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UGC NET Exam Analysis & topper tips

Updated on 23 October 2020
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Updated on 23 October 2020

Last year NTA successfully conducted UGC NET Exam 2019 for JRF and Lectureship for the third time in online mode from 2nd to 6th December 2019 covering 81 subjects. The examination had been conducted in 700 centers in 219 cities.


As per the feedback of aspirants, December 2019 Exam was of moderate to difficult level like the previous examination held in June 2019. Here we will see the complete UGC NET 2019 Exam analysis.


UGC NET 2019 Exam Analysis - General Paper 1


Aspirants of the Dec 2019 exam have given a comprehensive analysis of paper 1 in which questions were of a generic nature which intended to assess the teaching and research aptitude of the particular candidate. It was designed primarily to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.


Units 

Difficulty Level 

Average No of Questions 

Teaching Aptitude 

Moderate to difficult level   

10 to 12 questions

Research Aptitude

Moderate

5 questions

Reading Comprehension

Easy to moderate

5(1 set) questions

Communication

Easy  

3 to 5 questions

Mathematical Reasoning

Easy to moderate

4 to 6 questions

Logical Reasoning

Moderate  

5 questions

Data Interpretation

Easy

5( 1 set) questions

Information and 

Communication Technology/ Computer Knowledge

Easy

2-3 questions

People and Environment

Easy to moderate 

3-4 questions

Higher Education System 

Moderate

3-5 questions



UGC NET 2019 Exam Analysis- Paper 2



Units 

Difficulty Level 

Commerce   

Moderate to difficult level

Computer Science And Application

Moderate to difficult level 

Education  

Easy to moderate level 

Economics

Easy to moderate level  

English

Moderate to difficult level 

HRM  

Moderate level

Law 

Moderate to difficult level 

Library Sciences

Moderate to difficult level

Management

Moderate level    

Political Science

Moderate to difficult level

  

  UGC NET TOPPER TIPS FOR PREPARATION 


To complete a proper preparation strategy these are some articles recommended by toppers:-


VIVEK SHARMA, UGC NET 2019 qualified for JRF and Assistant Professor shares prep tips for Political Science---He is a postgraduate in Political Science from Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia Smarak Mahavidyalaya (Dr.RMLS College), Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Vivek Rohan Sharma cracked the UGC NET June 2019 exam with 66%. His overall percentile score in the exam was 99.87%.


He belongs to a lower-middle class family and he never took any coaching for the exam. Now he wishes to crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam.


According to Vivek, you need to analyze the entire UGC NET syllabus and solve previous years’ UGC NET question papers which will give you the idea of the pattern of questions which were asked in the last few years and will be asked again.


According to him, cracking UGC NET exam is not very tough as questions are mainly fact-based. By attempting the previous year’s papers he came to know that fact-based questions were more marks-giving if practiced properly.



VIVEK’S STUDY PLAN


Vivek just followed his syllabus and focused on each unit of the syllabus topic-wise. UGC NET syllabus papers(l and ll) was divided into 10 units and he focused on each unit. He read the topics and collected facts. According to him, to clear the NET exam one needs more fact-based knowledge than conceptual knowledge.


VIVEK’S RECOMMENDED BOOKS TO PREPARE FOR THE EXAM


Vivek said that the UGC NET syllabus is so vast and topics are so diverse that the list of reference books was long. But he mainly studied IGNOU books and took help of Youtube and Google. Some of the books that he suggests candidates to read are:-


1.An Introduction to Political Theory by OP Gauba.

2.Key concepts in Politics and International Relations by Andrew Heywood.

3.Indian Polity by M Laxmikant.

4.Governance in India by M. Laxmikant.

5.Political Theory: Ideas and concepts by Sushila Ramaswamy.

6.Women in Political Thought: The quest for gender equality and beyond by Sushila Ramaswamy.


HOW DID VIVEK DEAL WITH EXAM FEAR?


He says that ups and downs are part of everyone’s life. His weakness was consistency and he tried to overcome it with the help of family support.


MISTAKES TO AVOID WHILE PREPARING FOR THE EXAM


Vivek says one must focus on topics not keep hunting for materials. And no unit of the syllabus can be ignored. Too much deep study is not exactly needed, just focus on facts. And current affairs related to the syllabus can’t be ignored.


 ADVICE TO MANAGE TIME WHILE GIVING THE EXAM


According to Vivek, time management is very important. Enough time of 180 minutes for 150 questions is given but time needs to be properly maintained. One minute only should be given for one question.


THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF THE UGC NET EXAM


Covering the whole syllabus is difficult. Diverse topics in paper 1 are quite troublesome. Rest of the exam is easy and with smart preparation will not be difficult to track.


A POINT TO KEEP IN MIND TO PERFORM WELL ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM


 On the day of the exam students should keep their cools a lot too well. Any kind of tension, anxiety and excitement should be avoided. Try to attempt all questions.


The next candidate who cleared the UGC NET exam:


RAJAT SEN, qualified UGC NET 2019 exam for Assistant Professor in Mass Communication and Journalism. He shares his UGC NET topper tips will all the aspirants. He scored a total of 178 out of 300 marks. Rajat completed his bachelor’s degree in Science with a Physics major from Jagannath Barooah College, Jorhat, Assam.


But he challenged himself and changed his subject to complete his post-graduation in Mass Communication from Assam Central University, Silchar. He was also awarded the Gold Medal for the same. Now Rajat is pursuing Doctorate of Philosophy(PhD) in Mass Communication and Journalism at Tezpur Central University, Assam.


He is a hardworking and sincere student who likes singing, playing badminton and watching motorsports on TV.


EXPECTATIONS OF RAJAT FROM UGC NET EXAM?


Rajat says that he did not think much about writing the exam. But later after tallying his response sheet with the UGC NET answer key he was confident of clearing the exam for the post of Assistant Professor if not JRF.


RAJAT’S PREPARATION STRATEGY TO CRACK UGC NET


He says clearing the exam pursuing alongside master’s course is the best approach. In this way one is able to keep with all the theoretical concepts of your preparation. Revision, practice and persistence is the key. And having a decent score in paper-1 makes the job much easier. The more you score in paper-1 the more chances you have of clearing NET/JRF.


REQUIREMENT OF COACHING FOR THE EXAM?


Rajat did not take any coaching for the exam. He says self-study is enough for the exam. One can take coaching if needed but the bulk of the syllabus has to be covered by the aspirant on his own. Coaching can only guide you to a limit.


STUDY PLAN FOLLOWED FOR THE EXAM


Rajat did not have a dedicated study plan for himself. He studied for a couple of hours each day twice or thrice a week. But for better results he advises students to practice everyday even for an hour. This way consistency can be built up and last-moment worries can be handled better.


RECOMMENDED BOOKS TO PREPARE FOR THE EXAM


Rajat recommends a book by KVS Madan for paper-1.But reading newspapers and staying updated with current affairs of the country and world can be helpful.

For paper-2 he did not follow a particular book. UGC NET previous years’ question papers, mock tests and notes helped him a lot.


HOW DID RAJAT DEAL WITH EXAM FEAR?


Rajat felt personally that no one can be a jack of all trades while sitting for any competitive exam. All sections carry equal weightage so if one is weak in one section he/she can make it up in the next section. The number sections namely, numerical aptitude, data interpretation are quite scoring if little effort is put into them.


MISTAKES TO AVOID WHILE PREPARING FOR THE EXAM


According to Rajat, during the examination with the new UGC NET exam pattern it is not compulsory to finish paper-1 within an hour. Paper-2 does not take the entire two hours. The ability to switch between the two sections during any stage of the exam is a definite bonus for students. Students should start with the easy sections the ones he/she wants to start with.


ADVICE TO MANAGE TIME WHILE GIVING THE EXAM


According to Rajat the candidate should not panic under any circumstance and if he/she is preparing for CBT(Computer-based test) for the first time, then they should visit the official website of NTA(National Testing Agency) and get familiar with the whole examination process.


The paper is a bit challenging and confusing but with enough practice it can be managed. Different color codes for different sets of responses(some recorded and saved, some marked and left for review and unsaved)make it complicated. There’s no need to look down at the countdown timer as it gives panic.


THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF UGC NET EXAM


Rajat says that every year presents a new set of challenges. Sometimes the numerical aptitude section is tough, sometimes the comprehension and sometimes the assertion/reasoning etc.


One can not predict these things accurately. He did not find paper-1 tough. Students belonging to streams apart from science can also master it all with a little more of added practice. He found paper-2 comparatively tougher.


A THING TO KEEP IN MIND FOR STUDENTS FOR THE EXAM


According to Rajat, try not to learn new things, concepts just before you sit in the exam hall or on the previous night. It can mess with your head and confuse you with all that you already know. It is advisable to revise what all you have learnt over the course of the few months that you had been preparing for the exam.


TIPS FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE PLANNING TO TAKE THE EXAM NEXT YEAR


Rajat says to start the preparations early for the same. Be systematic, motivated and focused.


This all about the UGC NET 2019 Exam analysis & topper tips that will help candidates know the exam better and clear it without any worries. Good luck

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