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UGC NET Sociology: Syllabus, Exam Pattern & Sample Questions

Are you searching for the syllabus of UGC NET Sociology? 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 Sociology exam (Paper II, Paper III-A & Paper III-B). CBSE NET Sociology 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) - Sociology 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 (Sociology) candidates, so that they will get a basic idea of NET (Sociology) exam pattern.

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UGC NET Sociology Syllabus: Paper II

  1. Sociological Concepts
    1. Nature of Sociology
    2. Basic Concepts
    3. Social Structure
    4. Social Group Meaning
    5. Social Institutions
    6. Socialization
    7. Social Stratification
    8. Social Change
  2. Sociological Theory
    1. Structural
    2. Functional
    3. Interactionist
    4. Conflict
  3. Methodology
    1. Meaning and Nature of Social Research
    2. Quantitative Methods
    3. Qualitative Methods
    4. Statistics in Social Research

UGC NET Sociology Syllabus: Paper III (Part-A)

UGC NET Sociology Syllabus: Paper III (Core Group)
Unit Details
Unit - IPhenomenology and Ethnomethodology
Unit - IINeo - functionalism and Neo - Marxism
Unit - IIIStructuration and Post - Modernism
Unit - IVConceptualising Indian Society
Unit - VTheoretical Perspectives
Unit - VIContemporary Issues : Socio - cultural
Unit - VIIContemporary Issues : Developmental
Unit - VIIIIssues Pertaining to Deviance
Unit - IXCurrent Debates
Unit - XThe Challenges of Globalisation

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

UGC NET Sociology Syllabus: Paper III (Optional Paper)
Elective Paper Details
Elective - IRural Sociology
Elective - IIIndustry and Society
Elective - IIISociology of Development
Elective - IVPopulation and Society
Elective - VGender and Society

UGC NET Sociology Paper II: Detailed Syllabus

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

A : Sociological Concepts

Nature of Sociology

Basic Concepts

Social Structure

Social Group Meaning

Social Institutions


Social Stratification

Social Change

B : Sociological Theory






Meaning and Nature of Social Research

Quantitative Methods

Qualitative Methods

Statistics in Social Research

UGC NET Sociology (Paper III-A): Detailed Syllabus

Given below is the list of (Core) unit wise syllabus for paper III (Part A).

Unit - I : Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology

Unit - II : Neo - functionalism and Neo - Marxism

Unit - III : Structuration and Post - Modernism

Unit - IV : Conceptualising Indian Society

Unit - V : Theoretical Perspectives

Unit - VI : Contemporary Issues : Socio - cultural

Unit - VII : Contemporary Issues : Developmental

Unit - VIII : Issues Pertaining to Deviance

Unit - IX : Current Debates

Unit - X : The Challenges of Globalisation

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

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

Elective - I: Rural Sociology

Approaches to the study of Rural Society :
Agrarian Institutions :
Panchayati Raj System :
Social Issues and Strategies for Rural Development :
Rural Development and Change :

Elective - II : Industry and Society

Industrial Society in the Classical Sociological Tradition :
Industry and Society :
Industrial Relations :
Industrialisation and Social Change in India :
Industrial Planning :

Elective - III : Sociology of Development

Conceptual Perspectives on Development :
Theories of Underdevelopment :
Paths of Development :
Social Structure and Development :
Culture and Development :

Elective - IV : Population and Society

Theories of Population Growth :
Population Growth and Distribution in India :
Concepts of Fertility, Mortality, Morbidity and Migration :
Population and Development :
Population Control :

Elective - V : Gender and Society

Gender as a Social Construct :
Social Structure and Gender Inequality :
Theories of Gender Relations :
Gender and Development :
Women and Development in India :

UGC NET Sociology: Exam Pattern (FAQs)

Is it mandatory to qualify UGC General Paper-1?
Yes, it is necessary for all UGC (Sociology) candidates to pass UGC General Paper-1: Teaching & Research Aptitude (TRA) exam
How many question papers are there in the UGC NET (Sociology) exam?
Two: Paper II and Paper III
How many questions will be their in NET Sociology (Paper II)?
Their will be a total of 50 questions in UGC Sociology Paper II
What type of questions are asked in UGC Sociology 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 Sociology - Paper II: Sample Questions

(1) Which of the following criteria was not used by Durkheim for defining is social fact?

  1. Externality
  2. Values
  3. Constants
  4. Generality

(2) When the size of the population being studied is small and illiterate which of the following tools of data collection cannot be used?

  1. Interview schedule
  2. Questionnaire
  3. Observation
  4. Case study

(3) Match the following statements which the authors:

  1. Sociology provides a clear or more adequate understanding of a social situation
  2. Sociology attempts and interpretive understanding of social action
  3. Sociology is connected with the nature of groups
  4. Sociology is the study of social groups
  1. A. Johnson
  2. B Bierstadt
  3. Max Weber
  4. D. Giddens

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

  1. Explain Goffman's contribution to dramaturgical perspective.
  2. Discuss Louis Dumont's concept of purity and pollution.

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

  1. Discuss the recent changes that have taken place in caste system.
  2. What is social evolution? discuss Spencer's view on social evolution.

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