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UGC NET Social Work 2022- Syllabus, Books, Papers & Tips

UGC NET Social Work

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Social work is considered one of the most reputed profiles as it works towards the enhancement of our society and living.

With the rising interest in this field, the number of candidates pursuing their careers in social work is also increasing. There are many career opportunities provided to the aspirants by the NTA through the UGC NET Social Work exam.

Through this, you will be eligible to become a professor or a researcher in the field of social work. Apart from that, you can get a job in various government and private organizations too.

IIn this article, we have provided detailed information for UGC NET Social Work Exams such as career scope, eligibility, syllabus, exam pattern, cut-off, and study material that can help you in qualifying for the exam.

Why Choose UGC NET Social Work? Top 10 Career Scopes

NET Exam Eligibility Criteria

UGC NET Social Work 2022 Pattern and Syllabus

Exam Pattern


Study Material for NTA NET Social Work

UGC NET Previous Papers & Mock test

Sample Questions

Cut off Marks for UGC NET Social Work

UGC NET Frequently Asked Questions



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Why Choose UGC NET Social Work? Top 10 Career Scopes


The research and lectureship jobs are becoming popular these days; hence a lot of aspirants are applying for the NTA NET.

UGC NET Exam is an outstanding career option not only for above mentioned but also for those aspiring for a well-paid job in reputed organizations.

Here, we have shared some career scopes which you can opt for after qualifying for the NTA NET in Social Work.

1. Researcher

2. Assistant Professor in any UGC Approved Universities

3. Employment in various welfare schemes run by the Government.

4. Doctorate Degree in Social Work

5. Government Jobs

6. Writer or Editor of Social Workbooks

7. Trainer for Students of Social Work

8. Labour Welfare Specialist

9. Social Security Officer

10. Counsellor for Social Work



UGC NET Social Work Eligibility Criteria


To start preparing for UGC NET, you must check if you are eligible for the Social Work exam.

The UGC NET Eligibility Criteria of the aspirants are as per the guidelines provided by NTA. To appear for the JRF and assistant professor in social work, you must fulfill the education qualification and age limit criteria which are as follows: -


Education Qualification

Masters’ in Social Work or related subjects with a minimum of 55% (For General)

Masters’ in Social Work or related subjects with minimum 50% (For OBC/ SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender).

Age Limit

For NET JRF - 31 years (For General) and 36 years (for OBC/ SC/ ST/ PwD/ Female/ Transgender)

For Assistant Professor - No age limit



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UGC NET Social Work 2022 Exam Pattern and Syllabus


After satisfying the above criteria, you can apply for the exam and start your preparation with the updated exam pattern and syllabus for UGC NET Social Work 2022. It will help you to know the number of questions, total marks, marking scheme, topics asked in the exam, etc.

Here, you can check the UGC NET Social Work exam pattern and syllabus for paper 1 & 2 both.



UGC NET Exam Pattern


The exam will be conducted into two papers i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Both papers consist of 150 questions (50 in Paper I and 100 in Paper-II) with 300 marks (each question carry 2 marks).

The exam will be conducted in a single 3 hours duration.

There is no negative marking in the exam.

To understand the concept of the exam, you can check a detailed analysis of the UGC NET 2022 Exam Pattern.


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UGC NET Syllabus for Social Work


UGC NET Social Work Syllabus gives you an idea of all the topics that are required to start your preparation. Here to help you, we have provided unit wise syllabus for social work. You can check them below: -


Unit Name


Nature and Development of Social Work

Social Work, Historical Development, Social Reform and Professional Social Work, Social Work as a Profession in India, Theories, Changing Context of Social Work Practice, Social Work Practice in Various Settings

Society, Human Behaviour and Communities

Sociological Concepts, Approaches to the Study of Society, Social System and Stratification, Human Behaviour, Theories of Personality, Social Psychology, Type of Communities

Social Work with Individuals and Groups

Basic Social Case Work Concepts, Approaches to Social Case Work Practice, Process and Techniques of Social Case Work, Social Group Work, Social Group Work Process and Group Dynamics, Group Development, Practice Sites of Social Case Work and Social Group Work

Social Work with Communities and Social Action

Community Organization, Process of Community Organization, Approaches in Community Organization Practice, Social Action and Social Movements, Models of Social Action, Social Movements, Social Movements, Social Action and Social Change

Research in Social Work: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

Quantitative Research, Qualitative Research, Mixed Method Research

Administration, Welfare and Development Services

Social Welfare Administration, Types of Administration, Registration of Welfare Agencies, Structure of Social Welfare Administration, Components of Administration, Strategies and Mechanisms of Administration, Fund Raising and Resource Mobilization

Social Policy, Planning and Social Development

Social Policy, Historical Development, Process of Policy Formulation, Social Planning, Five Year Plans, Social Development, Sustainable Development

Indian Constitution, Social Justice, Human Rights and Social Work Practice

Indian Constitution, Social Justice, Social Justice and Leadership, Instrument of Social Justice, History of Human Rights, Human Rights and Social Work, Violation of Human Rights and Social Work Practice

Areas of Social Work Practice I

Health Care Social Work Practice, Social Work with Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities, Gender, Labour Welfare, Industrial Relations, Personnel Management and Human Resource Management

Areas of Social Work Practice II

Social Defence and Correctional Services, Social Work with Families and Children, Environment and Social Work, Social Work and Disaster Management


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Study Material for UGC NET Social Work


Quality study material plays an important role to give the right direction in your exam preparation. But choosing the best material may be a difficult task for you as there are many books and notes available in the market.

So here, we have given the features of UGC NET 2022 study material that will help you in choosing the best preparation notes for the Exam.

Updated Syllabus

Lots of Practice Questions

Complete Theory

Model Papers

Previous Papers, etc.

At Eduncle, we provide the UGC NET quality study notes with free syllabus pdf, last 5 exam question papers, sample theory, mock test papers, etc. Our material is prepared in easy to understanding manner by the subject experts that includes more than 1500 practice questions.

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UGC NET Social Work Question Papers, Mock Test Papers


To score well in the Social Work exam, you should solve UGC NET previous years question papers and model test papers. It is the best way to revise the complete syllabus and know the important topics of the exam. It will help you to analyse your knowledge, boost speed and accuracy, know the difficulty level of paper, find your weak areas, etc.

UGC NET Experts and toppers suggest solving previous year question papers and model test papers as it will boost your confidence level.

From the given table below, you can get the Last 5 exams question papers with UGC NET Answer Key.




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Sample Questions for UGC NET Social Work


You can also attempt the sample question paper for NTA NET Social Work subject given below. Solving these questions can help you evaluate your preparation level.


Ques 1 - The ‘Structure of Social Action’ was propounded by:

(A) Max weber

(B) Robert Milton

(C) Talcott Parsons

(D) Radcliffe Brown



Ques 2 - _________ Theory propounds that childhood experiences influence the adult behaviour.

(A) Person Centered Theory

(B) Psycho-analytical Theory

(C) Behaviour Modification Theory

(D) Existential Theory



Ques 3 - Public Interest Litigation refers to

(A) Mechanism to provide justice out of the Court.

 (B) To provide speedy justice.

(C) To provide justice to poor, needy and weaker sections of society with the help of the NGOs’ and media.

(D) None of the above.



Ques 4 - Assertion (A): Persons with low self-esteem tend to find fault with others.

Reason (R): Improper socialization is not the root cause of low self-esteem.

Choose your answer from the following codes:

(A) Both (A) and (R) are correct.

(B) Both (A) and (R) are not correct.

(C) (A) is correct, but (R) is not correct.

(D) (A) is not correct, but (R) is correct.



Ques 5 - Which is/are the approaches to community organization?

(A) Community driven development

(B) Social capital formation

(C) Ecological sustainable development

(D) All of the above



Ques 6 - In the principle of ‘Right to self determination’ social worker

(A) recognises the right and need of clients to freedom in making their own choices and decisions.

(B) recognises the right to privacy of the client.

(C) examines the situations of clients without bias.

(D) recognises the client’s genuine concern, points of view and help in taking decision.



Ques 7 - Which among the following statement is/are false?

1. ISO 14000 is related to environmental protection.

2. Adopting principles of Natural Justice is mandatory in case of domestic enquiry.

3. 18(1) settlement is otherwise called as collective bargaining.

4. An employee died of an accident inside an industrial organisation, if found to be under the influence of alcohol, he is not eligible for compensation under Workmen’s Compensation Act.


(A) 3 and 4 only

(B) 4 only

(C) 2 only

(D) 2 and 4 only



Ques 8 - How social workers apply social justice approach while dealing with problems of terrorism?

(A) Social workers have nothing to do with terrorism.

(B) Social workers do not condemn terrorism.

(C) Social workers suggested terrorism to fuel poverty.

(D) Social workers are more committed for examination of possible underlying causes of terrorism.



Ques 9 - 12 years old Ashad need not be told that he had failed in his exams, on returning home he could guess by the looks on his father’s face and hisposture, what his result was? This is an example of

(A) Involvement of visual modality

(B) Non-verbal communication

(C) Extra-sensory perception

(D) Facial cues



Ques 10 - The hypothetical statements denying what are explicitly indicated in working hypothesis are known as

(A) Relational hypothesis

(B) Complex hypothesis

(C) Statistical hypothesis

(D) Null hypothesis



Ques 11 - Assertion (A): Inspite of best efforts Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan failed to achieve desirable literacy rate.

Reason (R): Results can be achieved without political will


(A) Both (A) and (R) are correct.

(B) Both (A) and (R) are not correct.

(C) (A) is correct and (R) is the correct explanation of (A).

(D) (A) is correct but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A).



Ques 12 - Since independence, elementary education has grown into a multi-headed monster of sorts, with its own caste system of service providers.

(A) Government ordinary, government elite, private elite, private-run but not government funded.

(B) Government elite, government ordinary, private elite, private-run but not government funded.

(C) Government ordinary, government elite, private elite, private-run, but government funded.

(D) Government elite, nongovernment ordinary, private elite, private run, but government funded.



Ques 13 - What is Anuloma marriage?

(A) Higher caste man marrying lower caste woman

(B) Higher caste woman marrying lower caste man

(C) Lower caste man marrying higher caste woman

(D) Lower caste woman marrying higher caste man



Ques 14 - Mandatory testing for HIV/AIDS can be done when -

(i) Government wants it.

(ii) One wants to know about HIV/AIDS patients in the population.

(iii) Regular medical checkups are held.

(iv) During blood donation


(A) (i) and (ii) are correct.

(B) (ii) and (iii) are correct.

(C) (iii) and (iv) are correct.

(D) Only (iv) is correct.



Ques 15 - What are central to a strategy to eliminate poverty and thereby ensuring sustainable development?

(A) Industrialization

(B) Exploitation of National Resources

(C) Restoring Natural Systems

(D) Encouraging Market Economy



UGC NET Social Work Cut Off Marks – Set the Target


After getting all the required material for preparation, now you should set your target for the exam. It is very important to get an idea about the UGC NET Cut Off marks as it will help you to analyze the difficulty level of the exam.

In this section, we have provided last year UGC NET Cut off marks.  Check them below and set your target score.



JRF & Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Only

Cut-off Marks Percentage

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UGC NET Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 


The above blog has covered all the information about UGC NET Social Work. To help you understand this better, we have complied the UGC NET FAQs that are asked by students. If you also have a query about it, then you must read the following questions.



Q1. How to crack UGC NET Social Work exam?

Ans. First, you should prepare the important topics of both Paper 1 & Paper 2. Then start solving previous years’ question papers of the topics you have prepared. Once completed your studies start practicing as many UGC NET Mock Test Papers as you can, this will help you to boost your preparation.

Finally, revise thoroughly what you have learned as it will help you in successfully clearing the exam.



Q2.   Which book is best for UGC NET Social Work? 

Ans.) To boost up your preparation you can refer the books for UGC NET Social Work given below: 




UGC NET/SET (JRF/LS) Social Work Paper


UGC NET/SET Social Work

R. Gupta

UGC NET Social Work


UGC NET/JRF/SET Social Work Paper


UGC NET Social Work

M. H. Ramesha



Q3. Can we clear the UGC NET Social Work exam without coaching? 

Ans.  Yes, the UGC NET Social exam can be cleared without coaching but you need a proper study plan. You can download the UGC NET Study Plan for social work here.



Q4.   How many students appeared and cleared UGC NET Exam June 2021?

Ans.)  As per the UGC NET exam stats released by the officials, a total of 6,71,288 students had appeared for the 2021 exam in which 52,857 students were qualified for JRF and Assistant Professor.



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Here in this article, we have provided all the important insights related to UGC NET Social Exam 2022. We hope this guide will help you in preparing well for the exam.

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