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CBSE has revised the pattern and scheme of the exam from July 2018. The pattern of the exam has been changed from 3 papers (Paper I, II & III) to 2 papers (Paper I & II). There are no changes in the pattern of paper 1, but paper 2 & paper 3 has been merged into One paper.


Hence, there will be only one question paper in CBSE UGC NET Exam in Social Work, called Paper 2. Paper 2 (Paper II) will have 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with each question carrying two (2) marks i.e. 200 marks in total. All questions are compulsory in the papers. The objective type questions will include multiple choices, matching type, true / false and assertion-reasoning type etc.

For CBSE UGC NET aspirants, we have merged the entire Syllabi of Paper II and Paper III of the subject of Social Work.



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Unit – I

Evolution of Social Work Profession – Impact of Social Reform Movements; Factors that influenced the emergence of method approach in Social Work Practice; Social Work profession and Human Rights.

Philosophy and Principles of Social Work and their application.

System Approach to Social Work Practice; Role of Social Work in the Remedial, Preventive and Developmental Models.

Definition, Relevance and Scope of Integrated Approach to Social Work Practice, Skills and Techniques.

Social Work Education – Content, Training, Supervision, Problems and Challenges.

Unit – II

Meaning and Characteristics of Society, Community, Social Group and Social Institution; Social Structure and Social Stratification : Theories of Social Change and Social Disorganisation.

Tribal, Rural and Urban Communities, Weaker and Vulnerable Sections and Minority Groups.

Population, Poverty, Unemployment, Under developments ; Problems of Developing Economies and Consequences of New Economic Policy.

Concept of Welfare State, Indian Constitution – Features, Problems, Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles and Planning in India – Five – Year Plans.

Concept and Causative Factors of Indian Social Problems – Analysis.

Intervention in Social Problems – Government and Voluntary Efforts at Micro and Macro – levels.

Role of the Social Workers in identifying social problems and development of appropriate strategies.

Unit – III

Human Behaviour, Human Needs, Human Motivation and Problems of Human Behaviour and Coping Mechanisms.

Human Growth and Development in the Lifespan of Individual.

Learning, Socialisation and Theories of Personality.

Unit – IV

Case Work – Concept, Objectives and Principles.

Social Case Work Process – Intake, Study, Social Diagnosis, Treatment, Termination and Evaluation.

Approaches in Case Work – Psychoanalytical, Psycho – Social, Problem Solving, Behaviour Modification, Crisis Intervention, Eclectic Approach.

Techniques and skills in Social Case Work.

Interviews, Home visit, Resource Mobilisation, Referral, Environmental Modification, Case Work Relationship, Communication, Types of Recordings in Case Work.

Role of Social Case Worker in Various Settings.

Unit – V

Concept of Group Work – Assumptions, Definition and Goals of Group Work.

Principles, Skills and Values of Social Group Work.

Stages of Group Development and Use of Programs for Group Development : Orientation Stage, Working Stage, Termination Stage, Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.

Study of Group Process – Group Dynamics, Member’s behaviour, Leadership and Role of the Worker in Various Settings.

Approaches and Models in Group Work Practice – Therapeutic / Social Treatment. Development Group and Task – oriented Group.

Unit – VI

Concept, Principles and Objectives of Community Organisation.

Approaches in Community Organisation – Models, Strategies and Role of Social Worker in each of the Approaches.

Community Development and Community Organisation.

Social Action in Community Organisation – Concept, Purpose and Techniques.

Community Organisation as a Para – Political Process – Networking, Conscientisation, Planning and Organising, Roles and Strategies of Social movements – Types and Role of NGOs.

Unit – VII

Definition, Nature, Scope and Purposes of Social Work Research.

Research Designs, Types and Methods.

Steps in Social Work Research – Problem Formulation, Operationalisation of Variables, Sampling, Tools and Techniques of Data Collection, Data Analysis and Report Writing.

Role and Responsibilities of the Researcher.

Statistics – its use and limitation in Social Work Research (measures of central tendency, chi – square test, t – test, correlation).

Unit – VIII

Social Policy – Concept and Scope, Distinction between Social and Economic Policies, Place of Ideology and Values.

Evolution of Social Policy in India; Review of Major Policies and Programs, viz., Education, Health, Shelter, Environment, Social Security, Employment, Family, Child, Women and Youth Welfare, Welfare of the Weaker Sections, Elderly and Disabled.

Characteristics of Social Welfare Organisations – Size, Nature, Design, Legal Status, Rules and Procedure and Overall Policy.

Management of Social Welfare Organisations (Government and Voluntary) – Home Relation. Financial relation and Physical Relation.

Program and Project Management Identifying Overall and Specific Needs, Project Formulations, Monitoring and Evaluation, Recording and Accountability.

Unit – IX

Concept of Social Justice – Its relationship with Social Legislation; Civil Rights; Human Rights; and Issues of Social Justice.

Legislations pertaining to Women and Children.

Legislations pertaining to Social Defence, Social Security and Social Assistance.

Legislations pertaining to people with Disability, the Underprivileged and Health related Legislations.

Role of Social Worker in promoting Social Legislation and Social Justice.

Unit – X

Social Development – Meaning, Concept and Indicators.

Approaches and Strategies – Growth and Equity, Minimum Needs, Quality of Life.

Global Efforts for Human Development, Concept of Sustainable Development.

Social Work and Social Development.

Problems of Social Development in India.

Unit – XI

Labour Welfare and Human Resource Management – Concept, Principles and Approaches.

Problems concerning Industrial Labour in India – Absenteeism, Migratory Character, Indebtedness and Exploitation.

Concept of Collective Bargaining, Workers’ Participation in Management, and HRD Sub – Systems.

Legislations – Factories act, 1948 and other Legislations relating to Trade Union, Industrial Disputes, Employees State Insurance, Wages, Gratuity, P.F., Bonus, Plantation, Mines and Others.

Role of Welfare Officer – Use of Social Work Knowledge and Skills.

Unit – XII

Evolution of Social Work Practice in the field of Medical and Psychiatric Social Work in India, Emerging Trends and Scope.

Health / Mental Health Care System – Policies, Programs, Analysis of existing Health Policies, Major Health Concerns of Disadvantaged Groups.

Social and Psychological Factors and Physical and Mental Disorders.

Role of Social Work in Health Care Delivery System and in Institutions for the Disabled.

Social Work Practice in Hospitals, Specialized Medical and Mental Health Institutions. Child Guidance Clinics, Stress and Crisis Intervention Centres.

Unit – XIII

Concept, Goals, Process and Models of Community Development.

Needs and Problems Related to Urban, Rural and Tribal Development.

Institution of Panchayati Raj – Philosophy, Role and Functions.

Government Programs and Service for the Development of Tribals, Schedule Castes, Women and Children in Urban, Rural and Tribal Areas.

Role of NGO’s in Urban, Rural, Tribal Development.

Unit – XIV

Changes in Demographical and Social Situations of Families, Women, Youth, Aged and Children in India.

Problems of Families, Women, Youth, Aged and Children in India.

Social Legislation for Families, Women and Children.

Policies, Programs and Services for Families, Women, Youth, Aged and Children – Government, NGO, National and International levels.

Social Work Intervention with Families, Children, Women, Elderly and People with Special needs.

Unit – XV

Concepts of Crime and Deviance – Theories of Causation.

Objectives, Forms and Justification of Punishment; Limitations of Punishment.

Correctional Services – Nature and Evolution, Adult and Juvenile Correctional Programs, Institutional and Community Based Treatment, Legal Provisions, Intervention Programs for Victims of Violence, Neglect and Abuse.

Juvenile Delinquency – Nature and Causes, Juvenile Justice Law and Organisation.

Role of Social Worker in Correctional Settings.


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