UGC NET: Tips and tricks to help you crack the exam in the first attempt

UGC NET: Tips and tricks to help you crack the exam in the first attempt


UGC NET Overview

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has been entrusted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) with the task of conducting UGC-NET, which is a Test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘Assistant Professor’ as well as ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ in Indian Universities and Colleges.

The UGC-NET is being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode w.e.f. December 2018 onwards.

Awarding of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and/ or Eligibility for Assistant Professorship depends on the aggregate performance of the candidate in Paper-I and Paper-II of UGC-NET. The candidates qualifying only for Assistant Professorship are not eligible to be considered for the award of JRF. Candidates who qualify the eligibility test for Assistant Professorship are governed by the rules and regulations of the concerned Universities/Colleges/State Governments, as the case may be for recruitment of Assistant Professor.

UGC-NET is conducted twice every year (June & December). Due to the outbreak of COVID- 19 pandemic in 2020 & 2021, the cycles of UGC NET were merged and conducted together.

In order to regularize the UGC-NET examination cycle, the National Testing Agency (NTA), with the concurrence of UGC is conducting UGC NET December 2022 in the month of February & March 2023 in 83 subjects, at selected cities across the country.

Going a step further and to regularise the exam cycle, the NTA has released exam dates for the later half of the year and the exam will be held from 13th to 22nd June 2023.

As NTA gears up to conduct the exam in a proper manner, students also need to prepare themselves for the exam in a dedicated manner. Those who are freshers i.e. will appear for the exam for the first time may be under a constant fear that they will not be able to crack the exam because of their inexperience.

Our JRF team is the best in the business and almost all of them have already been selected as JRF. So, in your preparation journey we will be the best guide for you and our experienced team will prove to be a vital cog in your preparation journey.

Here are a few strategies that will help you crack the exam in the first attempt:

UGC-NET Preparation tip-1: Analyse your Syllabus

Go through your syllabus and identify your weak and strong areas. You have to identify the topics in which you are strong and the topics which you find difficult. You have to plan your different strategies according to your strength and weakness. Give more time to your weakness and make a habit of revision of all such topics. Also, keep in mind not to devote excessive time in those topics which are less relevant for the exams.

UGC-NET Preparation tip-2: Analyse Previous Year Question Papers

Going through previous years’ question papers will help you to analyze the pattern of questions that are asked in the actual UGC-NET exam and their difficulty level. You have to check the frequency of concepts and questions that are repeated in the exams. You should be extra careful about such repetitive content of the syllabus. This is very important step of your UGC-NET preparation.

UGC-NET Preparation tip-3: Make Unit-wise preparation strategy

Once you have identified your strength and weakness in the syllabus and have gone through the previous year’s question papers, your next step is to make a unit-wise preparation strategy. You need to invest more time on important units having higher weightage in UGC-NET exam. The units which are less important should be covered later.

UGC-NET Preparation tip-4: Make Notes

When you start your unit-wise preparation with important topics, then you should make a habit of making notes right from the beginning. This will be of great help during the revision of the syllabus. All of your syllabi will be there in notes with which you can easily revise the topics even during traveling or during doing some other work.

UGC-NET Preparation tip-5: Attempt maximum practice questions

Your conceptual study should be evaluated with practice questions. When you study any theoretical concepts, you should always solve practice questions related to this topic. This will give you more ideas about the concept. You can know about the types of questions that are asked from the topic. This habit will increase your confidence and will also help you to solve questions in minimum time during the exam. Test series will also help you to learn time management skills.

UGC-NET Preparation tip-6: Revise your topics

When you start your preparation, you should revise the topic once in the same week. The next revision should be next week and the third revision should be next month. The last revision should be before the final UGC-NET exam. So you should complete your syllabus well in advance to spare time for revision. If you do not manage time for syllabus revision, it will definitely.

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