Seven key points of CSIR-UGC NET exam pattern and syllabus

New Delhi: The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) twice in years: June and December. CSIR-NET exam is conducted for science streams: Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences.

The next CSIR-NET exam will be held on 18 June 2017 for determining the eligibility of national candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) and for determining eligibility for appointment of Lecturers (NET) in the above five subjects the faculty of Science & Technology.  This pan India exam is very competitive. The June 2017 exam will be held in 27 cities across India. Here, SkillOutlook presents seven key points for the CSIR-NET exam pattern and , which may help candidates in their exam preparation and devising correct strategy to crack the entrance.


1 Type of Test: The test is MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) type test. The MCQ test paper of each subject shall carry a maximum of 200 marks. The exam shall be for duration of three hours. The question paper is divided in three parts.

2 Part A: Part ‘A’ shall be common to all subjects. This part shall be a test containing a maximum of 20 questions of General Aptitude. This part will contain questions pertaining to General Aptitude with emphasis on logical reasoning, graphical analysis, analytical and numerical ability, quantitative comparison, series formation, puzzles, etc. The candidates shall be required to answer any 15 questions of two marks each. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 30 out of 200.

3 Part B: Part ‘B’ shall contain subject-related conventional MCQs. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 70 out of 200. The maximum number of questions to be attempted shall be in the range of 20-35.

4 Part C: Part ‘C shall contain higher value questions that may test the 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.  The total marks allocated to this section shall be 100 out of 200.

5 Negative marking: In the CSIR-NET exam, there is negative marking system for wrong answers. Negative marking for wrong answers, wherever required, shall be applicable as per subject wise scheme of exam.

6 No of questions is variable: In all the subject areas of the NET the actual number of questions asked and to be attempted in each section may vary from exam to exam.

7 Syllabus: Syllabus for Joint CSIR UGC Test for JRF & LS (NET) for each subject is uploaded on the official website of .

In June 2014 and December 2014 CSIR–UGC NET, 1,200 and 781 candidates qualified for the UGC-JRF and 2,793 and 2,097 candidates qualified for lectureship only.

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