CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2022: Subject wise Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme

CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2022: Subject wise Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme

ByRenuka Miglani  |  Updated on: Jan 20, 2022CSIR UGC NET June 2021 Apply online started! Check out CSIR NET 2021 Dates, eligibility criteria, selection process, syllabus, exam pattern, etc.
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CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2022: If you are going to attempt the upcoming CSIR UGC NET Exam 2022, then you must have a clear idea about the CSIR NET exam pattern, as it will be helpful to take your preparation in a positive direction. As you all are aware from 2020, the exam shall be Computer Based i.e., online. It is, therefore, crucial to have a good understanding of the exam pattern.

Candidates must choose a subject when filling out the online application form. Candidates will have three hours to finish their individual papers. Here we are providing CSIR UGC NET exam pattern 2022 for Chemical Science, Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science & Mathematical Science papers.

CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2022 for All Papers

CSIR NET 2022 Exam will be conducted from 29 January and then from 15 February to 18 February 2022.  As per the CSIR NET 2022 paper pattern, the question paper is divided into 3 sections – A, B, and C. 

Important Points to be noted about CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2022

  • The upcoming joint CSIR UGC NET exam shall be conducted in the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode.
  • CSIR NET 2020 was the first time that this exam was conducted via CBT mode. 
  • The paper shall consist of 200 marks. The time duration of the exam is 180 minutes (3 hours).
  • The question paper shall be divided into three sections.
  • Section 'A' and section 'B' contain the questions of 2 marks each while section 'C' carries the question of 4 marks each.
  • Negative marking for incorrect answers.
CSIR NET Paper SectionsDetails
Part A
General Aptitude - Common In All Subjects
Part BSubject-specific Questions
Part CSubject-specific Questions

CSIR NET Exam Pattern for Chemical Science

Chemical sciences: A single paper of multiple choice type questions, carrying a maximum of 200 marks. The time provided is 3 hrs.

Chemical SciencesTotal questionsTotal Number of Questions to Attempt Marks for each correct answerNegative marking
Part A201520.5
Part B403520.5
Part C602541

The question paper consists of three parts.

   Part 'A' :-

  • This section carries the questions of general science and research aptitude. Topics covered in this part are of general aptitude like series formation, numerical ability, reasoning etc.
  • In this part, 20 questions are given and you have to attempt any 15 which will carry 30 marks.
  • 2 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 0.5 marks deducted for every wrong answer. This means there will be a negative marking of 25%.

Part 'B':-

  • 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.
  • This section carries 40 questions out of which one has to attempt only 35 questions. Every question is of 2 marks, and 25% marks are deducted for every wrong answer.
  • This section assigned 70 marks out of 200.

Part 'C':-

  • There are 60 questions present and you have to attempt any 25 questions. Each question carries 4 marks.
  • There will be a negative marking of 1 mark for each incorrect answer.
  • The questions of this part are of the analytical type and they demand logical thinking and concept clarity. Here a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to achieve the solution of a given specific problem.

CSIR NET Syllabus for Chemical Sciences

CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Syllabus is divided into 4 sections:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary Topics
 

CSIR NET Exam Pattern for Life Science

CSIR NET Life Science is a single paper of multiple choice type questions. The question paper is of maximum 200 marks and of 180 minutes duration. The paper will be carrying three sections to check the candidate's knowledge and concepts clarity of the subject.

Life SciencesTotal questionsMax No of Questions to attemptMarks for each correct answer
Negative marking
Part A201520.5
Part B503520.5
Part C752541
Total14575200

Section 'A' :-

  • This section consists of 20 questions from the topics of general aptitude. The questions are of analytical nature and from the topics like-
  • Quantitative comparison
  • Data interpretation
  • Graphical analysis
  • Numerical ability and
  • Puzzles etc.
  • One has to attempt only 15 questions out of 20. This section assigned 30 marks out of 200.
  • 2 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 0.5 marks deducted for every wrong answer. This means there will be a negative marking of 25%.

Section 'B' :-

  • This section is designed to check the memory-based knowledge and understanding of the subject. The questions are generally asked in a direct way.
  • This section shall consist of 50 questions and one can attempt a maximum of 35 questions. If you will attempt more than that then the first 35 will be checked.
  • Each question carries 2 marks and this section is assigned 70 marks out of 200. Negative marking is 25% for wrong answers.

Selection 'C' :-

  • There are 75 questions present and you have to attempt any 25 questions. Each question carries 4 marks.
  • There will be a negative marking of 25% for each incorrect answer.
  • The main objective to design this section is to check the research ability, analytical aptitude and technical skills of the candidates. This requires the knowledge and clarity of scientific concepts and applications.

CSIR NET Syllabus for Life Sciences

The CSIR NET Life Sciences syllabus covers the following topics. Candidates can review the detailed topic-by-topic syllabus in the table below:

  1. Molecules and their Interaction
  2. Cellular Organization
  3. Molecules and their Interaction Cellular Organization
  4. Cell Communication and Cell Signaling
  5. Developmental Biology
  6. Fundamental Processes
  7. System Physiology-Animals
  8. Inheritance Biology
  9. System Physiology-Plant
  10. Diversity of Life Forms
  11. Evolution and Behaviour
  12. Ecological Principles
  13. Photosynthesis, Respiration and photorespiration, Nitrogen metabolism, Plant hormones, Sensory photobiology, Solute transport and photoassimilate translocation, Secondary metabolites and Stress physiology.
  14. Methods in Biology
  15. Applied Biology

CSIR NET Exam Pattern for Mathematical Science

CSIR UGC NET conducts a single multiple-choice type question paper for mathematical sciences. The paper carries a maximum of 200 marks. The duration to solve the question paper is 3 hours (180 minutes). This paper will be divided into three parts.

Mathematical SciencesTotal questionsMax No of Questions to attemptMarks for each correct answer
Negative marking
Part A201520.5
Part B402530.75
Part C60204.750
Total12060200

Part 'A' :-

  • This part consists of 20 questions from the topics of General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis and Research Aptitude. This part aims to check the analytical and logical thinking skills of a candidate. The questions are of analytical nature and from the topics like-
  • Data interpretation
  • Graphical analysis
  • Numerical ability and
  • Puzzles etc.
  • The candidates have to answer 15 questions out of 20. Each question shall be of two marks. The total marks assigned to this part shall be 30 out of 200.
  • 2 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 0.5 marks deducted for every wrong answer. This means there will be a negative marking of 25%. 

Part 'B':-

  • This section carries 40 MCQs out of which one has to attempt only 25 questions.
  • Each question of this section is carrying three marks, which means this section is assigned a total of 75 marks out of 200.
  • There will be a negative marking of 25% for each wrong answer.
  • This section covers the whole syllabus and most questions are asked from topics given in the syllabus. The questions are generally asked in a direct way.

Part 'C':-

  • This part consists of 60 questions that are designed to test a candidate's knowledge of scientific concepts, research aptitude and applications of the research tools.
  • The questions of this part are of the analytical type and they demand logical thinking and concept clarity. Here a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to achieve the solution of a given specific problem. The questions of this part can have multiple correct options. Credit scores will only be given to the candidates if they identify all the correct options. There will no credit be given to the question if the candidate marks any incorrect option as the correct answer. No partial credit will be provided to such types of answers. A candidate shall have to attempt only 20 questions out of 60 4.75 marks will be given for every right answer. The total marks assigned to this section are 95 out of 200.
  • There will be no mark deduction for wrong answers means there will be no negative marking for section C.

CSIR NET Syllabus for Mathematical Sciences

The CSIR NET syllabus for mathematical sciences is divided into the following units

  • Analysis Linear Algebra
  • Complex Analysis, Algebra, Topology
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs), Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), Numerical Analysis, Calculus of Variations, Linear Integral Equations, Classical Mechanics
  • Statistics, Exploratory Data Analysis 

CSIR NET Exam Pattern for Earth Sciences

 Earth Sciences paper consists of the part of Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences. Question paper is of a maximum of 200 marks and of 180 minutes duration. The Earth Sciences question paper is divided into three sections:

Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean
and Planetary Sciences
Total questionsMax No of Questions to attemptMarks for each correct answer
Negative marking
Part A201520.5
Part B503520.5
Part C802541.32
Total15075200

Section 'A' :-

  • The very first objective of this part is to check the analytical and logical thinking of students. This section covers the questions from the area of general aptitude like-
  • General science
  • Quantitative reasoning and analysis and
  • Research aptitude.
  • The weightage of marks given to this section is 30 out of 100. This section consists of a total of 20 questions out of which you have to answer any 15 questions.
  • For each wrong answer, 25% marks will be deducted.

Section 'B' :-

  • This section carries 50 questions out of which one has to attempt only 35 questions. Each question of this section is also carrying 2 marks, which means this section allocated 70 marks out of 200.
  • There will be a negative marking of 25% for each incorrect answer.
  • This section covers the whole syllabus and most questions are asked from topics given in the syllabus. The questions are generally asked in a direct way. The objective of this section is to check the memory-based knowledge of a candidate.

Section 'C' :-

  • This section contains 80 questions out of which you have to attempt only 25 questions. Each question carries 4 marks. And there will be a negative marking of 33% for each wrong answer.
  • The section assigned 100 marks out of 200.
  • This part was designed in a way so that the aptitude of a student towards and knowledge of techniques could be checked. This requires the knowledge and clarity of scientific concepts and applications.
  • The questions shall be of the analytical type and concept clarity.

CSIR NET Syllabus for Earth Sciences

CSIR NET Earth Sciences Syllabus is divided into various topics mentioned below: 

  • Geology
  • Applied Geology
  • Physical Geography
  • Geophysics
  • Meteorology
  • Ocean Sciences

CSIR NET Exam Pattern for Physical Science

The Physical Science question paper shall be divided into three sections. The question paper carries a maximum of 200 marks. There will three hours (180 minutes) be provided to solve the question paper.

Physical SciencesTotal questionsMax No of Questions to attemptMarks for each correct answer
Negative marking
Part A201520.5
Part B25203.50.875
Part C302051.25
Total7555200

Section 'A' :-

  • This section consists of 20 questions from the topics of general aptitude. The questions are of analytical nature and are from the topics like-
  • Quantitative comparison
  • Reasoning
  • Data interpretation
  • Graphical analysis
  • Numerical ability and
  • Puzzles etc.
  • One has to attempt only 15 questions out of 20. This section assigned 30 marks out of 200.
  • 2 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 0.5 marks deducted for every wrong answer. This means there will be a negative marking of 25%.

Section 'B' :-

  • This section will consist of 25 MCQs which generally covers the topic specified in Part 'A' ( CORE) of the syllabus.
  • Each question assigned 3.5 marks. Candidates have to attempt any 20 questions out of 25. Total 70 marks are assigned to this section out of 200.
  • There will be a negative marking of 25%.

Section 'C' :-

  • This section carrying 30 questions from Part 'B' ( Advanced) and Part 'A' (Core).
  • The purpose to design the questions of this section is to check the analytical skills, research ability, concept clarity and deep understanding of the subject.
  • The questions are analytical and logical thinking based and a candidate is expected to apply the scientific methods and knowledge to achieve the best solutions of a given specific scientific problem.
  • The candidates have to attempt any 20 questions out of 30. Each question carrying 5 marks. The total marks assigned to this section shall be 100 out of 200.
  • There will be a negative marking of 25%.

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This article was curated by Renuka Miglani who is an Associate Manager at BYJU'S Exam Prep (CSIR-NET). A PostGrad with an educational background in Nutrition Science, she is an ardent reader & writer. Loves to impart knowledge to students. Being from a Nutrition Science background, she is well aware of the opportunities available and has hared the same in the above article. Stay tuned for more interesting articles from her which will be beneficial for your career.
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