How to Prepare for NTA UGC NET/JRF Forensic Science Paper 2?

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Preparing for the forensic NTA UGC NET exam is a hectic task. But still, few aspirants (less than 10%) qualify for NET and less than 1% of aspirants qualify for the JRF.

So, what do JRF aspirants do right that rests 99% are lacking? I will disclose the full blueprint in this post.

But first, let me introduce myself, I am Amar, the founder of this forensic blog and also a NET-qualified aspirant with 59.33%. 

Here, I am going to explain the whole tactic with the workflow that you need to get your Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

So, if you ask me, “what’s the only goal of this post? ” My words would be…….

to show how you can prepare for NTA UGC NET Forensic Science examination and crack the JRF in your first attempt.

This article could be very long, so please, only read when you have 10 minutes time. So, if you’re free now, you are good to go. Otherwise, bookmark it for later reading.

Must Read: If you want a short version of the post, watch this on our YouTube channel.

Why Less than 10% Qualify for NET/JRF?

Why Less than 10% Qualify for NET/JRF?

Why? Hack! It’s hard work.

There is no disagreement that hard work is the secret to success, but according to my own experience, there are five other qualities behind their success. There are:

  1. Believe in yourself
  2. Managing time
  3. Blueprint or timetable (a realistic one)
  4. Switching swiftly between paper 1 and paper 2
  5. Revision (most boring but important)

Now, you may think I didn’t say anything about studying. Yes, I didn’t because you also know you have to do that undoubtedly. 

One more thing— Don’t skip any section. It is a vital resource for your best preparation for the NTA UGC NET /JRF Forensic Science examination

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Cut the Crap Out— Be Realistic

For beginners, NTA UGC NET/JRF Forensic Science is not easy but an achievable goal

Some say you need this, you need that, you can’t do this, blah, blah, blah…….

But, what really do you need? A Healthy Mindset.

A healthy mindset is finding ways to grow your belief— not externally influenced. Moreover, you can’t afford to be negative towards your limiting beliefs about achieving your JRF.

To give you confidence, here is my story.

I appeared in the 2018 July UGC NET Forensic Science examination. And I scored 59.33% combined. And I don’t remember the decimal number right now, but it is something like 61.33% or 61.66% in Forensic Science paper 2.

It seems realistic! But here is a catch.

I did it in less than 30 days. Yes, you read it right.

Actually, it took me 23 days to get UGC NET qualified with 59.33% (56.67% was needed to qualify for NET for general aspirants).

Holy shit!!!

Another surprise, It was my first attempt and only attempt.

Sounds untrue? Believe me or not, it’s true.

“How did you do it?”, many of my classmates asked me what books did you read. I told them the list of books that I read (I also tell you, later in the post). But most of them didn’t do great in their next forensic UGC NET exam.

Why did they fail? My answer is, “I really don’t know.”

But, if you ask me, “What is the ‘ONE thing that makes me realistic towards my goal?” I would say— “Belief in Myself“.

I remembered the date, it was 17 June 2018, when I got most of the books that I needed for the preparation.

At that time, if I believe that I didn’t have ample time to complete the syllabus (which I don’t), I am sure you’re not reading this post, in fact, I would never be a part of Editorial Group.

So, believe me, don’t limit yourself with limiting beliefs. “Think less and Do more”

How Much Time Did You Need for the Preparation?

How Much Time Did You Need for the Preparation of UGC NTA NET Forensic Science Exam

The sweet spot is “3 months” and that’s what we are aiming for in this post.

I will guide you to the full timetable plan for your preparation of NTA UGC NET Forensic Science Paper 2.

But here is another thing that happens to the majority of UGC NET aspirants (or any exams).

  • If you believe you can crack the NTA UGC NET/ JRF exam in 30 days, you can.
  • If you believe you can crack the exam in 3 months, you can
  • If you believe you need 1 year to crack the exam, it surely takes 1 year.

So, don’t give yourself a fuzzy time period for the preparation for the UGC NET Forensic Science exam. All you need is 3-month preparation. 

Finding How Much Time Actually You Have?

From now, we are not talking in days, but hours.

Why? Because it is more effective in keeping your daily or weekly goals realistic.

Here is a general view of which aspirants can be classified:

1. That can study 5 hrs or less a day: 90 days x 5 = 450 hrs (who are doing jobs). They surely start as early as 5-6 months before the examination.

2. That can study 8 to 10 hrs a day: 90 days x 10 = 900 hrs. (students at PGs, cooking, chores, etc. takes time)

3. That can study more than 11 to 12 hrs a day: 90 days x 12 =1080 hrs. (students at their home) 

Which category did you fall in? Comment us later, after reading this post.

NTA UGC NET Forensic Science aspirants that are doing day jobs, I only want to say, “start early as 5-6 months before examination”.

For the college guys, you have ample time and you’re at the best place and timing to start preparing for the forensic NTA UGC NET exam because you are currently studying the subject daily.

P.S. If you have prior experience of the NTA UGC NET Forensic Science examination, you need about half the time as the aspirants that are preparing for the first time.

How to Make A Smart Time Table For Forensic UGC NET?

How to Make A Smart Time Table For Forensic NTA UGC NET

Time table depends on what’s your daily routine.

For instance, I am a morning person, and I am sure many of you are also the same.

But for those who are night-owl-readers, nothing to worry. This timetable plan is very flexible.

Step 1: Figure out How Much Time Did You Have Daily?

This is a crucial step and you have to figure out what actual time you have for your studies. 

For someone, it could be 5hrs, 8hrs, 10hrs, 14hrs…….

Be realistic here, and try to give your health equal importance.

Step 2: Time for Preparation of Paper 1 vs Paper 2

I  would say, the biggest mistake that I made during my forensic UGC NET preparation is NOT giving more time to paper 1. 

Though it has only 50 questions but it is equally important as paper 2. 

In most cases, guys who do well in paper 1 have two main advantages:

  • First, a moral booster that their paper 1 goes well, which leads to more focus on paper 2.
  • Second, a higher chance of getting JRF.

Let’s say, you have 900 hours for your exam preparation. If you’re a beginner, I would suggest you should give at least 300 to 400 hrs of time to paper 1.

However, time may vary from person to person. Why?

Let me explain this to you with an example.

For example, a guy is already preparing for a government examination. He has a lot of common syllabi, so they have a fair advantage over guys who are beginners.

Don’t panic…

Before my NTA UGC NET exam, I am also like the majority of you guys. I never sat in a government job examination. 

So, we’re level here (at least for those who aren’t preparing for government jobs). Here is also a bonus for you i.e. later in the post, I’ll also tell you how to prepare for paper 1.

Take away. Don’t underestimate paper 1. It is a determining factor for your JRF.

Step 3: Allocate Separate Time for Paper 1 and Paper 2

There is no doubt that paper 1 is equally important as forensic paper 2. And if you’re new to NTA UGC NET preparation, you should study both (forensic and paper 1) on the same day but on a different daytime.

Morning Persons: I prefer to study Forensic Science paper 2 in the morning hours, and paper 1, past 2 pm. And this is what I recommend for you.

Night Learners: You can study forensic paper 2 at night or when your focus is at the utmost. It could be afternoon hours or late in the night.

Step 4: From What Time Should I Start?

For Morning Person

UGC NET Forensic Paper 2

  • Starts studying from 6 am to 8:30 am = 2½ hrs
  • Starts studying from 9:30 to 12 am = 2½ hrs

UGC NET General Aptitude and Reasoning Paper 1

  • Start from 2 pm to 5:00 pm = 3 hrs
  • Start from 6 pm to 8:00 pm= 2 hrs

For Night Learners

UGC NET Forensic Paper 2

  • Starts 9:00 pm to 11:30 am = 2½ hrs
  • Starts 11: 30 to 2:00 am = 2½ hrs

UGC NET General Aptitude and Reasoning Paper 1

  • Starts studying from 1 pm to 3:30 pm = 2½ hrs
  • Start studying from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm = 2½ hrs

These timings aren’t set in stones, you can adjust them accordingly.

But, try to hit at least 2 hrs straight.

For aspirants who are in jobs, you should egress at least 2 to 3hrs in a 24 hours cycle.

Note: Aspirants who are good at paper 1 will move one block of 2½ hrs to their forensic science paper 2.

Step 5: Bonus Step 

The majority of aspirants (including me) did this regularly.

What’s in most aspirants do…

3 months to the exam: I made a timetable today, I start studying tomorrow. Feeling relaxed.

When 2 months passed,

Heartbeat drops.

Here come the butterflies thought……

“Oh god, not that much time left….. I should’ve followed my timetable…… I wasted my time…, NTA UGC NET exam gonna screw me…”

Take away, “Stick to your time table”

With this, we have discussed how to prepare a plan for the NTA UGC NET/ JRF Forensic Science exam.

Now, it’s time to dig real gems. So, let’s begin.

How to Study for Teaching and Research Aptitude Paper 1 of NTA UGC NET?

How to Study for Teaching and Research Aptitude Paper 1 of NTA UGC NET

In paper 1 of Teaching and Research Aptitude, there are 10 major sections. Each of these sections needs a different approach to learning and understanding.

And, this is what we discuss in this section. 

Sounds good? Yah! It surely does. 

How to Approach the Syllabus of Paper 1?

The following table gives you an overview of how you should approach each chapter of paper 1.

S.No.ChaptersKeynotesTime Period
1.Teaching Aptitude• Comprehensive and long
• 4 subsection
• Watch Video Resource first then read the book
• 3hrs x 2 = Video Resource
• 2½ hrs x 8 = Book Read + ½ hrs x 8 = Practice MCQs
2. Research Aptitude• Comprehensive and long
• 5 subsection
• Watch Video Resource first then read the book
• 3hrs x 2 = Video Resource
• 2½ hrs x 8 = Book Read + ½ hrs x 8 = Practice MCQs
3. Comprehension• Short Chapter
• Directly Read book
• Only practice required
• Daily 1 or 2 compression
• Try to complete in 10min.
4. Communication• Short and easy
• Watch video first then read the book
• 2hrs x 2 = Video Resource
• 2½ hrs x 3 = Book Read + ½ hrs x 3 = Practice MCQs
5. Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude• Comprehensive Chapter
• Easy to understand
• High scoring chapter
• Watch Videos for tips and tactics
• 2hrs x n = Practice MCQs
• Regular practice required
6. Logical Reasoning• Comprehensive and long
• Easy to understand
• High scoring chapter
• Watch Videos for tips and tactics
• 2hrs x n = Practice MCQs
• Regular practice required
7. Data Interpretation• Short Chapter
• Medium difficulty but high scoring
• Watch Videos for tips and tactics
• 2hrs x n = Practice MCQs
• Only practice required
8. ICT• Short and easy
• Watch video first then read book
• 2hrs x 2 = Video Resource
• 2½ hrs x 3 = Book Read + ½ hrs x 3 = Practice MCQs
9. People and Environment • Comprehensive and long
• Watch Video Resource first then read book
• 3hrs x 3 = Video Resource
• 2½ hrs x 10 = Book Read + ½ hrs x 10 = Practice MCQs
10. Higher Education System• Comprehensive and long
• Watch Video Resource first then read book
• 3hrs x 3 = Video Resource
• 2½ hrs x 10 = Book Read + ½ hrs x 10 = Practice MCQs

Additional Key Notes:

  • Try to start from long and comprehensive chapters such as chapters 1, 2, 9, and 10. 
  • Chapters 4 and 8 should be your second hit-list after completing the long ones.
  • 1, 2, 9, and 10 chapters should be adjusted in the first 3 hrs block.
  • In the second 2 hrs block, you start from chapters 3, 6, and 7. This will make you better with the speed, over time. More importantly, they are the most predictable and scoring questions. So, you take leverage of these three chapters by reading and practicing in 2 hrs time block.
  • So, block 1 for long chapters and block 2 for mathematical and reason chapters.
  • As per the table, you need about 45 days to complete the full paper 1 along with their MCQs.

Study Material And Books For NTA UGC NET Paper 1

For book recommendations, I would say the best available book for the preparation of NTA UGC NET 2021 is Teaching and Research Aptitude by KVS Madaan.

For more practice, you can buy Oxford NTA UGC Paper 1 by Harpreet Kaur.

Video Source

For that, there are plenty of online materials that you get over YouTube and Unacademy.

I totally recommend learning paper 1 through videos, especially for those who are appearing for the first time in the NTA UGC NET Forensic Science examination.

  • Let’s Crack NTA-UGC NET [link]
  • Mohit Sharma Classes [link]
  • Nav Classes [link]
  • Commerce Net Achievers [link]

Online Free Learning

There are some apps that I wish I had known at the time of my NTA UGC NET preparation.

Must have App are:

  • Unacademy Learning App
  • NTA NET Paper 1 Book with PYQ Solutions by NNB Developer
  • UGC NET Previous Question Papers Free Practice by examsnet

How to Study Forensic Science NTA UGC NET/ JRF Paper 2?

How to Study Forensic Science NTA UGC NET JRF Paper 2

The most awaited part is finally here. But this is only half.

If you directly jump to this section, I strongly recommend you to go through the whole post for overall better performance in your net examination.

How to Approach the Syllabus?

First, go through the Forensic Science NTA UGC NET syllabus.

Things have changed very drastically in last one year.

Before the 2018 December NTA UGC NET Forensic paper, Forensic medicine, toxicology, and serology dominates paper 2.

But from 2019 onwards, the examination questionnaire changed a little bit.

For instance, in 2019 July, there were a lot of questions related to questioned documents while in 2019 December, there are a lot of questions from forensic ballistic.

And in the pandemic 2020 October paper, forensic biology, and serology dominate the paper. In 2021 NTA UGC NET exam, you will find all sort of questions even from forensic wildlife, and lastly latest 2022 October paper share the same pattern of 2021.

Similarly, while I analyzing the 2023 NTA UGC NET paper, I found it covers nearly all segments of the syllabus. There are questions nearly from all major topics in the syllabus. I find more uniformity in this paper.

So, if you’re now only relying on some bigger topics such as “Forensic Medicine” and “Fingerprints” and “Forensic Toxicology”, you’re taking a high set of risks.

What is the takeaway from all of this? You can’t rely majorly on forensic medicine and toxicology. Though they cover a big portion of the syllabus but you can’t take this risk.

Study Material For Forensic Science NTA UGC NET

Before disclosing the study material for Forensic Science, I have to tell you one more thing.

You need to understand, that you can’t approach paper 2 of Forensic Science as same as paper 1.

Here, you don’t need to watch the video because the majority of topics are known to you, and you just need to grab the in-depth details.

So, let’s have them one by one. 

Best Recommended Forensic Science Books For NTA UGC NETJRF Preparations

Following are the recommended book that can help you in the preparation of your Forensic Science NTA UGC NET exam.

S.No.FieldsChoice Book 1 (Must)Choice Book 2
1.General Forensic
(Must Read all 3)
Forensic Science by NordbySaferstein + Siegel 
2.Forensic BallisticsFirearms, the Law, and Forensic Ballistics by Tom WarlowHandbook of Firearms and Ballistics by Brian J. Heard
3.FingerprintNordby + Saferstein + Siegel Fingerprint Development Techniques by Bleay
4.Forensic AnthropologyNordby + Saferstein + SiegelForensic Anthropology: A Comprehensive Introduction by Natalie Langley
5.Forensic Biology Forensic Biology by Li RichardNordby + Saferstein + Siegel
6.Forensic Medicine and ToxicologyTextbook of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by Anil AggrawalThe Essentials of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by Reddy
7.Instrumental TechniquesForensic Analytical Techniques by Barbara StuartForensic Science Laboratory Manual and Workbook by Thomas Kubic
8.Physical EvidenceForensic Science Laboratory Manual and Workbook by Thomas KubicNordby + Saferstein + Siegel
9.Digital ForensicNordby + Saferstein + SiegelDigital Evidence and Computer Crime by Eoghan Casey  
10.Questioned DocumentsScientific Examination of Questioned Documents by KellyNordby + Saferstein + Siegel

Lastly, you can also buy Forensic Science UGC NET/JRF MCQ’s book by Anu Singla for more practice.

Forensic Journals, Manuals, and Research Papers For UGC NET

Damm!!! They are full of data. Yes, they do but boring too. 

In the preparation of UGC NET Forensic Science Paper 2, aspirants don’t even go through major journals and publications of India. 

In general, if I take a range, about 5 to 10% (sometimes even more) of questions come from these manuals, journals, and research papers.

I would recommend, at least, go through the major forensic manuals especially the ones related to physical evidence and forensic chemistry such as arson, petroleum products, cement analysis, etc. 

Moreover, I highly recommend asking your teachers and professors for the same.

Check our latest article on the best Forensic Medicine and Toxicology book for your exam preparation.

Online Resources

There are a lot of useful resources that can aid you in your preparation of forensic net paper 2. These are:

  • Websites
    • [link]
    • EPGP Pathshala Forensic [Link]
    • ProProfs for Forensic Medicine MCQs [link] (I recently discovered)
    • Quizlet 
    • (You’re reading on)
    • [link] (7000+ MCQs)

How to Modify Your Approach With Time?

How to Modify Your Approach With Time while preparing for NTA UGC NET

As the Forensic UGC NET paper date gets closer, you can’t afford to pursue the same strategy you used when you began.

You need a different approach.

Here is the step-by-step guide that can help you to modify your approach with time while preparing for the forensic science UGC NET paper 2.

From 90 days to 46 days From Exam Date

You have a total of 4 blocks a day, 2 for Forensic Science and 2 for Paper 1

Paper 1: Study and Practice

  • You should complete at least an entire book of paper 1 with MCQs.
  • Completed each and every topic with doubts.
  • Tackles your weak points.

Forensic Paper 2: Read + Take notes + MCQ Practice

  • You should complete 70% of Forensic Science books along with manuals.
  • Books that you should complete by this period ends are Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Nordby, Saferstein, Seigel, and Forensic Ballistics.
  • Nordby + Siegel Saferstein takes 4 to 5 days each. (15 days most to complete)
  • Forensic Medicine and Toxicology take 20 to 25 days.
  • Forensic Ballistic takes 5-6 days.
  • Every morning, first revise for 30 minutes, and then study new topics.
  • One previous year’s question paper a day. (We have all solved forensic science NTA UGC NET Paper 2)
  • Solve MCQs from the same topic that you study.
  • Once a week, go through full in-depth revision.

From 45 days to 31 days to Exam

3 blocks for Forensic Paper 2 and 1 block for Paper 1

Paper 1: Study and Practice

  • Solve all the previous year’s question papers.
  • Start solving 2nd reference book’s MCQ (optional).
  • Focus on speed building for mathematical, reasoning, and interpretation questions.
  • No space for doubts.
  • If any, study leftover topics. 

Forensic Paper 2: Read + Take notes + MCQ Practice

  • In this time period, you have 25% more time for forensics. So, you have 3 blocks, and in each block, you can read books such as Questioned Documents, Forensic Biology, and Instrument Analysis side-by-side.
  • Every morning (or when you start studying forensics), first revise for 45 minutes of your notes latest by 2 days.
  • Once a week, go through a full in-depth revision.
  • You should re-revise all the previous year’s UGC Net forensic question papers. You can either use the MCQ book Anu Singla or our website’s NTA UGC NET/JRF forensic previous year solved papers for your preparations.
  • Solve MCQs from the same topic that you study.

From 30 days to 24 days to Exam

3 blocks for Forensic Paper 2 and 1 block for Paper 1. [From now start studying 15 minutes more, daily]

Paper 1: Practice

  • Practice as much as you can.
  • Focus on your low points.
  • Speed building.

Forensic Paper 2: Read + Take notes + MCQ Practice

  • In this one week, you have to read two major books on topics;
    • Fingerprint, and
    • Important manuals and journals.
  • Topics such as forensic anthropology, arson, chemical tests, fingerprints, blood spatter and analysis, liquor/alcohol, petroleum products, adulteration of cement, etc. get covered in the above books. So, don’t focus more on it.
  • Revise the latest two-days notes.
  • Once a week, go through a full in-depth revision.
  • Mcq’s practice for the same topic that you study.

From 23 days to 15 days to Exam

In this period, you have an additional 2 hours a day (because of the daily additional 15 mins).

From this point on, you should be done with reading all the books and materials you need to crack the exam.

Paper 1: Practice + Practice + Practice…

  • Additional 1 hour of practice.
  • Practice as much as you can.
  • Try not to use too much video for practice because you may get distracted by other youtube stuff. 

Forensic Paper 2: Revise Notes + MCQ Practice

  • Revise your notes for 2 hours.
  • Practice MCQs from each section, as much as you can.
  • Clear any doubts. (you can also contact us)

From 14 days to 7 days to Exam

From now you should start studying at least for 12 hours a day and try not to get disturbed from fear of exams (I talk later in the post).

Paper 1: Practice + Practice + Practice…

  • Practice as much as you can.
  • Solve all previous year’s question papers.

Forensic Paper 2: Revise Notes + MCQ Practice

  • Revise your notes for 4 hours.
  • All important ossification, color tests, instruments, filters, writer’s division, and books, etc. All tables from Saferstein +Seigel +Nordby + Forensic Medicine + Toxicology + Forensic Biology + Ballistics should be on tips.
  • Again, solve all previous year’s papers.
  • Practice MCQs from each section, as much as you can.

Things that You Should Do in this Time Period 

  • Generally, NTA UGC releases the admit card 10 days prior to the exam. So, please read all the guidance that is provided on your admit card. 
  • Prepare at least 2-3 color copies (or as per guidance) of the Forensic Science NTA UGC NET Admit card along with color photographs.
  • If possible, try to reach the NTA UGC center on a day to get all the accommodations and ideas about transportation.
  • However, if your examination center is in a different city, try to reach 2 days before your examination date. 

From 6 days to 2 days to Exam

You should make yourself friendly in accordance with your UGC NET exam’s timing. 

What do I mean by that?

There are a lot of aspirants that feel tired in the examination hall.

For instance, a morning person feels very tired in the afternoon examination timings. Conversely, the night learners feel tired in the morning shift examination. 

So, you have 6 days to correct it. Believe me, this will totally help you focus more on the forensic science examination.

Try Practice Paper 1 and Paper 2 Simultaneously

Now, one last thing left— apart from revision— solve practice papers one after another.

You should solve each paper in a single sit. This will help you to reconstruct (like crime scene reconstruction) your brain’s ability to focus on consequently solving papers (very similar to what you are going to have in examination).

Moreover, set alarms for 2½ hrs. And I am sure you even complete the whole paper in less than 2½ hrs.

Don’t forget to revise your notes and MCQ questions as much as you can.

1 Day to Go

First, don’t panic. You will do your best. 

Things To Do:

  • Please read all the guidelines on the admit card and UGC website again.
  • Arrange your pen and pencils (as per guidelines).
  • Put all the things in a small bag along with the admit card and photo ID.
  • Don’t avoid fluids.

Please Avoid These:

  • Reaching the same day to another city for examination.
  • Solely depends on Google Maps. It’s true, Google Maps is the only thing that keeps our navigation system working. But, sometimes they are wrong.
  • Avoid reading new topics. Instead, revise your notes.
  • For God’s sake, don’t forget your admit card and photographs.

Questions that I Think Most of You Ask me?

These are some of the questions that I think the majority of you ask me regarding how to prepare for the forensic science NTA UGC NET examination.

How the Heck did I Clear the UGC NET Exam in Less Than 30 days? 

How I crack the forensic UGC NET exam in less than 30 days

When I first went through the syllabus of paper 1 and paper 2, it seemed very huge and I nowhere could complete the whole syllabus in 23 days. 

So, I plan realistic and restrict myself to 80% of paper 1 and 70% syllabus of paper 2.

In paper 1, I skipped the last two chapters while for paper 2, I only read 4 books, including:

  • Forensic Medicine and toxicology (80%)
  • Saferstein + Siegel (100%)
  • Forensic Ballistic (Only the first two chapters)

Other resources that I refer:

  • EPGP Pathshala: Documents, petroleum products, liquor, cement, and concrete analysis.

P.S. At that time, I didn’t know about two important books, otherwise I’d read them. These are Anil Aggrawal (Forensic Medicine and Toxicology) and Nordby (General Forensic). And I highly recommend that you should read these two books for your NET preparations.

In the early days, I had too many limiting beliefs that I couldn’t do it. But I keep going (because I prefer discipline over motivation).

As days passed (in 4 to 5 days), I was constantly hitting 13 to 14 hours of study, daily.

After about 10 days, I feel very motivated (because of initial discipline) to learn new things but hate the revision part.

Honestly! Revision s*****. And it s***** more when you have very much on the plate in a limited time. 

I always keep thinking, I first read new topics and revise “tomorrow”. But for most of us, tomorrow never comes (also for me).  So, I discipline myself to revise daily, mainly all the important tables of medicine, toxicology, Siegel, and Saferstein.

Meanwhile, I also go through regular MCQs from Anu Singla’s book that I got from a lovely person.

But the biggest headache was— paper 1. I totally got screwed in the early days. However, I fairly developed momentum with YouTube and Unacademy videos (specifically by Talvir Singh).

For timing prospectus. I used to study 7-8 hours of forensic UGC net paper 2 and 5 to 6 hours— paper 1.

As time passes, I switched my focus on increasing the speed of solving reasoning and mathematical questions.

From 6 to 7 days before the exam, I completed all the MCQs of both papers 1 and 2 (only from my restricted syllabus), except forensic medicine MCQs. 

As I revise daily, I didn’t need to go through in-depth revision. So, what I did was, only solve the MCQs from paper 1 and paper 2. 

In the next 5 to 6 days, I only do one thing— keep solving MCQs and clearing doubts.

Moreover, repetitive revision helps me to ace my topic clearly with little confusion about what’s helps me the most. 

P.S. I strongly recommend that you live with your family in the days of preparation for the UGC net exam (or any kind of exam). It’s going to help you save another 2-3 hours from chores. But only if you’re not get disturbed there.

Do I Need Coaching to Clear Forensic NTA UGC NET Exam?

If you watched the video, I had a different opinion earlier but now, something has changed. Read it.

It depends. If you feel confident, and have study material and know most of the syllabus well, I think you don’t need any coaching.

But. But. But….. Coaching always improves your chance of getting the exam. Personally, I find a person whose content quality is good i.e. The YouTube channel Forensic Science and Biology by Diksha Sharma.

And Disclosure, I haven’t contacted her when writing this part of the article, but soon may be. I watched her content both on YouTube and her trial course (6-month course). No Doubt. They are one of the best.

Additionally, you should must talk to your mentors and teachers about the same.

How Do I Make Notes?

For paper 1, I don’t recommend making notes. But for paper 2, you should make notes.

  1. Start with tables. Though you have a book, drawing tables helps you to learn the minor details and differences among different columns.
  2. Tackle major and long topics first.
  3. Try to use 4-pen sets (blue, red/pink, green, and black).
    • Use black for headlines,
    • Blue for description,
    • Red for results such as color/ odor/ changes/ types/ features/ characteristics/ important numbers and values. 
    • Use green for the reagents, mnemonics, and modified words (more remembrance).
  4. Use mnemonics, and modify words to remember more.
  5. Try to make flow charts for the set of actions or procedures. It will give a pictorial look that aids memorization.

Tips for Solving Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s) in Forensic Science Preparation

Don’t Mark MCQ’s Answers on Book

Use paper and pen while solving MCQs. Instead of marking the answer in the books, you should write your best correct answer on the paper. 

This will help you when you resolve them. This will help you in the way that your eyes stop to the tick-correct answer and your brain doesn’t get a chance to explore its learning. And this is what I learn the most.

If you agree with me, please show your views in the comments.

Mark Question that Needs Attention (or Doubt)

You should mark difficult questions— but not at your first revision. In your second revision, you start marking the question number that is difficult for you. Because at the first MCQ revision, the majority of the questions seemed difficult which can filter out with the second revision.

Making Notes From MCQ

Mcq’s such as author names, books along with their division should be noted in your notes. 

However, we are currently working on it.  We are collecting all the major authors, discoverers, books, etc. to compile them in a meaningful way for you.

You can subscribe to us, and we mail you directly to your mailbox.

P.S. If you’re solving MCQs online from our MCQ blog, I highly suggest you take notes for difficult questions and note the question number that you think needs revision.

What Mistakes Cost Me JRF?

1. Not starting Earlier. I started late, and that’s why I couldn’t finish my entire syllabus.

2. Not Giving Much Time to Paper 1 (if I did, I might complete 100% syllabus of paper 1).

3. Not visiting the examination center before the date of the UGC net exam. I rely on google maps that make a blunder on the day of examination (google maps showed the wrong location).

It made me really nervous. It took me a critical 40 minutes to look for the right spot.

That’s why I strongly recommend that you should once visit your NTA center before the examination.

4. Not reading journals and manuals for forensic science papers 2.

Any Strategies for Guesswork?

I hardly comment on that.

You can’t depend on “lit-a-hit” for all the MCQ. Conversely, it is nearly impossible to know all the 100 questions of UGC NET forensic paper 2, unless you set the paper.

I would say, if you don’t know the answer, go with your best instinct.

Though it doesn’t cost you any negative grades, but I am not sure about this strategy (and I am sure no one does).

For those who solely depend on guesswork and thought that they can crack the JRF, I have only one thing to say “please leave the page and watch something on Netflix”.

How to Deal with Your Fear and Limiting Beliefs While Preparing for Exam?

First, if you’re backed up by highly intense dedicated work and practice, you never feel fear. Honestly, it’s only in your head.

Secondly, fear is common. I often had during my preparations. As you continue to solve the questions, your accuracy starts increasing, and this fear turns into excitement.

For limiting belief— if you read this whole post, you have taken the first step toward the JRF.

So, f*** the limiting belief.

They are just cloudy thoughts that fade as soon as you get your momentum (it takes initial 6 to 7 days of disciplined work).

In short,

“Thoughts are natural but how you responds to them is the key of tackling your limiting belief. “

You need to be realistic with your capability and time management to do your studies.

How to Prepare Yourself for the Day of the Exam?

  • Start scheduling your routine as per the examination time period (check the “from 6 days to 2 days to exam” section of this post).
  • Obviously, try to be on regular fluids.
  • Backpack your essential items for the exam.
  • Carry some headache and fever tablets (anxiety and fear can cause headaches)
  • Sit comfortably in the examination hall. Remove shoes, if you want to.

With this, our article on “How to prepare for Forensic Science NTA UGC NET/ JRF”, ends

Hopefully, you now have a complete strategy for preparation for the forensic UGC NET exam. If does, I’ve done my job.

Remember, if you need any help, you can contact me personally at I am happy to help you with your preparation.

So, did I fail the post quality or not? Comment your views. Your comments are like adrenaline to us which keeps our group motivated to produce more helpful content for you. 

12 thoughts on “How to Prepare for NTA UGC NET/JRF Forensic Science Paper 2?”

  1. firstly… i would like to thank the creator of this website and the writer of this blog thanks a ton i felt so motivated and enthusiasted after reading this blog and tell me from where i can get manuals

    1. Thank you Saba for your ravishing words. For manuals, I would suggest you should go for the NICFS manuals. You can get the online content of NICFS manual from here. Moreover, I mailed you a manual. You can refer to it for your exam.

  2. Saumya Tripathi

    Thanks a lot for the motivation. Right approach makes a huge difference. This time my aim is to clear net in any condition… And m referring to all your contents and explanations coz in last moment I cannot deal with books. And your contents are really helping me a lot.
    All the very best for your future achievements.

    1. Thankyou Saumya for your blessing. Instead of just rely on our website for solving MCQs, you should at least go through the recommended book and make a set of notes. It’s a one-time job. But worth investing time. Lastly, try to read daily.

  3. kunal mahobiya

    firstly a lot of thanks to you,, currently i am in the low profile job jst because i am not able to crack any competitive exam first neet then net,, bt now i realise it is the right time to think about myself where i stand if continues wht m doing right now,, i jst wanna to crack net bt dont know how to and what to do,, ur article filled new confidence in me,and i really mean that, now i knw ,,jsst wanna thanks u again

  4. Exceptionally outstanding!!! The way you have written it is so so original and feels like we are receiving a personal guidance from our own teachers…….AMAZING! Plus, u didn’t miss a single thing!😉✌ Thankyou so very much!!!🙏😊

    1. First, thank you for being odd. You give your time to read the article plus pinning the comment. It’s totally odd and pleasant. It took me 4 days to write. Now, after reading you, I feel those 4 days are worth it.

  5. Hi sir, kindly upload answer keys and explanations for 2019 papers………i lost my answer keys for 2019 papers.
    thanks for making very helpful site forensic reader

    1. First, thank you for your comment. We are working on it, and soon, till February, We are going to upload 3 more papers including the 2019 NTA UGC NET forensic science paper. You can join our telegram group for getting notifications

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