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CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)& Lectureship (LS) for Chemical Sciences is conducted twice every year (in June & in December) to select right candidates to award research fellowships, initially for two years (JRF) which can be further extended for three more years (SRF). This exam is also popularly known as CSIR NET or CSIR UGC NET exam. According to the verdict of Supreme Court, CSIR NET is now MANDATORY for ALL who wish to pursue PhD or want to join for LECTURESHIP (compulsory for MPhil and PhD scholars also)

Csir Net Exam Pattern (new)

According to new pattern implemented from June 2011 onwards, the CSIR NET exam in chemical sciences comprises of :

  • Part A - Carries 20 questions and is common to all the subjects covering general aptitude questions. The candidate is required to answer any 15 questions.
  • Part B - Contains 40 multiple choice questions generally covering the topics given in the syllabus. A candidate is required to answer any 35 questions and each correct answer is awarded with 2 marks.
  • Part C - Consists of 60 questions. A candidate shall be required to answer any 25 questions, each carrying 4 marks.

There will be negative marking @25% for each wrong answer.

Benefits of Qualifying CSIR NET & GATE

Research Fellowships
Eligible for pursuing PhD from any central government institute like IIT's, IISER's,NIT’s etc. with monthly scholarship of `32,500.In addition, annual contingent grant of `20,000/- per fellow will be provided to the Institution.
Eligible for the post of Lecturer/Assistant Professor in any Government Colleges all over India
Sponsored Projects
Junior Research fellowships in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects requires JRF/GATE score card.
Gateway to Research
CSIR NET JRF is mandatory for pursuing PhD in world's top level institute in India like IISc, NCL etc.
Entry Pass to Foreign Universities:
Universities abroad (Singapore, Germany and New Zealand) consider GATE score for admission to PhD and other programs along with GRE and TOEFL / IELTS Scores.
Salary Package
The biggest advantage after clearing NET exam is that you get salary according to the sixth pay commission rule when it comes to teaching or lectureship.
Opportunities Abroad
fellowship for doctorate studies programme in Germany (DAAD Fellowship programmesfor Academics )

Many reputed companies recruit through NET/GATE especially for content matter, research methodology or statistics jobs.

Minimum Educational Qualification for NET/JRF

BS-4 years program / B.E./ B.Tech / B.Pharma / MBBS / IntegratedBS-MS / M.Sc./ MCA / M.Tech or Equivalent degree with at least 55% marks for General & OBC candidates 50% for SC/ST candidates,Physically and Visually handicapped candidates.

NOTE: Candidate enrolled for M.Sc. or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination 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.
B.Sc. (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in integrated MS-Ph.D. program with atleast 55% marks for General and OBC candidates; 50% for SC/ST candidates, Physically and Visually handicapped candidates are also eligible to apply.
Candidates with bachelor’s degree, whether Science, engineering or any other discipline, will be eligible for fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for Ph.D./integrated Ph.D. program within the validity period of two years.

NET/JRF Exam Schedule

UGC conducts NET twice a year, i.e.,in the months of June and December. The notifications announcing the June and December examinations are published in the months of February/March and August/September respectively in the weekly journal of nation-wide circulation, viz, Employment News.

Age Limit and Relaxation
For JRF (NET): Maximum 28 years.
Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 5 years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC (As per GOI central list), Physically handicapped/Visually handicapped and female applicants.
For Lectureship (NET): No upper age limit.