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CSIR NET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Updated On - February 28th 2018 by SONAL ROHATGI

CSIR NET Eligibility is stipulated by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) each year. Candidates willing to apply for CSIR UGC NET 2018 must possess M.Sc. or equivalent degree/Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years/BE/B Tech/B. Pharma /MBBS with at least 55% marks to be eligible to apply for CSIR NETFor JRF: Candidates should be maximum 28 years [33 years for SC/ ST/ PwD/ female candidates and 31 years for OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates] as on July 1, 2017. For Lectureship: There is no upper age limit for candidates applying for lectureship.

CSIR UGC NET Registration will begin from March onwards. The application form will release on the official website and the form fee is INR 1000

Important Links

CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2018
CSIR NET 2018 Result
CSIR NET Reservation Criteria

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts Joint CSIR UGC National Eligibility Test to determine the eligibility of candidates for the Award of Joint Research Fellowship and for determining eligibility for appointment of Lecturers (NET) in certain subject areas falling under the faculty of Science & Technology.

CSIR NET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for CSIR NET, candidates should go through the eligibility requirements for CSIR NET. If any candidate is found to be ineligible at later stages than the candidature would be rejected straightway. Aspirants can check below different eligibility criteria requirements for CSIR NET 2018.

Nationality

  • Candidates must ensure that he/she is an Indian National.
  • If any candidate is found otherwise, the application form of that particular candidate will be rejected. 

Age Limit

  • Maximum age limit prescribed for the award of Joint Research Fellowship (JRF) is 28 years.
  • Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 5 years for reserved category candidates (SC/ST/OBC-NCL)/Persons with Disability (PwD) and female applicants
  • There is no stipulated age limit for the Lectureship.

Academic Qualification

  • Candidates must have a degree in B. Pharma or BE or B. Tech or MSc or MBBS or Integrated BS-MS or any other science degree with at least 55% marks.
  • 5% marks relaxation is given to candidates who belong to reserved category.
  • Aspirants who are currently pursuing M.Sc and have completed graduation (10+2+3) are also eligible for this examination.
  • Candidates who have done B.Sc or if they are pursuing the Integrated MS-PhD program and have got minimum 55% marks then they are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who have completed graduation from science or engineering background can also get the fellowship, provided they register for Ph.D. or Ph.D. integrated program within two years.

The table below provides a description for relevant degree/ academic background to choose a particular stream for CSIR NET 2018:

SubjectEligibility
Life SciencePursued academic qualification in Life Science only
Chemical ScienceHave a degree in M.Sc./BS/B-Tech or equivalent qualification in Chemistry with required percentage mentioned above
Earth SciencePursued M.Sc./BS-MS/BS-4 Years/B-Pharma or any equivalent degree in the field of Earth Science within the required qualifying criteria.
 MathematicsPursued M.Sc./BS-MS/BS/B-Tech or any equivalent degree in the field of Mathematics to meet the eligibility requirements
Physical SciencePossess a valid degree of M.Sc. Physics or BS-MS in Physics or any equivalent degree within the required percentage

Note:

  • Candidates who are enrolled in M.Sc. program or those who have completed 10+2+3 years of education are also eligible to apply under the Result Awaited (RA) category on the condition that they will complete the qualifying degree with qualifying marks within the 2 year validity period to be eligible for fellowship from the effective start date.
  • PhD holders who completed Masters’ degree before September 19, 1991,  with 50% marks are only eligible for lectureship.
  • Candidates who will qualify for Lectureship will be eligible for recruitment as Lecturers as well as for Junior Research Fellowship in a Scheme/Project, if otherwise suitable. However, they will not be eligible for Regular JRF-NET Fellowship.
  • For the award of JRF (NET), candidates will receive fellowship either from CSIR or UGC as per their assignment or from schemes with which they may find an association.
  • Candidates declared eligible for Junior Research Fellowship under UGC scheme and Lectureship will be governed by UGC rules/regulations in this regard.

CSIR NET Eligibility Reservation Criteria

CSIR has stipulated certain guidelines with respect to relaxation minimum marks required and upper age limit for candidates from different reserved categories (SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD) and female applicants

Category wise CSIR NET Relaxation of marks for eligible candidates from reserved categories is specified in the table below:

CategoryRelaxation in marks (In percentage)
Other Backward Classes5%
Scheduled Caste5%
Scheduled Tribe5%

Candidates can also check the relaxation applicable for reserved category candidates in upper age limit.

CategoryRelaxation in Age Limit (in years)
Female5
SC5
ST5
OBC (non-creamy layer)5
Persons with disability (PwD)5

CSIR Eligibility for NET/JRF Exam [Subject Wise]

  1. CSIR NET Eligibility for Life Science
  • As per CSIR NET Eligibility for Life Science, the candidates are required to have any of the above-mentioned degrees in Life Science only.
  1. CSIR NET Chemical Science Eligibility
  • As per CSIR Eligibility, the candidates must have valid M.Sc./BS/B-Tech or equivalent qualification in Chemistry with required percentage criteria mentioned above.
  1. CSIR NET Earth Science Eligibility
  • The CSIR Exam Eligibility guidelines for Earth Science tells that the candidates must have completed M.Sc./BS-MS/BS-4 Years/B-Pharma or any equivalent degree in the field of Earth Science within the required qualifying criteria.
  1.  CSIR NET Mathematics Eligibility Criteria
  • The CSIR NET aspirants are required to have a valid degree in M.Sc./BS-MS/BS/B-Tech or any equivalent study for Mathematics to fulfill the CSIR Eligibility conditions for Maths.
  1. CSIR NET Eligibility for Physical Science
  • In accordance with CSIR NET Eligibility for Physical Science, the candidates are required to have a valid degree of M.Sc. Physics or BS-MS in Physics or any related degree passed within the required percentage.

CSIR UGC NET Eligibility FAQ 

Ques. What is the maximum age for appearing in CSIR UGC NET Exam?

Ans: The upper age limit for applying for the award of JRF shall be 28 years, which is relaxed up to 5 years for candidates belonging to Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes, Women, Physically Handicapped and OBCs.
However, there is no upper age limit for those applying for Lectureship.

Ques. What is the eligibility criteria/ minimum qualification for NET?

Ans: M.Sc. or B.Tech./B.E./B.S. 4 Year programme or an equivalent degree, with a minimum of 55% marks for general & OBC and 50% marks for SC/ST candidates, physically and visually handicapped candidates.

Ques. What is the maximum term for JRF?

Ans: The total tenure as JRF plus SRF(NET) will not exceed five years. This will include the tenure of Fellowship awarded by UGC/DST/DBT/ICMR/ICAR etc or any other funding agency/Institution.

Ques. Is there a provision of stipend for those who qualify for JRFs?

Ans: The stipend of a JRF selected through CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) will be INR 16000/ p.m for the first two years. On Completion of two years as JRF and if the fellow is registered for PhD, the fellowship will be upgraded to SRF (NET) and the stipend will be increased to INR 18000/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent years.


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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