Thirumalan K S

Qualified Exams: NTA UGC NET & JRF (2023)

  • Academic Info:
  • Post-graduation: National Institute of Forensic Science Gandhinagar
  • Graduation: Sree Narayana Guru Institute of Science and Management

Interview Questions:

Q1: Is it your first attempt?

No, this is my third attempt (December 2023). In my 1st attempt, I didn’t clear NET or JRF but in my 2nd attempt, I cleared NET and didn’t clear JRF.

From my first 2 attempts, I learned that I hadn’t taken the exam that seriously.

Q2: How long have you been preparing for the UGC NET/JRF exam?

I prepared for 3 months for the exam

Q3: Did you join any coaching programs? Would you recommend others to join?

I would recommend the SFIS UGC NET coaching program in case you are interested in learning from lectures. They are great at teaching and almost cover all the portions required for the NET exam. I believe for a person like me who has completed a master’s, self-study would do a lot of good. 

Q4: What is your study routine?

I usually studied for 3 hours regularly mostly practicing with the previous year’s question papers and MCQs from the Forensic MCQ app.

Q5: Books and online resources you read for preparation of paper 1 and paper 2

  • For paper 1: I used the KVS Madan sir book and Youtube videos.
  • For paper 2: B.R Sharma’s book on criminal investigation, Richard Li Forensic Biology, and DAMS Forensic Medicine and Toxicology   

Q6: How did help you with your JRF?

I spent most of my time with for my paper 2 preparation as it has subject-wise mcq for all the subjects and to with proper explanations. I also completed PYQs with solutions and quizzes, which helped me test my knowledge.

Q7: Would you recommend

I have recommended and I would recommend to anyone who is preparing for UGC-NET and JRF

Q8: Let’s say if you can go back in time, exactly one month before the exam. What One thing you can change that helps you score more?

I would have given some more importance to paper 1.

Q9: What is the most important element of your preparation that helps you to crack JRF?

Solving Previous year’s question papers and spending time with lots of MCQ tests. 

Q11: Lastly, What’s your future plan?

Joining a Ph.D. in a prestigious university and contributing to the research community.

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