CSIR NET TOPPERS

Vikky Mahtoh

Mridushree Basak

Ajoy Paul

Nutan G

Madhu Kabra

Rohit Nalawade

Janvi Garg

Omkar Kinkar

Sagar Jawla

Bhushan Choudhary

Dharmendra Yadav

Garima Pandey

Vipul Namewar

Aaiyas Mujawar

Shweta Chaudhary

Debaparna Dutta

Jayashree Ladke

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CSIR UGC NET is a test being conducted to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for Lectureship (LS) /Assistant Professor in Indian universities and colleges subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC.

Online applications for JRF/NET are invited twice a year on all India basis through Press Notification of Joint CSIR-UGC NET for JRF and LS/AP.

CSIR NET is conducted by the National Testing Agency.

Junior Research Fellowship
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
Lectureship/Assistant Professor

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The stipend of a JRF selected through CSIR- National Eligibility Test (NET) will be Rs.31,000/- p.m for the first two years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs.20,000/- per Fellow will be provided to the University / Institution.

The Fellowship will be governed by terms and conditions of CSIR, UGC or Research Scheme, as applicable.

On Completion of two years as JRF and if the Fellow is registered for Ph.D, the Fellowship will be upgraded to SRF (NET) and the stipend will be increased to Rs.35,000/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent years, on the basis of assessment of Fellows' research progress/ achievements through interview by an Expert Committee consisting of the Guide, Head of the Department and External Member from outside the University/ Institution who is an expert in the relevant field, not below the rank of Professor/ Associate Professor.

As far as possible, the External Member should be the chairman of three members Committee. Where the guide happens to be the Head of the Department, the Dean, Faculty of Science or any senior member of the Department may be associated as the third member of the Committee.

In the event of the Committee not recommending up-gradation or the fellow has not registered for Ph.D, the candidate will continue as JRF with a stipend of Rs.31,000/- p.m. for the 3rd year or his/her fellowship may be terminated depending upon the recommendation of the Committee and the decision of CSIR in this regard shall be final.

The progress of research work of JRF will be assessed by duly constituted three member assessment committee again at the end of 3rd year for such up-gradation. The number of fellowship for each subject is limited.

M.Sc. or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/ BS-4 years/ BE/ B. Tech/ B. Pharma/ MBBS with at least 55% (without rounding off) marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC candidates and 50% (without rounding off) for SC/ST, Third gender and Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates.

Candidates enrolled for M.Sc or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on the closing date of online submission of Application Form, are also eligible to apply in the above subject under the Result Awaited (RA) category on the condition that they complete the qualifying degree with requisite percentage of marks within the validity period of two years to avail the fellowship.

Such candidates will have to submit the attestation form duly certified by the Head of the Department/Institute from where the candidate is appearing or has appeared.

B.Sc (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in Integrated MS-PhD program with at least 55% marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC candidates; 50% marks for SC/ST, Third gender, Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates are also eligible to apply. Candidates with Bachelor's degree will be eligible for CSIR fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for Ph.D/Integrated Ph.D program within the validity period of two years. Candidates possessing only Bachelor's degree are eligible to apply only for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and not for Lectureship (LS)/Assistant Professor.

B.E/ B.S/ B.Tech/ B.Pharma/ MBBS final year/result awaited candidates are eligible to apply for fellowship only. These candidates will not be eligible for Lectureship/Assistant professor. B.Sc. (Hons.) final year/Result awaited candidates are not eligible to apply.

Specification of degrees (whether Bachelor's or Master's) as notified by UGC in its Gazette Notification No. F. 5-1/2013 (CPP-II) dated 5th July, 2014 and as amended from time to time, shall apply.

The eligibility for lectureship/ Assistant Professor of NET qualified candidates will be subject to fulfilling the criteria laid down by UGC. Ph.D degree holders who have passed Master's degree prior to 19th September, 1991 with at least 50% marks are eligible to apply for Lectureship/ Assistant Professor only.

Candidates belonging to the Third gender category are eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age and Eligibility Criteria for NET (i.e. JRF and Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ST categories. The subject-wise qualifying cut-offs for this category would be the lowest among those for SC/ ST/ PwD/ OBC-NCL / General-EWS categories in the corresponding subject.

  1. JRF: Maximum 28 years as on 01/07/2020* {upper age limit may be relaxable up to 5 years in case of SC/ST/Third gender/Persons with Disability (PwD)/female applicants and 03 years in case of OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) applicants}.
  2. * This age limit is applicable for the current examination cycle only

  3. Lectureship (LS)/ Assistant Professor: No upper age limit.

The Examinations will be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode.

The Test will consist of three parts. All the parts will consist of objective type, multiple choice questions. There will be no break between papers.

The subject-wise scheme of examination is as per details below:

Chemical Sciences:

The candidate is required to answer a maximum of 15, 35 and 25 questions from Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively. If more than required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 35 and 25 questions in Part A, Part B and Part C respectively will be taken up for evaluation.

Below each question in Part A, Part B and Part C, four alternatives or responses are given. Only one of these alternatives is the "correct" option to the question.

The candidate has to find, for each question, the correct or the best answer.

Chemical Sciences

Life Sciences:

The candidate is required to answer a maximum of 15, 35 and 25 questions from Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively. If more than required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 35 and 25 questions in Part A, Part B and Part C respectively will be taken up for evaluation.

Below each question in Part A, Part B and Part C, four alternatives or responses are given. Only one of these alternatives is the "correct" option to the question.

The candidate has to find, for each question, the correct or the best answer.

Life Sciences

Mathematical Sciences:

The candidate is required to answer a maximum of 15, 25 and 20 questions from Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively. If more than required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 25 and 20 questions in Part A, Part B and Part C respectively will be taken up for evaluation. Below each question in Part A, Part B, four alternatives or responses are given. Only one of these alternatives is the "correct" option to the question. The candidate has to find, for each question, the correct or the best answer. In Part C each question may have "ONE" or "MORE" correct options. Credit in a question shall be given only on identification of "ALL" the correct options in Part C.

Mathematical Sciences

Earth Sciences:

The candidate is required to answer a maximum of 15, 35 and 25 questions from Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively. If more than required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 35 and 25 questions in Part A, Part B and Part C respectively will be taken up for evaluation.

Below each question in Part A, Part B and Part C, four alternatives or responses are given. Only one of these alternatives is the "correct" option to the question.

The candidate has to find, for each question, the correct or the best answer.

Earth Sciences

Physical Sciences:

The candidate is required to answer a maximum of 15, 20 and 20 questions from Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively. If more than required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 20 and 20 questions in Part A, Part B and Part C respectively will be taken up for evaluation.

Below each question in Part A, Part B and Part C, four alternatives or responses are given. Only one of these alternatives is the "correct" option to the question.

The candidate has to find, for each question, the correct or the best answer.

Physical Sciences

Part 'A' shall be common to all subjects. This part shall contain questions pertaining to General Aptitude with emphasis on logical reasoning, graphical analysis, analytical and numerical ability, quantitative comparison, series formation, puzzles etc.

Part 'B' shall contain subject-related conventional Multiple-Choice questions (MCQs), generally covering the topics given in the syllabus.

Part 'C' shall contain higher order 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 scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem.

The test will be in Hindi and English version. Candidates opting for Hindi medium in the Application Form will be given bilingual paper, but candidates opting for English medium will be given English version only.

Candidates are required to answer in the medium as per option exercised in the Application Form.

In case of any ambiguity between Hindi and English version due to translation, English version would be treated as final.

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