Joint CSIR-UGC Test for JRF & LS (NET)

Joint CSIR-UGC Test for JRF & LS (NET)

Mode of ExamOnline
Level of ExamNational Level

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has entrusted the responsibility of conducting CSIR-UGC NET in CBT mode to NTA. CSIR-UGC NET could also be a test being conducted to figure out the eligibility ‘for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for Lectureship/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 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. 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. CSIR-UGC NET Fellowship is tenable in India. The programme is aimed toward National Science & Technology Human Resource Development.

Exam Highlights:


Exam Name

CSIR UGC NET (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test)

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam Level


Exam Mode

Online only

Official Website



Application Process and Fees:

Step 1: Register for CSIR NET 2020

To register online, candidates need to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website of the exam - csirnet.nta.nic.in

  • Click on the link available for filling the application form

  • Click on the New Registration button

  • Download the CSIR NET information brochure and read the instructions on the page carefully

  • Click on the checkbox at the bottom of the page and click on 'Click Here to Proceed' button. On clicking the button, CSIR NET registration form will open on the screen.

  • Fill all details asked in the registration form

Step 2: Fill CSIR UGC NET application form

CSIR NET application

Next, candidates need to click on the Complete Application Form button and proceed further towards the online application form filling for CSIR UGC NET 2020. Details that candidates need to fill in the form are:

Personal Details:

  • Nationality    

  • Category

  • PwD category    

  • Whether a candidate is diabetic 

  • Minority community status

Apply For:

  • Post for which a candidate is applying (JRF and/or Assistant Professor)    

  • Subject opted for NET

  • Specialisation opted for NET    Exam city preference (four choices in order of priority)

  • Medium of question paper

Educational Details (of Both Graduation & Post-Graduation):

  • Pass status    

  • Course/stream name

  • Exam from India/Outside India    

  • University/institute name

  • Year of passing/appearing    

  • Result mode (Percentage/CGPA)

  • Marks details (obtained marks, total marks, obtained percentage)    

  • Date of admission

  • Institute name and address    

  • Institute pincode

Doctorate Details:

  • If already a doctoral student (Yes/No)    

  • Specialisation, if any


  • Enter the security code shown on the screen

  • Click on Submit

  • Verify the details filled and click on the checkboxes at the end of the page

  • Click on the Final Submit button

Step 3: Upload scanned photo and signature

As the next step, candidates need to upload the scanned images of their photo and signature as per the prescribed specifications:


Document    Format     Size (in KB)

Photograph    JPG    10-200

Signature    JPG    4-30

Step 4: Pay CSIR UGC NET application fee:

Lastly, candidates need to pay CSIR UGC NET 2020 application fee in online mode through debit card/credit card/net banking/UPI/paytm gateway. Candidates can make the payment through SBI MOPS/ICICI payment gateway/Paytm payment gateway. The category-wise CSIR NET application fee 2020 is mentioned below:  


Category- CSIR NET Application Fee 2020 (in Rs)

General- 1,000

OBC – Non-creamy layer- 500

SC/ST- 250

PwD- Nil

Once the fee is successfully paid, a confirmation page will be generated. Candidates need to print at least three copies of the confirmation page and retain it for future reference.


Exam Pattern:

CSIR UGC NET exam pattern is such that the question paper contains multiple-choice questions (MCQs) of 200 marks. The question paper is divided into three parts – A, B, and C. Each part contains a different number of questions. Total questions that candidates need to attempt in the exam also differ as per the subject chosen by the candidate. Candidates need to complete their respective paper in a duration of three hours.

The basic CSIR UGC NET eligibility criteria that candidates must fulfill are:

  • Candidates should obtain a degree in BTech/BE/BPharma/MBBS/BS (4 years)/Integrated BS-MS/MSc with minimum 55 per cent marks

  • To apply for JRF, candidates should be maximum 28 years in age as on December 1, 2019

  • There is no upper age limit to apply for the post of lectureship

CSIR-UGC NET Exam for Science stream comprises of the syllabus from the following:
1. Chemical Sciences
2. Earth Sciences
3. Life Sciences
4. Mathematical Sciences
5. Physical Science


Application Start Date :

16th March 2020

Application End Date :

30th June 2020

Exam Date :

16th July 2020

Result Date :

30th November 0000

Conducted By :

Human Resource Development Group Council of Scientific & Industrial Research

Official Website : http://csirhrdg.res.in