ICMR JRF 2022 Exam: Date (Sept 23), Application Form (Released), Eligibility, Selection Process



Registrations: 29 Jul '22 - 29 Aug '22

Updated on Aug 4, 2022 18:18 IST

ICMR JRF 2022 exam will be conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh on September 23. The exam will be held in online mode at 20 test cities. PGIMER has started registration for ICMR JRF 2022 on July 29. Candidates will have to do online registration to access and submit ICMR JRF 2022 application form. Registration can be done on the official website, icmr.nic.in by submitting basic details such as name, date of birth, nationality, mobile number etc. The last date to submit ICMR JRF 2022 application form is August 29. Candidates are advised to check their eligibility before applying online for the exam. The official information brochure has also been uploaded which comprises important details regarding application process, exam pattern and marking scheme.

Those who successfully submit application will be issued admit card for ICMR JRF 2022. Candidates will have to download ICMR JRF 2022 admit card from the official website by providing login iD and password. PGIMER will release the date to release admit card for ICMR JRF 2022.

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 2022 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 2022 Latest Updates

July 29, 2022: Registration starts for ICMR JRF 2022 exam

July 22, 2022: PGIMER announces ICMR JRF 2022 exam date

ICMR JRF 2022 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 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates applying for ICMR JRF 2022 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, 2022.
  • 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 2022: 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 2022 Important Dates and Events



Salient Features

Online application

29-Jul-2022 to 29-Aug-2022
  • Can be filled on the official website of PGIMER or ICMR
  • Has to be filled online
  • Offline applications are not accepted

Admit card release

To be announced
  • Released online
  • Candidates will have to download the hall ticket

Exam day

  • Duration of the test was 2 hours
  • Question paper had 250 MCQs

Answer Key

To be announced
  • Answer key was released online

Final answer key

To be announced
  • Final Answer key can't be challenged

Result to be announced

To be announced

  • Separate merit list for candidates qualifying for life sciences and social sciences was released

ICMR JRF 2022 Selection Process

The selection process for ICMR JRF 2022 starts with the release of the application form. ICMR JRF application form 2022 is available online on the website of ICMR and PGIMER. Candidates who wish to apply for ICMR Junior Research Fellowship 2022 will have 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 2022 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 2022 exam centre list will be released by ICMR along with the official information brochure. The table given below enlists the name of the exam centre where the exam was held last year.

City Name

Centre Code









































ICMR JRF 2022 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 2022: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What is the ICMR 2022 exam date?

A. ICMR JRF 2022 exam will be held on September 23. The entrance examination will be conducted in online 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 2022 exam. Applications sent by any other mode will not be accepted.

Q How will candidates get access to ICMR JRF result 2022?

A ICMR JRF result 2022 will be available on the official website, icmr.nic.in. Candidates will have to downlaod 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. How many sections will be there in the ICMR JRF 2022 question paper?

A. There will be two sections in the question paper of ICMR JRF 2022. Section one, Aptitude section is mandatory for all while section B is subject specific. Candidates can choose out of Life sciences or Social sciences from the second section.

Q. What is the last date to submit ICMR JRF 2022 application form?

A. According to dates released by PGIMER, Chandigarh, August 29 is the last date to submit ICMR JRF 2022 application form. Candidates will have to fill the application form online.

Q When will merit list be released for ICMR JRF 2022?

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. What is the time duration for ICMR JRF 2022 exam?

A. Candidates will get 2 hours to answer a total of 125 multiple choice questions.

Q. Is there any negative marking in ICMR JRF 2022 exam?

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


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