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Last One Week Strategy for UGC NET Exam

UGC NET is a national level examination conducted to test the eligibility of the candidates aspiring to become Assistant Professors/Lecturers and pursue research work in their field of specialization. University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is one of the toughest exams to crack and candidates are advised to take the UGC NET exam preparations very seriously. The UGC NET exam 2021 will be conducted from 20th November to 5th December 2021. It is highly recommended for the candidates appearing in the UGC NET exam 2021 to pull up their socks and get ready for the final stage of UGC NET exam preparation 2021.

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UGC NET 2021: Exam Pattern

Whether it’s the first week of preparation for the last week of preparation for the UGC NET exam 2021, a quick read of the exam pattern helps you analyse and determine your level of preparedness. Take a look at the exam pattern and check what you have already covered or not, your weak and strong points, and how you are going to schedule your time for everything that needs to be looked at.

Schedule Paper-I  Paper-II
Total Questions 50 Questions 100 Questions
Total Marks 100 marks 200 marks
Exam nature Bilingual (English and Hindi) Bilingual (English and Hindi)
Exam mode Online Online
UGC NET Passing Criteria 40% marks 40% marks
  • People and Environment
  • Higher Education System: Governance, Polity, and Administration
  • Data Interpretation, Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Reasoning (Including Mathematics)
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Teaching Aptitude
  • Research Aptitude
Based on the subject chosen by the applicants

UGC NET 2021: Syllabus

The UGC NET Exam 2021 is divided into two papers- Paper-I and Paper-II. Paper -II is subject oriented. So, candidates are requested to go through the syllabus of their respective subjects. The Paper-I is compulsory and common. The candidates can go through the syllabus by looking at the bottom table.

Subjects Sub-Topics
Research Aptitude
  • Research: Meaning, Characteristics, and Types
  • Methods of Research
  • Paper, Article, Workshop, Seminar, Conference, and Symposium
  • Steps of Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Thesis writing: its characteristics and format
Teaching Aptitude
  • Teaching: Nature, Objectives, Characteristics and Basic Requirements
  • Evaluation Systems
  • Factors Affecting Teaching
  • Learner’s Characteristics
  • Teaching Aids
  • Methods of Teaching
Reading Comprehension
  • Comprehensive Passage
  • Set of Associated Questions
Reasoning (Including Mathematics)
  • Number Series
  • Letter Series
  • Codes
  • Classification
  • Relationship
  • Communication Nature
  • Types of Communication
  • Characteristics
  • Barriers
  • Effective Classroom Communication
Logical Reasoning
  • Venn Diagram
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Reasoning Logical Diagrams: Simple Diagrammatic Relationship, Multi-Diagrammatic Relationship
  • Understanding the Structure of Arguments
  • Verbal Analogies: Word Analogy — Applied Analogy
  • Evaluating and Distinguishing Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
  • Verbal Classification
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • ICT: Meaning, Advantages, Disadvantages, and Uses
  • Basics of Internet and E-Mailing
  • General Abbreviations and Terminology
Data Interpretation
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Sources, Acquisition and Interpretation of Data
  • Graphical Representation and Mapping of Data.
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
People and Environment
  • People and Environment Interaction
  • Pollutants and their Impact on Human Life, Exploitation of Natural and Energy Resources
  • Sources of Pollution
  • Natural Hazards and Mitigation

Last One Week Strategy for UGC NET Exam

With only a week left to prepare for your UGC NET exam, candidates need to focus on their revision stage. This is the time when you have to work out a routine that will help you revise what you have studied so far. Ideally, you have already gone through your syllabus at least once by now. Thus, attempting mock tests twice or thrice a day is recommended. Read on the following points for more strategic plans and tips to help you crack the UGC NET Exam:

Pomodoro Technique:

Last week before the UGC NET exam is very crucial for the appearing candidates. One of the best approaches to follow this week is the Pomodoro technique. This technique helps you gain optimal focus and concentration along with accentuated motivation. It helps you fine-tune your time management skills. With this technique, you can divide your time into small instalments of 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break. Your target is to revise 1 or more related topics in this 25-minute instalment. The 5-minute break will help you with retention power. The beauty of this technique is that you will be able to cover more topics within specified time modules without feeling burned out. You will be able to focus on your revision for a longer time without feeling drained out and stressed.

Surgical scrutiny of mistakes:

This is another type of approach you can adapt while revising for the UGC NET exam 2021. As the name suggests, in this technique you will be raging a surgical strike and scrutinizing your mistakes. You will have to focus on your weak spots and mistakes you have committed earlier during your preparation. When you will surgically scrutinize your mistakes and work on them, then your chances of committing these mistakes will decrease drastically. Your chance of achieving a better percentile in the UGC NET exam 2021 will increase exponentially.

Interleaved practice:

This technique allows you to schedule more than one subject or topic using more than one form of learning or practicing. It helps you decrease the fatigue and boredom of studying the same subject at a stretch. In this technique, you can mix and match the method of learning as well. For example, you can study one or more topics in a sitting followed by a short mock test on that topic or any other topic. Then you can watch an informative video on another subject followed by a revision of your handmade notes of another subject or notes. In this way, you will be able to avoid the distraction and worry of not covering enough topics and sub-topics.

Attempt Multiple Mock Tests:

Schedule your revision sessions in such a way that you can attempt mock tests twice or thrice a day. Even if you don’t attempt a full mock test, try to go for a partial mock test based on specific topics. However, attempting one full mock test with time restraints is mandatory to reinforce the practice of time management and accurate problem-solving.

Take time to Recuperate:

No matter how strategically you schedule your last week of preparation for UGC NET Exam 2021, you are bound to feel the pressure building up. It is highly recommended that you take enough time to rest. Get a good night sleep of at least 7-8 hours during this last week. This will help your body to recuperate from your hectic study routine. On the last day before the exam, you have to take ample time for a good night’s sleep to be able to give your best the next day.

Positive Approach:

It is very important to have a positive approach towards your study plans, strategy, exam and life. If you don’t believe in what you are doing, then you will get disoriented by the time the exam approaches. Have a positive approach. Trust in yourself and have faith in your preparations.


Remember, all your hard work will never pay off if you compromise with your health and neglect proper rest. The balanced routine with enough time to study and sleep will help you crack the UGC NET Exam 2021. Your preparation should have a positive approach.

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