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CSIR UGC NET Eligibility 2021: Age Limit, Qualifications for JRF & LS, Reservation

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Feb 15, 2021

CSIR UGC NET Eligibility 2021 is stipulated by the NTA (National Testing Agency). NTA determines the CSIR NET 2021 eligibility criteria based on the age group and on the educational qualification. Candidates willing to apply for CSIR UGC NET 2021 must possess M.Sc. or equivalent degree/Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years/BE/B Tech/B. Pharma /MBBS with at least 55% marks to be eligible to apply for the exam

The candidate must be an Indian citizen and should be a maximum of 28 years (33 years for SC/ ST/ PwD/ female candidates and 31 years for OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates) as of July 1, 2021. There is no upper age limit for candidates applying for lectureship. Only eligible and successfully registered candidates will be issued CSIR NET 2021 Admit Card.

CSIR NET Eligibility

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2021

Before applying for CSIR NET, candidates should go through the eligibility requirements for CSIR NET. If any candidate is found to be ineligible at later stages then the candidature would be rejected straightaway. Aspirants can check below the different eligibility criteria requirements for CSIR NET 2021.


  • The candidate must be an Indian citizen.
  • If any candidate is found otherwise, the application form of that particular candidate will be rejected. 

CSIR NET Age Limit

  • Maximum age limit prescribed for the award of Joint Research Fellowship (JRF) is 28 years as of January 1, 2021.
  • Upper age limit may be relaxed up to 5 years for reserved category candidates (SC/ST/Persons with Disability (PwD) and female applicants) and 3 years for OBC – Non-creamy layer candidates.
  • There is no stipulated age limit for the Lectureship.

CSIR NET Educational Qualification Requirements

  • Candidates must have a degree in B.Pharma or BE or B. Tech or MSc or MBBS or Integrated BS-MS or any other science degree with at least 55% marks.
  • 5% marks relaxation is given to candidates who belong to reserved category.
  • Aspirants who are currently pursuing an M.Sc and have completed graduation (10+2+3) are also eligible for this examination.
  • Candidates who have done B.Sc or if they are pursuing the Integrated MS-PhD program and have got a minimum 55% marks then they are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who have completed graduation from a science or engineering background can also get the fellowship, provided they register for Ph.D. or Ph.D. integrated program within two years.

The table below provides a description for relevant degree/ academic background to choose a particular stream for CSIR NET 2021:

Subject Eligibility
Life Science Pursued academic qualification in Life Science only
Chemical Science Have a degree in M.Sc./BS/B-Tech or equivalent qualification in Chemistry with required percentage mentioned above
Earth Science Pursued M.Sc./BS-MS/BS-4 Years/B-Pharma or any equivalent degree in the field of Earth Science within the required qualifying criteria.
 Mathematics Pursued M.Sc./BS-MS/BS/B-Tech or any equivalent degree in the field of Mathematics to meet the eligibility requirements
Physical Science Possess a valid degree of M.Sc. Physics or BS-MS in Physics or any equivalent degree within the required percentage


  • Candidates who are enrolled in M.Sc. program or those who have completed 10+2+3 years of education are also eligible to apply under the Result Awaited (RA) category on the condition that they will complete the qualifying degree with qualifying marks within the 2 year validity period to be eligible for the fellowship from the effective start date.
  • PhD holders who completed Masters’ degree before September 19, 1992,  with 50% marks are only eligible for lectureship.
  • Candidates who will qualify for Lectureship will be eligible for recruitment as Lecturers as well as for Junior Research Fellowship in a Scheme/Project, if otherwise suitable. However, they will not be eligible for Regular JRF-NET Fellowship.
  • For the award of JRF (NET), candidates will receive fellowship either from CSIR or UGC as per their assignment or from schemes with which they may find an association.
  • Candidates declared eligible for Junior Research Fellowship under UGC scheme and Lectureship will be governed by UGC rules/regulations in this regard.

Read Detailed  CSIR NET Exam Pattern & Syllabus

CSIR NET Reservation

CSIR NET 2021 Reservation Criteria

CSIR has stipulated certain guidelines with respect to relaxation minimum marks required and upper age limit for candidates from different reserved categories (SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD) and female applicants

Category wise CSIR NET Relaxation of marks for eligible candidates from reserved categories is specified in the table below:

Category Relaxation in marks (In percentage)
Other Backward Classes 5%
Scheduled Caste 5%
Scheduled Tribe 5%

Candidates can also check the relaxation applicable for reserved category candidates in the upper age limit.

Category Relaxation in Age Limit (in years)
Female 5
SC 5
ST 5
OBC (non-creamy layer) 3
Persons with disability (PwD) 5

Selection of Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship

While filling the CSIR UGC NET Application Form candidate has to mention whether he/she is applying for JRF or LS based on their eligibility and give their preference in such a manner.

  • A candidate who applies for JRF and fulfils the laid down eligibility criteria for Lectureship also will be considered for both JRF & LS.
  • If a candidate is found to be over-aged for JRF (NET), he/she will only be considered for Lectureship (NET).
  • Option/preference given by the candidate in his/her application form is final and request for change will not be entertained at any later stage.
  • The number of candidates qualifying the exam depends on the number of fellowships available & performance in the test, subject to the condition that they fulfil the laid down eligibility criteria.
  • Candidates with M.Sc qualification OR under M.Sc Result Awaited (RA) category shall be eligible for Lectureship (LS) subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria as laid down by the UGC.

CSIR Eligibility for NET LS/JRF Exam [Subject Wise]

  1. CSIR NET Eligibility for Life Science – As per CSIR NET Eligibility for Life Science, the candidates are required to have any of the above-mentioned degrees in Life Science only.
  2. CSIR NET Chemical Science Eligibility – As per CSIR Eligibility, the candidates must have valid M.Sc./BS/B-Tech or equivalent qualification in Chemistry with required percentage criteria mentioned above.
  3. CSIR NET Earth Science Eligibility – The CSIR Exam Eligibility guidelines for Earth Science tells that the candidates must have completed M.Sc./BS-MS/BS-4 Years/B-Pharma or any equivalent degree in the field of Earth Science within the required qualifying criteria.
  4. CSIR NET Mathematics Eligibility Criteria – The CSIR NET aspirants are required to have a valid degree in M.Sc./BS-MS/BS/B-Tech or any equivalent study for Mathematics to fulfill the CSIR Eligibility conditions for Maths.
  5. CSIR NET Eligibility for Physical Science – In accordance with CSIR NET Eligibility for Physical Science, the candidates are required to have a valid degree of M.Sc. Physics or BS-MS in Physics or any related degree passed within the required percentage.

Download  CSIR NET Practice Papers

Frequently Asked Questions

CSIR UGC NET Eligibility FAQ 

Ques.  What is the maximum age for appearing in CSIR UGC NET Exam?

Ans. The upper age limit for applying for the award of JRF shall be 28 years, which is relaxed up to 5 years for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Schedule Tribes, Women, Physically Handicapped, and 3 years for OBCs. However, there is no upper age limit for those applying for Lectureship.

Ques.  What are the eligibility criteria/ minimum qualification for NET?

Ans. M.Sc. or B.Tech./B.E./B.S. 4 Year program or an equivalent degree, with a minimum of 55% marks for general & OBC and 50% marks for SC/ST candidates, physically and visually handicapped candidates.

Ques.  What is the maximum term for JRF?

Ans. The total tenure as JRF plus SRF(NET) will not exceed five years. This will include the tenure of Fellowship awarded by UGC/DST/DBT/ICMR/ICAR etc or any other funding agency/Institution.

Ques.  Is there a provision of stipend for those who qualify for JRFs?

Ans. The stipend of a JRF selected through CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) will be INR 31000/ p.m for the first two years. On completion of two years as JRF and if the fellow is registered for Ph.D., the fellowship will be upgraded to SRF (NET) and the stipend will be increased to INR 35000/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent years.

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


bhavani sree raguru
I completed my btech am I eligible for csir net exam Or should I have to complete my mtech
jangili thilak
I am mtech thermal engineering 2nd I eligible to apply csir ugc net exam.....for admission in to PHD thermal subject
abdul nazir

Hi Jangili Thilak, Yes you are very much eligible to apply on condition that you will secure a minimum aggregate of 55% at degree level. Also the upper age limit is 28 years with relaxation for reserved category. There is however no upper age limit for assistant professorship. To know more details visit CSIR UGC NET 2021.

manoj yadav
I am Btech civil engineering Kaya Mai earth science me csir jrf me apply kar sakta hu kyoki civil engineering me earth science related subject hota hai
abdul nazir

Hi Manoj, To be eligible to apply for CSIR UGC NET in earth science subject, the basic required academic qualification is a M.Sc./BS-MS/BS-4 Years/B-Pharma or any equivalent degree in the field of Earth Science. There are other age and nationality related criterias that need to be followed as well. To know more details visit CSIR UGC NET exam.

seraphine joyce
I have done my m.pharm .am I eligible to apply for lectureship

Hi Seraphine

You can visit on our officail webiste of CSIR UGC NET Eligibility Criteria to check the whole critereia of the examand in which course you can apply

neha chaurasia
I am 28 year old, MBA ( MAjor HR) passout 2018. I have question If i don't have my MBA marksheet physically have those in digital form.If i clear the exam so whether i can show digital marksheets to them.
arvind kumar

Hi Neha, Greetings. NTA conducts CSIR UGC NET. You must collect your physical marksheet and you can certainly present the digital marksheet. For more details visit: CSIR UGC NET EXAM

vijendra kumar
Sir I have MSc(Mathematics) with 53.1% And 26 yr 4 months old as on 1st Jan 2020. So can I apply for NET.

Hi Vijendra

Yes you can apply for the exam as you qualify all the eligibility requirements. YOu can visit on our official website of CSIR UGC NET to find more details about the exam and how you can apply for the exam.

I am 32 years old, a working professional. I have a BTech Electrical Engineering, am I eligible for CSIR NET 2021? Is there any scope for me?

HI Rajan

Greetings of the day

The upper age limit to apply for the exam is 28 years but there is some relaxation for the reserved category. YOu can check out all the eligibility criteria of the exam on our official website of CSIR UGC NET Eligibility to see if you are eligible for the exam

I've read it and its written "There is no upper age limit for candidates applying for lectureship". For lectureship would BTech be enough or do I need a Masters? The link doesn't sprecify these details exactly. Please assist.
arvind kumar

Hi Rajan, Greetings. CSIR UGC NET NTA (National Testing Agency). You can certainly apply for the exam. For more details visit: CSIR UGC NET EXAM

priyansu behera
Sir i am persuing MSc in Bioinformatics. Am i eligible for giving GATE or CSIR NET?

Hi Priyanshu

YOu can visit on our official website of CSIR UGC NET Eligibility to get the whole eligibility criteria of the exam. You can check out for the exam pattern and syllabus if you meet the eligibility criteria for prepapration.

Hello im final year Pharm D (Doctor of pharmacy) Student and my graduation will be complete in june 2021.. am i eligible to write csir net life science exam in 2021 june ?
abdul nazir

Hi Sahaja, yes you are eligible on condition that you will secure at least 55% marks aggregate in the qualifying examination. For more details on CSIR UGC NET eligibility click here.

Passing or qualifications marks for CSIR net life sc in JRF
abdul nazir

Hi Krishna, To qualify one needs to secure at least 33% marks for general category and 25% for reserved category, For more details on CSIR UGC NET cut off click here.

midde pratyusha raj
Hello! I am pursuing pharm-d, am I eligible to apply for the CSIR UGC NET exam in life sciences?
abdul nazir

Hi Pratyusha, You have to qualify a degree in life sciences to be eligible with minimum 55% marks. hence with pharm d you are eligible only if you have 55% aggregate. Click here for detailed CSIR UGC NET eligibility.

uzair bashir
Hello I have done my mlt am I eligible in any course
kunal kumar d d
Hi, I did BSc Agriculture + MSc Bioinformatics . Which subject I must choose for CSIR-UGC NET.
abdul nazir

Hi Kunal, There are 5 subjects to choose for CSIR UGC NET, For subject wise eligibility and other details click here.

khushboo upadhyay
Hi, I have pursued MSc in Zoology, can I apply for UGC-NET?
abdul nazir

Hi Khushboo, There are no subject for zoology, hence you are not eligible. Click here for more details on UGC NET.

I have done my Bsc MLT am i eligible in life science or Earth science ?

Hello Tarh,

No, only the students who have completed BSc. in Earth Science or Life science are eligible for Earth Science or life science.

I'm doing my PhD related to earth science but i have done my masters in Physics. Can I do the CSIR NET exam in Earth science?

Hello Alice,

No you can not apply for Earth Science. You can only apply for the subject through which you’ve completed your graduation.

sahil sharma
Hi sir I'm Sahil Sharma I pass out last year MSc Zoology Please guide me how I clear csir net exam

Hi Sahil. To get the preparation tips for MSc Zoology, you can click here – Practice papers for UGC NET.

Hi. I completed my B.Tech CSE in 2015 and I am 30 yrs old female. Am I eligible for NET JRF?

Hi Rohini. Yes, you are eligible for the exam since for JRF, age limit for women is 33 years.

Pranam sir ! Mein bsc zoology student hnu . Kya mein apply kar sakti hnu

Hi Priyanka. Unfortunately you can not apply for the exam since minimum educational qualification is postgraduation.

ajita jaiswal
I have done MSC zoology in 2013 my DOB IS 17.12.1985 obc in category .Am I eligible for CSIR NET JRF or only lecture ship

Hi Ajita. Sorry to inform you that you are not eligible for JRF since the age limit for women is 35 years. But, you are eligible for Lecturership.