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UGC NET English Literature 2020 Syllabus, Study Material, Papers, Tips

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If you have a post-graduation in English Literature and looking for the best career options after it, then UGC NET Exam is the best option for you.  

NTA conducts this exam for the students who wish to pursue their career in Research/Lectureship field. And opting for UGC NET English Literature will help you to get jobs in the most reputed colleges and universities of the country.  

So, if you wish to apply for it then you must know every detail of the exam. To help you understand the UGC NET exam, we have compiled all the required details in this blog.   

This information will not only help you to understand the exam but also guide you on how to prepare for the exam.  

In this blog, you will read about -  

Career Scope for UGC NET English Qualifiers  

Eligibility Criteria UGC NET English Literature 2020   

UGC NET English Syllabus & Exam Pattern  

Exam Pattern  

Exam Syllabus   

Study Material & Books for UGC NET English Literature Exam   

How to Crack NET Exam in English? Success Mantras by Experts   

UGC NET English Previous Papers and Mock Test  

UGC NET English Target Score  

UGC NET Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

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Career Scope for UGC NET English Qualifiers

 

The National Eligibility Test or commonly known as UGC NET is a national level exam to test the eligibility of the Indian Nationals for the post of the Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellows.  

Students can not only apply for these jobs, but also many other options that are available after qualifying the exam.  

Note: If you want to work at the position of a Lecturer or a researcher in most prestigious colleges and universities in India, UGC NET Certificate will help you in the process.  

Find the list of all the options below:  

 

 

Assistant Professor/Lecturer  

 

This job profile is famous for its lucrative salary and perfect shift. It is one of the most satisfying jobs in the country where you will get the opportunity to teach your favourite subject to the youth.   

 

 

Junior Research Fellow (JRF)  

 

This profile holds immense opportunities in the field of English Literature along with monthly stipend of INR 31,000 for the research work.  

If you are passionate about enhancing your knowledge and do research in the English Literature, then it is best option for you.  

 

 

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Other Career Options

  

Apart from Lecturer or JRF, there are many other UGC NET Career Options available for the students which are as follows: - 

Media & Journalism  

Publishing Industry  

Author  

Script Writer, PR Writer, Copywriter or Blogger  

Job in PSUs  

Advertisement Manager  

English Literature Counsellor  

PhD in English Literature  

Government jobs (search at UGC NET Recruitments)  

Now, if you wish to pursue career in these fields, then you are required to apply for UGC NET for which you must have the knowledge of UGC NET English Syllabus, Eligibility, and Exam Pattern.  

 

 

UGC NET English Eligibility Criteria

 

NTA has certain guidelines for UGC NET exam which are important to fulfil. These criteria include the education qualification and age limit.  

 

 

Educational Qualification  

 

Post-Graduation or equivalent in English Literature or any other related subjects.  

PG percentage should be more than 55% for General & more than 50% for ST/ SC/ OBC/ PWD/ Transgenders. 

 

 

Age Limit  

 

For JRF – not more than 30 years for general category & up to 5 years of age relaxation in other categories.  

For Lectureship – there is no upper age limit.  

These are the brief details, to get the complete information about UGC NET Eligibility criteria, click on the given link.  

 

 

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Note: Once you’ve checked your eligibility, you must apply for the UGC NET exam.  

 

 

UGC NET English Literature Syllabus and Exam Pattern   

 

It is very important to have the proper idea of exam pattern and UGC NET Syllabus for English Literature to crack this exam. In this section, we have provided the basic idea of English syllabus, exam pattern for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 along with the list of important topics. 

 

 

UGC NET Exam Pattern of English Literature  

 

The paper pattern tells the number of questions asked in the exam along with their marking weightage.   

UGC NET English Literature is divided into 2 Papers i.e., Paper 1 and Paper 2.   

 

Paper  

No. of Questions  

Marks  

1  

50 MCQs  

100  

2  

100 MCQs  

200  

 

Note:   

You can expect questions from your PG course and related subjects.  

There is no negative marking in the exam.  

According to the currentUGC NET Exam Pattern 2020, both the papers will be conducted in a single three-hour duration.   

 

 

Know what type of questions asked in the exam by solving UGC NET Last 5 Exams Question Papers. Download Here!!

 

 

UGC NET English Syllabus & List of Important Topics  

 

Syllabus plays an important role in strategizing your study plan. UGC NET English Syllabus can be quite lengthy to cover all at once. So, it is advised to divide the syllabus as the importance and marking of the topics and units.   

The following is the list of topics for both the papers that will help you in preparation.  

 

 

Paper 1 – List of Important Topics

 

UGC NET Paper 1 is common for all the UGC NET Subjects and is of equal importance, so you must prepare for it thoroughly.   

 

S.No.  

NET English Literature Exam Syllabus for Paper 1  

1  

Environmental Science  

2  

Science  

3  

Research Aptitude  

4  

Teaching Aptitude  

5  

Computer  

6  

Education  

7  

Polity  

8  

Important Days  

 

For the complete and detailed Paper 1 Syllabus, check UGC NET General Aptitude Paper 1 [Preparation Tips] blog.  

 

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Paper 2 – List of Important Topics

 

Below are important topics of UGC NET English Paper 2 syllabus (Paper 2 is completely based on your selected subject). These topics are suggested by our experts after analysing the last few years question papers. 

 

S.No.  

UGC NET Syllabus for English Paper 2  

1.  

Chaucer to Shakespeare  

2.  

Romantic Period  

3.  

Victorian Period  

4.  

Modern Period  

5.  

Contemporary Period  

6.  

History of English Language  

7.  

English Language Teaching  

8.  

Indian Writing in English  

9.  

Indian Literature in English Translation  

10.  

Contemporary British literature  

11.  

Modern British Literature  

12.  

American and other non-British English Literature  

13.  

Contemporary Theory  

14.  

Literary Theory and Criticism  

 

 

UGC NET English Literature Study Material PDF & Books

 

Good study material is very crucial for preparation as it helps you reach closer to your goal.   

You must refer to the notes that are designed by exam experts and contains the structured quality UGC NET Study Material.   

We advise you to choose the UGC NET books that are recommended by exam toppers. Eduncle student material is preferred by over 3000 successful students for their exam preparation due to following features.  

 

 

 

How to Crack NET Exam in English? Success Mantras by Experts

 

When you are preparing for the exam you must know how to use the notes and books strategically for better preparation.   

Eduncle not only provides the quality study material but the best guidance to help you in your victory.  

Here are the 8 expert preparation tips for effective study of UGC NET English Exam 2020:  

Stay updated with UGC NET Notifications as it is mandatory to have the complete knowledge of the exam.  

Create a schedule that contains at least 7 hours studying per day. Take help of UGC NET exam pattern and syllabus.  

Divide the syllabus on weekly basis to manage your studies without piling up.  

Make lists of topics you are comfortable with and the topics you think will need more attention. Divide the time accordingly.  

Experts say that flowcharts are very efficient in learning and understanding the concepts. Use them in your preparation.  

Mark at least one day a week for practicing NTA NET Mock Test Papers and  UGC NET Previous Year Papers, as solving them is the best way to analyse your strong and weak areas.

Summarize and make quick notes while you are studying, this will help you at the time of your revision.  

Post solving previous years papers, check your answers with UGC NET Answer Key to analyze how much marks you bagged up in this self-evaluation test.  

It is very crucial to periodically assign weeks for your revision. Take help of subject experts and mentors to clear the doubts and concepts regarding any topic.  

 

 

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UGC NET English Previous Papers and Mock Test  

 

As mentioned in the preparation tips for success, solving UGC NET English Literature mock tests and previous year papers is very important part of exam preparation.   

This helps you in many ways like time management, understanding the paper and its difficulty, get the idea of actual exam.   

You can download the UGC NET English Literature Previous Year’s Papers along with their Solutions from the following table:   

 

S.No.  

UGC NET English Previous Year’s Solved Papers  

1.  

UGC NET Paper for Dec 2019

2.  

UGC NET Paper for June 2019 

3.  

UGC NET Paper for Dec 2018

4.  

UGC NET Paper for July 2018 

5.  

UGC NET Paper for Nov 2017

 

To help you practice well for the test, here we’re providing some sample questions for UGC NET English Literature Paper – 2.  

Solve the questions and analyze your performance.  

 

 

Download Free PDF of UGC NET Question Papers

 

 

Ques 1 - Name the two poets who begin their famous poems with the same line - ‘Come live with me and be my love’(A) Shakespeare and Marlowe(B) Marlowe and Thomas Kyd(C) Marlowe and Donne(D) Shakespeare and Donne

 

Ques 2 - Which oath did Donne refuse to take, thus ending his chance to earn his university degree?

 

(A) The Oath of Supremacy

(B) The Hippocratic Oath

(C) The Oath of Allegiance

(D) The Oath of Office

 

Ques 3 - What ultimately happens to heroines in Jane Austen’s novels?

 

(A) They leave the country

(B) They die

(C) They remain spinsters

(D) They get married

 

Ques 4 - Which of Shakespeare’s play is performed at 9 p.m. on June 19 every year?

 

(A) All is Well that Ends Well

(B) The Tempest

(C) Twelfth Night

(D) A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

Ques 5 - Isaac Bashevis Singer is an

 

(A) African-American writer

(B) American-Jewish writer

(C) American-Indian writer

(D) American-Asian writer

 

Ques 6 - Plato censured poetry because he believed it

 

(A) eliminates the ago

(B) promotes sensuality

(C) distorts reality

(D) cripples the imagination

 

Ques 7 - New Criticism considers text as a/an

 

(A) Cultural Construct

(B) Historical Construct

(C) Linguistic Construct

(D) Autotelic

 

Ques 8 - Which famous American classic opens with ‘Call me Ishmael’?

 

(A) Rip Van Winkle

(B) The Scarlet Letter

(C) The Grapes of Wrath

(D) Moby Dick

 

Ques 9 - Ikemefuna is a character in the novel

 

(A) When Rain Clouds Gather

(B) The Mimic Men

(C) Things Fall Apart

(D) The Interpreters

 

Ques 10 - What is NOT a material reality in the oppression of women?

 

(A) Motherhood

(B) Job Discrimination

(C) Equal wages

(D) Unequal wages

 

 

 

 

Download UGC NET Previous 5 Papers along with the Answer Keys to analyze your preparation. 

 

 

UGC NET English Target Score  

 

When you plan to start your preparation, you must set a goal first. Check the UGC NET Cut Offs of previous papers to know your target score.

The table given below consists of UGC NET English Dec 2019 cut off range for all the categories which were released by the officials.  

 

Category  

JRF & Assistant Professor  

Assistant Professor Only  

Cutoff Marks Percentage  

Total  

Cutoff Marks Percentage  

Total  

UNRESERVED  

63.33  

105   

54.67   

1578  

EWS  

59.33  

17            

49.33              

256              

OBC(NCL)  

57.33            

84           

48.67             

1219             

SC  

54.67          

33           

46.00           

495             

ST  

53.33              

18            

44.67                   

323    

PWD-VI-UR  

56.67   

1   

43.33   

27  

PWD-HI-UR  

44.67   

1   

38.67   

10  

PWD-LM-UR  

52.67   

2   

46.67   

12  

PWD-OD&AO-UR  

51.33   

1   

37.33   

14  

PWD-VI-OB  

55.33   

1   

38.67   

19  

PWD-HI-OB  

42.00   

1   

35.33   

5  

PWD-LM-OB  

52.00   

1   

38.67   

30  

PWD-OD&AO-OB  

36.00   

1   

36.00   

2  

PWD-VI-SC  

50.00   

2   

36.67   

8  

PWD-HI-SC  

----   

----  

----  

----  

PWD-LM-SC  

49.33   

1   

38.67   

9  

PWD-OD&AO-SC  

44.00   

1   

35.33   

3  

PWD-VI-ST  

38.67   

1   

36.67  

2  

PWD-HI-ST  

----  

----  

----  

----  

PWD-LM-ST  

46.00   

1   

36.00   

6  

PWD-OD&AO-ST  

----  

----  

----  

----  

PWD-VI-EW  

43.33   

1   

37.33   

5  

PWD-HI-EW  

----   

----   

37.33   

1  

PWD-LM-EW  

46.00   

1   

44.67   

3  

PWD-OD&AO-EW  

47.33   

1   

----   

----  

 

 

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UGC NET Frequently Asked Questions  

 

Over the years we have been receiving many queries from the UGC NET English aspirants. In this section, we have added the most common questions that are asked by the majority of students.   

If you also have any doubts regarding English Literature and the UGC NET exam, then refer to the following questions or NTA UGC NET FAQs

 

 

Ques. Which English books should I read for UGC NET?  

Ans. There are many reference books available for UGC NET English Literature. The top ones are:  

 

Book Name  

Publication/Author  

A Critical History of English Literature   

David Daichis.  

Literary Theory  

Saugata Bhaduri & Simmi Malhotra  

Companion to Comparative Literatures, World Literatures and Comparative Cultural Studies  

Steven Totosy  

 

 

Ques. How can I qualify the NET in English literature?  

Ans. To qualify the NET English Lit. exam you must know the complete exam pattern of this subject along with the syllabus and important topics. Using this knowledge, you must strategize and prioritize the topics with proper study plan.  

 

 

Ques. What is the difficulty level of UGC NET English?  

Ans. UGC NET paper 2 consists of 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). And as per previous paper analysis, the difficulty level of paper 2 is moderate to difficult. 

 

 

Ques. How to prepare for Net English 2020?  

Ans. You must prepare all the topics that are included in both Paper 1 and 2. After that start practicing UGC NET Sample Questions Papers and previous papers, which will help you in your preparation.  

 

 

Ques. Can I prepare for UGC NET in 2 months?  

Ans. To prepare for the NET exam in 2 months will require determination, dedication and hard as well as smart work. Talk to Eduncle UGC NET Experts for Guidance and tricks to score good in the exam.  

 

 

Ques. What after UGC NET Exam qualification?  

Ans. Once you have qualified the UGC NET exam you get ample of career options like research, lectureship, PhD, etc. Check all the career opportunities that you can get after UGC NET here.  

 

 

Download UGC NET Syllabus 2020 Free PDF

 

 

Hope the information about UGC NET English Literature given above has helped you to understand the exam and how to prepare well for it.   

If you have any query regarding the exam or need any assistance from Eduncle experts, please write to us in the comments’ section given below.  

You can also join India’s No.1 Learning Community for UGC NET, where you will get doubt solution for all your exam related queries with the help of experts from all over India. To join the community, you can download the Eduncle app now.    

 

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  • Rani
    Hello Sir In the Previous year of my Masters (M.A), i passed with second division Percentage is 45.7% , now it is my final year in M.A and i am pursuing it with English Literature...
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    Eduncle
    Hello Rani,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    To be eligible for the UGC NET Exam you must secure at least 55% aggregate marks in postgraduation. You still have chances to appear i...
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    Vijay
    You so again pg becoz ur percent is low
  • Hano usha
    How to crack the exam
    Eduncle
    Hello Usha,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You can get the experts suggested preparation tips above in this blog to qualify the exam.
    Thank You.
  • Jodhraj gochar
    Sir I want to know why isn't RPSC conducting SeT exam in Rajasthan is SET exam banned in all the states of India ?
    Eduncle
    Hello Jodhraj,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    After qualifying the UGC NET exam, you will be eligible to apply for assistant professor posts.
    Thanks for asking your query wit...
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  • Rahul kumar prajapat
    sir can i know how many percentage is required in uG for cracking ugc net exam
    Eduncle
    Hello Rahul,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    There are different cutoff marks released for each subject that you must require to qualify the exam. You may get a brief idea about <...
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