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CSIR UGC NET 2018 is expected to be held on June 17, 2018. The exam is conducted to offer Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship to the qualified candidates in major universities of India. CSIR NET Application form has been released at the official website. Check How to apply for CSIR NET 2018

CSIR UGC NET is conducted for five different subjects. The first section is common for all. The second section contains subject related MCQs while the third section comprises analytical questions of higher concepts. Check CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern in detail

  • Admit Cards will be released in the first week of June 2018.
  • The paper comprises MCQs worth 200 marks with questions designed differently for each stream.
  • Result of the exam will be released in form of merit list at the official website post successful conduct of examination.

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Highlights

Conducting Body Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Official Website csirhrdg.res.in
Exam Type National Level Examination
Exam Date June 17, 2018
Eligibility Criteria 50% marks in qualifying examination
Age limit for JFR: 28 years No age limit for Lectureship
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Offline
Duration 3 hours

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Dates

The applications for CSIR UGC NET 2018 can be filled on the official website starting from March 5, 2018. Admit Card for the successfully registered candidates will be released in the first week of June 2018. As mentioned earlier, the exam is scheduled for June 17, 2018. UGC NET Result is expected to be released in July 2018. Take a quick look at the important events of CSIR UGC NET.

Event Date Reference Links 
Online Application Form starts from March 5, 2018 CSIR UGC NET Application ends on March 26, 2018

Last Date for Receipt of Written Request for Change of Examination Centre (Only on Merit Basis)

April 19, 2018 -

Tentative Date of Publication of List of Candidates Registered for Test on CSIR, HRDG Website

May 18, 2018 -
Availability of CSIR UGC NET Admit Card 1st week of June 2018 Download Admit Card from csirhrdg.res.in
CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Date June 17, 2018 Question paper is divided into three parts
Result Declaration July 2018 Check CSIR UGC NET Result online at csirhrdg.res.in

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Eligibility

There are certain eligibility requirements which must be fulfilled by the candidates in order to appear for CSIR UGC NET 2018 exam. Following are the CSIR UGC NET Eligibility conditions which are required of the aspiring candidates:

Educational Qualification  

M.Sc or an equivalent degree / Integrated BS-MS / BS - 4 years / BE / B. Tech / B. Pharma / MBBS.

  • Minimum Marks: 55% marks for General Candidates (50% for SC / ST / physically and visually handicapped candidates)
  • Qualifying Exam 1: M.Sc or those who have completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination, are also eligible to apply.
  • Qualifying Exam 2: BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or candidates enrolled in Integrated MS-PhD program can apply as well.
  • Qualifying Exam 3: Bachelor’s degree / enrolled for PhD / Integrated PhD program
  • Qualifying Exam 4: PhD degree holders, who have passed Master’s degree before September 19, 1991 with minimum 50% marks, are eligible to apply for only Lectureship.

Age Limit

  • For Junior Research Fellowship (NET): Candidates should be a maximum of 28 years of age as on 01-01-2018. The upper age limit can be relaxed up to 5 years for SC / ST / OBC-NCL / Physically or Visually handicapped and female candidates.
  • For Lectureship (NET): There is no upper age limit.

UGC NET 2018 Application Form

The Application for CSIR UGC NET 2018 can be filled through online mode only. All the processes including Pre-exam stages and post exam announcements will be carried out on the official website. Here’s how you can apply for the ace exam.


  1. Go to the official website
  2. Ensure your eligibility as per the mentioned criteria.
  3. Register with your email ID and contact number and system will auto generate unique registration number post successful registration.
  4. Use the registration number and other details to login and complete the application form.

Form Filling

  1. Enter the required details such as personal details, educational history and family background. Details required to be filled in CSIR UGC NET 2018 Application Form are listed below:
Personal Information Education History Family Background
Name Class X Marks Guardians’ Name
Date of Birth Class XII Marks Guardians’ Income
Sex Graduation Marks Category

Uploading Documents

  1. Attach your recent passport size colored photograph and scanned signature

Here are some important instructions which must be kept in mind while attaching your photograph

  • CSIR UGC NET 2018 Photo Size: 10 Kb to 100 Kb
  • CSIR UGC NET 2018 Photograph Background: White
  • Details on CSIR UGC NET 2018 Photo: Photograph having a white background with clearly mentioned name of the candidate along with the date of taking photograph, must be used.
  • Photograph Date: Photo must be taken on or after Jan 01, 2018.
  • Photograph should not have cap or goggles. Spectacles are allowed if used regularly.

Here are some points that must be kept in mind while attaching your recent scanned signature

  • CSIR UGC NET 2018 signature image size: 3 Kb to 20 Kb
  • CSIR UGC NET 2018 right-hand index finger impression size: 3 Kb to 20 Kb
  • Image Format: JPG only
  • Signature Background: White
  • Signature Style: The Signature should be done with a running hand

Payment of Fee

  1. Application Fee in CSIR UGC NET can be paid through Challan or NEFT. The application Fee for each category is listed below
Category Application Fee
General Candidates INR 1000

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Admit Card

Admit Card for CSIR UGC NET will be published at the official website from first week of June 2018. The Admit Cards will not be sent by post and candidates will have to download the admit card from the website. Here’s how you can download your CSIR UGC NET Admit Card.

  1. Visit the Official website of UGC NET.
  2. Click on the link: “Download Admit Card/Hall Ticket here”.
  3. Enter the required details.
  4. Verify all the information mentioned on the Admit Card
  5. Download and save your CSIR UGC NET Admit Card
  6. Obtain hard copy for future reference.

Admit Card is the most important document to be carried at the Exam Center. However, it must be supported with a valid photo id issued by the government of India preferably Aadhar Card.

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern

CSIR UGC NET exam is conducted for research and fellowship in science streams. The exam will be conducted in offline mode for a duration of 180 minutes. The exam will be conducted in two sessions viz. Forenoon and Afternoon session. Take a sneak peek at the important details of CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern.

Features Description
Mode of exam Pen and Paper mode
Format of exam Multiple Choice Questions
Exam Duration 3 hours
Session Timings Forenoon Session – 9 AM to 12 PM Afternoon Session – 2 PM to 5 PM
Total marks 200
List of Subjects Life Sciences Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Mathematical Sciences Chemical Sciences Physical Sciences

CSIR UGC NET Syllabus 2018

In order to invest your efforts in the right direction and make wise use of them, you should know exactly which topics you have to cover from the CSIR NET Syllabus and which topics you should set on high priority?

Life Sciences

The CSIR NET Life Sciences Syllabus is very huge. We have divided the complete syllabus in 13 Major Points. Kindly check the complete Syllabus for CSIR NET Life Sciences below.

Chemical Science

CSIR NET Chemical Sciences is divided into 4 sub-topics – Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Interdisciplinary topics. Find the complete CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Syllabus Below.

  1. Inorganic Chemistry
  2. Organic Chemistry
  3. Physical Chemistry
  4. Interdisciplinary topics

Earth Sciences

To distinguish between Part-B and Part-C Syllabus of CSIR NET Earth Sciences, we have mentioned them separately. Please note down the complete syllabus to prepare well!

Earth Science Syllabus (Part-B)

Earth Science Syllabus (Part-C)


  1. Physical Geography
  2. Geophysics
  3. Meteorology
  4. Ocean Sciences

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Cut Off

The cut off marks for CSIR UGC NET is the minimum marks required to get shortlisted for fellowships. Cut Off marks is expected to be declared separately for each subject. The cut off is devised considering numerous factors including,

  • Total number of appearing candidates
  • Total number of available seats
  • Difficulty level of the question paper.

The previous year cut off for CSIR UGC NET can indicate the exam trends and help candidates understand the upcoming exam cut off. The expected CSIR UGC NET 2018 Cut Off data is provided below.

Cut Off JRF LS
General 120 110
OBC 110 100
SC / ST 100 90

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Result

The Result will be published in form of merit list at the official website. It will be published differently for each stream. The merit list will comprise names of qualified candidates with their ranks. Here’s how you can check your CSIR UGC NET 2018 Result

  1. Visit the CSIR website and click on the link pertaining to the relevant exam.
  2. Enter your roll number, date of birth and security code.
  3. Click on “Submit” button.
  4. View the result and save it your computer.

The conducting body will release 2 separate merit lists for JRF NET and LS NET stream. It is expected to specify details about the candidates such as:

  • Roll Number
  • Rank obtained
  • Marks secured

The preparation of the merit list is done on the basis of performance of candidates in July 2018 exam.

It should be noted that those who qualify LS NET will be deemed eligible for JRF only in a Scheme or Project. However, they will not be eligible for Regular JRF NET Fellowship. The results will be valid for a period of two years, within which the candidate can join the CSIR fellowship. Following completion of two years, Result of the candidates will be considered invalid for admission to fellowships.

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Recommended Book

CSIR UGC NET exam is comprise questions from the following topics:

  • Chemical Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematical Science

In order to ace this exam, candidates are required to prepare accordingly and for that there are several books which can prove to be helpful. List of such books has been tabulated below for each topic covered.

Chemical Science

Books recommended to cover this section are as follows:

Book Author
Physical Chemistry Samuel Glasstone
Biological inorganic chemistry : structure and reactivity Ivano Bertini
Inorganic and organometallic polymers Chandrasekhar, Vadapalli
Trueman’s UGC-CSIR JRF/NET Chemical Sciences (Chemistry) B. Roy,M. Gagan
Pearson Guide to UGC-CSIR Chemical Sciences Sanjay Singh Rawal

Physical Science

Preparation books for Physical Science have been given below:

Book Author
CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Physical Sciences Dr. Surekha Tomar
UGC-CSIR NET (JRF & LS) Physical Science W.Malemnganba Chenglei
Physical Sciences CSIR-JRF-Net Gate Tomar
Joint CSIR UGC-NET: Physical Science (Part-A, B & C RPH Editorial Board
UGC CSIR JRF/Net Physical Sciences Sunil Kushwaha

Mathematical Science

The recommended books for Mathematical Science are:

Book Author
Mathematical Sciences for UGC-CSIR Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Lectureship  Prasad
Mathematical Science Manual CSIR UGC/NET/SLET & Lectureship – Jupiter Renu Sharma, Awadhesh Kumar Mishra
Net Mathematical Sciences – Vol. 1 UGC CSIR Satya Prakashan 
UGC-CSIR JRF/NET Mathematical Sciences (Also Useful For SET)  G. K. Publications Pvt. Ltd 
NET Mathematical Sciences – Vol. 2 UGC CSIR Satya Prakashan
UGC-CSIR NET (JRF & LS) Mathematical Science Pawan Sharma, Anshuman, Suraj Singh

Life Science

The books for preparing for Life Sciences are given below.

Subject Author
Microbial Biotechnology Glick
Plant physiology Salisbury and Ross.
Ecology PD Sharma
Immunology Kuby
Genetics Gardener
Biochemistry A student survival guide
Biochemical Techniques Keith wilson and walker
Genes to Clones winnacker
Principles of Biochemistry Lehninger

Earth Science

The preparation books for the Earth Science are given below.

Book Author
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Exam Guide CSIR UGC NET Surendra Kumar

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