Council of Scientific Industrial Research – CSIR National Eligibity Test

Human Resource Development Group

CSR Complex Library Avenue,


New Delhi – 110012

National Eligibility Test

Important Dates

  • Date of Examination –
  • Date of start of sale of Information Bulletin -21.08.2007
  • Date of close of sale of Information Bulletin by post only – 12.09.2007
  • Date of close of sale of Information Bulletin (at all stations except Delhi) – 14.09.2007
  • Date of close of sale of Information Bulletin (by hand at Delhi only)-
  • Last date of receipt of completed application forms –
  • Last date of receipt of completed application forms (from remote areas) –
  • Last date for receipt of request for change of centre on merits -12.10.2007

1. CSIR will hold the above national level test on
23rd December, 2007 for determining the eligibility of the Indian national candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) NET and for determining eligibility for appointment of Lecturers (NET) in certain subject areas falling under the faculty of Science. The award of Junior Research Fellowship (NET) to the successful eligible candidates will depend on their finding admission / placement in a university / national laboratory / institution of higher learning and research, as applicable.

1.1 A candidate may apply either for ‘JRF + Lectureship’ both or for ‘Lectureship (LS) only’ He / she may indicate his / her preference in col.3 of the application, as the case may be. CSIR may consider candidates applying for ‘JRF + LS’ for ‘Lectureship only” depending on number of fellowships available. If a candidate is found to be over-age for JRF (NET) he / she will automatically be considered for Lectureship (NET) only

1.2 Two separate merit lists, one comprising the candidates qualifying for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF – NET) and the second, of those candidates qualifying the Eligibility Test for Lectureship (NET), will be made on the basis of their performance in the above Test. Candidates qualifying for JRF (NET), will also be eligible for Lectureship (NET). The candidates qualifying for Lectureship will be eligible for recruitment as Lecturers 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 Ph.D programme with or without any fellowship other than JRF-NET. 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 association.

1.3 The result of the examination to be held on
23.12.2007 may be declared sometime in the month of April, 2008 and fellowship to successful candidates could be awarded from 01.07.2008.

2.1 Subjects of the Test

The Test will be held in the subjects as given under:

  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth Atmospheric Ocean and Planetary Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

2.2 Educational Qualification for CSIR National Eligibilty Test

M.Sc or Equivalent degree under the subjects mentioned in para 2.1 above, with minimum 55% marks for General & OBC candidates; 50% for SC / ST candidates, Physically and Visually Handicapped candidates and Ph.D. degree holders who had passed Master’s degree prior to 19th September 1991.

A candidate can also apply for the Test under RA (Result Awaited) category, if he / she is appearing or has appeared in his / her final year (III / IV Semester where Semester system is there) of M.Sc OR equivalent Degree Examination in subjects mentioned in para 2.1 above during the academic Session 2007-2008.

Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format (given at the reverse of the application form) duly certified by the Head of the Deptartment / Institute over his / her signature and rubber stamp (with address and name) from where the candidate is appearing or has appeared in the final year M.Sc. or equivalent degree examination. However, such candidates shall be admitted to the Test provisionally. They shall be considered eligible for JRF-(NET)/LS-(NET), if they are able to produce the proof of having passed the Master’s Degree examination in the relevant or related subject with the requisite percentage of marks and within the stipulated time frame.

2.3 Age Limit & Relaxation

For JRF (NET): Minimum 19 Years and maximum 28 years as on 01-07-2007 (upper age limit may be relaxed up to 5 years as in case of candidates belonging to SC / ST / OBC, Physically handicapped / Visually handicapped and female applicants).

For LS (NET): Minimum 19 years, as on 01.07.2007. No upper age limit.

3. Date and Scheme of the Test

3.1 The Test will be held in two sessions on Sunday, the
23rd December, 2007 as under:

Paper Marks Timings Duration
I 200 10.00AM-12.15PM 2-1 / 4 hrs
II 200 2.00PM-4.30PM 2-1 / 2 hrs

Negative marking will be made for wrong answers in Paper I. Paper II will be evaluated only in case of those candidates who will be able to secure a minimum of such aggregate marks in Paper I as may be fixed by the CSIR.

Candidates are required to appear in both the papers. A candidate who does not appear in Paper I will not be permitted to appear in Paper II. The questions in all these papers will appear both in Hindi and English.

3.2 Syllabus of the Test Detailed Syllabus of Paper I (Section A), subject-wise syllabus of Paper I (Section B) and Paper II are given in the Information Bulletin at Appendix-I

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