About CSIR UGC NET 2020

National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the admit card of CSIR UGC NET in online mode on November 9, 2019. The last to download the admit card is December 12. The downloading of admit card can be done by using the login credentials - application number and password. NTA is conducting CSIR UGC NET exam on June 21, 2020 to determine the eligibility of the candidates as Lecturers and for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in the Faculty of Science. The exam of CSIR UGC NET is conducted in offline mode and contains questions from five subjects - Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Science, and Earth Sciences. Candidates qualifying the examination for Lecturers (NET) will be eligible to apply at various Colleges and Universities while those who qualify JRF (NET) will be awarded a fellowship which is valid for a period of 2 years for joining the fellowship under CSIR.  

Frequency: 2 times a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: National Testing Agency (NTA)
Duration 3 Hours

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CSIR UGC NET 2020 Important Dates

Upcoming Dates and Events

15 Mar, 2020 - 15 Apr, 2020

Application | Mode: Online

15 May, 2020

Admit Card | Mode: Online

21 Jun, 2020

Exam | Mode: Online

05 Jul, 2020

Result | Mode: Online

NTA releases the CSIR UGC NET eligibility criteria that must be fulfilled by the candidates in order to appear for the test. Aspiring candidates should go through the eligibility criteria of CSIR UGC NET before applying for the test. Candidates must fulfill all the conditions of eligibility regarding age limits, educational qualifications, etc. prescribed for admission to the examination.

Eligibility of CSIR UGC NET is determined on the following:

Age Limit – For JRF must be 28 years of age as on January 1, 2020 while there is no age limit for candidates applying for Lectureship.

Educational Qualifications – Candidates must hold a Master's degree with 55% marks for General and OBC candidates, and 50% marks for SC/ST and PWD candidates.

Age Relaxation:

  • SC- 5 years
  • ST - 5 years
  • PWD - 5 years
  • Female Applicants - 5 years
  • OBC - 3 Years

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card

Candidates can fill the application form from March 15 to April 15, 2020. The application process of CSIR UGC NET involves registration, uploading of photograph and signature, filling up of all details in the online application form, payment of application fees, preview of application and printout of the application form.
Candidates also have to pay the application fee through online mode, using the payment gateway facility through:

• Debit Cards (RuPay/Visa/MasterCard/Maestro)
• Credit Cards

• and Internet Banking. 

CSIR UGC NET Application Form



Application fee





Other Backward Classes (OBC)- Non-creamy layer





Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
OBC Online Male, Transgender, Female ₹ 500
SC, ST Online Male, Transgender, Female ₹ 250
General, ST, SC, OBC PWD Online Male, Transgender, Female ₹ 250
General, EWS Online Male, Female ₹ 1000

CSIR UGC NET 2020 Syllabus

Life sciences
Cell communication and cell signaling
Developmental biology
System physiology – plant
System physiology – animal
Inheritance biology
Diversity of life forms
Ecological principles
Evolution and behavior
Applied biology
Methods in biology
Molecules and their interaction relevant to biology
Cellular organization
Fundamental processes
Chemical sciences
Inorganic chemistry
Physical chemistry
Organic chemistry
Earth sciences paper-I (Part B)
The earth and the solar system
Earth materials, surface features and processes
Interior of the earth, deformation and tectonics
Oceans and atmosphere
Environmental earth sciences
Earth sciences paper-I (Part C)
Physical geography
Ocean sciences
Mathematical sciences
Analysis and linear algebra
Complex analysis, algebra, topology
Ordinary differential equations (ODEs), partial differential equations (PDEs), numerical analysis, calculus of variations, linear integral equations, classical mechanics
Descriptive statistics, exploratory data analysis
Physical sciences part ‘A’ core
Mathematical methods of physics
Classical mechanics
Electromagnetic theory
Quantum mechanics
Thermodynamic and statistical physics
Electronics and experimental methods
Physical sciences part ‘B’ advanced
Mathematical methods of physics
Classical mechanics
Electromagnetic theory
Quantum mechanics
Thermodynamic and statistical physics
Electronics and experimental methods
Atomic and molecular physics
Condensed matter physics
Nuclear and particle physics
  • The exam will be conducted in online mode. 
  • Language of the exam will be in Hindi and English language both. Candidates are advised to appear for the language they have opted in the CSIR UGC NET application form.

  • There will be negative marking for wrong answers as per the subject.

  • Candidates should use only black ball point pen to fill in their particulars in the OMR answer sheet.

The exam pattern of CSIR UGC NET is given in the table below:





Life Sciences



Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences


Mathematical Sciences


Chemical Sciences


Physical Sciences

The admit card of CSIR UGC NET has been released by NTA in online mode on November 9. The admit card contains details such as candidate’s name, roll number, registration number, date and time of the exam, exam centre details and important instruction for the exam. The steps to download the CSIR UGC NET admit card are given below:

  • Visit the official website of NTA CSIR
  • Enter application number and date of birth
  • Click on login button and take a printout of the CSIR UGC NET admit card for future reference

CSIR UGC NET 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Karnataka Bengaluru
Gujarat Bhavnagar
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Odisha Bhubaneswar
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Kerala Kochi
Delhi New Delhi
Andhra Pradesh Guntur
Assam Guwahati
Telangana Hyderabad
Manipur Imphal
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Jamshedpur
West Bengal Kolkata
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
Maharashtra Nagpur
Rajasthan Pilani
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Uttarakhand Roorkee

NTA will issue the answer key of CSIR UGC NET for each set of the question paper. The answer key of CSIR UGC NET will be available online Set A, B and C. Candidates must go through CSIR UGC NET answer keys to know the correct responses marked in the exam. CSIR UGC NET 2020 answer key will help candidates to calculate the probable scores based on the correct and incorrect responses.

CSIR UGC NET result is declared in online mode. Candidates will be able to check their results for CSIR UGC NET in pdf and also by entering their roll number and date of birth in the login window. The qualified candidates will be appointed as JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) and Lecturership (NET).

The CSIR UGC NET cut off will be announced after the declaration of the result. The examination authority will declare the cut off of CSIR UGC NET separately JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) and Lecturership (NET). The cutoff marks will be released in two forms - category-wise and discipline-wise. The cutoff list is prepared by considering the cumulative marks of all parts of the exam. As per last year, the minimum qualifying marks for General & OBC category was 33 % and for SC/ST and PwD categories was 25 % for both fellowship and lecturership.

CSIR UGC NET 2020 Selection Process

The selection procedure of CSIR UGC NET is based on the marks secured in the offline test and fulfilling the eligibility criteria of CSIR UGC NET. Candidates will be selected for awarding Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) NET and will be appointed as Lecturership (NET) in subjects under the faculty of science and technology.

Offline Test - Candidates will be held in offline mode for 200 marks. The subjects for the exam will have questions from Life Sciences, Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Physical Sciences.

As per the CSIR UGC NET, the pay scale for selected candidates will be awarded fellowship of Rs. 25,000 per month for two years. Along with this, the university/institution will be given annual contingent grant of Rs. 20,000 per fellow for the third and the subsequent year on the basis of the progress of the fellow.

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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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