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Notification of Joint CSIR-UGC NET 2023 for B.Pharm, M.Sc, B.Sc


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Notification of Joint CSIR-UGC NET 2023 for B.Pharm, M.Sc, B.Sc

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), which is now known as Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India (GOI) has established the National Testing Agency (NTA) as an independent, autonomous, and self-sustained premier testing organization under the Societies Registration Act (1860) for conducting efficient, transparent and international standards tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admissions to premier higher education institutions.

About Joint CSIR-UGC Fellowship
• CSIR and UGC provide Research Fellowships for training in methods of research under expert guidance of faculty members/scientists working in University Department/ National Laboratories and Institutions in various fields of Science. Joint CSIR-UGC NET Fellowships are tenable in Universities/IITs/Post Graduate Colleges/Govt. Research Establishments including those of the CSIR, Research & Development establishments of recognized public or private sector industrial firms and other recognized institutions. Only bonafide Indian Citizens are eligible for the test. Joint CSIR-UGC NET Fellowship is tenable in India. The programme is aimed at National Science & Technology Human Resource Development.
• A large number of JRFs are awarded each year by CSIR to candidates holding BS-4 years program/ BE/ B.Tech./ B. Pharma/ MBBS/ Integrated BS-MS/M.Sc. or Equivalent degree/ B.Sc. (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in integrated MS- Ph.D. program with at least 55%^ marks for General/General-EWS & (50%^ for OBC- NCL/SC/ST/Third gender candidates and Persons with Disability) after qualifying the Test conducted by CSIR twice a year in June and December. ^(without rounding off)
• Joint CSIR UGC NET is a test being conducted to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for Lectureship (LS) /Assistant Professor in Indian universities and colleges subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC. Online applications for JRF/NET are invited twice a year on all India basis through Press Notification of Joint CSIR-UGC NET for JRF and LS/AP.
• This Test also determines the eligibility of candidates for Lectureship/Assistant Professor in Indian University/Colleges. Those who qualify for JRF are eligible for Lectureship/Assistant Professor also, subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC. Some aspirants are declared successful in eligibility for Lectureship/Assistant Professor only based on their performance in the test.
• The validity of qualifying certificate of Lectureship/Assistant Professor is forever. 10 The award of Joint CSIR-UGC NET Fellowship is for a fixed tenure and does not imply any assurance or guarantee for subsequent employment by CSIR-UGC NET to the beneficiary.

About Junior Research Fellowship Stipend
• The stipend of a JRF selected through CSIR- National Eligibility Test (NET) will be Rs. 31,000/- p.m for the first two years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs. 20,000/- per Fellow will be provided to the University / Institution. The Fellowship will be governed by terms and conditions of CSIR, UGC or Research Scheme, as applicable.
• On Completion of two years as JRF and if the Fellow is registered for Ph.D., the Fellowship will be upgraded to SRF (NET) and the stipend will be increased to Rs. 35,000/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent years, on the basis of assessment of Fellows’ research progress/ achievements through interview by an Expert Committee consisting of the Guide, Head of the Department and External Member from outside the University/ Institution who is an expert in the relevant field, not below the rank of Professor/ Associate Professor. As far as possible, the External Member should be the chairman of three members Committee. Where the guide happens to be the Head of the Department, the Dean, Faculty of Science or any senior member of the Department may be associated as the third member of the Committee. In the event of the Committee not recommending up-gradation or the fellow has not registered for Ph.D., the candidate will continue as JRF with a stipend of Rs. 31,000/- p.m. for the 3rd year or his/her fellowship may be terminated depending upon the recommendation of the Committee and the decision of CSIR in this regard shall be final. The progress of research work of JRF will be assessed by duly constituted three member assessment committee again at the end of 3rd year for such up-gradation. The number of fellowship for each subject is limited.

• Essential Educational Qualifications: M.Sc. or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/ BS-4 years/ BE/ B. Tech/ B. Pharma/ MBBS with at least 55% (without rounding off) marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and 50% (without rounding off) for OBC (NCL)/SC/ST, Third gender and Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates.
• Candidates enrolled for M.Sc. or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on the closing date of online submission of Application Form, 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 two years from the date of declaration of Joint CSIR-UGC NET Test result, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified. Such candidates will have to submit the attestation form duly certified by the Head of the Department/Institute from where the candidate is appearing or has appeared (Annexure- VIII).
• B.Sc. (Hons.) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in Integrated MS- PhD program with at least 55%^ (without rounding off) marks for General (UR)/General-EWS; 50%^ (without rounding off) marks for OBC (NCL)/SC/ST, Third gender, Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates are also eligible to apply. Candidates with Bachelor’s degree will be eligible for CSIR fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. program within the validity period of two years. Candidates possessing only Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply only for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and not for Lectureship (LS)/Assistant Professor. ^(without rounding off)
• B.E./ B.S./ B.Tech./ B.Pharma/ MBBS final year/result awaited candidates are eligible to apply for fellowship only. These candidates will not be eligible for Lectureship/Assistant professor. B.Sc. (Hons.) final year/Result awaited candidates are not eligible to apply. Specification of degrees (whether Bachelor’s or Master’s) as notified by UGC in its Gazette Notification No. F. 5-1/2013 (CPP-II) dated 5th July, 2014 and as amended from time to time, shall apply.
• The eligibility for Lectureship/Assistant Professor of NET qualified candidates will be subject to fulfilling the criteria laid down by UGC. Ph.D. degree holders who have passed Master’s degree prior to 19th September 1991, with at least 50%^ marks are eligible to apply for Lectureship/Assistant Professor only. ^(without rounding off)
• Candidates belonging to the Third gender category are eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age and Eligibility Criteria for NET (i.e. JRF and Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ST categories. The subject-wise qualifying cut-offs for this category would be the lowest among those for SC/ ST/ PwD/ OBC–NCL / General-EWS categories in the corresponding subject.

Upper Age limit :
a) JRF: Maximum 28 years as on 01/07/2022* {upper age limit may be relaxable up to 5 years in case of SC/ST/Third gender/Persons with Disability (PwD) / female applicants and 03 years in case of OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) applicants}. *This age limit is applicable for the current examination cycle only.
(b) Lectureship (LS)/ Assistant Professor: No upper age limit

The Test will be held in the subjects mentioned below:
(i) Chemical Sciences
(ii) Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
(iii) Life Sciences
(iv) Mathematical Sciences
(v) Physical Sciences

Fee Payable for JOINT CSIR-UGC NET December-2022/June-2023
(Debit/Credit Card/UPI or Internet Banking through any of the payment gateway of SBI/ICICI)
General INR : 1100
General-EWS/OBC(NCL)* : INR 550
SC/ST : INR 275
Third gender : INR 275
Note :
• An applicant can apply for payment through net-banking/debit/credit card/UPI.
• Service charges of the concerned Bank/ Payment Gateway Integrator, as applicable.
• Applicants are advised to read Payment instructions carefully before paying the application fee.
*OBC (Other Backward Classes)-NCL (Non-Creamy Layer) as per the central list of Other Backward Classes available on the website of National Commission for Backward Classes. The candidates falling in this list may mention OBC in the Category Column. State list OBC Candidates who are not in OBC-NCL (Central List) must choose General

1. Candidates can apply for Joint CSIR-UGC NET December-2022/June 2023 through “Online” mode only.
2. Candidate must carefully read the Instructions (including how to fill up Application Form online) given in the Information Bulletin available on the NTA Website. Candidates not complying with the Instructions shall be summarily disqualified.
3. Submission of Online Application Form may be done by accessing NTA website Application Form in any other mode will not be accepted.
4. Only one application is to be submitted by a candidate.
5. Candidates must ensure that E-mail Address and Mobile Number provided in the Online Application Form are their own as all information/ communication will be sent by NTA through e-mail on the registered e-mail address or SMS on registered Mobile Number only.
6. Instructions for filling Online Application Form :
• Download Information Bulletin and read the same carefully regarding eligibility and procedure / documentation required for filling the Online Application Form.
•  Follow the steps given below to Apply Online: Step-1: Register for Online Form submission using unique Email ID and Mobile No. Step-2: Fill in the Online Application Form and note down the system generated Application No. Upload legible scanned images of: (i) a recent photograph (in jpg file, size 10Kb – 200Kb) either in colour or black & white with 80% face (without mask) visible including ears against white background; (ii) candidate’s signature (in jpg file size: 4kb - 30kb) (iii) Duly verified Result Awaited Attestation Form (in PDF format file size: 50KB to 500KB), (iv) Category Certificate, if applicable (SC/ ST/ OBC/ EWS etc.) (in PDF format file size: 50KB to 300KB) & (v) PwD Certificate, if applicable (in PDF format file size: 50KB to 300KB). Step-3: Pay prescribed fee through Net Banking / Debit Card / Credit Card and UPI, keep proof of ee paid for future reference.
•  Download, save and print copies of Confirmation Page after successful remittance of fee and keep copies safely for future reference.
•  PwD candidates are exempted from payment of fee. All the 3 Steps can be done together or at separate sittings.
7. After the submission of Online Application Form (i.e., successful completion of all the Steps), Confirmation Page of the Application Form, should be downloaded and a printout of the same may be retained for future reference. The Confirmation Page of the online Application Form will be generated only after successful payment by the Candidate. In case the Confirmation Page is not generated after payment of the prescribed Fee, the candidate should approach the concerned Bank/ Payment Gateway integrator (at the helpline number and email given in Annexure-I of the Information Bulletin), for ensuring the successful payment.
In spite of the above, if successful transaction is not reflected on the Portal, it means transaction is not complete and candidate may pay second time and ensure OK status. However, any duplicate payment received from the candidate by NTA in course of said transactions will be refunded (in the same payment mode through which the duplicate payment is received), after fee reconciliation by NTA.
8. Information such as his/ her name, contact details / address, category, PwD status, educational qualification details, date of birth, choice of exam cities, etc. provided by the candidate in the online Application Form will be treated as final. Any request for change in such particulars after the closure of correction period will not be considered by NTA.
9. NTA does not edit/modify/alter any information entered by the candidate under any circumstances. Any request for change in information will not be entertained. Therefore, candidates are advised to exercise utmost caution for filling up correct details in the Application Form. Request for corrections made by any candidates through Post/ Fax/WhatsApp/Email/by hand will not be entertained by NTA.
10. Candidates must ensure that their email address and mobile number registered on their online Application Form are their own, as relevant/ important information/ communication will be sent by NTA through e-mail on the registered e-mail address and/or through SMS on registered mobile number only. NTA shall not be responsible for any non- communication/ mis-communication with a candidate in the email address or mobile number given by him/ her other than his/ her own.
11. NTA disclaims any liability that may arise to a candidate(s) due to incorrect information provided by him/her in his/her online Application Form.
12. Candidates are advised to visit the NTA Website and check their e-mails regularly for latest updates.
13. Role of NTA is confined to registration of candidates, conduct of exam, finalization of answer keys after inviting challenges, processing and declaration of results and preparation of the list of qualified candidates. NTA has no role to play in the award of fellowships or other downstream processes.

i. The final submission of Online Application Form will remain incomplete if Step-3 is not complete. Such forms will stand rejected and no correspondence on this account will be entertained.
ii. No request for refund of fee once remitted by the candidate will be entertained by NTA under any circumstances.
iii. The entire application process for Joint CSIR-UGC NET December-2022/June-2023 is online, including uploading of scanned images, payment of fees, and printing of Confirmation Page, Admit Card, etc. iv. Usage of Data and Information : NTA/Government of India can use the data provided by the End Users (test taker in this case) for internal purpose(s) including training, research and development, analysis and other permissible purpose(s). However, this information is not for use by any third party or private agency for any other use.

Correction in the Particulars of Application Form online only 12.04.2023 to 18.04.2023
City Intimation Slip  : To be announced later through website.
Downloading of Admit Card by the Candidate from NTA Website : To be announced later through website.
Mode of Examination : Computer Based Test (CBT)
Pattern of Examination : Objective Type with MCQ
Duration of Examination : 180 minutes (03 hours)
Date of Examination Schedule : 6, 7, 8 June, 2023


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