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UGC NET Preparation Tips & Tricks

UGC NET is an exam conducted by the National Testing Agency. The National Eligibility Test (NET), is the examination for deciding the qualification for the post of an assistant professor as well as for the Junior Research Fellowship grant in Indian colleges and Universities. With more than ten lakh candidates appearing, it is a prestigious examination. Only the top 6% are qualified and it is a difficult exam to crack.

UGC NET preparation can seem overwhelming. However, with the right strategy and tips, you can prepare for UGC NET effectively and pass the exam with flying colors. This blog will throw light on the best UGC NET preparation tips & strategies and UGC NET books that will help you ace the exams.  

UGC NET Preparation Tips & Tricks

It is common for students to develop exam fear when the exams are nearing. The key is to stay calm and composed. Fear can lead to a lack of concentration and focus.

1.Know the Syllabus

Though people do go through the syllabus, it is important to be thorough about the syllabus because people often overlook some parts of the syllabus that are really easy and have a great chance of being asked. Knowing the UGC NET syllabus will help you plan and schedule your study time accordingly. It helps to divide the topics according to weightage. It is also important to understand the exam pattern.

2.Preparation Materials and Previous Question Papers

Another useful UGC NET preparation tip is solving previous years' question papers. The preparation materials play a pivotal role in helping you to ace the exam. The difficulty of the exam will depend on the subject that you have chosen and the effort that you have put in. The preparation materials plays a major role in deciding the quality of your preparation. We will be listing down some of the best UGC NET books that you can use for NET preparation. Some books offer previous year question papers as well and this will help you practice and will also help you evaluate your level of knowledge.

3.Online Mock Tests

Another way to evaluate yourself is by attempting online mock tests. This way, you will know how much time you are taking to finish the test and can also check how well you do in front of the computer system. As a UGC NET aspirant, you know that it is an online examination. In addition to NET preparation, you should also know the basics of online examinations and online mock tests will help you to be prepared. If you don’t have access to online mock tests, you can always fall back to previous year's question papers that are available online and in UGC NET books.

4.YouTube Videos

NET preparation has become easier than ever before with amazing YouTube content that give step by step instructions on how to solve the exam questions. There are Math tips and tricks, subject wise videos and other useful tips that guide the NET candidates on how to save time and how to ace the exams in the most effective way. There are overview videos that take the aspirants through the general pattern of the exam as well.

Here is an example:

5.Be Diligent During the Exam

While giving the exam, if you come across questions that you are not sure of, do not spend much time trying to figure out the answer. Skip the question and attempt the ones that you are sure of. Make a note of the questions that you have not answered and come back to them later. Ensure to choose any one answer(choose or click on any given option) so that even if you don’t get time to come back to the question, there’s at least a twenty-five percent chance that you chose the right answer.


We have discussed some tips and tricks that you can use for UGC NET preparation. Here are some UGC NET books that will help you ace paper I. Understanding paper I and preparing for the paper I is as important as preparing for the subject that you want to teach. Here are some of the top UGC NET books:

1. NTA UC NET/SET/JRF: Teaching and Research Aptitude Paper I- KVS Madaan- This is one of the most popular UGC NET books. It also contains previous year's question papers.

2.NTA UGC NET/JRF/SET Teaching & Research Aptitude Paper I 2021

This is written by Dr. R. Jain Farah Sultan, Mridula Sharma, Varun Bali, and Neetu Gaikwad. This is yet another well-received UGC NET books that have been proven helpful.

3.Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper I — Teaching & Research Aptitude 2020 Edition

Written by scholars, Sajit Kumar and M. Gagan, this book is a favorite among UGC NET aspirants and covers all the basic concepts in a crisp manner.

4.NTA UGC NET/JRF/SET Shikshan Avum Shodh Abhiyogita Paper 1 2021

If you are taking the UGC NET exam in Hindi, then this book written by Dr. M. Rastogi Kafeel Ahmad, Ajit Kumar, Devesh Sonkar, and Shweta is a good one.

All the above-mentioned books are available on Amazon. While you are at it, also check out Teachmint’s amazon page where you can find merchandise that’s super useful for online teachers.

We have discussed some of the tips that can be used for UGC NET preparation. A lot of people ask if UGC NET can be cleared in the first attempt and the answer is YES. You can clear the exam with ease if you put in enough effort and heart to it. The preparation materials will help you stay ahead of the competition and your focus and effort will decide your victory. We hope you ace the exam! Stay tuned for more interesting content.

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