UGC NET Preparation Strategy with Timetable

Sakunth Kumar Updated On: 15 Jan, 2020 09:47 IST

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UGC NET Preparation Strategy & Study Plan (One Month, Three Months, Six Months, One Year)

UGC NET is regarded as one of the toughest exams, and it needs extensive preparation. In order to fare well in the UGC NET exam, one should prefer a long-term preparation strategy. As UGC declares only the top 6% candidates eligible for Lectureship or Junior Research Fellow (JRF), securing a higher score in both Paper I and Paper II of the exam is mandatory. Each aspirant must balance the time and give equal importance for Paper I and II. UGC NET Paper I is common for all, while Paper II is subject-specific. One can choose a subject relevant to his/ her Master’s degree.

As UGC NET is being conducted twice a year by National Testing Agency (NTA), one can aspire for the second session of UGC NET if he/ she fails to clear the first session of UGC NET. However, one can crack UGC NET in the first go with a long term preparation.

UGC NET One Month Study Plan 

As UGC NET exam is just one month away, it is time to start the revision of syllabus. As you have already covered or had knowledge of most of the topics, it is better to practice as many mock tests or practise tests possible. Continuous revision and practice tests will lead to ultimate success in the examination.

All the Best!!

UGC NET Three-Month Preparation Strategy & Study Plan (June Exam 2020)

Usually, short-term preparation for UGC NET exam is preferred by those students who are either pursuing a final-year Master’s degree or jobholders. For such candidates, short-term preparation is the only option to fare well in the examination. In order to help the candidates to prepare a good strategy for short-term preparation, we have created some model timetables through which short-term UGC NET preparation can be practically possible.

Also Read: Check the Eligibility Criteria

UGC NET 3 Month Preparation Timetable

Compared to one year or six-month preparation strategy, the three-month strategy for the UGC NET exam is completely different. Aspirants need to spend more time on exam preparation per day, as the syllabus of the exam is vast. On the other hand, the aspirants must prepare for both Paper I & II simultaneously in the short span. We hope that the below examples will help you to prepare for UGC NET in a better way in three months.

Division of Syllabus for UGC NET Paper I

Total No. Of Units in Paper I (Specified by NTA)

10 Units

No. Of Sub Topics in Each Unit

6-8 (Let us Assume 8)

Total No. Of Sub- Topics

80

Total No. Of Sub Topics to be covered in a Day

At least Four

Total No. Of Sub Topics to be covered in a Week (Monday to Saturday)

6X4 = 24

All Sub Topics to be covered in

One Month

Mock Test Practice on Sunday

At least 2-3 Mock Tests

Division of Syllabus for UGC NET Paper II

Total No. Of Units in Paper II (any subject)

Let us assume 10

No. Of Sub Topics in Each Unit

Let us assume 14

Total No. Of Sub- Topics

140

Total No. Of Sub Topics to be covered in a Day

At least Five

Total No. Of Sub Topics to be covered in a Week (Monday to Saturday)

6X5 = 30

All Sub Topics to be covered in

One and Half Month

Mock Test Practice on Sunday

At least 2-3 Mock Tests

Day Wise Plan for UGC NET Three-Month Preparation  

Example 1

Total No. Of Hours to be Spent for Exam Preparation (Per Day)

10 Hours

Morning Session (5:00 AM to 8:00 AM)

Paper II (Subject Specific) - Pick Up at least two sub-topics

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Paper II (Subject Specific) - Pick Up at least Two Topics

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Paper II (Subject Specific) - Pick Up at least one subtopic and revise already covered topics

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Paper I (Pick up at least 3-4 Sub Topics)

Example 2

Total No. Of Hours to be Spent for Exam Preparation (Per Day)

10 Hours

Morning Session (10 AM to 1:00 PM)

Paper II (Subject Specific) - Pick Up at least two sub-topics

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Paper II (Subject Specific) - Pick Up at least Two Topics

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Paper II (Subject Specific) - Pick Up at least one subtopic and revise already covered topics

8:00 PM to 12:00 PM

Paper I (Pick up at least 3-4 Sub Topics)

UGC NET One Year Preparation Strategy and Six Month Strategy

Usually, the syllabus of the UGC NET exam is based on Master’s degree syllabus. For instance, if a student completed M.A. Political Science, he/she can appear for UGC NET exam in Political Science. The syllabus of the exam is mostly based on M.A. Political Science syllabus, and major emphasis should be given to the same.

The question comes into your mind is How to Prepare for Exam in One Year? Can I crack UGC NET in the first attempt? The answer is yes. You can crack the UGC NET in the first attempt if you rely on long term preparation. However, there are some exceptions here, which will be discussed in the latter part. Firstly, let us focus on preparing a long term preparation strategy for the UGC NET exam.

Constant Revision of Subject is the Key:  If you are focusing on long-term preparation for the UGC NET exam, make sure that you revise the subject from time to time. Usually, two kinds of students appear for UGC NET exam, i.e., students who have completed a Masters’ degree and students who are pursuing final-year Master’s degree.

Students who have completed the Master’s degree and preparing for the UGC NET exam must first start with the first year syllabus of Master’s degree course. Before starting the preparation for the UGC NET exam, refer the UGC NET Syllabus and divide the topics accordingly. For example, when you are checking the syllabus, you may find the similar topics that you studied in the first or second year Master’s degree course. Divide the topics accordingly and start your preparation.

Division of Syllabus for UGC NET Preparation

It is always better to start preparation for UGC NET Paper-II first. The syllabus of a subject in UGC NET exam is divided in the form of topics and subtopics. The syllabus can be divided as follows -

Example 1 -

Name of the Subject

Economics

Number of Units (Topics)

10

Number of Sub-Topics in Each Unit

10 - 14 (Let us assume 14)

Total Number of Sub-Topics to Prepare

10 X 14 = 140

No. Of Sub-Topics that Can be Covered Per Day (Refer Day Wise Timetable Below)

Three

No. Of Sub Topics that can be covered in a Week (Five Days - Monday to Friday)

3X5 = 15 (Three Sub Topics Per Day Multiplied by Five. So, 15 sub-topics can be covered in a week).

Sixth Day, i.e., Saturday

Practice Test for the One Complete Topic

Example 2-

Name of the Subject

English Literature

Number of Units (Topics)

15

Number of Sub-Topics in Each Unit

12 - 16 (Let us Assume 16)

Total Number of Sub-Topics to Prepare

15 X 16 = 240

No. Of Sub-Topics that Can be Covered Per Day (Refer Day Wise Timetable Below)

Three

No. Of Sub Topics that can be covered in a Week (Five Days - Monday to Friday)

3X5 = 15 (Three Sub-Topics Per Day Multiplied by Five. So, 15 sub-topics can be covered in a week).

Sixth Day, i.e., Saturday

Practice Test for the One Complete Topic

Note: - The above example is just to give an idea to students on the division of syllabus, and the same varies from one subject to another.

Deep Knowledge of the Subject Necessary: One of the major advantages of the long term preparation strategy for UGC NET exam is, you will have a chance to obtain the deep knowledge of the subject. This aspect is very important to crack the UGC NET exam in one go. The question paper of UGC NET, specifically Paper II consists of various subject-specific questions, and the difficulty level of the same will be high, as deeper aspects of the subjects are covered.

Month-Wise Preparation Timetable & Study Plan for UGC NET

The below examples will help you in framing a monthly preparation plan for UGC NET exam preparation.

Example 1 -

Name of the Subject

English

Total Number of Sub Topics to Cover

240

Time Left for the Exam

One Year

Total Number of Sub Topics Covered in a Week

15

Total Number of Sub Topics Covered in a Month

60

All Sub Topics Can be Covered in

Five Months

Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth

Preparation for UGC NET Paper I

10th, 11th and 12th Month

Revision

Example 2 -

Name of the Subject

Public Administration

Total Number of Sub Topics to Cover

160

Time Left for the Exam

Six Months

Total Number of Sub Topics Covered in a Week

20

Total Number of Sub Topics Covered in a Month

80

All Sub Topics Can be Covered in

Four Months

Fifth and Sixth Month

Preparation for UGC NET Paper I and Revision

Also Read: Check the Dates of Admit Card

How Many Hours to Spend Per Day for UGC NET Preparation?

The number of hours you spend for UGC NET exam preparation per day completely depends on your daily routine. In long term preparation, one can spend at least 8-10 hours per day for the preparation. However, it advisable to not spend constant long hours for the exam preparation.This approach may dilute your overall performance. If you are preparing 10 hours per day, divide the number of hours accordingly.

Wake up early! It is a good approach in long term preparation. At least spend three hours in the morning for understanding the concept. Note down the important topics after reading a particular concept and scan all the important points. Depending on the nature of the topic, you can complete at least one or two topics in the morning session. Preparing for the exam in morning hours is highly beneficial, as you study with a fresh mind. The below examples will help you to divide the number of hours per day for exam preparation.

Example 1 (For Students who Wake Up Early in the Morning)

Total Number of Hours for Exam Preparation (Per Day)

8 Hours

Morning Session (5:00 AM to 8:00 AM)

Pick Up a Sub Topic from the main topic, Read and Understand it Completely, Note Down the Important Points and Scan all the Important Points.

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Daily Routine Activities

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Scan the Important Points Covered in Morning Session, 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

Scan the Important Points covered at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM session and Pick up a new subtopic, note down the important points and scan all the important points.

10:00 PM

Sleep Early to Wake up Early in the Morning

Example 2 (For Students who Spend Tend to Do Nightout for Exam Preparation)

Total Number of Hours for Exam Preparation (Per Day)

8 Hours

Morning Session (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM)

Pick Up a Sub Topic from the main topic, Read and Understand it Completely, Note Down the Important Points and Scan all the Important Points.

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Daily Routine Activities

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Scan the Important Points Covered in Morning Session, Pick up another subtopic, note down the important points and scan all the important points.

8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Dinner Break

9:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Scan the Important Points Covered at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM session and Pick up a new subtopic, note down the important points and scan all the important points.

UGC NET Coaching V/s UGC NET Self-Study

What should you choose for better UGC NET 2020 preparation?

UGC NET Coaching Institute

UGC NET Self-Study

Coaching institutes are one of the best options for the students who wish to seek guidance from the experts and mentors.

It is a known fact that for any entrance examination, self-study holds prime importance. Even if candidates do not opt for coaching institutes, they will have to study and prepare the topics of the syllabus themselves before appearing for the entrance examination.

The coaching institutes keep constant vigilance on the student’s progress and help them to improve if they fall behind.

If candidates wish to self prepare for UGC NET, they need to understand first how to prepare for UGC NET exam at home with the help of books for UGC NET preparation, and other relevant UGC NET books and study material.

The coaching institutes provide revalent study material created with the help of experts to wrap up the UGC NET syllabus well on time.

Through self-study, candidates can easily revise what they have studied for the entrance examination and practice questions on it.

Candidates can rely on the top coaching centres or institutes of UGC NET to score well in the entrance examination.

Self-study will help the candidates dedicate proper time to your studies and also abide by the strict guidelines or timelines while studying for the entrance exam.

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UGC NET Previous Year Question Papers

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