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July 19, 2024 • 12:16 pm

CSIR NET General Aptitude: Tips, Study Plan, Questions

CSIR NET General Aptitude

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As per the CSIR NET Exam, the paper consists of three parts – Part A, B, and C. In these 3 sections, Part A is completely dedicated to CSIR NET General Aptitude, and the remaining two sections are based on subject-wise questions.

CSIR NET General Aptitude plays an important role to qualify for the exam as it contains 30 marks out of 200. So, to prepare well for Part A, candidates need some good preparation strategies.

So, here in this blog, we are providing you a perfect CSIR NET study guide for General Aptitude Section.

Please read the following details to turn your CSIR NET Exam Preparation in the right direction.


Smart Ways to Begin CSIR NET General Aptitude Preparation

CSIR NET General Aptitude Preparation Plan

CSIR NET Paper 1 Time Management Plan

Preparation Strategy for General Aptitude Test


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Smart Ways to Begin CSIR NET General Aptitude Preparation


At some point, we all wish that there should be some quick exam preparation mantras that may help us in gaining a good score.

To make the CSIR NET Exam 2024 Preparation easier for you, Eduncle has come up with some amazing ways through which you can give a smooth start to your exam preparations.


Understand the CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2024


Understanding the CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2024 is essential while starting up your exam preparation. As when you have a clear idea about the exam format, you can know what is your target score and how much time you’ll have to attempt maximum questions.


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Know Detailed CSIR NET Syllabus 2024 & Mark the Topics


To study productively, you must know which topics are asked in the exam.

From below you can note down the entire CSIR NET Syllabus 2024 for Part A to start preparing for the exam: -

Numerical Ability

Number and Simplification, LCM and HCF Average, Quadratic Equations, Sequence and Series, Surds and Indices, Logarithms, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportion and Variation, Partnership, Alligation and Mixture. Time Speed and Distance, Time and Work, Permutations and Combinations, Probability, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, etc.


Series Formation, Coding-Decoding, Distance and Directions, Calendar and Clock, Ranking and Arrangement, Puzzles, etc.

Data Interpretation and Graphical Analysis

Mean, Median, Mode, Measures of Dispersion, Graphical Analysis: Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie-Chart, Tabulation.



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Self Categorise Difficulty Level of Topics


After knowing the syllabus, you must analyse each topic and then create a list of your Strong, Moderate, and Weak areas as per your preparation level. With this, you will get an idea of where to focus more, while preparing.

 Strong Category - It covers topics in which you have knowledge about the topic, and you are confident enough to solve the questions.

 Moderate Category - It included topics that require a little modification and practice.

 Weak Category - It included topics that require preparation from the basic level.

This process will give you a proper analysis of your knowledge and will define your start towards the preparation of General Aptitude, Part A.



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Only analysing the syllabus and pattern will not conquer good preparation. For this, you will also require good CSIR NET Study Material 2024 and proper guidance.

At Eduncle you will get all essentials for your exam preparation like books, notes, practice papers, previous papers and any guidance from the subject expert.




CSIR NET General Aptitude Study Plan – Day-wise Schedule


After collecting all the CSIR NET Exam Pre-requisites, candidates should prepare a study schedule for a smooth preparation journey.

Eduncle Experts have come up with the perfect Study Plan for aspirants to prepare well for CSIR NET General Aptitude Paper. Please check below –


CSIR NET General Aptitude Preparation Plan

Day 1

Time and Work + Time and Distance

Day 2

Time and Work + Time and Distance

Day 3

Percentage + Mensuration

Day 4

Percentage + Mensuration

Day 5

Graphical Representation & Analysis

Day 6

Series Formation & Coding-Decoding

Day 7

Series Formation & Coding-Decoding

Day 8

Data Interpretation

Day 9

Distance & Directions

Day 10

Data Interpretation + Distance & Directions

Day 11

Ranking & Arrangement

Day 12

Number & Simplification

Day 13

Sequence & Series

Day 14

Data Interpretation + Puzzles

Day 15

Data Interpretation + Puzzles

Day 16


Day 17

Trigonometry + Calendar and Clock

Day 18

Permutations + Probability

Day 19

Permutations + Probability

Day 20

Geometry + Quadratic Equations

Day 21

Geometry + Quadratic Equations

Day 22

Alligation and Mixture

Day 23

Interest [Simple + Compound]

Day 24

Numbers + Series

Day 25

Surds and Indices + Graphs

Day 26

Average + LCM-HCM

Day 27

Ratio + Proportion

Day 28

Partnership + Profit and Loss

Day 29

Remaining Topics

Day 30

Remaining Topics


With General Paper, here you can also get a complete guide for your opted subject in CSIR NET Exam

CSIR NET Chemical Sciences

CSIR NET Earth Sciences

CSIR NET Life Sciences

CSIR NET Mathematical Sciences

CSIR NET Physical Sciences



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CSIR NET Paper 1 Study Plan – Time Management


After understanding the concept of each topic, start practicing questions as much as you can. It will help you to boost your confidence level, speed, and accuracy for the exam. From overall study hours, you must devote at least 2-3 hrs each day for this section.

In your daily study schedule, you have to maintain a proper break in between preparation.  For General Paper preparation you should take a break of 15 minutes after completing each study hour.

Important Note:

Prepare quick notes containing the short tricks and formulas at the time of exam preparation. Quick notes will be very helpful to save your time for study.

After completing the practice session for all the topics, focus on revising the learned topics with quick notes.

Use Memorizing Techniques to boost your brainpower.



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CSIR NET Part-A Preparation – Strategy for Preparing 2024 Exam


It is not that much tough to score in the CSIR NET General Aptitude Section. If you prepare well by adopting good strategies, then you can easily achieve the targeted score in this section.

Here we are sharing some easy tricks to make your preparations more powerful and scoring-

With basic concepts, you can easily and quickly solve the Ratio & Proportion, Average, Percentage questions. You can also try some short tricks to solve these questions.

Data Interpretation is generally Based on the Statistics (Basic mathematics Concepts from class 10th) so you must focus on the statistics part which will help you to perform well.

In Logical Reasoning, most of the questions are based on simple concepts for Directions, Venn Diagram, Odd One Out, Blood Relations, and Non-Verbal Reasoning. So, you can score more in less time.

Some of the topics require regular practice like Seating Arrangements, Coding-Decoding, and Series Completion so to solve them follow basic rules and tricks.

Understand the methods and formulas to keep the solution tricks in your mind for long.

Prepare Quick Notes containing the formulas and shortcut methods at the time of practice.

Practice at least 10 CSIR NET General Aptitude Questions after completing a topic from the syllabus list.

Take help of CSIR NET Previous Years Question Papers, Sample Papers, CSIR NET Mock Test 2024 Papers and Online Test Series to boost up your exam giving skills.



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We hope that the above information will be helpful to you in preparing well for the exam. To get more tips regarding the CSIR NET Preparation, stay tuned with us.

If you have any query then share it with us through the comment section below. We will solve your problems as soon as possible.

If you want to give an extra edge to your preparation for Part A, then download the Eduncle App, where you can get answers to all your doubts from a pan-India community of students and experts.


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Showing 7 comments out of 14
  • Suraj chaudhari

    As a microbiology student, what is difference between ugc net and csir net for my subject?


    Hello Suraj,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    If you are a student of microbiology, you should apply for the CSIR NET exam which is conducted for science candidates, while UGC NET is for arts and Humanities students.
    Thank You!!

  • Mani

    can u please tell I'm msc botany students I can apply as CSIR NET as lifescience or botany I'm a fresher so I have confusion


    Hello Mani,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible to apply for CSIR NET life science subject.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!

  • Akash

    Thanks for helping us. Can you please help us to prepare part B &C of Earth Sciences? How should we approach the exam preparation for June 2019? Many thanks.


    Hello Akash,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    To prepare well for the CSIR NET Earth Science, you can download free sample study material, previous years question papers & model test papers with solution and study plan prepared by the subject Experts’ from – CSIR NET Free Downloads
    Thank You!

  • Farheen

    Thanx for beautiful suggestion for a part. I want help in understanding core area clearly for c part and want to know how to attempt more b part questions. Your best regards


    Hello Farheen, Greetings from Eduncle! Thanks for sharing your queries with us! Part C of CSIR NET Exam for any of the subjects contains questions which require the complete theoretical knowledge of the facts, terminologies and their application. Total Marks allotted to Part C is 100 out of 200. Part B of the CSIR NET Paper contains subject-related conventional MCQs. The number of questions differs in each of the CSIR NET subjects. You need to attempt 20-35 questions out of the total questions. Total Marls allotted to Part C is 70 marks out of 200 (In case of Mathematical sciences the Total Marks allotted to this section is 75/200 and for Part C it is 95/200) Get complete details regarding the exam pattern and the prescribed syllabus for all CSIR NET Subjects at Eduncle! Keep visiting Eduncle for latest CSIR NET Exam Updates! Kind Regards, Eduncle Team

  • Yadav

    please tell me how to prepare for CSIR life science it is so difficult for me because of my semester exam on may 2017?


    Hello Nisha, Greetings from Eduncle! Thanks for sharing your query with us! Firstly, relax and calm down. Don't over-strain your mind with the burden of preparing for your Graduation Exams and CSIR NET Exam. As you have your Graduation Exams scheduled in May. so your first focus should be on them. You have to prepare wisely and intelligibly for your semester exams, as the first priority should clearing the Graduation with the required percentage. Once your exams are over, you can take the preparations for CSIR NET Exam. Also, the topics which you would be covering in the Life Science Exam would be there in your Graduation Semester. So while preparing for your Semester Exams, highlight the important and common topics and lay more stress on them, so that you don't have to repeat them. This way you would save time and effort. Every exam can be conquered, if dealt with proper study schedule and time management. All the Best for your Exam Prep! Kind Regards, Eduncle Team

  • Ankur

    May I know graduation percentage matters in csir chemical sciences . I have got 50.7 in bsc and 61 % in MSc . Am I right for doing PhD after clearing net jrf


    Hello Ankur,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    The Graduation percentage does not require in CSIR NET exam. With min 55% marks in post graduation degree , you will be eligible to apply for the CSIR NET Exam.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!


    Hello Ankur,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    According to CSIR NET guidelines, candidates having minimum 55% aggregate marks in post-graduation can apply for the exam. As you have 61% marks in M.Sc., you are eligible to apply. Make sure you also meet all the required criteria for exam.
    Thank You.


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