Paper Analysis of NTA NET 2018 Exam

This year UGC NET Exam was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) from 18th December 2018 till 22nd December 2018.  The mode of examination was online for various subjects at selected Examination Centers across the country for the post of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Assistant Professor only. Below is the basic structure of the paper:

Session No.of Questions Marks Time Duration
Paper1 50 100 1 Hour
Paper 2 100 200 2 Hour
Total 150 300 3 Hours

Paper 1 is the same for all the subjects. The domain of subjects for Paper 1 consists of questions from Teaching Aptitude, General Knowledge, Research Aptitude and Other general topics. The table below lists the broad topics of Paper 1 along with their difficulty level.

Category/ Average Number of Questions Asked Important Topics Difficulty Level

Teaching Aptitude


Teaching Methods, Teaching: Nature, objectives, characteristics and basic requirements Moderate to Difficult
Research Aptitude


Research: Meaning, characteristics and types; Steps of research

Methods of research; Research Paper Writing and Methods

Reading Comprehension

4-5 (1 set)

Short Passage Easy to Moderate


Communication Nature, characteristics, types, barriers and effective classroom communication Easy to Moderate


Time & Work; Time, Speed & Distance; Boats and Streams, Average, Probability; Geometry and Mensuration Easy to Moderate
Logical Reasoning


Blood Relationship, Syllogism, Number Series, Coding Decoding,Direction Test, Alphabet Series Easy
Data Interpretation

4-5 (1 set)

Table Chart involving the concepts of Percentage and Average Easy to Moderate
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)/ Computer Knowledge


LAN, WAN, Bluetooth, ROM RAM, Full Forms, Primary & Secondary Storage, World Wide Web, Internet, Decimal to Binary, TB/GB/MB Moderate
People & Environment


Ozone Layer, Conservation of Energy, Fuel Efficiency, Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Carbon Emission Moderate
Current Affairs


NITI AYOG: Backward Districts List, Parameters; Swatch Bharat, Govt. Schemes and Yojanas like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, National and International Appointments Easy to Moderate
Total Questions 50 Questions of 2 Marks each Easy to Difficult

This can actually help the future aspirants to plan their strategy for their upcoming Exams. One of the important keys for increasing the score of NET Exam is to score well in Paper 1 and this could be easily done if an individual does a thorough study of the past patterns.

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