By Karan Vir Singh Madaan

Tips and Techniques to prepare for UGC NET By Karan Vir Singh Madaan

UGC NET Exam – National Eligibility Test (NET) is a national level exam conducted in India by University Grants Commission (UGC). This test enables Post Graduate students to qualify for university level teaching jobs in India and also to seek admissions in PhD level programmes. The test ensures that a candidate qualifies for the minimum standards in the teaching profession and research. The test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Commerce, Management to name a few. There are 99 subjects for which the UGC Exam is conducted. The Yoga has been added as the latest subject.

Career options after Qualifying in UGC Net Exam

Once you clear UGC NET, you become eligible to become Assistant Professor or pursue Junior Research Fellowship in distinguished universities. The vacancies are announced from time to time and you have to apply for the same.

Assistant Professor

Once you clear NET, you can apply for the post of a Assistant Professor as and when the vacancies are announced by the colleges and universities. While clearing NET is a must have criteria in many colleges and universities, the final appointment will depend on how well you fare in the interview conducted by the concerned university.

Junior Research Fellowship


Junior Research Fellowship is for those who have their heart set on research. You become eligible for the Junior Research Fellowship if you have applied for it in your application form and you have subsequently cleared NET. Once you get selected, then you can pursue research in any prestigious university and get the tuition fees reimbursed. In some universities, the students even get direct admission into MPhil programmes.

Tips and Techniques to prepare for UGC NET

  • Preparing well in time: While the preparation for UGC Net Exam starts while undergoing Post Graduate Course. Once Post Graduation is complete, a focused preparation of three to six months is mandatory. Preparation should be planned and implemented in such a manner that it leaves scope for revision also.
  • Refer to past questions: The previous years’ question helps the career aspirant to get familiarity with pattern of the exam. Try to solve at least few of them. This will give you an idea of what to expect in the exam and also build the confidence in you. Take help of the teachers or seniors if required. Better if can make a list of important topics, though it is a objective pattern now.
  • Gaining familiarity with the syllabus: Run through the syllabus thoroughly. It is important that you understand the syllabus completely and prepare for each topic accordingly. As all papers are objective now, do not leave out any topic.
  • Prioritising the subjects: Out of the three papers, Paper II and Paper III will be based on the subject of your choice, while Paper I will be based on General Awareness and aptitude. It is very important that you have a complete hold over your subject, as you can score well there. While focusing your attention on the subject papers, start preparing for the General Awareness test by solving sample papers.

UGC Net Paper I, is not merely qualifying now, its marks are calculated towards the final score also. Thus, students are taking this paper seriously now. Earlier, Paper I was qualifying in nature, one had to score only 40% in this paper, only then Paper II and Paper III would be evaluated.

  • Making personal notes: This is applicable for all the subjects and Paper I also. These notes work as a kind of “ready reckoner” once the exam is nearing fast. In general go for big page note books or registers, divide the page into three columns – on the left hand side, write main topics, titles, serial number etc, the middle column is for main discussion of the topic, and right hand side for any addition, updations, references etc that may be required to be done at some later date. The notes help in revision. The same may be done in case of Paper I also.
  • Build upon speed and quality of preparation: While your aim should be on completing all the topics mentioned in the syllabus, quality must also be kept in mind. While preparing, concentrate on improving the quality of your preparation, which means you can concentrate more on zeroing down on what exactly has to be studied and how much has to be studied.
  • Time management: Time management depends upon the nature of subject. Some subjects are purely theoretical, some are technical and some are both. Utilise time in an efficient manner. Have a strategy in place as to how to complete all the questions within the given time. It is best if you time yourself while preparing the subjects.
  • Be confident: There is no substitute of confidence. Confidence is the outcome of your degree of preparation. Once you decide that you have to eke out a distinguished career in the teaching, UGC Net Exam is the stepping stone.

All The Best and Do Your Best

K V S Madaan is Founding Director cum faculty at, a Mock Test platform for various prestigious competitive exams. He has more than eighteen years of rich teaching and research experience. He has worked as Associate Director, School of Business Management, Arni University, Kangra; Director, Punjab Business School, Mohali and Head of Department – Management, MM University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh; and also as Faculty for Management with Chandigarh University, SAS Nagar-Mohali. He has helped thousands of career aspirants to realise their goals. A trainer cum keynote speaker of many UGC and AICTE sponsored Faculty Development Programmes; he has conducted training sessions with many renowned institutes across the country.