6 Month Study Plan for NTA UGC NET 2022 Exam [Proven Strategy]

By Mohit Choudhary|Updated : February 4th, 2022

UGC NET Exam is conducted by NTA is select eligible candidates for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). As per UGC, only 6% of candidates are shortlisted out of applicants who appear for both Paper 1 and Paper 2. Therefore, to beat the completion it is essential to be well prepared for the upcoming UGC NET 2022 exam. 

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Exam experts have created a comprehensive UGC NET study plan for 6 months to ensure that the complete syllabus is covered. Candidates must check this UGC NET study plan thoroughly and try to follow it properly to boost their NET exam preparation.   

6 Month UGC NET Study Plan 2022

A proper strategy and smart work are required to clear this exam. For that, you have to formulate a strategy that works for you and accordingly plan a timetable of 6 months for the NET exam. 

To help you with the UGC NET timetable, we are sharing a 6-month week-wise study plan for the upcoming NTA NET 2022 for Paper 1.

Note: Paper-1 is common for all the candidates. Paper-2 is subject-specific


Topics to be covered (including revision at the end of the week and practice questions)




Teaching Aptitude (All Concepts)

Week 2

Teaching Aptitude (Solving papers and Mock Tests)

Week 3

Research Aptitude (All the Concepts)

Week 4

Research Aptitude (Solving papers and Mock Tests)

Week 5

Reading Comprehension (Including sample papers)

Week 6

Communication (All the concepts)

Week 8

Communication (Solving papers and Mock Tests)

Week 9

Mathematical Reasoning (Understand concepts and Solve papers and Mock Tests)

Week 10

Logical Reasoning (Understand concepts and Solve papers and Mock Tests)

Week 11

Data Interpretation (Understand concepts and Solve papers and Mock Tests)

Week 12

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) (Learn all the concepts and important topics)

Week 13

Mock  test for ICT and Current Affairs related to ICT

Week 14

People and Environment 

Week 15

Higher Education System Part - I: Governance, Polity, and Administration 

Week 16

Higher Education System Part - II: Governance, Polity, and Administration

Week 17

Higher Education System (Solve the sample papers and  mock tests)

Week 18

Revision: Practice questions of the First two units (1 hr daily)

Week 19

Revision: Practise questions of third and fourth units (1 hr daily)

Week 20

Revision: Practice questions from fifth and sixth units (1 hr daily)

Week 21

Revision: Practice questions from seventh and eighth units ( 1 hr daily)

Week 22

Revision: Practice questions from ninth and tenth units ( 1 hr daily)

Week 23

Solve previous year papers and Mock Tests

January 2017, June 2017, Dec 2018, July 2018, 

Week 24

Solve previous year papers and Mock Tests

June 2019, Dec 2019, June 2020, Dec 2020+ June 2021

UGC NET Preparation Strategy and Tips 2022

There are a few things that must be adhered to before you jump into the preparation.

  • Clarity of the syllabus and the exam pattern

It is highly recommended that you are through with the UGC NET syllabus as it assists you to plan your preparation easily. It will also give you an insight into the time needed to prepare the complete syllabus.

The understanding of the UGC NET exam pattern further helps you determine how and what to study in a topic.

  • Do not skip previous year papers

Solve a few previous year UGC NET question papers to determine the grade of questions asked in the examination. You can also determine and categorise the topics as per your strengths and weaknesses. This exercise will help you design your 3-month study plan as you can prioritise and revise the weaker topics.

  • Gather your resources

You must take guidance from your mentors & toppers of the exam to curate a list of books to refer to. Keep the book list finite and revise them numerous times. The effective strategy is to focus on qualitative preparation rather than quantitative. Go through the List of best books for UGC NET 2022 Paper 1 and Paper 2

  • Conceptual Clarity

Do not try to give in to rite learning. The UGC NET exam demands an in-depth conceptual clarity of the topic. It is crucial that you understand each topic thoroughly. This practice also enables better retention and memorization. If you can recall better in the exam hall, you will be able to speed up the question-solving process and gain better time management.

  • Do not skip any topic

As per the past analysis of the UGC NET exam, there are questions from every topic of the Paper 1 syllabus hence do not miss any topic as you do not want to lose any marks. Go through the UGC NET exam analysis for better understanding. 

Remain consistent with your preparation and manage your time judiciously. Follow the tips and study plan mentioned above to crack the UGC NET 2022 Examination in 6 months with a good score.


All the best for your exams,
Team BYJU'S Exam Prep

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  •  For Junior Research Fellowship the candidate can have 3 attempts and there is no age or number of attempts limit for UGC NET Assistant Professor posts.

  • UGC NET & JRF are the same exams. The top 6% of students who qualify NET exam get JRF. So candidates need more marks for JRF as compared to NET.

  • There are 2 papers in UGC NET 2022 Exam. Paper-1 is to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate and Paper - 2 is subject-based to check the subject knowledge.


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