Change in Pattern of UGC NET in July 2018
The Pattern of UGC is changing from July 2018. So, how does it affect students appearing on 08 July 2018?
º Is there any change in the Syllabus of UGC NET? ………. The answer is NO
º Is there any change in type/difficulty of exam questions? ……….. The answer is NO
So what has really changed?
Until now, there were two papers for each subject (Paper-2 consisting of 50 questions and Paper-3 consisting of 75 questions). Effective the July 2018 exam, these two papers have been merged into one single paper consisting of 100 questions. To summarize, earlier you had to attempt 125 (50+75) questions in two papers, now, you will have to attempt 100 questions in one paper.
Please note that there is no change in number of topics, which are required to be covered for this exam. You have to go through the same syllabus. While doing previous years’ papers, you still have to go through questions of Paper-3 also. Based on our years of experience at Human Peritus, going through last years’ papers is MUST because a large number of questions get repeated in the UGC NET exam.
What should you be doing differently on 08 July 2018 to ensure success?
Generally, there are two things that you need to crack any exam:
(a) How much you know (Knowledge)?
(b) How do you attempt on exam day (Strategy)?
In the previous pattern, there was ample time to attempt all questions. You had 150 minutes for attempting 75 questions in Paper-3. In fact, most of the students could complete paper within 70-80 minutes (and then start fighting with invigilator to let them go or start looking out of window for some life introspection). All exam strategies learnt doing MBA/UPSC/Bank exams (like Time management, Stress management) were not relevant here. It did not matter, how smartly you attempted on exam day. Only thing that mattered was – how much do you know.
But with the new, things have changed. Now, you have to attempt 100 questions within 120 minutes, which translates into almost one minute per question.
And it still matters, how much you know. But what has become equally important is the Strategy for writing the exam. Now, you can’t afford to spend disproportionately large time on one question, even if you are sure that you can get it right. You have to learn how to skip the question in first 20 seconds, if you are not sure of the answer. Believe us, it is not easy to learn this art of skipping fast. You have to practice.
Even if your preparation level might be average, but if you are able to identify and attempt all “EASY” questions only, you chances of getting through are much higher. After exam, number of your friends will complain that they could not go through all questions due to insufficient time; DO NOT be one of them. If the question is from an unfriendly topic, skip it. If the questions involves long calculation, skip it. If you are not able to understand the question even after two readings, skip it.
The focus should be to find out all EASY questions in 80-90 minutes. Make sure that you have gone through all 100 questions in first 90 minutes.
What to do with remaining 30 minutes?
Start with Question 1 again and start attempting “Non-Easy” ones. Since there is no negative marking, you should attempt all questions. Use the strategy of elimination; do not attempt any question without elimination of choices. If you are able to eliminate even one choice, your chances of getting that question right are 33%. Similarly, if you can eliminate two choices, your chances are 50%. So, attempt smartly.
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