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past year papers with key at


Cutoff marks of previous years: June2015 , Dec2015, June2016

Pattern of Paper:

Section 1: Aptitude. Total 20Q. Answer maximum 15Q. 2 for correct. -0.5 for incorrect.

Section 2: Total 40Q. Answer maximum 25. 3 for correct. -0.75 for incorrect.

Section 3: Total 60Q. Answer maximum 20. 4.75 for correct. No negative marking.


Total 200 marks. Cutoff stands near to 55% for JRF and 50% for NET every year. Means one need to score at least 110/200 for JRF and 100/200 for NET.


See the unit wise weightage of marks in above pic. Notice that in Section C, you have to answer maximum 20 question and unit-1 of C itself contain 18 questions. Though C section has no negative marking, you need good concept of the subject, since C section is multiple select type.

My goal for Dec-2016 was


and I am getting


It is very very important to make a strategy for this exam.

If you are saying that you are gonna answer 17 answers correct in section B then from which unit of section B you gonna try this 17 question.?? We need to write 25 questions in B but you should not try 25 questions and you should try only around 17 questions in those units you feel confident and after answering this 17 questions in a prefixed interval of time, you should move to section C. Here also you do not need to try all 20 questions out off 60 questions but try around 14 questions only out off 60Q. Distribute time section wise. Keep your eyes on watch.

Books to follow: Below list mentions two books for each subject. If you are not worried about marks in Exams and just doing math for fun then I suggest 2nd book. If you also want marks then after reading theory and doing exercises of 2nd book, go to the 1st book and do exercises after each chapter. (You can also completely ignore 2nd book. )

Linear algebra:

  1. Linear algebra done right by axler
  2. Linear Algebra by Hoffman and Kunze

Abstract Algebra :

  1. Algebra by Michael Artin
  2. Algebra by Serge Lang (If you are reading abstract algebra first time then I will suggest Undergraduate algebra by serge lang)

Real analysis: Principals  of mathematical analysis by Walter Rudin

Complex analysis :

  1. Foundations of Complex Analysis by Ponnusamy
  2. Complex analysis by Walter Rudin ( You should read this book after reading Principals  of mathematical analysis by Walter Rudin )

Topology :

  1. Topology by munkers
  2. General topology by John Kelly

Do at least 50 percent exercise with your self and rest remember the results.

Good Luck friends. Feel free to ask in the comment section.

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