Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will hold the Joint CSIR-UGC Test for determining the eligibility of Indian Nationals 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 & Technology, on 21st December, 2014 (tentative date, which is likely to be changed).
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.
The Test will be held in (i) Chemical Sciences (ii) Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences (iii) Life Sciences (iv) Mathematical Sciences (v) Physical Sciences ad (vi) Engineering Sciences.
A candidate may apply either for ‘JRF’ or for ‘Lectureship (LS) only’. The choice has to be indicated in the Online Application. CSIR may consider candidates for ‘JRF’, or ‘Lectureship only” depending on number of fellowships available & performance in the test subject to the condition that they fulfil the eligibility criterion laid down. If a candidate is found to be over-age for JRF (NET) he/she will automatically be considered for Lectureship (NET) only, except for Engineering Sciences. Engineering Sciences candidates will only be eligible for CSIR JRF ship and are advised to opt for JRF only in the application form. Candidates who qualify M.Sc. or under M.Sc. Result Awaited (RA) category shall be eligible for LS in the subjects except Engineering Sciences, subject to the eligibility criteria as laid down by the UGC.
Applicant should have passed a BS-4 years program/ BE/ BTech/ BPharma/ MBBS/ Integrated BS-MS/MSc or equivalent degree with at least 55% marks for general and OBC (50% for SC/ST candidates, physically and Visually Handicapped candidates). Those enrolled for M.Sc or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination 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 candidates; 50% marks for SC/ST candidates, physically and visually handicapped candidates are also eligible to apply. Those with Bachelor’s Degree, whether Science, Engineering or any other discipline, will be eligible for 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 maximum age limit is 28 years as on 01-07-2014. The upper age limit may be relaxed up to 5 years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC, Physically handicapped/Visually handicapped and female applicants. For LS (NET), there is no upper age limit.
Centres: The test will be conducted on 21st December, 2014 (Sunday) (tentative date) at Bangalore, Bhavnagar, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Guntur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Karaikudi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur, Pilani, Pune, Raipur, Roorkee, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur and Varanasi. A candidate may opt for any of the above centres. No request for change of centre would ordinarily be granted. However, a request in writing for change of Centre may be entertained on merits, if received in this unit latest by 24.09.2014. If sufficient number of candidates do not opt for any of the above Centres, that particular Centre may stand deleted from the above list OR otherwise also, the concerned candidates may be allotted another Centre nearest to their place of residence, at the discretion of CSIR. No TA/DA will be admissible to any candidate for attending the test, in any circumstances.
The examination will be of 3 hours duration with the Morning Session from 9 am to 12 noon and the afternoon session from 2 pm to 5 pm. The subject-wise schedule of examination will be notified later on. The examination will have a single paper with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), carrying a maximum of 200 marks and will be conducted in (i) Life Sciences (ii) Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences (iii) Mathematical Sciences (iv) Chemical Sciences (v) Physical Sciences and (vi) Engineering Sciences.
More details on the conduct of the examination is given in the Notification available at http://www.csirhrdg.res.in/main_notification_dec2014.pdf
Pattern of Question Paper: The question paper shall be divided into three parts, (A, B & C) as per syllabus & Scheme of Exam. Part ‘A’ shall be common to all subjects including Engineering Sciences. This part shall contain questions pertaining to General Aptitude with emphasis on logical reasoning, graphical analysis, analytical and numerical ability, quantitative comparison, series formation, puzzles etc. In Engineering Sciences, Part ‘B’ shall contain questions pertaining to Mathematics & Engineering Aptitude & Part ‘C’ shall contain subject related multiple choice questions (MCQs), generally covering the topics in the syllabus. For other disciplines, Part ‘B’ shall contain subject-related conventional Multiple Choice questions (MCQs), generally covering the topics given in the syllabus ad Part ‘C’ shall contain higher value questions that may test the 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. Negative marking for wrong answers, wherever required, shall be applicable as per subject wise scheme of Exam.
Syllabus & Scheme: Syllabus & Scheme of Exam of single MCQ Paper is give at www.csirhrdg.res.in.
Fees: The Examination Fee for General applicants is Rs. 400/-. For Other Backward Classes (OBC), it is Rs. 200/- and for SC/ST/Physically Handicapped (PH) or Visually Handicapped (VH), the application fee is Rs. 100/-. The fee can be remitted in any branch of Indian Bank in the country by paying the fee in cash. Srinagar and Imphal candidates may deposit their fees though RTGS and NEFT through by giving particulars of the Indian Bank, as to be notified in the fee deposit challan.
Application: Application can be submitted online only, through a link available at CSIR, HRDG website, www.csirhrdg.res.in. In order to apply Online, applicants are required to download Bank challan Performa from the above website and then deposit the requisite examination fee in any of the branches of Indian Bank in the country.
Applicants, after successfully submitting application online are required to take print out of the Application Form, paste his/her recent black & white photograph, put his/her signature at the required space, attach requisite certificates and send it along with CSIR marked copy of Bank Challan received on deposit of fee, in an envelope super scribed with Subject Code, Centre Code & Medium Code to Sr. Controller of Examination, Human Resource Development Group, Examination Unit, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi-110012 so as to reach by Ordinary post on or before 19.08.2014.
For applicants from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Ladakh Division of J&K State, Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshdweep, the application form must reach the Sr.Controller of Examination CSIR on or before 25.08.2014.
Those claiming any concession in fee, age & education qualification etc; should attach an attested copy of his/her category certificate as a proof of his/her claim without which, the application will be rejected.
A photocopy of the hard copy of the online application sent to Exam Unit must be retained by the candidate & online generated application number must be preserved by the candidates to download his/her e-admission8.
Applicants should note that successful submission of online application does not mean that they have been registered for this test. List of candidates registered for this test will be made available in the website tentatively on 31.10.2014. Applicants must refer to the website for checking their registration in time & for having updates from time to time. To ensure candidature, applicants should check their registration status at the website tentatively between 31st October, 2014 and 7th November, 2014. Requests received after this date shall not be considered.
Facility for downloading e-Admission Certificates to the registered candidates will be provided at www.csirhrdg.res.in. No paper Admission Certificate will be sent by post. No duplicate e-admission certificate shall be issued to the candidates at the Exam. Centre.
The candidates declared successful will be required to submit a copy of their e-Admit Card, matriculation certificate/mark sheet, required degree certificate/mark sheet, proof of enrolment in integrated MS-Ph D. program to Examination Unit, Human Resource Development Group, CSIR Complex, Opposite Institute of Hotel Management, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi 110012. No separate intimation letter will be issued to successful candidate.
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 Test. Candidates qualifying for JRF (NET), except Engineering Sciences will also be eligible for Lectureship (NET) subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC. 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. However, they will not be eligible for Regular JRF-NET Fellowship. If a candidate is found to be overage for JRF (NET) he/she will automatically be considered for Lectureship-(NET) only. 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. The candidates declared eligible for Junior Research Fellowship under UGC scheme and Lectureship will be governed by UGC rules/regulations in this regard.
The final result of this Single MCQ test may be declared sometime in the month of March/April, 2015 and fellowship to successful candidates will be effective from 1st April, 2015 with the validity period of 2 years for joining the fellowship under CSIR Scheme.
For more details: Website: www.csirhrdg.res.in