UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION
Subject: GENERAL PAPER ON TEACHING
& RESEARCH APTITUDE Code No.
The main objective is to assess the
teaching and research capabilities of the candidates. The test aims at
assessing the teaching and research aptitude as well. Candidates are expected
to possess and exhibit cognitive abilities, which include comprehension,
analysis, evaluation, understanding the structure of arguments, deductive and
inductive reasoning. The candidates are also expected to have a general
awareness about teaching and learning processes in higher education system.
Further, they should be aware of interaction between people, environment,
natural resources and their impact on the quality of life.
The details of syllabi are as follows:
Unit-I Teaching Aptitude
Concept, Objectives, Levels of teaching
Understanding and Reflective), Characteristics and
characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners (Academic,
Social, Emotional and Cognitive), Individual differences.
affecting teaching related to: Teacher, Learner, Support material,
Instructional facilities, Learning environment and Institution.
of teaching in Institutions of higher learning: Teacher centred vs. Learner centered methods; Off-line vs. On-line
methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs etc.).
Support System: Traditional, Modern and ICT based.
Systems: Elements and Types of evaluation, Evaluation in Choice Based Credit
System in Higher education, Computer based testing, Innovations in evaluation
Unit-II Research Aptitude
Meaning, Types, and Characteristics, Positivism and Post- positivistic approach
of Research: Experimental, Descriptive, Historical, Qualitative and
and Article writing: Format and styles of referencing.
• Application of ICT
passage of text be given. Questions be asked from the passage to be answered.
Meaning, types and characteristics of communication.
communication: Verbal and Non-verbal, Inter-Cultural and group communications,
to effective communication.
Reasoning and Aptitude Types
series, Letter series, Codes and Relationships.
Aptitude (Fraction, Time & Distance, Ratio, Proportion and Percentage,
Profit and Loss, Interest and Discounting, Averages
the structure of arguments: argument forms, structure of categorical
propositions, Mood and Figure, Formal and Informal fallacies, Uses of language,
Connotations and denotations of terms, Classical square of opposition.
and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning.
diagram: Simple and multiple use for establishing validity of arguments.
Logic: Means of knowledge.
Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda
(Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication) and Anupalabddhi
and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasas (fallacies
Unit-VII Data Interpretation
acquisition and classification of Data.
and Qualitative Data.
representation (Bar-chart, Histograms, Pie-chart, Table-chart and Line-chart)
and mapping of Data.
Unit-VIII Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
General abbreviations and terminology.
of Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencing.
initiatives in higher education.
Unit-IX People, Development and Environment
and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals.
and environment interaction:
Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on environment.
issues: Local, Regional and Global; Air pollution, Water pollution, Soil
pollution, Noise pollution, Waste (solid, liquid, biomedical, hazardous,
electronic), Climate change and its Socio-Economic and Political dimensions.
of pollutants on human health.
and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil,
Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear and Forests.
hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategies.
Protection Act (1986), National Action Plan on Climate
agreements/efforts -Montreal Protocol, Rio Summit, Convention on Biodiversity,
Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement, International Solar Alliance.
Unit-X Higher Education System
of higher learning and education in ancient India.
of higher learning and research in Post Independence India.
Conventional and Non-conventional learning programmes in India.
Technical and Skill Based education.
education and environmental education.
Governance, and Administration.
NOTE: (i) Five
questions each carrying 2 marks are to be set from each
(ii) Whenever graphical/pictorial question(s)
are set for sighted candidates, a
passage followed by equal number of questions and weightage be set for visually impaired