ICMR's Junior Research Fellowship - 120 fellowships for Life Sciences

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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world. As early as in 1911, the Government of India set up the Indian Research Fund Association (IRFA) with the specific objective of sponsoring and coordinating medical research in the country. After independence, several important changes were made in the organisation and the activities of the IRFA. It was redesignated in 1949 as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) with considerably expanded scope of functions.

Post: Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)

Introduction to ICMR JRF
ICMR 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 twelve centres viz. Bhopal, Bhubneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai Guwahati, Hyderabad, Sri Nagar, Bangaluru and Varanasi once a year on 2nd Sunday in July each year. The award of JRF is made on merit basis by holding an entrance examination after issuing a countrywide 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 Sunday, July 13th 2014 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.

(I) 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.
(I-i)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.
(I-ii) The candidates selected for the JRF programme of ICMR would be permitted to enroll themselves for the Ph.D. programme of any University recognised by the UGC/MCI. The validity of fellowship awarded to a candidate will be six months.
(II) 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.
(III) SC/ST/OBC/Physically Handicapped (PH) applicants will be given such special consideration as per policy guidelines.
(IV)The successful candidates would be notified by post, Internet in the first week of September, 2014. The list would also be available on the ICMR website.

Method of selection
Scheme of Test
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 (i) scientific phenomenon in everyday life; (ii) general knowledge in sciences; and (iii) 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 Science. 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 predesigned area of Section B or C. Candidates are required to indicate the option for Section B or C in the application form too.

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