The Joint CSIR-UGC JRF/LS (NET) Examination shall comprise of 2 papers:



This paper will be of 2 hours and 30 minutes duration and shall have a maximum of 200 marks.

Part ‘A’ of Paper I shall contain 40 General Science questions. These questions will be common to all subject areas of NET Examination. A candidate shall be required to answer a maximum of 25 questions from Part ‘A’. In case, a candidate answers more than 25 questions, only the first 25 answered questions will be taken up for evaluation.  Part ‘B’ of Paper I shall have 100 questions. A candidate will be required to answer a maximum of 75 questions. In case a candidate answers more than 75 questions, only the first 75 answered questions shall be evaluated.  All questions are of two marks each. There will be negative marking for wrong answers.


The general Part "A" part contains questions from the following fields:


Physics: Usually 6-7 questions are asked from simple Harmonic Motion, Law of Motion, Optics, Doppler Effect, Electricity, Magnetism, Light etc.


Chemistry: 6-7 questions are asked from periodic table, Thermodynamics, Chemical Kinetics, Radioactivity, Chemical Equilibrium, pH related problem etc.


Mathematics: 6-7 questions from Geometry, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Simple Differentiation, Integration, Pythagoras Theorem etc.


Biology: 6-7 questions are asked. The main area of attention is Blood group, Rh Factor, Cytology, Genetics, Hormones and their related diseases, Environmental Science & Biodiversity etc.


Computer: 6-7 questions from Basics, Binary and octal representation. Flow Chart, Loop Programming, different group language, Operating system, Terminology etc.


Geography: 6-7 questions are generally asked from Rock structure, Volcano, Earthquake, Tectonic theory, Climatic Phenomena, Solar System, Atmosphere, Biosphere, etc.


Part "B" will contain questions from the topic given in the NET syllabus.


In examination with objective type multiple choice questions (MCQs), there is a tendency called the ‘Red Wire Syndrome’ which means to answer all questions whether one knows the correct answer or not. If we can classify the questions into three categories, viz. 1) Sure, 2) Not So Sure and 3) Never, indicating whether one knows the correct answer, possible but some doubt still prevails and almost impossible, respectively. The ‘red wire syndrome’ means that one will have tendency to answer all the questions, which is disastrous, just like a child who touches a ‘red hot wire’ seeing its beauty. The key to success lies in answering all the ‘Sure’ types, and leaving out the ‘Never’ types. It is imperative to learn the art of intelligent guessing to answer the type 2. This evidently comes from one’s experience and basic knowledge of the subject. So never ever find it insulting to go back to your basics (atleast refer to some of the basic books in the list below). So never forget practice well using previous question papers of NET. to make you come out with flying colours.



This paper shall be of 2 hours and 30 minutes duration and will have a maximum of 200 marks. This Paper shall consist of 39-45 short answer type questions requiring descriptive answers. To answer each question, a candidate will be provided one page each. There shall be one compulsory question of twenty Marks. In addition to the compulsory question, the candidate is required to answer a maximum of any 15 questions of twelve marks each.


All exams need a planned study using a suitable technique. It applies for CSIR exam too thus so it is important to understand what to prepare and how to qualify CSIR exam. Smart work and proper strategy is required for section A of Paper I as this section plays an important role in selection. Many deserving students fail to qualify first paper, just because of their poor performance in GS.