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

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Apr 7, 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

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.

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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 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.

Read Detailed  CSIR NET Exam Pattern & Syllabus

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

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.

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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.


asheera jaisal
Hi... I am 34 yrs old female completed MBA and falls under OBC criteria. Am I eligible for NET exam for lectureship
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Asheera, as there is no stipulated upper age limit for lecturership, thus, you are eligible for this exam.
Hi ... I'm currently a BSc Ag 4 th year student . Am I eligible for CSIR NET in life sciences or chemical sciences exam going to be held in June 2020
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Keerthi, sorry but you are not eligible for this exam as candidates who have passed B.Sc must have also pursued integrated MS-Ph.D course with an aggregate of 55% to be eligible.
vaishnavi v
I'm completed my Btech pharmaceutical technology with 70 %. Can I able to attend the exam?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Vaishnavi, yes, you are eligible for this exam.
mohit verma
Hii I have done B.Pharm ! Am I eligible for Life Science??
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Mohit, yes, you are eligible for this subject provided you have scored at least 55% in your graduation.
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manikantasai chikka
Hi, i am a B.Pharmacy student and for which subjects am i eligible?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Manikantasai, you can choose Life Science or Chemical Science as subjects in UGC NET.
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namrata serena
Hi, i am pursuing my M.Sc in biochemistry. am i eligible to apply for both life sciences and chemical sciences too? if so, can i apply for both the categories at once and attempt the exam?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Namrata, no, you cannot apply for two subjects in this exam. Only one subject will be chosen and that too the one in which you have done your post graduation.
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Neha, yes, you will be eligible to apply for this exam in the concerned discipline provided you have scored at least 55% in your PG degree.
I am 28 years old going to be 29 years by September, 2020. I have an M.Tech in Computational Fluid Dynamics. I would like to know if I apply for the exam of CSIR-JRF for mathematics section.
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Vinayak, yes, you are eligible for this exam provided you have scored at least 55% in post graduation.
I am a M.SC biotechnology student(completed).is there any possibility to me to choose earth sciences in CSIR UGC NET test.
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Kiran, M.Sc Biotechnology students are eligible for this exam but only in Life Science subject. Thus, you cannot chose Earth Science in CSIR NET as per your qualification.
bidla ji
I have complete MHA can i eligible net exam ad which subject I apply
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Bidla, yes, you are eligible for this exam provided you have scored at least 55% in your post graduation.