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    CSIR will hold the Joint CSIR-UGC Test Tentatively on Sunday 20th December, 2015 for determining the eligibility of the Indian National candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) NET and for determining eligibility for appointment of Lecturers (NET) in certain subject areas falling under the faculty of Science & Technology. The award of Junior Research Fellowship (NET) to the successful eligible candidates will depend on their finding admission/placement in a university/ national laboratory/ institution of higher learning and research, as applicable.

    1.1 A candidate may apply either for ‘JRF’ OR for ‘Lectureship (LS) only’ He/she may indicate his/her preference in the Online Application, as the case may be. CSIR may consider candidates for ‘JRF’, or ‘Lectureship only” depending on number of fellowships available & performance in the test subject to the condition that they fulfill the laid down eligibility criterion. If a candidate is found to be over-age for JRF (NET) he/she will automatically be considered for Lectureship (NET) only. Candidates with M.Sc. qualification OR under M.Sc. Result Awaited (RA) category shall be eligible for LS subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria as laid down by the UGC.

    1.2 Two separate merit lists, one comprising the candidates qualifying for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF – NET) and the second, of those candidates qualifying the Eligibility Test for Lectureship (NET), will be made on the basis of their performance in the above Test. Candidates qualifying for JRF (NET), will also be eligible for Lectureship (NET) subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC. The candidates qualifying for Lectureship will be eligible for recruitment as Lecturers as well as for JRF-ship in a Scheme/Project, if otherwise suitable. However, they will not be eligible for Regular JRF-NET Fellowship. Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF (NET) will receive fellowship either from CSIR or UGC as per their assignment or from the Schemes with which they may find association. The candidates declared eligible for Junior Research Fellowship under UGC scheme and Lectureship will be governed by UGC rules/regulations in this regard.

    1.3 The final result of this Single MCQ test may be declared sometime in the month of March/April, 2016 and fellowship to successful candidates will be effective from 1 st July, 2016 with the validity period of 2 years for joining the fellowship under CSIR Scheme.


    The Test will be held in the subjects as given under:

    1. Chemical Sciences
    2. Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
    3. Life Sciences
    4. Mathematical Sciences
    5. Physical Sciences


    NOTE: Engineering Sciences has been discontinued from December, 2015 NET.



    1. Sc or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years/BE/BTech/BPharma/MBBS with at least 55% marks for general and OBC-Non Creamy layer candidates (Central list only as provided in National Commission for Backward Classes website http://www.ncbc.nic.in) and 50% for SC/ST, physically and Visually Handicapped candidates.

    Candidates enrolled for M.Sc or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on 25.8.2015, 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 from the effective date of award.

    Such candidates will 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 appearing or has appeared.

    BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in Integrated MS-PhD program with at least 55% marks for general and OBC (Non Creamy layer) candidates; 50% marks for SC/ST, physically and visually handicapped candidates are also eligible to apply. Candidates with bachelor’s degree will be eligible for CSIR fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for PhD/Integrated PhD program within the validity period of two years.

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

    The candidates with the above qualification are advised to fill up their degree with percentage of marks in column No. 18 to 21, as applicable.


    For JRF (NET):Maximum 28 years as on 01-07-2015 (upper age limit may be relaxed up to 5 years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC(non creamy layer)/ Physically handicapped/Visually handicapped and femaleapplicants).

    For LS (NET): No upper age limit.


    The single paper MCQ based test will be held tentatively on Sunday, the 20th, December 2015 as under:



    Subject wise schedule of examination will be notified later on. The subject-wise Schedule, date and timing of the Test is liable to be changed at the discretion of CSIR. To enable the candidates to go through the instructions printed on the OMR Answer Sheets and also to correctly fill up the required particulars in the said OMR Answer Sheet, the same will be distributed 15 minute before the schedule time of start of the examination. The question paper booklet shall be distributed 5 minutes before the scheduled time of the exam & candidates are permitted to take duplicate copy of their OMR Answer Sheet while leaving the exam venue. The actual number of questions in each part and section to be asked & attempted may vary from subject to subject.

    Subject Marks

    (i) Life Sciences

    (ii) Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences

    (iii) Mathematical Sciences

    (iv) Chemical Sciences

    (v) Physical Sciences


    Session Timings Duration

    Morning Session 9.00AM-12.00 Noon 3 hrs

    Afternoon Session 2.00 PM-5.00 PM

    The candidates will not be permitted to leave the examination hall before the expiry of 2-1/2 hrs. from the start of the exam (i.e not before 11.30 AM in the morning session/4.30 PM in the afternoon session) The candidates leaving the exam venue at the end of the scheduled time of the exam (12.00 Noon-Morning Session or 5.00 PM Evening Session) as the case may be, are permitted to take their Question Booklet with them, but in case they leave the exam venue before the scheduled time, they shall not be permitted to carry the Question Booklet with them and shall hand over their Question Booklet to the invigilator.

    Candidates should use only black ball point pen and not pencil to fill in their particulars in the OMR

    Answer Sheet/Question Paper Booklet and also to darken the appropriate circle to mark their answers in their OMR answer sheet. Candidates are not permitted to erase, scratch out or use whitener fluid/eraser fluid to change their answers in the OMR sheet otherwise that particular answer will not be evaluated.

    The Question Booklet for this test will be printed in Hindi & English Version. The candidates opting for Hindi medium in the Application Form, will be given bilingual Question Booklet and Candidates opting for English medium will be given Question Booklet printed in English Version only. The candidate will be required to answer as per option exercised in the application Form.


    The question paper shall be divided into three parts, (A, B & C) as per syllabus & Scheme of Exam.

    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 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.


    Syllabus & Scheme of Exam of single MCQ Paper may be seen at CSIR website: http://www.csirhrdg.res.in.

    3.2 Negative marking for wrong answers, wherever required, shall be applicable as per subject wise scheme of Exam.

    3.3 If a question for any reason found wrong, the benefit of marks will be given to only those candidates who attempt the question.


    The test will be held at 26 Centres spread all over India, as specified below:

    Bangalore, Bhavnagar, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Guntur, Guwahati,

    Hyderabad, Imphal, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Karaikudi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur, Pilani, Pune, Raipur,

    Roorkee, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur and Varanasi.

    A candidate may opt for any of the above centres. No request for change of centre would ordinarily be granted.

    However, a request in writing for change of Centre may be entertained on merits, if received in this unit latest by 05.10.2015. If sufficient number of candidates do not opt for any of the above Centres, that particular Centre may stand deleted from the above list OR otherwise also, the concerned candidates may be allotted another Centre nearest to their place of residence, at the discretion of CSIR. No TA/DA will be admissible to any candidate for attending the test, in any circumstances.

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