All You Need To Know About UGC NET

UGC NET exam is one of the most prestigious exams in India. The National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC). This exam is conducted for several posts like Assistant Professorship, and Junior Research Fellowship.  If you are someone who is willing to go ahead in the field of economics and make a career in a research program, UGC NET is going to be the foundation block for it. As soon as you qualify in your UGC NET exam, you become eligible to apply for Junior Research Fellowship, wherein you get the opportunity to study courses like M.Phil. or Ph.D. from institutions that come under the University Grants Commission.

UGC NET Exam age limit

  • Assistant Professorship:There is no age limit for UGC NET Assistant Professorship.
  • Junior Research Fellowship:The upper age limit is 30 years. The age relaxation will be applicable for reserved categories candidates as per the government of India norms

Preparation strategy for UGC NET

Success in competitive exams like UPSC heavily depends on having the right strategy with robust preparation. The right attitude and focus can help you beat other aspirants and stay a step ahead, for which expert guidance is essential.There is a lot of misconception regarding this paper as people think that it is a general paper and they don’t need to study for it and it is the main reason why many people are not able to qualify this exam. If you’re preparing for UGC NET then chances are you’re focusing a lot of your time on paper 2. What most students fail to understand is that paper 1, which is the general paper for all the UGC NET aspirants, is more important as it is the deciding factor between qualifying and not qualifying the examination. Here are the three main reasons why you shouldn’t neglect paper 1 for UGC NET examination no matter how hard you prepare for paper 2.

  1. No matter how hard you prepare for your paper 2 you can’t cover everything as the syllabus is so vast that it is almost impossible to cover everything and about 30% of the paper is unpredictable which might also put you in a tough spot. While the syllabus for paper 1 is quite limited so if you qualify the paper 1 the chances of you qualifying the exam increases exponentially.
  2. Even if you score full marks in paper 2 you might not be able to clear the cut off for JRF unless you have a good score in paper 1.
  3. Due to the limited syllabus in paper 1 you can cover the syllabus easily and score well to ensure your selection in UGC NET exam.  

Books to read for UGC NET 

  1. Micro Economics: H.L Ahuja (best for gaining horizontal knowledge) 
  2. Macro Economics: Richard Froyen ( very descriptive view about macroeconomics, classical economic thought etc.)
  3. Growth and Development: R.K Lekhi ( good for gaining horizontal knowledge)
  4. Public Finance: H.L Bhatia (a must read book for public finance)
  5. International economic: Dominik Salvatore ( Since the book is 600 pages long, you need to pick the important topics from the syllabus and refer the books for them)
  6. Stats: S.P Gupta ( for selective reading and covers a vast amount of syllabus)
  7. Indian Economy: Mishra and Puri or Datt and Sundaram 
  8. Econometrics: Namodar Gujrati or Damodar Gujrati 
  9. Demography: M.L Jhingam 
  10. Industry: Mishra and Puri  
  11. Agriculture: Mishra and Puri 
  12. Monetray: S.B Gupta 

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