Andhra University, Visakhapatnam is going to conduct the Andhra Pradesh State Eligibility Test (APSET) 2021 on October 31, 2021. The registration process for the same has already begun on the official website apset.net. Candidates have been given time up to September 13, 2021, to complete all the registration formalities. Beyond this, they can apply for the eligibility test latest by October 08, 2021. However, they will have to pay certain late fee charges along with the application fee. Since the APSET 2021 exam is scheduled on the last day of October 2021, students have a good 2.5 months to prepare for the exam. Here are all the important details to ace the exam –
APSET 2021 exam pattern
The first step to ace any entrance exam is to understand the exam pattern. APSET 2021 shall comprise of two papers – Paper I and Paper II. The first paper is general and common for all. The second paper will be based on candidate’s preference. Depending on their speciality and inclination, candidates can opt for subjects like Anthropology, History, Chemical Sciences, Economics, Education, English, Geography, etc. Paper I will cover 50 questions for a maximum of 100 marks. Paper II will contain 100 questions for a total of 200 marks. The entire exam shall be held through the OMR-based offline mode without any negative marking in case of wrong answers.
APSET 2021 syllabus
According to Andhra University authorities, Paper I will be of general nature, intending to judge a candidate’s teaching and research ability. Topics like reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness will be judged.
The second paper will assess a candidate based on his/her expertise in the chosen subject. The syllabus for Paper I and Paper II subjects have been uploaded separately on the official website apset.net.in. Candidates are advised to check the syllabus carefully and ensure that all topics are being covered and revised multiple times before the APSET 2021 examination.
APSET 2021 preparation strategy
Here is a four-step preparation strategy to ace both papers of the eligibility test –
#1 Set a daily, weekly and monthly target for Paper I and Paper II
Rather than creating an entire 2.5-month timetable, candidates should set targets every day and every week. These targets must be separate for both papers, ensuring that equal time and importance is given to both papers. The learning capacity and ability of each candidate is different. Hence, make sure to set realistic targets and do not expect to complete 10 chapters in a day. They key is to manage the given time properly without getting bogged-down.
#2 Jot down important notes and points for each subject
This step is especially apt in case of Paper II which generally covers theoretical subjects like Anthropology, Sociology, History, Education, etc. While the syllabus in each subject differs greatly, they are mostly theoretical, not application or logic-based. A lot many details, terms and dates have to be remembered. Therefore, dedicate at least the first month in creating notes for every topic. Use the next month to revise and revisit these notes before solving mock exams or sample papers.
#3 Referring to the correct study material and reference books
Along with notes and time-management, candidates must also use the right set of reference books to prepare for the exam. Here are some recommended books –
For Paper I:
AP SET paper 1 guide
- NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF – Paper 1
- Teaching and research aptitude
- UGC NET/JRF/SET teaching & research aptitude
For Paper II
- Trueman’s UGC NET Anthropology by AM Tripathi,
- UGC NET/SET chemical science by Aditya Tomar,
- SET Computer Science and applications
#4 Solving mock exams, previous-year papers and topic-specific questions
While the first month will be spend in making notes and jotting down important points, the next month must be spend in solving mock tests. Candidates will get three hours to complete the entire paper. To avoid problems due to time constraints, solve mock exams on a daily basis and use the remaining time to revise the notes prepared. Try to understand the weak or vulnerable areas and focus on these areas more. This way, by the end of October 2021, candidates will be more than prepared to ace the APSET 2021 examination.