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How to Score High in UGC NET Dec 2014?

How to become successful in UGC NET?

The UGC National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is conducted every six months for those candidates who are looking forward to become eligible for the assistant professor or junior research fellowship at the national level.  So let us see how to successfully attempt this test for a good score.

The candidates appearing for UGC NET test are increasing from the past two years as the examination is being conducted in the objective method. However as there are speculations that the examination pattern may be changed in the next year to the descriptive model applications may flood in to this year’s examination.

This examination is being conducted for 95 subjects in the humanities and social sciences with almost 84 universities acting as the coordinating centers in the country. In our state Osmania, Andhra, Nagarjuna and Sri Venkateswara universities are acting as the coordination centers for conducting this examination. Those who would like to apply filling online applications should submit those applications in the coordination centers.
In our state the SET and UGC NET syllabus is the same and so those who are preparing for the SET exam can also become successful in this NET examination if they can take care of the English medium to write the exam.

There are two main objectives for the UGC NET

1.    Creating eligibility to the candidates who would like to become assistant professors in the universities. It means those who are UGC NET qualified are eligible for the assistant professor job in any university across the country. With the SET exams being conducted in different states the candidates will be eligible to work only in the state universities.

2.    To award eligibility to the candidates who wish to become eligible to the junior fellowship programs. It means those who would like to do M Phil/ PhD can become eligible for not only the assistant professor job but also can get a stipend of Rs.16,000- UGC fellowship per month for the next 5 years if they can clear the JRF. With every NET examination fellowship is awarded to total 3200 candidates included from all the total subjects. In the state level SET examination there is no such fellowship program.

UGC NET Eligibility

To write this NET examination the candidate should get minimum of 55% marks in the chosen subject (SC/ST/PWD 50% marks) with the master’s degree. Those doing their final year are also eligible to write NET but from the date announced to within 2 years time they should pass out their Masters degree.

Age limit for UGC NET

There is no age restriction to those looking for assistant professor eligibility. But those applying for JRF award should not exceed 28 years of age before 1/12/2013. SC/ST/OBC/women candidates have a relaxation of 5 years in age limit.

UGC NET Examination pattern

All questions are given in multiple choices. Every candidate is tested in 3 papers. Paper-I teaching and research aptitude is a general paper to everyone. Paper-II and Paper-III are related to the candidate’s subjects. For more information one can visit UGCNET online website.

Eligibility criteria: This is decided based on four levels
A list is prepared with the candidate who have crossed the minimum marks set in the three papers

Based on the total marks in the three papers, candidates merit list is prepared according to the subject and categories wise.

The top 15% in this list (for every subject and category) are declared as net qualified.
The JRF awards are announced based on the merit from the net qualified candidates.

June-2013 UGC NET cut-off details

The cut off details in some main subjects in June-2013 net examination.

The cut off details in some main subjects in June-2013 net examination.
By observing these details one can have an idea as to how much efforts they need to put in for the examination. (This table is general cutoff details only)

Cut off percentage

ASST professor
Political science
Telugu literature
English literature
Computer science and application

For other subject and category cutoff marks percentage one can visit

UGC NET 2013 Important dates (extended dates)

Online application, Bank challana generation: 4/11/2013
Fees deposit in SBI bank: 7/11/2013
Downloading application forms from ugc website: 10/11/2013
Submission of applications in coordination centers: 14/11/2013
Examination date: 29/12/2013
Note: for fees, syllabus, application process and other details one can visit the official website.

How to get a grip on UGC NET papers II and III?

Previously the paper II used to be in objective type and paper III in the descriptive method. But now as paper III is also being given in objective type the standards of the questions have been raised to a high level. Almost through one question 4 to 5 concepts are tested. In Paper II 50 marks are allotted for 100 questions. Along with basic concepts the interrelation and reality between different concepts is tested through the questions.

In paper III there are 75 questions given for 150 marks. Compared to paper II the questions are tougher in paper III. Questions are asked to test the understanding and practical applications of the concepts. So studying deeply about the concepts in the subject is mandatory. For subjects like English literature, telugu literature, education, history, computer science and management subjects there is elective type of questions. In these subjects one can observe that paper III has mostly elective questions.

UGC NET Preparation plan

Unlike previous years it is not possible to concentrate on subject papers for more marks and take the paper I lightly because-

Only those who have got minimum marks in all the three papers are considered in preparation of the merit list. Eligibility is tested based on the marks obtained in all the three papers

Paper I:

This is General paper. Total marks 100: 60 questions. But candidate can answer only for 50 questions that he is confident about attempting. If all the 60 questions are attempted than questions from 51 to 60 are not considered in the candidates scoring though they are correct answers. The paper I syllabus has been divided into total 10 units.

1. Teaching aptitude: This is totally related to the teacher education department. Candidates teaching style, teaching methodologies, teaching equipment and other technical issues are tested. Moreover from the candidate’s perception learning, enhancement of learning, motivation, enlightenment, talent, teaching aids and other such concepts like evaluation should be in grip. If we observe the recent net question papers we understand that focus should also be kept on topics like children’s concentrated education and continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE), RTE act-2009 and NCF-2005.

2. Research aptitude: Teachers without interest on research and continuous learning is just equivalent to the speech in a tape recorder. Teachers in higher education should continuously research and enhance their knowledge to share with the students. This is tested in this section. Questions on technical methods on research concepts, research methodologies, research ethics and commonly used technical methods and so on are tested. Previous questions papers show that more focus is on basic concepts. Understanding of meaning, characteristics and types is tested.

3. Reading comprehension: reading a comprehension and analyzing the information without changing the basic meaning and understanding the gist along with adding their own thoughts is an important characteristic of a researcher. This is tested in this section

4. Communication: Testing candidate’s communication skills is this sections aim. Not only technical information but also questions on the technicality of new papers, news channels, government control on media and advanced information are also questioned. 

5,6,7 :Through these units candidates reasoning, arithmetic, data interpretation skills are tested. As questions in this section are almost in the school level standards one can get good results with less effort.

8. Information and communication technology: Teaching and research in these days without computer aid cannot be told as complete education. In this section only questions related to computer and internet are being asked. It is better to have a grip on concepts like Computer parts (input, output and memory), computer working, languages, operating system, internet, email and World Wide Web. Almost in every question paper at least one question is asked related to computer abbreviations.

9. People and environment: As future teachers they should be environmental conscious. Teachers should be able to tell the society how it can be enhanced without disturbing the natural ecology and how to take the country forward to register consistent development. This is tested in this section.

If previous papers are observed questions on key environmental concepts, realities, laws, programs, meetings, important dates are being covered. Natural calamities and exploitation around the world should be understood.

10. Higher education system, governance, polity and administration: Structure of formation of higher learning and research in India, reputed research institutes, governance organizations and their establishments, aims and places in which they have built are covered for the questions. Indian constitution, central-state government, Indian law are also important to be learnt for attempting this section. 

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