UGC National Eligibility Test NET : UGC NET January 2017 Syllabus for Economics

UGC NET January 2017 Syllabus for Economics


Code No : 01 
CBSE NET Economics Syllabus 2017

Subject : Economics / Rural Economics / Co – operation / Demography / Development Planning / Development Studies / Econometrics / Applied Economics / Development Eco. / Business Economics.

Note :

There will be two question papers, Paper II and UGC NET Paper III ( Part A & B ). UGC NET Paper II will cover 50 Objective Type Questions ( Multiple choice, Matching type, True / False, Assertion – Reasoning type ) carrying 100 marks.

UGC NET 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 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 UGC NET Paper III will be 200.


1. Micro – Economic Analysis

  • Demand Analysis – Marshallian, Hicksian and Revealed preference approaches.
  • Theory of Production and Costs.
  • Pricing and output under different forms of market structure.
  • Factor Pricing analysis.
  • Elements of general equilibrium and new welfare economics.

2. Macro – Economic Analysis

  • Determination of output and employment – Classical approach, Keynesian approach, Consumption hypotheses.
  • Demand for Money – Fisher and Cambridge versions, Approaches of Keynesian, Friedman, Patinkin, Baumol and Tobin.
  • Supply of Money, Determinants of money supply, High – powered money, Money multiplier.
  • Phillips Curve analysis.
  • Business cycles – Models of Samuelson, Hicks and Kaldor.
  • Macro – economic Equilibrium – Relative roles of monetary and fiscal policies

3. Development and Planning

  • Economic Growth, Economic Development and sustainable Development – Importance of institutions – Government and markets – Perpetuation of underdevelopment – Vicious circle of poverty, circular causation, structural view of underdevelopment – Measurement of development conventional, HDI and quality of life indices.
  • Theories of Development – Classical, Marx and Schumpeter; Economic Growth – Harrod – Domar model, instability of equilibrium, Neoclassical growth – Solow’s model, steady state growth. Approaches to development : Balanced growth, critical minimum effort, big push, unlimited supply of labour, unbalanced growth, low income equilibrium trap.
  • Indicators and measurement of poverty.
  • Importance of agriculture and industry in economic development – choice of techniques and appropriate technology – Investment criteria – Elementary idea of cost – benefit analysis.
  • Trade and Aid – International trade as ‘engine of growth’ – Globalization and LDC’s Objectives and role of monetary and fiscal policies in economic development Techniques of planning; Plan Models in India; planning in a market – oriented economy.

4. Public Finance

  • Role of the Government in Economic activity – Allocation, distribution and stabilization functions; Private, Public and Merit goods.
  • The Public Budgets – Kinds of Budgets, Zero – base budgeting, different concepts of budget deficits; Budgets of the Union Government in India Public Expenditure – Hypotheses; effects and evaluation.
  • Public Revenue – Different approaches to the division of tax burden, incidence and effects of taxation; elasticity and buoyancy; taxable capacity Public Debt – Sources, effects, burden and its management.
  • Fiscal Federalism – Theory and problems; Problems of Centre – State Financial relations in India.
  • Fiscal Policy – Neutral and compensatory and functional finance; balanced budget multiplier.

5. International Economics

  • Theories of International Trade : Empirical verification and Relevance International Trade under Imperfect competition Terms of Trade and Economic Growth – Secular Deterioration of Terms of Trade Hypothesis – a critical review.
  • Equilibrium / disequilibrium in Balance of Payment – Traditional, Absorption and Monetary approaches for adjustment in the Balance of Payments, Foreign Trade multiplier.
  • Impact of Tariffs, Partial and general equilibrium analysis; Political economy of Non – Tariff Barriers.
  • Theory of regionalism at Global level – Collapse of Bretton – Wood System – Recent.
  • Monetary reforms.
  • Trade Policy and Reforms in India.

6. Indian Economy

  • Basic Economic indicators – National income, performance of different sectors Trends in prices and money supply.
  • Agriculture – Institutional and technological aspects, new agricultural policy Industry – New industrial policy and liberalization.
  • Money and banking – Concepts of money supply, inflation, monetary policy and financial sector reforms.
  • Public finance – Trends in revenue and expenditures of the Central and State Governments, Public debt; analysis of the Union Budget.
  • Foreign trade – Trends, Balance of payments and trade reforms.
  • Poverty, unemployment, migration and environment.

7. Statistical Methods

  • Measures of Central tendency, dispersion, skewness and kurtosis.
  • Elementary theory of probability – Binomial, Poisson and Normal distributions.
  • Simple correlation and regression analysis.
  • Statistical inferences – Applications, sampling distributions ( t, x2 and F tests ) sampling of attributes, testing of Hypothesis.
  • Index numbers and time series analysis.
  • Sampling and census methods, types of sampling and errors.

UGC NET PAPER III (A) [ Core group ]

Unit – I

  • Theory of Demand – Axiomatic approach, Demand functions, Consumer behaviour under conditions of uncertainty.
  • Theory of production.
  • Collusive and non – collusive oligopolies.
  • Different models of objectives of the firm – Baumol, Morris and Williamson.
  • Factor pricing.
  • General equilibrium and Welfare Economics.

Unit – II

  • Keynesian and post – Keynesian approaches to theory of output and employment; concept of investment multiplier; consumption hypotheses Theories of investment and accelerator.
  • Theories of demand for money – Keynesian and post – Keynesian.
  • Different approaches to money supply; money supply; components and determinants; money multiplier.
  • Output – price determination ( aggregate supply and aggregate demand curve analysis ).
  • Fleming – Mundell open economy model.

Unit – III

  • Development and Growth – Role of institutions.
  • Theories of growth and development – Models of growth of Joan Robinson and Kaldor; Technical Progress – Hicks, Harrod and learning by doing, production function approach to the determinants of growth : Endogenous growth : role of education, research and knowledge – explanation of cross country differentials in economic development and growth.
  • Theories of development – Classical, Marx, Schumpeter and structural analysis of development – Imperfect market paradigm, Lewis model of development, Ranis – Fei model, Dependency theory of development.
  • Factors in economy development – natural resources, population, capital, Human Resource Development and infrastructure.
  • Trade and development – trade as engine of growth, two – gap analysis, Prebisch, Singer and Myrdal views; gains from trade and LDCs.

Unit – IV

  • Theories of taxation, types, incidence and effects.
  • Theories of public expenditure – effects on savings, investment and growth Burden of public debt.
  • Union Finance – Trends in Revenue and Expenditure of the Government of India.
  • State finance – Trends in Revenue and Expenditure of the State Governments.
  • Public Debt – India’s Public debt since 1951 – growth composition, ownership pattern and debt management.
  • Union – State Financial Relations – Horizontal and vertical imbalances; the Finance Commissions.
  • Fiscal Policy and Fiscal Reforms in India.

Unit – V

  • ‘Monetary approach’ and adjustment in the balance of payments.
  • Regional blocs – multilateralism and world trading system.
  • The Political Economy of imposition of non – tariff barriers.
  • International trade under conditions of imperfect competition in goods market.
  • Theory of International reserves.
  • Optimum Currency Areas – Theory and impact in the developed and developing countries.
  • WTO and its impact on the different sectors of the economy.

Unit – VI

  • Components of money supply.
  • Role, constituents and functions of money and capital markets.
  • RBI – recent monetary and credit policies.
  • Commercial banks and co – operative banks.
  • Specialized financial and investment institutions.
  • Non – Bank financial institutions and Regional Rural Banks.

Unit – VII

  • Industrial structure and economic growth.
  • Pattern of industrialization – Public and Private; large and small industries.
  • Theories of Industrial location – Indian experience.
  • Industrial productivity – measurement, partial and total trends Industrial Finance in India.
  • Industrial Labour – Problems, policies and reforms in India Economic Reforms and industrial growth.

Unit – VIII

  • Population and Economic development – interrelation between population, development and environment, sustainable development.
  • Malthusian theory of population, Optimum theory of population, theory of demographic transition, population as ‘Limits to Growth’ and as ‘Ultimate Source’.
  • Concepts of Demography – Vital rates, Life tables, composition and uses, Measurement of fertility – Total fertility rate, gross and net reproduction rate – Age pyramids, population projection – stable, stationary and quasi – stationary population; characteristics of Indian population through recent census.
  • Poverty in India – Absolute and relative; analysis of poverty in India.
  • Environment as necessity – amenity and public goods; causes of environmental and ecosystem degeneration – policies for controlling pollution – economic and persuasive; their relative effectiveness in LDCs; Relation between population, poverty and environmental degradation – microplanning for environment and eco – preservation – water sheds, joint forest management and self – help groups.
  • Role of State in environmental preservation – Review of environmental legislation in India.

Unit – IX

  • Role of Agriculture in Indian Economy – Share of Agriculture, interrelationship between agriculture and industry.
  • Institutional aspects – Land reforms, Green revolution.
  • Technological aspects – Agricultural inputs and shifts in production function.
  • Capital formation in the rural sector – Savings, assets and credits.
  • Strategies for rural development.
  • Regional disparities in Indian agriculture.
  • Cooperative movement in India – Organization, structure and development of different types of cooperatives in India.

Unit – X

  • Application of Differential and Integral Calculus in theories of consumer behaviour, Production and pricing under different market conditions.
  • Input – output analysis and linear programming.
  • Application of Correlation and Regression.
  • Testing of Hypothesis in Regression Analysis.

UGC NET PAPER III (B) [ Elective / Optional ]

Elective – I

Single Equation Linear Model :

  • Assumption and properties of OLS.
  • Multiple Regression Model – Estimation and Interpretation.
  • Multi – collinearity – Auto – correlation and heteroscedasticity – Causes, detection, consequences and remedy.
  • Dummy variables, distributed lags – Need, limitations and interpretation.
  • Applications in Economics.

Simultaneous Equation models :

  • Structural and reduced forms.
  • Endogenous and exogenous variables.
  • Identification problems and conditions.
  • Single equation methods of estimations – TSLS, indirect least squares and least variance ratio.

Techniques of Forecasting :

  • Econometric properties of time series, Unit root, integrated series, random walk and white noise.

Elective – II

  • Theory of Consumer Behaviour and Theory of Firms.
  • Theory of Pricing – Monopoly, Monopolistic competition, Duopoly and Oligopoly.
  • Theory of Games – Two – person, Zero – sum Game, Pure and Mixed strategy, Saddle point solution, Linear programming and input output analysis.
  • Static and Dynamic Multiplier and Accelerator, Samuelson – Hicks trade cycle model.
  • Growth Models – Harrod and Domar, Neoclassical models – Solow, Meade, Kaldor’s Model with technological progress, endogenous growth models.
  • Employment and output determination with fixed and flexible prices ( IS – LM, Aggregate demand and aggregate supply analysis ).

Elective – III

  • The Rise and Fall of Bretton – Wood and emerging International Monetary System.
  • World Trading System – Evolution and Distortions.
  • Globalization – Developments in Exchange Markets, Euro – Currency Markets, and International Bond Markets, International Debt crisis.
  • Theory of Foreign Exchange Markets – Exchange Trading, Arbitrage and Market Hedging.

Elective – IV

  • Growth and Productivity trends in Indian Agriculture.
  • Development of distributive institutions – Costs and price policies.
  • Agricultural marketing and credit.
  • Trends in migration and labour markets. Minimum Wages Act.
  • WTO and sustainable agricultural development.
  • Reforms in Indian agriculture.

Elective – V

  • Planning and Economic Development.
  • Costs, Prices, WTO and Indian Agriculture.
  • Globalization, Liberalization and the Indian Industrial Sector.
  • Infrastructure and Economic Development.
  • Social Sector, Poverty and Reforms in India.
  • Women, Environment and Economic Development.
  • Trade Reforms and Liberalization.
  • Financial sector reforms.
  • Fiscal policy and fiscal reforms.


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    By Kalpana from coimbatore on June 2, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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    By nishi kumari from darbhanga bihar on November 1, 2015 at 10:20 pm
  • Sir I have done M.Com(management) and I want to give NET in Economics. please help me out to know whether I'am eligible or not.
    By surabhi dubey from bhopal M.P on September 27, 2015 at 10:29 pm
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    By surabhi dubey from bhopal M.P on September 27, 2015 at 10:26 pm
  • Plz can anybody help to know whether all the 3 papers are of objective type
    By Jaskiran from punjab india on December 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm
  • is all the papers objective type
    By jaskiran from punjab (INDIA) on December 21, 2014 at 12:21 pm
  • Syllabi should also be revised according to the objective pattern of the NET exam. Always When I download syllabi I see old one as it is. Secondly, some students did'nt had econometrics in masters degree , out of 75 questions all are compulsory there is no choice. Here there should be 100 questions and students should be free to answer any 75 questions accordingly.
    By Manju Dalal from sonepat, Haryana on November 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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