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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi an apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research under Department of Health Research (DHR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW),is one of the oldest medical research organizations in the world which has completed more than 100 years of its existence. The Governing Council of the ICMR is presided over by the Hon'ble Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare.

The ICMR will hold a National level examination on Saturday, July 08,2023 for determining the eligibility of Indian National candidates for the award of JRF through ICMR. The award of JRF 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. Fellowship will be initiated from the date of Ph.D.enrolment (generally within one year from the date of issue of JRF award letter) and it will be treated as date of joining, total duration being five years or submission of Ph.D. thesis (whichever, is earlier).
(I) A total of 165 Fellowships would be awarded (including EWS category as per Govt. Rules)to work in the field of biomedical sciences with emphasis on Life Sciences including paramedical subject areas like biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, biotechnology, genetics, human biology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology and other subjects like nursing, zoology, botany, environmental sciences and veterinary medicine addressing biomedical health research. Agriculture extension/soil sciences, etc. will not be considered. A total of thirty-three (including EWS category as per Govt. Rules)fellowships would be awarded inSocial Sciences only in subjects like anthropology, health economics, home sciences, psychology, public health, sociology, social work and statistics.
(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 exam.
(I-ii) The candidates selected for the JRF programme of ICMR would be permitted to enrol themselves for the Ph.D. programme in subjects of biomedical/health research of any University/Medical college recognized by the UGC/NMC.
(II) Another 100 candidates list may/may not be declared for consideration for positions of JRF under various research projects funded by ICMR (subject to fulfilling the conditions for appointment under the schemes) for the duration of that scheme as per the decision by Competent Authority of ICMR. These 100 additional JRFs if declared would also be permitted to complete Ph.D. while working in the scheme, if enrolled for Ph.D. The validity of this result (if, declared) will be given for two years to find a placement ONLY in ICMR funded projects, subjected to vacancy.
(III) SC/ST/OBC/PwBD (Persons with Bench-mark Disabilities) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)applicants in General category will be given special consideration/reservationas per Govt. policy guidelines

Educational Qualification : M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent post-graduate (PG) degree(subject areas mentioned in below) with minimum 55% marks for General/EWS candidates and 50% for the OBC/SC/ST and PwBD candidates. As NMC rules, MBBS is not a PG degree. 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 post graduate examination during the session (2022-23) can also apply for the exam as RA (Result Awaited). Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format (given in annexure-I 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 Exam 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 M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent post graduate degree mark sheet must be submitted to ICMR, latest by 30th September, 2023 otherwise candidature selection will automatically be forfeited.

Age Limit
The age limit for admission to the eligibility test is 28 years as on the last date of application (upper age limit relaxable up to five years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, PwBD and female candidates, three years in the case of OBC category.
Syllabus :
• As prescribed by UGC.
• A sample question paper for ICMR JRF Examination is available on ICMR website.

Scheme of Exam
The Exam will consist of one paper of two hours duration. The paper will consist of two 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 Sciences. Each area of section B & C would have 100 questions and the candidate will attempt any 75 questions in the predesigned area of Section B or C. In the online Computer-based exam, the system will not allow the candidate to attempt more than 75 questions. 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 & EWS Category and 50% for OBC/ SC/ST and PwBD. The exam will be held in the following streams : (1) Aptitude test (mandatory for all)  (2) Life Sciences (3) Social Sciences.
Life Sciences subjects including paramedical subject areas like biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, biotechnology, genetics, human biology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology and other subjects like nursing, zoology, botany, environmental sciences and veterinary medicine addressing biomedical health research. Agriculture extension/soil sciences, etc. will not be considered.
Social Sciences only in subjects like anthropology, health economics, home sciences, psychology, public health, sociology, social work and statistics.

Duration and Emoluments :
Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF will receive fellowship from ICMR.
(i) The value of the fellowship is Rs.31,000/- (Rupees Thirty One thousand only) per month.
(ii) The duration of JRF will initially be limited until two years carrying a monthly stipend of Rs.31,000/-plus House Rent Allowance (HRA) as applicable per Govt. rules and an annual contingency grant of Rs.20,000/-per annum. The progress of research work would be evaluated annually through annual progress reports (APR). On completion of two years as a JRF, the monthly stipend of a fellow may be increased to Rs. 35,000/- plus HRA from 3rdyear onwards on the basis of assessment of candidate's research progress/achievements and upgradation report recommendation as submitted by the Institute’s Assessment Committee. Upon such a recommendation, the fellow will be called as a Senior Research Fellow (SRF). In the event of the Committee not recommending upgradation, the fellow will continue as JRF with a stipend of Rs.31,000/- per month for the 3rdyear or his/her fellowship may be terminated by the ICMR. The duration as SRF may be for a maximum duration of three (03) years. Thus, the total tenure as JRF plus SRF shall not exceed 05 (five) years or until submission of Ph.D. thesis (whichever is earlier).
(iii) For further information, please see ICMR-JRF FAQs on ICMR website or contact Dr. Ginu S. Khan, Sci-C at Division of HRD, ICMR Headquarters, V. RamalingaswamiBhawan, Ansari Nagar, Post Box 4911, New Delhi-110029.

Application Processing and Examination Fee
Fee for General/EWS/OBC : Rs. 1500/- +Transaction charges as applicable.
Fee for SC/ST : Rs. 1200/- +Transaction charges as applicable.
Fee for PwBD/Transgender :Exempted from payment of fee
All candidates are directed to deposit the above fee through online payment gateway available at ICMR-JRF 2023 application portal w.e.f.20.05.2023. Payment through UPI may be avoided.
MODE OF PAYMENT: THROUGH DEBIT/CREDIT CARD/NET BANKING (payment through UPI should be avoided) All applicants are advised to read the information brochure and instructions carefully before starting online registration and ensure that no column is left blank. In the event of rejection of the application form, no correspondence/request for reconsideration will be entertained. Applicants are also advised to download and take a print of the Application form. They should retain a copy of Application form till the award of fellowship

a) Candidate should fill in the Online Application with utmost care and follow the instructions and help manual as given in the USER MANUAL of the Prospectus, step by step. Candidate should fill in the Online Application form correctly. Incorrect filled form may lead to rejection.
b) A candidate seeking admission to the Entrance Exam is required to submit his/her application in the prescribed format available online with the Prospectus on website http//
c) The cost of application form includes the fee for entrance exam which is non-refundable and no correspondence in this regard will be entertained. The candidate is required to go through the prospectus carefully and acquaint himself/herself with all requirements with regard to filling of the online application form.
d) Online Registration: (i) After selecting the online registration, fill the mandatory details asked for and deposit the prescribed fee through debit/credit card/Net Banking(payment through UPI should be avoided). After submitting fees filled required information step by step. Follow the instructions carefully. (ii) It will be the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that correct details are filled in the registration process. The Institute will not be responsible for any incorrect information/cancellation of candidature/loss or lack of communication etc. due to wrong filled online Application form. (iii) No candidate should register more than one application. (iv) All applicants are required to ensure that Photo/Signature is uploaded according to the instructions provided in the Prospectus. Failure to do so may result in rejection of applications. (v) Duplicate applications from any applicant will result in cancellation of all such applications. No intimation regarding such summary rejections will be provided.
e) STATUS OF ONLINE REGISTRATION i) Acknowledgement of successful Online registration will be forwarded to applicant‘s registered Email ID. The registration/application form will remain Under Review regarding uploaded images and eligibility support documents. ii) Admit Card for accepted registration/application forms will only be uploaded on the website. If the status of registration/application form or admit card is not available on website, he/she should immediately write an email to the Registrar, PGIMER on Email: along with full particulars of the Registration Form.
f) DOCUMENTS TO BE ATTACHED WITH REGISTRATION SLIP The candidates must upload their scanned copies of certificates/documents in support of their educational qualifications, marks, date of birth, category etc. If a candidate fails to upload scanned copies of the requisite documents as above, his/her candidature will be cancelled and he/she will not be allowed to participate in subsequent stages of selection/admission process.

a) Keep a few identical photographs in reserve for use at the time of Entrance Examination/Admission.
b) Any deviation or discrepancy between actual appearance at the time of examination and facial appearance in the photograph pasted on the application/admit card will make the candidate liable for rejection.
c) Please take TWO printouts of the Online Application Form by logging in with your login ID and password. Affix the same passport size photograph (which was uploaded with the online form) on it and keep it safe with you. The candidate should ensure to take print out of application form after completing all details. DO NOT SEND IT TO US. This application printout with photograph affixed on it will have to be submitted to ICMR, New Delhi after declaration of final result.
d) To download your Admit Card, you will visit PGIMER website : or ICMR website : and click the same link 'ICMR-JRF Exam–2023' which will take you to the same portal where you had filled your online application form. Click on ‘Login’button to login with your login ID and password. Click on 'PRINT ADMIT CARD' to download and print your Admit Card. (Please note that Admit Card(s) will NOT be sent by Post). Intimation about when to download the Admit Card will be sent to you on your registered mobile number/email. Roll Numbers/Admit Cards for appearing in the entrance examination will available for download to eligible candidates approximately 10days before the date of entrance exam.
e) No TA will be paid to the candidates by ICMR for attending the exam or joining their place of work.
f) Candidates should note that their candidature is provisional. No candidate will be admitted to the test unless he/she holds the admission certificate to the test. The mere fact that an Acknowledgment Card/Admission Certificate has been issued to a candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally accepted by the ICMR. Candidates may note that the verification of eligibility conditions of a candidate with reference to the documents as may be called for, will be taken up only after the candidate has qualified the exam.
g) A candidate is advised to fill up the Centre/Stream for examination properly. No change of Centre/Stream will be entertained.
h) In all matters such as the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the Test or his/her subsequent qualifying in the Test the decision of the ICMR shall be final.
i) A candidate found canvassing and/or guilty of indiscipline in the Examination Hall or of using unfair means of any nature or of noting Questions shall be liable to be disqualified from this exam and future exams.
j) The award of JRF by the ICMR after successfully passing the examination will be subject to verification of documents i.e. proof of age, and qualifying mark sheet/degree in M.Sc./M.A. (Final) or equivalent exam, with requisite percentage of marks and also SC/ST/OBC/PwBD/EWS certificates, if the candidate belongs to any of the these categories.
k) The exam will be conducted online mode i.e. Computer Based Test (CBT). Only visually handicapped candidates will be provided the help of a graduate level scribe in Science to Mark/Tick the answer for them. They will also be given 40 minutes extra (20 minutes per hour). l) All disputes pertaining to the conduct of the Examination shall fall within the jurisdiction of National Capital Territory of Delhi only.
m) All the RTI requests and legal issues will be dealt by ICMR New Delhi.
NB : The candidates must see the Admit Card/Roll No. for detailed instructions to be followed during entrance examination. Disclaimer:-PGIMER, Chandigarh/ICMR, New Delhi will not take any responsibility for any wrong/incorrect information filled in all the required fields in the application form, which may lead to disqualification of application.

Date for filling of online application form : 20.05.2023
Last date for filling of online application : 18.06.2023 (Not to be extended in any case)
Date of Entrance Examination : 08.07.2023 ( 09.00 A.M. to 11.00 A.M.)

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