UGC NET General Paper 1 : Teaching & Research Aptitude (TRA) - Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Sample Questions & FAQs

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CBSE UGC NET General Paper 1 - Teaching & Research Aptitude (TRA) : Syllabus

  1. UGC NET Teaching Aptitude - Syllabus
  2. UGC NET Research Aptitude - Syllabus
  3. Reading Comprehension - Syllabus
  4. UGC NET Communication - Syllabus
  5. Reasoning (including Mathematical) - Syllabus
  6. Logical Reasoning - Syllabus
  7. Data Interpretation - Syllabus
  8. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) - Syllabus
  9. People and Environment - Syllabus
  10. Higher Education System Governance, Polity and Administration - Syllabus

I. UGC NET Teaching Aptitude : Syllabus

  • Teaching : Nature, Objectives, Characteristics and Basic Requirements.
  • Learner’s Characteristics.
  • Factors affecting Teaching.
  • Methods of Teaching.
  • Teaching aids.
  • Evaluation Systems.

II. UGC NET Research Aptitude : Syllabus

  • Research : Meaning, Characteristics and Types;
  • Steps of Research.
  • Methods of Research.
  • Research Ethics.
  • Paper, Articles, Workshop, Seminar, Conference and Symposium.
  • Thesis Writing : Its characteristics and format.

III. Reading Comprehension : Syllabus

A passage to be set with questions to be answered.

IV. UGC NET Communication : Syllabus

Communication : Nature, Characteristics, Types, Barriers and Effective Classroom Communication.

V. Reasoning (including Mathematical) : Syllabus

  • Number Series; Letter Series; Codes.
  • Relationships; Classification.

VI. Logical Reasoning : Syllabus

  • Understanding the Structure of Argument.
  • Evaluating and distinguishing Deductive and Inductive Reasoning.
  • Verbal Analogies; Word Analogy Applied Analogy.
  • Verbal Classification.
  • Reasoning Logical Diagrams; Simple Diagrammatic Relationship, Muliti Diagrammatic Relationship.
  • Venn Diagram; Analytical Reasoning.

VII. Data Interpretation : Syllabus

  • Sources, Acquisition and Interpretation of Data.
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data.
  • Graphical Representation and Mapping of Data.

VIII. Information and Communication Technology ( ICT ) : Syllabus

  • ICT : Meaning, Advantages, Disadvantages and Uses.
  • General Abbreviation and Terminology.
  • Basics of Internet and E mailing.

IX. People and Environment : Syllabus

  • People and Environment Interaction.
  • Sources of Pollution.
  • Pollutants and their impact on Human Life, Exploitation of Natural and Energy Resources.
  • Natural hazards and mitigation.

X. Higher Education System - Governance, Polity and Administration : Syllabus

  • Structure of the Institutions for Higher Learning and Research in India; Formal and Distance Education; Professional / Technical and General Education; Value Education; Governance, Polity and Administration; Concept, Institutions and their Interactions.

CBSE UGC NET General Paper 1 - Teaching & Research Aptitude (TRA) : Sample Questions

  1. UGC NET Teaching Aptitude - Sample Questions
  2. UGC NET Research Aptitude - Sample Questions
  3. Reading Comprehension - Sample Questions
  4. UGC NET Communication - Sample Questions
  5. Reasoning (including Mathematical) - Sample Questions
  6. Logical Reasoning - Sample Questions
  7. Data Interpretation - Sample Questions
  8. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) - Sample Questions
  9. People and Environment - Sample Questions
  10. Higher Education System Governance, Polity and Administration - Sample Questions

Note Bolded option is the correct answer.

I. Teaching Aptitude : Sample Questions

Which one of the following is the main objective of teaching?

  1. to give information related to the syllabus.
  2. to develop thinking power of students.
  3. to dictate notes to students.
  4. to prepare students to pass the examination.

Which one of the following is a good method of teaching?

  1. lecture and dictation
  2. seminar and project
  3. seminar and dictation
  4. dictation and assignment

Teacher uses teaching aids for

  1. making teaching interesting
  2. making teaching within understanding level of students
  3. making students attentive
  4. the sake of its use

Effectiveness of teaching depends on

  1. qualification of teacher.
  2. personality of teacher.
  3. handwriting of teacher
  4. subject understanding of teacher

Which of the following is not characteristics of a good question paper?

  1. Objectivity
  2. Subjectivity
  3. no use of vague words
  4. Reliable

II. Research Aptitude : Sample Questions

A researcher is generally expected to:

  1. study the existing literature in a field
  2. generate new principles and theories
  3. synthesise the ideas given by others
  4. evaluate the findings of a study

One of the essential characteristics of research is:

  1. Replicability
  2. Generalizability
  3. Usability
  4. Objectivity

The Government of India conducts census after every 10 years. the method of research used in this process is:

  1. Case study
  2. Developmental
  3. Survey
  4. Experimental

An academic Association assembled at one place to discuss the programs of its work and future plans. such an assembly is known as a

  1. Conference
  2. Seminar
  3. Workshop
  4. Symposium

An investigator is studied the census data for a given area and prepared a write-up based on them. such a write-up is called:

  1. Research paper
  2. Article
  3. Thesis
  4. Research report

III. Reading Comprehension : Sample Questions

Read the following passage and answer the questions

Constuition guarantees every citizen the fundamental right to equality. after 50 years of independence, just one perusal of the female infant mortality figures, the literacy rate and the employment opportunities for women is sufficient evidence that discrimination exists. Almost predictably, this gender, bias is evident in our political system as well. in the 13th Lok Sabha, there were only 43 women MPS out of a total of 543; it is not a surprising figure, for never has women's representation in parliament been more than 10%.

Historically, the manifestos of major political parties have always encouraged women's participation. it has been nearly a charade. So, women's organisations, denied a place on merit, opted for the last resort: a reservation of seats for women in Parliament and state assemblies. Parties, which look at everything with a Boat Bank in mind, seemed to endorse this. Alas, this too was a mirage.

but there is another aspect also. at a time when cast is the trump card, some politicians want the bill to include further quotas for women from among minorities and backward castes. there is more to it. it services that there is a general antipathy towards the bill. it is actually a classic case of doublespeak: in public, politicians where endorsing Women's Reservation but in the backrooms of parliament, they were busy sabotaging it. the reasons are clear: man just don't want to vacate their seats of power.

The problem raised in the passage reflects badly on our

  1. Political system
  2. social behaviour
  3. individual behaviour
  4. behaviour of a group of people

According to the passage, political parties have mostly in mind

  1. economic prosperity
  2. vote bank
  3. people's welfare
  4. Patriotism

'trump card' means

  1. trying to move a dead horse
  2. playing the card cautiously
  3. sabotaging all the moves by others
  4. making the final joint for success

The sentence 'man just don't want to vacate their seats of power implies

  1. lust for power
  2. desire to serve the nation
  3. conviction in one's own political abilities
  4. political corruption

What is the percentage of women in the Lok Sabha?

  1. 10
  2. 7.91
  3. 43
  4. 9.1

IV. Communication : Sample Questions

Informal communication network within the organisation is known as

  1. Interpersonal communication
  2. Interpersonal communication
  3. Mass Communication
  4. Grapevine communication

TV channel launched for covering only Engineering and Technology subjects is known as

  1. Gyan Darshan
  2. Vyas
  3. Eklavya
  4. Kisan

In which state the maximum number of periodicals are brought out for public information:

  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. Tamil Nadu
  3. Kerala
  4. Punjab

The main objective of public broadcasting system i.e. Prasar Bharati is

  1. Inform, entertainment and education
  2. Entertain, information and interaction
  3. Educate, interact and entertain
  4. entertainment only

The competency of an effective communicator can be just on the basis of:

  1. personality of communicator
  2. experience in the field
  3. interactivity with target audience
  4. meeting the needs of target audience

V. Reasoning (including mathematical) : Sample Questions

Which one of the following belongs to the category of homogenous data:

  1. Multi-storeyed houses in a colony
  2. Trees in a garden
  3. Vehicular traffic on a highway
  4. Student population in a class

In which of the following ways it theory is not different from a belief?

  1. Antecedent - consequent
  2. Acceptability
  3. Verifiability
  4. Demonstrability

The state - 'honesty is the best policy' is

  1. a fact
  2. a value
  3. an opinion
  4. a value judgement

Which one is like pillar, poll and standard?

  1. Beam
  2. Plank
  3. Shaft
  4. Timber

Following incomplete series is present. find out the number which should come at the place of? which will complete the series:

4, 16, 36, 64, ?

  1. 100
  2. 200
  3. 300
  4. 400

VI. Logical Reasoning : Sample Questions

Of the following statements, there are two statements both of which cannot be true but both can be false. which are these two statements?

  1. all machines make noise
  2. some machines are noisy
  3. no machine makes noise
  4. some machines are not noisy
  1. (I) and (II)
  2. (III) and (IV)
  3. (I) and (III)
  4. (II) and (IV)

In the following question a statement is followed by two assumptions (I) and (II), and assumption is something supported or taken for granted. consider the statement and the following assumptions and decide which of the following assumptions is implicit in the statement.

  • Statement: We need not worry about errors but must try to learn from our errors.
  • Assumptions:
    1. Errors may take place when we are carrying out certain work.
    2. We are capable of benefiting from the past and improve our chances of error-free work.
  1. Only assumption (I) is implicit
  2. Only assumption (II) is implicit
  3. Either assumption (I) or (II) is impressive
  4. Both the assumptions are implicit

The question below is formed by two arguments numbered 1 and 2 . Decide which of the argument is strong and which is weak. choose the correct answer from the quotes given below:

Should the press exercise some self-restraint?

  1. Yes, they should not publish news items which may inside the readers to indulge in wrong practices.
  2. No, it is the responsibility of the press to present the truth irrespective of the consequences.
  1. only the argument 1 is strong
  2. only the argument to is a strong
  3. neither argument 1 nor argument to is strong
  4. both the arguments 1 and 2 and strong

Study the argument and the inference drawn from the argument, given below carefully.

  • Argument: anything that goes up a pinnately falls down. helicopter goes up
  • Inference: so the helicopter will definitely fall down.

What is your opinion in the inference drawn from the argument?

  1. Valid
  2. Invalid
  3. Doubtful
  4. long drawn one

VII. Data Interpretation : Sample Questions

Four Students, W, X, Y, Z appeared in four paper, I, II, III and IV in a test. There scores out of 100 are given below:

Students Papers
W 60 81 45 55
X 59 43 51 A
Y 74 A 71 65
Z 72 76 A 68

Note: 'A' stands for absent.

Read the above table and answer questions given below:

Which candidate has secured between 60 - 65% marks in aggregate?

  1. W
  2. X
  3. Y
  4. Z

Who has obtained the lowest average in aggregate?

  1. W
  2. X
  3. Y
  4. Z

Who has obtained the highest average?

  1. W
  2. X
  3. Y
  4. Z

In which paper the lowest marks were obtained by the candidates?

  1. W
  2. X
  3. Y
  4. Z

Which candidate has secured the highest percentage in the papers appeared?

  1. W
  2. X
  3. Y
  4. Z

VIII. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) : Sample Questions

ICT stands for

  1. information and common technology
  2. information and communication technology
  3. information and Computer technology
  4. interconnected technology

Computer can

  1. process both quantitative and qualitative information
  2. store huge information
  3. process information and fast accurately
  4. all the above

Satellite communication works through

  1. Radar
  2. Transponder
  3. Receptor
  4. Transmitter

A computer is that machine which works more like a human brain. this definition of computer is

  1. Correct
  2. Incorrect
  3. Partially correct
  4. None of the above

Information and communication technology includes

  1. Email
  2. Internet
  3. Educational television
  4. All the above

IX. People and Environment : Sample Questions

It is believed that our globe is warming progressively. this global warming will eventually result in.

  1. increase in availability of usable land
  2. uniformity of climate at equator and poles
  3. fall in the sea level
  4. melting of polar ice

In which parts of India groundwater is affected with arsenic contamination?

  1. Haryana
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Sikkim
  4. West Bengal

Sunderban in Hooghly Delta is known for

  1. Grasslands
  2. Conifers
  3. Mangroves
  4. Arid forests

Sardar Sarovar Dam is located on the river

  1. Ganga
  2. Godavari
  3. Mahanadi
  4. Narmada

Which one of the following trees has medicinal value?

  1. Pine
  2. Teak
  3. Neem
  4. Oak

X. Higher education system - governance, polity and administration : Sample Questions

Which one of the following is not considered a part of technical education in India:

  1. Medical
  2. Manage
  3. Pharmaceutical
  4. Aeronautical

Which of the following is a Central University?

  1. Mumbai University
  2. Calcutta University
  3. Delhi University
  4. Madras University

Identify the main principle on which the parliamentary system operates.

  1. Responsibility of Executive to legislature
  2. Supremacy of parliament
  3. Supremacy of judiciary
  4. Theory of separation of power

The reservation of seats for women in the panchayat raj Institutions is:

  1. 30% of the total seat
  2. 33% of the total seats
  3. 33% of the total population
  4. In proportion to their population
Match list-I with list-II
List I (Institutions) List II (Locations)
  1. Indian veterinary Research Institute
  2. Institute of armament technology
  3. Indian Institute of Science
  4. National Institute for Educational Pannesi and administration
  1. Pune
  2. Izat Nagar
  3. Delhi
  4. Bangalore

CBSE UGC NET - General Paper (Teaching & Research Aptitude) Exam : FAQs

What is the main objective of conducting UGC NET general paper (TRA) exam?
The main purpose of UGC NET (teaching and research aptitude), conducted by CBSE is to check the teaching, research aptitude and general awareness of the UGC aspirants.
What cognitive abilities are the candidates expected to possess?
UGC NET aspirants must exhibit - comprehension, analysis, evaluation skills and should be able in understanding the structure of arguments and deductive and inductive reasoning.
How many sections are their in the UGC NET (TRA) examination?
UGC NET general paper 1 - teaching and research aptitude has a total of 10 sections.
What is the marking scheme of NET general paper?
There are five questions from each section. 10 marks is allotted for each section.

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