The National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by University Grants Commission (UGC) under the National Educational Testing Bureau will be held on 29th December 2013. The national-level NETqualifies candidates for the role of Assistant Professor and for Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) in Indian Universities and Colleges. The test consists of 3 Papers, 1 compulsory and 2 optional. As the exam approaches its time to study, after all soon you may be the one teaching! Here are some tips for the compulsory Paper I.
The Paper I exam tests the Teaching/Research aptitude of the aspirant and consists of 60 objective type multiple choice questions out of which 50 questions are to be attempted. Each question is worth 2 marks and the maximum marks for the exam is 100. Minimum qualifying marks are 40 marks (40%) for General and 35 marks (35%) for SC/ST/OBC/PWD. The Paper is divided into 10 sections, with 5 questions being based on each section.
1. Teaching Aptitude: nature, objectives, characteristics and basic requirements; Learner's characteristics; factors affecting teaching; Methods of teaching; Teaching aids; Evaluation systems
2. Research Aptitude: Research meaning, characteristics and types; steps of research; methods of research; research ethics; paper, article, workshop, seminar, conference and symposium; thesis writing its characteristics and format
3. Reading Comprehension
4. Communication: nature, characteristics, types, barriers and effective classroom communication
5. Reasoning (including mathematical): Number series, letter series, codes, relationships, classification
6. Logical Reasoning: Understanding the structure of arguments; evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning; verbal analogies, word analogy, applied analogy; verbal classification; reasoning logical diagrams; analytical reasoning
7. Data Interpretation: Sources, acquisition and interpretation of data; quantitative and qualitative data; graphical representation and mapping of data
8. Information and Communication Technology: ICT meaning, advantages, disadvantages and uses; General abbreviations and terminology; Basics of internet and emailing
9. People and Environment: People and environment interaction; sources of pollution; pollutants and their impact on human life, exploitation of natural and energy resources, natural hazards and mitigation
10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity and Administration; Structure of the institutions for higher learning and research in India; formal and distance education; professional/technical and general education; value education; governance, polity and administration; concept, institutions and their interactions.
- Understand the paper pattern thoroughly. Its important to answer 50 questions you know rather than answering more because if you answer more than 50 questions only the first 50 will be counted regardless if questions after the first 50 are answered correctly
- Follow a methodical pattern of studying for maximum benefits
- Prepare a study schedule including as many varied topics as you can and study accordingly
- Study basic concepts in mass communication for the communication topic
- Study each topic as 5 questions will definitely come from each topic
- Its important to study Teaching and Research in depth as the most difficult questions are usually in this section
- Revise basic mathematics concepts from class 10th, focusing mainly on understanding sets/patterns and improve approximation techniques
- Data Interpretation is generally based on statistics, so study statistics from class 10th to prepare
- Read any new material(not too long) and try summarizing it in a few points to practice for reading comprehension
- People and Environment should be prepared from Class 10th as well
- Information and Communication Technology and Higher Education System should be given sufficient time as both are material-heavy
- Prepare Information and Communication Technology and Higher Education System from books specified for UGC NET
- Use flash cards and charts for Information and Communication Technology,
- Definitions, abbreviations and terminology are very important for Information and Communication Technology so make sure you know them well
- Study for Higher Education System Governance, Polity and Administration using flowcharts
- Practice as many sample papers/previous year papers as you can to gain speed and accuracy
- Remember to check the sample paper/previous paper soon after completing it so you can identify and improve on your weak areas
Paper I is generally where candidates find difficulty as a few topics are new whereas the optional subjects are chosen according to the expertise and interest of the candidates. It's most important to be calm and use logic and you can easily clear Paper I of UGC NET Dec 2013.
Results are expected around April 2014.