M.Phil Clinical Psychology and UGC NET Psychology Entrance Exam Important tips, books, and guidance —UPS Education


The interesting thing in our life never fails to fascinate us, whether any interesting book, interesting, movie or any interesting subject. Talking about the subject, it is intriguing to discuss one of the most interesting subjects of all time, which is psychology. Psychology has gained immense popularity in the last 2 decades, although its formal roots began in 1879. Psychology is defined as the science of behavior and cognitive process, distinctively speaking it is the scientific study of mind and behavior.

Many schools offer psychology as a subject for students in the higher classes. After school, one needs to do a bachelor’s in psychology or opt for psychology as a subject during graduation.  The position of psychologist can only be valid when one should pursue a master’s in psychology. In many institutions, it is not mandatory to study psychology in school or get a bachelor’s degree in college, depending on the norms of the institution, but anyone who desires to become a psychologist has to complete their post-graduation in psychology. There are various specializations like clinical, industrial, sports, community, counselling, school psychology, criminal, etc, in which person can do their specialization in psychology for better scope.

This article mentioned the Important Books, Tips, and some special guidance for M.Phil in Clinical Psychology and UGC NET/JRF Psychology entrance. For further details and guidance, please look at the important link section.

MPhil in Clinical Psychology:

There cannot be a perfect guide to know, how to prepare for MPhil Clinical Psychology Entrance but, the following guidelines prove useful if someone is looking to be an RCI registered Clinical Psychologist:

The preparation of MPhil Clinical Psychology relies on universities/institutions as they follow different rules, but the syllabus is the same for almost all entrance exams. Falling in love with Psychology is important if you want to crack the MPhil Clinical Psychology Entrance Examination. Self-made notes, prepared during post-graduation through various books and other sources are one of the best recourses for the MPhil Clinical Psychology Entrance Exam. One may ask the mentor to help during the preparation of the notes. Forming the right strategies is the key to success in cracking any entrance examination. The following points will help an individual to make the right strategies for MPhil Clinical Psychology Entrance:

Understand the Syllabus of the Entrance Exam

Understanding the syllabus to put the effort in the right direction is very important. Make sure that your notes follow the latest guidelines. One may also use last year’s question papers to understand the syllabus.

Important Books for MPhil Clinical Psychology Entrance Preparation

As we discussed earlier in this article one’s own hand-written notes are a good choice because it’s difficult to read 10-15 books within a fixed timeframe with MCQs practice, but if you have the option of a book only, then you should read the following book:

•    Introduction to Psychology (8th-10th Edition): Rita Atkinson and Hilgard

•    Social Psychology: Baron Robert

•    Theories of Personality: Hall, Lindzey, and Campbell

•    Human Development: Papalia and Sally Olds

•    Bio Psychology: James W. Kalat. Bio-Psychology, Key-Points was written by Dr. Arvind Otta is also a very useful Book for M.Phil Clinical Psychology Entrance Examinations.

•    Cognitive Psychology: Robinson-Riegler

•    Statistics: Quinn McNemar / Minium

•    Research Method: James Goodwin / Lewin & Fox / A. K. Singh

•    Psychological Testing: Ronald Jay Cohen and Mark E. Swerdlik

•    Abnormal Psychology: Sarason and Sarason / R. Comer

•    Clinical Psychology: Alan Carr / Hecker and Geoffrey

• For UGC NET JRF Paper 1: Useful for Paper UGC NET JRF paper 1 (Teaching and Research Aptitude)

Practice through MCQs Questions

Practicing with the help of MCQs is also very important along with the theoretical knowledge for MPhil Clinical Psychology Entrance Examination.


If someone wants to enter the educational or research field, UGC NE/JRF provides very useful scholarships and many universities ask for it, for the job of lecture and also for getting enrolled for Ph.D. it proves to be really helpful. UGC- NET/JRF students must follow the following points:

•    Know the syllabus of UGC – NET/JRF Psychology.

Many students have confused about the syllabus of papers I and II. So, start the preparation after you know the complete syllabus. It must be noted that the syllabus of paper II has been changed recently, so one should go through the changed topic and prepare notes, especially Eastern Philosophy, which must not be ignored. Ask your mentor for the notes, as there is less literature available on this topic that is relevant to psychology.

•    Time management is very important for preparations. Devote at least 5-6 hour quality time, and try to increase up to 8-10 hours but it also depends upon the personality of students.

• Try to improve your concentration; yoga and meditation can be the best ways to improve concentration.

•    Follow the mantra U-P-S; i.e., U – Understand the theoretical concept, P – Practice them in the form of an objective question, S – Startle yourself.

•    Clear your doubts with the help of your mentor.

•    Discuss the doubt topics with the fellow student.

Last-minute tips for preparations:

If you remain with very little amount of time, focus on practice papers rather than being dependent upon the books. Firstly, practice through mock tests, sample papers, etc., and then read the topics from different books for the topics where most of the problems/ wrong answers lie.

List of all RCI recognized Institutes for M.Phil. Clinical Psychology: https://www.upseducation.in/update/list-of-rci-approved-m-phil-clinical-psychology-institutions/

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