1. The best time to qualify CSIR-NET is during your M.Sc. As the time passes after M.Sc., your chances to qualify this exam also diminish. Ideally the preparation should start three to four months before exam, but that means you must stick to a particular schedule. If you are an appearing candidate we would suggest starting in the second semester itself (if you want to clear JRF).
2. Study the syllabus from the point of view of the examiners or paper setters. Suppose you were asked to prepare questions based on this syllabus what would you ask? This will get you in the right frame of mind to understand what you should pay more attention to.
3. Solve sample papers as much as you can.
4. If you are an appearing candidate, then try to co-relate the questions from the theory part, Remember, it doesnâ€™t matter how much your university awards you, rather a JRF would Really MATTER, so devote as much time as possible to get in to the subjects & concepts. They emphasize concepts rather than mugging up & vomiting data.
5. Improve your speed in multiple choice questions by taking mock tests.
6. Read, read and read some more. Jot down points of all that you read. Prepare mind-maps for easy revision and clear grouping of ideas. You need to develop a mature understanding of your subject through involved reading, deeper level processing and clear and concise writing.