CSIR NET/JRF exam is a biannual exam held in June (3rd week) and December (3rd week) for the award of CSIR LS (NET) (lectureship) (LS) and Junior research fellowship (JRF). This exam is conducted by EMR division of the HRD group of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) for pursuing higher order research in University Departments/Institutes of National Importance/National Laboratories and Institutes of CSIR in various fields of Science & Technology and Medical Sciences.
Eligibility for CSIR NET/JRF exam
Indian citizens, who are residing in India are only eligible for the award of CSIR NET/JRF fellowships. Candidates who have secured a M.Sc or equivalent degree with 55% marks for general category and 50% marks for SC/ST, Physically and Visually Handicapped candidates and Ph.D. degree holders who had passed Master’s degree prior to 19th September 1991 are eligible.
For the award of JRF, the minimum age limit is 19 years and the maximum age limit is 28 years, which is relaxable by 5 years in case of candidates belonging to Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes/OBC, Physically Handicapped/Visually Handicapped and female applicants. For the award of CSIR LS (NET) (Lecturership), there is no upper age limit.
Pattern of CSIR NET/JRF exam
A new pattern of CSIR NET/JRF exam has been introduced since June 2011. Now, there is a single paper, based on multiple choice Question (MCQ) pattern, having 200 maximum marks and a duration of 3 hours. The question paper is divided into 3 parts (A,B &C).
1). Part ‘A’ shall be common to all subjects. This part shall be a test containing a maximum of 20 questions of General Aptitude. 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.
2). 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 20-35.
3). 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.
Benefits of Qualifying CSIR NET/JFR
CSIR LS (NET) qualification is now mandatory for coaching in any University/college in India. Students who qualify CSIR JRF are also eligible for lectureship. Moreover, JRF qualification is considered more prestigious as JRF qualified students are entitled to a monthly stipend of 25,000 p.m. for a period of two years. On Completion of two years as JRF and if the fellow is registered for PhD, the fellowship will be upgraded to SRF (NET) and the stipend will be increased to Rs. 28,000/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent years
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