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UGC NET Philosophy: Syllabus, Exam Pattern & Sample Questions

Are you searching for the syllabus of UGC NET Philosophy? Here you will get the latest syllabus for the National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) exam. It will surely help you in the effective preparation of NET Philosophy exam (Paper II, Paper III-A & Paper III-B). CBSE NET Philosophy exam will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The syllabus given below is based on the latest pattern of the University Grants Commission (UGC) - Philosophy curriculum. We suggest you to check our free online mock tests for UGC NET examinations.

We have listed some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs), asked by the UGC NET (Philosophy) candidates, so that they will get a basic idea of NET (Philosophy) exam pattern.

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UGC NET Philosophy Syllabus: Paper II

  1. Paper - II (1)
  2. Paper - II (2)
  3. Paper - II (3)
  4. Paper - II (4)

UGC NET Philosophy Syllabus: (Paper III - Part B)

  1. Elective Paper - I
  2. Elective Paper - II
  3. Elective Paper - III
  4. Elective Paper - IV
  5. Elective Paper - V

UGC NET Philosophy (Paper II): Detailed Syllabus

Given below is the list of unit wise syllabus for UGC NET (Philosophy) paper-II.

1. Classical Indian Philosophy

2. Modern Indian Thinkers

3. Classical Western Philosophy

Early Greek Philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, Ionians, Pythagoras, Parmenides, Heraclitus and Democritus.

The Sophists and Socrates

4. Modern Western Philosophy

Rationalism :

Empiricism :

Critical Philosophy and After :

UGC NET Philosophy (Paper III-B): Detailed Syllabus

Given below is the list of (Elective / Optional) unit wise syllabus for paper III (Part B).

Elective - I

[ Candidates will be expected to be familiar with the main tenets and practices of the following groups of religions : (1) Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism; (2) Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam; (3) tribal religions of India ].

Possibility and need of comparative religion, commonality and differences among religions, the nature of inter - religious dialogue and understanding, religious experience, modes of understanding the divine, the theory of liberation, the means for attaining liberation, the God - man relation in religions, world - views ( Weltanschaunngen ) in religions, immortality, the doctrine of incarnation and prophethood, religious hermeneutics, religion and moral social values, religion and secular society.

Elective - II

General :

The linguistic turn and the conception of philosophy.

Problems :

Semantics : Frege's distinction between sense and reference, concepts and objects, related problems and their proposed solutions : (a) Identity, (b) Negative Existentials, (c) Indirect Speech, (d) Propositional Attitudes, the meaning and role of singular terms : (a) Proper names, (b) definite descriptions, (c) demonstratives and other indexicals; the relation between
meaning and truth, holistic and atomistic approach to meaning, what is a theory of meaning?

Pragmatics : Meaning and use; speech acts [The above problem areas require candidate's familiarity with the works of Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Austin, Quine, Strawson, Davidson, Dummett and Searle].

Elective - III

[ The purpose here is to assess the candidate's acquaintence with the central concepts in phenomenology and hermeneutics ].

Phenomenology as an approach to the understanding of the human condition, consciousness and intentionality, phenomenology and solipsism, the life - world (Lebenswelt), interpretation, understanding and the human sciences, the idea of the text, conflict of interpretation and the possibilities of agreement, culture, situatedness and interpretation.

Elective - IV

[ This covers vedanta philosophy with special reference to five main acharyas viz. Sankara, Ramanuja, Madhava, Nimbarka and Vallabha, The purpose is to test the candidate's acquaintance with vedanta philosophy in its rich and divergent forms ].

Sources, General Features, similarities and differences, Brahman : Definition and interpretations, distinction between saguna and nirguna arid its relevance in the formation of different schools of vedanta, maya. : Its nature, arguments for and against mdya, atman : Its nature, relation between atman and Brahman; Jiva; interpretation of mahdvdkyas, e.g. tat tvam asi.

Moksa : Nature and types, marga or sadhand, roles played by jnana, karma and bhakti, different conceptions of bhakti, theories of causation, Brahman as the cause of the world : Different interpretations, prama, pramanas, special role played by sabda pramdna and intuition ( saksatkara / aparoksanubhuti, theories of khyatis ).

Elective - V

[ The intention here is to explore the availability of Gandhian ideas in the central debates in philosophy ].

Conceptions of Knowledge, Truth and Love and their Relationship, Language, Understanding and Culture, Engagement with Tradition, Self, World and God, Woman, Sexuality and Brahmacharya, Moral Foundations of Good Life : Dharna, Swaraj, Satyagraha and Ahimsa, Community and Fellowship; the Good Society : Statelessness, Trusteeship, Sarvodaya, Panchayati Raj, Religion, Tapasya, Service, Means - end Relationship, Gandhi and the Gandhians : break, continuity and innovation.

UGC NET Philosophy: Exam Pattern (FAQs)

Is it mandatory to qualify UGC General Paper-1?
Yes, it is necessary for all UGC (Philosophy) candidates to pass UGC General Paper-1: Teaching & Research Aptitude (TRA) exam
How many question papers are there in the UGC NET (Philosophy) exam?
Two: Paper II and Paper III
How many questions will be their in NET Philosophy (Paper II)?
Their will be a total of 50 questions in UGC Philosophy Paper II
What type of questions are asked in UGC Philosophy exam?
Paper-II contains questions of objective nature: MCQs; Matching type; Assertion-Reasoning; True / False. Paper-III (Part A): Essay type questions. Paper III (Part B): Essay type questions from each of the electives

UGC NET Philosophy - Paper II: Sample Questions

Which of the following pairs is acceptable to the curb Carvaka?

  1. Pratyaksha and Anumana
  2. Air and Water
  3. Fire and Ether
  4. Sabda and Anuman

The concept of mahaparyaya pertains to

  1. Jain metaphysics
  2. Jain epistemology
  3. Buddhist metaphysics
  4. Yoga metaphysics

Identify the current combination

  1. atmavada, madhyamapratipad, pratityasamutpada
  2. anantmavada, nityavada, madhyamapratipad
  3. madhyamapratipad, anantmavada, ksanikavada
  4. madhyamapratipad, nityavada, ksanikavada

UGC NET Philosophy - Paper III (Part A): Sample Questions

  1. Explain the kinds of Klesa and the means of their removal in the Sankhya system.
  2. Give an account of the siddhi's Yogins in the yoga system.

UGC NET Philosophy - Paper III (Part B): Sample Questions

  1. State the metaphysical principles outlines in Purananuru.
  2. Evaluate the contribution to social development made by either Narayana Guru or Vallalar.

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