UGC NET 2023: 3 Month Study Plan for UGC NET Exam

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 13th, 2023

As you all know UGC NET 2022 Cycle was conducted successfully. Now NTA has announced the new dates for UGC NET June 2023 Exam. Candidates who are planning to appear for UGC NET 2023 must start their preparations right away. Don’t be confused with a lot of materials and different plans. We are bringing you the perfect UGC NET Preparation 3-Month Study Plan.

To succeed and crack the UGC NET Exam 2023, you must strategize and plan your preparation efficiently. It is essential to go through the syllabus exhaustively and familiarise yourself with the exam pattern and the question trend.

In this article, you will learn how to crack the UGC NET 2023 Exam in 3 months. Complete coverage of Paper 1 and Paper 2 along with sufficient revision and practice is the key to cracking UGC NET 2023 Exam. 3 months is an excellent time to be able to prepare for the exam conditionally, you should follow the stated strategy and be consistent in your preparation.

Tips for UGC NET 2023 Preparation

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 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 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. You must consider the time remaining for your preparation i.e. 3 months and therefore too many can spoil your preparation. Keep the book list finite and revise them numerous times. The effective strategy is to focus on qualitative preparation rather than quantitative.

  • 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 2023 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.

UGC NET 2023 Exam (3 month Study Plan)

The key to productive preparation is proper planning. The planning shall begin with the analysis of the syllabus to be covered. UGC NET 2023 Examination has two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Completion and revision of both papers are essential to crack the UGC NET 2023 Exam.

UGC NET 2023 Exam 1st Month Study Plan

Paper 1 has approximately ten topics. You can choose to divide the topics across the first 30 days. Therefore, each topic must be finished in 3 days. Do not start with a challenging topic as it might demotivate you. To jump-start, the preparation for Paper 1, begin with a more manageable topic and fill in the difficult ones in the middle.

Notes preparation is your individual choice. As there is a time constraint, you can highlight and make notes directly in the reference book. It will be easier for you to revise them at the end.


Topic to be covered for UGN NET 2023 Exam

Day 1- Day 3

Teaching Aptitude

Day 4- Day 6

Research Aptitude

Day 7- Day 9

Reading Comprehension

Day 10- Day 12

Communication | Important Communication Study Notes

Day 13- Day 15

Reasoning (including Maths)

Day 16- Day 18

Logical Reasoning | Logical Reasoning Notes

Day 19- Day 21

Data Interpretation

Day 22- Day 24

Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

Day 25- Day 27

People & Environment | Study Notes on Environmental Issues

Day 27- Day 30

Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration | Higher Education System Notes

Very Important: Divide your day judiciously keeping the end of the day for revision. You must begin your day with the revision of the previous day work and end your day with the revision of the present day’s work. Multiple Revision is vital for your exam preparation.

UGC NET 2023 Exam 2nd Month Study Plan

As you must have finished with the syllabus of Paper 1, you must devote this month to the preparation of UGC NET Exam Paper 2 preparation. This paper is of the subject that you chose as an additional subject. Follow the same daily routine and the revision regime for this paper as well.

UGC NET 2023 Exam 3rd Month Study Plan

By now you must have adequately completed the syllabus for UGC NET 2023 Examination. This month must be directed on solving numerous UGC NET quizzes and mock tests. You must begin with sectional tests, moving on to UGC NET full-length tests. Solve at least 2-3 UGC NET Mock Tests each day.

UGC NET Mock Test Series 2023

After solving each test, analyse the question paper for frequent mistakes. Categorise the mistakes into informational and silly mistakes. Improve the information gap to prevent errors in order to enhance your score. Before attempting the next day mock tests, remind yourself to avoid those silly mistakes. In this manner, you can improve your score in your test series each day.

Remain consistent with your preparation and manage your time judiciously. Follow the tips and study plan mentioned above to crack the UGC NET 2023 Examination in 3 months with a good score.

Booklist for UGC NET Paper 1

Right study materials are very important for the preparation of any examination. Below is the table, you can find the Best books for UGC NET Preparation

Sr. No.

Subjects / Topics

UGC NET Books (Authors / Publications)


General Studies

  • General Knowledge (Lucent)
  • General Knowledge (Arihant)


Language and Reasoning

  • High School English Grammar and Composition Key (Wren & Martin)
  • Objective General English (SP Bakshi)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (RS Aggarwal)
  • A Modern Approach for Logical Reasoning (RS Aggarwal)
  • Aptitude (Talent Publication)
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (N. K. Sinha.)


Current Affairs

  • Daily Newspapers (The Hindu, The Indian Express)
  • Current Affairs Monthly Compilation (Vision IAS)
  • Manorama Year Book


Foundation of Education and Communication

  • Foundations of Education (A. Chaube and S. P. Chaube)
  • Foundations of Education (Jason C. Robinson)


Teaching and Research 

  • Trueman’s UGC NET/SET, Sajit Kumar M.Gagan
  • UGC NET/JRF/SET Teaching and Research Aptitude, Pratiyogita Darpan

Also Read: 

Best Books for UGC NET Paper 2 Read Here
Preparation Tips for UGC NET Read Here
How to approach Averages for the UGC NET Exam? Tips & Tricks Read Here
UGC NET 6 month study plan Read Here

All the best.

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