[Studyplan] UGC NET/JRF: Teaching Aptitude, Research Methodology with free Study material & TOPICWISE Answerkey with explanation for Jan-2017 exam

[Studyplan] UGC NET/JRF: Teaching Aptitude, Research Methodology with free Study material & TOPICWISE Answerkey with explanation for Jan-2017 exam

  1. Teaching Aptitude questions in UGC NET exam
    1. Nature of teaching
    2. Methods of Teaching
    3. Evaluation systems
    4. Higher education
    5. Value education
  2. Research Aptitude: MCQs and future strategy for UGC NET
    1. Ethics in research
    2. Thesis writing
  3. Communication questions & strategy for UGC NET/JRF
    1. Barriers to communication
    2. Classroom communication
    3. Types of communication

Teaching Aptitude questions in UGC NET exam

Analysis of UGC NET/JRF Paper-I

In previous exams In January-2017 NET exam
Each year minimum 6 MCQs from teaching theory and 1-2 MCQs on higher education.
  • Seven questions on education theory and one question on higher education.
  • Thinkers and theories asked e.g. Jean Piaget, Verstehen model etc.
  • No ‘thinkers’ or ‘theories’ unlike past exams, and possible to arrive at answer quickly via elimination.
  • Therefore, difficulty level- mostly easy.
  • From “Higher education” 1-2 questions.
  • Sometimes very factual e.g. how many regional offices does UGC have? Match the names of following obscure universities with their location
  • Relatively easier, because no trivial type factual Qs.

How to prepare teaching aptitude for future  UGC NET/JRF exams?

  • First three modules of IGNOU B.Ed (ES331,332,333) are sufficient to handle most of the MCQs. (Free download CLICK ME)
  • Each year ~2-3 questions from “higher education in India”. Bit of internet searching and notes making is sufficient esp. from MHRD and UGC websites.
  • Value education and open education are in syllabus but not asked regularly. And if at all they’re asked- very easy questions from common sense. Doesn’t require special preparation.

Anyways, let’s solve the MCQs asked from this topic in UGC NET/JRF exam in 2017, January.

Nature of teaching

Q) Which of the following set of statements represents acceptable propositions in respect of teaching-learning relationships? Choose the correct code to indicate your answer.

  1. When students fail in a test, it is the teacher who fails.
  2. Every teaching must aim at ensuring learning.
  3. There can be teaching without learning taking place
  4. There can be no learning without teaching.
  5. A teacher teaches but learns also
  6. Real learning implies rote learning


  1. (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v)
  2. (i), (ii), (iii) and (v)
  3. (iii), (iv), (v) and (vi)
  4. (i), (ii), (v) and (vi)

Real learning is not rote learning. So (IV) is definitely wrong, by elimination we are left with 1 and 2.
“Learning” can take place without teaching- i.e. via self-study courses, and life experiences such as failure in love and competitive exams. So, IV is wrong. Thus, we are left with answer 2.

Q) Assertion (A): Learning is a life long process.
Reason (R): Learning to be useful must be linked with life processes.
Choose the correct answer from the following code:

  1. Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A).
  2. Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A).
  3. (A) is true, but (R) is false
  4. (A) is false, but (R) is true.

Both correct but R doesn’t explain A. hence answer “2”

Q) One of the most powerful factors affection teaching effectiveness is related to the

  1. Social system of the country
  2. Economic status of the society
  3. Prevailing political system
  4. Educational system

As such if there is inflation and teacher not getting sufficient salary, then teaching effectives will decline but from the given alternatives, fourth seems most appropriate.

Methods of Teaching

Q) In which teaching method learner’s participation is made optimal and proactive?

  1. Discussion method
  2. Buzz session method
  3. Brainstorming session method
  4. Project method

IGNOU B.Ed ES331 ch.8: In project work- student has an important role to play starting from planning stage to reporting stage. It provides him experiential learning. So 4 is the appropriate choice. Because he can be proactive. And optimal – because instructor is there to correct him.

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