Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) UGC NET will be conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency) on June 21, 2020 in online mode to determine the eligibility of candidates for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Lectureship (LS).

  • CSIR UGC NET 2020 application form will be released on March 16, 2020 at csirnet.nta.nic.in
  • As per CSIR UGC NET 2020 exam pattern, it will be a 3-hour long computer-based test having multiple choice questions of 200 marks.
  • The minimum marks to qualify the exam is 33% for General, OBC and EWS Category and 25% for SC/ ST and PwD candidates.
  • Fellowship to successful candidates shall be effective from January 1, 2020, with the validity period of 2 years for joining the fellowship under the scheme.
  • CSIR UGC NET Junior Research Fellowship Salary hiked from INR 25000/- to INR 31000/- by the Central Government.
About CSIR-UGC Fellowship
  • Online applications for JRF/NET are invited twice a year on an all India basis through press Notification. The Notification will be made available on NTA website (www.csirnet.nta.nic.in)
  • CSIR & UGC provide Research Fellowships to bright young men and women for training in methods of research under the expert guidance of faculty members/scientists working in the University Department/National Laboratories and Institutions in various fields of Science. Only bonafide Indian citizens are eligible for this test.
  • CSIR/UGC Fellowship is tenable in India. The Program is aimed at the National Science & Technology Human Resource Development.
  • The award of CSIR/UGC Fellowship is for a fixed tenure and does not imply any assurance or guarantee for subsequent employment by CSIR/UGC to the beneficiary
Junior Research Fellowship Stipend
  • The stipend of a JRF selected through CSIR- National Eligibility Test (NET) will be Rs.31,000/- per month (under revision) for the first two years.
  • In addition, an annual contingent grant of Rs.20,000/-  per fellow will be provided to the University / Institution. The Fellowship will be governed by the terms and conditions of CSIR, UGC, or Research Scheme, as applicable.
  • On completion of two years as JRF and if the fellow is registered for Ph.D., the Fellowship will be upgraded to SRF (NET) and the stipend will be increased to Rs.35,000/- per month (under revision) for the 3rd and subsequent years, on the basis of the assessment of Fellows’ research progress/ achievements through the interview by an Expert Committee consisting of the Guide, Head of the Department and External Member from outside the University/ Institution who is an expert in the relevant field, not below the rank of Professor/ Associate Professor.
Subjects of the Test :
Subject Code

Subjects of the Test


Chemical Sciences


Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences


Life Sciences


Mathematical Sciences


Physical Sciences

Important Dates
Events CSIR NET June 2020 Dates
CSIR NET 2020 Registration to begin on March 16, 2020
Last day to Submit CSIR NET 2020 Application Form June 30, 2020
Last day to pay CSIR NET 2020 Application Fee June 30, 2020
CSIR NET Application Form Correction Window June 30, 2020
Issue of CSIR UGC NET 2020 Admit Card
CSIR UGC NET 2020 Exam Date
Release of CSIR NET 2020 Result
Educational Qualification Requirements
  • Candidates must have a M.Sc or an equivalent degree / Integrated BS-MS / BS – 4 years / BE / B. Tech / B. Pharma / MBBS.
  • For General/ EWS and OBC-NCL candidates, a minimum of 55% marks and for SC/ ST/ physically and visually handicapped candidates, a minimum of 50% marks is required in this degree.
  • Those enrolled for M.Sc or those who have completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination are also eligible to apply.
  • B.Sc (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or candidates enrolled in the Integrated MS-PhD program can also apply.
  • Such applicants need a minimum of 55% marks (for general and OBC-NCL) and 50% marks for SC / ST, physically and visually handicapped candidates.
  • Those with a bachelor’s degree must be registered/enrolled for Ph.D./ Integrated Ph.D. program to be eligible for CSIR.
  • Ph.D. degree holders, who have passed Master’s degree before September 19, 1991, with minimum 50% marks, are eligible to apply for the only Lectureship.
Subject Eligibility
Life Science Pursued academic qualification in Life Science only
Chemical Science Have a degree in M.Sc./BS/B-Tech or equivalent qualification in Chemistry with required percentage mentioned above
Earth Science Pursued M.Sc./BS-MS/BS-4 Years/B-Pharma or any equivalent degree in the field of Earth Science within the required qualifying criteria.
 Mathematics Pursued M.Sc./BS-MS/BS/B-Tech or any equivalent degree in the field of Mathematics to meet the eligibility requirements
Physical Science Possess a valid degree of M.Sc. Physics or BS-MS in Physics or any equivalent degree within the required percentage
Age Limit and Relaxation
  1. For JRF: Candidates should not have attained 28 years of age as on July 1, 2020.
  2. For LS: There is no upper age limit for Assistant Professorship.
  3. The upper age limit can be relaxed up to 5 years for SC/ ST/ Physically or Visually handicapped and female candidates and 3 years for OBC-Non Creamy Layer candidates
Exam Pattern
  • The single paper MCQ based test will be held tentatively on 21st June 2020. The CSIR NET entrance exam will be held in two sessions; morning 09.00 AM to 12.00 noon and afternoon 02.00 PM to 05.00 PM.
  • The Test will consist of three parts. All the parts will consist of objective type, multiple-choice questions. There will be no break between papers.
  • The Test will be held for five subjects viz., Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Earth, Physical Sciences Chemical Sciences, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences.
  • The test paper of each subject shall carry a maximum of 200 marks; the exam shall be for a duration of three hours.
  • The question paper shall be divided into three parts.
  • 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 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.
  • Candidates should use only black ballpoint pen and not pencil to fill in their particulars in the OMR Answer Sheet/Question Paper Booklet and to darken the appropriate circle to mark their answers in their OMR answer sheet.
  • The Question Booklet for this test will be printed in Hindi & English Version.
  • Negative marking for wrong answers, wherever required, shall be applicable as per the subject wise scheme of Exam.
Application Process – Apply Online
  • Candidates can apply for CSIR-UGC NET June 2020 through “Online” mode only.
  • Submission of Online Application Form may be done by accessing the NTA website csirnet.nta.nic.in. The Application Form in any other mode will not be accepted.
  • Only one application is to be submitted by a candidate.
Fee Structure:
General 1000
OBC and EWS 500
SC, ST, PwD 250

For more information visit the official site.

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