UGC NET Computer Science Syllabus 2024: Complete Guide

UGC NET Computer Science Syllabus

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the UGC NET Computer Science Syllabus for 2024. This comprehensive guide will help candidates prepare effectively for the exam.

 Exam Pattern Overview       



Question Type

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Number of Papers

Paper I (General), Paper II (Computer Science)

Total Marks

300 (Paper I: 100, Paper II: 200)

Number of Questions

150 (Paper I: 50, Paper II: 100)


3 hours

Negative Marking


Marking Scheme

  • Each correct answer: 2 marks

  • No deduction for incorrect answers

  • Minimum qualifying marks: 40% aggregate in both papers

Syllabus Breakdown

The UGC NET Computer Science syllabus covers ten key units:

  1. Discrete Structures and Optimization

  2. Computer System Architecture

  3. Programming Languages and Computer Graphics

  4. Database Management Systems

  5. System Software and Operating System

  6. Software Engineering

  7. Data Structures and Algorithms

  8. Theory of Computation and Compilers

  9. Data Communication and Computer Networks

  10. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

For a detailed breakdown of each unit, visit the official NTA website.

Key Focus Areas


Important Topics


Mathematical Logic, Graph Theory, Optimization


Digital Logic Circuits, Computer Organization


OOP, 2D and 3D Graphics


SQL, Data Warehousing, NoSQL


Operating System Basics, CPU Scheduling


Software Process Models, Project Management


Algorithm Analysis, Advanced Data Structures


Automata Theory, Compiler Design


OSI Model, Network Security


Neural Networks, Natural Language Processing

Preparation Strategies

  • Understand the Syllabus: Thoroughly review the syllabus and allocate study time accordingly.

  • Create a Study Plan: Develop a realistic schedule that covers all topics.

  • Focus on Core Concepts: Build a strong foundation in fundamental computer science principles.

  • Practice Previous Papers: Solve past year questions to familiarize yourself with the exam pattern.

  • Take Mock Tests: Simulate exam conditions to improve time management and identify weak areas.

  • Regular Revision: Set aside time for reviewing important concepts and formulas.

  • Stay Updated: Keep abreast of the latest developments in computer science.

  • Time Management: Practice completing mock tests within the given time frame.

  • Seek Guidance: Join study groups or online forums to clarify doubts and share knowledge.

  • Maintain Confidence: Stay calm and focused during the exam.

Additional Resources

  • Official UGC NET Syllabus PDF

  • Computer Science Study Materials

  • Mock Test Series


Success in the UGC NET Computer Science exam requires a combination of thorough subject knowledge, strategic preparation, and effective time management. By following this guide and utilizing the resources provided, candidates can maximize their chances of achieving a high score.

Remember to check the official NTA website regularly for any updates or changes to the syllabus or exam pattern. Good luck with your preparation!


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