UGC NET 2018: Prep tips for Forensic Science by Snigdha Moitra

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test 2023 ( UGC NET )

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Updated on Aug 10, 2018 12:36 IST

Snigdha Moitra, UGC NET qualfied

Snigdha Moitra has cracked UGC NET 2018 Forensic Science paper for Assistant Professor by scoring a total of 170/ 300 marks (56.67%). Marks that she has scored in both the papers are 52/100 in paper-I and 118/200 in paper-II.

A graduate in BSc Physics, Chemistry and Forensic Science from SHUATS, Allahabad and postgraduate in MSc Forensic Science from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, Snigdha always wanted to make her career in the field of teaching. Her father is a TGT Physics teacher since 30 years and mother is vice-principal in a school. Currently, Snigdha runs her own coaching institute for Chemistry and Biology subjects for classes 9th to 12th. Simultaneously, she is also pursuing her BEd from Bundelkhand University.

An extremely career-oriented girl, Snigdha is also a trained classical dancer and state-level debater.

In a candid interview with Shiksha, Snigdha shares how she cleared UGC NET (July) 2018 after two failed attempts. She shares what prep strategy she adopted, which books she read, what study plan she followed and more. Go through the complete interview below:

Q. Did you expect to qualify UGC NET for Assistant Professor?


Since it was my third attempt of UGC NET I was not expecting much. But that confidence in me always made me believe that I could definitely qualify for Assistant Professor and with my hard work and blessings of my gurus, parents and god, I did it. Qualifying for Assistant Professor has boosted my confidence to start fresh preparation for JRF.

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


I believe that self-study is the best study and my belief has led me achieve most fruitful results. I am not a morning person. Still for UGC NET preparation I was always punctual and used to wake up at 6:00 AM. I studied for 10 hours daily and made sure to utilise this time properly with all my mind and soul. I made a time table for myself and set targets on daily basis.

Q. Did you take any coaching for this exam?


No, I never believed in taking coaching for UGC NET preparation. I knew I could crack the exam without coaching. Also, my subject was rare so nobody gave coaching for it.

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


As already mentioned above, I followed a daily time table. I studied for five hours in the morning and five hours in the evening. Along with that I made sure to be punctual and regular with my studies.

Preparing for UGC NET needs lot of determination and hardwork. I suggest NET aspirants to study for at least 10 hours daily with no page of the book unturned.

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


I read the following books for UGC NET preparation of paper-I and II:





CBSE UGC NET / SET/ JRF Paper I: Teaching and Research Aptitude

KVS Madaan





Fundamentals of Forensic Science

Max Houck

Forensic Science: An Introduction

Richard Saferstein

A Textbook of Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology

Jaising P Modi

Forensic Science in Criminal Investigation and Trials

BR Sharma

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


As already mentioned I always had trouble in waking up early in the morning. But I overcame my weakness by doing a lot of work during day time and then falling asleep early at night.

I have realised that the day one determines to achieve something, all negativities automatically go away.

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


Do not neglect paper-I. Candidates usually sit in the exam with no preparation for paper-I. But it is a completely wrong strategy as paper-I is really scoring. There is a fixed pattern in this paper. In fact, you also have a slight idea about the type of questions that come in this paper so devote equal time to it.

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


For me, the unpredictable questions that come in the exam are the most difficult part of clearing UGC NET. Even if you think you are 100% prepared, some questions can seem alien to you. So it is better not to leave any topic during preparation.

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


Candidates should not panic and be calm. They should remember that UGC NET is not the end but a start towards a successful career. So they should always maintain their presence of mind.

Q. What other teaching entrance exams did you take?


I will be giving CTET in near future.

Q. Was clearing UGC NET always your first preference?


Yes, but my ultimate goal is clearing JRF (Junior Research Fellowship).

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


Karat karat abyaas k jadmati hot sujaan. This means that hard work always pays.

Q. What are your future plans?


I am going to start UGC NET coaching for underprivileged students and also for others. I also want to pursue PhD but not right now. I am a tortoise and believe that slow and steady wins the race.

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