ICMR conducts a National level examination 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.
2. Keep Solving and Analyzing Tests
The aspirants should solve full-length mock test papers, and 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 and ICMR JRF Previous year papers on the Byjus Exam Prep app. You can also go for Byjus Exam Prep Test Series, in which you will get 1 free mock test for Life Science.
3. Refer to Good Books for Clearing the concepts
Students must clear their concepts with the help of good reference ICMR JRF 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 studying everything.
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 2022 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. 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. Section-wise Preparation Strategy for ICMR-JRF:
For Part A of the ICMR-JRF Exam -
- A clear understanding of the General Aptitude syllabus and ICMR JRF 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,
|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
For Part B & C of ICMR-JRF
- A clear understanding of the Life Science or Social Science syllabus and CUET exam pattern, also highlight those topics which are left to study and add them to 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 CUET books as mentioned below,
Life Science -
|Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry||Nelson and Cox|
|Biochemistry: International Edition||Stryer, Berg and Tymoczko|
|Molecular Cell Biology||Lodish|
|Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments||Gerald Karp|
|Molecular Biology of the Gene||James D. Watson|
|Kuby Immunology||Owen, Punt, Stanford,7th Ed|
|Immunology (Instant notes)||Lydyard|
|Developmental Biology||Scott F. Gilbert|
|Plant Physiology||Ross and Salisbury|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology||Graaff|
|Principles of Genetics||D. Peter Snustad, Michael J. Simmons|
|Genetics: Principles and Analysis||Daniel L Hartl and Elizabeth W. Jones|
|Elements of Ecology||Smith & Smith|
|Theory of Evolution||Dawkins & Maynard|
Social Science -
|An Introduction to Agricultural Social Sciences||Subhash Chandra|
|Advance Economic Theory||H.L. Ahuja|
|Elementary Economic Theory||K.K. Dwett|
|Sociology: Themes and Perspective||Haralambos|
|Sociological Theory||George Ritzer|
|Trueman's UGC NET Sociology||S. Hussain|
|UGC NET: Sociology Exam Guide||RPH Editorial|
|Essential Sociology||Seema and Nitin Sangwan|
6. 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 practicing more & more questions. There will be a negative marking of 25% for each wrong answer.
7. 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 practicing 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 them a try instead a regular revision of the topics that you have studied is the key to success.
8. Always Make Notes for Formulas and Important Concepts
Make a habit of writing all the important experimental questions, concepts, and constants separately in a short note to keep them revising as one go. This will help you to revise quickly during last-minute preparations.
9. Add Exercise/Yoga, Meditation, and Power Nap to Your Study Plan
- As you must have heard – a 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, 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 naps after every 5 – 6 hours of continuous study.
- Always avoid alcohol/cigarette / excessive caffeine consumption as it can directly disturb your brain.
10. 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 negatively like this exam is the last hope in Life. Don’t worry you will have a brighter life ahead this is just a milestone.