University Grants Commission (UGC) and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) holds a national level Joint CSIR-UGC Examination (NET) for determining the eligibility of Indian national candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) and and eligibility for Lectureship in Indian universities and colleges. in certain subject areas falling under the faculty of Science. The award of JRF ship to the eligible candidates is depend on their finding placement in a university/national laboratory/institution of higher learning and research, as applicable.


A candidate may apply either for Both JRF & Lectureship or for Lectureship (LS) only. He /she may indicate his/her preference in the application; as the case may be CSIR may consider candidates applying for JRF+LS for Lectureship only depending on number of fellowships available. If a candidate is found to be over age for JRF (NET) he/she will automatically be considered for Lectureship (NET) only.

Two separate merit lists, one comprising the candidates qualifying for the award of JRF and the second of those candidates qualifying the Eligibility Test for LS are made on the basis of their performance in the above Test. Candidates qualifying for JRF are also eligible for LS. The candidates qualifying for LS are eligible for recruitment as Lecturers only.

Official website for CSIR-UGC-JRF-NET:



1. Guidelines for the preparation of NET exams

2. Exam preparation

3. Syllabus

4. Model question papers

5. Books

6. Important websites and coaching centers


Academic Eligibility : A minimum aggregate of 55% (50% for SC/ST candidates) in the Master's Degree in the Life Sciences (code 2).

A candidate who has appeared for the qualifying exam as in the first point above but is yet to receive the results can apply for the test and will be admitted provisionally. His / her eligibility will be subject to submission of mark sheet satisfying the first condition mentioned above. 

Other Eligibility Conditions :
Age Limit
(a) For Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): The upper age limit is 28 years as on July 1 / January 1 for the December / June exams respectively of the year of examination. This limit is relaxed up to 5 years in the case of SC/ST/OBC/physically handicapped and female applicants.
(b) For Lectureship (LS): Even candidates above 28 years can attempt NET for Lectureship only, as there is no upper age limit.
Application Procedure : The notification is published in Employment News and leading newspapers. Candidates must apply in the application format given in the advertisement in accordance with the rules mentioned. The examination fee must be paid in the form of a crossed Demand Draft in f/o Finance & Accounts Officer, EMR, CSIR Complex, New Delhi. General Category candidates have to pay Rs 400/-, OBC candidates have to pay Rs 200/- and SC/ST/physically/visually handicapped candidates a fee of Rs 100/-.


Examination Centres : Bangalore, Bhavnagar, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Karaikudi, Lucknow, Nagpur Pilani, Pune, Roorkee and Thiruvananthapuram.



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