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CSIR UGC NET Eligibility 2020: Age Limit, Qualifications for JRF & LS, Reservation

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Oct 21, 2020

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CSIR UGC NET Eligibility 2020 is stipulated by the NTA (National Testing Agency). Candidates willing to apply for CSIR UGC NET 2020 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. CSIR NET Exam is scheduled to be held on June 21, 2020. All the candidates are advised to go the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam.  Apply Now

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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 on July 1, 2020. There is no upper age limit for candidates applying for lectureship. Only eligible and successfully registered candidates will be issued CSIR NET 2020 Admit Card.

CSIR NET Eligibility

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2020

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 different eligibility criteria requirements for CSIR NET 2020.


  • 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 on January 1, 2020.
  • 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 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 2020:

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.

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CSIR NET Reservation

CSIR NET 2020 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 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

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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.

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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.

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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 is the eligibility criteria/ minimum qualification for NET?

Ans. M.Sc. or B.Tech./B.E./B.S. 4 Year programme 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 PhD, 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.


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.