CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024: Age Limit & Minimum Qualification for JRF/LS

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Eligibility Test 2024 ( CSIR NET )

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Exam On: 25 Jun '24 - 27 Jun '24

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Chitwan Sharma
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Updated on May 8, 2024 10:31 IST

CSIR NET Notification 2024 for the June Session was released by the NTA soon on the official website. CSIR prescribes CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024 along with the notification in terms of age limit, educational qualification and nationality. CSIR JRF Age Limit is 28 years. Candidates must hold an MSc/BE/Integrated BS-MS/BS four-year degree/BPharma/BTech/MBBS with 55 per cent. Read below for more details on CSIR NET Eligibility for JRF and LS.

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CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024 is the most important aspect of the CSIR UGC NET 2024 exam which is conducted by the NTA two times a year. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) prescribes the CSIR NET eligibility in terms of age limit, educational qualification and nationality. CSIR JRF age limit is 28 years. There is no upper age limit for Lectureship. Candidates must hold an MSc/BE/Integrated BS-MS/BS four-year degree/B Pharma/BTech/MBBS with 55 per cent. Before filling out the application form for the CSIR NET 2024 exam, it is important for candidates to check the CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria.

CSIR NET 2024 Notification was released by the NTA for the June session. The CSIR NET Application Form 2024 was made available from May 1 to 21, 2024. The CSIR NET June 2024 exam will be conducted on June 25, 26 & 27, 2024. The exam is conducted in five papers- Mathematical Science, Life Science, Chemical Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. 

Q:   What is the eligibility criteria to apply for the CSIR-NET?

A:
The CSIR NET exam is conducted for the Junior Research Fellowship and for the Lectureship in Science and Technology subjects. The eligibility criteria for the CSIR NET are as follows: (a) Academic criteria: 1. The applicant must have a degree in any of the following: B.Tech, BE, B.Pharma MBBS B.Sc. (Hons. ), or M.Sc. 2. Candidates with Bachelor's-level degrees, such as B.Tech, can only apply for JRFs and not lectureships. 3. The applicant must have a minimum of 55 percent in their degree course. (b) Age criteria: 1. The upper age limit for CSIR NET is 28 years for JRF, which is relaxed to 5 years for certain categories. 2. If you want to apply for the position of assistant professor, there is no age limit.

Q:   How many attempts are allowed in CSIR NET exam?

A:
There is no limit on the number of attempts for the CSIR NET (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Eligibility Test) exam. A candidate can appear for the exam as many times as they wish, provided they fulfill the eligibility criteria. However, it's important to note that the validity of the CSIR NET scorecard is only for two years from the date of the result declaration. Therefore, if a candidate wants to use their CSIR NET score for the purpose of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or lectureship, they must apply for these positions within the validity period of the scorecard. It's also important to note that the CSIR NET exam is conducted twice a year, usually in June and December. Therefore, the candidates have two opportunities each year to appear for the exam and improve their score.

Q:   How many candidates qualify CSIR NET exam for Lectureship every year?

A:
The number of candidates who qualify for Lectureship (LS) through the CSIR NET exam varies every year and depends on several factors such as the number of vacancies, the difficulty level of the exam, and the number of candidates who appeared for the exam. The CSIR Sets a cut-off score for LS based on the performance of candidates in the exam. Candidates who score equal to or above the cut-off score for LS are considered eligible for Lectureship, subject to meeting other eligibility criteria. Around 4,000 candidates qualify the CSIR UGC NET exam for Lectureship every year. In June 2019, a total of 3,690 candidates qualified the exam for Lectureship. Qualified candidates can further apply for the position of Assistant Professor in Indian colleges and universities.

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024

Candidates must meet CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024 to appear for the upcoming exam. It is the minimum criteria that candidates must fulfil before appearing for the exam. Candidates' CSIR NET Application Form will be rejected if they do not meet the eligibility criteria. CSIR NET age limit, educational qualification, number of attempts, etc. are the important criteria for CSIR NET eligibility.

Also Read:

CSIR NET Exam Pattern 2024

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024: Exam Overview

The Highlights for the CSIR NET 2024 exam are mentioned in the table below:

Exam Features

Exam Particulars

Exam Name

CSIR NET (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Eligibility Test)

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam Level

National

Exam Frequency

Twice a year

Mode of Exam

Online - CBT (Computer-Based Test)

Exam Fees

  • INR 1,100 for the General category
  • INR 550 for OBC
  • INR 275 for SC/ ST/ Third Gender
  • INR 0 for PwD

Exam Duration

180 minutes

No. of Papers and Total Marks

  • Paper-1: 200 marks
  • Paper-2: 200 marks

Total Questions

150 MCQs in each Paper

Language/Medium of Exam

English and Hindi

Official Website

https://csirnet.nta.ac.in/

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024: Nationality

Only candidates who are Indian citizens are eligible to apply for CSIR NET 2024 exam.

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024: Minimum Educational Qualification

  • Candidates need to possess either of the below-mentioned qualifications with at least 55 per cent marks (for General and OBC) or 50 per cent marks (for Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates). 

MSc or equivalent degree

Integrated BS-MS

BS (4 years)

BE

BTech

BPharma

MBBS

  • Candidates enrolled for MSc or having completed 10-2-3 years of MSc or equivalent degree/Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years/BE/BTech/ BPharma/ MBBS as of the last date of the CSIR NET Application Form 2024 are also eligible to apply under the Result Awaited (RA) category. However, the condition for RA category candidates is such that they should complete their qualifying degree with the required percentage of marks within the validity period of two years from the date of declaration of the Joint CSIR UGC NET result failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.
  • Candidates holding a BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree or candidates enrolled in an integrated MS-PhD program with at least 55 per cent marks (50 per cent for SC/ST/PwD candidates) are also eligible to apply for the exam. However, candidates holding an undergraduate degree will be eligible for a CSIR fellowship only after getting registered for PhD/Integrated PhD course within the validity period of two years, informs the official website.
  • Candidates possessing only a Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) only and not for the Lectureship (LS)/Assistant Professor. For instance, BE/BS/BTech/BPharma/MBBS final year/result awaited candidates are eligible to apply for JRF only. 
  • Candidates who possess a PhD degree and who have passed their master’s before September 19, 1991, with at least 50 per cent marks are eligible to apply for lectureship only.

CSIR NET Life Science Eligibility

To be eligible for the CSIR NET Life Science exam, candidates must fulfil the CSIR NET Life Science Eligibility which is mentioned below:

  • Educational Qualification: Candidates must have a Master of Science (M.Sc.) or equivalent degree in Life Sciences, with a minimum of 55% marks (50% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) or a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology, with a minimum of 55% marks (50% for SC/ST/OBC candidates)
  • Nationality: Candidates must be Indian nationals
  • Age limit: The upper age limit for the CSIR NET exam is 28 years. However, there is an age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates and 3 years for women candidates

CSIR NET Eligibility for OBC

Candidates can refer to the table for CSIR NET Eligibility for OBC.

Category Educational Qualification Age Limit
OBC Master's degree in Science or equivalent degree with at least 55 per cent marks 31 years 

Note: There is also an age relaxation of 5 years for female candidates and candidates with disabilities.

CSIR NET Eligibility for Female

Candidates can refer to the table for CSIR NET Eligibility for OBC.

Q:   Is it mandatory to appear for all three parts of the CSIR NET exam?

A:
No, it is not mandatory to appear for all three parts of the CSIR NET exam. The three parts of the exam are: Part A: This part consists of General Aptitude questions, which are common to all subjects. It is compulsory for all candidates to attempt this part. Part B: This part consists of subject-related multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The number of questions and the total marks for this part vary depending on the subject. Part C: This part consists of higher value questions, which are designed to test the candidates' knowledge of scientific concepts and their ability to analyze and apply them. This part also varies in terms of the number of questions and total marks for each subject. Candidates can choose to appear for only Part A and Part B, or for all three parts of the exam, depending on their preference. However, candidates who wish to be considered for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) must appear for all three parts of the exam and secure the minimum qualifying marks in each part as per the CSIR NET eligibility criteria. Candidates who qualify for Lectureship (LS) are not required to appear for Part C of the exam.

Q:   I am studying M.Sc. Applied mathematics. Am I eligible for computer Science in CSIR NET?

A:
According to the eligibility criteria for the CSIR NET exam, candidates must have a master's degree or its equivalent in the relevant subject with a minimum of 55% marks (50% for SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD candidates). Since you are pursuing an M.Sc. In Applied Mathematics, you may be eligible to appear for the CSIR NET exam in the Mathematical Sciences stream. However, if you want to appear for the CSIR NET exam in the Computer Science stream, you will need to have a master's degree or its equivalent in Computer Science or a related discipline such as Electronics & Communication Engineering, Information Science, or Information Technology with a minimum of 55% marks (50% for SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD candidates). Therefore, if you have completed your M.Sc. In Applied Mathematics and wish to appear for the CSIR NET exam in the Computer Science stream, you may need to pursue an additional qualification such as a Master's in Computer Science or a related field to meet the eligibility criteria.

Q:   How many candidates register for the CSIR NET exam every year?

A:

Over two Lacs candidates register for the CSIR UGC NET exam every year. In June 2023, a total of 2,74,027 candidates had registered while 1,99,890 aspirants appeared for the exam. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR NET (also known as CSIR UGC NET is a national-level exam conducted by the National Testing Agency NTA to determine the eligibility of candidates for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for Lectureship (LS)/ Assistant Professor in the universities and colleges of India.

Q:   How many exam cities can I choose to appear for the CSIR NET exam?

A:
At the time of filling out the CSIR NET application form, you can select up to five cities as your preferred exam centers. The exam centers will be allotted to you based on the availability of seats and other factors. It is important to choose the exam cities carefully and prioritize them based on your convenience and proximity to your place of residence. You should also ensure that you are able to reach the exam center on time on the day of the exam. Please note that once the exam centers are allotted, they cannot be changed, except in cases of exceptional circumstances such as a medical emergency or a natural calamity. Therefore, you should choose your exam cities carefully and double-check your selection before submitting the application form.

Q:   How many candidates qualify CSIR NET exam for JRF every year?

A:
The number of candidates who qualify for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) through the CSIR NET exam varies every year and depends on several factors such as the number of vacancies, the difficulty level of the exam, and the number of candidates who appeared for the exam. The CSIR Sets a cut-off score for the JRF based on the performance of candidates in the exam. Candidates who score equal to or above the cut-off score for JRF are considered eligible for the fellowship, subject to meeting other eligibility criteria. Over 2,000 candidates qualify the CSIR NET exam for JRF every year. In June 2019, a total of 2,150 candidates qualified CSIR NET for JRF. Qualified candidates can further apply for the Ph.D. in any Indian colleges and universities.
Gender Educational Qualification Age Limit
Female Master's degree in Science or a Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Technology with at least 55 per cent marks 21 to 28 years (5 years relaxation for SC/ST/OBC/PwD candidates) 

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024: Subject-wise Educational Qualification

The table below covers the subject-wise CSIR NET 2024 Qualification.

Subject

Educational Qualification

Life Science

Academic Qualification in Life Science only

Chemical Science

Candidate must hold a degree in MSc/BS/B-Tech or any other equivalent qualification in Chemistry

Earth Science

Candidate must have completed their MSc/BS-MS/BS-4 Years/B-Pharma or any other equivalent degree in Earth Science

Mathematics

Candidate must hold MSc/BS-MS/BS/B-Tech degree or any other equivalent qualification in Mathematics

Physical Science

Candidate must have completed MSc Physics or BS-MS in Physics or any other equivalent qualification

CSIR NET Age Limit 2024

The CSIR NET age limit criteria differ for JRF and Lecturership. Have a look:

CSIR JRF Age Limit

Candidates should be a maximum of 28 years as of the last date of submission of the application form, to be eligible to apply for CSIR NET JRF.

CSIR NET 2024: Relaxation in Upper Age Limit for JRF NET

The upper age limit is relaxed for reserved category candidates who want to apply for CSIR NET JRF. Have a look:

Category Upper Age Limit
SC/ ST/ PwD/ Female 33 years
OBC (non-creamy layer) 31 years

CSIR NET Age Limit for Lectureship

There is no upper age limit for candidates applying for CSIR NET lectureship.

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024: Relaxation for Third Gender Category

Candidates belonging to the Third gender category are eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age and educational qualification for the CSIR NET as are available to SC/ ST categories. The subject-wise qualifying CSIR NET Cut-off 2024 for the Third gender category will be the lowest among those for SC/ ST/ PwD/ OBC–NCL/ General-EWS categories.

CSIR NET Reservation Criteria 2024

CSIR follows the stipulated guidelines regarding the marks relaxation for different categories. Candidates can check the table below for CSIR NET Reservation Criteria 2024.

Category Relaxation in marks 
Other Backward Classes 5 per cent
Scheduled Caste 5 per cent
Scheduled Tribe 5 per cent

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2024 - Important Points 

  • If a candidate applies for a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and fulfils the eligibility criteria for lectureship, s/he is considered for both
  • If a candidate is found over-age for JRF, s/he is automatically considered for lectureship/ assistant professorship only
  • Candidates who have completed pursuing an MSc or are awaiting the final result of their MSc are eligible for lectureship subject to fulfilling the laid down CSIR NET eligibility criteria
  • CSIR NET Admit Card 2024 will not be issued to candidates who do not fulfil the eligibility criteria  

Read More:

CSIR NET Notification 2024

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2023 FAQs

Q. What is the maximum age limit for CSIR NET exam?

A. Candidates should be maximum of 28 years as of the last application date, to be eligible to apply for CSIR NET JRF. However, there is no upper age limit for those applying for a Lectureship.

Q. Is there any limit on the number of attempts for CSIR NET exam?

A. No, there are no limits on the number of attempts. Candidates can write the exam as many times as they want only if they are in the eligible age group.

Q. What is the validity of JRF certificate?

A. The validity of JRF is two years from the issue of the declaration of result. However, no such validation limit is prescribed for lectureship.
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