GSET 2021 Preparation Tips

By Sakshi Ojha|Updated : June 24th, 2021

GSET 2021 Preparation Tips: The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda has released the notification for Gujrat SET 2021. The application form for GSET was released on 21st June and the last date for filling the application form is the 21st of July. The exam date for GSET is 26th December 2021 (Tentative). The GSET examination will be conducted in General Studies and 23 subjects in pen and paper mode (OMR based) in various centres. In the article below you can find some tips and strategies to crack GSET 2021. 

GSET is a significant exam for the candidates who need to want to pursue a profession as an educator in a higher secondary school.  In this manner, to crack the test, applicants should make an arrangement and plan to get ready for the test. Here, you can find a few tips and suggestions to pace up your preparation. 

Tips for Paper 1 Preparation:

The GSET Paper 1 syllabus aims to assess the research and teaching abilities of the candidates. It also assesses the intellectual and reasoning abilities of future professors. Having a good command in various subjects of these sections will give you a head start and will aid you in standing out of the crowd. Various sections in Paper 1 and GSET preparation tips for these are:

Unit – I: Teaching Aptitude 

This section focuses on child psychology. The sole purpose of this section is to assess prospective teachers' understanding of the nature of their craft, that is, teaching and the support system for being learners. Although the questions are of the MCQ type, the solutions to these questions can sometimes be complicated. Some important topics in this section are:

  • Teaching concept & objectives  
  • Learner’s characteristics for adolescent and adult learners, their differences 
  • Factors affecting teaching include Teacher, Learner, Support material and Institution. 
  • Methods of teaching: Teacher-centred vs. learner-centred methods; Off-line vs. Online methods
  • Support System for teachers  
  • Evaluation Systems including elements and evaluation type.

Unit – II: Research Aptitude 

As the name suggests, this section is aimed to assess the researching ability of the candidate and his understanding of it. This section is fairly simple for most of the candidates, as most of you have experience in writing your own research papers during graduation and post-graduation. Key topics in this section are: 

  • Research and its meaning, types, characteristics, and approach to research
  • Methods of Research like experimental, descriptive, historical, qualitative and quantitative 
  • Steps of Research
  • Thesis and Article writing: Format and Styles of referencing
  • Application of ICT in research
  • Research ethics. 

Unit – III: Comprehension 

Under this section, you will be given a passage and the questions asked will be from the same passage. You just need to read the passage very carefully and answer the questions. If you are careful enough to read the passage you score full in this unit. A little knowledge of grammar will be very beneficial. 

Unit – IV: Communication 

This section tests the candidates’ understanding of the communication system and channel. Modes and methods of communication are also dealt with in detail in this section. Some important topics are:  

  • Communication: Meaning, types and characteristics
  • Effective communication: Verbal and Non-verbal, Inter-Cultural and group, Classroom communication
  • Barriers to communication
  • Mass-Media and Society. 

Unit-V: Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude

The unit is a bit tricky and reading the questions carefully is the key to scoring high in this unit. Try to find tricks for solving different types of questions. You can check out a number of those on GradeUp. Mention, always leave the seating arrangement questions for the end. Some important topics are: 

  • Number series, Letter series, Codes and Relationships
  • General Arithmetic: Fraction, Time & Distance, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Interest etc. 

Unit – VI: Logical Reasoning 

This section is fairly extensive and you will find at least 6-7 questions from this section. Similar to the previous unit, careful reading, and understanding of questions are the keys to success here. (Note: you must have spent a lot of time reading your core subjects, but by giving 5-10 minutes of time on a daily basis, from now onwards on each of these units, can bridge the gap between selection or rejection). Important topics are:

  • Arguments: forms, structure, Mood and Figure, Formal and Informal, Uses of language, Connotations and denotations, and Classical
  • Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Analogies and Venn diagram
  • Indian Logic: Means of knowledge

Unit-VII: Data Interpretation 

The unit is fairly simple but time-consuming. As you might be aware, once you figure out the correlation between the data, it is just a simple calculation. There are no short tricks for solving DI. Avoid this unit for the later part of the examination. Remember that each question carries equal marks don’t waste time on any single question. 

Besides fighting with other candidates, you are in contest with the time as well. Some notable topic of this unit are:

  • Sources, acquisition and classification of Data
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Graphical representation 
  • Data and Governance

Unit-VIII: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 

This unit is all about the basics of the internet and its related terminology. In the modern era of computers and mobiles everywhere, this section won’t pose that much trouble for you. Have a look at the latest terminologies related to the computer and its peripherals and you will be all set to take on this section. Few pivotal topics are:

  • General abbreviations
  • Basics of the internet, Intranet, E-mail, and Conferencing
  • Digital initiatives in higher education
  • ICT and Governance

Unit-IX: People, Development and Environment 

This unit covers a whole lot of topics be it environmental, cultural, regional, national or global. However, climate change, environment, and sustainable development are the key topics of this unit. If you go through a few of the previous year’s papers, it will be enough to take this unit on. Also, current summits related to environments are a must-visit topic of this section. 

Unit – X: Higher Education System 

This is the last unit for paper 1. Here, you will be tested regarding your responsibilities as a professor in a college or society as a whole. The section is focused mainly on the historical significance of teachings, educational institutions, and learning programs. Having small briefs of imminent universities of India and Karnataka will pave the way for success in this unit. 

Key pointers are: 

  • Institutions of higher learning in ancient India
  • Evolution of higher studies in Post-Independence India
  • Oriental, Conventional and Non-conventional learning programs
  • Value and environmental education
  • Polices, Governance, and Administration.

How to create a Solid Study Plan For GSET 2021? 

Analyze the Syllabus

Understand the GSET 2021 Syllabus over time, not just learning the word go. Understanding what topics are expected to be covered in Paper 1, and why, will help you devise better strategies for preparing for the exam. Point out your weak topics and topics you know and understand well. Know where to put the maximum time and effort so that you can easily prepare for something strong.

Know the exam pattern

After you have analysed the syllabus, you know what are your topics needs to be prepared. Now you have to know the GSET 2021 Exam Pattern to understand what kind of questions will be asked in the examination. Once you understand that you will be quite clear in your mind as to how to prepare for the whole course. 

Know your Strong and weak Areas

Know what suits you best, daytime or nighttime? understand your concentration levels and work on them slowly and steadily. Understand your weak areas and work on them and know your strong ones so you can use them for your preparations. Also in the syllabus, you need to figure out which unit needs the most of your attention and which can be easily covered in less time. That way you can plan your whole chart according to the time needed as per the topic. This will save you a lot of time.

Set weekly and monthly goals


Needless to say, you need to keep your progress in check. For that, you need to set some goals for yourself. Start by small daily or weekly goals then move on to the monthly goals and make sure you meet them. This will keep you consistent with your Studies and you will not lose track.

Evaluate yourself 

Now when you have your daily schedule, the next step is to follow it,  adhere to it. Try to follow your timetable as much as you can. You will now have to evaluate yourself after completing every small task. Look at the weekly goal and evaluate the progress. In case you could not complete the goal, do not worry, It's okay. You can do it next week. Just remember to assess the mistakes, why couldn’t do the task. Find out what that specific point is and work on it. You’ll be back on track in no time. So keep a close eye on your performance. Take a small step at a time, there’s no need to rush or you won’t be able to achieve anything. 

Take mock tests as much as you can as it will prepare you for the actual exam pattern and you will be able to assess your preparation performance too. Avoid learning any new topic a few days before the exam. This will only make you more confused about the topic, leading to an incorrect answer.

Relax your mind 

This point is very important considering all the chaos we are experiencing right now. Do not take extra stress. It will just diminish your productivity. Try to relax your mind. Avoid using social media platforms for a while as they just pile up the stress by showing you irrelevant news and spreading negativity. 

Take an hour of your time and do whatever you like to do, play music, watch something motivational or light-hearted, sit with your family, talk to your friends, anything which makes you feel light and relaxed. This can help you take off the edge. Another important thing for your concentration is sound sleep. Do have a proper sleeping schedule as it helps your mind to function properly. 

Hope you all the above point will be helpful. Good luck with your preparations!

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  • The best GSET preparation book is KVS Madan for Paper 1 and Arhant Publication for subject-specific preparation.

  • For GSET Exam, you must study Paper 1 as thoroughly as possible and revise the books that you read in your post-graduation for Paper-2.

  • Study the subject-specific books of life science that you read in your graduation and post-graduation and for Paper-1 read KVS Madan.

  • Yes, you can crack GSET in the first attempt if you are already preparing for UGC NET because the exam standard of GSET is lower than UGC NET.

  • All Paper-1 material is similar to UGC NET paper-1. You can get all the study material of Paper-1 at gradeup.


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