Introduction to CSIR-NET(JRF)

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research conducts Joint CSIR-UGC Test [commonly called as CSIR UGC NET (National Eligibility Test)] in order to select candidates for the award of JRF and for determining eligibility for appointment of lecturers in subject areas falling under the faculty of Science & Technology. Subjects for which CSIR UGC NET is conducted include:

1. Life Sciences  2. Chemical Science  3. Physical Science  4. Mathematical Science  5. Earth Sciences

“A candidate may apply either for JRF-Assistant Professorship or Assistant Professorship only,”. CSIR UGC NET exam pattern is such that the question paper contains objective questions of 200 marks that candidates need to complete in three hours duration.

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This course is designed for students who are preparing for CSIR-NET-JRF exam. After a big hike in fellowship, the ultimate goal of every science students is to qualify this exam for JRF. To crack this exam is like a dream come true for science students. As this is one of the toughest exams in India, each question is important and each wrong answer will fetch you negative marks and that must be taken care of.

A unique feature of this course is that students will be guided and mentored by various subject experts who have been toppers of this exam and have gained a lot of experience in this field.

Most of the students of this academy since 2008 have qualified this exam and have gone to join various institutes like CSIR/ICMR/DBT/DRDO, IISc and IITS in Ph.D course and became faculty in various Universities and colleges not only in India but also in abroad.

Eligibility Criteria

All candidates who possess either of the below-mentioned qualifications with at least 55% marks (50% for SC/ ST/ PwD candidates) fulfill CSIR UGC NET eligibility criteria. 

MSc or equivalent degree

Integrated BS-MS

BS (4 years)

BE

BTech

BPharma

MBBS

Candidates who have cleared any of the above-mentioned qualifying exam on the last date of online submission of application form are also eligible to apply for CSIR UGC NET under Result Awaited (RA) category. However, condition for RA category candidates is such that they should complete their qualifying degree with required percentage of marks within the validity period of two years to avail the fellowship from the effective date of award.

Candidates holding a BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree or candidates enrolled in integrated MS-PhD program with at least 55% marks (50% for SC/ ST/ PwD candidates) are also eligible to apply for the exam. However, candidates holding an undergraduate degree will be eligible for CSIR fellowship only after getting registered for PhD/ Integrated PhD course within the validity period of two years, informs the official website.

Note: The official website states, “Candidates having bachelor’s degree only shall not be eligible for lectureship.”

Age Limit

For JRF: Candidates should be maximum 28 years [33 years for SC/ ST/ PwD/ female candidates and 31 years for OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates].

For Assistant Professorship: There is no upper age limit for candidates applying for Assistant Professorship.

Exam Pattern

CSIR UGC NET exam pattern is such that the question paper/ test booklet will contain multiple choice questions of 200 marks. The question paper will be divided into three parts – A, B, and C that candidates need to complete in a duration of three hours.

For further clarification on CSIR NET exam pattern for different subjects candidates can refer the table below:

Life Sciences

Part

Number of Questions

Marks

Duration

A

20 (Questions to be attempted: 15)

30

3 Hours

B

50 (Questions to be attempted: 35)

70

C

75 (Questions to be attempted: 25)

100

Total

145 (Questions to be attempted: 75)

200

Marking scheme: Each question in Part A and B carries two marks weightage. However, each question in Part C carries four marks weightage. There will be negative marking of 25% marks for every wrong answer in the exam.

Chemical Sciences

Part

Number of Questions

Marks

Duration

A

20 (Questions to be attempted: 15)

30

3 Hours

B

40 (Questions to be attempted: 35)

70

C

60 (Questions to be attempted: 25)

100

Total

120 (Questions to be attempted: 75)

200

Marking scheme: Each question in Part A and B carries two marks weightage. However, each question in Part C carries four marks weightage. There will be negative marking of 25% marks for each question.

Mathematical Sciences

Part

Number of Questions

Marks

Duration

A

20 (Questions to be attempted: 15)

30

3 Hours

B

40 (Questions to be attempted: 25)

75

C

60 (Questions to be attempted: 20)

95

Total

120 (Questions to be attempted: 60)

200

Note: The official website states, “The questions in this part (Part C) shall have multiple correct options. Credit in a question shall be given only on identification of ALL the correct options. No credit shall be allowed in a question if any incorrect option is marked as correct answer. No partial credit is allowed.”

Marking scheme: Each question in Part A carries two marks weightage. On the other hand, each question in Part B and C carries weightage of three and 4.75 marks, respectively. There will be negative marking of 25% marks in Part A and B. However, there will be no negative marking for questions in Part C of the exam.

Physical Sciences

Part

Number of Questions

Marks

Duration

A

20 (Questions to be attempted: 15)

30

3 Hours

B

25 (Questions to be attempted: 20)

70

C

30 (Questions to be attempted: 20)

100

Total

75 (Questions to be attempted: 55)

200

Marking scheme: Each question in Part A carries two marks weightage. On the other hand, each question in Part B and C carries weightage of 3.5 and five marks, respectively. There will be negative marking of 25% marks for questions asked in all parts of the exam.

Note: CSIR UGC NET question paper/ test booklet for every subject will be printed in both Hindi and English versions. Candidates opting for Hindi medium in CSIR UGC NET application form will be provided bilingual test booklet. However, candidates opting for English medium in application form will be provided test booklet in English version only, informs the official website.

Result, Cutt-off and Answer key

Result

CSIR declares NET results on its official website once the written test is conducted. Candidates can check their result by clicking on the Result link present on the website of the council.

The council releases two merit lists – one consisting of candidates qualifying for the award of JRF and second of those candidates qualifying the eligibility test for lectureship. The merit lists are declared on the basis of performance of candidates in the written test.

The official website informs, “Candidates qualifying for JRF (NET), will also be eligible for lectureship (NET) subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC. The candidates qualifying for lectureship will be eligible for recruitment as lecturers as well as for JRF-ship in a scheme/project, if otherwise suitable. However, they will not be eligible for regular JRF-NET fellowship.”

Cut-Off

CSIR releases cutoff for the award of fellowship / lectureship in different disciplines after the written exam is conducted. The cutoff list is prepared by taking into consideration cumulative marks of all parts of the exam.

The official website informs, “Ranks are allotted first to all successful candidates qualifying for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) as per the merit list of JRF and then the candidates are distributed between CSIR and UGC in the ratio of number of fellowships shared between these two for each subject except bachelor’s degree holders who are allocated to CSIR.”

Answer-Key

After the written test is conducted, the council releases CSIR UGC NET answer keys for all subjects. Candidates can check the answer key in the CSIR official website.

CSIR NET answer key will contain correct answers for all questions in the exam. Candidates can go through the key to check the answers and have an idea of the score that they are going to get.

In case a candidate is not satisfied with the answer of a question he/she can challenge it by contacting the exam authorities. However, the official website informs, “No grievances/ representation with regard to answer key(s) after declaration of result will be entertained.”

Success Mantras to Crack CSIR-NET Exam

Everyone wants success in life, especially if it is about their entrance exams. So what is that real success mantra - give your 100% as you will not get many chances. What really matters in the preparation of CSIR-NET exam is conceptual knowledge and the ability to solve questions. Ultimately the competition lies in the number of questions you are able to correctly solve in the stipulated time.
Is practicing questions enough?
Of course it is! Practising the questions again and again makes all the difference. If you really want to succeed, you need  to get into the practice of solving questions. Candidates preparing for the CSIR-NET exam are probably already familiar with their subject material, so they only require to work on cracking the exam. The more questions you solve and practice, the better your grasp will be of the subject and you will be more confident when you appear for the exam. So if you are preparing for this exam, practice is the only mantra.
Make a Study Plan!
In addition to practicing questions, one needs to make a study plan and strictly following it  helps you manage your time better.

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