ICMR JRF 2023: Result (Soon), Answer Key (Released), Dates, Eligibility, Selection Process


Updated on Aug 11, 2023 16:56 IST

ICMR JRF 2023 result will be release online. Date for ICMR JRF 2023 result has not been released yet. The merit list will be released along with the result. There will be two merit list, one for those who qualified in life sciences and another for socal science category.

ICMR JRF 2023 final answer key for ICMR JRF 2023 will be released soon.In an official notification on July 28, PGIMER had announced that the expert panel had received 3 objections agaianst the answer key. Accordingly the final answer key will be released. On July 18, the official question paper and answer key was released and candidates were provided the deadline till July 22 to raise objection against the question paper and answer key. PGIMER had conducted ICMR JRF 2023 exam on July 8 in computer-based mode at 21 test cities.  ICMR JRF 2023 admit card was released on July 4. Candidates had to download ICMR JRF 2023 admit card from the official website, icmr.nic.in. 

Diret link for ICMR JRF 2023 question paper and answer key

The application process is on for the exam. According to the schedule, last date to submit application form for ICMR JRF 2023 was June 18. PGIMER had started the registration on May 20. Candidates had to register online to submit applications for ICMR JRF 2023. Registration had to be done on the official website, icmr.nic.in. As part of registration, candidates had to submit basic details such as name, date of birth, nationality, email ID, mobile number etc to generate login credentials. ICMR JRF 2023 application process comprises registration, generation of login ID and password, filling of application form, uploding documents, and paying exam fee etc. An official information brochure, comprising crucial details such as eligibility criteria, pattern and marking scheme has been uploaded on the official website. The exam is conducted online for awarding Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) to candidates. A total of 150 candidates will be awarded fellowship through the exam. 

ICMR JRF 2023 Latest Updates

 July 4, 2023: ICMR JRF 2023 admit card released on icmr.nic.in

ICMR JRF 2022 Information Brochure

What is ICMR JRF?

ICMR JRF, or Indian Council of Medical Research Junior Research Fellowship, is awarded to candidates who want to pursue postdoctoral courses with the help of this organisation. Candidates who qualify for the ICMR JRF exam are awarded grants by ICMR to complete their PhD course. The examination is conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. Information pertaining to the ICMR JRF 2023 grants and entrance test can be found on the official website of both these institutions. The entrance exam is the gateway for admission to PhD and research programme and it is conducted annually in computer-based mode. ICMR will award a total of 150 Fellowships through this exam, 120 in the field of Biomedical Sciences and the rest 30 in Social Sciences.

ICMR JRF 2023 Dates

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of ICMR JRF 2022 exam

DatesPast Exam Dates

Sep '23

ICMR JRF 2023 result

8 Jul '23

ICMR JRF 2023 exam date

Jul '23

ICMR JRF 2023 admit card release

ICMR JRF 2023 Highlights


Exam Name

ICMR JRF examination

Exam conducting body

PGIMER Chandigarh

Level of the examination


Frequency of the examination






Test Duration

2 hours

Number of shift

01 (Afternoon shift) 

Number of test cities


Type of question


Marking scheme

Negative marking

Official website

icmr.nic.in, pgimer.edu.in

ICMR JRF 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates applying for ICMR JRF 2023 are advised to go through the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. If a candidate is found ineligible, his/her fellowship will be discontinued.

Age limit

  • The upper age limit for candidates belonging to unreserved category is 28 years. He/she should not be older than 28 years as on September 30, 2023.
  • A relaxation of 3 years has been given to those belonging to OBC category. The age limit for such candidates is 31 years.
  • For the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD category, the upper age limit is 33 years (relaxation of 5 years). Female candidates applying for ICMR JRF 2022 can also apply until the age of 33.


Applicant must possess an MSc or MA degree from a recognised institute

Minimum marks required in the qualifying examination


Minimum aggregate required







ICMR JRF 2023: Number of Fellowships

The total number of fellowships granted every year by ICMR is 150. Out of these, 120 will be awarded in the field of Biomedical Sciences and the remaining 30 will be awarded in the field of Social Sciences.

Areas covered under Biomedical Sciences: Life Sciences such as microbiology, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Human Biology, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Immunology, Pharmacology, Zoology, Environment Science, Botany, Veterinary Sciences and Bio-informatics

Areas covered under Social Sciences: Psychology, Sociology, Home Science, Statistics, Anthropology, Social Work and Health Economics

ICMR JRF 2023 Selection Process

The selection process for ICMR JRF 2023 starts with the release of the application form. ICMR JRF application form 2023 was available online till June 18 on the website of ICMR and PGIMER. Candidates had to register first to submit application form. 

Admit cards are issued to the candidates who successfully complete the application process. The admit card for ICMR JRF 2023 will be released online. 

The result will be released for candidates who appeared for the exam. Two separate merit lists will be prepared for the candidates who qualify for the examination. The first one will include the names of those qualifying for life sciences and the other for those qualifying for social sciences. The selected candidates will have six months to enrol into a PhD course in an institution recognised by UGC/MCI. However, this PhD course will have no connection to the research fellowship.

ICMR JRF 2022 Exam Centres

ICMR JRF 2023 exam centre list has been released by ICMR along with the official information brochure. The table given below enlists the name of the exam centre where the exam will be held.

City Name

Centre Code



































Srinagar (Kashmir)









ICMR JRF 2023 Duration and Stipend

Initially, the duration of the fellowship will be for two years. During this period the fellow will be working as a Junior Research Fellow and will receive a stipend of Rs 31,000 per month.

Based on the performance of the candidate during this period, the duration can be increased by another three years. Subsequently, the fellowship will be upgraded to Senior Research Fellowship. A Senior Research Fellow will receive Rs 35,000 as monthly remuneration.

Apart from the stipend/remuneration, a candidate will also be entitled to a ‘Contingent Grant’ of Rs 20,000 per annum. This grant can be used for the acquisition of relevant books and documents, purchase of chemicals, reagents, stationery postal charges, registration fees for attending scientific conferences and train fare for attending outstation tours.


ICMR JRF 2023: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. When will PGIMER release ICMR JRF 2023 admit card?

A. PGIMER released ICMR JRF 2023 admit card on July 4. Candidates had to download the admit card from the official website with login credentials.

Q. What is ICMR JRF 2023 exam date?

A. ICMR JRF 2023 exam was held on July 8 in computer-based mode.

Q. Who conducts ICMR JRF examination?

A. The entrance examination is conducted by PGI Chandigarh in collaboration with ICMR. Students can find related information on the official website of both these institutes.

Q. What is the application fee for ICMR JRF?

A. The application fee for general/EWS/OBC category students is Rs 1,500. For SC/ST category students, the ICMR JRF application fee is Rs 1,200. PwD candidates are exempted.

Q. Can I submit the application in the office of ICMR?

A. No. Applications that have been submitted online will only be considered for ICMR JRF 2023 exam. Applications sent by any other mode will not be accepted.

Q. Will I have to pay to raise objection against the answer key for ICMR JRF 2023?

A. Yes. Candidates have to write an email to administrative officer with his/her roll number, name, question number and description and pay at the rate of INR 500 to challenge the answer key.

Q. What is the time duration for ICMR JRF 2023 exam?

A. Candidates are provided 2 hours to answer a total of 125 multiple choice questions.

Q. How many sections will be there in the ICMR JRF 2023 question paper?

A. There were two sections in the question paper of ICMR JRF 2023. Section one, Aptitude section was mandatory for all while section B was subject specific. Candidates could choose out of Life sciences or Social sciences from the second section.

Q How will candidates get access to ICMR JRF result 2023?

A ICMR JRF result 2023  will be available on the official website, icmr.nic.in. Candidates will have to download the result by providing details such as roll number and course name.

Q. Can I transfer my fellowship to some other institute?

A. No, transfer of fellowship from one institute to another is not permitted. However, approval from the Director-General of ICMR can be taken for such transfers under special circumstances.

Q When will merit list be released for ICMR JRF 2023?

A. The merit list will be released along with the result. There will be two merit list, one for those who qualified in life sciences and another for socal science category.

Q. Is there any negative marking in ICMR JRF 2023 exam?

A. Yes. Candidates will awarded 1 mark for right answer while there will a deduction of .25 marks for wrong answer.

Q. What is the last date to submit application form for ICMR JRF 2023?

A. According to the schedule, candidates could submit ICMR JRF 2023 application till June 18. Candidates had to submit online application form for the exam.

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