UGC NET Exam Analysis 2018

Reena Saini Updated On: 16 Apr, 2019 17:22 IST

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UGC NET 2018 Exam Analysis

UGC NET 2018 was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for the first time on 18th December 2018. The exam was taken by candidates across 260 cities in India in two shifts – 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM. UGC NET 2018 will be conducted every day for five days in two shifts until 22nd December 2018.

The candidates had to appear for two different papers, where paper-I was common for all candidates and paper-II comprised of subject-related questions.

Both the papers were held in a computer-based format and consisted of objective-type multiple choice questions. The duration of paper-I was one hour (morning shift 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM and afternoon shift 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM) whereas the time limit of paper-II was two hours (morning shift11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and afternoon shift 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM).

A majority of test takers who shared their feedback said that the exam was of moderate difficulty level and they faced issues while answering questions in online mode. Now, we bring to you a detailed insight into students’ reactions and the difficulty level of UGC NET 2018 conducted on December 18.

Highlights of UGC NET Exam Analysis 2018

  • NTA, for the very first time, conducted UGC NET, which used to be organised by CBSE.

  • For the first time, the exam was conducted in a computer-based format.

  • Attempting both Paper I and Paper II was mandatory.

  • No major changes were seen in the exam pattern.

  • It was compulsory to attempt all questions in the exam.

  • The difficulty level of both the papers was moderate.

  • Each question in UGC NET 2018 had a weightage of two marks.

  • Negative marking was not applicable in the exam.

  • The papers had questions in both English and Hindi languages. Candidates answered the paper in the language opted by them prior to the exam.

  • This year, Paper-I had a majority of questions based on Teaching Aptitude and Reasoning.

UGC NET 2018 Exam Analysis for Paper I

The paper I of UGC NET comprised of generic questions that were meant to evaluate candidates' teaching/research aptitude. This paper has been designed in such a manner that it tests candidates' reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking as well as general awareness. Paper I has a total of 50 questions carrying 100 marks. The Teaching Aptitude and Reasoning sections had more questions as compared to other sections, which was not the case in previous years. This year, Teaching Aptitude section had about 10-12 questions whereas 6-8 questions were asked in the Reasoning section.

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Level of Difficulty

Teaching Aptitude

10 to 12

10

Medium

Research Aptitude

3 to 5

10

Medium

Reading Comprehension

5

10

Easy to Medium

Communication

2 to 4

10

Easy to Medium

Reasoning (including Maths)

6 to 8

10

Easy to Medium

Logical Reasoning

5

10

Easy to Medium

Data Interpretation

5

10

Easy to Medium

Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

4

10

Easy to Medium

People & Environment

2

10

Medium

Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration

3 to 4

10

Easy to Medium

Total

50

100

Medium

UGC NET 2018 Exam Analysis for Paper-II

The paper II of UGC NET 2018 comprised of multiple-choice questions specific to a candidate's preferred subject. This paper was also found to be of a moderate difficulty level. Every year, UGC NET is held for about 100 subjects.  

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Level of Difficulty

100

200

Medium

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