UGC NET is an exam conducted by the National Testing Agency. The National Eligibility Test (NET), is the examination for deciding the qualification for the post of an assistant professor as well as for the Junior Research Fellowship grant in Indian colleges and Universities. In short, the NET is conducted to pick candidates for JRF and Assistant Professorship twice every year. To appear for the examination, every applicant needs to meet a UGC NET Eligibility Criteria. However, the criteria are different for both JRF and Assistant Professorship. With more than ten lakh candidates appearing, it is a prestigious examination. Only the top 6% are qualified and it is a difficult exam to crack. However, by following the right preparation tips the aspirants can increase their chances of qualifying the exam.
The mantra to qualify the NET exam or any other exam is very simple. The top five tips to prepare well for the NET exam are as follows-
1- Research and Understand the NET syllabus well
2- Choose the right study material to prepare for the exam
3- Go through the previous year question papers(atleast last five years)
4- Appear for mock tests
5- Design and follow a well-planned study routine
6- Maintain a good mental and physical health
The first mantra to qualify the NET exam is to understand the NET syllabus well. The NET syllabus is vast and needs a deep understanding. Let us discuss the NET exam pattern and NET syllabus well.
NET Exam Pattern
1-The NET exam is divided into two papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2.
2-Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 are in the MCQ-based pattern
3-The question paper consists of 150 questions
4-The duration to complete the exam is three hours
5-There is no negative marking in the NET examination
6-The question in the paper 1 will be asked from the common subjects
7-The questions in the paper 2 will be asked from the subjects chosen by the aspirants
NET Examination Syllabus
As mentioned above, the NET exam is divided into two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2 and the syllabus of both the papers differs from each other. Let us understand the syllabus of both the papers in detail-
Paper 1- The paper 1 contains the common subjects for all the candidates and all the candidates prepare for the same syllabus and subjects. The subjects in paper 1 are as follows.
- General Aptitude
- Teaching Aptitude
- Research Aptitude
- Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude
- Logical Reasoning
- Data Interpretation
- Information and Communication Technology
- People, Development and Environment
Paper 2- The paper 2 contains subjects that are selected by the candidates. Candidates have to choose one subject for the NET Exam paper 2 preferably the subject that they had in their post-graduation. Here are the subject options.
- Economics / Rural Economics /Cooperation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economic
- Political science
- Social Work
- Defence and Strategic Studies
- Home Science
- Public Administration
- Population Studies
- Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management)
- French (French Version)
- Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education.
- Physical Education
- Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
- Indian Culture
- Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management
- Library and Information Science
- Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies
- Comparative Study of Religions
- Mass Communication and Journalism
- Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre
- Museology & Conservation
- Tribal and Regional Language/Literature
- Folk Literature
- Comparative Literature
- Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama).
- Women Studies
- Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)
- Social Medicine & Community Health
- Forensic Science
- Computer Science and Applications
- Electronic Science
- Environmental Sciences
- Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence/Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies.
- Human Rights and Duties
- Tourism Administration and Management.
The candidates can choose their preferred subjects and the subjects they have an interest in from the above list.
This is the detailed syllabus for the NET exam and if the candidates understand the syllabus well and prepare well by following a good study routine, they will be able to crack the exam in the very first attempt.