10 Useful UGC NET Preparation Tips

By Barnali Barman
Last updated on 27th Sep 2021

UGC NET is a test conducted by the National Testing Agency to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for Assistant Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor in Indian universities and colleges. Although every year,  lakhs of students appear for this exam only a few are able to crack the exam.

Although there is no secret to success except hard work we have put our efforts to collect some useful UGC NET preparation tips from other candidates who cleared the exam successfully.

UGC NET Preparation Tips

Seeing the level of difficulty, it is hard to crack the exam without a proper strategy. Therefore, you need to plan properly. If you are also thinking of appearing for the UGC NET exam you should go through the following preparation tips.

1. Start Your Preparation Early

You should start to prepare for the UGC NET exam as early as possible. It will increase your possibility to crack the exam. The best approach will be to start preparation while doing your Master’s degree.

Early preparation will help you to keep abreast of the syllabus and the content of the study.

2. Know the Exam

Before preparing for an exam, you should know the exam very well. It will help you to take a proper approach towards the exam. You should know the syllabus and exam pattern.

To know the exam you should go through the previous years’ question paper and syllabus.

3. Prepare Notes

Preparing notes will make the revision easy. Make notes of each subject. It will help you to comprehend the topic without much difficulty.

You should prepare notes in an easily comprehensible manner so that you don’t have to face difficulties before the exam. Try to use a pen of different colours while making notes.


4. Previous Years’ Question Paper

Solving previous years’ question paper will give you an idea to prepare for the exam. By going through the question papers, you will be able to know the exam pattern as well as get an idea while preparing the notes. You won’t be confused about important topics.

By solving previous years’ question papers, you will also be able to manage your time during the exam.

5. Practise Mock Test

Try to practise as many mock tests as possible. It will help you to boost your preparation level. It will also help you to measure your preparation level.

By practising online mock tests you will also be able to get an idea regarding time management.

6. Collect Study Materials

By collecting study materials from proper sources, you won’t face difficulties while preparing for the exam. Collect those books which are good at clearing the concept.

Besides, don’t try to follow more than one book for every subject. It is more beneficial to revise one book many times rather than following more than one book only once.

7. Time Management

You should try to manage your time efficiently. Time management is the key to ace any exam. Once you have got the time management skill, nothing can restrain you from getting the desired result.

When you try to solve the mock test, you will be able to increase the speed and accuracy of solving questions.


8. Mistakes You Should Avoid

As per the new exam pattern, it is not necessary to finish the paper I within an hour. Therefore you may switch between the two sections during any stage of the exam.

Start with the section you are most comfortable with first. It will reduce your panic and help you to attempt the questions comfortably.

9. Take the Guidance

You should take guidance from other candidates who successfully cleared the exam or those who have experience of appearing in the exam. Their guidance will help you to learn from their mistakes.

10. Reach Earlier

Always try to reach the venue of the examination at the time mentioned in the admit card. If you become late, you will be nervous which may reduce the chance of attempting the questions efficiently. Even in a nervous state, you may forget to answer the question that you find easy.


By taking proper strategy and planning, one can clear the UGC NET exam easily. For that, you should understand yourself besides understanding the exam. Hard work and persistence can make happen anything.

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