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SET Exam Pattern 2017


The main objective is to assess the teaching and research capabilities of the candidates.

Therefore, the test is aimed at assessing the teaching and general/research aptitude as well as

their awareness. They are expected to possess and exhibit cognitive abilities. Cognitive abilities

include comprehension, analysis, evaluation, understanding the structure of arguments and deductive and inductive reasoning. The candidates are also expected to have a general awareness and knowledge of sources of information. They should be aware of interaction between people,

environment and natural resources and their impact on quality of life. This part of syllabus is common for chemical and life sciences streams.

The details are given in the following sections:

  • Teaching Aptitude

Teaching: Nature, objectives, characteristics and basic requirements, Learners characteristics, Factors affecting teaching, Methods of teaching, teaching aids, Evaluation systems.

  • Research Aptitude

Research: Meaning, characteristics and types,  Steps of research, Methods of research;

Research Ethics, Paper, article, workshop, seminar, conference and symposium,

Thesis writing: its characteristics and format.

  • Reading Comprehension:

A passage to be set with questions to be answered.

  • Communication

Communication: Nature, characteristics, types, barriers and effective classroom communication.

  • Reasoning (Including Mathematical)

Number series, letter series, codes, Relationships, classification.

  • Logical Reasoning

Understanding the structure of arguments; Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning; Verbal analogies: Word analogy-Applied analogy, Verbal classification, Reasoning Logical Diagrams: Simple diagrammatic relationship, multi diagrammatic relationship, Venn diagram; Analytical Reasoning.

  • Data Interpretation

Sources, acquisition and interpretation of data, Quantitative and qualitative data, Graphical representation and mapping of data.

  • Information and Communication technology (ICT)

ICT: meaning, advantages, disadvantages and uses; General abbreviations and terminology;

Basics of internet and e-mailing.

  •  People and Environment: People and environment interaction; Sources of pollution; Pollutants and their impact on human life, exploitation of natural and energy resources; Natural hazards and mitigation.
  • Higher Education System : Governance, Polity and Administration, Structure of the institutions for higher learning and research in India; formal and distance education; professional/technical and general education; value education; governance, polity and administration; concept, institutions and their interactions.

SET Exam Pattern 2017

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