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UGC NET History Syllabus, Books, Study Material, Question Papers, Tips

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Are you a History enthusiast? Do you like to read and research about the Ancient History of India?

If yes, then you have an amazing opportunity to make your future in this field. With UGC NET History Exam, you can pursue career as a lecturer where you can teach students about the fascinating history of India or a researcher of history.

UGC NET is a national level exam conducted by NTA to find eligible candidates for the jobs of Assistant Professor or JRF in various Indian universities.

Here in this blog, we have covered all the important details of the UGC NET 2021 Exam for History. You must check all this information to understand the exam.


This blog includes: -

Career Scope after Qualifying UGC NET History

Eligibility Criteria

UGC NET History Exam Pattern

Syllabus UGC NET 2021 Exam 

Study Material for UGC NET History

Tips to Prepare for UGC NET 2021 

UGC NET History 2020 June Cut Off 

UGC NET History Sample Questions

UGC NET History FAQs



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What are the Career Scopes after Qualifying UGC NET History?


UGC NET 2021 is a gateway that helps you get closer to your dream of becoming a lecturer or a researcher.

But the career options after UGC NET are not limited to them. There are many other opportunities available for UGC NET qualifiers.

Following is the list of career scopes after UGC NET: -

Researcher in many of the historical research organizations in India

Civil Services in various ministries/departments like National Museum Institute, National Archives of India, Ministry of Culture

Career in Journalism, Law, Media, etc.

Political Scientist to develop theories for the public

Jobs in Defense, Police, Tourism, Railways, Publishing, Radio, etc.

Job as a Heritage Manager, Surveyor, Epigraphists, Archivist


If you want to know about other jobs along with their details, refer to the UGC NET Career Scope blog.

Following are the eligibility criteria required to apply for the NTA UGC NET exam.


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UGC NET History 2021 Eligibility Criteria


NTA has certain guidelines that shortlist the aspirants for the UGC NET exam. If you want to appear for the History Exam, then it's essential to know these details.

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria is one of the major guidelines based on two major factors i.e. education qualification and age.

Minimum Qualification - Post-Graduation/equivalent degree in History or other related subjects with 55% (General) & 50% (ST/SC/PWD/OBC/Transgenders).

Maximum Age – You must be under 31 years (General) or 36 years (SC/ST/PWD/OBC/Females/Transgenders) to appear in the exam (for JRF).

Note: There is no age limit for an assistance professor job.


If your education qualification and age credentials meet the above-mentioned eligibility criteria, then you can apply for the NET Exam



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UGC NET History Exam Pattern for 2021


To start your exam preparation, you must check that complete paper pattern. This will help to understand the difficulty level and marks distribution of the exam.

The UGC NET History Paper is divided into two papers -

Paper-I (General paper, common for all subjects)

Paper-II (Subject-specific, for e.g. – History)

The following table provides the marks distribution and number of questions for both the papers.




Number of Questions 



50 questions all are compulsory 

 3 Hours 



100 question all are compulsory 


Important Note-

There will be no break between the papers.

Both the papers will be of objective type.

There will be no negative marking in the exam, so you must try to attempt all the questions.

For detailed information about the UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021, please follow the link. Along with the paper pattern, you will require the complete History syllabus for exam preparation.



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UGC NET History Syllabus


The UGC NET Syllabus is a very crucial requirement to start preparation. It gives you the knowledge of the units and topics which will be asked in the exam.

The syllabus for this exam is divided into 2 papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2. Following is the list of Paper 2 important topics.


S. No. 

NET History Exam Important Topics for Paper 2   

Stone age 

Indus Valley Civilisation 

Vedic Age 

Maurya Period 

Gupta Period 

Harsha Period 

Chola, Chera, Pallava and Chalukyas 

Delhi Sultanate 

Mughal Empire 


Bhakti and Sufi 


Rise of British Power 


Administration of Company and Crown 


Economic History 


National Movement 


India after Independence 


Art and Culture 


Prehistoric Age 


Sangam Age 


Sung and Satavahanas 


The understanding of the UGC NET History Syllabus along with important topics will help you to strategize your study plan properly.



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UGC NET History Books, Study Material & Notes PDF


The quality of the study material is very important for exam preparation. If you wish to achieve your goal, then you should refer to only top-notch UGC NET Study Material designed by exam experts.

Good material includes properly structured notes and quality practice questions.

We advise you to select the UGC NET books carefully. At Eduncle, we provide a study kit that is curated by the NET faculties and experts. You can check and download this kit from the following table:




Expert Tips and Tricks to Prepare for UGC NET History 2021


As the UGC NET History Syllabus is quite lengthy to cover, we advise you to follow some expert guidelines and strategies.

Check the following tips given by the exam experts that will help to improve your UGC NET Result.

After knowing the complete details of the exam, you must create a personal study plan. Having a productive study plan will lead you to a better understanding and learning process.

As per the exam pattern (objective type question), questions can be asked from any topic so you should practice each topic wisely and extensively.

You must have proper time management skills in order to complete the preparation of both Papers I and II. As per the expert’s advice, Paper-II is more time consuming than UGC NET Paper-I. So, you should manage extra hours for Paper-II preparation.

Preparing for Paper-II can be a little difficult as this paper requires a deep understanding of History subject. So, it will be beneficial for you to clear the basics of History beforehand.

It is very important to revise topics regularly. We will advise you to spend at least 2 hours each day on the revision of the topics you have studied. For this, you can take the help of UGC NET Notes pdf

Solving the previous year's question papers builds confidence for the exam. It gives you the idea of how much you prepared so far and which areas you need to focus on. UGC NET History Solved Papers Free Download can be remarkable in scoring well in the exam.

Before you start your preparation, you must set a certain goal that will help you to stay motivated and focused.



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UGC NET June 2020 History Exam Cut Off


Following is the cut off of UGC NET History June 2020 exam. You can refer to it to set your target.



JRF Cut Off Marks 

JRF Total 

Assistant Professor Cut Off Marks 

Assistant Professor Total 




























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UGC NET History Sample Practice Question for Paper-II


If you are going to appear in the upcoming National Eligibility Test, then you must check the sample questions given below. These questions will help you understand the type of questions asked in the exam.


Q.1 Which one of the following Neolithic archaeological sites is not known for ash-mounds? 

(A) Pallavoy 

(B) Kupgal 

(C) Utnur 

(D) Burzahom 


Q.2 Which one of the following is wrongly matched? 

Tax-term      -    Connotation 

(A) Vishti      -     forced Labour 

(B) Bhaga     -     Local Tax 

(C) Kara        -     Tax 

(D) Pranaya -    Emergency Tax 


Q.3 Arrange the following Astronomers in correct chronological order: 

(A) Aryabhata 

(B) Brahmagupta 

(C) Lagadha 

(D) Varahamihira 


Q.4 “During the entire period of Khani and kingship of well over 40 years he never talked to bazaar people, the base, mean, musicians, and buffoons.” 

(A) Alauddin Khalji 

(B) Balban 

(C) Nasiruddin Mahmud 

(D) Muhammad bin Tughluq 


Q.5 Given below are two statements, one is labeled as Assertion (A) and the other labeled as Reason (R). Assertion (A): Gautama Buddha did not recognize the existence of a permanent soul. Reason (R): He believed in rebirth. 

In the context of the above two statements which of the following is correct? 

1. Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A). 

2. Both (A) and (R) true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A). 

3. (A) is true, but (R) is false. 

4. (A) is false, but (R) is true. 


Q.6 Which of the following subjects is dealt with, in the Kudumiyamalai inscription of the Pallava family? 

(A) Architecture 

(B) Music 

(C) Irrigation 

(D) Polity 


Q.7 Which of the following is the correct connotation of the word Upadha? 

(A) Land given to the temples 

(B) Land was given to the Brahmanas Irrigation 

(C) Tax on Profession 

(D) Test on Integrity 


Q.8 Arrange the following Chak rulers of Kashmir in chronological order: 

(A) Sultan Muhammad Shah I 

(B) Sultan Hasan Shah 

(C) Sultan Fateh Shah 

(D) Sultan Haidar Shah 

Select your answer from the code given below: 

1. (A), (B), (C), (D) 

2. (B), (A), (D), (C) 

3. (D), (B), (A), (C) 

4. (C), (D), (B), (A) 


Q.9 Which of the following inscriptions, refers to the performance of Sati? 

(A) Bhitari inscription of Skandagupta. 

(B) Mandasor inscription of Kumaragupta. 

(C) Mathura inscription of Chandragupta II. 

(D) Eran inscription of Bhanugupta. 


Q.10 The Vaishnavite devotionalism paved the way for the emergence of which of the following local literary genre in Bengal? 

(A) Manasa 

(B) Mangalam 

(C) Mangalakavya 

(D) Chaitanya Mangal 


Q.11 During his conversation with Aurangzeb Mirza Mukarram Safavi asked him to express his views on music. Which of the following statement/s of Aurangzeb is/are true on music? 

(A) Music was ‘mubah’, neither good nor bad. 

(B) I dislike instrumental and vocal music. 

(C) I cannot listen to music without flutes especially Pakhawaj. 

(D) Flutes are unanimously prohibited (haram) so I left music. 

Select the correct answer from the code given below: 

1. (A) and (B) 

2. (B) and (C) 

3. (B) and (D) 

4. (A), (C) and (D) 


Q.12 Treadles in the loom are first described in India in 

(A) 1348 – 49 

(B) 1368 – 69 

(C) 1448 – 49 

(D) 1468 – 69 


Q.13 Mahdawi movement in India was founded by Saiyid Muhammad Jaunpuri. He proclaimed his mahdiship at which of the following place? 

(A) Ahmadabad 

(B) Patan 

(C) Jaunpur 

(D) Barli 


Q.14 Which one of the following was not the declared objective for the founding of the All India Muslim League? 

(A) Propagate the Ideology of pan-Islamism among the Indian Muslims. 

(B) Plead with the British Government about the political rights and interests of the Indian Muslims. 

(C) Promote among the Indian Muslims feelings of loyalty to the British Government. 

(D) To prevent the rise among the Indian Muslims of any feelings of hostility towards other communities. 


Q.15 Which of the following Articles of the Indian Constitution guarantees complete equality of men and women? 

(A) 12 and 13 

(B) 14 and 15 

(C) 14 and 15 

(D) 49 and 50 



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UGC NET History Frequently Asked Questions


Here you will find the most basic questions that are usually asked by many aspirants regarding the NET History test.

Check them out, in case you have a similar query. If your doubt is regarding the UGC NET exam, then refer to our UGC NET FAQ blog.



Ques. What are the passing marks for NET History exam?

Ans. UGC NET History passing marks for both paper 1 and 2 are given in the table.



Minimum Marks (%) to be obtained 


40% marks in both the papers together 

Other Backward Class- Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL)/Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Persons with Disability (PwD) 

35% marks in both the papers together 



Ques. How to prepare for UGC NET History exam?

Ans. To prepare for the UGC NET History exam, you are required to build strong concepts. For this, you must follow the steps given below:

Know the History syllabus along with important topics

Refer to standard books and quality notes

After preparation, practice with previous year question papers and UGC NET Mock Test Papers

Revise all the concepts before the final exam



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Ques. How can I download the previous year question papers for UGC NET History?

Ans. You can download the previous year's papers along with mock tests from the official website. Also, at Eduncle we have provided all the required papers with answer key for UGC NET History exam preparation. You can easily download them from here.




Ques. What to do after qualifying UGC NET History?

Ans. There are various career options after qualifying for the UGC NET exam. You can opt for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) (if qualified for JRF) or you can apply for assistance professorship in top universities amongst the NET Coordinating Institutes.



Ques. What is the date of UGC NET History Exam 2021?

Ans. UGC NET exam is conducted twice a year (June and December). The history exam will schedule in June 2021. You can check all the UGC NET Notification here.



Ques. How can I download detailed syllabus for UGC NET History?

Ans. You can get the complete UGC NET History syllabus from Eduncle. Refer to this link to free download it now.



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We have covered all the NTA UGC NET History exam information in this blog and we hope that you will find it helpful for your exam preparation.

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