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CSIR UGC NET Each subject Study materials available


The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts various exams for different levels of qualifications. Here are the major CSIR exams:

  1. CSIR-UGC NET: This exam is conducted to determine the eligibility of candidates for lectureship and junior research fellowship (JRF) in various science and technology fields.

  2. CSIR-UGC JRF: This exam is conducted to select candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in various science and technology fields.

  3. CSIR-UGC Lectureship: This exam is conducted to determine the eligibility of candidates for lectureship positions in various science and technology fields.

  4. CSIR-UGC NET LS: This exam is conducted for candidates who only wish to qualify for the lectureship positions.

The CSIR exams are usually conducted twice a year in June and December. The exams are conducted online and consist of objective-type questions. The syllabus and pattern of the exam vary depending on the level of the exam and the subject chosen by the candidate.

To prepare for the CSIR exams, candidates should thoroughly study the syllabus, practice previous year's question papers, and take mock tests. They can also refer to textbooks and study materials recommended by experts in their respective fields.

Candidates who clear the CSIR exams are eligible for fellowship and can pursue research in various government and private research institutions in India.


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CSIR Exams Previous Year Question Papers and Answer Key

CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern

The Test will be held in a total of five subjects viz., Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Earth, Physical Sciences Chemical Sciences, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences.It will consist of a single MCQ paper comprising of 200 marks.

The question paper will be divided into three Parts- A, B, and C as described below :

Part A – First part will be common to all the subjects and will include questions pertaining to logical reasoning, graphical analysis, General Aptitude, numerical ability etc.

Part B – Second part of the test will include conventional MCQs covering various topics of the concerned subject. For subject of Engineering Sciences, however, questions pertaining to Engineering Aptitude and Mathematics will be included.

Part C – This section will comprise of questions of a higher value that will be designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or its application. Questions in this section will be of an analytical nature. For the subject of Engineering Sciences, it will include subject-related Multiple Choice Questions.

Negative Marking : There will be a deduction of the marks for wrong answers as per the subject wise scheme of the exam. The benefit of marks will be given to only those candidates who attempt the question in case, any question found to be wrong at a later stage then.

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria

The basic CSIR NET eligibility criteria that candidates must fulfil are mentioned below:

CSIR NET Educational Qualification

  • Candidates should have obtained a degree in B.Tech/BE/BPharma/MBBS/BS (four years)/Integrated BS-MS/M.Sc. with a minimum of 55 per cent marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC (50 per cent for SC/ST, Third gender and PwD). 

CSIR NET Age Limit

  • To apply for CSIR NET JRF, candidates should be maximum of 28 years of age. The upper age limit is relaxable for up to 5 years for SC/ST/Third gender/PwD/Females and up to 3 years for OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) 

  • There is no upper age limit to apply for the post of Lectureship (LS)/ Assistant Professor

CSIR UGC NET Selection Process

CSIR UGC NET selection process includes the following stages:

  • CSIR NET application form: All interested and eligible candidates need to fill CSIR NET application form by visiting the official website of the exam

  • CSIR NET admit card: CSIR UGC NET admit card is released for candidates who successfully submit the application form and pay the exam fee. The admit card is released on the official website of the exam

  • CSIR NET Exam: Candidates need to appear for the CSIR UGC NET exam as per the date and time mentioned on the admit card. CSIR NET is typically conducted twice a year in the months of June and December

  • CSIR NET result: The result for CSIR NET is declared on the official website. Candidates qualifying the NET exam get eligible for JRF or lectureship.

CSIR NET Notification

The CSIR NET notification has been released by the NTA on July 11, . The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the CSIR NET notification  on its official website- csirnet.nta.nic.in. The notification contains the important details of the exam such as the detailed application process, eligibility criteria, admit card, exam dates, exam pattern, syllabus and others. The CSIR UGC NET notification will contain the following details:

  • Application process
  • Exam dates and schedule
  • CSIR NET eligibility criteria
  • CSIR NET exam pattern and syllabus
  • CSIR NET qualifying marks and cut off criteria
  • Validity of CSIR NET
  • Exam centres list
  • Admit card
  • Verification of eligibility

CSIR NET Syllabus

The CSIR NET syllabus is prescribed by the NTA. The syllabus differs for all five subjects:
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern

The CSIR UGC NET exam is conducted online wherein objective-type multiple-choice questions are asked from the subject chosen by candidates. Have a look at the CSIR NET exam pattern highlights below.


Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam mode


Exam duration

180 minutes (3 hours)

Number of sections/parts


Total questions to be attempted

Chemical Sciences: 75

Earth Sciences: 75

Life Sciences: 75

Mathematical Sciences: 60

Physical Sciences: 55

Type of questions

MCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option

Total marks

200 for each paper

Negative marking

Yes (0.25 mark deduction for each wrong answer)

Language of paper

English and Hindi

CSIR NET Prep Tips

To qualify the CSIR UGC NET exam, candidates need to develop a good preparation strategy. Candidates should start the CSIR NET preparation  by going through the exam pattern and syllabus. Post this, candidates should start practicing the mock tests and previous years' question papers. This will help candidates in knowing their weak and strong areas. After solving the papers, candidates can analyse them and improvise accordingly.

CSIR NET Mock Test

The CSIR NET mock test is one of the best practicing materials that boost the preparation levels of candidates. The NTA provides the online facility of mock tests for the candidates to have a real-time experience of the examination. By undertaking the CSIR UGC NET mock test, candidates can improve their weak areas and boost their time management skills.

CSIR NET Exam Analysis

The CSIR NET exam analysis  will be provided here as per the feedback shared by candidates soon after the conduct of the exam. The CSIR NET exam will be held for five subjects.

CSIR NET Question Papers

The CSIR UGC NET question papers will be released by the NTA along with the provisional answer key on the registered accounts of candidates along with the marked responses. The CSIR NET question papers are very important for exam preparation. By solving the previous years' question paper, candidates can familiarise themselves with the nature of the exam and know the important topics from which questions are asked in the exam. The practice of questions papers helps candidates devise a calculative approach towards the CSIR NET examination. 

CSIR NET Answer Key

The CSIR NET answer key  will be released by the NTA after the conduct of the exam. Candidates can download the CSIR NET answer key by following the given steps: 

  • Visit the official website – https://csirnet.nta.nic.in
  • Click on the answer key link
  • Go through the corrected answers
  • Download the PDF


The CSIR NET result  will be released in two phases- once by the NTA and once by the CSIR. The CSIR UGC NET result released by the CSIR is considered as a final one. The result is released in the form of a scorecard that specifies the exam qualifying status along with the marks and percentages obtained by candidates. The CSIR NET scores and percentages are announced overall and paper-wise. Candidates can check CSIR NET results by following the given steps:

  • Visit the official website - https://csirnet.nta.nic.in
  • Click on the scorecard link mentioned below
  • Enter the application number and date of birth
  • Download the scorecard

CSIR NET E-Certificate

Candidates who have qualify the exam will be awarded the CSIR NET e-certificate . Candidates can download the CSIR NET certificate by following the given steps:

  • Visit the official website- ecertificate.nta.ac.in.
  • Select ‘Joint CSIR UGC NET’, enter the captcha code and submit
  • Enter the roll number or application number, date of birth, exam session and captcha code.
  • Download the CSIR NET certificate.

CSIR NET Certificate Validity

The CSIR NET certificate validity differs for JRF and Lecturership as given below:

  • JRF Award Letter: The validity of the CSIR NET JRF award letter is for two years.
  • Lectureship/Assistant Professor: The CSIR NET certificate validity for Lecturership/ Assistant Professor is for a lifetime.


The CSIR NET cut off  will be released by the CSIR after the declaration of the result. The cut off marks are released separately for all five papers- Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences. Candidates can download the CSIR UGC NET cut off by following the given steps:

  • Visit the official website of CSIR - csirhrdg.res.in.
  • Click on the 'Cut-off' link available under the News & Announcement section.
  • Download and save the CSIR NET cut off list. 

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