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UGC NET Sociology

  • Note:
    There will be two question papers, UGC NET Paper II and Paper III (Parts-A & B). UGC NET Sociology Paper II will cover 50 Objective Type Questions (Multiple choice, Matching type. True and False, Assert-Reasoning type) carrying 100 marks.
    UGC NET Sociology Paper III will have two Parts-A and B; Paper III-A will have 10 Short Essay Type questions (300 words) carrying 16 marks each. In it there will be one question with internal choice from each unit (i.e.. 10 questions from 10 units; Total marks will be 160).
    UGC NET Sociology Paper III-B will be compulsory and there will be one question from each of the Electives. The candidate will attempt only one question (one elective only in 800 words) carrying 40 marks. Total marks of Paper III will be 200.

UGC NET Sociologynt Paper II

Sociological Concepts

Nature of Sociology

  • Definition
  • Sociological Perspective

Basic Concepts

  • Community Institution Association Culture.
  • Norms and Values.

Social Structure

  • Status and role, their interrelationship.
  • Multiple roles, Role set. Status set, Status sequence.
  • Role conflict.

Social Group Meaning

  • Types: Primary-Secondary, Formal-Informal, Ingroup-Outgroup, Reference group. Social Institutions Marriage
  • Family
  • Education
  • Economy
  • Polity
  • Religion


  • Socialization, Resocialization, Anticipatory socialization, Adult socialization Agencies of socialization Theories of socialization.

Social Stratification

  • Social differentiation, Hierarchy and Inequality Forms of stratification: Caste, Class, Gender, Ethnic Theories of social stratification Social mobility.

Social Change

  • Concepts and Types: Evolution, Diffusion, Progress, Revolution, Transformation, Change in structure and Change of structure
  • Theories: Dialectical and Cyclical
Sociological Theory


  • Nadel
  • Radclifife Brown
  • Levi-Strauss


  • Malinowski
  • Durkheim
  • Parsons
  • Merton


  • Social action: Max Weber, Pareto
  • Symbolic Interactionism: G H Mead, Blumer


  • Karl Marx
  • Dahrendorf Coser
  • Collins


Meaning and Nature of Social Research

  • Nature of social phenomena
  • The scientific method
  • The problems in the study of social phenomena: Objectivity and subjectivity, fact and value. Quantitative Methods
  • Survey
  • Research Design and its types
  • Hypothesis
  • Sampling
  • Techniques of data collection: Observation, Questionnaire, Schedule, Interview.

Qualitative Methods

  • Participant observation
  • Case study
  • Content analysis
  • Oral history
  • Life history

Statistics in Social Research

  • Measures of Central Tendency: Mean, Median, Mode
  • Measures of dispersion
  • Correlational analysis
  • Test of significance
  • Reliability and Validity
UGC NET Sociologynt Paper III (A) [Core Group]

Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology

  • Alfred Shultz, Peter Berger and Luckmann
  • Garfinkel and Goffman

Heo-functionalism and Neo-Mawdsm

  • J Alexander Habermass, Althusser

Structurisation and Post-Modernism

  • Giddens Derrida Foucault

Conceptualising Indian Society

  • Peoples of India: Groups and Communities
  • Unity in diversity
  • Cultural diversity: Regional, linguistic, religious and tribal

Theoretical Perspectives

  • Indological/Textual Perspective: G. S. Ghurye, Louis Dumont
  • Structural-Functional Perspective: M. M. N. Srinivas, S. C. Dube
  • Marxian Perspective: D P Mukherjee, A R Desai
  • Civilisational Perspective: N. K. Bose, Surajit Sinha
  • Subaltern Perspective: B R Ambedkar, David Hardiman

Contemporary Issues: Socio-cultural

  • Poverty
  • Inequality of caste and gender
  • Regional, ethnic and religious disharmonies
  • Family disharmony:
    • Domestic violence
    • Dowry
    • Divorce
    • Intergenerational conflict

Contemporary Issues: Developmental

  • Population Regional disparity Slums
  • Displacement
  • Ecological degradation and environmental pollution
  • Health problems

Issues Pertaining to Deviance

  • Deviance and its forms
  • Crime and delinquency
  • White collar crime and corruption
  • Changing profile of crime and criminals
  • Drug addiction
  • Suicide

Current Debates

  • Tradition and Modernity in India
  • Problems of Nation Building: Secularism, Pluralism and Nation building

The Challenges of Globalisation

  • Indianisation of Sociology
  • Privatisation of Education
  • Science and Technology Policy of India
UGC NET Sociologynt Paper III (B) [Elective or Optional]


  • Rural Sociology
  • Approaches to the study of Rural Society: Rural-Urban differences Rurbanism Peasant studies
  • Agrarian Institutions:
    • Land ownership and its types
    • Agrarian relations and Mode of production debate
    • Jajmani system and Jajmani relations
    • Agrarian class structure
  • Panchayati Raj System:
    • Panchayat before and after 73rd Amendment
    • Rural Leadership and Factionalism
    • Empowerment of people
  • Social Issues and Strategies for Rural Development:
    • Bonded and Migrant labourers
    • Pauperization and Depeasantisation
    • Agrarian unrest and Peasant movements
  • Rural Development and Change:
    • Trends of changes in rural society
    • Processes of change: Migration-Rural to Urban and Rural to Rural Mobility: Social/Economic
    • Factors of change


  • Industry and Society
  • Industrial Society in the Classical Sociological Tradition:
    • Division of labour
    • Bureaucracy
    • Rationality
    • Production relations
    • Surplus value
    • Alienation
  • Industry and Society:
    • Factory as a social system
    • Formal and informal organization
    • Impact of social structure on industry
    • Impact of industry on society
  • Industrial Relations:
    • Changing profile of labour.
    • Changing labour-management relations.
    • Conciliation, adjudication, arbitration
    • Collective bargaining
    • Trade unions
    • Workers'participation in management (Joint Management Councils)
    • Quality circles
  • Industrialisation and Social Change in India:
    • Impact of industrialization on family, education and stratification
    • Class and class conflict in industrial society
    • Obstacles to and limitations of industrialization
  • Industrial Planning:
    • Industrial Policy
    • Labour legislation
    • Human relations in industry


  • Sociology of Development
  • Conceptual Perspectives on Development:
    • Economic growth
    • Human development
    • Social development
    • Sustainable development: Ecological and Social
  • Theories of Underdevelopment:
    • Liberal: Max Weber, Gunnar Myrdal
    • Dependency: Centre-periphery (Frank), Uneven development (Samir Amin), World-system (Wallerstein)
  • Paths of Development:
    • Modernisation, Globalisation
    • Socialist
    • Mixed
    • Gandhian
  • Social Structure and Development:
    • Social structure as a facilitator/inhibitor
    • Development and socio-economic disparities
    • Gender and development
  • Culture and Development:
    • Culture as an aid/impediment
    • Development and displacement of tradition
    • Development and upsurge of ethnic movements


  • Population and Society
  • Theories of Population Growth
    • Malthusian
    • Demographic transition
  • Population Growth and Distribution in India:
    • Growth of Indian population since 1901
    • Determinants of population
  • Concepts of Fertility, Mortality, Morbidity and Migration:
    • Age and Sex composition and its consequences
    • Determinants of fertility
    • Determinants of mortality, infant, child and maternal mortality Morbidity rates
    • Determinants and consequences of migration
  • Population and Development:
    • Population as a constraint on and a resource for development
    • Socio-cultural factors affecting population growth
  • Population Control:
    • Population policy: Problems and perspectives
    • Population education
    • Measures taken for population control


  • Gender and Society Gender as a Social Construct:
    • Models of Gendered socialisation.
    • Cultural symbolism and general roles
  • Social Structure and Gender Inequality:
    • Patriarchy and Matriarchy.
    • Division of Labour-Production and reproduction.
  • Theories of Gender Relations:
    • Liberalist
    • Radical
    • Socialist
    • Post-modernist
  • Gender and Development:
    • Effect of development policies on gender relations
    • Perspectives on gender and development-Welfarist, developmentalist Empowerment
  • Women and Development in India:
    • Indicators of women's status: Demographic, social, economic and cultural
    • Special schemes and strategies for women's development
    • Voluntary sector and women's development
    • Globalisation and women's development Eco-feminism