UGC NET Exam is the basic eligibility criteria for entering in the education industry and it acts as a minimum qualification for Assistant Professorship. Also, the creamy layer gets to avail the benefit of Junior Research Fellow (JRF). This exam was conducted by from 18th December 2018 till 22nd December 2018 by NTA (National Testing Agency) in online mode for various subjects.
Basic structure of the paper
|NTA UGC NET 2018|
|Session||Number of Questions||Marks||Time Duration|
|Paper 1||50||100||1 Hour|
|Paper 2||100||200||2 Hour|
Paper 1 is the same for all the subjects.
Paper 2 is a subject-specific paper. In this Article, Economic Paper is analyzed.
Economic Paper Analysis
For Economics the pattern was quite similar as in the previous exams. Below graph gives the basic structure for Paper 2. It gives a detailed structure of weightage of different subjects in the paper.
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|Category||Average Number of Questions Asked||Important Topics||Difficulty Level|
|Macroeconomics||17||IS-LM, Multiplier, Cobb Douglas production function, Keynesian model, monetarism and||Moderate|
|Growth and Development||17||Theories of shumpeter, Technological dualism, balanced Growth, harrod model||Moderate to difficult|
|Indian Economy||12||Policies and Committees,
Nobel Prize winners and their topics,
Union Budget and share of deficit, India’s export pattern and structure, GST, SRS bulletin highlights, Minimum Support Price, National Rural Health Mission
|Public Finance||11||Musgrave theory, Peacock Wiseman hypothesis, public expenditure, progressive tax.||Easy to moderate|
|Money and Banking||10||Elasticity of demand for money, money multiplier, measures of money, repo rate,||Moderate|
|Statistics and Econometrics||10||Regression, autocorrelation, simultaneous equation, stationary, time series, index numbers, dummy variables||Moderate to difficult|
|Microeconomics||10||Cost, Production, law of variable proportions, Pareto optimality, opportunity costs||Moderate|
|International Trade||8||Trade openness, devaluation, competitive advantage, Balance of payments, Round Tripping||Easy to Moderate|
|Agriculture||4||Insurance, crop patterns, production||Easy|
Indian Economics is the most dynamic part of the paper, the major question is asked related to the following reports/topics:
- Policies and Committees
- Nobel Prize winners and their topics
- Union Budget and share of deficit
- India’s export pattern and structure
- SRS bulletin highlights
Major takeaways from this paper for future NET aspirants
- The practice of Empirical questions for Microeconomics related to Pareto optimality.
- Early preparation of statistics and Econometrics.
- Major focus on growth theories of Development as almost majority of questions are from that domain.
- Reading of recent issues of SRS Bulletin and budget
- Awareness of recent policies and committees related to GST, National Rural Health Mission, and other Indian economic issues is important.
Read More: Paper Analysis of NTA NET 2018 Exam
The overall difficulty level of the question was moderate this year.
The general pattern observed in this paper was that a lot of questions were quite direct and the level was easy to moderate especially for topics related to Indian Economy and Agriculture. Questions related to microeconomics and Pareto optimality had few questions which were indirect and empirical in nature. The general trend of questions in statistics and econometrics call for early preparation for this subject.