How to prepare for UGC NET 2018?
Updated on Dec 18, 2018 - 12:11 p.m. IST by Sanjana Surbhi

“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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how can prepare ugc net exam please you give me solution

Masira 12th Jan, 2020


To better prepare for the exam know the exam pattern of what type of questions will be asked, then go through the entire syllabus and analyze which sections seem to be easy and which are tough so that you can allocate your time accordingly, in both the papers I and II. You can buy any one of the ugc books and also refer to post-graduation action books covering the important concepts in detail. YouTube videos can be viewed to gather more information on a particular topic. You can try to solve previous years paper to practice better and you can also practice through online mock tests.

Hope this helps, Good Luck.

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I Have done my MBA specialised in Tourism and Marketing; Can I apply for UGC Net in tourism?

IMran Mir 12th Jan, 2020

Hi there!


I hope you are having a nice day!

I would like to inform you that for UGC NET the eligibility criteria is the aspirant should have masters' degree with minimum 55% aggregate marks as per the NTA guidelines.

So if you have obtained 55% aggregate marks in your masters' degree programme then definitely you can opt for UGC NET in tourism.

Hope it helps. So keep studying and keep growing.

All the best for your future!



Is M.E(CSE) graduate eligible for UGC NET exam???

Koyel Bagchi 6th Jan, 2020


Yes surely you are eligible for UGC NET but you must assure that you have 55% marks in your master degree level. The basic criteria for UGC NET is to complete the master degree with 55% marks. If you want to apply for junior fellowship research then your age must be not more than 30.

Hope for the best and I think it will be help you.

Thank you.


sir Is there any scope of getting govt sector jobs after clearing ugc net in mba management?pls help me out

PALLAV TIRIYAR 5th Jan, 2020

UGC NET examines the eligibilty of the candidates who want to pursue teaching as a profession in Indian Government colleges. Through MBA in UGC NET, various public sector units recruit candidates for the posts of HR and marketing managers. Also, through a good score in the exam, a tag of JRF qualified is assigned (for top 2-3 percent students only) . This mean that the Indian Government will sponsor the expenditures in their Ph.D Programmes or research work.

I have passed ugc net under general ews category. Unfortunately my application to get ews certificate is rejected. Anyways I have scored more than the cutoff of general category. Is there any way that i can get my ugc net score card with general category?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 2nd Jan, 2020

Subin, NTA mentions few things in its Information Bulletin. It goes on to say "NTA will not change  any information entered by the candidates on its own after completion of application process under any circumstances. It is upto the Candidate to enter the correct information. Once the correction window has been closed,  NTA does not guarantee that any request for change in information will be entertained." Now the counselling happens after the merit list and cut offs have been released. And the merit list is prepared according to the marks you have scored and the Category details you have mentioned while filling in the application form. Now though your score might be more than the General Category, your Category cannot be changed. You will be still considered under EWS Category and you will be expected to submit documents accordingly. If you fail to do so, your admission might stand cancelled.

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