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  • Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India, a premier national R&D organization, is among the world’s largest publicly funded R&D organization. CSIR’s pioneering sustained contribution to S&T human resource development is acclaimed nationally. Human Resource Development Group (HRDG), a division of CSIR realizes this objective through various grants, fellowship schemes etc.
  • The CSIR Fellowships/Associateships are tenable in Universities/IITs/Post-Graduate Colleges/Government Research Establishments including those of CSIR, R&D establishments of recognized public or private sector, industrial firms and other recognized institutions. However, CSIR reserves the right to determine the place best suited to provide necessary facilities in the area of science and technology in which the awardee is to specialize.


  • On-line applications for JRF-NET are invited twice a year on all India basis through press advertisement. The information with respect to inviting applications is also made available on HRDG website (www.csirhrdg.res.in).

  • The stipend of a JRF selected through CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) will be Rs 25,000/ 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.
  • Important Dates

    Process June-Exam Dec-Exam
    Application Form 1st Week of March 1st Week of September
    Exam Date 3rd Sunday of June 3rd Sunday of December
    Result 3rd Week of September 3rd Week of March


    • BS-4 years program/BE/B. Tech/B. Pharma/MBBS/Integrated BS-MS/M.Sc. or Equivalent degree with at least 55% marks for General & OBC (50% for SC/ST candidates, Physically and Visually handicapped candidates) Candidate 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.
    • Eligible for lectureship of NET

    • The Eligible for lectureship 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 only.
    • Age Limit & Relaxation:

    • The age limit for admission to the Test is as under for JRF (NET): Maximum 28 years (upper age limit may be relaxed up to 5 years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC (As per GOI central list), Physically handicapped/Visually handicapped and female applicants).For Lectureship (NET): No upper age limit.

    • Previous Year Cut off

      Minimum cut-off percentage for the award of fellowship in the Joint CSIR-UGC test
      Junior Research Fellowship (NET)
      Year GEN. OBC SC ST PwD
      "JUNE-2017" 50.38% 42.88% 34.13% 25.00% 25.00%
      "DEC-2016" 59.50% 50.00% 39.25% 27.63% 26.00%
      "JUNE-2016" 54.88% 47.38% 37.63% 25.00% 25.75%
      "DEC-2015" 54.88% 47.75% 38.63% 25.63% 28.38%
      "JUNE-2015" 52.69% 44.06% 38.31% 28.75% 27.81%

      Minimum cut-off percentage for the award of lecturership in the Joint CSIR-UGC test
      Lectureship (NET)
      Year GEN. OBC SC ST PwD
      "JUNE-2017" 45.34% 38.59% 30.72% 25.00% 25.00%
      "DEC-2016" 53.55% 45.00% 35.33% 25.00% 25.00%
      "JUNE-2016" 49.39% 42.64% 33.87% 25.00% 25.00%
      "DEC-2015" 49.39% 42.98% 34.77% 25.00% 25.54%
      "JUNE-2015" 47.42% 39.65% 34.48% 25.88% 25.03%

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