CSIR JRF/NET June 2020 Notification | Registrations from 16th March | Exam on 21st June


Joint Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-University Grant Commission 
National Eligibility Test (CSIR-UGC NET) JUNE 2020


1. Introduction for CSIR JRF/NET June 2020

1.1 About National Testing Agency (NTA) The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI), has established National Testing Agency (NTA) as an independent, autonomous and self- sustained premier organization under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, registered as a self-reliant and self-sustained premier testing organization. Some of the objectives,inter alia, include: 
(i) To conduct efficient, transparent and international standard tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admission. 
(ii) To undertake research on educational, professional and testing system to identify gaps in the knowledge systems and take steps for bridging them. (iii) To produce and disseminate information and research on education and professional development standards. 

1.2 About Joint CSIR-UGC Fellowship The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has entrusted the responsibility of conducting Joint CSIR-UGC NET in CBT mode to NTA. Joint CSIRUGC NET is a test being conducted to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals ‘for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for Lectureship (LS) /Assistant Professor’ in Indian universities and colleges subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC. Online applications for JRF/NET are invited twice a year on all India basis through Press Notification of Joint CSIR-UGC NET for JRF and LS/AP 

CSIR and UGC provide Research Fellowships for training in methods of research under expert guidance of faculty members/scientists working in University Department/ National Laboratories and Institutions in various fields of Science. Joint CSIR-UGC NET Fellowships are tenable in Universities/IITs/Post Graduate Colleges/Govt. Research Establishments including those of the CSIR, Research & Development establishments of recognized public or private sector industrial firms and other recognized institutions. Only bonafide Indian Citizens are eligible for the test. Joint CSIR-UGC NET Fellowship is tenable in India. The programme is aimed at National Science & Technology Human Resource Development. 

A large number of JRFs are awarded each year by CSIR to candidates holding BS4 years program/ BE/B.Tech./B. Pharma/MBBS/ Integrated BS-MS/M.Sc. or Equivalent degree/B.Sc. (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in integrated MS-Ph.D. program with at least 55% marks for General/General-EWS & OBC (50% for SC/ST candidates and Persons with Disability) after qualifying the Test conducted by CSIR twice a year in June and December. 

This Test also determines the eligibility of candidates for Lectureship/Assistant Professor in Indian University/Colleges. Those who qualify for JRF are eligible for Lectureship/Assistant Professor also, subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC. Some aspirants are declared successful in eligibility for Lectureship/Assistant Professor only based on their performance in the test. 

The award of Joint CSIR-UGC NET Fellowship is for a fixed tenure and does not imply any assurance or guarantee for subsequent employment by CSIR-UGC NET to the beneficiary. 

1.3 Junior Research Fellowship Stipend The stipend of a JRF selected through CSIR- National Eligibility Test (NET) will be Rs.31,000/- p.m for the first two years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs.20,000/- per Fellow will be provided to the University / Institution. The Fellowship will be governed by 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/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent years, on the basis of assessment of Fellows’ research progress/ achievements through 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. As far as possible, the External Member should be the chairman of three members Committee. Where the guide happens to be the Head of the Department, the Dean, Faculty of Science or any senior member of the Department may be associated as the third member of the Committee. In the event of the Committee not recommending up-gradation or the fellow has not registered for Ph.D, the candidate will continue as JRF with a stipend of Rs.31,000/- p.m. for the 3rd year or his/her fellowship may be terminated depending upon the recommendation of the Committee and the decision of CSIR in this regard shall be final. The progress of research work of JRF will be assessed by duly constituted three member assessment committee again at the end of 3rd year for such up-gradation. 

The number of fellowship for each subject is limited. 

2. Joint CSIR-UGC NET Examination, June 2020 Joint CSIR-UGC NET Examination would be conducted by NTA on Sunday, 21 June 2020 for determining the eligibility of Indian Nationals for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) and for determining eligibility for Lectureship (LS)/Assistant Professor in certain subject areas falling under the faculty of Science & Technology. Joint CSIR-UGC NET June, 2020 shall be conducted by NTA on 21 June, 2020 in the enlisted subjects (Annexure- III) based on syllabus (available at www.csirhrdg.res.in), at selected Cities of Examination centres spread across the country given at Annexure- I.

2.1 Option to be exercised by candidate: A candidate may apply either for ‘Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)’ OR ‘Lectureship (LS)/Assistant Professor’. He/she may indicate his/her preference in the Online Application, as the case may be. If a candidate applies for JRF and fulfils the laid down eligibility criteria for Lectureship/Assistant Professor also, such a candidate will be considered for both JRF & LS/Assistant Professor. Option/preference given by the candidate in his/her application form is final and request for change will not be entertained at any later stage. The total number of candidates who will qualify depends on the number of fellowships available and performance in the test, subject to the condition that they fulfill the laid down eligibility criteria. If a candidate is found to be over-age for JRF (NET), he/she will be automatically considered for Lectureship/Assistant Professor (NET) only. Candidates with M.Sc. qualification OR under M.Sc. Result Awaited (RA) category shall be eligible for Lectureship (LS)/Assistant Professor subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria as laid down by the UGC 

2.2 Mode of Examination: The Examination shall be conducted as Computer Based Test (CBT) only. 

2.3 : 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 subjectwise scheme of examination is as per details below:


Chemical Sciences: The candidate is required to answer a maximum of 15, 35 and 25 questions from Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively. If more than required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 35 and 25 questions in Part A, Part B and Part C respectively will be taken up for evaluation. Below each question in Part A, Part B and Part C, four alternatives or responses are given. Only one of these alternatives is the "correct" option to the question. The candidate has to find, for each question, the correct or the best answer. 

Earth Sciences: The candidate is required to answer a maximum of 15, 35 and 25 questions from Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively. If more than required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 35 and 25 questions in Part A, Part B and Part C respectively will be taken up for evaluation. Below each question in Part A, Part B and Part C, four alternatives or responses are given. Only one of these alternatives is the "correct" option to the question. The candidate has to find, for each question, the correct or the best answer. 

Life Sciences: The candidate is required to answer a maximum of 15, 35 and 25 questions from Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively. If more than required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 35 and 25 questions in Part A, Part B and Part C respectively will be taken up for evaluation. Below each question in Part A, Part B and Part C, four alternatives or responses are given. Only one of these alternatives is the "correct" option to the question. The candidate has to find, for each question, the correct or the best answer. 

Mathematical Sciences: The candidate is required to answer a maximum of 15, 25 and 20 questions from Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively. If more than required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 25 and 20 questions in Part A, Part B and Part C respectively will be taken up for evaluation. Below each question in Part A, Part B, four alternatives or responses are given. Only one of these alternatives is the "correct" option to the question. The candidate has to find, for each question, the correct or the best answer. In Part C each question may have "ONE" or "MORE" correct options. Credit in a question shall be given only on identification of "ALL" the correct options in Part C. 

Physical Sciences: The candidate is required to answer a maximum of 15, 20 and 20 questions from Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively. If more than required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 20 and 20 questions in Part A, Part B and Part C respectively will be taken up for evaluation. Below each question in Part A, Part B and Part C, four alternatives or responses are given. Only one of these alternatives is the "correct" option to the question. The candidate has to find, for each question, the correct or the best answer. 

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 order questions that may test the 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 scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem. 

 The test will be in Hindi and English version. Candidates opting for Hindi medium in the Application Form will be given bilingual paper, but candidates opting for English medium will be given only English version. Candidates are required to answer in the medium as per option exercised in the Application Form. In case of any ambiguity between Hindi and English version due to translation, English version would be treated as final.

2.4 Examination Centres -Cities: The City of Examination Centres where the test shall be conducted are given at Annexure-I. It is mandatory for candidates to select four cities of their choice while filling Online Application Form of Joint CSIR-UGC NET June 2020. Effort will be made to allot Centre of examination to the candidates in order of the City choice opted by them in their Application Form. However, due to administrative reasons, a different city of nearby area may be allotted. 

2.5 Subjects of the Test: The Test will be held in the subjects mentioned below: 

Subject Code Subjects of the Test 
701 Chemical Sciences 6 
702 Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences 
703 Life Sciences
704 Mathematical Sciences 
705 Physical Sciences 

2.6 Syllabus of the Test:

Syllabus & Scheme of Examination of the MCQ Paper may be seen at CSIR HRDG website: www.csirhrdg.res.in

CSIR JRF/NET Life Sciences Syllabus : Download (PDF)

Note: National Testing Agency will not provide the copy of syllabus to individual candidates.

2.7 Important Timing of Examination: 

*Candidates are advised to report at the Examination Centre, at least 2 hours before the commencement of the examination. Candidates will not be permitted to enter into the Examination Centre after 8.30 am in first Shift and 01.30 pm in second shift. Also, the candidates will not be permitted to leave the examination hall before the expiry of 3 hrs. from the start of the exam. In case any candidate furnishes false information, appears in Computer Based Examination, the candidature is liable to be cancelled and the result will not be declared in such a case.

3. Eligibility Criteria: 

3.1 Essential Educational Qualifications: M.Sc. or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years/BE/B. Tech/B. Pharma/MBBS with at least 55% marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC candidates and 50% for SC/ST, Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates. 

Candidates enrolled for M.Sc or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on the closing date of online submission of Application Form, are also eligible to apply 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. 

Such candidates will have to submit the attestation 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-PhD program with at least 55% marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC candidates; 50% marks for SC/ST, Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates are also eligible to apply. Candidates with Bachelor’s degree will be eligible for CSIR fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for Ph.D/Integrated Ph.D program within the validity period of two years. Candidates possessing only Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply only for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and not for Lectureship (LS)/ Associate Professor. 

Specification of degrees (whether Bachelor’s or Master’s) as notified by UGC in its Gazette Notification No. F. 5-1/2013 (CPP-II) dated 5th July, 2014 and as amended from time to time, shall apply. 

The eligibility for lectureship/ Assistant Professor of NET qualified candidates will be subject to fulfilling the criteria laid down by UGC. Ph.D degree holders who have passed Master’s degree prior to 19th September, 1991 with at least 50% marks are eligible to apply for Lectureship/ Assistant Professor only. 

3.2 Upper Age limit: 

(a) JRF: Maximum 28 years as on 01.01.2020 {upper age limit may be relaxable up to 5 years in case of SC/ST/Persons with Disability(PwD)/ female applicants and 03 years in case of OBC (Non Creamy Layer) applicants}. 
(b) Lectureship (LS)/ Assistant Professor: No upper age limit. 

4. Schedule for Submission of Application Form:


(i) Details of how to remit fee are given at Annexure- IV. 
(ii) After completing Step-2 and Step-3 of Online Application Form, candidates may remit the examination fee (Step-4). 
(iii) Print the Confirmation Page of Online Application Form after completion of Step-4 of fee payment. 
(iv) Candidates must keep with them as proof of remittance of fee - transaction slip in case of payment through Debit/Credit Card and Net Banking/Paytm. 
(v) No fee will be accepted by NTA in any other mode i.e. Demand Draft /Cheque/Cash/ IPO/Money Order etc. 
(vi) Without completing Step-3 of Online Application Form and further payment of fee details as per Step-4, final submission of Online Application Form will remain incomplete and unsuccessful. Such an Online Application Form would stand rejected and no correspondence on this account will be entertained. 
(vii) No request for refund of fee once remitted by the candidate will be entertained by NTA under any circumstances. 
(viii) The entire application process of Joint CSIR-UGC NET June, 2020 is online, including uploading of scanned images/signatures/documents, Payment of Fees, and Printing of Confirmation Page. Therefore, candidates are NOT REQUIRED TO SEND/SUBMIT any document(s) including Confirmation Page to NTA through Post/ Fax/ By Hand/E-mail. 

5. Fee Concession Candidates may be asked to upload a self-attested copy of his/her category certificate as proof of his/her claim when instructed. Claims/requests for any concession/relaxation in fee, age and/or educational qualification not accompanied by a self-attested copy of a valid SC/ST/OBC (NCL) /PwD (40% or more disability) certificate from a competent authority and in prescribed format, will be summarily rejected. OBC candidates, who are not covered under the provision of Non Creamy Layer (NCL) as per the provisions of Govt. of India shall not be eligible to get the benefit of relaxation in age, fee concession etc. 
Candidate must note that for availing OBC category benefit, CSIR follows only Central Govt. list and not the State Govt. lists. Similarly, candidate applying under PwD category may note that Govt. of India rules will be applicable in this regard, otherwise they shall not be eligible for any concession.

6. Provision for Persons with Disability (PwD) having 40% or more Disability 
(i) Candidates with disabilities having 40% or more disability in upper limbs, visual impairment, low vision, cerebral palsy who have physical limitation to write with speed, will be provided the services of a scribe if they indicate requirement in their online application.
(ii) Candidates with benchmark disabilities in the category of blindness, locomotor disability (both arms affected-BA) and cerebral palsy, the facility of scribe shall be provided, if so requested by the candidate in their online application. 
(iii) Other category of persons with benchmark disabilities who requested for scribe in their online application will be provided scribe only on production of a certificate in the prescribed proforma (Annexure- XI) to the effect that the person has physical limitation to write, and scribe is essential to write examination on his behalf, from the Chief Medical Officer/Civil Surgeon/Medical Superintendent of a Government health care Institution. 
(iv) Candidates covered under para (i) and (ii) above will be allowed to meet the scribe a day before the date of examination so as to verify whether the scribe is suitable or not, after getting confirmation from the respective Centre Superintendent. 
(v) The qualification of the scribe to be brought by the candidate should be one step below the qualification of the candidate taking the examination. The candidate with benchmark disabilities opting for own scribe should submit details of the own scribe in the prescribed proforma (Annexure - XIII). The original copy should be submitted to Centre Superintendent at the exam venue on the day of examination. 
(vi) PwD candidates will also be given compensatory time of 60 minutes in addition to the 3 hours duration of the Exam.


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