CSIR NET Life Sciences

From December 2019 this exam will be conducted  on computer (CBT) so we advise all candidates to practice and prepare there are exams with the help of online test series of Aadhar Institute which is conducted on our mobile application iGuruji (click here to download app)

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  • Tentative date of exam notification:- march and September of every year
  • Tentative date of filling forms: – March/April & September / October
  • Tentative date of exam: – 3rd / 4th Sunday of june and December  

CSIR stands for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India which provides Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to those who qualify the joint CSIR-UGC Joint Entrance Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship (LS) i.e. National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by CSIR twice in a year.

The EMR Division under Human Resource and Development (HRD) Group of CSIR provide CSIR Research Fellowship to bright young men and women for training in methods of research under the expert guidance of faculty members /scientists working in University Departments/ National Laboratories and Institutes in various fields of Science & Technology and Medical Sciences.
The CSIR Fellowships are tenable in India. Only bonafide Indian citizens, residing in India are eligible for the award of research Fellowship.

Stipend, Tenure and Benefits of CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES

The stipend of a JRF selected through the all India test will be Rs 25000/ p.m for a period of 2 years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs. 20,000/- per fellow will be provided to the University / Institution.• On Completion of two years as

JRF, the stipend may be increased to Rs. 28000/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent year, on the basis of assessment of Fellows’ research progress/ achievements through an interview by an Expert Committee consisting of the Guide, Head of the Department and External Member from outside the University/ Institution who is an expert in the relevant field. On up gradation, the designation of JRF will be changed to SRF (NET). The total tenure as JRF (NET) plus SRF (NET) shall not exceed 5 years.

  • For any candidate, it is quite difficult to get entry into the Research and Development department of any industry. However, the candidate who is having fellowship may get entry to pursue PhD quite easily.
  • There are certain laboratories which prefer to take only those candidates who are having either CSIR or UGC fellowship. This is a great opportunity for the candidate to get absolved in these types of industries.


  • Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF (NET) will receive fellowship either from CSIR or UGC as per their assignment or from the schemes with which they may find an association.
  • This Test also determines the eligibility of candidates for Lectureship positions in Indian Universities/Colleges.
  • Some aspirants are declared successful in eligibility for Lectureship (NET) category only, based on their performance in the test. Advantages of NET- JRF over NET- LS Candidates who have qualified for the JRF are also eligible for the lectureship. A certain number of JRFs are awarded each year by CSIR-UGC to the candidates who qualify in the joint entrance examination conducted by CSIR-UGC.

The CSIR Fellowships are tenable in Universities/IITs/Post-Graduate Colleges/Government Research Establishments including those of CSIR, R&D establishments of recognized public or private sector, industrial firms and other recognized institutions, however, the candidates qualifying for Lectureship-NET will be eligible for recruitment as lecturer as well as for JRF-ship in a Scheme/Project, if otherwise suitable as per the eligibility criteria of that Scheme/Project.

However, they will not be eligible for Regular JRF-NET Fellowship. They will be eligible to pursue PhD program with or without any fellowship other than JRF-NET.


from December 2019 this exam will be conducted  on computer (CBT)



CSIR-UGC (NET) Exam for Award of Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lecturership shall be a Single Paper Test having Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).

The question paper is divided in three parts

Part ‘A’ This part shall carry 20 questions pertaining to General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis and Research Aptitude. The candidates shall be required to answer any 15 questions. Each question shall be of two marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 30 out of 200.

Part ‘B’ This part shall contain 50 Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) generally covering the topics given in the syllabus. A candidate shall be required to answer any 35 questions. Each question shall be of two marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 70 out of 200.

Part ‘C’ This part shall contain 75 questions that are designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem. A candidate shall be required to answer any 25 questions. Each question shall be of four marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 100 out of 200.

  • There will be negative marking @25% for each wrong answer.
  • To enable the candidates to go through the questions, the question paper booklet shall be distributed 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the exam. The Answer sheet shall be distributed at the scheduled time of the exam.
  • On completion of the exam i.e. at the scheduled closing time of the exam, the candidates shall be allowed to carry the Question Paper Booklet. No candidate is allowed to carry the Question Paper Booklet in case he/she chooses to leave the test before the scheduled closing time.

Syllabus of CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES (click here)

  • Eligibility for CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES

  • M.Sc. or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years/BE/BTech/BPharma/MBBS with at least 55% marks for general and OBC-Non Creamy layer candidates (Central list only as provided in National Commission for Backward Classes website www.ncbc.nic.in) and 50% for SC/ST, physically and Visually Handicapped candidates.
  • Candidates enrolled for M.Sc or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on 1st march/1st September of the year of appearing in exam for june and December, respectively, are also eligible to apply in the above subject under the Result Awaited (RA) category on the condition that they complete the qualifying degree with requisite percentage of marks within the validity period of two years to avail the fellowship from the effective date of award. Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format (Given at the reverse of the application form) duly certified by the Head of the Department/Institute from where the candidate is appearing or has appeared.
  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in Integrated MS-PhD program with at least 55% marks for general and OBC (Non Creamy layer) candidates; 50% marks for SC/ST, physically and visually handicapped candidates are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates with bachelor’s degree will be eligible for CSIR fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for PhD/Integrated PhD program within the validity period of two years.
  • The eligibility for lectureship of NET qualified candidates will be subject to fulfilling the criteria laid down by UGC. PhD degree holders who have passed Master’s degree prior to 19th September 1991, with at least 50% marks are eligible to apply for Lectureship only.


For JRF (NET): The age limit for JRF (NET) is minimum 19 years and maximum 28 years as on 1st january/1st july of the year of appearing in exam for june and December NET exam, respectively (upper age limit may be relaxed up to 5 years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC(non creamy layer)/ Physically handicapped/Visually handicapped and female applicants).

  • For LS (NET): No upper age limit

Cutoff CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES (official)


FOR JRF        59.00 % 49.25 % 42.25 % 37.50 % 28.75 %
FOR LS 53.10 % 44.33 % 38.03 % 33.75 % 25.88 %


FOR JRF        56.00 % 46.25 % 39.50 % 39.50 % 25.25 %
FOR LS 50.40 % 41.63 % 35.55 % 30.15 % 25.25 %



FOR JRF        55.00 % 45.00 % 37.00 % 31.50 % 25.00 %
FOR LS 49.50 % 40.50 % 33.30 % 28.35 % 25.00 %


FOR JRF       50.50 % 41.00 % 34.75 % 30.00 % 25.00 %
FOR LS 45.45 % 36.90 % 31.28 % 27.00 % 25.00 %


FOR JRF       55.25 % 46.75 % 40.25 % 34.00 % 25.00 %
FOR LS 49.73 %   42.08 % 36.23 %          30.60 %           25.00 %



FOR JRF     59.25 %  50.50 %  42.75 %  37.75 % 26.00 %
FOR LS 53.33 %   45.45 % 38.48 %          33.98 %         25.00 %


June 2019 cutoff for CSIR UGC NET 

JRF       52.50%     43.75% 35.25% 31.75% 33.75% 25%
Assistant Professor/ Lectureship 47.25% 39.38% 31.73% 28.58% 33% 25%

December 2019 cutoff for CSIR UGC NET

JRF     54.50 %   46.75 % 45.25 % 38.25 % 33.25 % 25.00 %
Assistant Professor/ Lectureship 49.05 % 42.08 % 40.73 % 34.43 % 29.93 % 25%

June 2020 cutoff for CSIR UGC NET 

JRF     98.9427783%   96.5798351% 96.0426037% 89.6895302% 83.1095495% 74.7501249%
Assistant Professor/ Lectureship 97.1891078% 94.0092454% 93.2127686% 85.3823088% 77.5128623% 74.7501249%

Tips & tricks for CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES

  1. Start preparing for exam at least 5 months before the date of CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES
  2. Never take your attempt Non-seriously just for try, Because this exam require only 3-4 months serious preparation (if you have very good academic record)
  3.  Keep Solving and analyzing-It is   advisable that you solve full length mock test papers and Go through all previous years papers of CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES to have an understanding what to prepare for CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES . It will develop an understanding in you about your performance in actual CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES  exam where you exactly stand CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES

Students must try to solve the test in iguruji online app downloadable from google playstore and make yourself adaptable to CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES .

 Refer the good text books for Clearing the concepts-Students must clear their concepts with the help of good books and updated study material like AADHAR INSTITUTE STUDY MATERIAL FOR CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES so as not to face hurdles during the exam. The questions in CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES are designed to bring out your understanding and basic knowledge of life sciences . Try to be more concise and precise over concepts and basic knowledge rather than running on path of blind learning and going through everything.

Always give equal emphasis on all units: like Bio-chemistry, Ecology, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Animal Behavior, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Animal Behavior, Cell Biology, Animal Physiology Immunology, Plant Physiology. As in every exam, same ratio of questions asked from all 13 units. See the video

While preparing every topic try to create your own questions “what can be asked from the topic? How this concept will be framed like a question? Which graphical representation is possible for the given concept? (especially ecology, Plant physiology and animal physiology) which numerical can be made ? (especially Genetics, Cell Biology and Molecular Biology)

Make a schedule for Revision and tests –The regular revision matters a lot more than any other things during the preparation time. Watch iguruji video for making strategy and schedule for CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES you must revise all the topics which you have studied during this entire course of preparation. At many points you will find that remembering all the things simultaneously becomes hard; make short key words based notes and map notes to quickly revise all points.  Keep on appearing for video supported tests for CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES on iguruji app

Tips for Section – B 

  1. Put a special heed over the most unique things about the topic.
  2. Most often they don’t ask very Basic in this section (opposite to general perception)
  3. Try to read “something about everything”, because out of 50 questions asked in this section, the questions from every unit of syllabus are made and they are unique.
  4. If you are looking for text material to prepare for this section, we advise you to prepare NCERT well and also go through standard material provided by Aadhar institute

 Tips for For Section – C

  • Here you will be given Choices 25 out of 75 for which you must be will prepared for at least 40 question which means any 7 – 8 units of your syllabus with in depth preparation is sufficient.
  • Always choose those question which have direct four choices 1,2,3,4 NOT A,B are correct ORB,C are correct OR A,C and D are correct type
  • Always try to attempt graphical and Numerical questions because here you can be more sure for your answers.

 Say NO to New topic during exam days-Student must not study any new topic in the last weeks. It would bring unnecessary anxiety and can disturb your overall preparation. You should instead keep on honing the previously practiced topics and solve mock test papers. Studying more or all is not required if you have not studied it previously, but regular revision of the topics what you have studied is the key to success.

 Make notes for formulas and important concepts-All the important experimental questions, concepts,  constants must be written separately in a short note so as to keep them revising on one  go this will help you in NAT type questions.  Keep on going through special revision and superfast revision videos of iguruji

Add exercise/yoga, meditation and Power Nap in the day Schedule

  • As you must have heard – healthy mind lives in 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 studies – for basic PRANAYAM, MEDITATION and YOGA (many videos are available on you tube)
  • During the preparation days Avoid late night food just respect the circadian Rhythm of the body “sleep at night work in day”
  • During the day hours take at least two short power nap after every 5 – 6 hours of study
  • Avoid Alcohol / cigarette / excessive caffeine consumption for getting boost

 Ask the expert-

  • You must take help from those genuine friends who have qualified the exam in past. Keep on watching “tips for CSIR NET LIFE SCIENCES ” video on aadharinstitute jaipur youtube channel
  • You can have even live discussion on this channel tune to time
  • Develop a positive attitude in life especially for this exam. Never think that this exam is the last hope in Life. Don’t worry you have a brighter life ahead this is just a milestone

Avoid travelling at the night just before exam especially if your centre in another city just reach one day before the exam take rest and proper sleep.

 During the exam

  • Set your time limit out of 180 minutes (3 hours) first 40 min should be given to section B then 30 min to section A and at last 100 min to section C
  • Before attempting the section C just scan the whole question paper well and Mark the questions, you are going to read thoroughly by Then only start attempting the question this will make you confident during the exam.
  • If you are not able to attempt continuously 3 – 4 question please have Patience and prepare yourself for attempting next questions
  • After completion of every 5 questions fill up to OMR carefully this will save your time and risk of wrong OMR filling
  • Try to finish up section C in 80 min and use 20 min to recheck you answer and OMR

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