* Academic Eligibility
* Other Eligibility Conditions
* Scheme of the Examination
* Examination Centres
* Application Procedure
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts a national-level joint CSIR-UGC Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) and for the eligibility of Lectureship in Science subjects. Notification of the exam date and other details appears in the Employment News about 4 months before the examination. This test is generally held twice in a year (June and December). State Level Eligibility Tests (SLET) are also conducted by the respective states as accredited by the UGC with almost the same syllabus.
* A minimum aggregate of 55% (50% for SC/ST candidates) in the Master's Degree in the following or related subjects :
Chemical Science 1
Earth,Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Sciences 2
Life Sciences 3
Mathematical Sciences 4
Physical Sciences 5
* A candidate who has appeared for the qualifying exam as in the first point above but is yet to receive the results can apply for the test and will be admitted provisionally. His / her eligibility will be subject to submission of marksheet satisfying the first condition mentioned above.
Other Eligibility Conditions
* Age Limit
(a) For Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): The upper age limit is 28 years as on July 1 / January 1 for the December / June exams respectively of the year of examination. This limit is relaxed up to 5 years in the case of SC/ST/OBC/physically handicapped and female applicants.
(b) For Lectureship (LS): Even candidates above 28 years can attempt NET for Lectureship only, as there is no upper age limit. Top
Scheme of the Examination
Paper I :
An objective-type test of duration 2 hours and 15 minutes, in 2 sections, A and B. All the questions are compulsory with the cut-off mark in Paper I deciding whether Paper II is to be evaluated or not. Negative marks are assigned to wrong answers in this paper where a maximum of 200 marks can be scored.
Section A - In 30 general questions, the candidate's knowledge on general information pertaining to Science, aptitude for Scientific Research, Quantitative Reasoning and Computer Science are tested.
Section B - Focusses on the candidate's chosen subject. There are 70 objective-type questions, each carrying a maximum of 2 marks.
A paper of duration 2 hours and 30 minutes, it consists of descriptive-type questions for a maximum of 200 marks. Candidates are expected to answer 10 to 16 questions.
Use of calculators / logarithm tables (other than those provided in the answer books) is not permitted. Top
Bangalore Bhavnagar Bhopal Bhubaneshwar Kolkata
Chandigarh Chennai Kochi Delhi Guwahati
Hyderabad Jammu Jamshedpur Karaikudi Lucknow
Nagpur Pilani Pune Roorkee Thiruvananthapuram
Imphal Raipur Srinagar
The notification is published in Employment News and leading newspapers. Candidates applying for the test can obtain the Information Bulletin and Application Forms through the notified branches of the Syndicate Bank by paying the fee in cash. General Category candidates have to pay Rs.400/-. OBC candidates have to pay Rs.200/- and SC/ST/Physically/Visually handicapped candidates have to pay a fee of Rs.100/-.
The Information Bulletin and Application Form can also be obtained by post from the Syndicate Bank, National Physical Laboratory Branch, Dr.K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi - 110 012, by sending a crossed Demand Draft for Rs.475/-, Rs.275/- or Rs.175/- as applicable, (includes Rs.75/- as postal/handling charges), drawn in favour of Syndicate Bank (Account CSIR), New Delhi, payable at New Delhi. For this purpose, the candidate should send a request to the Bank with two address slips clearly mentioning the address at which he/she desires the documents to be sent by Registered Post.
The candidate should write his/her Name, Date of Birth, Address, Date of Examination and subject code on the reverse of the Demand Draft.
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