CSIR UGC NET is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to shortlist candidates for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or lectureship in Indian universities and colleges across the country.
CSIR UGC NET Exam has been one of the most competitive exams in India. To clear such an exam, a proper strategy is required from the Candidates’ side. Starting from the basic books, to the advanced books, to different topics, and the practice papers. It all needs a proper approach to clear CSIR NET.
Following table contains the list of important topics for the major subject in the syllabus for CSIR NET Exam. Candidates are requested to check this list before preparation.
|Subject||Important Chapters/ Topics|
Following table mentions all the important aspects related to the exam pattern of CSIR NET which a candidate must go through to understand the nature of the exam.
|Particulars||CSIR NET Exam Pattern Highlights|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Exam duration||180 minutes|
|Number of sections/parts||3|
|Total questions to be attempted||Chemical Sciences: 75 Earth Sciences: 75 Life Sciences: 75 Mathematical Sciences: 60 Physical Sciences: 55|
|Type of questions||MCQ type Questions|
|Total marks||200 for each paper|
|Language of paper||English and Hindi|
Weightage for each section differs in CSIR NET. Candidates are advised to check the weightage for each section, and plan their preparation accordingly. It would be advised to strengthen a topic having higher weightage before a weak topic.
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|Subject||Exam Weightage (Total Marks)||Marking Scheme||Negative Marking|
|Earth Science||200||+2 for part A & B and +4 for part C||-0.5 for part A & B and -1 for part C|
|Mathematical Science||200||+2 for part A, +3 for part B, and +4.75 for part C||-0.5 for part A, -0.75 for part B, and no negative marking for part C|
|Life Science||200||+2 for part A & B and +4 for part C||-0.5 for part A & B and -1 for part C|
|Physical Science||200||+2 for part A, +3.5 for part B, and +5 for part C||-0.5 for part A, -0.875 for part B, and -1.25 for part C|
|Chemical Science||200||+2 for part A & B and +4 for part C||-0.5 for part A & B and -1 for part C|
Given below is the list of recommended books for different subjects involved in CSIR NET. Students are advised to check the suitability of these books according to their needs before proceeding to purchase.
|Joint CSIR-UGC NET Chemical Science (Paper-II & III) by Narender Sharma||CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Chemical Sciences by Dr Hemant Kulshrestha and Dr Ajay Taneja|
|Trueman's UGC-CSIR JRF / NET Chemical Sciences (Chemistry) by M Gagan||Modern Methods of Organic Synthesis by William Carruthers|
|CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Physical Sciences by Dr Surekha Tomar||Mathematical Physics by HK Dass and Rama Verma|
|Classical Mechanics by JC Upadhya||Modern Physics and Solid State Physics by SO Pillai|
|CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Mathematical Sciences by Alok Kumar (Upkar)||Real Analysis by HL Royden|
|Complex Variables and Applications by Ruel Churchill and James Brown||Contemporary Abstract Algebra by Joseph A Gallian|
|Biochemistry by Lubert Stryer and Jeremy M Berg||Molecular Biotechnology: Principles and Applications of Recombinant by Bernard J Glick, Jack J. Pasternak and Cheryl L Patten|
|Plant Physiology by Ross and Salisbury||Kuby Immunology by Thomas J Kindt|
|CSIR-UGC NET/JRF Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Exam Guide by Surendra Kumar||An Objective Earth Sciences by S Ahmad|
|Earth Science: The Physical Setting by Jeffrey C Callister||Climatology and Oceanography by DS Lal|
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Given below is a list of major recommended books for CSIR NET Exam. It would be required for you to at least check these books once before buying.
|Classical Mechanics by Herbert Goldstein||Molecular Biotechnology: Principles and Applications of Recombinant DNA by Bernard R. Glick and Jack J. Pasternak|
|Plant Physiology by Lincoln Taiz||Principles of Gene Manipulation and Genomics|
|Inorganic Chemistry: Principles of Structure and Reactivity by James E. Huheey||Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences by Mary L. Boas|
Following table has a brief analysis of the paper in CSIR NET that happened in December 2019. From the table, it can be seen that Life Sciences and Physical Sciences had Easy to Moderate difficulty level paper. Other papers were slightly difficult.
|CSIR NET Papers||CSIR NET Difficulty Level for December 2019 Exam|
|Life Sciences||Easy to Moderate|
|Physical Sciences||Easy to Moderate|
|Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences||Moderate to Difficult|
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Ques. Is it necessary to refer to any standard book before attempting practice tests?
Ans. No. It is not required. You can attempt any practice test beforehand to check your level and then start the preparation accordingly.
Ques. How many practice papers should I attempt before appearing for the exam?
Ans. There is no such number defined. However, generally 30-40 papers are more than enough to prepare you for such exams.
Ques. How long before the exam should I start preparation?
Ans. There is no answer to this question. Whenever you think the time is right, you should start. However, 8-10 months of preparation is suggested to clear any kind of exam.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.