The CSIR NET exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency to to determine the eligibility of qualified individuals for Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship/Assistant Professorship. This year, the online registration & application process of CSIR NET 2020 closed on June 30, 2020. The exam, that was originally scheduled to be conducted on June 21, 2020, was officially postponed in the backdrop of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in India. However, as per the latest announcements on Twitter by HRDGCSIR, the exam is most likely to be conducted during the second week of November 2020. Applicants are eagerly waiting for the exact exam dates to be announced by the NTA at the official website i.e. nta.ac.in.
The CSIR NET 2020 exam is conducted for five different subjects viz. Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences. There are three parts of the paper for each subject and candidates must complete all parts in a duration of 03 hours. If the exam is actually going to be conducted in November 2020, then registered candidates have only about 03 months of time left to prepare. As a matter of fact, how effectively one utilizes the available time holds the key to their success in cracking the exam. The first thing one needs for this is an effective study and revision plan.
Go through the syllabus and list all the important topics that require dedicated preparation time. This must also include study and revision time for the General Aptitude part as well as the subject specific topics. List down all the topics and rearrange them as per study hours required to revise/study each. Then chalk out the plan in a way that covers all the topics while also leaving at least a week’s time before the exam commences. This period can be used for last minute revisions.
Candidates often implement traditional hacks and one of the most unfailing ones is referring to the previous year question papers. By referring to the previous year papers, candidates can get and idea of the type and pattern of questions asked from various topics. In addition, an important advantage is that candidates can also identity the topics that carry the highest marks or those that are by their nature, inherently high scoring. For e.g. candidates must not neglect the General Aptitude section which can be one of the high scoring areas.
Another important strategy during these three months of preparation must be taking down short notes. Writing down what you have studied and understood makes the learning process more intimate and candidates more often find that they are able to remember by adopting this method. In addition, such short notes can also be handy during last minute revision of important topics. Candidates are also advised to solve mock tests and previous year papers to improve their time management skills which will only contribute to securing higher marks.