University Grant Commission (UGC) will be conducting National Eligibility Test (NET) on 30 December 2012 to determine the eligibility of the candidates for Lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship. The exam will be held in objective mode with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in two sessions comprising of three papers. Amongst them will be a General Paper intended for testing the teaching skills, general awareness, communication, reasoning process and research aptitude of the candidates aspiring to be a lecturer or willing to pursue research.
There will be 60 questions in the General Paper of which the examinee are required to mark the answers for 50 questions and the questions will be asked from the below mentioned topics:
- Teaching Aptitude
- Research Aptitude
- Reading Comprehension
- Reasoning (including Numerical aptitude)
- Logical Reasoning
- Data Interpretation
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- People and Environment
- Higher Education System: Governance, Polity and Administration
jagranjosh.com has scribbled some suggestions on the ways to prepare for questions based on Teaching & Research Aptitude that will be asked in General Paper of UGC NET 2012. Candidates will have to thoroughly study the following topics to attain high score or minimum qualifying marks in the examination.
- Teaching- Nature, objectives, characteristics and basic requirements: Candidates who wish to be a lecturer must be aware of the facts like nature of teaching, aim, characteristics and teaching aids and needs. For example: the primary objective of teaching is to develop thinking power of the students.
- Learner’s Characteristics: Aspiring candidates must understand the learner’s characteristics. Every student is different from others in terms of grasping power or comprehension level and therefore their needs with respect to that are different. So, a teacher should make out that what kinds of students are present in his/ her class, how to deal with them, and what kind of aid is to be provided to the students who are less responsive.
- Factors Affecting Teaching: Aspirants should have the adequate knowledge of the factors that affects the teaching. For example, how a teacher should behave while taking a class or what should be done by the teachers if a student constantly asks questions in the class or what measures should be taken by the teacher to discipline the students.
- Methods of Teaching: There are various methods and techniques which a teacher uses in the class to help students to understand the subject. Candidate willing to be in this noble profession should be well versed with all these tactics. To develop the thinking and working capabilities of students, teacher uses methods like Lectures, Seminars, Dictation, Projects, work shops etc.
- Teaching Aids: Candidates who wish to be a lecturer must be acquainted with all the teaching aids that are used to make teaching more effective and within the understanding level of students. Charts, flash cards, projector, presentations are a few examples of teaching aids.
- Evaluation Systems: Aspirants are required to have a sufficient awareness of the evaluation systems that are used by universities/ colleges. For example, in some colleges, CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) is preferred and in others percentage or total marks are preferred.
Candidates can easily grasp the above mentioned topics from the books available online and in the market. To complete the paper in time, students can practice sample papers or mock test papers based on General Paper (Paper-I).