Theories of intergroup relations [Minimal Group Experiment and Social Identity Theory, Relative Deprivation Theory, Realistic Conflict Theory, Balance Theories, Equity Theory, Social Exchange Theory]
Applied Social Psychology Health, environment and law; personal space, crowding, and territoriality

Unit-IX - Human Development and Interventions

This unit encompasses of topics related to the learning on the development and intervention of human towards its developmental processes, factors, and stages associated with development, especially psychopathology, psychotherapies, counselling, application of theories of motivation and learning in academic factors, and vice versa.

Human Development and Interventions Syllabus
Topics Sub-topics
Developmental Processes Nature, principles, factors in development, stages of development. Successful ageing. Theories of development: Psychoanalytical, behavioristic, and cognitive various aspects of development: Sensory-motor, cognitive, language, emotional, social and moral
Psychopathology Concept, mental status examination, classification, causes
Psychotherapies Psychoanalysis, person-centered, Gestalt, existential, acceptance commitment therapy, behavior therapy, REBT, CBT, MBCT, play therapy, positive psychotherapy, transactional analysis, dialectic behaviour therapy, art therapy, performing art therapy, family therapy

Applications of theories of motivation and learning in school factors in educational achievement teacher effectiveness guidance in schools: needs, organizational setup and techniques.

Counselling Process, skills, and techniques

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Unit-X - Emerging Areas

Deals with the studies on sexuality issues, poverty, migration, disability. Well being of a person, its health, technological interface. The type of study that seeks to implement theories, practices that could drag avoiding violence or conflict and mitigate the effects against society.

Emerging Areas Syllabus
Topics Sub-topics
Issues of Gender, Poverty, Disability, and Migration: Cultural bias and discrimination. Stigma, marginalization, and social suffering; Child abuse and domestic violence.
Peace Psychology Violence, non-violence, conflict resolution at the macro level, the role of media in conflict resolution
Wellbeing and self-growth Types of wellbeing [Hedonic and Eudemonic], character strengths, resilience and post-traumatic growth
Health Health-promoting and health-compromising behaviours, lifestyle and chronic diseases [Diabetes, Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease], psychoneuroimmunology [Cancer, HIV/AIDS]
Psychology and Technology Interface Digital learning; Digital etiquette: cyberbullying; Cyber pornography: Consumption, implications; Parental mediation of digital usage

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UGC NET 2024 Psychology Exam Pattern

The questions will be of MCQs type in an online mode of exam conduction (Computer Based Test). Let us first understand the exam pattern for the UGC NET psychology syllabus.

Candidates appearing should check out for the revised syllabus:

  • Paper-I: Evaluate the candidate’s skills and eligibility for teaching and research ability
  • Paper-II: Questions will be based on the chosen subjects opted by the candidate
UGC NET Psychology 2024 Exam Pattern
Highlights UGC NET Paper-I UGC NET Paper-II
Test mode Online
Duration of test 3 hours (180 minutes)
Paper type Common Subject Specific/Preference-based questions
Questions type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)s
No of Questions 50 100
Mark in Total 100 200
Marking Scheme No negative Marking, 2 marks per correct response
Language medium English & Hindi

Note: There will be a continuation of the test with no break/short recess from Paper-I to Paper-II unless emergencies/technical glitches.

Best Books for UGC NET 2024 Psychology Syllabus

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Books Authors and Publishers
NTA UGC NET/JRF/SET Psychology (Paper 2) Arihant Experts
NTA UGC NET/SET (JRF/LS) Psychology Teaching and Research Aptitude General (Paper 1)) Arihant Publishers
NTA UGC NET/SLET Psychology General (Paper 1) Trueman’s
NTA UGC NET/JRF Solved Papers Geography (Paper 2) Pratiyogita Sahitya
Introduction to Psychology Tata McGraw Hill, Morgan, C.T., King, Weiss, J.R.
CBSE NET Solved (Paper & 3) Psychology Bookhive’s
UGC NET/SET Psychology Dr Swati Maharshi (R Gupta’s)
UGC NET/SET/JRF Psychology (Paper 2 & 3) Upkar Prakashan
Developmental Psychology Stanrock, J.W. (2008) 11 Edition.
UGC NET/SET/JRF Psychology Dr Kalika Jha
Social Psychology Baron R.A and Byrne (1997,2001); 8th and 9th edition
Cognitive Psychology Sternberg R.J (2007)

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What is the paper code of Psychology in UGC NET 2024?

The paper code of Psychology in UGC NET 2024 is 04.

Is UGC NET Psychology tough?

The UGC NET Psychology exam is a bit tougher than the other exams as the questions asked are tricky. Candidates need to prepare well to answer all the questions asked in the examination.

Who is eligible for UGC NET Psychology?

To be eligible for UGC NET Entrance, candidates must have completed their Master in Psychology in the relevant subject (like Psychology) with at least 55% marks from a university recognized by the Universities Grants Commission (UGC).


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