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CSIR NET - Notification, eligibility, Important Dates, Admit Card and more 2021

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CSIR NET is a test conducted to determine the eligibility for the esteemed Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and the roles of Lectureship or Assistant Professor **** in several Indian universities and colleges. Online applications are invited twice annually all across India. Thousands dream of clearing the CSIR NET every year, but it’s only the best who prepare and show resilience to be worthy of the vacant positions.

CSIR NET 2021 At A Glance

TopicDetails
OrganizationNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Vacant PostsJunior Research Fellowship (JRF), Lectureship or Assistant Professor
Total Vacanciesto be announced
Application ModeOnline
Selection ProcessComputer-Based Test (CBT)
LocationPAN-India
Official Websitehttps://csirnet.nta.nic.in/

CSIR NET 2021 Notification

CSIR NET is yet to release the official notification for the CSIR NET 2021. Once released, you can view it here.

CSIR NET Dates 2021

You can find all the information regarding important dates here in the table below:

CSIR NET Notification DateTo be notified
Start Date for Online ApplicationTo be notified
Last Date for Applying OnlineTo be notified
Release of Admit CardsTo be notified
CBT DateTo be notified
CSIR NET 2021 ResultTo be notified

Eligibility Criteria for CSIR NET Posts

  • Educational Qualification:
  • You must possess a Master's in Science (or its equivalent), Integrated BS-MS, BS (4 years), B. Tech, B.E., B. Pharma, or an MBBS degree from a government-recognized institution.
  • If you belong to either the General or OBC category, you must secure a minimum of 55% aggregate marks.
  • If you belong to either the SC, ST, or PwD category, you must secure a minimum of 50% aggregate marks.
  • If you have completed your Master's anytime before 19 September 1991 with at least 50% aggregate marks, you must possess a UGC-approved Ph.D. degree.
  • Age Limit (as of 1 June 2021):
  • Upper Age Limit for Junior Research Fellowship: 28 years
  • Upper Age Limit for Lectureship/Assistant Professor: None

Age Relaxation for JRF Aspirants:

CategoryAge Relaxation provided
OBC3 years
SC/ST5 years
PwD5 years

Note: There is no age relaxation for Lectureship/Assistant Professor posts.

CSIR NET Application Fee

CategoryApplication Fee
SC/STINR 250
General-EW/ GeneralINR 1000
OBC-NCLINR 500
PwDNA

CSIR NET 2021 Application Form

It had been notified that the CSIR NET online application forms are yet to be released. You could apply for CSIR NET 2021 here, once the form is released.

Steps to Apply for CSIR NET 2021

If you are planning to sit for the CSIR NET 2021, here’s the application procedure you need to follow diligently:

  • Go to the official website and register yourself with your personal and contact details.
  • Fill out the CSIR NET application form 2021.
  • Upload the required scanned photographs and documents.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Keep a copy of the submitted form for future reference.

Admit Card

The admit cards for the CSIR NET 2021 are yet to be released by the officials. Keep checking the official website to get access to the admit cards.

List of Vacancies

The official list of vacancies has not been released by CSIR NET yet. You can find more about the number of vacancies below, once they are updated:

CategoryTotal Vacancies
GeneralTo be notified
EWSTo be notified
OBCTo be notified
SCTo be notified
STTo be notified

CSIR NET 2021 Reservation List

The reservation list for the CSIR NET entails reserving seats for the different categories of candidates appearing for the exam. CSIR NET 2021 follows the same reservation rules as mandated by the Government of India.

To know more about the vacant seats and reservation guidelines, visit the official site.

CSIR NET Selection Process

The CSIR NET 2021 recruitment takes place in the following steps:

  • Computer-Based Test (CBT)
  • Interview

CSIR NET 2021 Exam Pattern

The pattern for the CSIR NET Life Sciences looks like this:

SectionPart APart BPart C
Total Number of Questions205075
Maximum Questions to be Evaluated153525
Maximum Marks Allotted3070100

The pattern for the CSIR NET Physical Sciences looks like this:

SectionPart APart BPart C
Total Number of Questions202530
Maximum Questions to be Evaluated152020
Maximum Marks Allotted3070100

The pattern for the CSIR NET Chemical Sciences looks like this:

SectionPart APart BPart C
Total Number of Questions204060
Maximum Questions to be Evaluated153525
Maximum Marks Allotted3070100

The pattern for the CSIR NET Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences looks like this:

SectionPart APart BPart C
Total Number of Questions205080
Maximum Questions to be Evaluated153525
Maximum Marks Allotted3070100

The pattern for the CSIR NET Mathematical Sciences looks like this:

SectionPart APart BPart C
Total Number of Questions204060
Maximum Questions to be Evaluated152520
Maximum Marks Allotted307595

CSIR NET 2021 Syllabus

The CSIR NET 2021 syllabus for the general topics looks like this:

Numerical AbilityReasoning
Simplification, Data interpretation, Interest, Percentages, Algebra, Time and Work, Number Series, Averages, Mensuration, Ratios, Profit and loss, Permutations and combinations, HCF, LCMArrangements and pattern, Coding decoding, Order and Ranking, Syllogism, Linear Seating arrangement, Mathematical Inequalities, Blood relations, Circular Seating arrangement, Classification, Scheduling

Find below links to the official syllabus pdf for each specific subject:

CSIR NET 2021 Result

The results for the CSIR NET 2021 are yet to be released by the officials. Keep checking the official website to know the result dates when they are uploaded.

CSIR NET 2021 Cut-offs

The official cut offs for the CSIR NET 2021 are yet to be released. Here's how the previous years' cut offs for the JRF exam look like:

SubjectsUR (%)EWS (%)OBC (%)SC (%)ST (%)PwD (%)
Chemical Sciences55.2550.5047.5039.7529.5025.00
Earth Sciences64.2960.7757.3848.9544.3129.35
Life Sciences54.5046.7545.2538.2533.2525.00
Mathematical Sciences53.6348.1346.2535.1327.5025.00
Physical Sciences51.0644.9444.3833.0627.8125.00

Here's what the Lectureship/Assistant Professor exam cut offs for previous years looks like:

SubjectsUR (%)EWS (%)OBC (%)SC (%)ST (%)PwD (%)
Chemical Sciences49.7345.4542.7535.7826.5525.00
Earth Sciences57.8654.6951.6444.0639.8826.42
Life Sciences49.0542.0840.7334.4329.9325.00
Mathematical Sciences48.2743.3241.6331.6225.0025.00
Physical Sciences45.9540.4539.9429.7525.0325.00

CSIR NET Job Profile

Here’s what the duties of the Assistant Professor post primarily include:

  • Managing entire research teams
  • Supervising research fellows
  • Teaching students
  • Reviewing and writing grants and papers
  • presenting academic papers at conferences
  • Publishing academic papers in journals

CSIR NET Salary Details

Here's how the CSIR NET employment pay scale looks like:

  • Pay Level for Lecturers/Assistant Professors: 7
  • Pay Range for Lecturers/Assistant Professors: INR 37,000 to INR 67,000
  • Upper Pay Scale for Assistant Professors: INR 1.44 lacs
  • Upper Pay Scale for Lecturers: INR 1.31 Lacs
  • Stipend for Junior Research Fellows: INR 31,000 per month

CSIR NET 2021 Exam Analysis

These are the key topics that were noticed frequenting the CSIR NET papers:

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences

Marking Scheme:

Life Sciences:

ParametersPart APart BPart C
Marks awarded for each correct answer224
Mark deducted for each wrong answer0.50.51

Physical Sciences:

ParametersPart APart BPart C
Marks awarded for each correct answer23.55
Mark deducted for each wrong answer0.50.8751.25

Chemical Sciences:

ParametersPart APart BPart C
Marks awarded for each correct answer224
Mark deducted for each wrong answer0.50.51

Earth Sciences:

ParametersPart APart BPart C
Marks awarded for each correct answer224
Mark deducted for each wrong answer0.50.51.32

Mathematical Sciences:

ParametersPart APart BPart C
Marks awarded for each correct answer233
Mark deducted for each wrong answer0.50.751

Here's what the difficulty level for each subject looks like:

SubjectsDifficulty Level
Physical SciencesEasy to Moderate
Mathematical SciencesModerate to Difficult
Life SciencesEasy to Moderate
Chemical SciencesModerate to Difficult
Earth SciencesModerate to Difficult

Be thorough with each of these topics, and keep track of time.

The CSIR NET 2021 exam is not hard, but preparation is key.

CSIR NET Preparation Tips

Here are a few steps to help you prepare for the CSIR NET 2021 Exam:

  • Every topic is equally important in the CSIR NET, so never skip any topic.
  • Practice last years question papers from the official website.
  • Practice your speaking skills for the interview.
  • Solve any many logical reasoning and quantitative papers you can.

CSIR NET Question Papers

Here are a few previous years question papers for the CSIR NET:

For more previous years question papers, visit the official CSIR NET website.

CSIR NET 2021 Books

Name of BooksAuthor
Life ScienceAshish Nagesh, Quaisher J. Hossain
Life Sciences Books (Volume I)Dr. Poonam Sharma
CSIR-UGC NET Life SciencesTrueman’s Publication
Life Sciences Fundamentals and Practice: Part 1, 2Pranav Kumar
Introductory Nuclear PhysicsKenneth S. Krane
Solid State PhysicsNeil W Ashcroft
Mathematical Methods for PhysicistsArfken and Weber
Introduction to Quantum MechanicsGriffiths
Fundamentals of molecular spectroscopyC. N. Banwell
Principles of Physical ChemistryPeter Atkins
Stereochemistry of Organic CompoundsErnest L. Eliel
Foundations of Functional AnalysisS. Ponnusamy
CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SLET Mathematical SciencesDr. A. Kumar
Contemporary Abstract AlgebraN L Carothers
Topics in AlgebraI N Herstein
CSIR UGC NET (Earth science)R. Gupta
Statistics of Earth Science DatingGraham Borradaile
Earth Science booksPhil Medina
Climatology and OceanographyD.S. Lal

CSIR NET Study Plan

Here's how you should plan your study hours to make to most out of them:

  • Your mind should be fresh while sitting down to study. There should be as few distractions as possible.
  • Divide your focus on your speaking skills and your theoretical knowledge.
  • Make sure you have the previous years' papers and a few mock test centers around, to sit for practice tests.
  • Keep your ears open so that you are always up to date with the recent developments in the scientific community. This is one of the best ways to learn. Watch news channels, read newspapers and magazines.
  • If reading too many books get exhausting, switch to alternative modes of learning that are more interesting: watch videos related to your study topics, find out movies and literary works pertaining to the core themes that will help you learn without sitting down and burying your head in a book.

Keeping track of the CSIR NET 2021 details will help you inch closer to your dream future.

Be sure to note down your application number and pay the application fee in time.

Arrange for proper internet connectivity and a working mobile/PC to successfully register yourself and submit your online application form. Go through the syllabi and exam patterns carefully to ace the CSIR NET 2021 exam with flying colors!