The well-known organization CSIR – Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is one of the prominent names that organize various entrance examinations and one of them is NET. The CSIR has recently uploaded all the mandatory details regarding CSIR-UGC NET 2018. NET – National Eligibility Test is one of the most popular examinations which get conducted by several organizations each year. By qualifying this examination, one can be eligible for the JRF – Junior Research Fellowship and assistant professor post.  This examination gets conducted on the basis of subjects related to Science and technology. Talking about the application forms then CSIR UGC NET 2018 application forms are now available on the official site so all the eligible and interested candidates can proceed to apply now.

Joint CSIR UGC NET 2018 Notification

CSIR UGC NET Important Dates

Online application will be available fromFeb-18
Last date of online applicationMar-18
Last date for receiving completely filled print out of online application formMar-18
Last date for receiving completely filled hard copy of online application form (from remote areas)Mar-18
CSIR-UGC NET Examination DateJun-18

To apply for this examination, visit the official website that is www.csirhrdg.res.in Candidates can get the application form via a link that is available at HRDG. Fill all the important details and once it is done then get a print out that filled application form. After that paste, the passport sized photograph on that form and also sign. The payment should be done in any of the branches of Indian bank. If you belong to Srinagar and Imphal then you can do the payment via NEFT or RTGS too.


  • Candidates must be an Indian National.

Age Limit:

  • The upper age limit prescribed for JRF should be 28 years.
  • The candidates belonging to different categories, the relaxation will be provided to them.
  • There is no upper age limit for Lectureship.

Educational Qualification:

  • Interested candidates must have done BS-4 year’s program that is B Pharma, BE, B. Tech, MSc, MBBS, Integrated BS-MS or any other science degree with at least 55% marks.
  • 5% marks concession is applicable for the people who belong to reserved category.
  • Candidates who are studying M.Sc and have done graduation (10+2+3) they are also eligible for this examination.
  • If you are interested in this examination, then it is must to submit the attestation format that is available on the back side of the application form.
  • One more thing, the format should be duly certified by the HOD of the organization.
  • If you have done BSc or if you are doing integrated MS-PhD program and have got minimum 55% marks then you are eligible to apply for the same.
  • If you have done graduation from any science side or engineering then you can also get the fellowship but only after being registered to PhD or PhD integrated program.
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Ocean Sciences
  • Planetary Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Atmosphere Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Life Sciences

Candidates will have to deposit the examination fee at any branch of the Indian Bank all over the country. The amount of fee is:

For General Category candidatesRs. 1000/-
For OBC-NCL category candidatesRs. 500/-
For SC/ST candidatesRs. 250/-
For Physically Handicapped (PH) or Visually Handicapped (VH) candidatesRs. 250/-

  • The Test will be held in a total of five subjects viz., Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Earth, Physical Sciences Chemical Sciences, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences.
  • It will consist of a single MCQ paper comprising of 200 marks.
  • There will be a deduction of the marks for wrong answers as per the subject wise scheme of the exam.
  • The benefit of marks will be given to only those candidates who attempt the question in the case, any question found to be wrong at a later stage then.
Format of examMultiple Choice Questions
Mode of examPen and Paper mode
Session TimingsForenoon Session 9 AM to 12 PM
Afternoon Session 2 PM to 5 PM
Total marks200
Exam Duration3 hours
List of SubjectsLife Sciences Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Mathematical Sciences Chemical Sciences Physical Sciences

The question paper will be divided into three Parts- A, B, and C as described below:

Part A – First part will be common to all the subjects and will include questions pertaining to logical reasoning, graphical analysis, General Aptitude, Numerical ability etc.

Part B – Second part of the test will include conventional MCQs covering various topics of the concerned subject. For the subject of Engineering Sciences, however, questions pertaining to Engineering Aptitude and Mathematics will be included.

Part C – This section will comprise of questions of a higher value that will be designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or its application. Questions in this section will be of an analytical nature. For the subject of Engineering Sciences, it will include subject-related Multiple Choice Questions.

SectionSubjectsNumber of QuestionsDuration
AGeneral Aptitude, Graphical Analysis, Logical Reasoning, Numeric Ability etc. 200 3 Hours
BMathematics and Engineering Aptitude
CApplication of the scientific concepts, Engineering Sciences
  • The appearing candidates of CSIR UGC NET 2018, can download their admit cards from the official website csirhrdg.res.in.
  • The admit card will be issued by mid-June.
  • The candidates have to enter their application form number and date of birth to download their admit card.
  • No hard copy of admit cards will be issued to any candidate.
  • The candidates have to carry their admit cards at the examination center.

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Result

  • The Result will be published in form of merit list at the official website.
  • The merit list will comprise names of qualified candidates with their ranks.
  • It will be published differently for each stream.
  • The preparation of the merit list is done on the basis of performance of candidates in June 2018 exam.

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
  • The difficulty level of the question paper.

The expected CSIR UGC NET 2018 Cut Off data is provided below.

SC / ST10090

Chemical Science

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

Life Science

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

Physical Science

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

Earth Science

  • Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Exam Guide CSIR UGC NET by Surendra Kumar

Mathematical Science

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

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