ABOUT CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES
- Tentative date of exam notification:- march and September of every year
- Tentative date of filling forms: – March/April & September / October
- Tentative date of exam: – 3rd / 4th Sunday of june and December
CSIR stands for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India which provides Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to those who qualify the joint CSIR-UGC Joint Entrance Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship (LS) i.e. National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by CSIR twice in a year.
The EMR Division under Human Resource and Development (HRD) Group of CSIR provide CSIR Research Fellowship to bright young men and women for training in methods of research under the expert guidance of faculty members /scientists working in University Departments/ National Laboratories and Institutes in various fields of Science & Technology and Medical Sciences.
The CSIR Fellowships are tenable in India. Only bonafide Indian citizens, residing in India are eligible for the award of research Fellowship.
Stipend, Tenure and Benefits of CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES
The stipend of a JRF selected through the all India test will be Rs 25000/ p.m for a period of 2 years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs. 20,000/- per fellow will be provided to the University / Institution.• On Completion of two years as
JRF, the stipend may be increased to Rs. 28000/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent year, on the basis of assessment of Fellows’ research progress/ achievements through an 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. On up gradation, the designation of JRF will be changed to SRF (NET). The total tenure as JRF (NET) plus SRF (NET) shall not exceed 5 years.
- For any candidate, it is quite difficult to get entry into the Research and Development department of any industry. However, the candidate who is having fellowship may get entry to pursue PhD quite easily.
- There are certain laboratories which prefer to take only those candidates who are having either CSIR or UGC fellowship. This is a great opportunity for the candidate to get absolved in these types of industries.
- 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 an association.
- This Test also determines the eligibility of candidates for Lectureship positions in Indian Universities/Colleges.
- Some aspirants are declared successful in eligibility for Lectureship (NET) category only, based on their performance in the test. Advantages of NET- JRF over NET- LS Candidates who have qualified for the JRF are also eligible for the lectureship. A certain number of JRFs are awarded each year by CSIR-UGC to the candidates who qualify in the joint entrance examination conducted by CSIR-UGC.
The CSIR Fellowships are tenable in Universities/IITs/Post-Graduate Colleges/Government Research Establishments including those of CSIR, R&D establishments of recognized public or private sector, industrial firms and other recognized institutions, however, the candidates qualifying for Lectureship-NET will be eligible for recruitment as lecturer as well as for JRF-ship in a Scheme/Project, if otherwise suitable as per the eligibility criteria of that Scheme/Project.
However, they will not be eligible for Regular JRF-NET Fellowship. They will be eligible to pursue PhD program with or without any fellowship other than JRF-NET.
Pattern of CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES
from May 2021 this exam will be conducted on computer (CBT)
TIME: 3 HOURS
MAXIMUM MARKS: 200
CSIR-UGC (NET) Exam for Award of Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship shall be a Single Paper Test having Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
The question paper is divided in three parts
Part ‘A’ This part shall carry 20 questions pertaining to General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis and Research Aptitude. The candidates shall be required to answer any 15 questions. Each question shall be of two marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 30 out of 200.
Part ‘B’ This part shall contain 50 Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) generally covering the topics given in the syllabus. A candidate shall be required to answer any 35 questions. Each question shall be of two marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 70 out of 200.
Part ‘C’ This part shall contain 75 questions that are designed to test a 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. A candidate shall be required to answer any 25 questions. Each question shall be of four marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 100 out of 200.
- There will be negative marking @25% for each wrong answer.
- To enable the candidates to go through the questions, the question paper booklet shall be distributed 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the exam. The Answer sheet shall be distributed at the scheduled time of the exam.
- On completion of the exam i.e. at the scheduled closing time of the exam, the candidates shall be allowed to carry the Question Paper Booklet. No candidate is allowed to carry the Question Paper Booklet in case he/she chooses to leave the test before the scheduled closing time.