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    What is the difference between UGC-NET and CSIR-UGC-NET examinations?

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    Apparently, both the UGC-NET and CSIR-UGC-NET examinations are conducted for determining eligibility for the lecturership in universities. In case it is so then what is the difference between UGC-NET and CSIR-UGC-NET examinations? Why two separate examinations are conducted for determining eligibility for lecturership?
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  • UGC-NET is conducted in humanity subjects. There are more than 80 subjects in this category. Whereas the CSIR-UGC-NET examination is for science subjects. The pattern of exam is totally different for the both exam. There are three papers in UGC-NET conducted in humanity subjects but There is only one objective type papers inCSIR-UGC-NET conducted in science subjects. For more detals please visit and

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  • UGC-NET is conducted on Languages, Social Sciences, Art, Culture, Commerce and Management (more than eighty disciplines). UGC-NET is presently being conducted by the CBSE. There are three papers in UGC-NET. The first one is of general nature, and the second and third papers are related to the particular discipline which the candidate choses .

    On the other hand, CSIR-NET is held on Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences. The candidates have to appear in only one paper of three hour duration. The MCQ Test Paper on each subject carries two hundred marks.

    Both UGC-NET an CSIR-NET are held twice in a year.

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  • CSIR stands for Scientific and Industrial research. This was established in 1942. This is a largest research and development organisation in all over India. It is funded by the Ministry of Science and technology. It undertakes 37 laboratories and almost 39 centres. Total staff is 13375.

    UGC: It stands for University of grant commission. The basic aim of this is to determine the eligibility for college and university level lectureship and JRF. On behalf of UGC, CBSE Central board of secondary education holds this NET Exam.
    Subjects under UGC /CSIR NET -

    1. Physical Science

    2. Chemical Science

    3. Biological Science

    4. Mathematical Science

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    UGC NET is generally conducted in 85+ subjects. This test covers mainly humanity subjects like history, geography, English, commerce.There are also some science subjects like computer science, electronics science etc. The main focus being Arts/humanity subjects.
    The UGC NET Exam is divided into 3 parts
    PAPER 1-I consists of general aptitude, research methodology, English, data interpretation and environment studies question.
    PAPER 2 - This consists of 50 questions of intermediate level having 100 marks. All these questions are from the subject you have selected.
    PAPER 3 – It contains 75 questions having 150 marks. These questions have a moderate to difficult level. All these questions are from the subject that you opt.

    CSIR NET This test is intended to check the eligibility for Assistant Professor in technical subjects. It is basically divided into following parts. For e.g. the person who wants to appear in Zoology would come in Biological Sciences. Engineering background students also give this test.
    1. Physical Science

    2. Chemical Science

    3. Biological Science

    4. Mathematical Science

  • As it is already mentioned above that UGC NET and CSIR NET both are conducted for the lectureship than what is the difference between both of them? Here it goes:
    The CSIR NET stands for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research which is responsible for the research and developments in science-related fields.
    The CSIR NET exam is conducted for the research fellowship at the national level laboratories and assistant professor in the top universities.
    On the other hand, UGC NET gives the opportunity to the other fields students for research fellowship and lectureship in the national institutes or universities.
    UGC NET Stands for University Grant Commission- National Eligibility Test.
    UGC NET Exam is conducted for the around 99 courses while CSIR NET exam is conducted for the 5 subjects, which are science related.
    You can get more detail through online Educational websites like Eduncle, Shiksha, Etc. which provide complete information.
    Both the exams are conducted twice a year. There is the difference in the exam pattern of both the exams.
    The eligibility criteria for the exam is post-graduation degree from the recognized university with minimum 55% marks. There is no age limit for the Assistant professor post while candidates must be below 28 years for the JRF post
    you should visit the official website for more information and read the notifications carefully before apply.

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