CSIR NET Exam Myths & Misconceptions Busted

As a student you have to know the Success mantras, you need to know how to successfully execute your plan, you have to translate your conceptual knowledge into Success in CSIR NET or GATE exams. But this road to Success is marred with a lot of pitfalls and craters of Myths, Self-doubts, and misconceptions. So today, we are going to discuss the Top 10 Myths or Misconceptions about qualifying for CSIR NET & GATE exams.

Myth Number 1: No Career Progress is possible without qualifying for these exams

Many students come to me asking, what if I do not qualify for these exams? Will my research career be over? No, Absolutely not. There are many students who excelled in their careers even without qualifying CSIR NET exam. However, it takes a longer time and more effort to stand out of crowd. So don’t worry if you feel you are not ready for writing this exam. The ultimate aim is to work in the finest Labs of India and the world. And for that, all you need is Will Power and Desire to Succeed.

Myth Number 2: These exams are not for Average Students

This is one of the biggest Myths which students have these days, they think Only University toppers and Bright students can qualify for this exam. So let me clarify here – Comparing Your University exam with CSIR NET is like comparing Apples with oranges. These exams are different and equally difficult for everyone. Now coming to the part where you think you are not brilliant enough for CSIR NET & GATE exams. So let me tell you one little secret here – In my career of giving training to CSIR NET students for the past 15 years, I have seen average students perform better than bright students, average students pay attention to their exam preparation from the start, and also are less prone to negative marking because they tread carefully while solving questions. Bright students sometimes not always sometimes become overconfident and end up losing marks due to Negative Marking

Myth Number 3: You need to Study 16 Hrs per day to qualify

Now again, this is a battle between quality and Quantity. What you need to know is the Quality of Studying matters and not the number of hours. So even if you spend 14 hrs studying per day but your studying is full of distractions and unplanned breaks then it’s no Good. you need to improve the quality of studying and not Quantity.

Myth Number 4: Poor English = I am out of the race

This is a problem many students face. Since they belong to Hindi Medium and they think they are not good enough to qualify for the exam since the exam is in English. The first thing you should know is exam is also available in other languages as well. English is not compulsory, however, it’s high time you start learning English and the best way to do that is by downloading any English Speaking App which has a self-learning course for you to learn English. Another truth you need to know is that all your future research will be majorly in the English language so it’s better you learn it.

Myth Number 5: Without Coaching It’s not possible to qualify

Now in all my videos, I insist that you take coaching, not because without it you cannot qualify, You need to understand that you definitely need an environment where students like you are also learning with a common goal in mind, however, if you are someone who has a very good study environment at home then you can avoid taking coaching or maybe, take Online coaching from home so that you can save on your traveling time.

Myth Number 6: Self Study is sufficient to qualify for the exam

Now, this point is diametrically opposed to the previous point, many students think that if I just do self-study, I can qualify for the exam. Now there is no problem with this kind of thinking but the problem is in human behavior, you have to maintain the same Study Momentum throughout the 6 months of preparation. Another problem which you will face while studying is doubts or academic queries. Doubts are like snakes that can poison your preparation and do not allow you to proceed ahead. So you need the right mentor who can guide you and clarify your doubts when you are in the preparation mode. So that means Self Study is not sufficient, you need a mentor.

Myth Number 7: The success rate is very low

While this is not actually a myth, but I have seen students getting discouraged from preparing because they feel very fewer people qualify for these exams. At Biotecnika, we see it from a different perspective, we think of this as a good thing and not a bad thing. If everyone starts getting a CSIR NET Qualification then it will defeat its purpose and will not help you stand out of the crowd. The goal here is to create your personal USP and help you get a chance to work in the best labs in the country & the world. Now if you want that, then obviously you need to be the best in your field. All you need to do is be the Top 1000 Students of India who can outperform the rest and outsmart the Exam Question paper setters. As simple as that.

CSIR NET Exam Myth Number 8: You need to get very high ranks in these exams to tread ahead in your career

Now the truth is very far from this statement. It’s not necessary to be in the top 100 ranks to be preferred in Labs & Universities to get selected. All CSIR Labs, as well as Universities, treat you equally, In my experience, I have seen students with a lower rank outperform a higher rank student during the Ph.D. Admission Interviews. So the goal here is to qualify, no matter the rank you achieve, you can still get selected in the Top 10 Institutes of India

Myth Number 9: You need to be strong in General Aptitude

Now you have to know this first, there is no sectional cutoff in the CSIR NET exam, So if you are not good in General Aptitude, then you can skip it entirely. However, if you know a little bit from this section then you can always score a little higher than your competitor. That means it’s not an absolute must but an added advantage.

Myth Number 10: You cannot clear the exam on 1st attempt

Biggest Myth of the Day – This question is asked by most students as they self-doubt their abilities. So here is a thumb rule I have created to answer this misconception – The farther you are from your M.Sc studies, the lesser are your chances to qualify on 1st attempt. So what I mean to say here is that if you are in the Final Year of Msc – your chances of qualifying are highest because you still have all the concepts fresh in your mind, however, there has been a break of more than 6 months to 1 year, your chances of qualifying reduces. However, you can still qualify with proper Practice and taking assistance from the Right Coaching or the Right Mentor.

So these are the top 10 Myths or Misconceptions surrounding the CSIR NET Exam. However, there are many other myths or misconceptions there. So if you have any more questions which you want us to answer then feel free to ask in the comments section. Our team will love to assist you with the same.

All the Best!

– Mr. Shekhar Suman,
CEO & MD Biotecnika Info Labs Pvt Ltd

Shekhar Suman is the Co-founder of BioTecNika Info Labs Pvt. Ltd. He is an Entrepreneur, Writer, Public Speaker, and a Motivational Coach. In his career, he has mentored more than 100,000+ students toward success in the Biopharma Industry. He heads the BioTecNika Group, which comprises BioTecNika.com, BioTecNika.org, and Rasayanika.com. An avid reader and listener who is passionate about BioSciences. Today Biotecnika is India's largest Biotech Career portal, with over 5 Million subscribers from academia & Industry. It's ranked among the top 50 websites worldwide in the Biology category.