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How to Prepare for NET

The National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted by the National Educational Testing Bureau of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and twice on an annual basis in India. NET determines the eligibility of Indian Nationals for lectureship (both at the university level and college level) and the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) awards, to set minimum standards in teaching and research.

The NET exam is held via online mode and consists of 2 exam papers that are Paper 1 and Paper 2. The question papers have objective-type questions where 4 options are given, having one correct answer. Paper 1 evaluates the teaching/research aptitude of the applicants and Paper 2 tests them on their chosen subjects.

The duration of Paper 1 is 1 hour, with 50 questions; and Paper 2 lasts for 2 hours, having 100 questions. For every correct answer, the applicant scores 2 marks.

NET: Preparation Tips

  • Prepare your study timetable and set milestones for hours, days, and months. Also, you should make sure to follow the schedule diligently. By doing so, you can cover the entire syllabus and learn time management. Ideally, start your preparation 3-6 months before the exam.
  • Check the entire exam syllabus and accordingly, create your study schedule while making sure that all subjects and topics are covered.
  • Analyze your weak areas and take steps to improve upon them. In fact, you should spend additional time studying and practicing the difficult concepts or topics.
  • Refer to reliable and comprehensive study material when preparing for the NET exam. Also, one should use books that contain the complete exam syllabus, along with easy-to-understand examples.
  • Take measures to remain healthy. Eat nutritious food and avoid junk ones. Also, practice yoga poses and meditation techniques to control the stress levels. Follow a regular exercise schedule too.
  • Attempt mock tests on a regular basis. They cover all subjects, topics, and chapters. More so, they can help to improve your skills and increase your speed. Be sure to, also, complete each mock test within the prescribed time limit to become well-versed with the exam setting and pattern.
  • Prepare a revision table as per one’s ability. Also, one can make notes of formulas and other important points for regular revision.
  • Develop time management skills. For the same, the aspirants should answer the easy questions first and, then, return to the difficult ones if any.
  • Avoid taking stress during the exams. Also, do not panic if a question is time-consuming, only move on to the simpler ones instead.
  • In addition to mock tests, get enough practice on previous years’ test papers to improve speed and accuracy too.
  • Study both the undergraduate and postgraduate syllabus of the specific subject.
  • First, complete your preparation and, thereafter, take the mock tests and sample papers.
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