How to apply for NET Examination conducted by CSIR

NET is an entrance test conducted by CSIR in collaboration with UGC to award JRFs to postgraduates and professional graduates for their research and deciding the eligibility of candidates for lectureship. In this article the details regarding applying for the exam and other information is provided.


Council of Industrial and Scientific Research in association with University Grants Commission will be conducting a test every year to award Junior Research Fellowships or to decide on the eligibility for lecturer post, to eligible candidates. This test is known as National Eligibility Test (NET). This test is for certain subjects falling under science and technology faculty. The candidate has to get admitted within two years into any University or National Laboratory or Institute of higher learning to get the award of fellowship. All the details about this examination will be published in all leading newspapers every year, mentioning the date of examination and other details.

A candidate can apply for JRF or for lectureship only. The candidates qualified for JRF can also be appointed as lecturer but not the other way. Two separate merit lists will be made. One is for qualified list of JRF. The second one is for qualifies for lectureship only.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Educational Qualifications
  • Candidates with any one of the following qualifications can apply for this Exam
    1. M. Sc or equivalent degree
    2. Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years
    3. BE/BTech/B.Pharma
    4. MBBS

    The qualifying mark is minimum 55% marks for general and OBC-Non Creamy layer candidates (Central list only as provided in National Commission for Backward Classes website It is 50% for SC/ST and Persons with disability (PwD) candidates.

    Candidates who are studying M.Sc. or other qualifying degree are also eligible to apply under the Result Awaited (RA) category. Their candidature will be considered only if they complete the qualifying degree with minimum percentage of marks as given above within two years to avail the fellowship. These candidates have to submit the attestation format given at the reverse of the application form duly certified by the Head of the Department/Institute from where the candidate is studying. Candidates with bachelor's degree will be eligible for CSIR fellowship only after getting registered for PhD/Integrated PhD program within the validity period of two years.

  • Age Limit
  • The age limit for JRF is 28 years maximum as on date of advertisement. The upper age limit for SC/ST/Persons with disability is 33 years. The candidates whose age is above than maximum age will be considered for lectureship. For lectureship there is no upper age limit.

  • Subjects
  • The various subjects for which examination will be conducted are as below:
    1. Chemical Sciences
    2. Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary sciences.
    3. Life Sciences
    4. Mathematical Sciences
    5. Medical Sciences.

  • The Test
  • The test will be conducted in 3 parts.
    Part A: This is common for all the candidates and subjects. This paper will contain questions on general Aptitude, logical reasoning, graphical Analysis, numerical ability and quantitative comparisons etc.

    Part B: This is subject related paper and different from subject to subject. It contains multiple choice questions

    Part C: Part 'C' shall contain higher value questions that will 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 problems.

    Syllabus and scheme of Examination will be given at . Candidates are advised to go through the information given there fully to have a better understanding.

    The list of Centres will also be given in the advertisement. The candidate can choose the centre as per his convenience.

    How to Apply

    A link will be made available on The interested candidates have to download initially the CSIR format of Challan and pay the fees as given below. The fees can be paid online by NEFT/RTGS or challan can be paid at any branch of Indian Bank. If the fees are paid on line the online transaction ID is to be noted and all the details of the Indian bank are to be filled in the challan.
  • The fee
  • For General candidates: Rs.1000/-
    For OBC (Non Creamy layer): Rs.500/-
    For SC/ST/Persons with disability: Rs.250/-
    After making the payment, go to the above site and read the notification completely for filling the application.

    Candidates should write their name, father's name qualification marks and other details as per the certificates from educational Institute. Any deviation the application will be rejected totally. A married woman can write the surname of his husband and a copy of the marriage certificate is to be attached. After successful completion of the application candidates are advised to open the application and verify all the details and do correction if any as required. Once the candidate is satisfied he can submit the final application on line. Once the application is finally submitted no changes can be made. After submission an application number will be generated. Please note down this number and preserve it. It is required to be quoted in all future correspondence and for making online e admission card. Take a print of the application and keep it for your reference.

    Take a print out of the filled application and affix one black and white Passport size photograph at the place provided. Sign wherever required. Attach CSIR copy of bank challan and other certificates and forward in an envelope superscribed with Subject Code, Centre Code & Medium Code to The Deputy Secretary (Exam), Human Resource Development Group, Examination Unit, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi-110012.
    The applied candidates are advised to refer the mentioned site to see the registered applicants list and other details that are being uploaded from time to time.

    Facility for downloading e-Admission Certificates to the registered candidates will be provided on No paper Admission Certificate will be sent by post. No duplicate e-admission certificate shall be issued to the candidates at the Exam Centre. CSIR will not be responsible for any delay on the part of the candidates.

    Final Words

    Before finally submitting, ensure that all the columns are filled in. Take the complete details of the syllabus from the website and get prepared well. Competition will be high and JRF will be given to very limited candidates only. Please ensure that all copies are attached to the physical application and signed in all the indicated places.

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