CSIR NET 2021 Difficulty Level and Exam Reviews by Applicants & Experts: Check here!

By Neetesh Tiwari|Updated : August 26th, 2021

CSIR NET 2021 Difficulty Level and Exam Reviews by Applicants & Experts: National Talent Agency (NTA) conducted the CSIR NET 2020 Exam on 19th, 21st & 26th Nоvember 2020 аnd fоr Tаmil Nаdu аnd Рuduсherry students оn 30th Nоvember 2020. CSIR NET exam was conducted for all 5 subjects, and a total of 2,62,692 students have appeared for the examination this year. Those who appeared for the CSIR NET 2020 exam can check the result by visiting the Official Website. The questions asked in the exam were a bit tricky, and the overall level of the exam was Moderate to Difficult as per the reviews and feedbacks of the Applicants.

It is crucial for the candidates who will appear for CSIR NET 2021 to check the previous year's paper difficulty level and the types of questions asked and set their strategies accordingly. For the analysis of all subjects, read the complete post.

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National Talent Agency conducts the CSIR UGC NET examination to select talented candidates for the Junior Research Fellowship and lectureship programs. This exam is conducted twice a year, in June and December, but due to Covid-19, the examination of June month was shifted to Dec 2020. It was successfully conducted across the country at 692 centres spread
across 220 cities. For the first time, this exam was conducted through online mode (CBT) only to reduce the burdens of examinees. Before moving towards the applicant's review, let's look at the Highlights of the CSIR NET 2020 examination.

CSIR NET 2020 Exam: Highlights

Following were highlights of the CSIR NET 2020 examination mentioned below:

  • Candidates were asked to follow the Covid 19 guidelines issued by the National Talent Agency before entering the examination centres.
  • Candidates were required to bring the documents like one passport size photograph affixed on the admit card and valid ID proof for the verification.
  • Candidates were asked to maintain the social distancing and wear a mask аs well аs рreсаutiоns inside the exаm hаlls аnd рremises.
  • Candidates were allowed to carry a Hand sanitiser (50 ml small bottle) and a transparent water bottle.
  • To control the malpractices, NTA installed 5000 CCTVs at different examination centres for Live surveillance, and Jammers were also installed to stop the cheating during the examination.
  • Personal belongings like mobile phones, wallets, and any electronic device were not allowed inside the test centres.
  • Candidates were asked to bring a Self-declaration form along with the admit card, and they must put their signature and a clear left thumb impression on it.

CSIR NET 2020 Exam: Subject Wise Analysis

BYJU'S Exam Prep experts conversed with the candidates who appeared for the CSIR NET 2020 Examination in both shifts and found that the subject-specific questions asked in the exam were slightly tricky and required clarity of the concepts. Overall the paper was moderate to difficult. According to them, 5-6 months of consistent preparation and hard work was enough to crack this examination. Let's have a look at the difficulty level of the examination subject-wise.

SubjectsDifficulty Level for Part ADifficulty Level for Part BDifficulty Level for Part COverall Difficulty Level
Life ScienceEasy to ModerateModerateModerate to DifficultModerate to Difficult
Chemical ScienceModerateModerateDifficultModerate to Difficult
Physical ScienceEasy to ModerateModerateDifficultDifficult
Mathematical ScienceModerateModerateDifficultModerate to Difficult
Earth ScienceModerateDifficultDifficultDifficult

Note: This is not an Official Analysis. This review is based according to the experience of the applicants during the examination. It may vary to different aspirants. Official Analysis will be updated soon. Check our BYJU'S Exam Prep site regularly.

CSIR NET 2020 Exam: Q&A with Aspirants

To understand the examination level properly, our BYJU'S Exam Prep experts were conversed with some of the aspirants and asked some questions related to the difficulty and the exam pattern of the CSIR NET 2020 examination. Candidates can check all the information related to the CSIR NET 2020 exam in the form of Q & A given below:

Ques 1: What was the strategy which you adopt to attempt the question paper?

Ans. Before starting the paper, I clearly thought that I would start with the Part A section. When I started attempting the questions, I found that the questions were slightly easy compared to the previous year's questions. After completing Part A, I shifted to Part B, and the questions were slightly more conceptual. Some questions were asked directly from books, and 1-2 questions were repeated. Finally, I attempted Part C, and this section was the toughest section of the question paper. It required a high-level understanding of the subject. 

Ques 2: What helped you the most during the examination?

Ans. I think my notes helped me a lot while attempting the questions. I made some short notes of important concepts and preferred revising those notes. It helped me a lot while remembering the things during the examination. Revising part is the most important part during the preparation of any competitive examination.

Ques 3: According to you, what will be the Cutoff this year?

Ans. As I mentioned earlier, the questions asked in the exam were slightly easier than the previous papers, so there is a chance that the cutoff will be higher this year than the previous year.

Ques 4: Did you complete your exam on time?

Ans. Yes, I completed my exam well on time. Section C was the only section that required more time. I managed it by giving Part A and Part B less time as they were slightly easier and required less time.

Ques 5: How did you manage yourself calm during the exam?

Ans. I was confident about myself as I have completed my preparation and revise the whole syllabus before the examination. I was telling my mind that I have prepared well and I can do better in the examination. This helped me a lot during the examination.

Ques 6: What would you like to suggest to other candidates for the preparation?

Ans. I want to suggest to candidates who are in their final semester or have started the post-graduation degree that this is the perfect time to start the preparation. Try to make short notes of the concepts and revise them regularly. They can take help from the online material to prepare them well. I also preferred online material for the preparation. Always try to resolve the doubts from your faculty and attempts mock tests as much as possible. These all small things will help you a lot when you appear for the main examination.

So this is the review according to the CSIR NET 2020 aspirants. If you have any other queries or suggestions, please write in the comment section below. We will be delighted to help you out.

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