UGC-NET Syllabus


(Source: UGC NET)

Unit I


 Unit II


Unit III

  • Sources of Information—Primary, Secondary and Tertiary—Documentary and Non-Documentary > link 1link2,  link3
  • Reference Sources—Encyclopedias, /Dictionaries, Geographical. Sources, Biographical Sources, Year-books/Almanacs, Directories, and Handbooks, Statistical (salient features and evaluation)
  • Bibliographical Sources—Bibliographies, Union Catalogues. Indexing and Abstracting Journals (salient features and evaluation)
  • E-documents, E-books. E-Journals
  • Databases—Bibliographic, Numeric/and Full text—Evaluation


Unit IV

  • Reference and Information services, Referral Service
  • Bibliographic Service, Indexing and Abstracting Service, CAS, SDI. Digest Service, Trend Report
  • Online Services
  • Translation Services
  • Reprographic Services


Unit V

  • Organisation of knowledge/information
  • Modes of formation of subjects
  • Library Classification—Canons and Principles
  • Library Classification Schemes—DDC, UDC and CC
  • Library Cataloguing—Canons and Principles
  • Library Cataloguing Codes—CCC and AACR-II
  • Bibliographic Records—Interactional standards—ISBDs. MARC and CCF
  • Indexing—Pre-coordinate, Post-coordinate
  • Vocabulary Control—Thesaurus, lists of Subject Headings
  • Databases—Search Strategies, Boolean Operators
  • Knowledge Management


Unit VI

  • Management—Principles, Functions, Schools of Thought
  • Planning, Organisation Structure
  • Decision making
  • System Study—Analysis Evaluation and Design
  • Collection Development—Books, Serials, Non-book Materials-Selection, Acquisition, Maintenance; ISBN, ISSN. Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP)
  • Human Resources Management—Manpower Planning, Job analysis. Job description. Selection, Recruitment, Motivation Training and Development, Staff Manual. Leadership and Performance Evaluation Delegation of authority
  • Financial Management—Resource Generation, Types of Budgeting, Cost and Cost-Benefit analysis PERT, CPM
  • Library Buildings and Equipment’s
  • Performance Evaluation of Libraries/Information Centers and Services Marketing Information product and services
  • Total Quality Management (TQM)


Unit VII

  •  Information Technology—Components; Impact of IT on Society
  • Computers—Hardware, Software, Storage -Devices, Input/Output Devices
  • Telecommunication—Transmission media, Switching systems,Bandwidth,Multiplexing,. Modulation, Protocols, Wireless CommunicationFax, E-Mail, Tele-conferencing/Video-conferencing, Bulletin Board Service, Teletext, Videotext, Voice Mail
  • Networking—Concepts, Topologies, Types—LAN,-MAN and WAN
  • Hypertext, Hypermedia, Multimedia
  • Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), Open Systems Interconnection (OSI)



  • Library Automation—Areas of automation. Planning, Hardware and Software Selection, OPAC
  • INTERNET—Components, Services, Browsing—Web Browsers, Search Engines
  • Meta-Data, Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
  • National and International Information Systems—NISSAT, NASSDOC, IMSDOC. DESIDOC. INIS. AGRIS, MEDLARS. INSPEC


Unit IX

  • Types of Research—Basic, Applied, Interdisciplinary
  • Research Design
  • Scientific Method, Hypotheses, Data Collection, Sampling
  • Methods of Research—Historical. Descriptive, Case Study, Survey, Comparative and Experimental.
  • Statistical Methods, Data Analysis Report Writing
  • Research Methods in library and Information Science and Services Bibliometric


Unit X

  • Types of Libraries—National, Public, Academic and Special Objectives, Structure and Functions
  • Digital Libraries—Concept
  • Virtual Libraries—Concept
  • Types of users, User studies. User education
  • Role of UGC in the growth and development of libraries and information centres in institutions of higher education in India
  • Role of Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation (RRLF)

Note: All the hyperlinks given in this syllabus for information purpose only. not covered entire syllabus.

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