CSIR NET 2021 Selection Procedure: Check Selection Procedure and Eligibility Criteria Step by Step!

By Neetesh Tiwari|Updated : July 27th, 2021

CSIR NET 2021 Selection Procedure: Sometimes, candidates start preparing for any competition without knowing the selection procedure. Understanding the selection procedure is as important as a doctor understands the body by doing checkups before prescribing any medicine. CSIR NET consists of different layers of the selection procedure, which must be understood before starting the preparation. In addition, many candidates appear every year for the National Eligibility Test (NET). CSIR NET conduct this exam two times a year. In June and December, CSIR-NET is scheduled for NET/JRF in science.

In this article, we will discuss all the steps that will help you understand the procedure well, and with the help of this, you can start your preparation.

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CSIR NET 2021 Selection Procedure

Many candidates appear every year for the National Eligibility Test (NET). This exam is held two times a year, in June and December. In addition, both CSIR and UGC provide the award of Junior Research Fellowship. UGC (University Grant Commission) is a legitimate body of the Indian Government responsible for coordinating, determining, and maintaining university education in India. If you seek to do your future research and explore the unexplored areas of science, then qualifying for the CSIR-UGC NET can help you in the best way. CSIR NET for NET/JRF is conducted in the field of science, including:

  • Chemical sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Earth Sciences

If you qualify for JRF, you will be eligible to get a fellowship for your research work and eligible for the post of assistant professor in Indian Colleges and Universities. On the other hand, if you qualify only for LS (Lectureship), you will be eligible to apply for teaching positions, i.e., assistant professor in Indian Colleges and Universities. So if you are interested in qualifying for CSIR-UGC NET, you must have the proper knowledge about this exam's selection procedure and eligibility criteria. This informative article will help you get the idea of the selection procedure of CSIR UGC NET, which CSIR sets straightforwardly and simply.

Here is the full selection procedure consisting of different stages of selection:

  • Online Application Form Filling
  • Objective type Written Test (MCQs only)
  • Announcement of merit list
  • Interview
  • Awarding certificates for JRF/Lectureship

Candidates can check the selection criteria for each stage that is explained below:- 

Stage I: Online Application Form Filling:

  • This is the first and foremost process of the selection procedure. Application forms are released twice a year, generally in February and August. Applicants will have to fill and submit their application forms online along with the payment of application fees.
  • Candidates have to give all the information correct in the application form as if they do not do so, then their candidature can be cancelled at any stage.
  • If, after submission, your sign or photo is not clear, then CSIR will inform you via email and provides some time to re-upload them. Those candidates who are failed to submit a filled application form will not be allowed to participate in the written examination.
  • CSIR will accept those candidates applications, admit cards will be issued to them, and appear for the next exam stage, i.e., a single multiple-choice type online exam.

Stage II: Objective type Written Test (MCQs only):

  • Those candidates who will successfully fill the application form will be allowed to write an online written exam. The exam will be a single multiple-choice question-based question paper comprised of three parts. Part A, Part B, and Part C.
  • Part-A shall be common to all subjects and consists of General Science and Research Aptitude questions. The questions are asked from general aptitude like series formation, numerical ability and reasoning etc.
  • Part-B shall carry the subject-related conventional questions. This part is designed to check the memory-based knowledge of candidates, covers the entire syllabus, and questions are generally from the topics given in the syllabus.
  • Part-C Shall carry the analytical questions which are logical and require concept clarity. Here a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to achieve a given specific problem.

This paper will carry 200 marks, and the test time is 180 minutes (three hours). There will be negative marking procedures for incorrect responses depending on the various topics and sections. Candidates for the CSIR UGC NET Online Examination are shortlisted for the final selection of assistant instructors and JRF awards after the merit list declaration.

Stage III: Announcement of merit list:

CSIR NET declares result in two categories mentioned below:

  • In addition, one merit list will be declared for candidates eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF-NET).
  • The second merit list will be declared for those candidates qualifying for the eligibility test for the lectureship program.
  • A merit list will be made based on the performance of candidates in the CSIR NET exam. The top 6% of candidates from the merit list will be selected for the final appointment of Junior Research Fellow.
  • Rest students will be eligible for the lectureship program as per the rules of the CSIR NET. Candidates qualifying for JRF must have enrolled in PhD within the two years of the result declaration.

Stage IV: Interview:

  • The next phase of the selection process will be an interview. Qualified candidates who will be shortlisted based on the merit list will face personal interviews in different institutions, laboratories and University departments.
  • Here candidates are shortlisted based on their performance in a personal interview. During the personal interview, candidates are asked about their research proposal, and the discipline wise expert committees evaluate their academic records and their previous project works.
  • Preference is given to research proposals relevant to the research programs of laboratories/institutions where candidates applied and, most importantly, are of national importance.
  • Fulfilling eligibility criteria by the candidates may not become the guarantee of a call for an interview. 

Stage V: Awarding certificates for JRF/Lectureship:

  • The certificate for Junior Research Fellowship (NET) award will be the fifth stage of the selection procedure. Fellowship will be provided only to those candidates who can get enrolled for PhD in research institutes/ laboratories and Universities within the two years of the declaration of result of CSIR UGC NET Exam.
  • After verifying the necessary details of the examination, research work, topic related to research, the Fellowship will be awarded to the candidates.
  • The stipend of Rs. 31,000 will be paid per month to the qualified candidates as per the rules and regulations. 

In this article, we tried to cover all the information that will help you guide your exam preparation. Please feel free to write in the comment box below if you face any questions. We will be pleased to help you and try to resolve all your doubts as soon as possible. We hope that you will get success in your dream.

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  •  CSIR NET for NET/JRF is conducted in the field of science, including:

    • Chemical sciences
    • Physical Sciences
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Life Sciences
    • Earth Sciences


  • There is a total of 5 steps have been included in the whole process of selection. All 5 steps have been discussed in detail through this article.


  • The stipend of Rs. 31,000 will be paid per month to the qualified candidates as per the rules and regulations. 


  • Fellowship will be provided only to those candidates who can get enrolled for PhD in research institutes/ laboratories and Universities within the two years of the declaration of result of the CSIR NET Exam.

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