“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.

How to prepare for UGC NET 2018?

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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How to get UGC NET Exam solved question for Commerce?

Nikki Nair 1st Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant

UGC NET exam solved paper can be found on the official website :



You can refer the above two links for sample,modal and previous year question paper.



Can i become professor biochemistry without phd if i am ugc net cleared and what will be the salary

Akram Khan 1st Apr, 2020


If you qualified the ugc net exam you can apply for the post of assistant professor. According to 7th pay commission the the salary of assistant professors lie in Band Pay  of INR 37400 to INR 67,000

Hope this helps.


How much to score for the cut off UGC NET JRF?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020


The cut is as follows category wise

  • General category: PAPER-1: 40 marks out of 100 marks, PAPER-2: 40 marks out of 200 marks
  • SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PWD/Transgender: PAPER-2: 35 marks out of 100 marks, PAPER-2: 35 marks out of 200 marks

You can check the cut off in June 2019 & Decemeber 2019 subject wise.Copy paste the links below in web browser


For other details you can click the link below



How to crack UGC NET Exam in 3months?

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 30th Mar, 2020
Note down the complete Syllabus of your concerned subject. Rote learning or just an overview of the topic won't help you much. Clear your concepts and doubt. Purchase some good books specified by UGC that may help you to clear your basic concepts and logics as well as cover whole syllabus.You can make your own notes, write short notes. These will help you in your revision day. Developing Time Management Skills is quite beneficial. Solve previous year exam papers and sample papers by your own. Give mock tests as much as possible. Start your revision early so that you can perform very well in exam.

can I apply ugc net exam June2020 under ews category if ews certificate valid 31March2020 as per financial year?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 29th Mar, 2020

Jyoti, your question isnt quite clear. Does your EWS Certificate validity starts from March 2020? In such case, yes you can use the same certificate and can claim EWS reservation for UGC NET June Session. But if your EWS Certificate expires bt March 2020, to be able to claim EWS reservation, you should get it renewed. You cannot use this certificate for June session as it has already expired.

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