How to prepare for UGC NET 2018?
Sanjana Surbhi, 18 Dec 2018, #UGC NET

“The earlier you start working on something, the earlier you will see results,” Liam Porritt once said. This axiom by Porritt holds true for exam preparation as well. You have to start your preparation at the earliest so that you don’t get any panic attacks at the last moment. Every candidate has his/her own way of preparation. It’s ok to prepare as per our own understanding and mind, however, if one can get expert insights with concise preparation strategy, the end result can be totally different.

Thus, for the candidates who aspire to take UGC NET 2018, Careers360 brings in simple yet effective preparation tips with some dos and don'ts for UGC NET. Some of the basic factors which will determine your breakthrough in UGC NET 2018 are determination, dedication, and positive attitude. If one can maintain these factors throughout the preparation period, then the syllabus can be completed with much ease.

Fact file of UGC NET


UGG NET stands for University Grants Commission – National Entrance Test. The UGC NET exam is conducted to select eligible candidates for the post of Assistant Professor and to award Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). The exam is conducted twice a year, in online mode for Paper I and Paper II. From December 2018 onwards, the exam would be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). Earlier, UGC NET was held for three papers by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). UGC NET 2018 exam is being held from December 18 to 22, 2018. The application form was available from September 1 to September 30, 2018, for December session.


How to prepare for UGC NET 2018?


How should I start preparing? From where should I start? Which books should I read? What should be my priorities while preparation for UGC NET? All these are the common questions that revolve around the candidate's mind before the exam. To start with, the answer lies in Alexander Graham Bell axiom where he said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” It is very important to make a plan or strategy before going through the exam pattern and syllabus. You can prepare well only if you have planned out how, where, when and what to prepare and start from.

So, before making schedules, candidates must go through the exam pattern and syllabus of UGC NET. To qualify UGC NET 2018, a proper plan is required in which time must be divided smartly among all the topics. For more preparation tips, candidates can go through this article to get simple but effective ideas.


Go through the exam pattern and syllabus of UGC NET 2018


In order to understand the exam and prepare well, candidates must have an understanding of UGC NET exam pattern and syllabus 2018. This will help the candidates to get the overall idea about the type of questions, the language of the paper, mode of examination, time duration and number of questions. Each question of paper I and II will carry 2 marks and there will be no negative marking. Paper, I will have a total of 50 questions whereas paper II will have 100 questions. The syllabus of UGC NET paper I will be based on Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, Comprehension and Divergent thinking. Paper II will be based on the subjects chosen by the candidates. Psychology, Economics, Political Science, History, Social Work, Music, Dance etc. are some of the subjects that applicants can choose from.

If the candidates get a hand over the exam pattern, then they can formulate their plan and this will help them in knowing their weaknesses and strengths. Candidates can check below the marking scheme, the number of questions, time duration in the exam pattern of UGC NET 2018.


Exam Pattern of UGC NET 2018


Number of Questions




50 questions all are compulsory

1 hour



100 questions all are compulsory

2 hours


Understand, Study and Practice


During the difficult times of preparation, it is important that candidates go through some good books for understanding the concepts and prepare well for UGC NET. With the availability of internet one can find sample papers, solve test papers but only books can clear your concepts and might get some best way to solve questions and it is rightly said by Earnest Hemingway, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” So, it is recommended to the candidates to make a list of best books for UGC NET preparation. Check some of the best books for paper I.


Best Books for UGC NET 2018 Paper – I

Book Name


UGC NET/JRF – General Paper – I Teaching and Research Aptitude

Arihant Publication

Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper - I

Dainik Publishing Company


McGraw Hill Education

UGC NET/SET(JRF) – 14 years’ solved papers Teaching and Aptitude paper - I


UGC NET Paper II: In this paper the questions will be based on the subjects that are selected by the candidates. Some of the subjects for UGC NET paper II are Economics, Political Science, History, Commerce, Education, Sociology, Anthropology, Home Science, Population Studies, Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, English, etc. For this paper, you can go through the respective books that you studied during graduation and post-graduation.


Plan out each day

After understanding the exam, its various aspects and now that you have the book, it’s time to plan each day and start preparation for UGC NET 2018. For that you have to make a timetable and divide your time equally for all the sections, subjects, sample papers and question paper. Follow your routine on daily basis so that you can complete your syllabus as per the limited time you have. Try not to leave any topic for last minute.

Simple Strategies

Start with the basics. Concentrate more on building the basic concepts of all the topics. If your basics are strong, you will not face any problem later and this will make your studies easier and interesting too.


  • Try to take at least 5 minutes break after every hour.

  • Sound sleep will keep your mood fresh.

  • Eat fresh and healthy.

Practice sample papers and take mock tests

Aspiring candidates must ensure to practice sample papers, question papers and take mock tests so that they get familiarity with the actual test environment. In order to do the same, candidates can go for a few UGC NET mock tests available online. Also, they must solve the previous year UGC NET sample papers as well as question papers. Taking mock tests will help the candidates in increasing their speed and accuracy and also they will be able to finish the actual exam on time.

Short notes to your rescue

Always keep sticky notes or a small notepad with you. While preparing, you must develop a habit of making short notes on a regular basis. This will help you at the time of revision and you don’t have to look through the whole syllabus. Keep in mind that your short notes must be short. Use bulleted points and short forms.

Time for Revision

Try to complete the whole syllabus before last one month of the examination. Start your revision from the notes prepared by you. At this point in time, you can use the short notes to revise the topics or certain sections. But do not spend too much time on revision. Try to be quick and do not ignore the revision stage as it is the important part of the preparation for UGC NET 2018.

Do not take any new topics

Try to spend more time on revision and don’t take any new topics at this stage as this might create confusion. You must concentrate on the important and selective topics that have to be revised. Do not complicate your revision by starting anything new.

Last but not the least stay positive and confident

Have an optimistic attitude, even if the situation is not in your favor. Try to avoid unnecessary stress and negative energy. Stay positive and calm, listen to songs, go for walk, eat healthily and sleep properly. Give your best and leave the rest of the stress outside the exam hall while writing the exam.


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UGC net exam study materials 2019-2020

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019


You haven't mention you're seeking information regarding study materials of which subject. Anyway, for Paper-I, you can go through NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF-Paper I: Teaching and Research Aptitude by Pearson or Trueman's UGC NET/SET General Paper-I.

Practice previous year questions, mock paper to evaluate your progress as well as get acquainted with the type of questions that'll come in exam.

In addition to this, I can say no matter what your subject is, but going through your graduation and post-graduation books are must, one needs to have that thorough knowledge when it comes to cracking NET.

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Vishwaksen Gouda Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019
Hello akhay Raj,
The renewable engineering is related to the environment engineering where you can participate in the UGC net in environmental  category.
It include every part of renewable engineering such as energy, conserve,water..etc is is relatable and you can do that.
All the best

Can an Audiology Post graduate write UGC NET

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Oct, 2019

hello aspirant,

there is subject name audiology in UGC net subject list. however there is some other subject name music, dance drama, museology and conversation etc available. I have shared the link below, you please check weather any subjects meet your criteria or not.


does net exam has minimum age criteria as well?

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 3rd Oct, 2019

Hey there


For jrf, the candidate must not be more than 30 years as on December 1, 2019.

For assistant professor there is no upper age limit.

Check the eligibility for UGC NET good luck


plz suggest me the best book for d preparation of paper 1 of UGC NET exam.

Avni Jain 14th Oct, 2019

In order to notch up good score in the UGC NET Exam ( , reference books play an important role. Always prefer those books which cover complete syllabus. Here are some books which can surely help you in your preparation.

The list of Books for UGC NET Paper 1 is as follow:

  • Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper I by M. Gagan, Sajit Kumar
  • UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude by Arihant Publication
  • CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude by KVS Madaan
  • UGC NET/SET Paper 1 by McGraw Hill Education
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