UGC NET Exam Syllabus 2021 for Museology and Conservation

Check out for UGC NET New Syllabus for Museology and Conservation for 2021 – UGC NET is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of UGC for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor both in Indian Universities and Colleges. This page includes new syllabus for NTA UGC NET 2021  Museology and Conservation exam

The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be attempted with a break of 30 minutes between them.

Paper I will have 50 question for 2 marks each – The questions will be generic in nature, intending to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.


Paper II will consist of 100 questions each carries 2 marks – the question will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. All the questions of Paper–II will be compulsory

NET Syllabus for Museology and Conservation

Code: 66

Unit I – Introduction to Museum and Museology

    • Definitions and concepts of museum, ecomuseum, community museum, virtual museum, neighborhood museum, etc.
    • Definitions and concept of museology, new museology, meta museology, museography, etc.
    • Early collections, ancient and medieval prototypes of museums. History, growth and development of museums in Indian and global context.
    • Classification and types of museums.
    • Functions and role of museums.
    • Role of national and international professional organizations – Museums Association (U.K.), Museums Association of India, UNESCO, ICOM, ICCROM, Commonwealth Association of Museums, American Alliance of Museums, IASC, IIC, IUCN, UNESCO-ICOM Museum Information Center, etc.
  • ICOM code of ethics.

Unit II – Collection Management

    • Purposes of collecting. Scope of collections – tangible and intangible.
    • Ethics of collecting. Collection management policy including acquisitions, disposal, loaning, insurance, etc.
    • Methods of collecting tangible and intangible heritage.
    • Methods of authenticating museum objects.
    • Collection holding areas for tangible and intangible collections – accessibility, retrieval, storage systems and preventive conservation measures.
  • Collection security. Guidelines for handling, packing and transporting collections.

Unit III – Documentation and Research of Tangible and Intangible Collections

    • Purposes of documenting museum collections
    • Ethics of documentation.
    • Documentation policy and procedures.
    • Types of documents – entry, accession, classified, and movement registers; index and catalogue cards. Digital documentation.
    • Numbering the objects – numbering systems, procedure of applying numbers on objects. Barcoding.
    • Documentation standards – format of various types of documents. Use of standard terminology. Concept of Object ID
  • Objectives and scope of collection research. Models of collection research.

Unit IV – Museum Exhibitions

    • Museum exhibition as a communication system. Models of communication in the context of exhibitions.
    • Exhibition policy.
    • Ethics of exhibitions.
    • Types of exhibitions on the basis of duration, location, arrangement of objects/ specimen and purpose.
    • Components of exhibitions – objects/ specimen, communication media, text, exhibition furniture and accessories. Spatial and other relationships between exhibit components.
    • Exhibition text – Types of labels, assessing reading and comprehensibility of text, typography, designing and preparation of labels.
    • Exhibition lighting – Basic considerations while using light, types of light sources, different types of lamps, recent trends: fibre optics, track lighting, computer controlled lighting.
    • Planning and designing exhibitions – stages of planning; exhibition brief; using principles of design, ergonomics, colour, texture and light in exhibitions. Orientation. Circulation of visitors. Signage. Use of multi-media
    • Designing exhibition furniture, dioramas, and historical settings.
  • Evaluation – front-end analysis, formative and summative evaluation.

Unit V – Museum Education, Interpretation and Publications

    • Role and potential of museums in informal, non-formal and formal education/ learning.
    • Museums and lifelong learning. Barriers to learning in museums. Education versus interpretation.
    • Ethics of museum education.
    • Museum education policy. Theories of learning. Characteristics of learning in museums.
    • Various learning activities such as guides tours, lectures, talks, storytelling, workbooks, workshops, demonstrations, drama, role play, live interpretation, digital methods, etc. for different target groups.
    • Making learning opportunities accessible to persons with disabilities.
    • Museum extension services – travelling and mobile exhibitions, school loan kits, community programmes, excursions, field trips, heritage walks, etc. Extension through digital media.
    • Museum publication – purpose and types.
  • Feedback – purposes and methods

Unit VI – Conservation of Collections — Part I

    • Definitions of conservation – preventive, remedial and restoration. Terminology used in conservation.
    • Nature and properties of material of collections – organic, inorganic and composite. Susceptibility of materials to different agents of decay.
    • Ethics of conservation.
    • Conservation policy. Conservation audit.
    • Causes and types of deterioration – environmental: effects of light, humidity, temperature and pollution; biological: fungi, insects, rodents and birds; human – carelessness, mishandling and wrong treatment; disasters: fire, flood, earthquake, arson, etc.
    • Preventive conservation: significance and effectiveness, and implementation in storage, exhibitions and transit through –
    • Environmental control – monitoring of light and UV radiations, R.H., Temperature and pollutants and application of control measures. Tools and equipments used in monitoring and control.
    • Integrated Pest Management – identification, control and termination of pests. Various fungicides, insecticides and rodenticides used in IPM.
  • Good practices of Housekeeping and Rules of handling museum objects. Tools, materials and equipments used in housekeeping and handling.

Unit VII – Conservation of Collections — Part II

    • Methodology of remedial conservation – techniques of examination, diagnosis of type and extent of decay, documentation and testing of probable treatments, treatment of objects using suitable materials and method. Recommendations for preventive care.
  • Materials, equipment, tools and techniques used in remedial conservation of following materials –
      1. Paper and archival materials
      1. Paintings on different substrate such as wall, canvas, paper, wood, textiles, palmleaf etc.
      1. Textiles and costumes
      1. wood, skin material, bone, horn and ivory
      1. metallic objects made of iron, copper, bronze and silver
      1. stone objects
      1. ceramic and glass
    1. Biological specimens
  • Health and safety issues.

Unit VIII – Museum Management

    • Concept of Management: Foundations and evolution. Essential components of management: decision making and leadership.
  • Functions of management:
      • Planning: Types of plans – Vision and mission statements, objectives, policies, Procedures, rules, strategies, action plans, and contingency plans. Planning process, MBO, Strategic planning, Use of Critical Path method and Simple Bar method in planning.
      • Organization Design – staff structures, job descriptions, authority and responsibilities.
      • Staffing – Framing recruitment rules, methods of recruitment, training and development of human resource. Performance appraisal.
      • Controlling — process and methods of control.
    • Financing — sources of fund generation, Budget and budgeting
    • Project Management.
    • Prevention of harassment in work place.
    • Museum security – Risk assessment and management. Manual, physical and electronic security. Security procedures. Fire safety.
  • Disaster management – preparation, prevention, response and recovery.

Unit IX – Museum Marketing and Public Relations

    • Meaning and purpose of marketing and its role in museums. Marketing terminology.
    • Concept and types of products. Product Life cycle and marketing strategies at different stages. Museum as a multiproduct organization and a service.
    • Segmentation and target marketing – significance, bases and approaches.
    • Marketing Mix – Product, Price, Promotion and Place: significance, tools and strategies.
    • Marketing Research – purpose, types and methods.
    • Marketing versus Public Relations. Definitions and significance of Public Relations. Foundational Principles of Public relations.
  • Tools, tactics and strategies of Public Relations. Media relations. Public relations campaigns.

Unit X – Legislation and Conventions Related to Museums and Heritage

    • The Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878
    • The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958
    • The Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972
    • The Wild Life Protection Act, 1972
    • Persons with disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995
    • Right to information Act, 2005
    • UNESCO World Heritage Convention, 1972
    • Convention on International Trade in Endangered species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), 1973
    • The Venice Charter, 1964
  • The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2003

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