How to Get a Good Score in UGC NET?


Reflecting better performance in UGC NET Result is not a cup of tea for every aspirant. The exam is usually conducted in three sessions. Each session will contain one paper of the MCQ based questions. Always be aware of the fact that all the questions are compulsory to attain, though there is no negative marking.

UGC NET 2019 Results

Getting accustomed to the exam pattern will help any aspirant to crack the exam. He/she must be acquainted with all the basic fundamentals to prepare for the entrance.

Exam Pattern

UGC Net is a pen and paper-based test where candidates need to fill the OMR sheet provided by the exam authority. The total exam will be conducted in three sessions. Each session will contain one paper.

  • The paper I or First Paper: The paper will comprise of 50 multiple choice based questions of 2 marks each. All the questions are mandatory to attain. This paper is set with the motive of assessing the research or teaching skill of the candidate. The paper will cover the topic like:
  • General awareness
  • Comprehension
  • Reasoning Aptitude
  • Divergent Thinking
  • Paper II or Second Paper: Like the paper I this paper will also contain 50 questions of objective nature of 2 marks which are essential to answer. The theme of the second paper will be the subject chosen by the candidate.
  • Paper III or Third Paper: Unlike, all the previous papers this paper will consist of 75 objective questions. Each question carries 2 marks and is compulsory in nature. The paper will include all the topics form the whole syllabus involving the electives without any options.

Furthermore, the exam pattern is summed up in the table below:

Number of Papers Total Marks Questions to Attain Marks per Question
First Paper 100 50 2
Second Paper 100 50 2
Third Paper 150 75 2

Exam Tips

Are you thinking of appearing in the upcoming UGC NET? Do you want to see something surprising in your UGC NET Result? Just follow these simple steps to achieve your goal:

  • Make a Routine and Clock the same

Firstly, make routine as per your syllabus and capability to study the same. The topics which you want to prepare first must be the topmost in the schedule. Whereas, do not take the other topics as your least priorities. Prepare the topics in such a way so that you can easily overcome the last minute hustle-bustle. Allot a specific time for every topic. Each topic must be attempted. Prior to one month of the exam allot a minimum of 4-5 hours for each topic.

  • Jot down all the important points

Prepare notes, charts and bulleted information. This is because they are easier to remember and will not mess up in the last minute. Highlight or mark the entire important portion in your book which needs extra attention.

  • Study Methodically

Determine which theme to focus on. Once, you are done with the topic selection now make time table regarding how many days to allocate for each subject. Post completion of the study checks the syllabus whether you have studied all the topics or not. In case you are left with some study them. This will order of study will really help you to prepare the topics in no time.

  • Mark all the studied subjects

Marking all the prepared subjects will help you in studying the leftover. Always stick to the self-made schedule and time table and focus on the syllabus. For literature candidates read the entire graduation and post-graduation syllabus.

  • Self-study

It is very usual to take coaching classes to form NET coaching centers in large batches. Besides, focus on your self-preparation too. In spite of the readymade notes and books, make notes by yourself specifically for your subject. In order to prepare such notes to take help from the reference books and the readymade notes. This will make the revision simpler and hassle-free.

  • Prioritize the important topics

While doing the revision session always give more attention to the important subjects rather than the less important ones. This is how you can cope up your weakest portions and strengthen them. Smart preparation along with hard work will reflect an excellent output in your UGC NET Result. This will assist you to cover almost half of the syllabus from each aspect. Since it is not possible to cover the syllabus elaborately.

  • Do not Neglect Paper I

Only after successful clearance of Paper I, you can for the further exam. The paper I is an MCQ covering the aptitude based topic.

  • Sound Introductions are crucial

For similar questions always make a long answer. Make more than one introduction to the same. Avoid implementing generic information in your introduction.

  • Revisions

Make the last 15-20 days before the exam as the revision day. Revise the entire topic which you have studied till day one. Start giving both online and offline mock tests.

  • Chillax

Free yourself from tension, doubts, nervousness, unnecessary stress on the exam day. Focus on the paper. Learn to manage time. If you are not good enough with one sit for the other two.

Resources for Preparation (Online/Offline)

Candidates are advised to follow the notes given by his/her coaching centers. They should also sit for giving the mock test in online and offline mode along with solving the previous year question papers. Moreover, they should also make self-notes and follow the reference and various subject books. A glimpse of which is exhibited in the given table:

Books Author/Publisher ISBN Number
UGC CSIR NET/SET (JRF & LS) Mathematical Sciences Arihant Publication 978-9350940747
UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude Arihant Publication 978-9311124209
UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) Management Paper II & III Mohit Agarwal 978-9350940655
Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper I Danika Publishing Company 978-8189301224
CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude KVS Madaan 978-9332551732
MCQ IN UGC NET PAPER-1 Invincible Publisher 978-9386148001


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