About CSIR – UGC / NET

About CSIR – UGC / NET

Objective of the test :
This national level test is conducted to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF)-NET and eligibility for appointment of Lecturers (NET) in certain subject areas falling under the Faculty of Science. This test is conducted twice every year by CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) in June and December. The notification of the June examination usually appears in February-March, while that of the December examination would appear in August-September.
The Fellowship :
The stipend payable to JRF working in the research schemes is Rs 8000 per month in the first and second year. Progress of JRF working in a research scheme will be assessed at the end of two years by a Committee. The stipend of JRF is increased from Rs 8000 pm to Rs 9000 pm for the remaining tenure of the scheme, provided the research progress has been found satisfactory by the Committee. On up gradation, the designation of JRF will be changed to SRF (Senior Research Fellowship).
Eligibility Conditions :
M.Sc. or equivalent degree under the subjects Chemical Sciences/Atmospheric Sciences/Life Sciences/Mathematical Sciences/Physical Sciences with minimum 55% marks for General and OBC candidates; 50% for SC/ST candidates, Physically and Visually Handicapped candidates . For JRF (NET), minimum age can be 19 years and maximum age can be 28 years Upper age limit is relatable by 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC categories, physically/visually handicapped and female applicants. For LS (NET), there is no upper age limit, but minimum age should be 19 years as on cut off date.
Subject Code
Chemical Science 1
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Sciences 2
Life Sciences 3
Mathematical Sciences 4
Physical Sciences 5
A candidate who has appeared for the qualifying exam as in the first point above but is yet to receive the results can apply for the test and will be admitted provisionally. His / her eligibility will be subject to submission of marksheet satisfying the first condition mentioned above.
CSIR-UGC/NET for JRF & Lecturership – Life Sciences – SCHEME OF EXAMINATION
Single Paper MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) based test. The pattern for the Single Paper MCQ test shall be as given below:-

  • The MCQ test paper of each subject shall carry a maximum of 200 marks.
  • The exam shall be for duration of three hours.
  • The question paper shall be divided in three parts
  • Part ‘A’ shall be common to all subjects. This part shall be a test containing a maximum of 20 questions of General Science and Research Aptitude test. The candidates shall be required to answer any 15 questions of two marks each. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 30 out of 200
  • Part ‘B’ shall contain subject-related conventional MCQs. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 70 out of 200. The maximum number of questions to be attempted shall be in the range of 25-35.
  • Part ‘C’ shall contain higher value questions that may test the candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 100 out of 200.
  • A negative marking for wrong answers, wherever required, shall be @ 25%