The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the UGC NET exam to determine the eligibility of candidates for the post of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship. The exam comprises two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, and tests the candidates’ knowledge in their respective subject areas.
Paper 1 is a general paper that assesses the candidates’ reasoning ability, comprehension, and divergent thinking. It consists of 50 questions, each carrying 2 marks, and the total duration of the exam is 1 hour. While preparing for the exam, candidates often focus on the content and overlook the importance of avoiding silly mistakes in Paper 1.
To help you avoid these errors and improve your chances of success, we have compiled a list of 10 NTA UGC NET Exam Tips To Avoid Silly Mistakes in Paper 1.
Many-a-times, the only difference between Qualified & Non-Qualified is silly mistakes that you commit in the exam, rather than lack of knowledge…
In the recent past, I have seen many students take Paper 1 very lightly thinking that it is very easy to clear Paper 1 of the NTA UGC NET EXAM.
Candidates think they can easily score 80 + on paper 1 but the exam by solving 40 questions but they perform poorly only due to lack of practice or a common mistake made by them!
10 NTA UGC NET Exam Tips To Avoid Silly Mistakes in Paper 1
1#1. Regular study of Paper 1 was not done by students
This is conman’s misconception that paper 1 is too easy to score 80 + marks however when you see the syllabus of net paper 1 you will get to know that it’s very vast and can’t be covered in a few days of study.
Don’t lose a golden chance to study paper 1 in the last seven days(many students still do).
Regular study is required at least for a few topics of research and teaching aptitude.
2#2. The study schedule for Paper 1 is missing from the timetable
Paper 2 is important so is paper 1, you should not forget to include schedules for paper 1 in your timetable window.
You may give less time to this but.. don’t forget its importance.
3#3. The importance of Teaching and Research Topics was ignored
This is especially the case with science students ..they feel cheated when starting the topics related to research and teaching aptitude .. which makes them unhappy and they skip these topics by saying “I will solve the other 40 questions.. let’s forget these topics “.
There might be a chance that the questions from these topics will be easy in the exam..but you can’t solve them as you skipped those area topics.
Also if you are planning to join PhD…In your academics teaching aptitude & research aptitude will be helpful while writing your thesis.
Which in turn affects the overall score. So don’t neglect
4#4. Overconfident students make no Revision to Basic Mathematics
There is a very easy question in the mathematical reasoning part.. then all you need to know and revise is the basic mathematics of level 10.
there is a recent addition to the philosophy topics in the Logical reasoning syllabus…so make sure you include them in your study plan!
5#5. Data Interpretation basic concept of statistics ignored
For most of the years in the past ..it has been observed that the DI part is very easy to score.. as they are generally based on Statistics questions and calculate average, mean, max, etc.
You can refer to my tips on DI Part!
6#6. Information and Communication Technology Syllabus Ignored by Arts Students
Definitions, abbreviations, and terminology are very important for Information and Communication Technology so make sure you know them well[ especially for Arts Students]
ICT books of class 12 and basic terminology will help you here…(Computer Science students have the edge here over others)
7#7. Candidates don’t follow policy changes in the Higher Education System
- India’s higher education system is the third-largest in the world. Its Changing Landscape of Higher Education needs you to be updated with recent changes. UGC site can be accessed for updated info.
- You should also follow some Govt. sites related to Higher Education in India
- School Education System Update Indian Gov Updates.
8#8. No Practice with sample paper/previous paper/ test series done
Solving the last 15 years of previous papers will make your success definite.. treat the practice set as the real exam and solve as many as questions you can.
There are many blogs and practice sets available for this.
You can solve multiple tests on online mock tests for free, wherein you are shown the test analysis as to how much time you are spending on each question and the time spent on correct answers, wrong answers, and unattended questions, which can help you immensely in managing time better.
Going forward test will be only in online mode so make sure to join the online test offered by various Coaching institutes!
As you practice and take tests on, watch your score improve exponentially!
9#9. Study 10th standard books for People and environment ignored
Basic knowledge of People and the environment is judged based on a few general questions based on environmental study.. most of the time it has been seen the questions were o taken from standard 10 textbooks.
10#10. Study each topic as 5 questions will come from each topic
Don’t Skip Any topic as all the 10 Sections are equally important and marks and question distribution for all of them are the same. but never quit.
Keep notes of this silly thing in your mind and I hope you can easily get good marks on paper 1 to ACE YOUR NET EXAM!
All the Best!
Many of life’s failures are those people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Give your best to UGC NET Exam Paper 1 to strike ahead in the competition!