CSIR UGC Test for Junior Research Fellowship

CSIR conducts CSIR-UGC Test every year to determine the eligible Indian candidates for Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) NET. This is also used to assess the eligibility for appointing Lecturers (NET) as the faculty of Science & Technology.

About the scholarship

  • The final result consists of two individual merit lists.
  • One list has the candidates for the  Junior Research Fellowship (JRF – NET) awards and the other has those candidates who qualifying the Eligibility Test for Lectureship (NET)
  • The lists will be made on the basis of their performance in the above Test.
  • The candidates who are qualifying for JRF (NET) will by default also get eligible for the Lectureship (NET).
  • The candidates who are eligible for Lectureship will by default get eligible for appointment as Lecturers and for JRF in a Project.
  • However if this is the case, the candidates will not be allowed for Regular JRF-NET Fellowship.
  • The candidates can take up a Ph.D. program either with or without any fellowship.
  • The candidates who are qualifying for the JRF (NET) award will receive the fellowship either from one of CSIR and UGC.
  • This is as per their assignment or from other Schemes
  • The candidates who are found eligible for Junior Research Fellowship under the UGC scheme will be assessed by UGC rules/regulations.


The eligibility criteria for the fellowship are given below.

  • The candidates must be between 19 Years and 28 years of age.
  • The candidates’ upper age limit can be relaxed up to 5 years in the following cases.
    • SC/ST/OBC
    • Physically handicapped
    • Visually handicapped
    • Female applicants
    •  The candidates must have completed a BS that has 4 Years duration. The candidates must have one of the following majors.
      • BE
      • B.Tech
      • B.Pharma
      • MBBS
      • Integrated BS-MS
      • The candidates holding a bachelor’s degree in Science or engineering or any other, are eligible for the fellowship after getting enrolled in a PhD or an Integrated PhD program within two years.
      • The candidates should have scored at least 50% in the PhD degree.

Other information

The exam is conducted on a single paper. The areas of the exam are

  • Chemical science
  • Earth science
  • Life science
  • Math science
  • Physical science
  • Engineering science

The exam paper has the following pattern.

  • The question paper carries a maximum of 200 marks.
  • The exam duration is three hours.
  • The question paper consists of three parts.

The selection for the fellowship is done based on the score in the test.  The stipend for the selected candidates will be Rs 12,000/ p.m. for 2 years. The candidate also gets an annual contingent grant of Rs 20,000 which will be paid to the institution directly.