NTA has released the CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021. It is such that the question paper contains 120 questions of 200 marks. Further, the question paper is divided into 3 sections – A, B, and C. Part A is common in all subjects and will test candidates’ general aptitude whereas Part B and C will have subject-specific questions. Each section contains a different number of questions and also the total questions that candidates need to attempt are different for every subject.
CSIR NET Exam will be conducted for 5 subjects – Chemical Science, Earth Science, Life Science, Mathematical Science, and Physical Science. Candidates have to indicate their opted subject while filling the online application form. Candidates need to complete their respective papers in a duration of three hours. Read further to know about CSIR NET Exam Pattern, section-wise number of questions, marking scheme, and syllabus for all the five subjects.
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In Chemical Sciences paper, there will be a total of 120 multiple choice questions, out of which candidates have to attempt only 75 questions.
The infograph below explains the section-wise exam pattern for Chemical Sciences:
CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Syllabus is divided into 4 sections:
In Earth Sciences exam, candidates have to answer a maximum of 15, 35 and 25 questions out of 20, 50 and 80 questions in Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively.
The infograph below explains the section-wise exam pattern for Earth Sciences:
CSIR NET Earth Sciences Syllabus is divided in various section tabulated below:
Part-A, Part-B and Part-C will have 20, 50 and 75 questions, out of which candidates are supposed to answer any 15, 35 and 25 questions respectively.
The infograph below explains the section-wise exam pattern for Life Sciences:
There are 13 major topics under the CSIR NET Life Sciences syllabus. Candidates can check the detailed topic-wise syllabus from the below table:
|Molecules and their Interaction||Cellular Organization|
|Cell Communication and Cell Signaling||Developmental Biology|
|Fundamental Processes||System Physiology-Animals|
|Inheritance Biology||System Physiology-Plant|
|Diversity of Life Forms||Evolution and Behaviour|
|Ecological Principles||Photosynthesis, Respiration and photorespiration, Nitrogen metabolism, Plant hormones, Sensory photobiology, Solute transport and photoassimilate translocation, Secondary metabolites and Stress physiology.|
|Methods in Biology||Applied Biology|
CSIR NET Mathematical Sciences exam will have 20, 40 and 60 questions, however, candidates have to attempt only 15, 25 and 20 questions in Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively.
The infograph below explains the section-wise exam pattern for Earth Sciences:
There are four units in CSIR NET Mathematical Sciences Syllabus. All students are supposed to answer Unit 1 questions, students with mathematics background may attempt additional questions from Unit 2 and 3 whereas students with statistics background are expected to solve problems of Unit 4. Unit-wise syllabus of CSIR NET Mathematical Sciences is tabulated below:
There will be 20, 25 and 30 questions in Part-A, Part-B and Part-C, out of which a maximum of 15, 20 and 20 questions respectively have to be answered by the candidates.
The infograph below explains the section-wise exam pattern for Physical Sciences:
Physical Science Syllabus is divided in two levels- Core and Advanced. Candidates can check the syllabus below:
|Levels||CSIR NET Physical Sciences Syllabus|
|Core||Mathematical Methods of Physics, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics, Electronics and Experimental Methods|
|Advanced||Mathematical Methods of Physics, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics, Electronics and Experimental Methods, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Nuclear and Particle Physics|
It is very crucial to refer to previous years’ question papers to know the exam pattern and syllabus. Practicing from old question papers is as good as taking the exam before the actual exam. Candidates can download CSIR NET Question Papers PDFs of June 2019 Session from below links:
|Subjects||CSIR NET Question Papers|
Some of the recommended books to prepare for CSIR UGC NET 2020 are listed below. Candidates can avail the books from any online store or shop in the market.
|CSIR NET Subject||CSIR NET Book||Publisher/ Author|
|Chemical Sciences||UGC-CSIR JRF/ NET Chemical Sciences (Chemistry)||Trueman’s|
|Earth Sciences||Joint CSIR-UGC NET Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences||R. Gupta’s|
|Life Sciences||UGC CSIR NET/ SET (JRF & LS) Life Sciences||Arihant|
|Mathematical Sciences||CSIR-UGC NET/ SET (JRF & LS) Mathematical Sciences||Khanna Publishers|
|Physical Science||CSIR-UGC NET/ JRF/ SET Physical Sciences||Upkar’s|
The important instructions related to CSIR UGC NET 2021 are as follows:
Ques. How many subjects are there in CSIR NET exam?
Ans. CSIR NET exam is conducted for 5 subjects – Chemical Science, Earth Science, Life Science, Mathematical Science and Physical Science.
Ques. How many parts are there in CSIR UGC NET exam?
Ans. CSIR NET exam has 3 parts – Part-A, Part-B, and Part-C. Part 'A' will be the same in all subjects and will test candidates’ General Aptitude with emphasis on logical reasoning, graphical analysis, analytical and numerical ability, quantitative comparison, series formation, puzzles etc. Part-B will have subject-related conventional questions generally covering the topics given in the syllabus. Part - C will have higher-order questions that may test the candidate's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts.
Ques. What if a candidate attempts more questions than the required number of questions?
Ans. If any candidate attempts more than the required number of questions then only the First Set of required questions will be considered for evaluation.
Ques. Is there negative marking applicable in CSIR NET exam?
Ans. Yes, Negative marking is applicable in all the subjects except Part C of Mathematical Sciences.
Ques. In what languages CSIR NET Exam will be set?
Ans. CSIR NET Exam will be set in English and Hindi languages.
Ques. Will there be a break between Part A, Part B and Part C of the test?
Ans. No, there will be no break in the exam, candidates will have to finish the test in one go.
Ques. Is it necessary to take UGC NET coaching?
Ans. Taking UGC NET coaching is not mandatory if you think you can cover the entire syllabus independently. You can check these preparation strategies and study tables for guidance.
Ques. Can UGC NET be cracked in first attempt?
Ans. If you are proficient in your subject and take the preparation seriously right from the beginning, you can easily crack UGC NET in the first attempt.
Ques. Is the NET exam applicable for mechanical engineering?
Ans. No, there is no specific paper for mechanical engineering through UGC NTA NET or CSIR NET. However, with a B. Tech degree, you can sit for CSIR NET but apply for JRF only.
Ques. Are questions repeated in CSIR UGC NET life science?
Ans. Yes, certain questions do get repeated from previous years and you can notice a pattern when you go through the previous years’ question papers thoroughly.
Ques. Is the NET exam offline or online?
Ans. NET is entirely conducted online since the past few years. Previously it used to be conducted offline before the exam was taken over by NTA.
Ques. Is the UGC NET exam a descriptive type?
Ans. No, UGC NET is an objective type exam. You can learn more about the exam pattern.
Ques. How to prepare CSIR in three months?
Ans. You can easily prepare for CSIR NET in three months if you spare 10+ hours on average every day for your studies. Study previous year question papers to figure out the topics which are more important. Plan a study schedule dedicating more time to the important topics. Since there is negative marking try not to keep quality over quantity while preparing so that you are sure of all the answers you have written.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.