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NTA (UGC) NET Psychology Syllabus 2012

Code No: 04

Subject: Psychology


  • There will be two question papers, NTA (UGC) NET Psychology Paper II and Paper III.
  • Paper II will consist of 50 questions worth 2 mark each.
  • Paper III will consist of 75 questions worth 2 mark each.

NTA (UGC) NET Psychology Paper II

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) .
  • Episodic and Semantic memory.
  • Theories of Forgetting: Interference, decay, retrieval.

Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Theories of thought processes: Associationism, 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

  • NTA (UGC) NET Test Construction: Item writing, item analysis.
  • NTA (UGC) NET 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 Behaviour

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

NTA (UGC) NET Psychology Paper III-A Core

Unit 1

Signal detection theory, subliminal perception and related factors, information processing approach to perception, culture and perception, perceptual styles. Ecological perspective on perception.

Unit 2

  • Learning theories: Hull, Tolman, Skinner.
  • Cognitive approaches in learning: Latent learning, observational learning.
  • Experimental analysis of behaviour: Behaviour modification, shaping Discrimination learning.
  • Neurophysiology of learning.

Unit 3

  • Models of memory: Atkinson and Shiffrin, Craik and Lockhart, Tulving.
  • Semantic memory: Episodic, trace model and network model.
  • Long-term memory: Retrieval cues, flashbulb memory, constructive processes in memory, eyewitness testimony, autobiographical memory.
  • Biological basis of memory: The search for the engram, PET scan, and biochemical factors in memory.
  • Improving memory: Strategies.

Unit 4

  • Cognitive Strategies: Algorhythms and heuristics.
  • Convergent and divergent thinking.
  • Decision-making; impediments to problem-solving.
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving.
  • Language and thought.

Unit 5

  • Historical antecedents of motivation from Mechanism to Cognition.
  • Cognitive bases of motivation: Intrinsic motivation, Attribution, Competence.
  • Measurement of motives: Issues and techniques.
  • Cross-cultural perspectives of motivation: Achievement, Aggression.
  • Components of Emotion: Physiological, expressive and cognitive.
  • Neural mechanism of emotion: Central and peripheral.
  • Measurent of Emotions: Physiological, expressive and cognitive measures.
  • Current theories of emotions and facial feedback hypothesis.
  • Stress and coping: Reactions to stress, outcomes of stress.

Unit 6

  • Theories of intelligence: Cattell, Jensen, Sternberg Goleman.
  • Creativity: Views of Torrance, Getzels, Guilford.
  • Intelligence and creativity: Relationship.
  • Abilities and achievement: Concept and role of emotional intelligence.

Unit 7

  • Clinical and growth approaches to personality.
  • Existential and humanistic theories of personality: Frankl, Rollo May, Maslow, Rogers.
  • Personality assessment: Projective, psychometric and behavioural measures.
  • Psychology of self: Western and Eastern perspectives, measurement of self.

Unit 8

  • Research designs: Correlational, factorial, randomized block, matched group, quasi-experimental, time series design.
  • ANOVA: Randomized and repeated.
  • Correlational analysis: Partial, multiple and regression analysis.
  • Factor analysis: Assumptions, methods, rotation and interpretation.

Unit 9

  • Psychological scaling: Purpose and methods.
  • Sources of bias in psychological testing.
  • Ethical issues in psychological testing.
  • Application of factor analysis in standardization of tests-with Important illustrations.

Unit 10

  • Methods of Physiological psychology: Lesion and Brain Stimulation.
  • Sleep and waking: Stages of sleep, Disorders of sleep and Physiological mechanisms of sleep and waking.
  • Ingestive Behaviour: Drinking and its neural mechanism; hunger and its neural mechanism.
  • Endocrine System: Chemical and glandular.

NTA (UGC) NET Psychology Paper III-B


  • Current trends in Social Psychology.
  • Social cognition.
  • Social influence.
  • Prosocial behaviour.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Counselling: Process and areas.


  • 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.


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

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