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UGC NET Exam Analysis 2022- Difficulty Level, Weightage, Previous Years' Paper Analysis

Updated By Vaibhav Bansal on 30 Jun, 2022 16:28

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UGC NET Exam Analysis 2022 Overview

UGC-NET is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) twice every year. UGC NET is conducted in order to check the eligibility of the Indian candidates for the post  of ‘Assistant Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ in Indian universities and colleges. Till 2018, UGC-NET paper was conductdd by the CBSE in 84 subjects at 91 cities across the country. However from the year 2018, UGC NET exam is being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Candidates who appear for UGC NET exam are awarded  Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and/ or Eligibility for Assistant Professorship on the basis of their performance in  Paper-I and Paper-II of UGC-NET. Candidates who qualify for the Assistant Professorship  are not considered eligible for the JRF. andidates who qualify the eligibility test for Assistant Professorship are governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/colleges/state governments, as the case may be.

In the following article, UGC NET paper analysis for Paper-1 and Paper-2 has been discussed. The UGC NET paper analysis for the year 2022 will eb made available soon after the exam  has been conducted by the NTA agency. Candidates can take an idea from the given information about the UGC-NET examination as what is going to be the difficulty level of UGC NET 2022, preparation/weightage of topics,  topic-wise distribution of questions,  important topics, commonly asked questions, and the number of good attempts. 

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UGC NET Exam Analysis 2022

UGC NET Paper Analysis  2022 will be made available here once the exam has been conducte by the NTA. UGC NET exam 2022 will be conducted by NTA for a total of 84 subjects. UGC NET 2022 exam will be conducted all across the India in 541 cities. UGC NET paper analysis will help the candidates to understand the difficulty level of the examination. Along with that various other information will also be provided in the paper analysis such as type of questios asked, important topics, sub-topics of different important topics, marking scheme, number of attempts, etc.

In the following sections, UGC NET paper analysis for previous years have been provided. Candidates can go through the article in order to understand the previous year paper 1 and paper 2 analysis of UGC NET exam. Candidates can take an idea from the previous year paper analysis as what kind of questions are asked in the UCG NET paper and what is the difficulty level of the paper. Accordingly, candidates can then prepare for UGC NET 2022 exam which is scheduled to be conducted in the month of July and August. Along with that, candidates can also check the important dates which has also been provided in the given artice as to check about the different events related to UGC NET 2022 exam. 

UGC NET 2021 Paper Analysis (Available)

UGC NET 2021 is being conducted from November 20 to December 5. You can check the detailed question paper analysis of the UGC NET 2021 Paper 1 exam here. Along with the day-wise analysis, the memory-based questions for Paper 1 will also be available here. 

DateMajor Highlights of AnalysisDetailed Analysis Link
November 20, 2021Paper 1 in Shift 1 was moderately easy, but there were some difficult questions from Reasoning. Methods of Teaching had decent weightage followed by classroom communication, barriers to communication etc. Overall, Mathematics and Reasoning were a bit calculative and time-consuming. On the other hand, the difficulty level of Shift 2 was moderate. Reasoning & Mathematics questions seemed a bit difficultUGC NET 20th November 2021 Question Paper Analysis
November 21, 2021Paper 1 was tricky and moderate in terms of difficulty level. Compared to the Day 1 exam, students found Day 2 exam a bit difficult. However, topics that were asked the previous day have been repeated in Day 2 exam. Some students expressed that the Indian Logic questions were complicated. -
November 22, 2021Paper 1 was relatively tough in Shift 1 and Paper 2 - Political Science was easy to moderate in Shift 1 & moderate to difficult in Shift 2. Paper 1 had a good number of questions from Indian Logic. On the other hand, the questions in Paper 2 were more factual than conceptual. 35+ can be considered as decent attempts in Paper 1 and almost 60 questions in Political Science (Paper 2) were easily doable.UGC NET 22nd November 2021 Question Paper Analysis
November 24, 2021In Shift 1, Paper 1 was tough and Paper 2 (Economics) was easy. Surprisingly, there were fewer questions from Research Aptitude and 9 questions from Higher Education. UGC NET 24th November 2021 Question Paper Analysis
November 29, 2021The difficulty level of Paper 1 was moderate, and most of the questions were assertation/ statement-based. Paper 2 (History) was moderate, but the questions from the Medival India part were difficult. UGC NET 29th November 2021 Question Paper Analysis
November 30, 2021Paper 1 was moderately difficult but Paper 2 (Management) was tough. Paper 2 had more questions from the Marketing topic (almost 10+). In Paper 1, there were fewer questions from Teaching & Research Aptitude but more questions from ICT and MathsUGC NET 29th November 2021 Question Paper Analysis
December 1, 2021Paper 1 was moderate to tough while Paper 2 (English Literature) was easy to moderate. English Literature questions were majorly conceptual than memory-based. Teaching & Aptitude questions in Paper 1 are tricky. UGC NET 1st December 2021 Question Paper Analysis

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UGC NET 2020 Exam Analysis

The UGC NET 2020 was conducted from September 24 to November 05, 2020. The students can check the shift wise UGC NET 2020 exam analysis from this page. Once the exam is over, we will also update the questions and tentative answer keys for UGC NET 2020.

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UGC NET 2019 Exam Analysis (June 2019, 2018)

UGC-NET 2019 paper analysis is now available at CollegeDekho for the UGC-NET 2019 examination which is being conducted between 20 June 2019 and 28 June 2019. Paper I and Paper II are the two papers for which the UGC-NET 2019 examination is being currently conducted. Candidates seeking eligibility for Assistant Professor or both Assistant Professor and JRF have to appear for both the Paper I and Paper II of UGC-NET 2019.

The UGC-NET 2019 Paper I consists of 50 questions in total and each question carries 2 marks. The maximum mark for the UGC-NET 2019 Paper I is 100 whereas the Paper II of UGC-NET 2019 consists of 100 questions and likewise, each question carries 2 marks. The test is being conducted in online mode or in other words it is called Computer-Based Test (CBT).

National Testing Agency (NTA) is conducting the UGC-NET 2019 Paper I and Paper II in two shifts where Paper I is compulsory for all the candidates and Paper II is based on the subjects chosen by the candidates. 20 minutes extra time is being alloted to those candidates belonging to PwD category. There is no negative marking in this year’s UGC-NET examination. Detailed analysis of Paper I and Paper II of UGC-NET 2019 is given below.

UGC-NET 2019 Paper I Detailed Analysis (Conducted on 20 June 2019)

The UGC-NET 2019 Paper I, which was conducted on 20 June 2019 during the first shift, was moderately difficult according to the candidates. If the candidates are to be believed, then the UGC-NET 2019 Paper I was based on the UGC-NET previous year question papers. They also feel that the difficulty level of this year’s paper saw a marginal dip compared to the previous year. The students found the Mathematical and Analytical Reasoning section to be the most difficult amongst all the sections. Some students also found the Computer Knowledge section a tad more difficult. Overall, the Paper I of UGC-NET 2019 examination was doable and anybody who has solved enough number of mock test papers and previous year papers will fare well in the exam.

UGC-NET 2019 Paper II Detailed Analysis (Conducted on 20 June 2019)

Over 1000 candidates appeared for the UGC-NET 2019 Paper II exam out of which majority of the candidates appeared for the History, Linguistic Subjects and Mass Communication. Speaking to the test takers, CollegeDekho deduced that the Paper II of UGC-NET 2019 exam was moderately tough. Although there were some unexpected and uncertain questions, the candidates seemed quite confident of cracking the exam with ease.

Paper II History Analysis

Students who appeared for the UGC-NET 2019 Paper II History subject found the exam to be easier than the previous year. The students, however, could identify some minor changes that NTA made to this year’s Paper II exam. Despite the inclusion of subjective questions, this year’s UGC-NET Paper II History subject was easy.

Paper II Mass Communication Analysis

The Mass Communication subject of UGC-NET 2019 Paper II was moderately difficult, opined the test takers. Except for some questions related to old topics such as names of Authors, Books, Movies etc, the Mass Communication subject was easier as compared with the previous year’s Mass Communication paper.

Paper II Linguistics Analysis

UGC-NET 2019 Paper II for Linguistics was also moderately difficult as per the students who appeared for the same. Some questions, however, that were based on Syntax, for eg, Generative Syntax, Traditional and Structural Syntax were the ones which the test takers found to be difficult. Historical Linguistics based questions were, however, easy in the opinion of the candidates. Overall, the candidates felt that Paper II for UGC-NET 2019 exam was on the easier side compared to the previous year.

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

Levelof Difficulty

100

200

Medium

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UGC NET (December 2019) Exam Analysis (All Shifts)

UGC NET (December) 2019 exam is currently being conducted from December 02, 2019, to December 06, 2019. As the exam is being conducted in online mode, candidates can check the day-wise analysis of the exam. The exam is being conducted shift wise. The candidates can check the detailed analysis of UGC NET Paper I and Paper II (subject wise) on CollegeDekho. According to the past trends, UGC NET paper I exam is going to be moderate in terms of difficulty level. 

UGC NET Exam Review for December 05, 2019 (Morning & Afternoon Shifts)

UGC NET shift 7 & 8 exam was conducted on December 05, 2019, and the candidates can check the detailed question paper review below -

  • The question paper in both the shifts was moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty.
  • There were questions on Higher Education.
  • There were questions on Positivism.
  • Shift 2 on December 05 was a bit difficult compared to shift 1.
  • Coding and De-Coding questions featured, and the digits or numbers that were given were 2, 6, 30, 60, 130, 210. The answer to the same is 350.
  • From Mathematics, there was a question from Simple Interest, Compound Interest and also there was a question on Surface Area. 
  • Questions based on Pipes and Cistern was also featured in the exam.
  • There were many questions on Logic.

UGC NET Shift 5 & 6 Analysis (Live Now) - December 04

UGC NET Shift 5 & 6 exam was conducted on December 04, 2019.  According to the response received from students, the shift 4 & 5 analysis of UGC NET December 2019 is as follows -

  • Compared to the previous shifts of the exam, Shift 5 & 6 turned out to be bit difficult for students. The question paper was a combination of both easy and tough questions.
  • There were questions on Higher Education. Fare justice is given to all the subjects. However, some questions turned out to be a shock for students.
  • In Data Interpretation, the questions were easy in Shift 5 & 6. Subjects were given in DI topic where students need to derive marks and percentage. This question was given in Shift 5. 
  • In shift 5, there was a question on years and production of a company from Data Interpretation. The students were asked to figure out percentages and values.
  • According to sources, one question did not have the right answer in the DI section of Paper I. 
  • From Teaching and Research, the questions in two shifts were simple. However, this section was lengthy. There was a question 'Who has the authority for Subject Monitoring', and the right answer is 'Teacher'.
  • Effective Teaching questions also featured in the exam.
  • From Research, there were questions on Steps of Research. 
  • There was also a question on Sampling Error.
  • Overall, Research and Teaching topics were easy in these two shifts.
  • Environment topic turned out to be difficult for students in Shift 5.
  • There were questions on National Parks (549) and the Number of Wildlife Sanctuaries (104) in India.
  • There was a question on Soli Size. The candidates need to arrange the Soil Size in an order. The options were Gravel, Sand Silt and Clay. 
  • There was also a question on the Montreal Protocol.

UGC NET Shift 3 Analysis 2019 (Live Now) - December 03

UGC NET Shift 3 exam is concluded, and according to the response received from students, the question paper was easy to moderate. Some topics in Paper I such as Data Interpretation turned to be easy for students, and there are some questions on contemporary topics like 4GL - 4th Generation Language. There were also questions about Classroom Communication and Effective Teaching. The highlights of Shift 3 are as follows-

  • There were questions on Ration, CI, Blood Relation and Number System
  • ICT was tough in Shift 3 but answerable. Candidates with good practice of mock test might have easily attempted these questions.
  • There is a question on Compound Interest also.
  • Under the 4GL question, Python is the right answer.
  • There was also a memory-based question.
  • There is a Match the following question from Environment topic.
  • Some students mentioned that the question paper in Shift 3 of UGC NET was moderate. 
  • There is a question on Decibels. The right answer may be 60-65 decibels. 
  • There are no questions on Goals and Millennium. 
  • Communication questions are easy in Shift 3.
  • LR is a tough section, and there were questions on Square Opposition, Fallacy, Pramman, Inductive Reasoning
  • DI is the easiest section, and there was a question on Laptop sales. 
  • From Research Aptitude, the number of questions was around 5.
  • Under Research, there was a question on Hypothesis, and there is one question on the post-positivism. 
  • There was also a question on NITI Aayog. Students appearing for next shifts may also expect questions on NITI Aayog. There will be questions on MHRD and Higher Education in the next shifts. 
  • There was also a question on Kothari commission, and it was an easy question.

    UGC NET (December) 2019 Paper I Live Analysis (Shift 2) - December 2nd

    The second shift of the UGC NET 2019 was conducted between 14:30 HRS and 17:30 HRS. As per the feedback received from the students who appeared for the second shift of the UGC NET 2019 exam on 02nd December, the question paper was moderately difficult. Check out the table below for a detailed subject-wise analysis of UGC NET 2019 paper shift-II conducted between the aforementioned hours on December 2nd. 

    TopicDifficulty Level
    Maths & Reasoning    Moderate
    Data Interpretation    Easy
    Logical ReasoningDifficult
    Research Aptitude    Difficult
    People & EnvironmentModerate
    CommunicationEasy to Moderate
    Higher Education SystemEasy
    Information and Communication Technology (ICT)    Moderate
    Reading ComprehensionEasy
    • Candidates expecting more than 35 are expected to be in a better position compared to the others

    UGC NET (December) 2019 Paper I Live Analysis (Shift 1) - (Live Now)

    The shift 1 exam of UGC NET December 2019 concluded by 12:30 PM, and the detailed analysis of Shift 1 has been updated below. According to the response received from students, the Paper I of UGC NET Shift 1 (December 2019) is as follows -

    • The difficulty level of the UGC NET (December) 2019 Paper I on Day 1 (Shift 1) is moderate to difficult, and the candidates did not face any difficulty in answering questions.
    • The topic wise Paper I analysis of UGC NET December 2019 (Shift 1) exam 2019 can be checked below -
    TopicTotal No. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    Teaching Aptitude11-13Difficult
    Reading Comprehension05Easy
    Research Aptitude09Difficult
    Mathematics4-5Easy to Moderate
    Communication5Moderate
    Maths5Moderate
    Logical Reasoning7-8Easy
    Data Interpretation05Moderate
    People & Environment3-4Difficult
    Higher Education System3-4Difficult

    UGC NET (December) Paper II Live Analysis (Subject Wise) - Available from December 02 to 06, 2019

    UGC NET Slot Wise Exam Schedule December 2019 - Click Here to Check

    UGC NET 2022 Exam Dates

    Given below is the table comprising important dates in context to UGC NET 2022:

    UGC NET 2022 EventsImportant Dates
    UGC NET NotificationApril 30, 2022
    Release of UGC NET Application form 2022April 30, 2022
    UGC NET Application Form ExtensionMay 24, 2022 to May 30, 2022 [5 pm]
    Last date to Pay Fee for UGC NET ApplicationMay 30, 2022 [11:50 pm]
    Opening of Correction Window for Application Form May 31, 2022 to June 1, 2022 (09 pm)
    Downloading of UGC NET Admit Card 2022July 5, 2022 
    UGC NET 2022 Exam Dates
    • July 8, 2022
    • July 9, 2022
    • July 11, 2022
    • July 12, 2022
    • August 12, 2022
    • August 13, 2022
    • August 14, 2022
    Duration of UGC Exam 2022 for Paper-1 and Paper-2180 minutes (03 hours)
    No break between Paper 1 & Paper 2
    Timing of UGC NET ExaminationFirst Shift: 9.00 am to 12.00 pm
    Second Shift: 03.00 pm to 06.00 pm 
    UGC NET Answer Key 2022Will be Available Soon
    UGC NET 2022 Result DateWill be Available Soon

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    FAQs about UGC NET Exam Analysis

    How many questions are asked for the Logical Reasoning section at UGC NET exam?

    There are 7-8 questions asked for Logical Reasoning section at UGC NET exam.

    Were there any negative marks for wrong answers in UGC NET?

    Yes, negative marks were there for wrong answers in UGC NET?

    How many questions are asked for the Teaching Aptitude section at UGC NET exam?

    There are 11-13 questions asked for Teaching Aptitude section at UGC NET exam.

    How was the difficulty level of Teaching Aptitude for UGC NET?

    The difficulty level of Teaching Aptitude for UGC NET was difficult.

    How was the difficulty level of Reading Comprehension for UGC NET?

    The difficulty level of Reading Comprehension for UGC NET was easy.

    Were there logic questions for UGC NET?

    Yes, there were various logic questions in UGC NET.

    What questions were there for Mathematics subject in UGC NET?

    In UGC NET, Mathematics had a question from Simple Interest, Compound Interest and Surface Area.

    How was the difficulty level of mathematics for UGC NET?

    The difficulty level of mathematics for UGC NET was moderate to tough.

    How many students appeared for the exam?

    Almost 1 lakh students appeared for the exam

    Which shift was tougher for UGC NET 2021?

    Shift 2 for UGC NET was a bit difficult compared to shift 1.

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