To prepare for UGC NET JRF 2019 you need to have the right strategy and the right kind of books to brace your preparation.

Essentially, UGC NET JRF exam is conducted in Two Papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. While Paper 1 includes General Topics like Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Polity and Constitution, General Reasoning, Information and Communication Technology, Communication, People and Environment, etc. This paper is deemed to easier to crack and for scoring good marks.

Paper 2 is totally based on the subject you had chosen in your Graduation and Post-Graduation. Dedicated preparation for three months is required to crack this exam.

According to me, a minimum of 3 months of preparation is required to Prepare for UGC NET Examination. These 3 months can be divided into 2 months for Preparation and 1 month for ugc net Mock Tests.

Out of these 2 months for Preparation, you can allocate one month each for Paper 1 and Paper 2.

There are approximately 10 topics in Paper 1. You can give 3 days for each topic. In these 3 days, you can read about the topic for the first 2 days and the third day you can practice questions related to that topic. If you follow this approach, you will be able to complete the syllabus of UGC NET Paper 1 in one month and similarly, you can complete the syllabus of Paper 2 (Commerce) in one month.

Now, you have to start giving Mock Tests. Start with past years papers and that too move from old to recent past years papers. Make a set of 5 papers. Solve them and look for the subjects in which you are facing problems. Then you can start working on improving that subject.

Divide your subjects into three categories, i.e., Strong, Medium and Weak. Start your Preparation with Strong Subjects, then go with the medium one and at last the weak ones. The reason to follow this approach is that there is no sectional or subject-wise cutoff in NET Examination, you just need to maximize your score.

Now the question arises, How will you find out which are your strong subjects and which are the weak one. Doing this is quite simple, appear for 2–3 Mock Tests before you start your preparation. These mock tests will help you assess the following:

(a) The difference between your current preparation level and the level that is required to pass the exam.

(b) If you need to work on certain topics from scratch.

(c) If you are taking too much time in solving questions.

Then you can make a list of topics in the following categories:

(a) Topics that you are comfortable with and can solve quickly. - (Strong Subjects)

(b) Topics that you are comfortable with but taking time in solving. - (Medium Subjects)

(c) Topics that you have solved earlier but forgot the method of solving. - (Medium Subjects)

(d) Topics that you are not at all comfortable with. - (Weak Subjects)

I am assuming that till now you have got an idea that how are you going to structure your path. Also, I would like to mention that any exam, be it RBI, NABARD, SEBI or UGC NET, can be cracked with concrete determination and a sheer dedication towards your goal.

I just want to add that preparing for any competitive examination through self-study is not outlandish but just make sure that your targets and preparation is concrete. In case you want any kind of guidance then you can refer to my material also to prepare briskly for the examination. I myself have been qualified for a JRF in commerce in 2016 and JRF in Management in 2018 through self-study only hence you should also get rid of your doubts and start preparing for the examination.

I hope this helps.
All the Best!!

Author's Bio: 

Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 5 years of experience in the field of Education.