Tips to Crack CSIR NET Exam 2023 in First Attempt

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 13th, 2023

As we are much aware, the JRF (NET) exam was conducted by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in June and December every year but this time it will be conducted online by NTA (National Testing Agency).  CSIR NET is one of the most important exams for Science students. But why this exam is important?

Tips and Strategies for 1st Timers

Its importance becomes more prevalent because this exam gives us three benefits:

  1. SPM fellowship: CSIR has instituted a special fellowship, namely, the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (SPM) Fellowship open to toppers of CSIR-UGC JRF (NET) awardees. It will be awarded through interview mode only. It provides special fellowship for pursuing PhD programmes within IITs, NITs, IISC, CSIR Labs, other specialized R&D institutions, and central and state universities. This fellowship provides a stipend of Rs.36000/- with HRA per month during the first two years.
  2. Junior research fellowship (JRF): JRF enables the candidate to pursue PhD through many institutes with a stipend of 31,000/ p.m. for the first two years followed by Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) and the stipend will be increased to Rs. 35,000/- p.m.
  3. National Eligibility Test (NET): NET is the minimum eligibility criteria for lectureship in all universities.

In view of these benefits, this exam becomes one of the most important and toughest exams in India. This exam requires more attention and lots of practice. Though it is not so easy cake to bake the candidate can crack it with the right approach, accurate strategy and better time management. Initially, the candidate can prepare a proper plan to cover the most important topics, then go through the entire CSIR NET syllabus with the problem-solving approach. Solving and practising the previous year’s CSIR NET question papers can also add more experience and eradicate exam phobia. Candidates need to come out with the illusion that the efforts being made are enough. Nothing is enough, regular monitoring, visualizing the problems and getting a sufficient amount of solutions at the right time might help to get more chances of success. It is rather more important to know where the candidate stands and is she/he capable of following time table rigorously.

To cover the complete syllabus, candidates need to go through the vast syllabus as well. Identifying which part of the syllabus is more important than the rest is also a task. It usually happens that some part of the syllabus in most cases repeatedly covered in the exam. Strategy plays an important key role to qualify for the exam. This exam is divided into three parts (General Part A’ and Technical in ‘Part B and Part C’).

‘Part A’ questions are based on common science like arithmetic problems, and general science, which are based on common sense only. But again practising questions based on physics, elementary mathematics, permutation/combinations, probability, environment, verbal and non-verbal reasoning etc. will be helpful for this part. After reading the question more than two times, the answer can be calculated by a few calculations only. A basic arithmetic approach and continuous practice of alike questions is the only strategy for this part.

‘Part B’ contains simple subject-related questions and covers the entire part of the syllabus in units. Common basic concepts with a calculative approach are required to solve this part. Remembering the basic concept and continuous revision with solving mock test papers can help to get with this part.

‘Part C’ covers the most typical and tough questions. Depth knowledge and numerical approach/concept of the subject with thorough projection is the minimum requirement to solve this part. The continuous study, giving equal emphasis on all units, scheduled revision of notes and covered topics will help to entire preparation. This part is more scoring than other parts because logical interpretation and numerical things get less chance to score negative marks. Avoiding new and strange questions, and bringing down unnecessary anxiety can help to score more. Making short notes, map/flow chart notes, and short tricks to remember hard things will simultaneously keep motivating.   

We know, we are used to with few topics and a few topics are conceptually strong. These topics need to brush up every week but we need to make more attention to those topics which are not common to us. Time management is also a basic factor in our success. To crack this exam, we need to come with determination, continuous study with practice, revising study notes and thorough study of the subject and a time management strategy.

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