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CSIR NET Exam: All Things You Need to Know!!

Joint CSIR-UGC NET is an exam conducted by the Indian Ministry of Education by its Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Organization. The exam is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). The exam is conducted for determining the eligibility of Indian citizens for the awards of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Lecturership (LS).

CSIR NET exam deals with scientific subjects, whereas the UGC NET exam deals with non-scientific subjects. The scientific subjects are

What are the subjects in CSIR NET exam?

Physical Sciences

Chemical Sciences

Mathematical Sciences

Life Sciences

Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences

What is the frequency of the CSIR NET exam and its format?

It is a National-level exam conducted twice a year. It is an online exam conducted in the format of a Computer-Based Test (CBT).

What is the duration of the CSIR NET exam?

The exam is 180 minutes in duration (3 hours). There will be two shifts – Morning (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) and Evening (3:00 PM – 6:00 PM).

What are the exam fees for CSIR NET exam?

The exam fee is ₹1000 for applicants from General Category, ₹500 for applicants from OBC and EWS Category, and ₹250 for applicants from SC/ST Category, and No Fees for PwD Category.

What is the official website for CSIR NET exam?

The official website for CSIR NET exam is

What is the eligibility in terms of educational qualifications for the CSIR NET Exam?

The applicant must have completed his Masters in Science (MSc)/Integrated BS-MS/BS(4 years)/MBBS/BTech/BE/BPharma with at least 55% marks for General Category and EWS Category, and 50% marks for OBC/SC/ST/Third Gender/PwD Categories.

What is the age limit for CSIR NET Exam?

For CSIR-NET JRF, the upper age limit is 28 years for General Category, up to 31 years for OBC Non-Creamy Category, and up to 33 years for OBC/SC/ST/PwD/Female/Third Gender.

For Lecturership, there is no upper age limit for applying for CSIR NET Exam.

When is the next CSIR NET exam?

CSIR has declared that the December 2022 exam and June 2023 exam will be held together as June 2023 exam. The application form for this exam may be released in March 2023.

What are the key dates for June 2023 CSIR NET exam?

Release of NotificationWill be updated soon
Application Open startsWill be updated soon
Last Date for Filling ApplicationWill be updated soon
Extended Date for Filling ApplicationWill be updated soon
Last Date for CorrectionWill be updated soon
Release of Admit CardWill be updated soon
CSIR NET Exam DateWill be updated soon

What is the exam pattern for CSIR NET Exam?

The exam paper is divided into three parts: Part A, Part B, and Part C. Part A are common to all subjects. It consists of 20 questions out of which a maximum of 15 can be answered. Each correct answer carries 2 marks, and each wrong answer will cause a deduction of 0.5 marks. Parts B and C will differ for different subjects.

What are the cutoff marks for CSIR NET Exam?

The cutoff marks are different for JRF and Lecturership Categories. The cutoff marks are also different for different categories. The cutoff marks for CSIR NET 2023 will be updated soon.

Is there a mock test for CSIR NET exam?

The NTA conducts mock tests before the CSIR NET exam for the candidate to be able to practice before the exam.

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