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Notification for Test of Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship


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The CSIR and UGC provide CSIR/UGC Research Fellowship to bright young men and women for training in methods of research under expert guidance of faculty members/scientists working in University Departments/ National Laboratories and Institutions in various fields of Science & Technology. The CSIR/UGC fellowships are tenable in Universities/IITs/Post Graduate Colleges/Govt. Research Establishments including those of the CSIR, Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR), Research & Development establishments of recognized public or private sector industrial firms and other recognized institutions. However, CSIR reserves right to determine the place best suited to provide necessary facilities in the area of science and technology in which the awardees are to specialize. The CSIR/UGC Fellowship is tenable in India. Only bonafide Indian citizen residing in India are eligible for the award of Junior Research fellowships. The program is aimed at National Science & Technology Human Resource Development.

Post: Junior Research Fellowship And Eligibility for Lectureship

1. CSIR will hold the Joint CSIR -UGC Test Tentatively on 18th December,  2016 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 & Technology. 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’ OR for ‘Lectureship (LS) only’ He/she may indicate his/her preference in the Online Application, as the case may be. 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 fulfill the laid down eligibility criterion. If a candidate is found to be over-age for JRF (NET) he/she will automatically be considered for Lectureship (NET) only . Candidates with M.Sc. qualification OR under M.Sc. Result Awaited (RA) category shall be eligible for LS subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria as laid down by the UGC.

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) subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid do wn 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. 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.

1.3 The final result of this Single MCQ test may be declared sometime in the month of March/April ,2017 and and the validity period to avail the fellowship will be 2 years from effective date of fellowship as indicated in NET certificate.

The Test will be held in the subjects as given under:
1. Chemical Sciences
2. Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
3. Life Sciences
4. Mathematical Sciences
5. Physical Sciences

M. Sc or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS -MS/BS- 4 years/BE/BTech/BPharma/MBBS with at least 55% marks for general and OBC -Non Creamy layer candidates (Central list only as provided in National Commission for Backward Classes website ) and 50% for SC/ST, physically and Visually Handicapped candidates.

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Candidates enrolled for M.Sc or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on 01. 03.2016, 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 (Non Creamy layer) candidates; 50% marks for SC/ST, physically and visually handicapped candidates are also eligible to apply. Candidates with bachelor’s degree will be eligible for CSIR 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 19 th September 1991, with at least 50% marks are eligible to apply for Lectureship only.

The candidates with the above qualification are advised to fill up their degree with percentage of marks in column No. 18 to 21, as applicable. 

For JRF (NET): Maximum 28 years as on 01- 01-2016  (upper age limit may be relaxed up to  5 years  in case of  candidates belonging to SC / ST /OBC(non creamy layer) / Physically handicapped / Visually handicapped and female  applicants).
For LS (NET): No upper age limit.

EXAMINATION CENTRES: The test will be held at 27 Centres spread all over India, as specified below:
Bangalore,  Bhavnagar,  Bhopal,    Bhubaneshwar,  Chandigarh,  Chennai,  Cochin,  Delhi,  Guntur,  Guwahati,   Hyderabad,  Imphal,  Jammu,  Jamshedpur,  Jorhat,  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  06.04.2016 .  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.

Examination Fee:
Candidates applying for the Test may deposit their Examination fee , after verifying their eligibility,  in any branch  of the  Indian  Bank  throughout  the country by paying the following fee in cash  through bank challan OR through  RTGS/NEFT :

1. General Rs. 1000/-
2. Other Backward Classes(OBC)-Non Creamy Layer Rs. 500/-
3. SC/ST/Physically Handicapped (PH) or Visually Handicapped (VH) Rs. 250/-

Candidates  may   also  deposit  their  fees  through  RTGS  or  NEFT  by  giving  particulars  of  the  Indian  Bank , as notified in the fee deposit challan.

Interested   &   eligible   candidates   may   apply   Online   through   a   link   available   at   CSIR,   HRDG   website : In  order  to  apply  Online  the  candidates  are  required  to  download  Bank  challan  Performa   from  the  above  website  and  then  deposit  the  requisite  examination  fee  in  any  of  the   Indian  Bank   branches  throughout the country.    

Before  applying  Online,  candidates  are  advised  to  go  through  detailed  notification  available  at  CSIR,   HRDG website.  

Candidates  must  write  their  name, father/mother's  name  as  written  in  their  Matriculation  (Xth  Class   Board)  Certificate  and  should  ensure  that  the  same  are  matching  with  their  educational  qualification certificates and caste certificate except for married females who may submit relevant certificate regarding  change of their name while filling their online application form. 

After  filling  the  online  application,  candidates  should  preview  their  entire  application  form  and  make  changes  if   required before final submission of online application.  No change in the particulars entered in the application  form will be possible after final submission of online application and no correspondence in this regard will  be entertained.

After successful submission of ONLINE Application, a Form  Number will be generated.  Preserve the Form Number for future reference and for downloading your e -Admit Card.  Keep a print out of the duly filled- in  application form for future use. Candidates, 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  caste  certificate,  if  applicable  and  send  along   with  CSIR  marked  copy  of  fee  deposited  Bank   Challan  in  an  envelope  super  scribed    with  Subject  Code,  Centre  Code  &  Medium  Code       to  The  Deputy   Secretary  (Exam),  Human  R esource  Development  Group,  Examination  Unit,  CSIR  Complex,  Library   Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi -110012 so as to reach on or before 16.09.2016  (23.09.2016 for remote areas).   

Online  applications  without  hard  copy  or  bank  challan  receipt  or  incomplete  in  any  res pect  will  be   summarily rejected. Candidates should note that successful submission of online application does not mean  that  they  have  been  registered  for  this  test. To  ensure  their  candidature,  candidates  should  check  their registration status on website ( ) tentatively  between  15th to 22nd November, 2016  and afterwards  their request shall not be considered.

1. While  applying  for  this  test,  please  ensure  that  you  fulfill  all  the  eligibility  conditions  and  follow  all  the  laid  down   procedures/guidelines  for this test.
2. While applying Online, apply early enough to avoid any last minute rush.
3. Ensure  that  completed  Hard  Copy  of  Online  application  alongwith  requisite  enclosures  must  reach  this  office  within   stipulated last date for receipt.
4. List  of  candidates  registered  for  this  test  will  be  made  available  on  our  website  tentatively  on   09.05.2016 .  The  candidates   must refer to our website for checking their registration in time & for having updates from time to time.
5. Facility  for  downloading  e -Admission  Certificates  to  the  registered  candidates  will  be  provided  on  our  website No paper Admission Certificate will be sent by post. No duplicate e -admission certificate shall be  issue d to the candidates at the Exam Centre.  CSIR will not be responsible for any delay on the part of the candidates . 
6. The Question Booklet for this test will be printed in Hindi & English Version.  The candidate opting for Hindi medium in  the  Application  Form,  will  be  supplied  bilingual  Question  Booklet  and  Candidate  opting  for  English  medium  will  be   supplied  Question  Booklet    printed  in  English  Version  only. The  candidate  will  be  required  to  answer  as  per  option   exercised in the application Form.
7. The actual number  of questions in each Part and Section to be asked and attempted may vary from subject to subject.
8. Candidates enrolled for M.Sc or having completed 10+2+3 years of the required qualifying Exam may apply under Result  Awaited (RA) category & submit attestation format as given in the application form.     
9. More than one application form from a candidate opting different subject (s) will not be accepted in any case. IN  ORDER  TO  AVOID  LAST  MINUTES  RUSH,  THE  CANDIDATES  ARE  ADVISED  TO  APPLY   EARLY ENOUGH. CSIR WILL NOT BE RESPONSI BLE FOR NETWORK PROBLEM OR ANY OTHER  SUCH TYPE OF PROBLEM .
10. Candidate  should  exercise  due  care  in  filling  up  the  application  form.  In  case  of  any  error  on  the  part  of  the  candidate, he/she  will  be  held  solely  responsible  for  any  loss  suffered  by  him/her.  No  change  in  the  entries  made  in  the  original   application form will be allowed under any circumstances at later stage.
11. No relevant column of the application  form should be left blank. Incomplete or defective applications shall be summarily  rejected.
12. No candidates shall be permitted to leave the Exam Hall before the expiry of 3  Hours from the start of the exam.
13. The candidates  will be  permitted to take their Question Booklet  and also the carbonless duplicate copy of OMR sheet with them after the completion of the exam ination  for their reference/record.
14. The  OMR  Answer  Sheets  shall  be  distributed  to  the  candidates  15  minutes  before  the  s cheduled  start  of  the  exam   while  the  Question  Booklet  shall  be  distributed  5  minutes  before  the  scheduled  start  of  the  exam  to  enable  the   candidates to go through the instructions and correctly fill up the required particulars.
15. No individual intimation by any mode will be sent to the candidates
16. Hard copy of the online Application alongwith the enclosure(s) should be sent  in their own envelope after super  scribing the Subject Code, Centre Code, Medium Code & online generated application No. on top of the envelope. 
17. OBC  candidates whose  caste  is  not  listed  in  Central  List  (as  available  on  NCBC  website)  and   are  not  covered  under  the   provisions  as  applicable  to  OBC  Non  Creamy  Layer  (NCL)  shall  be  treated  as  a  General  Category  candidates  for  all   purposes  and  shall  not  be  eligible  to  get  the  benefit  of  relaxation  in  age  &  fee  concession  etc.  Accordingly,  OBC   Ca ndidates not belonging to OBC Non Creamy Layer shall indicate their category as ‘General’.

Important Dates:


Date of Single MCQ Examination

Tentatively on 18.12.2016


Schedule for On-Line Application

  1. Start of On-Line Submission of Application Form and Fee deposit through Bank Challan
  2. Date of close of deposit of fee (at All stations)
  3. Date of close of On-Line submission of Applications (at All stations)





Last date of receipt of duly completed hard copy of online application in the Examination Unit



Last date of receipt of duly completed hard copy of online application in the Examination Unit (from remote areas)



Last Date for receipt of written request for change of Examination Centre only on merit basis



Tentative date of Publication of list of candidates registered for test on CSIR, HRDG website



Last date for accepting representation about non-registration for this test



Issue of e-Admission Certificate to registered candidates

1st week of Dec., 2016

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