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CSIR NET Examination – Complete Overview

Joint csir net exam is conducted for junior research fellowship & lectureship. If you are a science student and willing to continue your career as a scientist than csir ugc net exam is right choice for you. NET exam is conducted twice in a year in the month of June & December.

CSIR NET Fellowship: Award of JRF

The CSIR Fellowships ships are tenable in IITs/Post-Graduate Colleges/ Universities/Government Research Establishments including those of CSIR, R&D establishments of recognized public or private sector, industrial firms and other recognized institutions.


CSIR fellowships are only tenable in India.

The award of jrf is for fixed tenure and does not imply any guarantee for employment.


The stipend of JRF is 25,000 per month which is offered by csir to the eligible students.

The separate merit list is prepared for JRF.

CSIR NET Exam Selection Procedure – Have a look here

CSIR NET Exam is conducted in the following subjects.

Life Science

Physical Science

Chemical Science

Mathematical Sciences

Earth Atmospheric Ocean

Planetary Sciences

The selection procedure will comprise of

1. MCQ Test

2. Merit List

3. Interview

4. Award of JRF and lectureship

Read more here : Research Fellowship In India

1. CSIR NET Paper Based Test (MCQ)

From June 2011, CSIR has introduced a common written test. The paper pattern includes three parts – Part A, Part B & Part C.


Paper 1 includes general science, Quantitative aptitude & Reasoning (MCQ)

This part contains 20 questions of General Aptitude. The candidates shall be required to answer any 15 questions of two marks each. The duration of the exam is 3 hours.


Paper 2 – Subject related (Less difficult | MCQ)

This contains subject-related conventional MCQs.

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 20-35.

The duration of the exam is 3 hours.
Paper 3 – Subject Related (More Difficult | MSQ)


Part ‘3' shall contain higher value questions that may test the candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts.

The total marks allocated to this section shall be 100 out of 200.

The duration of the exam is 3 hours.

The exam is qualified on the basis of the above three papers.

2. Merit list: Lectureship and JRF

Two separate merit list is prepared, one for JRF and other one for lectureship, this one is made on the basis of performance in the csir ugc net exam.

Get complete study package of jrf here : CSIR NET JRF Study Material

3. Interview Process

Candidates will be called for interview after screening on the basis of criteria adopted by CSIR depending on the number of fellowships available. CSIR reserves the right to call or not to call a candidate for interview.


4. Award of JRF & Lectureship

Candidate who qualify JRF will be also eligible for lectureship but vice versa is not same. Candidate who qualify the JRF will receive fellowship either from csir or ugc which is decided by their final association.


Candidates who is selected as Lectureship will be recruited as lecturer at various csir institutes or other institutes.

Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories

The JFR’ s is recruited for csir laboratory or institutes through csir net exam.


SRF – Candidate who have submitted their PhD thesis and waiting for award of PHD are eligible for SRF. The tenure will be period of 1 year maximum.

CSIR Research Associateship

A certain number of RA- ships is provided to the young research workers in science, engineering, medicine or technology on specific projects.


CSIR NET Exam is one of the great opportunity to the youngster. CSIR needs you, yes you heard right, csir plays an important role for developing in India. CSIR has achieved major things and we are expecting more from it.















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