CSIR NET 2022: Response Sheet, Marking Scheme, Cut Off, Pattern

CSIR NET 2022: Response Sheet, Marking Scheme, Cut Off, Pattern

ByRenuka Miglani  |  Updated on: Oct 1, 2022
CSIR NET 2022 exam was conducted from September 16 to 18, 2022. Response Sheet of CSRI NET 2022 was released on October 01, 2022. Check the marking scheme, exam pattern, expected cut off mark with the previous year cut off, papers, and more.
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National Test Agency released the CSIR NET 2022 answer key on the official website on October 01, 2022. Candidates can download the Life Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics answer key from the link below. CSIR NET response sheet contains all the relevant information like a marked response, correct option, and question paper. Candidates can challenge the answer key till October 03, 2022, on the same link provided by the agency.

CSIR NET exam was conducted from September 16 to 18, 2022. Candidates who had appeared for the exam can download the answer key for Physical Science, Chemical Science, Mathematical Science, Life Science, Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences subjects to calculate their tentative score. CSIR NET exam consists of one paper divided into three parts: Part A, B & C. Part A is common for all the candidates, while the other two are subject-specific. The exam is administered online in a computer-based test (CBT) mode. Check below for important information about the Joint CSIR NET June 2022 exam, like marking scheme, exam pattern, cut off marks, correction window process, eligibility, syllabus, result, etc.

Important Dates
CSIR NET Answer Key 2022:  -Oct 1, 2022- Oct 3, 2022


Applicants who have appeared for the CSIR NET 2022 exam can check the response sheet from the link shared below. The National Testing Agency released the CSIR NET Response Sheet 2022 dates on the official website on October 01, 2022. The key can be challenged till October 03, 2022. 


The National Testing Agency has released the CSIR NET timetable for the June 2022 exam cycle. Candidates can check the exam schedule for their subject, which informs them about the exam date, exam time, and shifts from the image below.


Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Eligibility Test (CSIR NET) exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for the Human Resource Development Group (HRDG) division of CSIR. The exam is conducted to define the eligibility of candidates for JRF and Lectureship posts. CSIR NET is a single-day exam with 1 paper divided into 3 parts. The article contains detailed information on the Joint CSIR UGC NET June 2022 that candidates must be aware of. The CSIR NET June 2022 Applications were accepted between July 11 and August 17, 2022, and a correction window was open until August 23, 2022. Candidates can check the NTA CSIR NET 2022 timetable below, which was released on September 04, 2022.

CSIR UGC NET 2022 Latest Updates

  • October 01, 2022: NTA has released the response sheet of CSIR NET 2022, which can be challenged till October 03, 2022. 
  • September 16 to 18, 2022: BEP experts have provided the detailed CSIR NET paper review.
  • September 13, 2022: NTA has released the CSIR NET admit card on the official website.
  • September 10, 2022: NTA has released the CSIR NET 2022 city intimation for all the registered candidates.
  • September 04, 2022: NTA has released the date sheet, city intimation, and admit card release date through the notification.
  • August 17, 2022: The correction window was available from August 19 to 23, 2022.
  • August 13, 2022: The NTA CSIR NET online application was extended till August 17, 2022.
  • July 11, 2022: The NTA released the information bulletin.
  • October 1st, 2022: The NTA has released the Answer key on its official website.

CSIR NET Exam Date 2022

The subject-wise CSIR NET 2022 answer key was released by the Human Resources Development Groups (HRDG) on the National Testing Agency (NTA) website on October 01, 2022. Below we have mentioned all the important dates as per the official notification.

CSIR NET June EventsCSIR NET DateDetails
CSIR NET 2022 NotificationJuly 11, 2022NTA has released the information brochure on its official website
CSIR NET June 2022 Application FormJuly 11, 2022Candidates interested in the CSIR NET June 2022 exam must fill out the application form.
Application Form Last DateAugust 17, 2022 (Extended)Candidates must fill out the application before the last date.
Application Fee Last DateAugust 17, 2022 (Extended)Candidates need to pay the NTA CSIR NET application fee before applying.
CSIR NET Correction WindowAugust 19 to 23, 2022Candidates can rectify their mistakes on the application during the correction window.
CSIR NET 2022 Admit CardSeptember 13, 2022CSIR NET admit card 2022 will be released a few days before the exam.
CSIR NET June Exam Date 2022September 16 to 18, 2022CSIR NET exam is conducted for all 5 subjects.
CSIR NET Answer Key 2022 DateOctober 01, 2022 The NTA has released the CSIR NET provisional answer key 2022 is available. Candidates can challenge the provisional answer key on the official website of NTA.
CSIR NET 2022 Result DateTo be notifiedAfter analyzing all the challenges to the provisional answer key, the CSIR NET June 2022 Results will be released.


CSIR NET 2022 Date Sheet

NTA released the CSIR NET Date Sheet 2022 for Earth Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences subjects. Candidates must know their subject exam date and time to revise all the notes timely. Check out the timetable below.

September 16, 202209.00 a.m. to 12.000 noonEarth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Sciences
Physical Sciences
September 16, 202203.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.Mathematical Sciences
September 17, 202209.00 a.m. to 12.000 noonLife Sciences
September 17, 202203.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.Life Sciences
September 18, 202209.00 a.m. to 12.000 noonChemical Sciences

CSIR NET 2022 Exam Timings

The CSIR NET exam is typically conducted in the morning and evening. Check the detailed exam schedule that is provided below.

CSIR NET Exam Day EventsFirst Shift TimingsSecond Shift Timings
Timing of exam9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Duration of exam3 hours3 hours
Entry into the exam center7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Entry into the exam hall/room8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Checking of admit cards by the invigilator8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Sitting on the seat in the exam hall8:45 a.m.2:45 p.m.
Instructions by the invigilators8:45 - 8:55 a.m.2:45 - 2:55 p.m.
Test commences9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Test concludes12 noon6:00 p.m.

CSIR NET Answer Key 2022

With the help of the CSIR NET answer keys, candidates can calculate their scores and check whether they can qualify for the paper or not. NTA released the response sheet on its official website on October 01, 2022. The CSIR NET Answer Key can be downloaded to check the status of their responses.

CSIR NET Exam Analysis 2022

Experts have shared the CSIR NET 2022 exam analysis for life science, physics, mathematics, and chemistry in the link below. Candidates can check the CSIR NET paper review to understand more about the exam trends that will help them know insight into the exam. Check the exam level, questions asked, and weightage of each topic in CSIR NET June 2022.

CSIR NET Video Analysis

To understand more about the analysis, candidates can check the video analysis of each subject from the links provided below. The video analysis lets you know about the expert's views of the exam.

CSIR NET Physical Science Analysis Video

CSIR NET Mathematics Analysis Video

CSIR NET Question Paper 2022

Candidates who have appeared for the exam can check the memory-based question papers for the CSIR NET exam conducted for the Life Science, Physical Science, and Mathematical Science subjects. Memory based papers are useful for chemistry candidates as they can prepare new topics asked in the exam.

The NTA will publish the CSIR NET question paper 2022 along with the provisional answer key on the registered accounts of candidates along with the marked answers. The CSIR NET exam questions are important for exam preparation. By solving the CSIR NET Previous Year's Question Paper, candidates can familiarise themselves with the nature of the exam and know the important topics from which questions are asked. The practice of question papers helps candidates to develop a calculated strategy for the NTA CSIR NET exam.

CSIR NET Coaching

Candidates preparing for the upcoming Joint CSIR UGC NET exam must seek guidance via CSIR NET Coaching. The online course offers instruction from some of India's top professors together with thorough, simple-to-understand study materials. Additionally, it provides PDFs of study guides, tests, sample questions, and other preparation materials. Candidates could also look at the CSIR UGC NET online courses by subject.

CSIR NET Admit Card 2022

The CSIR UGC NET 2022 Admit Card for Lectureship and JRF was released on September 13, 2022. Follow the steps mentioned below to download the NTA CSIR NET Admit Card.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website.
  • Step 2: Click on the Download Admit Card link/tab.
  • Step 3: Enter your application number, date of birth/ password, and security code.
  • Step 4: Log in to download the CSIR NET admit card.

What is CSIR NET?

CSIR NET stands for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Eligibility Test, also known as Joint CSIR UGC NET. The National Testing Agency (NTA) administers the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research National Eligibility Test ( CSIR NET), also known as the CSIR UGC NET. The exam determines candidates' eligibility for Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) and Lectureships (LS)/Assistant Professor positions in Indian universities and colleges. Only candidates who pass the NTA CSIR NET exam are eligible to work as lecturers in the faculty of Science and Technology.

CSIR NET Subjects

Unlike the UGC NET, which covers around 82 subjects, the CSIR NET exam is only conducted for five subjects. Technical subjects are included in the CSIR NET syllabus. Chemistry, Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, & Planetary Science, and Life Science are the topics for CSIR NET. Check out the table below for the subjects and their codes:

CSIR UGC NET SubjectsSubject Codes
Chemical Sciences701
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences702
Life Sciences703
Mathematical Sciences704
Physical Sciences705

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2022

CSIR has created the eligibility requirements for the JRF and Assistant Professor/Lectureship. Candidates who intend to take the exam must be familiar with the CSIR NET Eligibility, required qualification, age limit, and the number of attempts.

CSIR NET Age Limit 2022

Candidates must be under the Joint CSIR UGC NET age limit given in the Council's notification. The Junior Research Fellowship's age limit is 28 years for general candidates and 31 years for OBC and ST/ST/PWD candidates. The CSIR has not set an age limit for assistant professors. See the table below for further information on the age limit:


Upper Age Limit

Reserved Category




28 years

31 years

33 years

Assistant Professor

No Upper Age Limit

CSIR UGC NET Educational Qualification

To apply online for the NTA CSIR NET June 2022, candidates must have achieved the desired qualification. The table below lists the minimum percentage of marks required for each category.



General Category

At least 55% marks in M.Sc. or Integrated BS-MS

SC/ST/OBC Category

A Minimum of 50% in M.Sc. or B.Sc. with admission in Integrated MS-PhD.

CSIR NET 2022 Notification PDF

National Testing Agency released the CSIR NET 2022 Notification on its official site on July 11, 2022. The advertisement consists of all the details regarding the exam, such as the important dates, application form link, exam pattern, syllabus, and more. Therefore, candidates must go through the information bulletin to ensure they are well-versed with all the exam details. The Notification PDF information is binding to both students and authorities. Check the CSIR NET 2022 Notification PDF from the direct link provided.

CSIR NET Application Form 2022

CSIR NET Application Form 2022 for the June cycle was available from July 11 to August 17, 2022, followed by the correction window from August 19 to 23, 2022. The December cycle application will be available soon. Interested and eligible aspirants must complete the CSIR NET Application Form before the last date. Candidates should take care while filling out the form and double-check the application before submitting it.

How to Apply Online for CSIR UGC NET June 2022?

Candidates must carefully read the guidelines before filing the CSIR NET June 2022 Application Form. The application form must be filled out completely and accurately by candidates. If not, their application might be turned down.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website csirnet.nta.nic.in.
  • Step 2: Click on the Registration for CSIR NET June 2022 link.
  • Step 3: Click on the 'New Registration' button.
  • Step 4: Enter your details and fill up the online application form.
  • Step 5: Once the registration is complete, you will be assigned an Application Number.
  • Step 6: Fill out the Application Form carefully.
  • Step 7: The next step is to pay the fee online.
  • Step 8: Print the confirmation page and final application form for future reference.

CSIR NET Application Fee

The CSIR UGC NET 2022 application fee must be paid online by a Debit Card, Credit Card, Net Banking, UPI, or Paytm Gateway. The category-wise NTA CSIR NET Application Fee 2022 is mentioned below.




₹ 1000/-


₹ 500/-


₹ 250/-



CSIR UGC NET Selection Process 2022

Aspirants must acquaint themselves with the latest CSIR NET selection process recently revised by the CSIR through notification. Knowledge of various stages helps candidates mentally prepare for the upcoming round of the exam, and this help in devising a better strategy for the exam. The following stages are involved in the selection process:

  • CSIR NET Application Form: The first and foremost step is to complete the CSIR NET June 2022 application form correctly before the last date.
  • CSIR NET Admit Card: NTA will release admit card 3-4 days before the exam on the official portal for all the candidates who have submitted the application form.
  • CSIR UGC NET Exam: Online exam held on the scheduled date and time. The CSIR NET exam is conducted twice a year, i.e., in June and December, but it will be conducted thrice this year.
  • CSIR NET Result: After evaluating the candidate's responses and challenges, the NTA releases the CSIR UGC NET result.
  • CSIR NET e-certification: NTA released the CSIR NET certificates for all the candidates who had qualified for the JRF and Lectureships.

CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2022

Candidates must understand the CSIR NET 2022 Exam Pattern to succeed on exam day. The pattern is simple to understand. Thorough knowledge of the CSIR NET Exam Pattern provides information on the number of questions, the marks for each question, and the time allotted for the exam.

ParticularsExam Pattern Details
Exam modeOnline
Exam duration180 minutes
Number of sections/partsThree
Total questions to be attempted
  • Chemical Sciences: 75
  • Earth Sciences: 75
  • Life Sciences: 75
  • Mathematical Sciences: 60
  • Physical Sciences: 55
Type of questionsMCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option
Total marks200 for each paper
Negative marking0.25 mark deduction for each wrong answer
Language of paperEnglish and Hindi

CSIR NET Syllabus 2022

Candidates must familiarize themselves with the latest CSIR NET 2022 Syllabus to outperform competitors in the exam. Candidates must acquaint themselves with the detailed syllabus to help formulate a well-targeted preparation strategy to ace the exam. Knowledge of topics helps candidates save time and energy by targeting important topics in CSIR NET Syllabus.

CSIR NET Syllabus 2022 - General Aptitude

The general aptitude syllabus of CSIR NET comprises questions on Numerical Ability, Reasoning, Data Interpretation & Graphical Analysis. Candidates must attempt 15 out of 20 questions in the general aptitude section. Each question carries two marks, and go through the essential topics to overcome all the questions.

CSIR NET Syllabus 2022 - General Aptitude
Numerical AbilityNumber and Simplification
Quadratic Equations
Sequence and Series
Surd and Indices
Profit and Loss
Simple Interest & Compound Interest
ReasoningSeries Formation
Ranking and Arrangement
Calendar and Clock
Distance and Directions
Data Interpretation and Graphical AnalysisMean, Median & Mode
Measures of Dispersion
Graphical Analysis: Bar Graph, Line Graph

CSIR NET Subject-wise Syllabus

Candidates must go through the NTA CSIR NET subject-wise syllabus and general aptitude syllabus. The syllabus is defined for life science, mathematics, physics, earth science, and chemistry, for which the PDF links are provided below:

CSIR NET Preparation Tips 2022

Candidates who want to pass the CSIR UGC NET 2022 exam must create a solid study plan. Candidates could start the CSIR NET Preparation by looking through the exam pattern and syllabus. Following this, Applicants should start practicing the mock examinations and previous years' question papers. This can help candidates understand their weak and strong areas. Candidates can examine the papers after they've been solved and improvise as required. Have a look at the preparation strategy shared by the experts.

  • Devise a proper study plan and preparation strategy.
  • Solve previous years' question papers and mock tests to check your preparation level.
  • Analyze all the wrong and challenging questions and reattempt those.

Best Books for CSIR NET Exam

To cover the vast syllabus, aspirants need the best books for the Joint CSIR UGC NET. The Council does not prescribe a particular book for the exam, but subject-matter experts have recommended the best CSIR NET books that will cover all the required resources and questions. Check a few books that must be included in preparation for the exam:

  • CSIR NET Part A by Arihant Publication
  • General Aptitude Theory & Practice by Ram Panday
  • CSIR NET General Aptitude by Christy Varghese

CSIR NET Subject Wise Preparation Books:

CSIR NET Cut Off 2022

NTA will publish the CSIR NET Cut-off 2022 following the announcement of the results. Each of the five papers, i.e., Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences, has different cut offs. The minimum score required to pass the exam in one's particular category is known as the category-wise cut off. Candidates must review the CSIR NET cutoff marks from the previous year before planning their study strategy. The cut off marks depend on two factors mentioned below:

  • The aggregate percentage obtained by candidates
  • Number of available slots

CSIR NET Result 2022

The National Testing Agency (NTA) releases the CSIR NET June 2022 results after the exam. Candidates can check and download their Joint CSIR UGC NET Scorecard by accessing it on the portal. The CSIR NET Result contains the scorecard, which includes details about the marks obtained and Paper 1 and 2 percentile. In addition, NTA releases the CSIR NET Answer Key 2022 before the result.

How to Get a CSIR NET E-Certificate?

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research releases the e-certificate for all the candidates who were declared qualified in the exam for JRF and assistant professor posts.


  • CSIR NET stands for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Eligibility Test. It is conducted by the National Test Agency (NTA) for all the candidates who want to pursue a Ph.D. with Fellowship (JRF) or wish to make a career as a Lecturer/ Assistant Professor in any of the given subjects Life Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Earth Science.

  • NTA has released the detailed subject-wise exam date for CSIR NET June 2022. NTA will conduct Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Science, Physical Science, and Mathematical Sciences exams on September 16, 2022, Life Science exam on September 17, 2022, and Chemical Science exam on September 18, 2022.

  • Candidates can download the CSIR NET 2022 admit card from the official website or shared link. The official website released the admit card on September 13, 2022. For CSIR NET Admit Card, follow the given steps:

    • Step 1: Visit the official website and click on the admit card link here, or
    • Step 2: Check the direct link provided to download the hall ticket,
    • Step 3: Enter the login credentials asked there,
    • Step 4: Download the CSIR NET admit card exam for future reference.
  • The CSIR NET city intimation for June 2022 cycle was released on September 10, 2022. Candidates can check the exam center and other important instructions in the city intimation slip.

  • To satisfy the CSIR NET Eligibility, candidates must clear the M.Sc or equivalent degree, Integrated MS-BS, BS- 4 years, B.Tech, B.E, B. Pharma, and MBBS for the junior research fellowship and lectureship. The minimum percentage of marks for General/ OBC is 55%, and for the SC, ST, PwD, and 3rd gender, it is 50%.

  • Candidates can fill out the CSIR NET application form by visiting the official website or the direct link. Follow the instructions given here for the application:

    • Step 1: Visit the official website of NTA CSIR NET,
    • Step 2: Click on the register button, fill the all the details,
    • Step 3: Upload all the documents,
    • Step 4: Pay the application fee,
    • Step 5: Print out the Joint CSIR NET June application form.
  • CSIR NET Syllabus is vast and is divided into 5 subjects. Only technical subjects are covered for NTA CSIR NET for research and development. Candidates have to select any one optional from chemical Science, Earth Science, Life Science, etc. Candidates need to prepare all the topics mentioned for that subject. The exam would be postgraduate, so candidates must thoroughly study each topic.

  • The age limit for the CSIR NET exam is different for the Junior research fellowship and lectureship. The age limit for general category candidates is 28 years, and for SC/ST candidates, the age limit is 33 years, and OBC's candidate's age limit is 31 years. For lecturerships/assistant professors, there is no age limit.

  • It is not tough to crack the NTA CSIR NET exam, and candidates must follow some simple steps of CSIR NET Preparation tips prepared by the experts to pass the exam. The following steps are: 

    • Step 1: Go through the detailed exam pattern and syllabus,
    • Step 2: Attempt a few previous years' questions papers,
    • Step 3: Note the weak and strong topics, 
    • Step 4: Work on these topics, and
    • Step 5: Reattempt all the questions.
  • There is no limit on the number of attempts for the CSIR NET Exam for the Assistant Professor post. Candidates from any category may appear for the JRF post exam till they reach the maximum age limit.

  • CSIR NET exam is organized only for the science stream subjects. In contrast, the UGC NET Exam is conducted for almost all subjects of every stream is a significant difference between both exams. NTA CSIR NET exam has only one paper of 3 hours, while the UGC NET exam has two papers with a time duration of 3 hours.

  • Candidates must pay the application fee after completing the application form. The application fee for the general and general-EW is ₹ 1000/-, for OBC (NCL) candidates, it is ₹ 500/-, and for SC/ST/Transgender, it is ₹ 250/-. The PwD candidates are exempted from the CSIR UGC NET June exam application fee.

  • NTA CSIR NET exam has one paper with three parts. The first part is General Aptitude, typical for all the papers, whereas the other 2 have questions about the subject. There are five subjects: Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences.

  • To crack the CSIR NET Exam, you must be clear about the exam pattern and the syllabus. After completing the syllabus, you must revise and practice using the mock test. Attempt question papers as often as possible to improve your weak areas and score every time.

  • The salary of JRF after qualifying NTA CSIR NET Exam is Rs. 31000/-+ HRA per month. It is not a CSIR NET Salary, which changes from time to time based on the government's decision. This fellowship is given to all the candidates to pursue their research or work.

  • The CSIR NET 2022 information bulletin contains essential details like dates, registration process, application fee, required document, exam pattern, syllabus, exam center, and other information regarding the exam. Therefore, the NTA CSIR NET information bulletin is the primary document to refer to during the exam process.

  • CSIR NET Notification 2022 was released on July 11, 2022, by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on the official portal. Candidates waiting for the June exam notification can download the CSIR NET information bulletin PDF for the latest update on the exam.

  • The best CSIR NET books are standard for the Part A of the exam. The books for the are:

    • CSIR UGC NET Paper I by Arihant Publication
    • General Aptitude Theory and Practice by Ram Pandey
    • CSIR NET General Aptitude - A New Outlook by Christy Varghese
  • Download the CSIR NET exam result from the direct link here and follow the steps given below:

    • Step 1: Visit the official website,
    • Step 2: Click on the scorecard button,
    • Step 3: Enter your details in the column,
    • Step 4: Download the result of NTA CSIR NET from the page.
  • The passing marks depend on the CSIR NET cutoff marks, which vary each year. The cutoff marks depend on the aggregate percentage obtained by candidates and the number of available slots.

  • The CSIR NET score for assistant professor/ lectureship is valid for a lifetime, and for JRF, it is suitable for 2 years. First, the NTA CSIR NET result is compiled in the form of percentiles, and then the percentile scores of all the sessions and applicants are normalized and called NTA scores.

  • The subjects for which the CSIR UGC NET exam is conducted are Life Science, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Earth Ocean, Atmospheric, and Planetary sciences.

  • The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research conducts the Joint CSIR UGC NET exam in June and December twice a year. This year the exam will be performed three times because last year, it was shown only once due to Covid 19.

  • There is only one paper in the CSIR UGC NET exam with three parts, part A is general aptitude, and other details are subject-specific.

  • CSIR NET question paper will only be available in two languages, i.e., Hindi and English. Candidates can select any one language to attempt the paper.

  • No, Candidates can appear for only one subject of NTA CSIR NET, and it is advisable to select the subject candidates had post-graduation.