Answersheet for
CSIR NET Dec 2016

Inspired by many stories of scientific discoveries, a career in research is the first priority for majority of students joining college. So what's needed is awareness of fellowships available. Fellowship programmes like CSIR's NET, DBT's BET, GATE and ICMR-JRF exams are the four major all India exams that lead to fellowship tenures as JRF or PhD student in any institute in India. Apart from these IIsc(Bangalore),ACTREC(Mumbai), TIFR(JGEEBILS), NCBS (Bangalore), BARC(Mumbai), ICAR(Delhi), conducts their own entrance exams for phD admission.

Candidates clearing at least NET-LS are eligible for lecturership all over India. Also for individual states, state level entrance (SET) is conducted for recruitment of lecturers.


JRFs are awarded each year by CSIR to candidates holding BS-4 years program/BE/B. Tech/B. Pharma/MBBS/ Integrated BS-MS/M.Sc. or Equivalent degree/BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in integrated MS-Ph.D program with at least 55% marks for General & OBC 50% for SC/ST candidates, Physically and Visually handicapped candidates.

Exam is conducted twice a year in June and December.

AGE LIMIT: The upper age limit for applying for the award of JRF shall be 28 years, which is relaxed up to 5 years in the case of candidates belonging to Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes/OBC, Physically Handicapped/Visually Handicapped and female applicants.

Exam Pattern

CSIR-UGC (NET) Exam for Award of Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lecturer ship shall be a Single Paper Test having Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The question paper is divided in three parts

This part shall carry 20 questions pertaining to General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis and Research Aptitude. The candidates shall be required to answer any 15 questions. Each question shall be of two marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 30 out of 200.
This part shall contain 50 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) generally covering the topics given in the syllabus. A candidate shall be required to answer any 35 questions. Each question shall be of two marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 70 out of 200.
This part shall contain 75 questions that are designed to test a candidate's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem. A candidate shall be required to answer any 25 questions. Each question shall be of four marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 100 out of 200.

There is negative marking @25% for each wrong answer.


LIFE SCIENCE: All units carrying equal weightage of questions

  • 1. Molecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology
  • 2. Cellular Organization
  • 3. Fundamental Processes
  • 4. Cell Communication and Cell Signalling
  • 5. Developmental Biology
  • 6. System Physiology :Plant
  • 7. System Physiology :Animal
  • 8. Inheritance Biology
  • 9. Diversity of Life Forms
  • 10. Ecological Principles
  • 11. Evolution and Behaviour
  • 12. Applied Biology
  • 13. Methods in Biology

Cut Off Marks from Years 2011-2015 Exams:

unreserved OBC SC ST PH/VH unreserved OBC SC ST PH/VH
DEC 2015 59.75 %


44.00% 38.5%


53.78 %





JUNE 2015 53.00%










DEC 2014 54.00% 48.6% 43.20% 48.60% 43.7% 38.80%
JUNE 2014 51.50% 41.50% 46.50% 36.5%
DEC 2013 51% 41% 46% 36%
DEC 2012 48% 38% 43% 33%
JUNE 2012 47% 37% 42% 32%
DEC 2011 48% 38% 43% 33%

Key features of the regular programme

  • Regular classroom coaching with basic of every aspect covered.
  • Topic-wise problem discussions.
  • Test series on individual chapters and on complete course to revise syllabus time-to-time.
  • Audio-visuals, presentations for each concept.
  • Well planned lectures for difficult topics.
  • Tips and tricks for solving tricky questions.
  • Highly competitive environment for study.
  • Library facility with well equipped sitting arena.
  • Most importantly staff members encourage students for their improvements and best possible results.