UGC (University Grants Commission) Entrance Exams– Effective tips for Preparation

The University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine candidates who are eligible for lectureship and to award them Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). This test is conducted only for Indian nationals and also to ensure minimum standards for candidates willing to take up teaching professions and research. This test is conducted in various branches like humanities (languages included), Electronic Science, Social Sciences, Forensic Science and Computer Science and Applications.
The council of scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conduct the UGC- CSIR NET for many other science subjects like Physical sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences and life sciences. CSIR-UGC NET is conducted jointly with the UGC and this test is conducted twice a year. UGC Entrance Exams are conducted to identify the candidates for JRF and encourage them in research and development. CSIR-UGC NET and the test for Junior Research Fellowship is being conducted since 1984. This examination is conducted twice a year in the months of June and December. The notifications regarding the exam are published in the months of March and September in nationwide circulation and employment news.
NET for major science subjects are conducted jointly by CSIR and UGC and the concerned notifications are issued separately. UGC Entrance Exam application forms are available in the official website of UGC i.e.

UGC Entrance Exams Preparation

The UGC entrance exams are mainly conducted to identify the best students who can teach and also perform research. Thousands of candidates apply every year and this makes it a tougher exam. Candidates can follow these instructions for UGC Entrance Exams Preparation:

1) Thorough understanding of the subject: It is very essential to study the syllabus and sections covered in the examination.
2) Time management: Set yourself a time limit and practice accordingly.
3) Improve speed and also try to develop good handwriting and good speed.
4) Good introductions and conclusions are very necessary to answer the questions.
5) Prepare for critical and evaluate answers for each of the topics covered in the examination.

UGC Entrance Exams Preparation demands quality time and good determination. It is necessary that you refer good books for study and manage time. Speed and accuracy are very essential and this comes only with good preparation.

UGC Preparation Books

There are many UGC Preparation Books which are very helpful in preparation. These books include details syllabus, examination pattern, solved questions papers and mock tests. There are separate books published for various subjects and include details syllabus and study strategy. Some of the well known UGC Preparation Books are listed below:

1) UGC NET/SET: Management: This book is written by M. Shivani and is a excellent book for preparation.
2) UGC-NET Management Previous Years' Papers (Solved) (Paper I, II & III): This book is written by R Gupta and includes solved question papers for reference.
3) UGC NET/SET Management Guide (Paper II & III) Exam Guide: This book is written by P N Singh and is a good guide for candidates preparing for UGC- NET examination.
Management: For UGC-NET/SLET (Objective Type Questions): This book is published by the Atlantic Research Division and this book consists of objective type questions for practice.


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