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Important Topics for UGC NET Law Paper

Author : Tanya Kaushal

Updated On : April 5, 2023


Reader's Digest - Are you excited to get recruited as an Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Indian Universities and colleges? This blog will give you all the important topics for UGC NET Law Paper. 

Are you preparing for the UGC NET Law Paper? As an aspiring law scholar, you must have a sound understanding of various legal topics. However, given the vastness of the subject, it can be challenging to identify the most important topics to focus on.

From Constitutional Law to International Law, we'll cover everything you need to know to succeed in this exam.

We'll also provide tips and tricks to help you memorize and understand these complex concepts. So, whether you're a beginner or an experienced law student, this post is for you. So, let's dive in and prepare for UGC NET Law Paper!

Important Topics for UGC NET Law Paper - Overview

The syllabus of the University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET) 2023 is very comprehensive. So, to understand and study the complete syllabus of UGC NET 2023, we need an intelligent preparation strategy, and that intelligent strategy is to mark the important topics of each section.

The UGC NET 2023 candidates should figure out the important topics based on the weightage of the topics. You should mark out the important topics at the start of your preparation so that you can focus and invest your time in covering those topics first.

Important Topics of UGC NET Law Paper 1 2023

The University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) 2023 law paper 1 is 100 marks.

The UGC NET law paper 1 consists of 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). For each correct answer, 2 marks are allotted, and there is no negative marking for any wrong answer. The time allotted for paper 1 is 90 minutes.

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Important Topics of UGC NET Law Paper 1 are as follows:

  1. Teaching Aptitude
  2. Research Aptitude
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Communication
  5. Reasoning (including mathematical) 
  6. Logical Reasoning
  7. Data Interpretation
  8. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  9. People, Development, and Environment
  10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity, and Administration

1. Teaching Aptitude

  • Teaching: Nature, Objectives, Characteristics, and Basic Requirements
  • Learner's Characteristics
  • Factors Affecting Teaching
  • Methods of Teaching
  • Teaching Aids
  • Evaluation System

2. Research Aptitude

  • Research: Meaning, Characteristics, and Types
  • Steps of Research
  • Methods of Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Paper, Article, Workshop, Seminar, Conference, and Symposium
  • Thesis Writing: its Characteristics and Format

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3. Reading Comprehension

  • A passage to be set with questions to be answered.

4. Communication

  • Communication: Nature, Characteristics, Types, Barriers, and Effective Classroom Communication.

5. Reasoning (including mathematical)

  • Number Series
  • Letter Series
  • Codes
  • Relationships
  • Classification

6. Logical Reasoning

  • Understanding the structure of arguments
  • Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Verbal analogies; Word analogy - Applied Analogy
  • Verbal classification
  • Reasoning Logical Diagrams; Simple diagrammatic Relationship, Multi - diagrammatic relationship
  • Venn diagram; Analytical Reasoning

7. Data Interpretation

  • Sources, Acquisition, and Interpretation of Data
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Graphical Representation and Mapping of Data

8. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  • ICT: Meaning, Advantages, Disadvantages, and uses
  • General Abbreviations and Terminology
  • Basics of Internet and e-mailing

9. People, Development, and Environment

  • People and Environment Interaction
  • Sources of Pollution
  • Pollutants and their impact on human life, exploitation of natural and energy resources
  • Natural Hazards and mitigation

10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity, and Administration.

  • Structure of the institution for higher learning and research in India; formal and distance education; professional/technical and general education; value governance, polity, and administration; concept, institutions, and their interactions.

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List of Subjects of UGC NET Paper 2 2023

The University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) 2023 law paper 2 is 200 marks. The UGC NET law paper 2 consists of 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). For each correct answer, 2 marks are allotted, and there is no negative marking for any wrong answer. The time allotted for paper 2 is 180 minutes.

UGC NET Paper 2 is a subject-specific test and consists of 82 subjects.

The list of all 82 subjects for paper 2 of the UGC NET 2023 is as follows:

  1. Economics / Rural Economics / Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics / Applied Economics / Development Economics / Business Economics
  2. Political Science
  3. Philosophy
  4. Psychology
  5. Sociology
  6. History
  7. Anthropology
  8. Commerce
  9. Education
  10. Social Work
  11. Defence and Strategic Studies
  12. Home Science
  13. Public Administration
  14. Population Studies
  15. Music
  16. Management (including Business Administration. Management / Marketing / Marketing Management / Industrial Relations and Personnel Management / Personnel Management / Financial Management / Co-operative Management)
  17. Maithili
  18. Bengali
  19. Hindi
  20. Kannada
  21. Malayalam
  22. Oriya
  23. Punjabi
  24. Sanskrit
  25. Tamil
  26. Telugu
  27. Urdu
  28. Arabic
  29. English
  30. Linguistics
  31. Chinese
  32. Dogri
  33. Nepali
  34. Manipuri
  35. Assamese
  36. Gujarati
  37. Marathi
  38. French
  39. Spanish
  40. Persian
  41. Russian
  42. Rajasthani
  43. German
  44. Japanese
  45. Adult Education / Continuing Education / Andragogy / Non-Formal Education
  46. Physical Education
  47. Arab Culture and Islamic Culture
  48. Indian Culture
  49. Labour Welfare / Personnel Management / Industrial Relations / Labour and Social Welfare / Human Resource Management.
  50. Law
  51. Library and Information Science
  52. Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian, and Peace Studies.
  53. Comparative Studies of Religions
  54. Mass Communication and Journalism
  55. Performing Art - Dance / Drama / Theatre
  56. Muselogy and Conservation
  57. Archaeology
  58. Criminology
  59. Tribal and Regional Langauge / Literature
  60. Folk Literature
  61. Comparative Literature
  62. Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha / Sidhanta Jyotish / Navya Vyakarna / Vyakarna / Mimansa / Navya Nyaya / Sankhya Yoga / Tulanatmaka Darsan / Shukla Yajurveda / Madhav Vedant / Dharmasasta / Sahitya/ Puranotihasa / Agama)
  63. Women Studies
  64. Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting / Sculpture Graphics / Applied Art / History of Art)
  65. Geography
  66. Social Medicine and Community Health
  67. Forensic Science
  68. Pali
  69. Kashmiri
  70. Konkani
  71. Computer Science and Applications
  72. Electronic Science
  73. Environmental Sciences
  74. Politics, including International Relations / International Studies including Defence / Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, and American Studies
  75. Prakrit
  76. Human Rights and Duties
  77. Tourism Administration and Management
  78. Bodo
  79. Santali
  80. Yoga
  81. Sindhi
  82. Hindu Studies

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Important Topics of UGC NET Law Paper 2

The University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) 2023 law paper 2 is 200 marks. The UGC NET law paper 2 consists of 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

For each correct answer, 2 marks are allotted, and there is no negative marking for any wrong answer. The time allotted for paper 2 is 180 minutes.

  • Preamble, fundamental rights, and duties, directive principles of state policy.
  • Union and State executives and their interrelationship
  • Union and State legislature and distribution of legislative powers
  • Judiciary
  • Emergency provisions
  • Temporary, transitional, and special provisions in respect of certain states
  • Election Commission of India
  • Nature, scope, and importance of administrative law
  • Principle of natural justice
  • Judicial review of administrative actions – Grounds. 


  • International law – Definition, nature, and basis
  • Sources of International law
  • Recognition of states and governments
  • Nationality, immigrants, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)
  • Extradition and asylum
  • United Nations and its organs
  • Settlement of international disputes
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • International humanitarian law (IHL) - Conventions and protocols
  • Implementation of IHL - Challenges 


  • Nature and sources of law 
  • Schools of jurisprudence
  • Law and morality 
  • Concept of rights and duties
  • Legal personality
  • Concepts of property, ownership, and possession
  • Concept of liability
  • Law, poverty, and development
  • Global justice
  • Modernism and post-modernism 


  • Comparative Law – Relevance, methodology, problems, and concerns in Comparison
  • Forms of governments – Presidential and parliamentary, unitary and federal
  • Models of federalism – USA, Canada, and India
  • Rule of Law – 'Formal' and 'substantive' versions
  • Separation of powers – India, UK, USA and France
  • Independence of the judiciary, judicial activism and accountability – India, UK, and USA
  • Systems of constitutional review – India, USA, Switzerland, and France
  • Amendment of the Constitution – India, USA and South Africa 
  • Ombudsman –Sweden, UK, and India 
  • Open Government and Right to Information - USA, UK, and India

Some of the important topics are important, but as much as the above-mentioned important topics are. So some of the important topics are as follows:


  • General principles of criminal liability – Actus reus and men's rea, individual and group liability and constructive liability
  • Stages of crime and inchoate crimes - Abetment, criminal conspiracy and attempt
  • General exceptions
  • Offences against a human body
  • Offences against state and terrorism
  • Offences against property
  • Offences against women and children
  • Drug trafficking and counterfeiting
  • Offences against public tranquillity
  • Theories and kinds of punishments, compensation to the victims of crime 

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  • Nature and definition of tort
  • General principles of tortious liability
  • General defences
  • Specific torts – Negligence, nuisance, trespass, and defamation
  • Remoteness of damages
  • Strict and absolute liability
  • Tortious liability of the State
  • The Consumer Protection Act 1986 - Definitions, consumer rights, and redressal mechanism
  • The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 - No fault liability, third party insurance, and claims tribunal
  • The Competition Act, 2002 - Prohibition of certain agreements, abuse of dominant position and regulation of combinations 


  • Essential elements of a contract and e-contract
  • Breach of contract, the frustration of contract, void and voidable agreements
  • The standard form of contract and quasi-contract
  • Specific contracts - Bailment, pledge, indemnity, guarantee and agency
  • Sale of Goods Act, 1930
  • Partnership and limited liability partnership
  • Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881
  • Company law – Incorporation of a company, prospectus, shares, and debentures
  • Company law – Directors and meetings
  • Corporate social responsibility 


  • Sources and schools
  • Marriage and dissolution of marriage
  • Matrimonial remedies - Divorce and theories of divorce
  • Changing dimensions of the institution of marriage – Live-in relationship
  • Recognition of foreign decrees in India on marriage and divorce
  • Maintenance, dower and stridhan
  • Adoption, guardianship and acknowledgement
  • Succession and inheritance
  • Will, gift and wakf
  • Uniform Civil Code 

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  • Meaning and concept of 'environment' and 'environmental pollution
  • International environmental law and UN Conferences
  • Constitutional and legal framework for the protection of the environment in India
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and control of hazardous waste in India
  • National Green Tribunal
  • Concept and development of human rights
  • Universalism and cultural relativism
  • International Bill of Rights
  • Group rights – Women, children, persons with disabilities, elderly persons, minorities and weaker sections
  • Protection and enforcement of human rights in India – National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Minorities, National Commission for Women, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Commission for Schedule Tribes and National Commission for Backward Classes 


  • Concept and meaning of intellectual property
  • Theories of intellectual property
  • International conventions about intellectual properties
  • Copyright and neighbouring rights – Subject matters, limitations and exceptions, infringement, and remedies
  • Law of patent – Patentability, the procedure for grant of a patent, limitations, exceptions, infringement and remedies
  • Law of trademark – Registration of trademarks, kinds of trademarks, infringement and passing off remedies
  • Protection of Geographical Indications
  • Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge
  • Information technology law- digital signature and electronic signature, electronic governance, electronic records and duties of subscribers
  • Cyber crimes, penalties and adjudication 

UGC NET Law Preparation Books

The table below shows the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) Law Preparation Books: -

Book Name Author Name Book Price
NTA UGC NET Law Paper 2 Paperback – 12 March 2021 Tushar Shukla, Rohit Raj, and Amibh Kumar Rs. 583/-
TOPPERSNOTES UGC NET Paper 2 Law Study Material For National Eligibility Test 2022 Examination Set of 3 Books in English Latest Edition Paperback – 1 January 2022 Toppersnotes Rs. 1724/-
Simplified Approach to UGC NET LAW - Including Previous Years' Papers Paperback – 1 January 2022 Dr Amritpal Kaur, Jai Gautam, and Shreeram Rs. 805/-
Trueman's UGC NET Law Paperback – 1 January 2023 Suman Chauhan Rs. 500/-
NTA UGC NET Law Paper II 2020 Paperback – 2 March 2020 Tushar Shukla and Raman Vashishtha Rs. 462/-

UGC NET Law 2023 Preparation Tips

You should follow the preparation tips and tricks below to ace and score well in the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) Law paper.

1. Focus on Limited Study Material

  • You don't have to search or study from every available study material. You should have limited study material, for example: for law subject study from 1 book which has all the information and all types of questions related to law.
  • Study material does not mean only books. Study material includes all educational sources like books, youtube channels, coaching institute notes, etc.
  • So, study from one or two sources only for the UGC NET 2023 and study with full dedication and focus on achieving your goal easily.

2. Attempt Mocks

  • Start attempting and practising mock tests because while attempting mocks, you will learn so much about the exam pattern and examination that will help you easily crack the UGC NET 2023 eligibility test.
  • You must practice at least 40 to 50 mocks before the UGC NET 2023 examination, so start attempting mocks from today onwards.
  • To attempt mocks, you can join various coaching institutes. You can enrol in our LegalEdge's mock and purchase our LegalEdge's mock test series for practice.
  • You will get a mock test series of 50 tests from our website LegalEdge. It is not compulsory to purchase from us. You can purchase mock test series from any website, but practice mocks. It will greatly help you in your UGC NET 2023 preparation and examination.
  • The benefit of solving mock tests is that you will solve 100 questions in one mock test, and if you are attempting around 30 to 40 mock tests, you will get to solve around 4000+ questions. And in that 4000+ questions, you will get all types of questions that can come in the UGC NET 2023 examination.
  • After attempting the mocks, analyze them, find your mistake, and try to rectify it. Do not repeat the same mistake again in the next mock.
  • Prepare a copy or register and note your mistakes and what new you have learned while attempting or analyzing the mocks.

3. Revision of Current Affairs From May 2022

  • If you start revising the current affairs from May 2022, you will know that many topics or news from the last 4 months you have left will be covered only in that revision. That's why I recommend you start revising current affairs in May and revise it by December.
  • You can revise the current affairs from our uploaded videos on our Youtube channel of LegalEdge. It will help you prepare well for the UGC NET 2023 entrance examination.
  • For the current affairs section, revision is a must because current affairs are a topic that if you study at night, then the next morning you will forget, so it requires proper revision of each and every topic.

4. Fear of Failure

  • When your UGC NET 2023 examination is near, you will fear that you might fail the examination. That fear of failure is good, don't worry; every student goes with this fear of failure.
  • As much as you fear, your performance will also improve. The fear of failure helps you to enhance your performance due to the fear you will study more, and that is beneficial for you.
  • As per our data analysis, we learned that students perform exceptionally well under high pressure.
  • If you fear the examination, studying more for good results is good.

5. Make Short Notes

  • Students should prepare a question bank for every major and minor section of the law subject. 
  • The students should prepare a question bank of 50 questions from each major topic, consider the previous year's question paper of their choice, and create 50 HOTS questions. So this question bank will provide you with the best guidance during revision.

6. Make Your Own Strategy

  • Start practising a comprehensive test series through which your ability to complete the test and your speed will increase.
  • Don't listen to anybody. Make your own strategy the way you like to study. If you want to study law or English first, that is up to you. But make that strategy that is beneficial for you. Or that helps you to study easily and improves your performance.
  • Make a proper timetable for studying each and every subject.

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In conclusion, the UGC NET Law Paper covers a wide range of legal topics, and a thorough understanding of the principles and concepts in these areas is essential to succeed. By focusing on the above-listed topics and preparing diligently, you can ace the exam and achieve your dreams of becoming a lawyer. Good luck!


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