UGC NET 2022 Book Lists (UPDATED)

ugc net 2022 books

Let me begin this article by saying that, cracking the UGC NET exam, or any exam for that matter would first require you to have a well thought out plan, and then ruthlessly execute the same.

That said, in this article I shall be writing in detail about the 2 most indispensable aspects of such a plan for the UGC NET, namely preparing from UGC NET books and solving the UGC NET mock tests.

Let me break it down through an analogy.

Have you ever read about how soldiers are made battle-ready for potential conflicts of the future. It’s not much different from what you’d need to do for your UGC NET exams.

Soldiers are first made to go through various exercise modules to acquaint them to the different aspects of war. This is similar to how you’d prepare the various topics from the various UGC NET books.

UGC NET Books 

Finding the Best Books for UGC NET Exam often involves a lot of hit and tries, and can be a tiring process. I know this because I have taken the exam several times, for the sake of keeping myself updated on the latest trends of the exam. 

I can also understand your plight of reading article after article about good UGC NET books online and still finding nothing substantial. 

However, being a double JRF holder myself, I think I can help you find the right UGC NET books. 

So, without taking more of your time, let’s get started. 

There are thousands of books for Paper 1 & 2 out there but the ones mentioned in this article are the ones I can personally vouch for. 

Best Books for UGC NET 2021 Paper 1

Topics Best book for UGC NET Paper 1 Author/Publisher
General Paper 1 Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper 1 – 2020 Edition Trueman
Teaching & Research Aptitude UGC NET/JRF/SET General Paper 1 – Teaching & Research Aptitude Arihant Experts
NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF Paper 1 – Teaching and Research Aptitude KVS Madaan (Pearson Education)
UGC-NET/JRF/SET – Teaching & Research Aptitude (General Paper 1) Upkar Prakashan
All subjects and Past year papers NTA UGC NET JRF Paper I – All 10 Subject + Indian Logic (Link Below) Shubham Singhania & Anuj Jindal
Latest NTA UGC NET Paper 1 – 14 Solved Past Year Papers (7 Papers of 2019, and 5 Papers of 2018 and 2 Papers of 2017) (Link Below) Shubham Singhania & Anuj Jindal
General Awareness Manorama Yearbook Manorama Group
General Awareness Arihant Publications
Reasoning Ability A Modern Approach to Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning S. Chand Publication
B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali: A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Nonverbal Arihant Publication
Computer Literacy Mini Goyal and Shweta Rani: Computer Awareness Arihant Publication
Numerical and Arithmetical Ability Quantitative Aptitude by R.S.Aggrawal S.Chand Publication
Quantitative Aptitude by N.K.Singh Upkar Prakashan Publication
Test of Comprehension and English Language Wren and Martin: High School English Grammar & Composition S.Chand Publication

The books listed above are very comprehensive and cover the topics of UGC NET Paper 1 very efficiently. 

That said, if you want, you can check the topics covered in the syllabus of UGC NET Paper 1 & 2 here. 

Now that we are done with the best books for paper 1, let us now go over the same for paper 2. 

I have made a list of all the best books for UGC NET Paper 2 – Commerce & Management Exams. You can check them out below. 

Also, since there are a lot of similarities in the topics covered within the syllabus of Commerce and Management, I have combined the recommended books for both the subjects and have listed them down topic-wise.

Best Books for UGC NET 2021 Paper 2

Topics Best book for UGC NET Paper 2 (Commerce & Management) Author/Publisher
Business Management Business Organization & Management T. N. Chhabra
Managerial Economics Managerial Economics T. R. Jain & Dr. O.P. Khanna
Corporate Governance & Ethics Corporate Governance, Business Ethics, and CSR J. P. Sharma
Corporate Governance Bob Tricker
Organizational Behaviour Organization Theory and Behaviour T. N. Chhabra & B.P. Singh
Organizational Behaviour Robbins
Human Resource Management Human Resource Management Aswathappa
Human Resource Management T.N.Chhabra
Accounting & Auditing Cost & Management Accounting Puneet Bhatia
Auditing & Corporate Governance Aruna Jha
Financial Management Financial Management (numerical concepts) Jain P. K. and M. Y. Khan
Financial Management (theoretical concepts) I. M. Pandey
Financial Management (if weak in both: (numerical & theoretical concepts) Prasanna Chandra
Securities Analysis & Portfolio Management Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management R.P. Rustagi
Investments Bodie
International Financial Management International Financial Management V. K. Bhalla
International Financial Management Sharan V
Strategic Management & Marketing Management Strategic Management Adela and Azhar Kazmi
Strategic Management and Business Policy Wheelen & Hunger
Marketing Management V. S. Ramaswamy
Marketing Management Kotler P.
Consumer Behaviour Consumer Behaviour Ramesh Kumar & Wisenblit
Statistics & Operational Management Statistics for Management Rubin and Levin
Quantitative Approaches to Management Rubin and Levin
Business Statistics ND Vohra
Quantitative Techniques in Management ND Vohra
Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship Arya Kumar
International Management International Management Charles Hill
Legal Aspects Of Business Business Law M. K. Kucchal
Company Law Reena Chadha
Income Tax Systematic Approach to Income Tax Dr. Girish Ahuja
Direct Taxes Ready Reckoner Dr. V. K Singhania
Commerce & Management Complete Topics NTA UGC NET JRF Paper 2 – Commerce & Management** Anuj Jindal & Shubham Singhania
Commerce & Management & HRM Past year Papers Latest NTA UGC NET Paper 2 (Commerce, Management & HRM) – 17 Solved Past Year Papers** Anuj Jindal & Shubham Singhania


    • ‘NTA UGC NET JRF Paper 2 – Commerce & Management’ by Anuj Jindal and Shubham Singhania has 1500+ MCQs covering a comprehensive and holistic coverage of the complete syllabus of Paper 2 Commerce and Management. 
    • ‘Latest NTA UGC NET Paper 2 (Commerce, Management & HRM) – 17 Solved Past Year Papers’ by Anuj Jindal and Shubham Singhania has Paper 2 question papers in the field of Commerce, Management and HRM. It has question papers from 2019, 2018, and 2017.

UGC NET Preparation Tips for Paper 1

Aside from UGC NET books, one should understand how to get the most of it. Here are some tips for preparing for the UGC NET paper 1.

  • Now that the exam is online, one must practice Paper 1 tests of UGC NET regularly, to maintain proper speed and accuracy for the exam.
  • Work upon your weak sections of paper 1 and learn to prioritize the units based on your performance in mock tests.
  • Evaluate your preparation for paper 1 with the help of mock tests and sample papers.
  • Frame a study plan for each day and try to execute it accordingly.
  • Maintain a notebook where you keep track of your strengths and areas which need further development.
  • There is no negative marking in paper 1, thus, one must aim to attempt all 50 questions. So, study all the topics that are asked in paper 1 of UGC NET and practice an ample number of questions based on them.
  • Try to devote at least 3-4 hours every day for the preparation of UGC NET paper 1. This duration will be sufficient to cover all the sub-sections of this paper and practice questions based on them.



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