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February 23, 2019 • 5:09 pm

CSIR NET Dec 2018 Exam Reviews by the Applicants [Expert Strategies]





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The CSIR NET Exam has been conducted successfully on 16th December 2018! The aspirants who have been preparing hard to crack the exam must be feeling relaxed after its completion.


The CSIR NET Exam is undoubtedly a tough race to win! The candidates must showcase their knowledge at a brilliant level to qualify this exam.


As discussed in our previous blogs, the difficulty level of the questions remain very high in the exam and it varies every year. To study the CSIR NET Exam Pattern and its’ difficulty level in detail, we have requested so many aspirants to share their reviews with us.


We would extend our thanks to all the CSIR NET Exam aspirants who shared their valued feedback with us. Based on their feedback we have segregated the reviews into 10 Q & A form. Also, check out the expected cut-offs for CSIR NET December 2018 Exam.



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Ques 1: How was the CSIR NET Exam December 2018? How would you rate the difficulty level of the questions asked?


Answer: As compared to the previous years’ papers, the CSIR NET Exam had less difficulty level than the last year. The questions seemed to be shifting more towards the trend in the research atmosphere.


Of course, the difficulty level was high but only in the case of Part – B and the questions from Part – C were the combinations of medium & hard difficulty levels. The General Aptitude section was quite easy and scoring as well. If prepared well, candidates can obtain maximum scores in this section.


The difficulty level increased in ascending order from Part – A to Part – C.



Ques 2: Which section you started attempting first and why?


Answer: I attempted the General Aptitude Section first as it was less time consuming and the questions were easier. So, I thought it would be wise to attempt Part-A questions quickly and save time for other sections.



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Ques 3: How did you distribute your time amongst the various sections? Kindly share your Time Management strategy followed during the exam?


Answer: I had a clear thought in my mind that I would attempt Part- A i.e. General Aptitude Section at first as this will help me in gaining confidence.


After solving all the questions of Part-A, I switched over to Part-B Section and lastly, I attempted Part-C Section which has the highest marks weightage amongst all the 3 sections. Part C was very time-consuming.


So, it’s better to take the third section at last and solve the questions with patience because one single mistake in these questions can hamper your scorecard.



Ques 4: Did you get anxious and nervous reviewing the questions or did you stay calm? If you felt anxious, how did you calmed your anxiety level?


 Answer. Truly speaking, before I started solving the questions, I had a quick view of the entire paper to have a rough idea about the questions toughness. And then I got a little nervous after seeing the questions from Part-C Section.


But when I began with the Aptitude Section, I could solve maximum questions from that section easily. This helped me in gaining confidence in me and with a calm mind, I solved other sections too.



Ques 5: Which topics came with the highest marks weightage? Please guide the CSIR NET Aspirants about the topics which they should cover at high priority.


Answer: I’ve given the Exam for CSIR NET Life Sciences, so I would advise the Life Science aspirants to focus more on the memorization of specific chemicals, receptors, pathways etc.  Apart from these, the basics from the +2 level must be very solid.


Especially the non-Botany students should learn all the basic Botany concepts as the questions which are coming out are quite simple.


A strong base in either Developmental Biology or Molecular Biology is a must as a lot of questions are coming from that.


It would be wise if you study with the brief notes that are prepared to learn the basic concepts in a precise manner.


The point of relief is that section A is very easy. Only a few weeks of preparation can make you score high in this section.



Ques 6: What helped you in memorizing things during the CSIR Exam?


Answer: Well, the last-minute revision from quick notes helped me a lot in keeping the concepts and formulas remembered for long.



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Ques 7: What can be the Expected CSIR NET December 2018 Cutoffs?


Answer: The CSIR NET Cutoffs (official) has not been released yet but you can the CSIR NET Expected cutoffs as declared by our experts.



Cut off Marks for JRF December 2018 (Expected)


Subject Unreserved OBC SC ST PH/VH
Chemical Sciences 53.75% 45.00% 38.50% 28.25% 25.00%
Earth Sciences 55.20% 47.55% 40.35% 38.54% 25.00%
Life Sciences 53.25% 43.75% 38.25% 32.00% 25.00%
Mathematical Sciences 52.25% 44.38% 34.00% 26.25% 25.00%
Physical Sciences 48.63% 43.20% 33.44% 28.25% 25.00%



Cut off Marks for LS December 2018 (Expected)


Subject Unreserved OBC SC ST PH/VH
Chemical Sciences 48.20% 41.35% 34.50% 26.25% 25.00%
Earth Sciences 50.00% 43.00% 36.28% 35.20% 25.00%
Life Sciences 47.25% 40.75% 33.25% 29.00% 25.00%
Mathematical Sciences 47.00% 39.68% 30.13% 25.25% 25.00%
Physical Sciences 44.63% 40.27% 30.25% 27.25% 25.00%


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Ques 8: Did the Mock Test Papers or Previous Years Papers helped you in the CSIR NET Exam?


Answer: Yes! I felt this very strongly that mock tests and past years’ papers really helped me in boosting up my speed, accuracy, and confidence as well.


The habit of solving those papers helped me a lot while attempting the questions in the exam.


I suggest all the aspirants practice with CSIR NET Mock Tests and Previous Years’ Question Papers.



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Ques 9: What was the toughest part for you during the whole preparation journey of CSIR NET Exam? Please share your fears and how you overcome them?


Answer: I think the huge syllabus and the strain of recollecting things from your graduation level studies and revising their concepts. This was very time taking but if you can prepare a proper plan and schedule your studies wisely, then this tough task can be easier.



Ques 10: Have you taken any coaching? If yes, then from where and how did it help you?


Answer: Yes, I took coaching from a near-by coaching center but I wish I could take help of some online courses as it is time-saving and more helpful than classroom coaching.



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Folks! Thanks for sharing your valuable reviews with us. We hope that you all qualify the exam with very good scores!


All the Best!


Dear visitors,


Above we have presented the overall analysis of the exam in a brief manner.


If you have also appeared in the CSIR NET Exam December 2018 and wish to share your feedback with us, please join us through the comment section below! Kindly post your feedback and review there.


Also, if anyone wishes to ask questions from the CSIR NET December Aspirants, they can post their queries in the comment section.


Eduncle aims at keeping all the CSIR NET aspirants updated with every single information. For your ease, we are suggesting to you a few blogs that may help you in preparing well for the exam.


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Showing 23 comments out of 30
  • Parmod
    Hlo sir In dec 2018 exam my marks are 105.5 according to answer key Is there any possibility of clearing the Jrf Pliz reply sir
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  • Rajinder Singh last question....... Why this time result is very late... I think now they can easily upload the result..
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Rajinder,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Well, we can't tell you the exact reason behind this but yes every year the June Result is declared in the October month only. So, this year also, we can expect the result to be declared around 15th October.   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
    Chanreingam L
    When can we expect the csir result?
    Eduncle Team
    Hello Chan L,   Greetings from Eduncle!   In the recently released official notification, CSIR Authorities has stated that the result is delayed due to some legal issues. They’re trying to declare the result as soon as possible. Whenever we’ll have any important news regarding the same, we’ll update it in the blog.   Kindly stay connected with us!   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Ramsey
    sir, when will the results of NET DECEMBER 2017 be out? It has crossed 4 months now. And as of today, the on going court case's latest outcome is that, the court has now been adjourned till 26th july 2018. So when could CSIR possibly declare the results?
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Ramsey,   Greetings from Eduncle!   As per the notification released today, the result will be out soon and probably in 2-3 days. So stay tuned with us!   You can also subscribe here to get notified through SMS, when the result is out!   Thanks for asking your query to us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Dalmalka Praveen Kumar
    when will be the initial key of csir june 18
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Dalmalka,   Greetings from Eduncle!   It is expected to be out in the month of August 2018. But at Eduncle, you can have the expected Answer Key for CSIR NET June 2018. Download the FREE PDF Here - CSIR NET June 2018 Answer Key FREE PDF.   Thanks for asking your query to us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Anju Sogarwal
    respected sir please check the answer of life science dece2017of these questions. 50,52,69,78,80,82,86,88,96,999101,104
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Anju,   Greetings from Eduncle!   You can login here and download the CSIR NET Dec 2017 Life Sciences Answer Keys from here. Please download the PDF for free and analyse your scores.   Thanks for asking your query to us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Rekha
    For ugc net csir dec 2017.What is qualification and what is time period M.Sc complete
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Rekha,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Please go through the following blog to have a complete knowledge about - CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria.   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Rajinder Singh
    And acc to u Ls is 44% and jrf is at 39-40% Or it is reverse.... i mean LS is at 39-40% and jrf is at 44%
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  • Rajinder Singh
    Can result not declared before 7 oct.......
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Rajinder,   Greetings from Eduncle!   No, I think the Result will be declared on or after 15th October 2017.   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Dalmalka Praveen Kumar
    results will be out in which month sep/oct for june csir net sir.thanks in advance
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Dalmalka Praveen,   Greetings from Eduncle!   The CSIR NET June 2018 result had been released on 4th December 2018. Please check the details here – CSIR NET Result.   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Chainika
    What will be the expected cut off for csir net jrf June life sciences?
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Chainika,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Please check the expected cutoff from here -   Thanks for asking your query to us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
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