ICMR JRF preparation Tips 2021 - Complete Preparation Strategies

 ICMR JRF preparation Tips 2021 - Complete Preparation Strategies

ByRenuka Miglani  |  Updated on: Jul 15, 2021ICMR JRF exam dates 2021 released. Check all details about the ICMR JRF 2021 below such as apply online link, eligibility, fellowship amount, syllabus and more.
ICMR JRF exam dates 2021 released. Check all details about the ICMR JRF 2021 below such as apply online link, eligibility, fellowship amount, syllabus and more.
...Read More
Sign up for Free Mock Test

How to Prepare for ICMR JRF Exam 2021?

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will conduct the ICMR JRF Exam 2021 on 12 September 2021. The exam will be conducted for Life Sciences and Social Sciences aspirants who wanted to make their career in the research field or to pursue a PhD programme with ICMR support. Candidates preparing for the upcoming exam must note the ICMR JRF preparation tips and strategies compiled by BYJU'S Exam Prep Experts. 

For achieving the target, candidates need to push themselves harder and follow the ICMR JRF preparations strategy. It is crucial to identify the weak areas you may miss and work harder on them to achieve success. Below, you can find some tips and strategies to crack the ICMR-JRF exam 2021. 

Download ICMR JRF 2021 Admit Card

How do I qualify for ICMR JRF?

ICMR will conduct a National level examination on Sunday, September 12, 2021, for determining the eligibility of Indian National candidates for the award of JRF through ICMR. In this manner, to crack this prestigious exam, applicants should make an arrangement and plan to get ready for the test. Here, you can find a few tips and suggestions to pace up your preparation.

1. Start As Soon As Possible

This exam is considered one of the toughest exams and offers very few fellowships for the right candidates. Therefore, it is crucial to start your preparation at least 4 months before the date of the ICMR JRF exam. Check and download ICMR JRF Syllabus 2021 to get started

2. Keep Solving and Analyzing Tests

The aspirants should solve full-length mock test papers, previous years papers of ICMR JRF to understand what to expect from ICMR JRF clearly. It will help to assess your performance and also makes you confident for the ICMR-JRF exam. You can easily find out in which areas you need more time & preparation. Students can attempt Daily quizzes, Previous year papers on the BYJU'S Exam Prep app. You can also go for BYJU'S Exam Prep Test Series, in which you will get 1 free mock test for Life Science.

3. ICMR JRF Preparation Books

Students must clear their concepts with the help of good reference books and updated study material so as not to face hurdles during the exam. The questions in ICMR JRF are structured in a way to bring out your understanding and basic knowledge of Biotechnology. Therefore, try to be more concise and precise over concepts and basic knowledge rather than running on the path of blind learning and study everything.

Also, Check the Best Books for ICMR-JRF Exam

4. Make A Comprehensive Study Plan 

Aspirants need to follow the study plan and design it in such a way as to solve at least 1 mock test/previous year paper a day to increase the understanding of concepts. You can take reference from the ICMR JRF 2021 Study Plan for 2 Months, similarly, you can make a study plan as the regular dose of revision matters a lot more than any other thing during the preparation time.

Check the ICMR JRF exam pattern to understand all the sections that need to be covered. 

It would help if you revised all the topics you have studied during this entire preparation course. At many points, you will find that remembering all the things simultaneously becomes hard; make short keyword-based notes and map notes to quickly revise all points. Keep on appearing for mock tests regularly.

5. Time Management 

In the ICMR-JRF exam, you will be allowed 2 hours of exam time in which you need to attempt 50 (compulsory) + 75 out of 100 questions. So make a habit of managing time by practising more & more questions. There will be a negative marking 25% for each wrong answer.

6. Do Not Try New Topic During Last-Minute

Students should not study any new topic during the last weeks. It may bring unnecessary anxiety and can disturb your overall preparation. You should instead keep on practising the previous topics and solve mock test papers. Studying more or Study All is not at all required for this exam. If you have not studied these topics previously, do not give it a try instead a regular revision of the topics that you have studied is the key to success.

7. Always Make Notes for Formulas and Important Concepts 

Make a habit of writing all the important experimental questions, concepts, constants separately in a short note to keep them revising as one go. This will help you to revise quickly during last-minute preparations. 

8. Add Exercise/Yoga, Meditation and Power Nap in Your Study Plan

  • As you must have heard – healthy mind lives in a healthy body but being a Biology student you must also understand the reverse is also true “only a healthy mind can have a healthy body.” Just maintain the calmness of your brain by taking small breaks from your study schedule, you can start with basics like PRANAYAM, MEDITATION and YOGA etc.
  • During the last minute preparation days Avoid late-night food just respect the Circadian Rhythm of the body “sleep at night work in a day”.
  • You may include two short power nap after every 5 – 6 hours of continuous study.
  • Always avoid alcohol/cigarette / excessive caffeine consumption as it can directly disturb your brain.

9. Take Help and Ask the Expert 

  • You must take help from those genuine friends who have qualified for this exam in the past to motivate yourself and also it will help you get some amazing tips. You can also subscribe to our Youtube channel here to watch the videos of expert faculty.
  • You can have a chat discussion on this channel to ask your doubts or queries related to this exam.
  • Develop a positive attitude in life to achieve any competitive exam. Never think negative like this exam is the last hope in Life. Don’t worry you will have a brighter life ahead this is just a milestone.

Section-wise Preparation Strategy for ICMR JRF 2021

Check comprehensive preparation strategy for the upcoming ICMR JRF 2021 for all the sections. 

Preparation Strategy For Part A of the ICMR-JRF Exam

  • A clear understanding of the General Aptitude syllabus and exam pattern; also highlight those topics which are left to study and add them to your study plan.
  • Give special attention to 9th, 10th level concepts of General Science, 11th & 12 th Chemistry, Biostatistics.
  • Refer to good reference books as mentioned below,
SectionBook Name
Section - A (General Aptitude)

1. Quantitative Aptitude and Numerical Ability for all Competitive Examinations by Kiran Prakashan

2. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by Aggarwal

3. Analytical Reasoning by M.K Pandey

4. A New Approach to Numerical Ability by Navratan Singh

5. IQ and Aptitude Tests: Assess Your Verbal, Numerical & Spatial Reasoning Skills by Philip Carter

6. Numerical Ability and mathematical Aptitude by Aditham Rao

7. GATE General Aptitude: Numerical & Verbal Ability by ACE Engineering Academy 

Preparation Strategy For Part B & C of ICMR-JRF 

  • A clear understanding of the Life Science or Social Science syllabus and exam pattern, also highlight those topics which are left to study and add it in your study plan.
  • Start preparing with the modern topics from the CSIR-NET syllabus like molecular biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetic Engineering, Immunology, Microbiology, Genetics and Most Importantly tools & Techniques. As the syllabus of CSIR and ICMR are interrelated.
  • Refer to good reference books as mentioned below,

ICMR JRF Preparation Books fro Life Science

Book NameAuthor
Lehninger Principles of BiochemistryNelson and Cox
Biochemistry: International EditionStryer, Berg and Tymoczko
Molecular Cell BiologyLodish
Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and ExperimentsGerald Karp
Molecular Biology of the GeneJames D. Watson
Kuby ImmunologyOwen, Punt, Stanford,7th Ed
Immunology (Instant notes)Lydyard
Developmental BiologyScott F. Gilbert
Plant PhysiologyRoss and Salisbury
Human Anatomy and PhysiologyGraaff
Principles of GeneticsD. Peter Snustad, Michael J. Simmons
Genetics: Principles and AnalysisDaniel L Hartl and Elizabeth W. Jones
Elements of EcologySmith & Smith
Theory of EvolutionDawkins & Maynard

ICMR JRF Preparation Books Social Science

Book NameAuthor
An Introduction to Agricultural Social SciencesSubhash Chandra
Advance Economic TheoryH.L. Ahuja
Elementary Economic TheoryK.K. Dwett
Sociology: Themes and PerspectiveHaralambos
Sociological TheoryGeorge Ritzer
Trueman's UGC NET SociologyS. Hussain
UGC NET: Sociology Exam GuideRPH Editorial
Essential SociologySeema and Nitin Sangwan

Posted by:

Renuka MiglaniRenuka MiglaniMember since Jan 2021
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.
...Read More
Share this exam info   |

ICMR JRF Exam Preparation FAQs

  • Gradeup is now BYJU'S Exam Prep that offers the most comprehensive preparation for all exams. Get Monthly/Weekly Current Affairs, Daily GK Update, Online Courses, Latest Pattern Test Series and detailed Study Material from the top faculty at your fingertips. Want to learn more? Do not hesitate to contact our customer care here.

  • Yes, you can clear the exam if you have an excellent preparation strategy. You have to make a study plan and follow it strictly in order to achieve a good score. You can check here for the 2 month preparation plan for the ICMR JRF exam.

  • Both the exams are prestigious national level exams for Life Science aspirants. If you qualify for any of these exams you will get a monthly stipend to pursue your research career. and also will get an opportunity to interact with well-known Scientists of CSIR labs or ICMR labs.

  • ICMR JRF is in collaboration with the PGI Chandigarh conducts the entrance examination every year to award scholarships to top candidates on the basis of merit.



Related ExamsView All