UGC NET July 2018 was conducted by CBSE on July 8, 2018. There was a significant change in the exam pattern this time, though it was still conducted offline. There was no change in the syllabus or the application process. This is the last time the exam was conducted by CBSE and after this, the exam was handed over to NTA and several major changes were observed. We have shared a detailed analysis of the papers to give the candidates an idea about what they can expect. Since there was no change in the syllabus, you can expect consistency in the question pattern even though you are appearing for UGC NTA NET 2020.
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Major highlights of UGC NET July 2018
The following are some of the significant changes that were observed in the exam pattern this year. The exam was conducted over 91 cities for all the arts and commerce subjects. There were 84 subjects in all.
- Earlier there were three papers, but this session witnessed two objective type question papers.
- Earlier the paper-I had 50 compulsory questions, paper-II had 50 questions and paper-III had 75 questions. This year, the paper-I remained as it was but the paper-II and III were combined into a single paper of 100 questions.
- The time duration of the paper-I was reduced to 60 minutes and for the combined paper-II it was 120 minutes.
- The exam was conducted over 2082 centres and there were 2864 observers and 675 board officials posted at the exam centres.
UGC NET July 2018 exam analysis
The changed exam pattern was a welcome relief for many students compared to the earlier all-day-long process. However, the reduced time for paper-I made the exam much more difficult for many who otherwise had a good chance to improve their score relying on this paper largely. While 120 minutes for paper-II was helpful for students appearing for conceptual subjects like economics and commerce, it was a rather long time for students from other backgrounds where you either know the facts or you do not. Here are a few highlights of the July 2018 exam analysis which will give you a gist of how the paper was:
- The paper-I was conducted from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM followed by a 30 minutes break after which the paper-II was scheduled for 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
- There were 50 questions of 2 marks each in paper-I and the total marks were 100. The paper is common for all candidates irrespective of the subject they are taking up for the second paper. There are no negative marks for wrong answers or unattempted answers.
- The questions were designed to test the candidates’ teaching aptitude and research skills. The questions were moderate to difficult for the June 2018 session of UGC NET.
- The sections consisted of comprehension skills, teaching aptitude based questions, logical reasoning, maths, general awareness and computer skills, and aptitude.
- Paper-II was the subject wise paper and had 100 questions of 2 marks each and no negative marking. The syllabus of the earlier paper-II and III was combined for the updated paper-II for this session.
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UGC NET July 2018 Cut-off
- The cut-off varies every year and depends largely on the number of candidates who attempted the exam and the difficulty level of the questions and the responses of the candidates.
- The cut-off marks of each paper are considered separately and the candidate had to secure the cut-off for each of the papers in order to qualify for the exam.
- The expected cut-off of Paper-I was around 65-75 marks out of 100.
- The expected cut-off of the second paper varies from one subject to another. However a candidate attempting 67% of the questions successfully is expected to qualify the second paper in any subject.
- The results were published at the end of August 2018.
- The selection process is through the marks acquired in the exam followed by counseling.
- Only the top 6 % of the qualified candidates are eligible for JRF for any subject.
How is the present-day NET exam different from UGC NET July 2018?
The July 2018 session was the last time the exam was conducted offline and also the last time to be conducted by CBSE. Here’s what has changed. If you are a first-time candidate, this may not be helpful to you, but a candidate who has appeared in the old-pattern several times may have difficulty figuring out the new exam pattern.
- Earlier the application procedure was done through the cbsenet.nic.in and now it has to be done through the NTA website.
- According to the new exam pattern, there is a total of 3 hours for the two papers and since the December 2019 session, the exam has been further simplified. Now the candidates can simultaneously attempt both papers and switch between them within 3 hours. Hence they have the flexibility to determine, on which paper they will be spending more time.
- The syllabus remained the same and the marking scheme as well as the number of questions and marks divisions.
- There will be no break in between the papers, unlike how it used to be in 2018.
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Since it is the last time the exam was organised by CBSE and in offline mode, it remains a very significant session of NET to be ever conducted. The overall difficulty level of the exam this year was easy to moderate. If you are a NET aspirant looking for some pattern and inspiration from the previous exam, note that the syllabus, marking scheme, and no negative marking are few features that have always remained constant. The difficulty level of the exam has not been exceptionally easy or difficult in the past 3 years either. Keeping all these in mind, you can take the preparation of your UGC NET June 2020 accordingly.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.