CSIR NET Selection Process 2022: Phases, Qualifying Marks, Interview, Fellowship

CSIR NET Selection Process 2022: Phases, Qualifying Marks, Interview, Fellowship

ByRenuka Miglani  |  Updated on: Feb 15, 2022
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CSIR NET Selection Process 2022. If you qualify for JRF, you will be eligible to get a fellowship for your research work as well as eligible for the post of assistant professor in Indian Colleges and Universities and 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.

A detailed description of all the phases of the CSIR NET selection procedure has been explained and students can check the selection criteria for each stage that is explained below

CSIR NET Selection Procedure 2022

Candidates preparing for the upcoming CSIR NET Exam must be well versed in the selection process of the exam. The exam is conducted for the certification of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Lectureship (LS).

The selection process of CSIR-UGC NET consists of the following stages:

  • Filling up the online application form
  • Appearing in the single MCQ test and qualify it
  • Announcement of merit list
  • Interview and
  • Award of Junior Research Fellowship

CSIR UGC NET Exam Overview 

The Council of scientific and industrial research (CSIR), a premier research organization that ranked among the world's best publicly funded research and development organizations conducted the National Eligibility Test (NET) twice every year. 

A large number of candidates appears every year for the National Eligibility Test (NET). This exam is held two times a year in the month of June and December. CSIR- UGC NET is scheduled for NET/JRF in the field of science including:

  • Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences.
  • Chemical sciences.
  • Life sciences.
  • Mathematical sciences.
  • Physical sciences.

The award of Junior Research Fellowship is provided by both CSIR and UGC. UGC (University Grant Commission) is a legitimate body of the Indian Government that is responsible for the coordination, determination and maintenance of University education in India.

  • If you are seeking to make your future in research and want to explore the unexplored areas of science then qualifying the CSIR-UGC NET can help you in the best way.

CSIR-UGC awards JRF for the brilliant and deserving candidates and helps them to achieve their goals. CSIR-UGC provide full financial support to the bright and young candidates of country throughout their PhD.

  • One can get the benefit to work under the educated scientists/faculty members of the leading institutions, laboratories and Universities in the country.
  • Another benefit of qualifying CSIR-UGC NET is that you can be exempted from various PhD entrance exams of universities and can appear in their interviews directly.
  • So if you are interested in qualifying CSIR-UGC NET, you must have the proper knowledge about the selection procedure and eligibility criteria of this exam.

The details below will help you to get the idea of the selection procedure of CSIR UGC NET which is set by CSIR in a very easy and simple way. NET applicants will have to clear all the phases of CSIR-UGC NET selection procedure in order to qualify for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Lectureship (LS).

Stage one –Filling up the CSIR NET Application Form

The first phase of the CSIR-UGC NET selection procedure is to fill the online application form. The CSIR-UGC NET application forms released twice a year, generally in the month of February and August. Applicants will have to fill and submit their application forms online along with the payment of application fees.

  • Candidates have to require 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.
  • Those candidates who fail to submit a completely filled application form will not be allowed to participate in the written examination. 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. You should make sure to upload them otherwise your admit card will not be issued. So continuously check your email and CSIR website for further information.
  • For those candidates whose application are accepted by CSIR, admit cards will be issued to them and they will appear for the next stage of exam i.e., single multiple-choice type online exam.

Stage Two - CSIR NET Exam 2022

  • CSIR will be conducted a computer-based test for all the candidates who successfully submit their completely filled application forms before the last date. Previously this exam was conducted offline but from December 2019 will be conducted online (CBT mode). The exam will be a single Multiple-Choice Question question-based question paper shall be comprised of three parts.
  • Part-'A' shall be common to all subjects and consists of the questions on General Science and Research Aptitude. The questions are asked from the topic of general aptitude like series formation, numerical ability and reasoning etc.
  • Part-'B' shall carry the subject-related conventional questions. This part is designed with the purpose 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 the solution of a given specific problem.

The paper shall carry of maximum 200 marks and the time duration of the exam is 180 minutes (3 hours). There will be the procedure of negative marking for incorrect answers according to the subjects and different parts. Check the CSIR NET Exam Pattern in detail.

  • Those candidates who qualify the online exam of CSIR UGC NET are included in the merit list for final selection for the post of assistant lecturers and for the award of JRF.

Stage Three - Announcement of CSIR NET Result

The CSIR NET result is declared in two categories-

  1. One merit list for those candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF-NET).
  2. The second merit list is for the candidates qualifying the eligibility test for lectureship (LS-NET).

A merit list will be made on the basis of the performance of candidates in the CSIR UGC NET EXAM. As per the conditions of the selection procedure set by CSIR, the top 6% of candidates from the merit list will be selected for the final appointment.

  • Those candidates qualifying for JRF(NET) also eligible for Lectureship (LS). Fellowship for the Junior Research Fellows is provided either by CSIR or UGC as per their assignment or from the Schemes with which they may find an association. Candidates qualifying for JRF must have enrolled in PhD within the two years of the declaration of result.

Stage Four- Interview

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

Stage Five- Award of fellowship

  • Under the selection procedure, the award of Junior Research Fellowship (NET) will be the fifth stage. Fellowship will be provided only to those candidates who are able to get enrolled for PhD in research institutes/ laboratories and Universities within the two years of the declaration of result of CSIR UGC NET Exam.
  • The Fellowship is awarded to the candidates only after the verification of necessary details of the examination, research work, topic related to research with the concurrence of the Institution to provide all the necessary facilities.
  • The revised emoluments per month are 31,000 for JRF and 35,000 for SRF from 2019 which was previously 25,000 and 28,000 per month for JRF and SRF respectively.
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CSIR NET Selection Procedure FAQs

    • Filling up the online application form
    • Appearing in the single MCQ test and qualify it
    • Announcement of merit list
    • Interview and
    • Award of Junior Research Fellowship.
  • Yes, candidates who clear CSIR NET exam are awarded with fellowships to facilitate their research.

  • Yes, the interview is a compulsory component of CSIR NET selection process.

  • Two merit lists are released for CSIR NET. First for candidates who are eligible to become Lecturers and second for those who have cleared JRF.

  • Prepare well and have a research proposal that is relevant to the lab/college you are applying to as it will increase your chances of selection.