## About UGC-NET/JRF

December 2018 onwards, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of UGC, to determine eligibility for lectureship and for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure a minimum standard for the aspirants in teaching and research. For more information, please visit www.cbsenet.nic.in and www.nta.ac.in.

## About CSIR-UGC NET/JRF

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts the UGC-CSIR NET for Science subjects (Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Earth Atmospheric Ocean and Planetary Science) jointly with the UGC. The concerned notification is issued separately by CSIR. For more information, please visit www.csirhrdg.res.in.

## Educational Qualification

Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions

## Age Limit & Relaxation

**JRF –** Not more than 30 years as on 01.07.2018. A relaxation up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC (Non- creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on the website: www.ncbc.nic.in) SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on

**Lectureship – **There is no upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.

## Examination Structure

## CSIR Exam Consists of Three Sections

#### Mathematical Science

**Part A – Attempt 15 out of 20 Questions: **Questions pertaining to General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis, and Research Aptitude.

**Part B – Attempt 25 out of 40 Questions: **This part shall contain Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) generally covering the topics given in the syllabus. The questions will have a single correct answer.

**Part C – Attempt 20 out of 60 Questions:** This part shall contain 60 MCQs that are designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem. In this section, questions may have ‘ONE’ or ‘MORE’ correct options. Credit in a question shall be given only on identification of ‘ALL’ the correct options in Part ‘C’. No credit shall be allowed in a question if any incorrect option is marked as correct answer.

**Note: **If more than the required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 25 and 20 questions in Part ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’, respectively, will be considered for evaluation.

**Marking Scheme:** Each Question in Part A contains 2 marks, Part B contains 3 marks and Part C contains 4.75 marks respectively. There will be negative marking @ 0.5 marks in Part A and @ 0.75 marks in Part B for each wrong answer and no negative marking for Part C.

#### Physical Science

**Part A – Attempt 15 out of 20 Questions:** Questions pertaining to General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis, and Research Aptitude.

**Part B – Attempt 20 out of 25 Questions: **This part shall contain 25 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) generally covering the topics given in the Part ‘A’ (CORE) of the syllabus.

**Part C – Attempt 20 out of 30 Questions:** This part shall contain 30 MCQs from Part ‘B’ (Advanced) and Part ‘A’ that are designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem.

**Note: **If more than the required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 20 and 20 questions in Part ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’, respectively, will be considered for evaluation.

**Marking Scheme:** Each Question in Part A contains 2 marks, Part B contains 3.5 marks and Part C contains 5 marks respectively. There will be negative marking @ 0.5 marks in Part A, @ 0.875 marks in Part B and @ 1.25 negative marks in Part C for each wrong answer.

#### Chemical Science

**Part A – Attempt 15 out of 20 Questions:** Questions pertaining to General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis, and Research Aptitude.

**Part B – Attempt 35 out of 40 Questions: **This part shall contain Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) generally covering the topics given in the syllabus.

**Part C – Attempt 25 out of 60 Questions: **This part shall contain 60 MCQs that are designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem.

**Note: **If more than the required number of questions are answered, only first 15, 35 and 25 questions in Part ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’, respectively, will be considered for evaluation.

**Marking Scheme:** Each Question in Part A contains 2 marks, Part B contains 2 marks and Part C contains 4 marks respectively. There will be negative marking @ 0.5 marks in Part A and @ 0.5 marks in Part B and @ 1 negative marks in Part C for each wrong answer.

## UGC Exam Consists of Two Papers.

#### Paper 1

** Attempt 50 out of 50 Questions:** General aptitude questions.

#### Paper 2

** Attempt 100 out of 100 Questions:** Subject related questions.

**Marking Scheme:** Two marks will be awarded for each correct answer. There is no negative marking in the exam.