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NET in Library and Information Science

NET Library and Information Science

National Eligibility Test (NET), also known as UGC NET, is an exam for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor both in Library and Information Science in Indian universities and colleges. It is also a desired qualification for appointment of the post of librarian in libraries of universities, colleges, and government institutions in India. It has a comprehensive syllabus covering all the areas of Library and Information Science. For NET preparation see Library and Information Science NET Questions Answers.

On behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the National Testing Agency (NTA)¹ will conduct the test for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both in Indian universities and colleges.

Until July 2018, CBSE conducted the UGC NET exam but from December 2018 onwards, NTA will be conducting the UGC National Eligibility Test. As per the press-release by Indian Government, the exam would be conducted twice a year, and it will be conducted in an online mode instead of offline mode.

  1. UGC NET Qualification Procedure
  2. Library and Information Science NET Syllabus 
  3. News and Updates for NET in Library and Information Science


UGC NET qualification is divided into the following steps:
  • Obtain minimum qualifying marks with aggregate 55% marks to General and 50% to others in master's degree.
  • The paper will be divided in two papers - Paper 1 & 2. The students would have to attempt total (both paper 1 &2) 150 questions in 3 Hours.
  • Those who score more than the cutoff marks in the exam would be declared qualified for JRF.
  • On the other hand, Top 6% candidates will be selected for each subject and category eligibility for Assistant Professor only if they haven't applied for JRF.
  • From net qualified students, a list of JRF will be prepared. The merit list will be prepared by using a formula.


Unit I:
  • Information, Information Science, Information Society 
  • Information as a Resource / Commodity 
  • Information Transfer Cycle--Generation, Collection, Storage, and Dissemination 
  • Role of Information in Planning, Management, Socio-Economic Development, Technology transfer
  • Communication--Channel, barriers 
  • Intellectual Property Rights--Concept, Copyright, Censorship--Print and Non-print Media 
  • Library and Information Policy at the National Level.
Unit II:
  • Laws of Library Science 
  • Library Resource Sharing and Networking 
  • Library Movement and Library Legislation in India 
  • Library Extension Services
  • Library and Information Science Education in India 
  • Library and Information Profession
  • Library Associations in India, UK and USA--ILA, IASLIC, IATLIS, SIS, LA, ASLIB, SLA and ALA
  • Library Associations Organization at International Level--FID, IFLA and UNESCO
Unit III:
  • Sources of Information--Primary, Secondary and Tertiary--Documentary and Non-documentary
  • Reference Sources--Encyclopaedias, Dictionaries, Geographical Sources, Biographical sources, Year Books/Almanacs, Directories and Handbooks, Statistical (salient features and evaluation)
  • Bibliographical Sources--Bibliographies, Union Catalogues, Indexing and Abstracting Journals (salient features and evaluations)
  • E-documents, E-books, E-journals
  • Databases--Bibliographic, Numeric and Full text--Evaluation
Unit IV:
  • Reference and Information Services, Referral Service
  • Bibliographic Service, Indexing and Abstracting Service, CAS, SDI, Digest Service, Trend Report
  • Online Services
  • Translation Services
  • Reprographic Services
Unit V:
  • Organization of knowledge/Information
  • Modes of formation of subjects
  • Library Classification--Cannon and Principles
  • Library Classification Schemes--DDC, UDC, and CC
  • Library Cataloguing--Cannons and Principles
  • Library Cataloguing Codes--CCC and AACR-II
  • Bibliographic Records--International Standards--ISBD, MARC and CCF
  • Indexing--Pre-coordinate,Post-coordinate)
  • Vocabulary Control--Thesaurus, List of Subject Headings 
  • Databases--Search Strategies, Boolean Operators
  • Knowledge Management
Unit VI:
  • Management--Principles, Functions, School of Thought
  • Planning, Organization Structure
  • Decision making
  • System Study--Analysis, Evaluation and Design
  • Collection Development--Books, Serials, Non-book Materials--Selection, Acquisition, Maintenance; ISBN, ISSN, Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP)
  • Human Resources Management--Manpower Planning, Job Analysis, Job Description, Selection, Recruitment, Motivation, Training and Development, Staff Manual, Leadership and Performance Evaluation
  • Delegation of Authority
  • Financial Management--Resource Generation, Types of Budgeting, Cost and Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Library Buildings and Equipments
  • Performance Evaluation of Libraries/Information Centers and Services
  • Marketing Information Product and Services
  • Total Quality Management (TQM)
Unit VII:
  • Information Technology--Components; Impact of IT on Society
  • Computers--Hardware, Software, Storage Devices, Input/Output Devices
  • Telecommunication--Transmission media, Switching systems, Bandwidth, Multiplexing, Modulation, Protocols, Wireless Communication
  • Fax, Email, Tele conferencing / video conferencing, Bulletin Board Service, Teletext, Videotex, Voice Mail
  • Networking--Concepts, Topologies, Types--LAN, MAN, WAN
  • Hypertext, Hypermedia, Multimedia, 
  • Integrated Service Digital Network (ISDN), Open Systems Interconnections (OSI)
Unit VIII:
  • Library Automation--Areas of automation, Planning, Hardware and Software Selection, OPAC
  • INTERNET--Components, Services, Browsing--Web Browsers, Search Engines, Meta-Data, Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
  • National and International Information Systems--NISSAT, NASSDOC, INSDOC, DESIDOC, INIS, AGRIS, MEDLARS, INSPEC
Unit IX:
  • Types of Research--Basic, Applied, Interdisciplinary
  • Research Design
  • Scientific Method, Hypothesis, Data Collection, Sampling
  • Methods of Research--Historical, Descriptive, Case Study, Survey, Comparative and Experimental
  • Statistical Methods, Data Analysis
  • Report Writing
  • Research Methods in Library and Information Science and Services
  • Bibliometrics
Unit X:
  • Types of Libraries--National, Public, Academic, and Special (Objectives, structures and functions)
  • Digital Libraries (Concept)
  • Virtual Libraries (Concept)
  • Types of Users, User Studies, User Education
  • Role of UGC in the growth and development of libraries and information centers in institutions of higher education in India 
  • Role of Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation (RRRLF)


    UGC NET July Result 2018 Highlights³

    UGC NET July Result 2018 Highlights: The result of UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) has been released by the Central Board of Secondary Education today at and Earlier, the UGC NET answer keys were released on July 24 and candidates were given time till July 27 to challenge them. The exam was conducted on July 8 (Sunday) and re-exam on July 22. Those who will clear the paper will be eligible for a junior research fellowship or can be considered for the post of assistant professors. This year for the first time, instead of 3 papers, there were only 2 papers – paper 1 and paper 2.

    The candidates who qualify the UGC NET will be eligible for the junior research fellowship in the subject of their post-graduation or they are now eligible to apply for the post of assistant professor. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national organisations may select the JRF awardees for whole time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them.

    UGC NET results 2018: Exam pattern changed, have a look
    • This time, the UGC introduced some changes in the examination pattern. Instead of three paers, there were two papers (Paper I and Paper II).
    UGC NET results 2018, at a glance
    • Number of candidates registered: 11,48,235
    • Number of candidates appeared in both papers: 8,59,498
    • Number of candidates qualified for Assistant Professor: 55,872
    • Candidates qualified for both JRF and Assistant Professor: 3,929.
    CBSE UGC NET 2018: NTA to conduct examination now onward
    • A total of 11,48,235 candidates had registered for the exam this year. From next time onwards, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will be conducting the UGC NET. Apart from it, JEE Advanced, NEET will be conducted by the same organisation.
    CBSE UGC NET 2018: When was the examination conducted
    • The examination was conducted on July 8 (Sunday) and re-exam on July 22. Those who will clear the paper will be eligible for a junior research fellowship or can be considered for the post of assistant professors. This year for the first time, instead of 3 papers, there were only 2 papers – paper 1 and paper 2.
    CBSE UGC NET July 2018: Cutoff details


    1. National Testing Agency.
    2. Wikipeida. National Eligibility Test.
    3. UGC NET July Result 2018 Highlights.


    • Salman Haider - Librarian Cataloger Author Blogger

    • Last Updated: 2018-08-09
    • Written: 2017-09-03

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