UGC NET 2021: Preparation Tips and Important Books

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Mar 19, 2021

Candidates who have applied for UGC NET 2021 must start preparing for the same as the exam notification will be released very soon. Scoring good marks in UGC NET is a challenging task as the difficulty level of the exam is quite high. The paper is designed to select brilliant students who can get appointed as lecturers and can perform research programs.

UGC NET is considered as one of the toughest exams. To score well candidates must have a good preparation plan that can help in performing better in the exam. The candidates appearing for the exam are advised to follow the below-mentioned preparation tips and suggestions for  UGC NET 2021  so that they can complete their preparation within a shorter period as well. 

UGC NET Exam Pattern

UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern

The candidates giving the exam are suggested to check the pattern first before starting with their UGC NET preparation. By knowing the latest exam pattern and syllabus, the candidates can know more about the medium of the exam, type of questions asked, total marks, marking scheme, and much more that will make them familiar with the latest style and pattern of the exam.

  • UGC NET 2021 exam will be taken in online mode (computer-based test).
  • The paper is divided into two sessions, paper 1 and paper 2.
  • The question paper will have objective type questions with four options and the students have to select the one correct answer.
  • Questions in Paper 1 will come from the teaching/ research aptitude section while questions in paper 2 will be based on the subject chosen by the candidate.
  • The total time duration to complete the paper is 3 hours.
  • There will be 50 questions in paper 1 while paper 2 will have 100 questions and it is mandatory for the candidates to attempt all the questions.
  • Candidates will be given 2 marks for each correct attempt. 
  • No Negative Marking. 

Read More  UGC NET Exam Pattern

Knowledge of Syllabus

Know your Syllabus before starting UGC NET Preparation

The candidates are suggested to go through the entire UGC NET Syllabus thoroughly so that they can understand the syllabus completely and start preparing accordingly by focusing on each topic. Pen down the complete UGC NET Syllabus of the subject you have chosen and review all the topics that you need to cover to get good marks.

  • Don’t mix the topics that are not a part of the syllabus
  • Start with the topic that you can complete faster.
  • Book mark the topics which you have completed and then proceed to the next one.

Prepare Notes

  • During UGC NET Preparation, the candidates must develop a habit of regularly revising the notes of all the important and difficult topics which they have prepared previously. 
  • By writing notes, the students can easily remember things, especially the formulas and short tricks that together help in securing good marks.
  • Make sure that the notes which you have prepared are clear and well written so that at the time of revising them, you don’t get confused later.

Check & Download  UGC NET Subject Wise Syllabus PDFs

Solving Previous Year Paper

Solve Previous Year Papers:

The students can get a clear understanding of the exam pattern better by solving the previous year's papers. It also helps in building confidence. Before starting UGC NET Preparation by solving last year’s papers, the students must understand each topic that is related to the course content and can be asked in the exam. In case the candidates find it difficult to solve the question then they must take the advice of their teachers or seniors who can guide them.

Since UGC NET is an online exam, the candidates must start practicing more mock tests as possible. Along with solving previous years’ UGC NET question papers, mock tests also play an important role in helping the candidates. Some of the benefits of giving more mock test include:

  • It will offer the real look and feel of the exam
  • The time management skill of candidates will improve greatly
  • The candidates will be able to judge their weaker areas and can start preparing accordingly
  • The candidates will have a more accurate understanding of the important topics that can be asked in the exam

Get Previous Years Practice Papers

Time Management

Time Management

The candidates must know how to effectively manage their time so that they can complete the paper within the allotted time only. They must solve more mock test papers through which they can increase their speed and can give the answers more accurately. 

Candidates appearing for UGC NET must start preparing seriously as the exams are just a few months away and it is advised to start at least 3 to 6 months before the examination. Follow a regular study routine so that the entire syllabus can be completed within time and you can get freedom from the last minute worries and can do UGC NET Preparation in a better way.

How to manage time before exams?

  • The candidates must not study all the time rather they need to make sure that they are fully concentrated at the time they are studying. Pay a detailed focus on what you are reading during your study hours.
  • Schedule your daily routine and allocate separate time to every section of the syllabus so that in the end you don’t get confused regarding what to read and what to not.
  • Try to spend at least 6-8 hours daily for your studies. Also, take time to manage yours for the daily revisions as well for what all you have read the whole day long.

Time Management during Exams

  • Time management is very important while sitting in the examination hall.
  • Since the time is limited to solving questions so answer those questions first that are familiar to you, rather than wasting your time on less familiar questions.
  • In case you are facing any kind problem in solving the question, bookmark them and solve them later.
  • Try to save some time so that you can cross-check all the answers at the end.

Total Hours a student needs to Spend Per Day for UGC NET Preparation?

The number of hours which the candidates spend for UGC NET Preparation each day totally depends on the daily routine of the individuals. The candidates are advised to spend at least 6 -8 hours per day for preparations, especially when the exam is a few months away. 

However, it advised that the candidates don’t spend continuous long hours while preparing for the exam and rather take short intervals in between the studies. For instance, in case you are preparing 10 hours per day, then you must divide the total number of hours accordingly so that you can stay motivated and most importantly, don’t get tired as well.

The below-mentioned table will help you in dividing the total number of hours per day for UGC NET Preparation.

Sessions Total Number of Hours for UGN NET Preparation
Morning Session (5:00 AM to 8:00 AM) Start revising a sub-topic from the main topic and develop your understanding of the same. You must pen down important topics and scan all the important points.
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM Do your daily routine activities
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Once again revise the important points which you have studied in the morning session. After that pick up another subtopic, note down the important points, and scan all the important points.
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Rest/ Daily Routine Activities Etc
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Go through all the important points that you have covered in the day. After that pick up a new subtopic, note down the important points and scan all the important points.
10:00 PM Sleep early

Boost your Confidence Level

Though feeling nervous before exams is quite normal among the candidates but this anxiety can be reduced by preparing for the exam in a detailed way. If you know that you have revised everything all the tips and formulas are on your finger-tips, obviously it will help in boosting your confidence level greatly.

Stay Updated

You need to stay updated with the current affairs and recent news which can come in UGC NET and most importantly candidates must have detailed knowledge about their concerned UGC NET Subject.

Don’t be a bookworm

In case you are a bookworm then you will not be able to achieve a good score in UGC NET Exam. You must take short breaks in between your studies and get involved with your routine activities as well while preparing for the exam. Also, don’t isolate yourself from your family and friends otherwise you will feel more stressed. Stay relaxed and plan some other activities as well while continuing your studies to stay stress free.

Reference Books

UGC NET Preparation Books

ugc net books
Name of the Book Author Publisher
Trueman’s UGC NET/ SLET General Paper I M. Gagan (Author), Sajit Kumar Danika Publishing Company
UGC NET/ JRF/ SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude Arihant Express Arihant Publication
CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude KVS Madaan Pearson Education
UGC NET/ SET Paper 1 -- McGraw Hill Education
CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research Aptitude Dr. M S Ansari & RPH Editorial Board Ramesh Publishing House

Important Points to Remember

  • The candidates who are dedicated and focused on their studies can easily crack  UGC NET 2021  in their first attempt only.
  • Constant revision of the course is the key that can help you in scoring good marks in your exam if you have limited time in hand then make sure that you are not missing out any of the important topics.
  • Before beginning with UGC NET Preparation, you must consider referring to the UGC NET Syllabus and divide the topics accordingly.
  • When the UGC NET exam is just one month away, the students appearing for the exam can’t compromise with their preparation at all. It is the time to start the revision of the syllabus; since you have already covered the topics and know which all are the important topics, it's better to start practicing more mock tests or practice tests as possible. Also, continuous revision and practicing more tests will be helpful in getting a high score in the examination.
  • The above preparation tips will help you in your UGC NET Preparation and by adhering to the above-given plan, the candidates can easily revise their course in the right way.

Frequently Asked Questions

UGC NET 2021 Preparation FAQs

Ques: From which subject should I start my preparation?

Ans: You should start your preparation from the topics of Paper 1 that is common for everyone. Paper 1 Syllabus tests teaching and reasoning ability, research aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. You you are done with this part then you can move on with the subject-specific preparation. 

Ques: Can I refer to one book only or should I cover my syllabus from multiple books?

Ans: You can refer to one book also if that book covers all the topics. If you are able to understand some topics from a single book then you can refer to other books also. Don’t restrict yourself to some specific books.

Ques: How much time is needed to complete the syllabus?

Ans: It advised that the candidates don’t spend continuous long hours while preparing for the exam and rather take short intervals in between the studies. For instance, in case you are preparing 10 hours per day, then you must divide the total number of hours accordingly so that you can stay motivated and most importantly, don’t get tired as well. This way you can easily complete your syllabus before exam.

Ques: What is the exam pattern of UGC NET 2021. Is there any negative marking?

Ans: UGC NET 2021 will have a total of 150 multiple-choice questions. Paper 1 will have 50 questions and Paper 2 will have 100 questions. There is no Restriction to move to and fro among the Papers. All the questions are compulsory to attempt.

The table below shows the exam pattern of Paper 1 and Paper 2:

UGC NET Paper No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Paper 1 50 100 A cumulative time duration of 3 hours.
Shift 1: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM
Shift 2: 2.30 PM – 5.30 PM
Paper 2 100 200
Total 150 MCQs 300 Marks 180 minutes
3 Months Crash Course

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


divakar sharma
Is it difficult to crack the NET 2021 Exam?
kavita rani

The difficulty level of the National Eligibility Test is tough. But you can crack it by adopting the right approach, smart study tips, and quality study material. Detailed preparation tips are mentioned here.

nafisa khatoon
I am confused which subject should I choose for UGC NET 2021? Can you help?
kavita rani

The subject from which you have pursued your master’s degree is the best to choose in UGC NTA NET. You can select from the subjects mentioned at the official webiste.

shipra sangita bhandari
I'm SHIPRA SANGITA BHANDARI from Udaipur, Rajasthan..Preparing for NTA NET 2021..My core subject is History. Please give some important tips how to score 100 - 100 percentile in both papers? Which strategy should I adopt because I'm a Hypothyroid patient & I always suffer from Memory loss which is called Brain Fog. So plzzz give me Worthful advice how to focus & keep memory Power sharp to achieve success in this exam?
abdul nazir

Hi Shipra, You can access mock tests and practise papers from here.

swapnac s
I did MBA in finance and HR, which subject that I can select for paper 2


If you are a MBA student, management should be a subject for paper 2. 



If you are a MBA student, management should be a subject for paper 2.