Vivek Sharma, UGC NET 2019 qualified for JRF & Assistant Professor shares prep tips for Political Science

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test 2022 ( UGC NET )

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Vivek Rohan Sharma qualified UGC NET 2019 (Political Science paper) for JRF & Assistant Professor with a total score of 198/300. Shiksha got talking to Vivek to know what prep strategy he adopted to crack the exam.

A postgraduate in Political Science from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Smarak Mahavidyalaya (Dr. RMLS College) Muzaffarpur, Bihar, Vivek Rohan Sharma cracked the UGC NET June 2019 exam with 66%. His paper-wise scores in the exam include 68/100 (68%) in paper-I and 130/200 (65%) in paper-II. His overall percentile score in the exam is 99.87%.  

Belonging to a lower-middle-class family, Vivek never took any coaching for the exam. Going forward, the lad wishes to crack the UPSC Civil Services Examination. However, for now he has started preparation for BPSC examination which is expected to be held in September 2019.

While not studying, Vivek likes playing Chess, watching movies, listening to songs, and reciting poetry. Know what preparation strategy and study plan he followed to crack the UGC NET 2019 exam in the interview below:

Q. Congratulations! Did you expect to qualify UGC NET for Assistant Professor and JRF?

A.

Yes, I expected to qualify for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship). I had taken the UGC NET exam in December 2018 as well but qualified for Assistant Professor only. So I was expecting to crack the exam for JRF this time.

Q. Could you tell us your preparation strategy that helped you crack UGC NET exam?

A.

First of all, I analyzed the entire UGC NET syllabus. This year, new NET syllabus was introduced in which many new topics were added. So the syllabus was a bit rigorous. Solving previous years’ UGC NET question papers gave me the idea of the pattern of questions asked in the last few years. 

In my personal opinion, cracking UGC NET exam is not very tough as questions are mainly fact-based. Attempting UGC NET previous years’ question papers gave me the idea that facts are important and so I focused more on fact-based questions.

Q. What study plan did you follow for this exam?

A.

I just followed the syllabus and focused on each unit of the syllabus topic-wise. UGC NET syllabus for both papers (paper-I and II) was divided into 10 units and I focused on every unit. I read the topics and collected facts. To clear the NET exam, one needs more fact-based knowledge than conceptual knowledge.

Q. Which books did you read to prepare for the exam?

A.

The new UGC NET syllabus is so huge and topics are so diverse that the list of reference books is long. However, I mainly studied IGNOU books and took help of Youtube and Google. Some of the books that I would suggest candidates to certainly read are:

  • An Introduction to Political Theory by OP Gauba
  • Key Concepts in Politics and International Relations by Andrew Heywood
  • Political Ideologies: An Introduction by Andrew Heywood
  • Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth
  • Governance in India by M Laxmikanth
  • Political Theory : Ideas Andd Concepts by Sushila Ramaswamy
  • Women in Political Thought: The Quest for Gender Equality and Beyond by Sushila Ramaswamy

Q. How did you deal with your strengths and weaknesses while preparing for the exam?

A.

Ups and downs are part of life. My weakness is consistency, this time I reduced it and tried to overcome. My family fully supported me; especially my sister motivated me a lot.

Q. What as per you are the mistakes one should avoid while preparing for the exam?

A.

Don't hunt for materials, focus on topics. Don't ignore any unit of the syllabus. Too much deep study is not needed, focus more on facts. Don't ignore current affairs related to the syllabus.

Q. Any advice to manage time while giving the exam?

A.

Yes, time management is extremely important. Though there is enough time of 180 minutes for 150 questions, still your mismanagement of time may bring bad news for you. Control your excitement; give maximum 1 minute for 1 question.

Q. Which as per you was the most difficult part of the UGC NET exam?

A.

To cover the whole syllabus is difficult. Diverse topics in paper 1 are troublesome. Rest, the exam is easy, with smart preparation it is not difficult to crack.

Q. Any things that students should keep in mind to perform well on the day of the exam?

A.

On the day of the exam, the student must be cool minded. Tension and over-excitement should be avoided. Attempt all questions.

Q. Any tips for students who are planning to take the exam next year?

A.

Analyze the syllabus and previous years’ UGC NET question papers combined. Facts play an important role but clear your concepts as well. Study topic-wise and take help of Youtube and Google. Maintain consistency in your studies.

Q. What are your future plans?

A.

I want to enroll in PhD and simultaneously prepare for UPSC Civil Services.

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Are candidates who have qualified for the UGC NET JRF and are applying for the Ph.D. program exempted from the AILET?

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jasveer singh

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Hi deepika No, according to NLU, Delhi, which conducts the AILET exam, the candidates who have qualified for the UGC NET JRF are not exempted from the AILET. Any such NET-qualified candidate needs to appear in the AILET entrance exam at NLU, Delhi, to do a Ph.D. at NLU. This exam is conducted onc...Hi deepika
No, according to NLU, Delhi, which conducts the AILET exam, the candidates who have qualified for the UGC NET JRF are not exempted from the AILET. Any such NET-qualified candidate needs to appear in the AILET entrance exam at NLU, Delhi, to do a Ph.D. at NLU. This exam is conducted once a year at the national level by the NLU, Delhi. The duration of the exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes and is held in offline mode. To be admitted to the Ph.D. programme at NLU, Delhi, you must have completed an LL. M. or an equivalent law degree with 55% marks. After clearing AILET. You can get NLU-D for a Ph.D. in law. And if it's help you like it.

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

3 days ago

No, according to NLU, Delhi, which conducts the AILET exam, the candidates who have qualified for the UGC NET JRF are not exempted from the AILET. Any such NET-qualified candidate needs to appear in the AILET entrance exam at NLU, Delhi, to do a Ph.D. at NLU. This exam is conducted once a year at...No, according to NLU, Delhi, which conducts the AILET exam, the candidates who have qualified for the UGC NET JRF are not exempted from the AILET. Any such NET-qualified candidate needs to appear in the AILET entrance exam at NLU, Delhi, to do a Ph.D. at NLU. This exam is conducted once a year at the national level by the NLU, Delhi. The duration of the exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes and is held in offline mode. To be admitted to the Ph.D. programme at NLU, Delhi, you must have completed an LL. M. or an equivalent law degree with 55% marks. After clearing AILET. You can get NLU-D for a Ph.D. in law.

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What is difference between UGC NET and CSIR NET?

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deepika maurya

Contributor-Level 10

4 days ago

The difference between UGC NET and CSIR NET is1- UGC NET exam is conducted for Adult Education, Continuing Education, Andragogy, Non-Formal Education, Forensic Science, Law, Mass Communication and Journalism, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Tourism, Administration, and Management. Eligibility Criteria for ...The difference between UGC NET and CSIR NET is
1- UGC NET exam is conducted for Adult Education, Continuing Education, Andragogy, Non-Formal Education, Forensic Science, Law, Mass Communication and Journalism, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Tourism, Administration, and Management. Eligibility Criteria for UGC NET:
Master's Degree or equivalent with minimum 55 percent marks for open category and 50 percent for SC, ST, PwD, and Transgender applicants. Age Limit: 31 years for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship). There is no age limit for Assistant Professorship. Nationality: Indian
Subject Eligibility: Subject of your Post-Graduation.
2- The CSIR NET examination is conducted only for the Science stream students, and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-National Eligibility Test is held for the students belonging to the Agriculture Field. For all other subjects or streams, the students need to appear for the UGC NET examination. CSIR NET Educational Qualification:
M.Sc, BE/B.Tech, Integrated BSMS BS-4 Years, B.Pharma MBBS or an Equivalent Degree. For OBC and General candidates, 55 percent marks are needed, and for SC, ST, and PWD candidates, a minimum of 50 percent marks are needed. I hope this will help you.

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Pranmoi Mazumdar

Beginner-Level 5

5 days ago

UGC NET exam is conducted in almost all subjects of every stream and also for humanities and other professional courses. Where in CSIR NET exam is conducted only for science stream subject like Chemistry, Physics, Science, mathematical Science, chemical Science and life Science.

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Which is more suitable for agriculture students, the CSIR NET or the UGC NET?

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deepika maurya

Contributor-Level 10

4 days ago

The CSIR NET examination is conducted only for the Science stream students, and the ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) NET is held for the students belonging to the Agriculture Field. For all other subjects or streams, the students need to appear for the UGC NET examination. CSIR NET ...The CSIR NET examination is conducted only for the Science stream students, and the ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) NET is held for the students belonging to the Agriculture Field. For all other subjects or streams, the students need to appear for the UGC NET examination. CSIR NET Educational Qualification:
M.Sc, BE/B.Tech, Integrated BSMS BS-4 Years, B.Pharma MBBS or an Equivalent Degree. For OBC and General candidates, 55 percent marks are needed, and for SC, ST, and PWD candidates, a minimum of 50 percent marks are needed. UGC NET exam is conducted for Adult Education, Continuing Education, Andragogy, Non-Formal Education, Forensic Science, Law, Mass Communication and Journalism, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Tourism, Administration, and Management. UGC NET Eligibility Criteria:
Master's Degree or equivalent with minimum 55 percent marks (50 percent for SC, ST, PwD, and Transgender applicants)
Age Limit: 31 years for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship). There is no age limit for Assistant Professorship. Number of attempts: the limit on attempts for JRF and Andhra Pradesh
Nationality: Indian
Subject Eligibility: Subject of your Post-Graduation.

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Pranmoi Mazumdar

Beginner-Level 5

5 days ago

UGC NET will be more suitable for agriculture students rather then CSIR NET because the UGC NET is held for the students belonging to the agricultural field while the CSIR NET examination is conducted only for Science student.

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I have done my graduation with 65 % marks. Can I apply for UGC NET in history while pursuing M.A. In history?

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Durgesh .

Beginner-Level 5

5 days ago

Yes, you are eligible. But make sure you should have minimum 55% aggregate marks (for General category) or 50% aggregate marks (for OBC/SC/ST/PwD category). In UGC NET exam you can appear only on the basis of your post graduation courses. So, you can apply in History for UGC NET Exam.

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How to convert percentile into percentage? What is the formula for that?

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Pushyami Reddy

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

The formula is calculating the quotient between the number of values below your score and the number of all the values in your data set. Multiply the result by 100 to get a percentage.

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I've done my M.A. In English Language Teaching. In which subject am I eligible to apply in UGC NET?

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Rajat Pareek

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

A candidate can appear in NET Exam only in the subject they have done post graduation. In your case you are eligible for only NET in History. So, if you want to appear for NET exam then according to eligibility you need to start your preparation in History.

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What is JRF after the UGC NET exam?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

2 weeks ago

A junior research fellowship is referred to as a JRF. After qualifying for JRF through the UCG NET, you become entitled to a monthly research stipend of Rs. 31,000;To get this stipend, you will have to pass the JRF cutoff in the UCG NET exam. You can apply for this exam after completing your post...A junior research fellowship is referred to as a JRF. After qualifying for JRF through the UCG NET, you become entitled to a monthly research stipend of Rs. 31,000;
To get this stipend, you will have to pass the JRF cutoff in the UCG NET exam. You can apply for this exam after completing your postgraduate studies in any subject. With JRF, you can enroll for a Ph.D. at top universities such as BHU. This Ph.D. will help you become a professor. However, you can pursue a Ph.D. without a JRF, but this stipend will help you cover the research costs. Also, it acts as an added advantage to get into a prestigious university under a reputed guide.

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Surbhi Sahu

Contributor-Level 10

2 weeks ago

JRF is the abbreviated form of Junior Research Fellowship. It is a 2 years research programme awarded to UGC NET JRF qualified candidates. It is a scholarship programme through which students can pursue Ph.D. in their respective subjects. Candidates with Bachelor's degree, whether Science, engine...JRF is the abbreviated form of Junior Research Fellowship. It is a 2 years research programme awarded to UGC NET JRF qualified candidates. It is a scholarship programme through which students can pursue Ph.D. in their respective subjects. Candidates with Bachelor's degree, whether Science, engineering or any other discipline, will be eligible for fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for PhD/integrated Ph.D. programme within the validity period of two years. SRF stands for Senior Research Fellowship which is awarded after the promotion from JRF.

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I have scored 63.766 marks in UGC NET 2022. What is my %age of marks out of 300?

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Priyanka Kukreja

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

Your percentage is 21.25. according to your marks 63.766 marks out of 300.

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I have 77.9 percentile in UGC NET exam. How many marks do I have?

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Nagarjuna Y A

Beginner-Level 1

3 weeks ago

That's great congratulations for your result and all the best for your future. To be honest its not a bad performance its really good. There are people who got lower than you so go forward and achieve your dreams mate.

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My daughter has scored 96/100 marks in law and 50/50 in general paper. Is she eligible for JRF?

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Prajith pp

Beginner-Level 3

3 weeks ago

Yes, your daughter is eligible for JRF.

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