CSIR NET 2020 - National Testing Agency (NTA) is to release the application form of CSIR NET 2020 application form for June session in online mode on March 16. A postgraduate in Science with not less than 55% can apply for CSIR NET 2020 exam till April 15. The CSIR NET exam is expected to be held at various centres in 27 cities across the country.CSIR NET is held in online mode for five subjects - Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Science, and Earth Sciences. The exam of CSIR NET will be conducted for a total of 200 marks for which 3 hours will be given to the candidates. Candidates securing the minimum cut off marks as per their category will be considered CSIR NET qualified. Qualified candidates will be issued the eligibility certificate and awarded Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) which will be valid for two years from the date of joining the fellowship under CSIR Scheme.CSIR NET is conducted twice a year - June and December. CSIR NET 2020 is scheduled to be held on June 21, 2020. The exam of CSIR NET 2020 will be conducted in online mode to award Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) NET and to determine the eligibility of candidates as Lecturers (NET) in subjects under the faculty of science and technology. CSIR NET 2020 for December session will be held on December 15. To know more about CSIR NET 2020 exam, the application process, eligibility, exam pattern, result, cut off etc, go through the articles below.
Name of Exam
CSIR NET 2020
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Frequency of conduct
Twice a year
Date of CSIR NET exam
June session - June 21, 2020
December session - December 15, 2020
Post Graduation in Science (with not less than 55%)
Objective of exam
To award Junior Research Fellowship
Determined the eligibility of candidates as Assistant Professors/Lecturers
The table below contains the important dates related to CSIR NET 2020 exam for both June and December session.
Dates for June 2020
Dates for December 2020 (Tentative)
Start date of application form
March 16, 2020
September 9, 2020
Last date of fill application form
April 15, 2020
October 9, 2020
Application form edit dates
April 18 - 25, 2020 (Tentative)
October 18 to 25, 2020
Admit card download date
May 15, 2020
November 9, 2020
CSIR NET 2020 exam date
June 21, 2020
December 15, 2020
Result declaration date
July 5, 2020
December 31, 2020
The authorities determine the eligibility criteria of CSIR NET 2020 for the aspiring candidates. Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria to appear for the CSIR NET 2020 exam. The eligibility criteria is determined on the basis of three factors - nationality, age and education qualification.
CSIR NET eligibility criteria on the basis of educational qualifications
Candidates who are B.Sc(Hons) or the equivalent degree holders, candidates enrolled in integrated MS- PhD program with not less than 55% marks for the candidates of general category (UR) and OBC and not less than 50% marks for the candidates belonging to SC/ST and PwD.
Candidates must hold Master degree in Science or equivalent degree/Integrated BS-MS/BS- Four Years/B.E/B.tech/B.Pharma/MBBS with at least 55% marks (for general and OBC candidates) and 50% (for the SC/ST candidates and PwD candidates).
Candidates enrolled for M.Sc or have completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on the closing date of online submission of application form (under the Result Awaited (RA) category).
Candidates who hold PhD and have passed Master’s degree before September 19, 1992, with at least 50% marks can apply for Lectureship only.
CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria on the basis of Age
For JRF (NET)
Upper age limit - Candidates must not be more than 28 years of age as on July 1, 2020. In case of SC/ST/PwD and female candidates, the upper age limit relaxation has been provided up to 5 years. OBC category (non-creamy layer) candidates have been given a relaxation of 3 years in the upper age limit.
For LS (NET) – No upper age limit.
The examination authorities will release the application form of CSIR NET 2020 on March 16 in online mode. Eligible candidates will be able to fill the application form in online mode till April 15, 2020. Filling of application form includes registration, uploading image and signature, filling details, and payment of application fees. Along with the application form, candidates will also have to pay the requisite application fee as per their category. The application fee must be paid in online mode through an online payment gateway - Credit/Debit card, Net banking etc.
Items to keep ready before filling CSIR NET application form
Scanned images of photograph (10 kb - 200 kb) and signature (4 kb - 30 kb)
Class 10th and 12th mark sheets, graduation certificate and other academic certificates
Caste certificate (if applicable)
PWD certificate (if applicable)
Candidates whose results are awaited (RA category) have to upload Attestation Form, attested by the HoD from the concerned University/ Institute/ College
Bank details for net banking, cards or UPI apps
The table below contains the application fee of CSIR NET 2019 as per the category:
CSIR NET 2020 - Application fee
OBC (Non-creamy layer)
CSIR NET Applicants Statistics
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
The venues at which the exam will be held are called the exam centres of CSIR NET 2020.
There are various centres in 27 cities across the country wherein the CSIR NET 2020 will be conducted. Candidates must know the various exam centres of CSIR NET so that they can choose the nearest and preferable venue. The candidates will be able to know about the CSIR NET exam centres allotted to them once they download their admit card. All the aspiring candidates can check the CSIR NET exam centres 2020 along with the centre code and state in the table provided below:
Jammu & Kashmir
NTA has prescribed the exam pattern of CSIR NET 2020 for all aspiring candidates. Candidates must go through the exam pattern of CSIR NET 2020 to know the different sections from where the expected questions will be asked, duration, marking schemes, total number of questions etc. According to the CSIR NET 2020 exam pattern, the exam will be conducted for one paper in online mode. There will be a total of 200 marks questions for which the candidate will get a total of 3 hours. The exam is conducted for five subjects - Life Sciences, Physical Science, Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences among which candidates can choose of the five as per their choice. .
Candidates must go through the table below to know the exam pattern of CSIR NET 2020.
Total Number of questions
Candidates must go through the syllabus of CSIR NET 2020 before they start their preparation. The syllabus of CSIR NET contains all the topics and the chapters from where the questions are asked in the exam. CSIR NET syllabus helps the candidates in knowing what they actually have to study. The syllabus of CSIR NET for the following subjects have been prescribed by the authorities:
1.Chemical Sciences - Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Topics, Chemistry in Nanoscience and Technology etc.
2. Earth, Atmospheric - Ocean and Planetary Sciences - Earth Materials, Surface Features and Processes, Interior of the Earth, Deformation and Tectonics, Oceans and Atmosphere, Mineralogy and Petrology, Structural Geology and Geotectonics etc.
3.Mathematical Sciences - Analysis, Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, Algebra, Topology, Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs), Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) etc.
4.Life Sciences - Molecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology, Cellular Organization, Fundamental Processes, Cell Communication and Cell Signaling, Developmental Biology etc.
5. Physical Sciences - Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics, Electronics and Experimental Methods, Mathematical Methods of Physics, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics etc
The examination authority will release the admit card of CSIR NET 2020 in online mode on May 15. Candidates will be able to download CSIR NET admit card 2020 by using their application number and password/date of birth. The admit card will contain details like the name of the candidates, gender, date of birth, registration number, roll number, date and time of exam, exam centre details etc. Candidates must check all the details on the admit card of CSIR NET. Ensuring all the details to be correct, candidates must get the admit card printed and bring it to the exam centre on the day of examination. Candidates will not be allowed to appear for the examination without the admit card and the prescribed photo ID proof - Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, Passport, Employee ID Card.
Visit the official website of NTA CSIR
Click on CSIR NET 2020 admit card link
A login window will then be displayed
Enter the required credentials
The screen will then flash the admit card of CSIR NET 2020
Download the admit card and take a print out
Few days after the conclusion of the exam, the exam authorities will release the question papers of CSIR UGC NET. To download CSIR UGC NET 2020 question papers, candidates will have to use their login credentials since the question papers will be out with the answer kery and the recorded response. Candidates can also go through the previous years question papers of CSIR NET to prepare for the upcoming examination. By going through the question paper, candidates will be able to know the level of the questions asked in the examination.
CSIR UGC NET Question Papers 2019 - June Session
Question papers – June 2019
CSIR UGC NET Question Papers 2018 - December Session
Question papers – December 2018
The examination authority will release the official answer key of CSIR NET 2020 a few days after the conclusion of the examination. Candidates will be able to download the answer key of CSIR NET in the login format. To download the answer key, candidates must visit the official website of the examination authority and click on the answer key link and enter their login credentials. Candidates will be able to check all the correct answers to the questions asked in the exam. In case of discrepancies in the answer key of CSIR NET 2020, candidates will be able to raise objection after which the final answer key will be released by the authorities. On the basis of the final answer key, the result will be declared.
To download the answer key of CSIR NET, candidates must follow the steps below:
Step 1: Click on the answer key link of CSIR NET on this page
Step 2: Enter application number, date of birth and security pin
Step 3: Download the answer key and save for future references
Official CSIR NET Answer Key - Previous Years (June Session)
Official Answer Key Link
The conducting authorities will release the cutoff of CSIR NET 2020 for the June session a few days after the declaration of result. The CSIR NET 2020 cut off is the minimum marks determined by the examination authority to shortlist the most deserving candidates. All those candidates who secure marks equal to or more than the minimum determined cut off of CSIR NET 2020 will be considered qualified. To get an idea of the CSIR NET 2020 cut off, candidates can check the previous years cut-off in the tables below.
CSIR NET Cut off 2019 for December - JRF
CSIR NET 2019 Cutoff for December - Lectureship (NET)
The examination authority will announce the result of CSIR NET 2020 in online mode on July 5 at the official website of NTA. To check the result of CSIR NET, candidates must use their application number and date of birth or password. Only those candidates who will secure marks equal to more than the minimum cut off marks will be considered qualified. TO know how to download the CSIR NET 2020 result, go through the steps mentioned below:
Click on the CSIR NET result 2020 direct link on the official website
The CSIR NET result login window will appear on the screen
Select application number and date of birth/password
Enter the required credential as per opted
The screen then displays CSIR NET 2020 result for the December session.
No. of qualified candidates
JRF (NET) CSIR
JRF (NET) UGC
The result is computed and announced on the basis of these normalized scores. The process to normalize for compilation of the the CSIR NET 2020 result is summarised in percentile scores. Percentile scores of CSIR NET are obtained after transforming into a scale ranging from 100 to 0 for each session of examinee.
All those candidates who qualify CSIR NET 2020 will be awarded fellowship of Rs. 25,000 per month for two years. Along with it, an annual contingency grant of Rs 20,000 will also be given per given to the University/Institution per fellow for the third and the subsequent year on the basis of the progress of the fellow.
All those candidates who qualify in the CSIR NET 2020 exam will be issued the eligibility certificate. The e-certificate will be issued to all CSIR NET qualified candidates in online mode after the verification of documents.
How to Download CSIR NET Certificate?
Visit the official website - csirnet.nta.nic.in
Click on e-certificate and JRF award letter link
Enter roll/application number, date of birth, exam session, and security captcha code in the login window
Download the certificate
Fellowship under CSIR Scheme:
Deputy Secretary/under Secretary (emr), Csir-hrdg, Csir Complex (opposite Institute Of Hotel
Management), Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi-110012.
Fellowships under UGC Schemes:
Under Secretary, Selection And Award Bureau, University Grant Commission, South Campus,
University Of Delhi, Benito Juarez Marg, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi-110021.
For Eligibility for Lectureship/ Assistant Professorship:
Education Officer, University Grants Commission, South Campus, University Of Delhi, Benito
Juarez Marg, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi-110021.
Candidates need to upload a scanned image photograph, signature and caste certificate(if applicable) in the application form of CSIR UGC NET 2020. Also, you must have an active mobile number and valid email ID.
No, candidates can pay the application fee of CSIR UGC NET 2020 in online mode only.
Candidates will be allotted exam centres based on the choices filled by them in CSIR NET 2020 application form. The exam centre name and address will be mentioned on CSIR NET 2020 admit card which will be issued before a month of the exam tentatively.
Yes, candidates can raise objections on the provisional answer key of CSIR NET for a predetermined time given by the exam body. Final answer key is released after all objections have been taken into consideration.
No, the examination authority does not release the answer key soon after the conclusion of the exam. NTA may take a week to release the answer key from the day of the conclusion of the exam.
Yes, the stipend of a JRF qualified candidate through CSIR NET is Rs. 25,000 p/m for the first two years. Apart from this, an annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000 per fellow is also provided to the University/Institution. On the completion of two years as JRF and if the fellow is registered for PhD, the fellowship will be upgraded to SRF (NET) and the stipend will be increased to Rs. 28,000 p/m for the 3rd and subsequent years.
The result of CSIR NET 2020 will be released on the basis of marks secured by the candidate after the normalisation process. All those candidates who will secure marks equal to or more than the minimum cut off marks will be considered qualified.
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Yes you can do. You can apply for CSIR NET exam with your post graduation eligibility. They don't look about the cross majors. It is one of the toughest exams in India and at the same time best exam which can give you a chance to get a lecturer job in colleges and Junior research fellow position in research institutes and colleges with a stipend of 31000 with HRA.
All the best.
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