CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2020 - National Testing Agency (NTA) provided the exam pattern of CSIR NET 2020 in the official notification. CSIR NET 2020 exam pattern includes important information like scheme of the exam, mode of the exam, marking scheme, part-wise distribution of marks, time duration, etc. As per CSIR UGC NET exam pattern candidates will have to attempt three parts - Part-A, B, and C, for each of the five subjects of the exam. All the subjects of CSIR NET hold a total of 200 marks. Candidates must check CSIR NET 2020 exam pattern to get a better understanding of the test. CSIR NET 2020 will be a computer-based test. Read further to know more about CSIR NET exam pattern 2020.
Latest: CSIR NET Application Form 2020 filling date extended from April 15 to May 15.

CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2020


CSIR NET 2020 is conducted twice every year, in June and December. Candidates who qualify the exam are provided with eligibility certificates for Lectureship and are awarded Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in the faculty of science. The June session of the exam is to be conducted on June 21, 2020.

CSIR NET 2020 Exam Pattern - Highlights

Exam Name

CSIR NET

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Mode of the exam

Online (Computer-based test)

CSIR NET Subjects

  • Life Sciences

  • Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences

  • Mathematical Sciences

  • Chemical Sciences

  • Physical Sciences

Total Marks

200

Time Duration

3 hours

Types of Questions

Objective Type (MCQ)

Marking Scheme

Negative Marking Applicable

CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2020

As per the NTA prescribed exam pattern of CSIR NET 2020, the total number of questions that will be asked in each subject will be different. Candidates can check the CSIR NET 2020 exam pattern in the table below.

CSIR NET 2020 Pattern

S. No.

Subjects

Total Number of questions

Total Marks

Time Duration

1

Life Sciences

145

200

3 hours

2

Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences

150

3

Mathematical Sciences

120

4

Chemical Sciences

120

5

Physical Sciences

75

Parts in CSIR NET 2020 Exam Pattern

Question papers for all the subjects will be divided into three parts, as mentioned in CSIR NET exam pattern. The exam authorities have also described the number of questions that a candidate needs to attempt. If candidates attempts more than the required questions, the first set of questions attempted will be considered for awarding marks. The details related to three parts - A, B, and C are described below.

Part-A - This part is common to all subjects in CSIR NET exam pattern. This part is designed to test the candidates of their general aptitude. The questions asked in part-A will be based on logical reasoning, analytical and numerical ability, graphical analysis, series formation, puzzles, quantitative comparisons, etc.

Part-B - This part of the question paper will focus on the topics of the subject that the candidates have opted.

Part-C - This part will contain higher order questions to test the candidates’ knowledge of scientific concepts and their applications.

Number of Questions to be Attempted & CSIR NET Marking Scheme

CSIR NET exam pattern 2020 includes the number of questions that a candidate must attempt out of the total number of questions. Candidates have to attempt a different number of questions in each part. If candidates attempt more than the prescribed number of questions, only those questions that have been answered first will be considered for scoring. Candidates can also check the number of marks allotted to each question and CSIR NET negative marking for each incorrect response below.

CSIR NET Exam Pattern - Chemical Sciences

Particulars

Part-A

Part-B

Part-C

Total

Total Questions

20

40

60

120

No. of Questions to Attempt

15

35

25

75

Marks for a correct answer

2

2

4

200

Negative marking for an incorrect answer

0.5

0.5

1

-

CSIR NET 2020 Exam Pattern - Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Sciences

Particulars

Part-A

Part-B

Part-C

Total

Total Questions

20

50

80

150

No. of Questions to Attempt

15

35

25

75

Marks for a correct answer

2

2

4

200

Negative marking for an incorrect answer

0.5

0.5

1.32

-

CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2020 - Life Sciences

Particulars

Part-A

Part-B

Part-C

Total

Total Questions

20

50

75

145

No. of Questions to Attempt

15

35

25

75

Marks for a correct answer

2

2

4

200

Negative marking for an incorrect answer

0.5

0.5

1

-

CSIR NET 2020 Exam Pattern - Mathematical Sciences

Particulars

Part-A

Part-B

Part-C

Total

Total Questions

20

40

60

120

No. of Questions to Attempt

15

25

20

60

Marks for a correct answer

2

3

4.75

200

Negative marking for an incorrect answer

0.5

0.75

0

-

CSIR NET 2020 Exam Pattern - Physical Sciences

Particulars

Part-A

Part-B

Part-C

Total

Total Questions

20

25

30

75

No. of Questions to Attempt

15

20

20

55

Marks for a correct answer

2

3.5

5

200

Negative marking for an incorrect answer

0.5

0.875

1.25

-

CSIR NET Syllabus 2020

Candidates must check the syllabus of CSIR NET after the exam pattern 2020. Going through the syllabus thoroughly ensures that you do not miss out on any topics while preparing for the exam. CSIR NET 2020 syllabus includes topics of the five subjects of the exam. Candidates can check some of the topics for each subject in the table below.

CSIR NET 2020 Syllabus

Chemical Sciences

Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Sciences

Life Sciences

Mathematical Sciences

Physical Sciences

Inorganic Chemistry

Oceans and Atmosphere

Cellular Organization

Analysis

Mathematical Methods of Physics

Organic Chemistry

Environmental Earth Sciences

Molecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology

Algebra

Quantum Mechanics

Physical Chemistry

Earth Materials, Surface Features and Processes

Developmental Biology

Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs)

Electromagnetic Theory

Branches of Chemistry

The Earth and the Solar System

Fundamental Processes

Partial Differential Equations (PDEs)

Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics

Chemistry in Nanoscience and Technology

Mineralogy and Petrology

Inheritance Biology

Calculus of Variations

Atomic & Molecular Physics

Catalysis and Green Chemistry

Palaeontology and its applications

Diversity

Linear Integral Equations

Condensed Matter Physics

Medicinal Chemistry

Marine Geology and Paleontology

Applied Biology

Numerical Analysis

Nuclear and Particle Physics

Supramolecular Chemistry

Geophysics

Evolution and Behavior

Classical Mechanics

Electronics and Experimental Methods

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2020

Question: Is there negative marking in CSIR NET 2020?

Answer:

Yes, negative marking will be applicable for questions that have been answered incorrectly.

Question: I have attempted 70 questions in the physical sciences paper of CSIR NET, will there be negative marking for the extra questions?

Answer:

Only the first 55 questions you have attempted will be evaluated to calculate your score. 

Question: When will the application form of CSIR NET 2020 be released?

Answer:

CSIR NET application form 2020 be released on March 16. The last date to fill the application form will be April 16, 2020.

Question: Where will be my CSIR NET exam centre?

Answer:

Candidates will be allotted exam centres on the basis of the addresses they have provided while filling the application form. The exam centre venue will be mentioned in the admit cards. CSIR  NET admit card will be released on May 15, 2020.

Question: Is there a reasoning section in the question papers of CSIR UGC NET?

Answer:

Part-A of each question paper of CSIR NET 2020 will include questions of general aptitude, logical reasoning and problem solving. 

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i have done b.pharma and currently pursuing mba pharma with correspondence. Am i eligible for csir ugc net?

Yastika Kumar 11th Mar, 2020

Hi Mohita,

As per the eligibility criteria for CSIR UGC NET the candidate must have completed his or her graduation in in B.Pharma or BE or B. Tech or MSc or MBBS or Integrated BS-MS or any other science degree with at least 55% marks. Since you have a graduate degree in B.Pharma you are eligible to appear for the exam.

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I have done B.Sc Zoology & Chemistry but next M.Sc Zoology completed what i can do this exma CSIR UGC NET

Karvannan sevugamurthi 27th Nov, 2019

Hi aspirant,

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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