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UGC NET Psychology


Perceptual Processes

  • Approaches to the Study of Perception : Gestalt and physiological approaches
  • Perceptual Organization : Gestalt, Figure and Ground, Laws of Organization
  • Perceptual Constancy : Size, Shape and Brightness, Illusion; Perception of Depth and Movements.
  • Role of motivation and learning in perception

Learning Process

  • Classical conditioning: Procedure, Phenomena and related issues
  • Instrumental learning: Phenomena, Paradigms and theoretical issues
  • Reinforcement: Basic variables and schedules
  • Verbal learning : Methods and materials, organizational processes

Memory and forgetting

  • Memory processes: Encoding, Storage, Retrieval
  • Stages of memory: Sensory memory, Short-term Memory (STM) and Long-term Memory (LTM)
  • Job analysis- Job Description
  • Selecting HR, Induction, Training and Development
  • Episodic and Semantic memory
  • Theories of Forgetting : Interference, decay, retrieval

Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Theories of thought processes: Associations, Gestalt, Information processing
  • Concept formation : Rules and strategies
  • Reasoning : Deductive and inductive
  • Problem-solving : Type and strategies
  • Role of concepts in thinking

Motivation and Emotion

  • Basic motivational concepts : Instincts, needs, drives, incentives, motivational cycle
  • Approaches to the study of motivation : Psychoanalytical, ethological, S-R Cognitive, humanistic
  • Biological Motives : Hunger, thirst, sleep and sex
  • Social Motives : Achievement, affiliation, approval Exploratory behaviour and curiosity Physiological correlates of emotions
  • Theories of emotions : James-Lange, Canon-Bard, Schachter and Singer
  • Conflicts : Sources and types

Human Abilities

  • Intelligence: Biological, Social, Eco-cultural determinants
  • Theories of intelligence : Spearman, Thurston, Guilford
  • Individual and group differences : Extent and causes
  • Measurement of human abilities


  • Determinants of personality: Biological and socio-cultural
  • Approaches to the study of personality: Psychoanalytic, neo-Freudian, social learning, trait and type, cognitive
  • Personality assessment : Psychometric and projective tests Self-concept: Origin and development

Research Methodology

  • Research problems, hypothesis, variables and their Operationalization
  • Types of psychological research
  • Methods of psychological research: Experimental, Quasi-experimental, case studies, field studies and cross-cultural studies
  • Methods of data collection: Observation, interview, questionnaire, tests and scales. Non- parametric tests

Measurement and testing

  • Test construction: Item writing, item analysis
  • test standardization: Reliability, validity and norms)
  • Types of tests: Intelligence, aptitude, personality– characteristics and important examples
  • Attitude scales and interest inventories
  • Educational measurement and evaluation

Biological Basis of Behavior

  • Receptors, effectors and adjuster mechanisms
  • Neural impulse : Origin, conduction and measurement
  • Sensory system : Vision and Audition
  • Human nervous system : Structure and functions

UGC NET Management Paper II & Paper III-A Core Group

PAPER-III (A)[Core group]


  • Current trends in Social Psychology
  • Social cognition
  • Social influence
  • Prosocialbehaviour
  • Applied social psychology : Health, Environment and Law


  • Development processes : Nature, Principles and related
  • concepts – maturity, experience factors in development: Biogenic, Psychogenic and Sociogenic
  • Stages of Development : Theories of Development: Psychoanalytic, Behaviouristic and cognitive
  • Various aspects of development : Sensory-motor, cognitive, language, emotional, social and moral

Elective- III

  • Human development and individual differences
  • Motivation and learning
  • Factors in educational achievement
  • Social psychology of education
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Guidance in schools : Needs, organizational set up and techniques
  • Counseling : Process and areas

Elective- IV

  • Development of industrial and organizational psychology
  • Selection processes in organization
  • Organizational training
  • Performance appraisal
  • Motivation and work
  • Leadership
  • Work environment
  • Organizational behaviour : Theories, socialization, effectiveness

Elective- V

  • Psychopathology : Concepts, classification and causes : clinical diagnostics
  • Common clinical disorders
  • Mental retardation
  • Mental Health : Intervention models and psychotherapies
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