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KSET Exam Syllabus 2024

The KSET syllabus 2024 will be released on the official website of the University of Mysore and candidates who are aiming to appear for the exams must download the syllabus and start their preparation.

The KSET exam syllabus is similar to that of the UGC/CSIR-NET and aspirants must note down the complete syllabus for scoring well in the exams.

The KSET Exam is a State Level exam that is conducted for the selection of candidates for Assistant Professor positions at the Colleges and Higher Education Institutes of Karnataka.

As per the KSET Exam pattern 2024, the exam has 2 papers- Paper I and Paper II. KSET Paper I is based on General Aptitude while KSET Paper II is subject-matter specific paper.

Candidates can refer to the previous year’s KSET syllabus to understand the syllabus for the present year. By going through the previous year’s syllabus, candidates can get a clear idea of the topics of the exam and make their study timetable accordingly.

The KSET exam syllabus consists of 2 papers- Paper I and Paper II. Candidates appearing for the KSET exam must secure qualifying marks in both papers in order to appear on the Merit list.

The duration of KSET Paper I is 1 hour and the duration of KSET Paper II is 2 hours. KSET Paper I is common for all the candidates who are appearing for the exams while Paper II consists of questions from the subject that the candidates have applied for.

Candidates who are appearing for JK SET must know that it is essential to score the minimum qualifying marks to appear on the Merit list.

The qualifying marks for the unreserved candidates are different from that of the reserved category Check out the qualifying marks for all categories from the below table:

Category of the Candidate Minimum Qualifying Marks
General/Unreserved 40%
SC/ST/PwD 35%

KSET Syllabus 2024 for Paper- I

The KSET Paper I is a General Aptitude paper that is based on sections like Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Reading Comprehension, Communication, Mathematical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Data interpretation, People and Environment, and the Higher Education system.

The questions are equally distributed and there are 5 questions in each section. There are a total of 10 sections of the exam and each question carries 2 marks.

There is no negative marking for the KSET exam. Since each section of Paper, I have a similar weightage, candidates must focus on all the sections of Paper I equally.

Check out the KSET syllabus for Paper I

The KSET Paper I consists of questions on General/Teaching Aptitude, general awareness, Comprehension, Reasoning, etc. Paper I has a total of 50 marks and each question carries 2 marks.

All the questions are objective type with multiple choice answers. There is no negative marking in KSET Paper I.

Sections Topics
Teaching Aptitude Teaching- Concepts, objectives and levels of teaching, characteristics, and basic requirements.
Learner’s characteristics- Characteristics of adolescents and adult learners, Individual differences.
Factors affecting teaching- Teacher-learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment, and Institution.
Teaching support system- Traditional, Modern, and ICT based.
Methods of teaching in Institutions of Higher Learning- Teacher centered vs learner-centered methods, Offline vs online methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, etc).
Evaluation systems- Elements and types of evaluation, Evaluation in choice-based credit systems, Computer-based testing, Innovations in evaluation systems.
Research Aptitude Research- Meaning, types and characteristics, positivism and post-positivist approach to research.
Methods of research- Experimental, descriptive, historical, qualitative, and quantitative.
Steps of Research
Thesis and Article writing- Format and styles of referencing
Application of ICT in Research
Research Ethics
Comprehension Unseen passage- Questions to be answered from the given passage
Communication Communication-Meaning, types, and characteristics of Communication.
Effective communication- Inter-cultural and group communication, verbal and non-verbal communication, Classroom communication
Barriers to effective communication
Mass media and society
Mathematical reasoning and Aptitude Number series, letter series, codes, relationships
Types of reasoning
Mathematical aptitude- Fraction, Decimals,
Time and Distance, Profit and Loss, Interest and Discounting, Average
Logical Reasoning  Understanding the structure of arguments- Arguments, forms, the structure of categorical propositions, mood and figure, formal and informal fallacies, use of languages, the classical square of opposition, connotations, and denotations of terms
Evaluation and difference between deductive and inductive reasoning
Venn diagram- simple and multiple uses of establishing the validity of arguments
Indian logic- Means of knowledge
Pramanas- Pratayksha, Shabda, Arthapatti,Vyapti, Hetvabhavas
Data Interpretation Sources, acquisition, and classification of Data
Quantitative and qualitative Data
Graphical representation and mapping of data
Data interpretation
Data and Governance
Information and Communication Technology General abbreviations and terminology of Information Technology
Basics of the Internet, intranet, audio and video conferencing, e-mail
ICT and Governance
People and Environment Development and Environment- Millennium development and sustainable development goals
Human and environmental interaction- Anthropogenic activities and their impact on the environment
Environmental issues- Logical, regional and global, air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, noise pollution, climate change, and socio-economic and political dimensions
Effects of pollution on human health
Natural and energy resources- Solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, nuclear, forests, and biomass
Mitigation strategies for natural hazards and disasters
Environmental protection act of 1986- National action plan on climate change, International agreements- Montreal protocol, Rio summit, Biodiversity convention, Kyoto protocol, Paris agreement, International solar alliance
Higher Education System Institutions of Higher Learning and Education in Ancient India
Evolution of Higher Learning and Research in Post-independence India
Value education and environmental education
Policies, governance, and Administration
Professional, technical, and skill-based education
Oriental conventional and non-conventional learning programs in India

Check out the KSET Syllabus for Paper II

The KSET Paper II consists of questions from the subject chosen by the applicants in the Application form. There are a total of 100 questions and each question carries 2 marks.

All the questions are objective type with multiple choice answers. There is no negative marking for Paper II.

KSET syllabus 2024  Paper II for some subjects

  1. Subject - Commerce

  • Business environment and International Business
  • Accounting and auditing
  • Business Economics
  • Business Finance 
  • Business Statistics and Research methods
  • Business Management and Human Resource Management
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Marketing Management 
  • Legal aspects of Business
  • Income tax and Corporate tax planning
  1. Subject - Economics

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Statistics and Econometrics
  • Mathematical economics
  • International Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Money and Banking
  • Growth and Development Economics
  • Environmental Economics and Demographics
  • Indian Economy
  1. Subject- English

  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Fiction, short story
  • Nonfictional prose
  • Languages
  • English in India
  • Cultural studies 
  • Literary criticism
  • Literary theory post World War II
  • Research Methods and materials in English
  1. Subject - Political Science

  • Political Theory
  • Political thought
  • Indian Political thought
  • Comparative Political analysis
  • International Relations
  • India’s Foreign Policy
  • Political Institutions in India
  • Political processes in India
  • Public Administration
  • Governance and Public policy in India
  1. Subject - History

  • Concepts, ideas, and terms
  • Pastoralism and Food Production
  • Indus valley civilization
  • From Vedic to later Vedic periods
  • From State to Empire
  • Dissolution of Empire and Emergence of Regional powers
  • Gupta Vakataka Age
  • The emergence of Regional Kingdoms
  • Kingdoms in Eastern India
  • Kingdoms in Western India
  • Kingdoms in North India
  • Education and Educational Institutions
  • Arab contracts
  • Sources in Medieval Indian History
  • Foundations of the Mughal Empire
  • Rise of Maratha 
  • Sher Shah’s Administrative Reforms
  • Frontier Politics under Delhi Sultanate and Mughals
  • Sufi, Bhakti, and Sikh movements
  • Art and Architecture
  • Colonial Economy
  • British Industrial policy
  • The New Education
  • Swadeshi and Swaraj
  • New Education Policy
  1. Subject - Sociology

  • Sociological theory
  • Research methodology and methods
  • Basic concepts and Institutions
  • Rural and Urban Transformation
  • State, Politics, and Development
  • Social movements and protests
  • Economy and Society
  • Environment and society
  • Family, marriage, and kinship
  • Science, technology, and society
  • Culture and symbolic transformations
  1. Subject - Geography

  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Oceanography
  • Geography of Environment
  • Population and Settlement Geography
  • Geography of Economic activities and Regional Development
  • Cultural, Social, and Political Geography
  • Geographic thoughts
  • Geographic techniques
  • Geography of India
  1. Subject - Management

  • Management, Functions, Communications, Decision making, Managerial economics, market structures, Inflation, Ethical issues and dilemma, and Corporate Governance.
  • Organizational behavior
  • The strategic role of Human Resource Management 
  • Accounting principles and Standards
  • Value and Returns
  • Capital budgeting
  • Strategic Management
  • Consumer and Industrial buying behavior
  • Statistics for Management 
  • International Business
  • Entrepreneurship development
  1. Subject - Education

  • Educational studies
  • History, politics, and economics of education
  • Learner and learning process
  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum studies
  • Research in Education
  • Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Assessment
  • Technology for Education
  • Educational Management, administration, and Leadership
  • Inclusive education
  1. Subject - Psychology

  • Emergence of psychology
  • Research methodology and Statistics
  • Psychological testing
  • Biological basis of behavior
  • Attention, Perception, Learning, Memory, and Forgetting
  • Thinking, Intelligence and Creativity
  • Personality, motivation, Emotion, Stress, and coping
  • Social psychology
  • Human Development and Interventions
  • Emerging areas
  1. Subject - Law

  • Jurisprudence
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Public International law and IHL
  • Law of Crimes
  • Law of torts and Consumer protection
  • Commercial law
  • Family law
  • Environment and Human Rights law
  • Intellectual property rights and information technology law
  • Comparative Public Law and systems of Governance
  1. Subject - Public Administration

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Administrative thoughts
  • Indian Administration
  • Local Administration
  • Comparative and Development Administration
  • Economic and Financial Administration
  • Social welfare administration
  • Public policy
  • Governance and good governance
  • Research Methodology
  1. Subject - Computer Science and Applications

  • Discrete structures and optimization
  • Computer system architecture
  • Programming languages and computer graphics
  • Database Management systems
  • System software and operating system
  • Software Engineering
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Theory of Computation and compilers
  • Data communication and computer networks
  • Artificial Intelligence
  1. Subject - Physical Sciences

  • Mathematical methods of Physics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
  • Electronics and Experimental  methods
  • Mathematical methods of Physics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Condensed matter Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  1. Subject - Home Science

  • Food science and food service management
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Textiles 
  • Apparel Designing
  • Resource Management and Consumer issues
  • Housing and Interior Design
  • Child/Human Development
  • Family studies
  • Communication for Development
  • Extension Management and Community Development
  1. Subject-Archaeology

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introduction to Prehistory
  • Paleolithic Cultural Developments in the Indian subcontinent
  • Mesolithic and Neolithic cultures
  • Proto History
  • The Iron Age and Growth of New Urban Centers
  • Architecture- A significant source of Indian History
  • Paleography and Epigraphy
  • Numismatics- Coins as an important source of History
  • Methodology of Archaeological Research
  1. Subject - Anthropology

  • History, Development, and scope of Anthropology
  • Lamarckism, Neo-Lamarckism, Darwinism
  • Trends in Primate radiation
  • Morphological and anatomical characteristics of Human
  • Fossils of extinct primates
  • Pre-hominid groups
  • Modern Human variation
  • Linguistic distribution of ethnic groups
  • Human growth, development, and maturation
  • Human adaptation
  • Somatotyping
  • Lithic tool, typology, and technology
  • Lower, middle, and upper Paleolithic period in India
  • The Mesolithic and Neolithic periods in India
  • Indus Civilization
  • Conceptual understanding of Social Anthropology
  • Theories of Social Anthropology
  • Stages in the development of Indian Anthropology
  • Concepts and theories
  1. Subject - Linguistics

  • Language and linguistics
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Areal typology and South Asian language families
  • Interdisciplinary and Applied Linguistics-I
  • Interdisciplinary and Applied Linguistics- II
  1. Subject - Chemical Sciences

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary topics- Chemistry in Nanoscience and Technology, Supramolecular Chemistry, Catalysis and Green Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry.
  1. Subject - Performing Arts

  • Cultural History of India
  • Folk Traditional theater forms of India
  • The Natyashastra 
  • Art and Aesthetics
  • Dance and theater forms of East and South Asian countries
  • Dance in Sanskrit literature and treatises
  • Indian Classical Dance
  • Indian Classical Dance in independent India
  • Dance, Education, Pedagogy, and Research
  • International Dance and interactions

Given below is the KSET syllabus 2024 in detail for Paper II:

Name of the Subject KSET Paper II Complete Syllabus
Commerce Download now
Kannada Download now
Economics Download now
English Download now
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History Download now
Sociology Download now
Geography Download now
Hindi Download now
Management Download now
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Education Download now
Library and Information Science Download now
Mass Communication and Journalism Download now
Psychology Download now
Social work Download now
Criminology Download now
Law Download now
Sanskrit Download now
Physical Education Download now
Folk Literature Download now
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Public Administration Download now
Computer Science and Applications Download now
Physical Sciences Download now
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Chemical Sciences Download now
Life Sciences Download now
Environmental Sciences Download now
Home Science Download now
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Women Studies Download now
Linguistics Download now
Performing Arts Download now
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Best books for the KSET Exam Syllabus

Candidates who are interested in appearing for the KSET Exam 2024 must be aware of the best books and preparation strategies that will help them to score qualifying marks in the exam.

The top recommended books for KSET cover the respective topics in detail and also have sample questions that help the candidates to prepare for the exams thoroughly.

Besides the subject-specific books, candidates must also refer to the books on the General paper or Paper I as it is compulsory to qualify for this Paper in order to move on to the next phase of the exam.

The KSET Exam will be conducted by the University of Mysore and the exam consists of 2 papers- Paper I and Paper II. Paper I will consist of topics based on General Aptitude and General Research.

KSET Paper II will consist of subject matter-specific topics that the candidates have applied for in the exam. Both Paper I and Paper II will have objective-type questions with multiple choice answers.

Candidates can go through the previous year's syllabus to get an idea of the topics of the exam and start their preparations accordingly.

Check out the exam pattern for KSET Paper I and Paper II

Sections of the Exam Total Number of Questions Total Time Duration
Paper I 50 1 Hour
Paper II 100 2 Hours

The best books for the KSET exam are available both online and offline. Candidates can either download the recommended books or get a hard copy of the books for the exam.

Top recommended books for the KSET Exam along with the names of the authors/publishers

Paper I

Paper I consists of 50 questions carrying 2 marks each. There is no negative marking in Paper I. The topics of Paper I include Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Comprehension, Communication, Mathematical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Data interpretation, Information Technology, People and environment, Higher Education system.


  • NTA UGC NET General Paper I book by Arihant Publications
  • NTA UGC NET /JRF/SET Teaching and Research Aptitude by K V S Madaan

Paper II

Paper II consists of 100 questions carrying 2 marks each. Paper II is for different subjects for which the candidates have applied for in the KSET exams. There are a total of 41 subjects on Paper II of the KSET Exam and there is no negative marking on Paper II.

The subjects of Paper II are based on the subjects/equivalent subjects in which the candidates have completed their Master’s Degree. So apart from the recommended books given below, candidates can also refer to the books and study materials of their Colleges/Universities.


Subject - Commerce

  • Truman’s UGC NET Commerce by Praveen Kataria, Anshu Kataria, M.Shivani

Subject - Economics

  • Truman’s UGC NET Economics by Srinivas Shirur
  • UGC NET/JRF/SET Economics Paper II by Gopal Garg

Subject - Kannada

  • Samagra Kannada Sahitya Kaipidi by Lokesha Masavanaghatta

Subject - Political Science

  • Truman’s UGC NET Political Science by K.A Babu and Sajit Kumar
  • UGC NET Political Science by Rukmini Bhattacharjee

Subject - Management

  • Truman’s UGC NET by M.Shivani
  • UGC NET/SET Management by Mohit Agarwal

Subject - Sanskrit

  • UGC NET/JRF/SLE Sanskrit Prashna Patrika

Subject - Folk Literature

  • A Concise Guide for NET JRF

Subject - Social Work

  • Truman’s UGC NET Social Education by Yogendra Pal

Subject - Geography

  • Truman’s UGC NET Geography by Magon and B.Panigrahi

Subject - English

  • UGC NET/SET English Literature by Arihant Experts

Subject - Sociology

  • Truman’s UGC NET Sociology by S.Hussain

Subject - Law

  • Truman’s UGC NET Law by Suman Chauhan

Subject - Physical Education

  • Truman’s UGC NET Physical Education by Akhilesh Tripathi and A.K Srivastava

Subject - Library and Information Science

  • Truman’s UGC NET Library and Information Science by S.Thakur

Subject - Home Science

  • Truman’s UGC NET Home Science by Anju Khosla

Subject - Archaeology

  • UGC NET Archaeology by Mohan Lal

Subject - Criminology

  • Criminology solved question paper by Nitish Kumar Soni, Dr. Mridul Srivastava, Dr. Anup Yadava

Subject - Mass Communication and Journalism

  • Truman’s UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism by Sameer K Mishra 
  • Communication and Journalism by Atul Udaipuria and Nitesh Kumar Singh

Subject - Psychology

  • Truman’s UGC NET Psychology by Swati Maharshi
  • UGC NET Psychology by Siddhart Mittal and Naresh Kumar Sahu

Subject - Computer Science and Applications

  • Truman’s UGC NET Computer Science and Applications by Sanjay Singhal and Sameer Mishra

Subject - Anthropology

  • Truman’s UGC NET Anthropology by A.M Tripathi

Subject - Electronic Science

  • UGC NET Electronic Science by Sunil Khuswaha

Subject - Women studies

  • Advanced Manual for Women Studies by Anmol Murlidhar Nimsadkar

Subject - Public Administration

  • Truman’s UGC NET Public Administration by Sajit Kumar

Subject - Visual Arts

  • UGC NET Visual Arts by M.Vashim

Subject - Environmental Studies

  • Truman’s UGC NET Environmental Science by Anil Tyagi and Virendra

Subject - Music

  • Truman’s UGC NET Music by Gunjan Saxena

Subject - Linguistics

  • Truman’s UGC NET Linguistics by Ringu Ann Baby

Preparation Tips for KSET Exam 2024

  • Candidates must understand the KSET syllabus 2024 and exam pattern thoroughly before starting their preparations. The syllabus and the exam pattern are the most crucial factors for the candidates as they will help them to prepare for the exam with proper planning with special emphasis on the strong subjects.

  • Candidates must set up their own study routine and timetable before the exams. The timetable must be structured in such a way that there is ample time to study all the topics and enough time for revision before the exams. A sturdy timetable will help the aspirants to finish all the topics before the exam.

  • It is highly recommended that all the candidates must choose the best books and study material for the KSET exam. The books are available both online and offline for both Paper I and Paper II and candidates must select those books that have the topics in detail. Apart from this, all the candidates are advised to go through their respective college/Institute books for subject matter preparation.

  • Last but not the least, candidates must solve as many sample question papers as possible before the exam to understand their own weak areas and become proficient in time management. It is also important to appear for mock tests before the exams as this will help candidates understand the marking pattern and also improve their confidence before the exams.

  • To sum up, candidates must keep themselves stress-free before the exams and engage in relaxing activities besides spending enough time with family members.

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