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NTA CSIR UGC NET stands for National Testing Agency (NTA) Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test. It is a national-level entrance exam conducted by NTA on behalf of CSIR and UGC for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professorship in various universities and colleges in India.

The exam is conducted twice a year in the months of June and December. The exam is conducted in five subjects, namely Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Earth Sciences. The exam consists of two papers – Paper-I and Paper-II. Paper-I is common for all subjects and contains questions related to General Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, and Analytical Ability. Paper-II contains questions related to the respective subjects.

The exam is conducted in computer-based mode, and the result is usually declared within a month of the exam. The candidates who qualify for JRF are awarded a stipend for a period of two years to pursue research in their respective fields. Candidates who qualify for Assistant Professorship can apply for the post of Assistant Professor in various universities and colleges in India.

Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility criteria for Joint CSIR-UGC NET December-2022/June-2023:

  • Candidates must have at least 55% marks (50% for certain categories) in M.Sc., BS-MS, BS-4 years, BE/B.Tech/B.Pharma/MBBS or equivalent degree.
  • Candidates enrolled for M.Sc. or completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying exam are eligible under Result Awaited category if they complete the degree with requisite marks within two years from the date of declaration of Joint CSIR-UGC NET result.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) or equivalent degree holders with at least 55% marks (50% for certain categories) are also eligible.
  • Candidates with Bachelor’s degree can apply only for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and not for Lectureship (LS)/Assistant Professor, and only after getting registered/enrolled for Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. program within two years.
  • B.E./B.S./B.Tech./B.Pharma/MBBS final year/result awaited candidates can apply for fellowship only.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) final year/Result awaited candidates are not eligible.
  • Eligibility for Lectureship/Assistant Professor will be subject to fulfilling UGC criteria. Ph.D. degree holders with at least 50% marks in Master’s degree prior to 19th September 1991 can apply for Lectureship/Assistant Professor only.
  • Third gender candidates are eligible for the same fee and age relaxation as SC/ST categories, and subject-wise qualifying cut-offs will be the lowest among those for SC/ST/PwD/OBC–NCL/General-EWS categories in the corresponding subject.

Age Limit:

JRF applicants must be maximum 28 years old on 01/07/2022, with upper age limit relaxations available for SC/ST/Third gender/PwD/female applicants (up to 5 years) and OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) applicants (up to 3 years). This age limit is only applicable for the current examination cycle.

There is no upper age limit for LS/Assistant Professor applicants.

Application Form:

Instructions for Online Application Form:

  • Apply online only on the website https://csirnet.nta.nic.in/ for JOINT CSIR-UGC NET December 2022/June-2023.
  • Multiple application forms for the same course will be rejected.
  • Candidates should read the Information Bulletin and Replica of Application Form carefully to ensure eligibility and acquaint with requirements.
  • Exercise caution while filling up the details to avoid corrections later.
  • Follow the steps to register, complete the form, upload scanned images, and pay the fee through NetBanking/DebitCard/CreditCard/UPI.”

Admit Card:

The Admit Card will be issued provisionally to the candidates, subject to their meeting the eligibility conditions. Candidates must download the Admit Card from the NTA website and appear for the Examination at the given Center on the date, timing, and Examination as indicated in their Admit Card. No candidate will be allowed to appear at the Examination Centre on a date and timing other than that allotted to them in their Admit Card.

In case candidates are unable to download Admit Cards from the website, they may approach the Help Line between 09:30 am and 5:30 pm or write to NTA at [email protected]. Candidates are advised to read the instructions on the Admit Card carefully and follow them during the conduct of the Examination.

In case of any discrepancy in the particulars of the candidate or his/her photograph and signatures shown in the Admit Card and Confirmation Page, the candidate may immediately approach the Helpline between 09:30 am and 5:30 pm. In such cases, candidates would appear in the Examination with the already downloaded Admit Card. However, NTA will take necessary action to make corrections in the record later.


The process of declaring results is as follows:

  • The NTA will display the recorded responses and question paper attempted by candidates on the NTA website for two to three days before declaring the result.
  • The provisional answer key will also be displayed on the website, giving candidates the chance to challenge it by paying a non-refundable fee of Rs. 200 per challenged question. The NTA’s decision on the challenges will be final, and the result will be declared on the basis of final answer keys.
  • Negative marking will be applicable for wrong answers, and candidates who attempt the correct options will be awarded marks. Grievances/representations regarding the answer key after the result will not be entertained.
  • Two separate merit lists will be made based on the candidate’s performance in the exam, one for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF-NET) and the second for Eligibility Test for Lectureship (LS-NET)/Assistant Professor.
  • Candidates who qualify for JRF (NET) will also be eligible for Lectureship/Assistant Professor (NET) subject to fulfilling eligibility criteria laid down by UGC. Candidates who qualify for Lectureship/Assistant Professor will be eligible for recruitment as Lecturers as well as for Junior Research Fellowship in a Scheme/Project.
  • There will be no separate cut-off for Part A, B & C. The cumulative marks of all parts are taken into consideration for drawing of merit list. There is a minimum benchmark of 33% for General, EWS & OBC category and 25% in respect of SC/ST and PwD categories for both fellowship and Lectureship/Assistant Professor.

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