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ICMR JRF Entrance Exam 2021

The Indian Council of Medical Research ( ICMR ) Junior Research Fellowship ( JRF ) Examination is the first step in the process of admission to the Ph.D /Research Programme. Test for ICMR JRF fellowship conducted at the 12 Centres viz. Bengaluru Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Srinagar ( J&K ) and Varanasi once in a year on 2nd / 3rd Sunday in July each year. The award of JRF is made on merit basis by holding an entrance examination after issuing a country wide admission notice. The admission notice is published in leading English Newspapers of India usually during March / April.

ICMR in collaboration with PGIMER, Chandigarh will hold a National level examination on 4th week of  July, 2021 . for determining the eligibility of Indian National candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowships ( JRF ) through Indian Council of Medical Research. The award of Junior Research Fellowship to the successful eligible candidates will depend on their finding placement in a medical college / hospital / university / national laboratory / institution of higher learning and research as applicable.

A total of 150 Fellowships would be awarded. ( 120 fellowships would be awarded for work in the field of biomedical sciences with emphasis on Life Sciences ( like microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, immunology, Pharmacology, zoology, botany, Environmental Sciences and veterinary sciences etc ). 30 ( Thirty ) fellowships would be awarded for work with emphasis on Social Sciences like psychology, Sociology, Home Science, Statistics Anthropology, Social work and Health Economics.

  • Two separate merit lists, one comprising the candidates qualifying for life sciences and the second for those candidates qualifying for social sciences, will be made on the basis of their performance in the above test.
  •  The candidates selected for the JRF programme of ICMR would be permitted to enroll themselves for the Ph.D. programme in subjects of biomedical / health research of any University / Medical college recognized by the UGC / MCI. The validity of fellowship awarded to a candidate will be one year.

Another 100 candidates would be selected for consideration for positions of JRF under various research schemes of ICMR ( subject to fulfilling the conditions for appointment under the schemes ) for the duration of that scheme. These JRFs would also be permitted to complete Ph.D. while working in the scheme, if enrolled. The validity of result will be two years for placement in ICMR funded projects.

SC / ST / OBC / Physically Handicapped ( PH ) applicants will be given such special  consideration as per policy guidelines.

ICMR JRF Eligibility 2021

M.Sc, / M.A. or equivalent degree with minimum 55% marks for General / OBC Candidates and 50% for the SC / ST & physically handicapped candidates in the subjects mentioned under the head method of selection.

A candidate who is appearing / has appeared in the final year ( IV / VI Semester whichever is applicable, and final year where Semester system is not there ) of M.Sc. / M.A. or Equivalent Examination during the session ( 2020 – 2021 ) can also apply for the test as RA ( Result Awaited ). Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format ( given in the end of application ) duly certified by the Head of the Department / Institute over his / her signature and rubber stamp ( with address and name ) where he / she is appearing in the final year examination.

However, such candidates shall be admitted to the Test provisionally and shall be considered eligible for JRF only after they submit the proof of having passed the Master’s Degree examination with requisite percentage. The MSc / MA or equivalent degree mark sheet must be submitted to ICMR, latest by 30th September, 2018 otherwise candidature will automatically be forfeited.

ICMR JRF 2021 Age Limit

The age limit for admission to the eligibility test is 28 years as on 30th September, 2021 ( upper age limit relaxable up to 5 years in case of candidates belonging to SC / ST, physically handicapped ( PH ) and female candidates, 3 years in the case of OBC category.

ICMR JRF 2021 Exam Scheme

The test will consist of one paper of 2 hours duration. The paper will consist of 2 Sections. The Aptitude Section ( Section A ) will have 50 questions on

  1. Scientific phenomenon in everyday life;
  2. General knowledge in sciences; and
  3. Common statistics.

All these questions would be compulsory with each question carrying 1 mark. The subject Specific Section ( Section B & C ) would pertain to (B) Life Sciences and (C) Social Sciences. The candidate may attempt questions in either of the two areas. Each area of section B & C would have 100 questions and the candidate may attempt any 75 questions in the pre designed area of Section B or C. if, a candidate attempts more than 75 questions, then first 75 attempted questions will only be considered for evaluation. Candidates are required to indicate the option for Section B or C in the application form too.

Each question carries one mark. Negative marking @ 0.25 will be made for each of the wrong answer. The questions in both the sections would appear in English only. The qualifying marks will be 55% obtained in both the sections ( A+B or C ) for General Category and OBC and 50% for SC / ST and physically handicapped.

ICMR JRF PhD Test will be held in the following streams

  1. Aptitude test ( common for all )
  2. Life Sciences
  3. Social Sciences.

Subjects covered under Life Sciences include microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, immunology, pharmacology, zoology, botany, environmental sciences and veterinary science ( excluding Agriculture extension / Soil Sciences ). Subjects covered under Social Sciences include psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, home sciences, statistics and Health economics.

ICMR JRF Syllabus 2021

  • As prescribed by UGC.
  • A dummy sample question paper for ICMR JRFs Examination is available on PGIMER / ICMR Website

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Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.