## Preparation of Paper - I

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**PREPARATION
OF PAPER I**

Paper
I of UGC-NET consists of sixty (60) MCQs of two marks each, out of which the
candidate is required to answer any fifty (50). The prime objective of this
paper is to decide studentâ€™s interest and abilities in teaching and research. The
ability to understand subject, logical reasoning and application of
methodological reasoning is also assessed in this paper. There are ten units in
the syllabus:

â–º Teaching Aptitude

â–º Research Aptitude

â–º Reading Comprehension

â–º Communication

â–º Reasoning (including Numerical aptitude)

â–º Logical Reasoning

â–º Data Interpretation

â–º Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

â–º People and Environment

â–º Higher Education System: Governance, Polity and
Administration

Most
of NET aspirants have a opinion that Paper I is very easy and there is no need
to spend much time in its preparation. This is true to some extent as there are
many questions in Paper I which can be solved by using common sense. However,
such questions are comparatively less in number. Majority of questions asked in
paper I (especially on logical reasoning) are very tricky. We misunderstand
that these questions are very easy but in reality they are quite complicated. Few
examples of such questions are given below. I suggest you to attempt these
questions.

Q.1) Ten people
attended a social gathering where they complemented each other by shaking their
hands. The number of hand shakings in
the gathering will be

A) 10 B) 09 C) 45 D) 100

Q.2) A does a
particular work in 2 days. The same work is completed by B in 4 days. How much
days will be required to complete the same work if A & B decide to work
together?

A) 3 days B) 2 days C) 1.75 days D) 8/6 days

Q. 3) For a certain programme,
doctor is allotted a seat No. 12, Engineer is allotted a seat no. 16. What seat
no. should be allotted to professor?

A) 20 B) 24 C)
08 D)
18

Let
us have a look at answers of these questions. The correct answers for above
questions are 45 and 8/6 and 18 respectively. I am sure that you might have
chosen wrong answers while solving the above questions. This usually happens
because of certain reasons. The first one is that we use our own reasoning
ability instead of actual tricks that are required to solve such questions. Our
reasoning ability is many a time not rational and thus leads to wrong answers. The
other reason that makes us choose wrong answers is that whatever answers we
determine using our irrational reasoning ability is always there in options. This
gives us more confidence about wrong answer that we have chosen for such
questions. For example, when we consider question no. 3, it is obvious that one
will opt for the answer 20 thinking that question is based on difference of 4.
Actually, the question is based on a different reasoning ability than what we
have thought. It is based on coding/decoding. Both doctor and engineer have 6
and 8 letters each. Multiplying 6 and 8 by 2 gives 12 and 16 which are seat
numbers allotted to them. Similarly, professor, which consist 9 letters when
multiplied by 2 gives 18 which is the correct answer. The trick to solve first
question is to use formula N(N+1)/2 where N is number of people. To solve
question no. 2, you have to find work done by both A and B in one day which is
calculated using the formula 1/N where N is number of days in which each of
them completes whole work. You have to add work done by each of them in a day
(1/2 + 1/4= 6/8) and then make reciprocal of result to get answer which is 8/6
in this case.

You
might have now realized that questions asked in Paper I are very easy to solve
provided tricks are known. The other important thing is that questions asked in
Paper I are more easy as compared to those asked in Paper II and III. In
addition, the literature required for preparation of Paper I is comparatively less
and easily available with. Due to these reasons preparation of Paper I can be
accomplished in a very less time. One can score more than 80 % times in Paper I
with very less efforts. In contrast to this, thorough preparation of Paper II
and III requires lot of time as there is a big list of reference books. Even if
all these reference books are studied thoroughly, scoring high marks in these
papers still cannot be accomplished. Thus, it is always better to target for a
very good score in Paper I.

Literature for Paper I: You can refer various
books available in market for paper I. These books cover all the ten topics of
paper I quite comprehensively. In addition, reading National Talent Search Exam
(NTSE) books of 7^{th} standard can help you in raising your reasoning
related to logic based questions. There is
a lot of syllabus concerning education. You can consult your friends who have
done B. Ed. Or M. Ed. for the reference books regarding education syllabus.

Solving
MCQs from old question papers of NET/SLET/SET will help to develop excellent reasoning
ability. To complete the paper in time, students must practice sample papers or
mock test papers based on Paper I. The syllabus wise guidance for all the ten
topics of Paper I will be soon updated on this site.

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