CSIR UGC NET 2021 Notification, Application Form, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus Exam, Result and Cutoff

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Aug 28, 2020

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Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – National Eligibility Test (CSIR NET) is an examination conducted to determine the eligibility of the candidates for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for Lectureship/Assistant Professor. This test is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It is organized two times a year in more than 200 cities. It is claimed to be the toughest national level exam for Lectureship or Junior Research Fellowship.

This is an offline exam (OMR mode) with a maximum score of 300 and is divided into two papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 has 50 questions for 100 marks with a time duration of 60 minutes and Paper 2 has 100 questions for 200 marks with a time duration of 120 minutes. The exam pattern is such that the paper is divided into three parts - Part A has general aptitude questions, Part B has conventional MCQs and Part C has application and explanations of scientific concepts.

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The tentative dates for the examination are the third week of June 2021 and the third week of December 2021. The eligibility criteria for candidates to apply for CSIR NET 2021 is that they must hold M.Sc. or equivalent degree or Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years or BE/B Tech or B. Pharma or MBBS degree with an aggregate of minimum 55% marks. The age criteria for candidates to be eligible for this exam is 28 years or below. For SC / ST / OBC / Physically or Visually handicapped and female candidates, there is an age relaxation of 5 years for eligibility. To know more, check CSIR UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

The application process for CSIR NET 2021 is expected to begin in the first week of April 2021 for the June attempt and then in the first week of September 2021 for the December attempt. The application mode is online and candidates can fill out the form on the official website of the examination, csirnet.nta.nic.in. The application fee for General category is Rs 1000/-, the fee for OBC category candidates is Rs 500/- and the fee for candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ PH Category is Rs.250/-. The result of this examination is released in the form of a merit list on the official website.

The cut off is declared separately for each subject and is based on different factors including the number of students participating, the difficulty level of the question paper, and the number of seats available. 

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CSIR NET 2021 Highlights

Exam Name Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – National Eligibility Test (CSIR NET)
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Frequency Twice a year (June and December)
Eligibility M.Sc. or equivalent degree/Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years/BE/B Tech/B. Pharma/MBBS degree (minimum 55% aggregate)
Application Mode Online
Official website csirnet.nta.nic.in

Why take CSIR NET?

This is a national level examination that will allow the candidates to be eligible for Junior Research Fellowship or Lectureship. It qualifies you to be placed as an Assistant Professor at universities, IITs, Government research establishments, graduate colleges, and CSIR research laboratories. It certainly gives you an opportunity to perform Junior Research Fellowship. The candidates can also choose to go for Ph.D programs which would allow them choose their career as a lecturer or group leader of research teams. Teaching is one of the best and most prestigious professions and teachers are great influencers. The salary offered to Assistant Professors who join after clearing CSIR NET starts at INR 25000 per month with an annual grant of INR 20,000. The salary may remain the same for two years but post two years it will certainly increase annually after 2 years. 

Another great option to consider after qualifying the examination is to work at the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). They offer really good job opportunities to CSIR NET rankers. They get to work as scientists or research trainers in different labs. The salary offered to DRDO scientists and research trainers starts from INR 15,600 to INR 80,000 as the starting salaries. The candidates can choose to work as Support Executives at a scientific laboratory or a Scientific Laboratory Technician. The initial salary range for these roles starts at 15,000 - 20,000. Last, but not the least, the candidates can go for PSU jobs. Jobs in Public Sector Organizations are very popular and they offer a good salary package as well. Many PSUs consider CSIR NET rankings for selection of research analysts. 

CSIR NET 2021 Exam Dates

CSIR NET 2021 Exam Dates

Events June Exam December Exam
Release of CSIR NET 2021 official notification Last week of February 2021 Third week of September 2021
Release of CSIR NET 2021 Application Form  The first week of March 2021 Fourth week of September 2021
Last day to register for CSIR NET 2021 First week of April 2021 The third week of October 2021
Issue of CSIR NET 2021 Admit Card  The first week of June 2021 First week of December 2021
CSIR NET 2021 Examination Date Third week of June 2021 Third Week of December 2021
Release of CSIR NET 2021 Results First week of July 2021 Last week of December 2021

CSIR NET 2021 Eligibility

CSIR NET 2021 Eligibility

Candidates who wish to apply for the CSIR NET 2021 examination need to fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criteria -

Educational Qualification: 

  • Students who hold a with M.Sc or equivalent degree or have completed Integrated BS-MS or BS (4-year) or BE/ B.Tech or B.Pharm or MBBS degree from a recognized university.
    • Such candidates should have a minimum aggregate score of 55% (General/OBC) and 50% (SC/ ST/ PwD) in their university/qualifying exams.
    • Students who will be completing the eligible degrees with minimum qualifying percentage of marks within two years to avail the fellowship from the effective date of award can apply too. (They will need to submit the attestation form duly certified by the Head of the Institute or by the Head of their current Department.)
  • Candidates with B.Sc (Hons) or equivalent degree or the students who have enrolled in an Integrated MS-PhD program with at least 55% marks and 50% for SC/ ST/ PwD candidates.
  • Such candidates will have to submit the attestation form duly certified by the Head of the current Department/ Institute

Age Criteria: 

The upper age limit for candidates who are willing to appear in this exam for Junior Research Fellowship is 28 years, as on January 1, 2021. A relaxation of 5 years is applicable for female candidates and for candidates from the SC/ST/PwD categories. OBC -NCL candidates get a relaxation of 3 years. 

There is no upper age limit for lectureship candidates.

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CSIR NET 2021 Application

CSIR NET 2021 Application Form

The application forms will be available on the official website of the examination from the first week of March 2021 for the June exam and fourth week of September 2021 for the December exam.

The following steps are to be followed to apply for the examination -

  • Visit the official website, csirnet.nta.nic.in. Click on the option for online registration.
  • Fill out the required personal and educational details as asked in the application.
  • You will then be asked to upload scanned copies of your mark sheets of the qualifying examination, photograph, signature, attestation form (if required), PwD certificate (if required), and category certificate (if required).
  • Submit the application form and pay the application fee required.
  • If you wish to edit any details in the form, the option will be provided only after the final form submission.
  • After the application form is successfully submitted, you will get your auto-generated application number. Keep this number safe for future reference.
  • Take a print out of the submitted application form and keep it safe with you.

CSIR NET 2021 Application Fee:

The application fee can be paid via online mode using a credit or debit card or net banking and it can also be paid through bank challan. For submitting the fee through bank challan, candidates can pay the amount in cash in any branch of Indian banks located within the geographical boundaries of the country. For candidates applying from Srinagar and Imphal, fees can be deposited via RTGS or NEFT to any Indian bank, as mentioned in the challan. 

The below table has the application fee for each category of candidates applying for the examination:

Category Application Fee
General/ EWS category Rs. 1000/-
OBC-NCL category Rs. 500/-
SC/ST/PwD category Rs. 250/-

CSIR NET 2021 Exam Pattern

CSIR UGC NET Admit Card 2021

To download the CSIR UGC NET Admit Card 2021, the aspirants will need to check the official website. The examination organized authority will not send the admit card by post to the aspirants. To download the admit card, the candidates will need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Open the official website of CSIR UGC NET.
  • Now click the link, “Download Admit Card/ Hall Ticket Here”
  • Provide the required details  
  • Before you download the admit card, you should check the detailed information mentioned in the card.
  • Now, you download the CSIR NET Admit card and save it.
  • Keep the hard copy of the admit card with you until the selection process will be completed. 

CSIR NET 2021 Exam Pattern

The test paper is divided into three different parts. Below is a detailed description of the three parts:

Part A - This has questions from the General Aptitude section. The main topics covered in this part are logical reasoning, quantitative analysis and comparison, series formation, analytical and numerical ability, puzzles, graph analysis, and more. Part A has 20 questions.

Part B - This section has common MCQs that cover all the topics in the syllabus of the examination. These questions will be particularly subject-wise. Part B has 40 questions.

Part C - This section has higher value analytical questions that check the application of scientific concepts and the candidate's knowledge of these concepts. Part C has 60 questions.

There are two papers for this exam -

Paper-I has 50 questions and is for 100 marks. The time duration for this paper is 60 minutes.

Paper-II has 100 questions and is for 200 marks. The time duration for this paper is 120 minutes.

Papers No of Questions Marks Total Time
Paper I 50 100 60 Minutes
Paper II 100 200 120 Minutes

CSIR NET 2021 Syllabus

CSIR NET 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus for CSIR NET 2021 is divided as per two papers - Paper-I and Paper-II.

Paper-I has questions on comprehension, general awareness, divergent thinking, and reasoning ability. These are intended to test the research aptitude, generic nature, and teaching aptitude of the students.

Paper-II has questions based on the subject that the candidates choose during the registration process. This would be questions from their Bachelor's and Master's level syllabus.

The syllabus for particular parts of the test is as follows:

Part A has general aptitude questions which would include areas of logical reasoning, numerical and analytical ability, visual analysis, quantitative analysis and more. The syllabus for this part is as follows:

Mathematics - Simplification of the number system, Series and Sequence, Quadratic equation, Time-Work related problems, Average, Ratio & Proportion, Mechanics, Problems on Ages, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound interest, Geometry, Probability, Permutation, Combination and Arrangement, Trigonometry, Mean, Mode and Median, and Data Interpretation.

Reasoning - Blood relations, letter sequence and series, direction test, figure classification dice, and symbol sequence.

Part B has specific subject-wise questions. The subjects that are covered in this part are:

Mathematical Science: Analysis, Calculus of Variations, Descriptive Statistics, Complex Analysis, Topology, Classical Mechanics, Linear Algebra, Exploratory Data Analysis, Numerical Analysis, and Ordinary Differential Equations

Chemical Sciences: Chemical periodicity, Statistical Thermodynamics, Principles Of Stereochemistry, Cages and Metal Clusters, Chemistry Of Natural Products, Acids and Bases, Organic Transformations & Reagents, Solid State, Atomic Structure & Spectroscopy, Solid State, and Organic Reactive Intermediates.

Physical Sciences: Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical Methods of Physics, Electromagnetic Theory, Classical Mechanics, Electronics and Experimental Methods, Condensed Matter Physics, Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics, and Nuclear & Particle Physics

Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences: The Earth and the Solar System, Structural Geology And Geotectonic, Applied Geology, Earth Materials, Surface Features and Processes, Geophysics, Oceans and Atmosphere, Paleontology And Its Applications, and Environmental Earth Sciences

Life Sciences: Cellular Organization, Inheritance Biology, Molecules, and their Interaction Relevant to Biology, Ecological Principles, System Physiology, Fundamental Processes, Diversity of Life forms, Cell Communication and Cell Signaling, Evolution and Behavior, and Developmental Biology

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CSIR NET Previous Years’ Question Papers

Solving previous years’ question papers as well as available mock tests is the most important part of the preparation for CSIR NET. It is considered to be one of the toughest examinations and to crack this exam successfully, regular practice is required. As the questions are repeated every few years, attempting and analyzing previous years’ papers will help you stay one step ahead with your preparation. This will also allow you to gauge how much time per question will you need to dedicate to each question as well as will improve your accuracy.

Here are some of the question papers from previous years’ CSIR NET examination:

June 2019 Chemical Sciences-


June 2019 Mathematical Sciences-


June 2019 Physical Sciences-


June 2019 Life Sciences-


June 2019 Earth Sciences-


December 2018 LIfe Sciences-


December 2018 Physical Sciences-


December 2018 Mathematical Sciences-


December 2018 Chemical Sciences-


December 2018 Earth Sciences-


Dec 2017 Chemical Sciences- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xVxnHnBq4NLI6xyps9Lv4Qs_4TGbjlhP/view

Dec 2017 Life Sciences -


Dec 2017 Mathematics-


Dec 2017 Physical Sciences-


June 2017 Earth Sciences-


CSIR NET 2021 Books

Here is a list of some of the best books for the preparation of CSIR NET 2021 (subject-wise):

CSIR NET 2021 Result&Cutoff

CSIR NET Result 2021

Once, the merit list will be published, the aspirants can check their CSIR Result 2021. The merit list will be consisting of rank and the qualified aspirants. To check the CSIR Result 2021, the candidates will need to open the official website. The candidates can check their results on the official website of the examination. To view the results, they will need to login on the website by entering their application number. To check the result, the candidates should check the following steps:

  1. Go to the official website and click the link to check the CSIR Result 2021.
  2. Provide the roll number, date of birth and security code of the aspirants
  3. Now, you have to click the ‘submit’ option
  4. Lastly, you can check the result and you need to save it for future reference. 

CSIR NET 2021 Cutoff

The results for CSIR NET 2021 are expected to be declared in 2021 for the July 2021 examination and in the third week of July 2022 for the December 2021 examination. 

The previous years’ cutoff for CSIR NET are as mentioned below:


Categories December 2019 cutoff (JRF) December 2019 cutoff (Lectureship)
General  53.63% 48.27%
OBC  46.25% 41.63%
SC 35.13% 31.62%
ST 27.50% 25%
PwD 25% 25%

Chemical Science

Categories December 2019 cutoff (JRF) December 2019 cutoff (Lectureship)
General  55.25% 49.73%
OBC  47.50% 42.75%
SC 39.75% 35.78%
ST 29.50% 26.55%
PwD 25% 25%

Life Sciences

Categories December 2019 cutoff (JRF) December 2019 cutoff (Lectureship)
General  54.50% 49.05%
OBC  45.25% 40.73%
SC 38.25% 34.43%
ST 33.25% 29.93%
PwD 25% 25%

Physical Sciences

Categories December 2019 cutoff (JRF) December 2019 cutoff (Lectureship)
General  51.06% 45.95%
OBC  44.38% 49.94%
SC 33.06% 29.75%
ST 27.81% 25.03%
PwD 25% 25%

Earth S​cience

Categories December 2019 cutoff (JRF) December 2019 cutoff (Lectureship)
General  64.29% 57.86%
OBC  57.38% 51.64%
SC 48.95% 44.06%
ST 44.31% 39.88%
PwD 29.35% 26.42%


Effect of Influential Factors on CSIR UGC NET 2021

  • Total number of appearing aspirants
  • Total number of available seats
  • The difficulty level of the question paper.


Question: Can the details in the application form be changed if they were entered wrong?

Answer: The details in the application form can be edited before the final submission of the form before you move to the payment of the application fee. Once the payment page is reached, you cannot change the details in the form anymore.

Question: Is it mandatory to answer Group A questions?

Answer: There are no mandatory questions in the test paper. Paper A has 20 questions out of which you are required to attempt any 15 questions. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer @25 %.

Question: How to prepare for CSIR NET?

Answer: To prepare well for the examination, you can follow certain strategies to get the best results. Collect previous years’ papers and practice those. Analyze the papers too and sort them subject-wise. Another thing to do is to find out the best books for the subjects and prepare the topics thoroughly. Keep your mind clear and stay focused on your target score.

Question: Which topics are most important for cracking the examination?

Answer: All the topics are equally important. You can analyze the topics to find which are the topics you are weak in and focus on these topics more.

Question: Are questions repeated in CSIR NET exams every year?

Answer: Yes, the questions are repeated in this examination every few years. This is why it is helpful for the candidates to practice and analyze previous years’ papers.

Question: How many questions should be attempted to crack CSIR NET?

Answer: According to previous years’ statistics, the percentage required to crack the examination is 53%. It is advisable to attempt around 70-75% of the questions to get a good score.

Question: How to practice aptitude questions for Part A of the paper?

Answer: You can practise online mock tests, solve problems from some books which have aptitude questions for competitive exams, and attempt previous years’ question papers. These methods will help you get a good practice of aptitude questions for the examination.

Question: What are some good books for practising CSIR NET MCQs?

Answer: Some of the best books for practising the MCQs for this examination are CSIR NET/JRF Life Sciences MCQ Practice book, Joint CSIR/UGC/NET Chemical Sciences Part- B & C, MCQ Mathematics A Guide for Exam Success, Multiple Choice Questions in Physics: For GATE CSIR UGC UPSC Tests NET SLET and other Competitive Exams, CSIR NET/JRF Sec-A, General Aptitude (Theory & Practice Book), SPRINT: MCQs CSIR-UGC NET Life Sciences, and more.

Question: Are B.Tech graduates eligible to appear for the examination?

Answer: Yes, B.Tech graduates are eligible to appear for CSIR NET 2021. However, they must meet the criteria of a minimum aggregate of 55% in their qualifying examination (50% for SC/ST/PwD candidates).

Question: What are the benefits of qualifying CSIR NET?

Answer: This exam has now been made mandatory for teaching in any university or college so that is the first benefit of qualifying the examination. After qualifying the examination, the candidates can apply for a lectureship or Junior Research Fellowship in prestigious institutions. The salary package is also good for candidates who have cleared CSIR NET.

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