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Online and offline books for UGC NET preparation

Online and offline books for UGC NET preparation

Tuesday December 18, 2018,

5 min Read

UGC NET is one of the most prestigious exams conducted in India for those who want to pursue their career in Lectureship or Research at PG level. It is also known as National Eligibility Test.

UGC NET was initiated by the University Grants Commission, later CBSE. And from 2018 onward, NTA took over the charges.

Till July 2018, it was conducted in offline mode, but from Dec 2018, it is going to be held in online mode. 

The dates for UGC NET Dec 2018 are as follows:

Exam Activity

Important Dates

Online registration

1st Sept 2018 to 31st Sept 2018 (closed)

Application correction process

8th Oct 2018 to 14th Oct 2018 (closed)

Admit card

19th Nov 2018

Exam date

18th Dec 2018 to 22nd Dec 2018

Result declaration

10th Jan 2019

Being a lecturer or a researcher is a big thing with great responsibilities. A lecturer and a researcher are supposed to have all possible knowledge available and updated in their subjects of interest.

But gaining this sort of, one must study hard as well as smart. Here smart work is very important to reach to your goal. And to do smart study, one needs smart ways to study.

Below I am going to review both online and offline mode of study and their advantages and disadvantages, which might help students in deciding which mode to choose for better results.

Offline Study Material:

Offline study material means hard copy, i.e, books, notes, etc. the plus point of books is that you get personalized feeling. We are very familiar with this concept of offline studying.

All of us has used books in our lives, we are used to it!

But still there are certain minus points of offline reading like: some books tend to be heavy hence difficult to carry, careful handling, limited number of questions to practice, and sometimes we have to refer to more than 1-2 books for a subject which creates a mess. It is costly as you have to a large number of books, etc.

Also, it is not sure whether the books will always be available in small cities, towns and villages or not. 

A Few Cons:

Students who prefer studying only from offline books might face issues like.. no proper guidance while self-studying from a book, difficulty in understanding the language, concepts, etc. Lack of practice questions and doubt solving.

Below is the list of some of the offline books for UGC NET:


1) Trueman’s UGC NET /SLET General Paper 1

  • Author: M. Gagan and Sajit Kumar
  • Publisher: Danika Publishing Company; 2015 edition (1 January 2018)

2) UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude

  • Author: Arihant express
  • Publisher: Arihant Publication; Ninth edition (2017)

3) CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude

  • Author: KVS Madaan
  • Publisher: Pearson Education; Second edition (Paperback – Sep 2018)


1) Trueman’s UGC NET Paper 1

  • Author: Sanjay Gupta and A.K. Singh
  • Publisher: Trueman’s

2) NTA CT- UGC (NET/SET/JRF) General Paper 1 – Teaching and Research Aptitude

  • Author: KVS Madaan and Anshu Bala Madaan
  • Publisher: Pearson

3) UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper 1 Shikshan Avum Shodh Abhiyogita

  • Publisher: Arihant Publication; Eight edition (2017)

Online Study Material:

Online study material means soft copy, i.e., having notes in your gadgets like mobile, tablet, laptop, pc, etc.

Online studying is entirely a new concept which is gaining popularity very fast.

Today everyone owns a gadget, at least a mobile phone and carry it everywhere with themselves. Providing study material on such gadgets makes it accessible anytime, anywhere as we don’t have to carry heavy books.

The cost of online study material is lesser than offline, hence pocket friendly.

Also referring to books provided by coaching institutes, gives you one stop destination. They collaborate all the important data from various sources and provide it in place. Even if you live in a far away small village you can order the study material and can have instant access to it.

Moreover, the coaching institutes take the responsibility of delivering the study material to your doorstep no matter where you live. Hence, you get the good study material at home without any struggle and time waste.

In online mode, you can ask your doubts and get your concepts cleared by the UGC NET experts itself. Online coaching provides the facility of calling or messaging the experts where you can easily talk to them, ask your questions, etc.

Below is the list of some coaching institutes, who provide online study material: 

1) Eduncle UGC NET Study Material:

Eduncle provides free study material as well as paid study material for UGC NET exam.

a) Free Study Material Stuffs

  • Syllabus PDF with list of most important topics 
  • Sample Theory for UGC NET (For the Basic Knowledge)
  • Model Test Papers 
  • Solved Previous Years Question Papers

b) Paid Study Material Stuffs

  • Theory of 25 Units (Included Paper I & II)
  • Unit Wise Papers, Previous Years Papers & Model Test Papers with Complete Solutions

Eduncle also provides the Experts’ support to students whenever they stuck in any topic. 

Free access to study material is provided by the Eduncle on second attempt, in case any candidate couldn’t qualify the exam in first attempt.

Downloading Free Study Material from Eduncle is always easier. You have to follow the sign-up step and your free copy of valuable content would be ready to download.

2) CBSE NET Online – 

It sells only Paper 1 Study Material, which includes:

a) Unit wise Theory

b) Last Years’ Question Papers with Answer Key

c) Topics Wise MCQs

Also, UGC NET is going to be held online. Hence, using online study material is going to benefit all the aspirants as it will give the idea of how the exam and the environment is going to be. Online study material provides ample number of mock tests with answers to practice, which is very limited in hard copies. It gives the Real Time Test facility so that you will be familiar with the test process.

Both online and offline study material have their own positive and negative points but with time online study material is becoming popular and advance. Online study is considered to be the smart way of studying.

Choose wisely.

All the best!