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CSIR UGC NET 2020 Exam Date (updated), Form Correction, Registration, Eligibility, Pattern & Cutoff

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Oct 21, 2020

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NTA will conduct CSIR UGC NET 2020 likely in mid-November after accessing the situation due to COVID 19 crisis.  The exam will be conducted in online mode to fill the seats of Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship in various institutes. CSIR UGC NET 2020 Registration was further extended by NTA till June 30, 2020. The application fees is INR 1000 for General, INR 500 for OBC & EWS, and INR 250 for SC, ST, PwD candidates.  Click Here to Apply

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CSIR Net Exam Date 2020

CSIR UGC NET 2020 Exam

Important Dates

Previous Online Application & Registration Date

16th March 2020 to 30th June 2020 (5:00 PM)

New Re-Opened Online Application & Registration Date

22nd August 2020 to 10th September 2020 (5:00 PM)

Last Date for Payment of Application Fee

10th September 2020 (up to 11.50 pm)

Correction in Particulars of Application Form on the website only

11th to 17th September 2020

Downloading of Admit Cards

To be announced soon

CSIR UGC NET December 2020 Exam Dates

November 19, 21, and 26, 2020

Release of Score on NTA website

To be notified later

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  • CSIR UGC Net result was declared on August 9, 2020. The review of Question 71 of booklet code A, Question 75 of booklet code B, and question 78 of Booklet code C has been done and the additional result has been released. Click here for the official notice.
  • CSIR UGC NET Eligibility certificate for December 2019 Exam has been released on July 23, 2020. Check here
  • The last date to make corrections in the application form is extended till July 20, 2020.
  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates will be given an opportunity to select a different exam centre through the online application form that will be made operational from July 6, 2020 to July 15, 2020 on the official website.
  • The UCG NET 2020 application process is over as of June 30, 2020.
  • The exam dates are yet to be declared and have been postponed.
  • UGC has invited online information from minority candidates who had appeared for CSIR NET December 2019 exams. The online information has been invited to identify candidates belonging to Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Jain communities and offer them Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF) 2019-20.

Moreover, CSIR has released the notice on May 1, 2020, stating that there is no need to upload documents like Category Certificate, Result awaited attestation form, and other related documents while submitting the online application form. The decision has been taken in the view of difficulties faced by candidates to get these certificates during the lockdown. 

The minimum eligibility criteria to apply for the exam is M.Sc or equivalent degree / Integrated BS-MS / BS - 4 years / BE / B. Tech / B. Pharma / MBBS with 55% marks. Candidates are advised to check the detailed CSIR UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria before applying for the exam.

The exam will be conducted for Life science, Earth science, Mathematical science, Chemical science, and Physical science papers. The question paper of CSIR UGC NET contains multiple-choice questions (MCQs) of 200 marks and time duration provided to complete the exam is 3 hours. Further, the question paper is divided into three sections – A, B, and C. Every section contains different number of questions and the negative marking is also different in each section. Check  CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The minimum marks to qualify the exam is 33% for General, OBC and EWS Category and 25% for SC/ ST and PwD candidates. Fellowship to successful candidates will be effective from January 1, 2021, with the validity period of 2 years for joining the fellowship under the scheme.  Check CSIR UGC NET Cutoff

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CSIR UGC NET 2020 Highlights

The key points about CSIR UGC NET 2020 are highlighted below:

Name of the Exam  Joint CSIR UGC NET
Conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency) 
Posts offered Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship
Periodicity Twice – June and December
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam


Official Website

Download  CSIR NET Practice Papers

CSIR UGC NET 2020 Eligibility

Candidates must check CSIR UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria before filling the application form. If found ineligible, their candidature will be cancelled with immediate effect. 

CSIR NET Educational Qualification Requirements

  • Candidates must have a M.Sc or an equivalent degree / Integrated BS-MS / BS - 4 years / BE / B. Tech / B. Pharma / MBBS.
  • For General/ EWS and OBC-NCL candidates, minimum of 55% marks and for SC/ ST/ physically and visually handicapped candidates, a minimum of 50% marks is required in this degree.
  • Those enrolled for M.Sc or those who have completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination are also eligible to apply.
  • B.Sc (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or candidates enrolled in the Integrated MS-PhD program can apply as well.
  • Such applicants need a minimum 55% marks (for general and OBC-NCL) and 50% marks for SC / ST, physically and visually handicapped candidates.
  • Those with a bachelor’s degree must be registered/enrolled for Ph.D./ Integrated Ph.D. program to be eligible for CSIR.
  • Ph.D. degree holders, who have passed Master’s degree before September 19, 1991, with minimum 50% marks, are eligible to apply for the only Lectureship.

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CSIR NET Age Limit and Relaxation

  1. For Junior Research Fellowship: Candidates should not have attained 28 years of age as on July 1, 2020.
  2. Lectureship: There is no upper age limit for Assistant Professorship.
  3. The upper age limit can be relaxed up to 5 years for SC/ ST/ Physically or Visually handicapped and female candidates and 3 years for OBC-Non Creamy Layer candidates

CSIR NET Application Form

How to Apply for CSIR UGC NET 2020?

As per the latest official notice released by CSIR, there is no need to upload the documents like Category Certificate, Result awaited attestation form and other documents while submitting the online application form. However, uploading the scanned copy of photograph and signature is still mandatory and without that application form will be considered incomplete. 

csir application process

The step by step instructions to apply online for CSIR UGC NET 2020 are explained below:

Step1: CSIR UGC NET Online Registration

  • Visit the CSIR website, to apply for the exam.
  • Click on ‘Apply Online’ at the bottom of the page.

Step 2: Upload Photograph & Signature

  • Upload scanned copies of your photograph, signature and other documents, as mentioned on the form.
Documents Size Format
Photograph 10 – 200 KBs


Signature 4 – 30 KBs


Step 3: Fill CSIR UGC NET Application Form

  • The Application form will appear on-screen
  • Enter all requisite details in the application form.
  • Verify all information before final submission of the form. No changes will be allowed after final submission.
  • A system generated Application Number will be assigned to you after submitting the form.

Step 4: Pay Online Application Fees

  • Make the payment for Application Fee.
  • Take a printout of the filled in Application Form for future reference.

Check CSIR UGC NET 2020 Application Form

CSIR NET 2020 Application Fee

The application fee can be paid only through online mode via Credit/ Debit Card/ Netbanking/ UPI and Paytm. The Application Fee varies as per the candidate's category. :

Category Application Fee
General INR 1000
SC/ ST/ PwD INR 250

CSIR UGC NET 2020 Admit Card

Candidates will be issued CSIR UGC NET 2020 Admit Card once the dates are announced. . Follow the steps given below to download the admit card for the exam:

csir admit card
  • Visit the official website of CSIR.
  • Click on the link – “Download Admit Card”.
  • Provide your roll number and date of birth.
  • There may be a security code that candidates will need to enter.
  • Click on the “Submit” button to log into the system
  • View and download your admit card.

Details on CSIR NET Admit Card

The admit card is a very important document, without which entry inside the exam hall will not be granted. Following are the details that can be found on CSIR UGC NET 2020 Admit Card:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Candidate’s Roll number
  • Candidate’s Registration number
  • Candidate’s Category
  • Candidate’s Date of Birth
  • Exam Centre name and Centre Address
  • Exam Date and Time
  • Exam Session and Reporting time for the candidate
  • Photo of the candidate along with his signature
  • General Guidelines for Exam Day

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CSIR UGC NET 2020 Exam Centers

An exception has been made this year and candidates will be given the liberty to modify and re-select exam centres from the online application form that will be made available from July 6-15, 2020. This has been done keeping in mind the situation of the pandemic. The corrections will be accepted till 5:00 PM of July 15, 2020. Candidates will also have the scope to modify their uploaded photographs and signature along with the exam centre. the changes will only be accepted through the application form and through no other means. The decision of alloting the exam centre is made on a first-come-first-serve basis and will be full and final. 

CSIR NET Exam Pattern

CSIR UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern

The key points regarding CSIR UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern are highlighted below:

Particulars Description
Mode of exam Computer based test
Format of exam Multiple Choice Questions
Exam Duration 3 hours
Medium of Exam English and Hindi
Total marks 200
Total Question

Section A: 20

Section B: 40

Section C: 60

Negative Marking Yes

CSIR NET 2020 Answer Keys

Answer keys for Joint CSIR-UGC NET Exam 2020 will be released at the official website- 

  • Candidates can submit their representation against the answer key in respect of all the subjects.
  • Representation(s) must be sent through email only. Any representation submitted by post or in person will not be entertained.
  • The representation must have documentary/textual support.
  • Any representation received after the specified time will not be accepted.

CSIR NET 2020 Result 

CSIR UGC NET Result will be released on July 5, 2020 at the official website. Successful candidates’ fellowship will be effective from January 1, 2020. The result will be published in a PDF format consisting of the roll number of successfully qualified candidates of JRF NET June, 2020.

The steps to download CSIR UGC NET 2020 Result are explained below:

  • Visit the CSIR website and click on the link pertaining to the relevant exam.
  • Enter your roll number, date of birth and security code.
  • Click on the “Submit” button.
  • View the result and take multiple printouts for future use.


  • Two separate merit lists will be made for candidates qualifying for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF-NET) and Lectureship (LS-NET).
  • The merit list will specify details such as Roll Number of the candidate, Rank obtained and Marks secured.
  • The preparation of the merit list will be on the basis of performance of candidates in the entrance test.
  • Candidates qualifying for JRF will also be eligible for lectureship if fulfill eligibility criteria.
  • Candidates qualifying for Lectureship will be eligible to be considered for recruitment as Junior Research Fellowship if suitable. Though they will not be eligible for regular JRF-NET Fellowship.
  • Candidates qualifying for JRF (NET) will receive fellowship either from CSIR or UGC as per their associated assignment.

CSIR NET Cutoff 2020

CSIR publishes cutoff marks after the declaration of result. CSIR Result and cutoff will be released on July 5, 2020. Candidates can check CSIR NET Cutoff of the previous year session in the below tables:

CSIR NET Cutoff for Chemical Sciences

Category CSIR NET Cutoff for JRF (in %) CSIR NET Cutoff for Lectureship (in %)
General (Unreserved) 47.75 42.98
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 36.25 33.00
Other Backward Class (OBC) 41.75 37.58
Scheduled Caste (SC) 34.25 30.83
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 28.00 25.20
Persons with Disabilities (PwD) 25.00 25.00

CSIR NET Cutoff for Earth Sciences

Category CSIR NET Cutoff for JRF (in %) CSIR NET Cutoff for Lectureship (in %)
General (Unreserved) 57.54 51.79
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 40.13 36.12
Other Backward Class (OBC) 50.65 45.59
Scheduled Caste (SC) 42.15 37.94
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 39.18 35.26
Persons with Disabilities (PwD) 26.74 25.00

CSIR NET Cutoff for Life Sciences

Category CSIR NET Cutoff for JRF (in %) CSIR NET Cutoff for Lectureship (in %)
General (Unreserved) 52.50 47.25
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 33.75 33.00
Other Backward Class (OBC) 43.75 39.38
Scheduled Caste (SC) 35.35 31.73
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 31.75 28.58
Persons with Disabilities (PwD) 25.00 25.00

CSIR NET Cutoff for Mathematical Sciences

Category CSIR NET Cutoff for JRF (in %) CSIR NET Cutoff for Lectureship (in %)
General (Unreserved) 55.75 50.18
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 46.63 41.97
Other Backward Class (OBC) 48.88 43.99
Scheduled Caste (SC) 37.75 33.98
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 30.50 27.45
Persons with Disabilities (PwD) 28.50 25.00

CSIR NET Cutoff for Physical Sciences

Category CSIR NET Cutoff for JRF (in %) CSIR NET Cutoff for Lectureship (in %)
General (Unreserved) 39.06 35.15
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 33.13 33.00
Other Backward Class (OBC) 33.31 33.00
Scheduled Caste (SC) 27.00 25.00
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 25.00 25.00
Persons with Disabilities (PwD) 25.00 25.00
Note: There is a qualifying benchmark of 33% for General/ EWS and OBC category and 25% for SC/ ST and PWD category for both Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Ques. Where can I see the examination notification?

Ans. NTA, New Delhi publishes information related to the CSIR UGC NET examination on its official website

Ques. After submitting the application, I realized there has been some mistake in the form, will I be able to rectify the same?

Ans. In case of any incorrect information, NTA will reject the application. Once the final submission is done, no more changes can be made to the application form.

Ques. How can I get the application form for CSIR UGC NET Examination?

Ans. Candidates can get the application form online, from the CSIR official website

Ques. What payment modes are available for CSIR UGC NET Examination?

Ans. The payment for the CSIR UGC NET examination can be made online using a credit card, debit card, or net banking.

Ques. Do we have to upload any documents while submitting the application form?

Ans. Yes, candidates have to upload the following documents:

  • Scanned copies of the photograph and signature
  • Qualifying degree certificate
  • Category certificate
  • PwD certificate, etc.

Ques. What should be the size of the photograph that needs to be attached in the application form?

Ans. File size of the photograph should be less than 200 KB. The scanned photograph should be in JPEG/JPG format, with its dimension ranging from 130 x 160 to 260 x 360.

Ques. Is it necessary to have an email id to submit the application form?

Ans. Yes. Candidates have to enter their email address while registering for the exam and submitting the application form as all the required important examination details will be sent over the email.

Ques. What preferences do I have to select while applying for the examination?

Ans. In the application form, you can give your preference either for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship), for LS (Lectureship) or for both.

Ques. What is the required educational qualification for appearing the CSIR UGC NET Exam?

Ans. Candidates having the following degrees are eligible to appear for the examination:

M.Sc, Integrated BS-MS, BS- 4 years, BE/B-Tech, B-Pharma, MBBS, or an equivalent degree. Candidates whose results are awaited can also apply in the condition that their results should be provided within the validity period of two years to avail the fellowship.

Ques. I have completed my B. Sc in Biotechnology. Can I submit my registration for the exam?

Ans. No. Candidates with only B.Sc / Bachelor’s degree are not eligible. However, after completing the Bachelor's degree if you enroll for a Ph.D. or Integrated Ph.D. program within 2 years, you will be eligible.

Ques. Is there any age limit criteria applicable for CSIR UGC NET Examination?

Ans. Yes. For JRF, the maximum age limit is 28 years. It is relaxed up to 5 years for SC/ST/Persons with Disability/female applicants. For OBC applicants, it is relaxed for 3 years.

For LS (NET), there is no upper age limit.

Ques. How many examination centers are available for this exam?

Ans. This examination will be held in 26 exam centers worldwide.

Ques. How much is the application fees?

Ans. Candidates need to make payment of Rs 1000 as the application fee. For SC/ST/PWD, it is Rs 250 and for OBC, it is Rs 500.

Ques. In which languages is the question paper available?

Ans. The question paper will be available in Hindi and English.

Ques. What are the total marks for this examination?

Ans. CSIR UGC NET Examination pattern is multiple choice-based questions carrying a total of 200 marks.

Ques. In which subjects is this examination held?

Ans. The test will be held under 5 subjects:

  • Chemical Science
  • Life Science
  • Mathematical Science
  • Physical Science
  • Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences

Ques. I am a Ph.D. holder. Am I eligible to apply for the CSIR UGC NET examination?

Ans. Yes. Ph.D. degree holders who completed a Master’s degree prior to September 19, 1991, with minimum 50 % marks are eligible for Lectureship only.

Ques. Can I write the answer sheet using an ink pen?

Ans. No, candidates need to use a black ballpoint pen only to record their responses in the OMR answer sheet.

Ques. What is the question paper pattern?

Ans. The question paper is divided into 3 sections:

Part A: Common to all subjects. This part contains 20 questions of General Aptitude. Marks allocated for this part is 30.

Part B: Subject related conventional multiple-choice questions. Around 20-35 questions need to be attempted here. Marks allocated for this part is 70.

Part C: Contains higher value questions to test the candidate’s knowledge and application of scientific concepts. Questions are analytical in nature and total marks allocated here is 100.

Ques. How much stipend is provided to JRF candidates?

Ans. A JRF selected through the CSIR UGC NET is eligible to get a stipend of 25000 per month for 2 years.

Ques. How can I get the admit card for the examination?

Ans. CSIR UGC NET admit card can be downloaded from the official website using the application form number and date of birth.

Ques. What information is available in the admit card?

Ans. It contains all the important information such as the candidate name, roll number, registration number, candidate category, examination time and venue, and a few important instructions related to the exam.

Ques. What are the cut-off marks for the CSIR UGC NET Examination?

Ans. The council releases the cut off marks on the official website www.csirnet.nta.nic.before the declaration of CSIR results. The cut-offs are decided based on several parameters such as:

  • Number of candidates appeared for the exam
  • number of available seats for the exam
  • question paper difficulty level
  • marking scheme for that year
  • constitutional affirmative plans

Ques. How long will it take to declare the result after the examination and how can I get notified for the same?

Ans. After the exam completion, the results will be declared in 3 months. Candidates can check the results on the official website of the council by searching for their roll number in the online PDF document, which will only contain details of the qualified candidates. The marks statement needs to be downloaded from a separate link using the Roll Number, Date of Birth, and Security Code.

Ques. Does the CSIR examination authorities provide a certificate after completing the CSIR UGC NET exam?

Ans. Yes, apart from getting results, candidates can also send their documents to the CSIR official address to get the certificate.

Ques. How can I get the NET certificate?

Ans. Candidates can get the NET Certificate by sending the self-attested photocopies of the following documents for verification -

  • 10th Marksheet / Birth Certificate
  • Provisional Degree of Graduation or Post-Graduation Degree
  • Final Marksheet with Required percentage of Marks
  • Caste Certificate
  • Copy of CSIR NET Results

Ques. Where should the documents be sent for verification to get the NET certificate?

Ans. To get the NET Certificate, the candidates need to send an attested copy of the required documents through Registered post or Speed Post to - The Section Officer, Certificate Section, HRD Group, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue Road, Pusa, New Delhi – 110012.

Ques. Who is eligible to get CSIR Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship?

Ans. This fellowship is provided to the toppers of the CSIR UGC JRF. This fellowship is provided in the memory of CSIR’s first Vice-President Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

Ques. Can I get the answer keys after the CSIR UGC Net examination?

Ans. To check the answer keys, candidates need to visit the CSIR official website and click on the link for the answer keys for their subject.

Ques. Is there any negative marking in the exam?

Ans. Yes, as per the subject wise scheme, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.

Ques. Do the JRF candidates need to pay any income tax for their fellowship?

Ans. No, candidates do not have to pay any income tax in their fellowship tenure.

Ques. Is there any merit list released by the Council after CSIR UGC NET examination?

Ans. Yes, 2 separate merit lists will be released based on the performance of the candidates.

  • For JRF qualifying candidates
  • For candidates qualifying for Lectureship (NET)

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


shatakshi patki
Which exam should be given for a PhD in computer science, CBSE NET or CSIR UGC NET?
kavita rani

Hi Shatakshi. To do PhD in Computer Science, candidates must apply for UGC NET exam. NTA conducts the NET exam in 84 subjects out of which Computer Science is one of them. To know more about the same, refer here.

Has CSIR-UGC released any new guidelines for the candidates for the NET exam?
kavita rani

Hi Pradeepraj. In case you are applying for the CSIR-UGC NET exam, refer here to know the latest details related to the same.

How do I use my 5 months to prepare for the CSIR UGC NET, GATE, TIFR & IIT JAM physical sciences (physics) exams?
kavita rani

Hi Soumi. One of the best ways to prepare for the CSIR UGC NET exam and other competitive exams is to refer to the last years' question papers and do more sample papers and mock tests. Doing previous question papers helps a lot in improving the time management skills of candidates.

To be a lecturer in engineering colleges (electrical engineering), which NET exam do I need to attempt, CSIR NET or UGC NET?
kavita rani

Hi Drona. The National Eligibility Test (NET) which is also referred to as UGC NET or NTA-UGC-NET exam is taken to judge the eligibility of the candidates for the post of assistant professor and/or Junior Research Fellowship award in Indian universities and colleges.

I have done masters in astronomy and space physics, am I eligible to give the CSIR UGC NET exam for Planetary and Earth Sciences?
kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. Students holding a M.Sc or equivalent degree are eligible for the CSIR UGC NET exam. You can refer here to know more about the eligibility criteria.

sam sarma
What must be one’s strategy to achieve a one-digit rank in the upcoming CSIR UGC-NET mathematical science exam?
kavita rani

Hi Sam. You must start focusing on the concepts and fundamentals primarily so that you can understand all the topics easily rather than mugging up everything. Also, pen down important formulas so that you can revise them later. Refer here to get check an effective preparation strategy.

ankur jain
Suppose I cracked the CSIR UGC NET and got a JRF award and pursued a PhD. After completing a PhD, do I need to take the NET exam again to get lectureship?
kavita rani

Hi Ankur. No, you don’t have to give the exam again but you are supposed to crack the entrance exam conducted by the university or college you are applying at.

ambar ahirawar
I accidently typed in the wrong pass out year of my undergraduate degree in the online application form for CSIR UGC net exam. Every other info is correct. Is there anything I should do?
kavita rani

Hi Ambar. In case it is not affecting your eligibility criteria, your online application form will not be rejected. Make sure that at the time of documents verification, you carry all the original documents with you.

Which interdisciplinary topics should I choose for the CSIR UGC NET chemical science exam?
kavita rani

Hi Devisingh. The main topics of CSIR UGC NET Syllabus for Chemical Sciences include Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry. Check out detailed topics here.

riya gupta
What are the exams which are equivalent to CSIR-UGC NET life sciences?
kavita rani

Hi Riya. Some other exams in life science that makes you eligible for the award of JRF in research include ICMR-JRF, DBT-JRF, and ICAR-NET.