Social Science Preparation Strategy for the ICMR JRF 2022 - Syllabus & Important Books!!

By Renuka Miglani|Updated : October 8th, 2021

Social Science Preparation Strategy for the ICMR JRF 2022: Indian Council of Medical Research Junior Research Fellowship (ICMR JRF) is a national level exam through which the fellowship is awarded tо thоse whо wаnt tо рursue роstdосtоrаl соurses with the helр оf IСMR. Candidates who qualify for the ICMR JRF examination are awarded grants by ICMR to complete their PhD degrees. The ICMR JRF exam is commenced by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. The exam is held for 2 main subjects, Life Sciences and Social Sciences. Candidates can choose their subject on the basis of their qualifications and area of specialization.

Although the Social Sciences subject is not as easy as it seems to be. It requires a lot of strategies to crack the exam. It's the perfect time to start your preparation with some fruitful strategies that will definitely help you to crack the exam like Social Sciences. We have covered a few important tips & strategies below to help you to start your preparation in the same way to ace the exam.

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Social Science Preparation Strategy for the ICMR JRF 2022: Indian Council of Medical Research Junior Research Fellowship (ICMR JRF) is a national level exam through which the fellowship is awarded tо thоse whо wаnt tо рursue роstdосtоrаl соurses with the helр оf IСMR. Candidates who qualify for the ICMR JRF examination are awarded grants by ICMR to complete their PhD degrees. The ICMR JRF exam is commenced by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. The exam is held for 2 main subjects, Life Sciences and Social Sciences. Candidates can choose their subject on the basis of their qualifications and area of specialization.

Although the Social Sciences subject is not as easy as it seems to be. It requires a lot of strategies to crack the exam. It's the perfect time to start your preparation with some fruitful strategies that will definitely help you to crack the exam like Social Sciences. We have covered a few important tips & strategies below to help you to start your preparation in the same way to ace the exam.

To pursue a PhD or research program offered by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), candidates must take the ICMR Junior Research Fellowship Exam (JRF). The board, along with the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh conducts the entrance exam annually to award scholars based on merit. The award given to successful applicants will depend on their placements at a medical school/hospital/university/national laboratory/higher education and research institution. In addition, candidates selected through the ICMR JRF Merit will receive ICMR scholarships to complete their PhD / Research program. Now, without wasting a single minute, let's check the eligibility criteria first for the ICMR JRF exam; after that, we will check the exam pattern, syllabus, reference books and preparation strategy for the Social Science aspirants.

ICMR JRF 2022: Eligibility

Check the eligibility criteria according to the ICMR guidelines for the Junior Research Fellowship Programmentioned below:

  • Applicant must have completed an M.Sc/MA with at least 55% (General/EWS/OBC) from a recognized university or equivalent.
  • Candidates belonging to the SC/ST/PwD category must secure a minimum score of 50% in the master's degree.
  • Candidates awaiting the M.Sc/MA result can also apply for the ICMR JRF 2022.
  • The age limit for the JRF ICMR entrance exam is 28 years old on or before September 30, 2022.
  • The 3-year exemption in age criteria will be granted to applicants belonging to the OBC category.
  • The 5-year relaxation will be awarded to candidates in the SC/ST/PwD category.

ICMR JRF 2022: Social Science Exam Pattern

The ICMR JRF exam will have a single exam paper consisting of three sections. Section A includes questions related to General Aptitude, General Knowledge and Natural Phenomena. Section A is mandatory for all candidates, while section C will consist of questions related to Social Science. We will discuss the exam pattern for Part A, which is common and for Part C, i.e. Social Science. Check the exam pattern for Part A and Part C mentioned below:

Part A - General Aptitude Exam Pattern

  • Section A will contain a total of 50 questions.
  • All the 50 questions are compulsory to be attempted for the candidates.
  • For each correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded.
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer from the final score
  • This section contains questions related to General Aptitude, General Knowledge, logical reasoning, graphical analysis, analytical and numerical ability, natural phenomena, etc.

Part C - Social Science Exam Pattern

  • This is an optional section for students who have chosen Social Science as their subject.
  • This section includes questions related to social studies.
  • There will be a total of 100 objective type questions in part "C".
  • Candidates must answer 75 questions out of 100 questions.
  • If a student answers more than 75 questions, only the first 75 answers will be evaluated.
  • 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • An incorrect answer will result in a negative score of 0.25 points.

Note: 

  • 2 hours have been set for the completion of the exam.
  • Questions will be asked in the form of multiple-choice types of questions.
  • The total exam paper carries 125 marks.
  • The exam will be online only in the form of a Computer Based Test (CBT).

ICMR JRF 2022: Social Science Syllabus

The syllabus plays an important role in exam preparation because it gives an idea about the questions they will be asked in the exam. Many units are not relevant concerning the exam. If candidates begin their preparation without knowing the specific syllabus, they may waste time. Knowing the syllabus will allow you to cover the important topics within the allotted time, and applicants will improve their scores. Therefore, it is essential to understand the syllabus and strictly adhere to it. Let's check the syllabus for both Part A, and Part C mentioned below:

Part A - General Aptitude Syllabus

Check the syllabus for General Aptitude - Part A section mentioned below:

TopicsSyllabus
Common Statistics
  • Experiments and sampling
  • Probability
  • Description and displaying data
  • Linear regression and correlation
  • Hypothesis test and confidence intervals
General Knowledge
  • Synthetic material
  • Nuclear science
  • Measurements
Scientific Phenomenon
  • Hurricane
  • Tsunami
  • Greenhouse effect
  • Wind
  • Tornado
  • Volcano
  • Rain
  • Snow
  • Earthquake
  • Erosion

Part C - Social Science Syllabus

Check the syllabus for the Social Science section mentioned below:

SubjectSyllabus
Social Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Home Science
  • Statistics Anthropology
  • Social work
  • Public health/health economics (agriculture economics will not be considered).

ICMR JRF 2022: Social Science Reference Books

One of the most important steps in preparing for any competition is identifying the correct study material. Therefore, we have provided the best reference books for the ICMR JRF 2022 Part A and Part C section below in tabular form; You can check online websites to purchase these books.

Part A - General Aptitude Reference Books

Check all the best and recommended books for the preparation of General Aptitude in the ICMR JRF 2022 exam 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 

Part C - Social Science Reference Books

Check the recommended books for Part C, i.e. Social Science, mentioned below:

SectionBook Name
SECTION - C (Social Sciences)

1. An Introduction to Agricultural Social Sciences by Subhash Chandra

2. Advance Economic Theory by H.L. Ahuja

3. Elementary Economic Theory by K.K. Dwett

4. Sociology: Themes and Perspectives by Haralambos

5. Sociological Theory by George Ritzer

6. Trueman's UGC NET Sociology by S. Hussain

7. UGC NET: Sociology Exam Guide by RPH Editorial

8. Essential Sociology by Seema and Nitin Sangwan

ICMR JRF 2022: Preparation Tips

  • Go through the full ICMR-JRF 2022 syllabus - Stay up to date with the latest full ICMR JRF syllabus with exam pattern. We have mentioned the exam pattern and syllabus above.
  • First, create an effective study plan to easily identify the topics of your choice, try to code them by colour. However, you can tag each of your topics with a different colour code instead of just naming and choosing them by name.
  • Set a daily goal and try to complete it within a certain period of time. Add some time for ICMR reference books in this study plan.
  • Try to get a resolution for your doubts with the teachers of your subject. The first thumb rule for clearing up your doubts is not to feel shy or uncomfortable. Instead, talk to your teacher whenever you have a question while studying any topic and let him know your question.
  • Solve the previous year's ICMR JRF question papers as much as possible. Then, once you have thoroughly studied the entire syllabus, you should cover the ICMR-JRF previous year papers.
  • You should start solving the mock tests once a day, which will give you a good understanding of the type of questions asked during the exam and evaluate your speed and accuracy for each question.
Other Important Links

UGC 7th Pay Commission Revised Salary for JRF & Assistant Professors

Apply For the Post of JRF at ICMR NICED

How to Crack ICMR JRF 2021 Exam in One Month?

 

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  • ICMR conducts a national level examination for determining the eligibility of Indian National candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) through the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). It allows you to join ICMR as JRF to pursue your PhD degree.


  • There are 3 sections in the ICMR JRF exam, Section A, which is the General Aptitude section, compulsory for all. Section B is for Life Science students who wanted JRF fellowship for Life Sciences subjects while Section C is for Social Science students who wanted JRF fellowship for Social Science subjects. A candidate has to choose 1 section to attempt between Section B and Section C.


  • Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.


  • The minimum eligibility criteria is that a candidate must have M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent degree with a minimum of 55% marks for General/OBC candidates and 50% for the SC/ST, Physically Handicapped (PH) & Visually Handicapped (VH) candidates.

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