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CSIR UGC National Eligibility Test 2019, CSIR-UGC NET December 2019

About Test:

National Testing Agency (NTA)
(MHRD, Department of Higher Education, Government of India)

Office for Communication: 

Block C-20/1A/8, Sector- 62, Gautam Budh Nagar, Noida- 201309 (UP)
Website:, e-mail

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has entrusted the responsibility of conducting CSIR-UGC NET in CBT mode to NTA. CSIR-UGC NET is a test being conducted to determine the eligibility ‘for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for Lectureship/Assistant Professor’ in Indian universities and colleges subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC. Online applications for JRF/NET are invited twice a year on all India basis through Press Notification of CSIR-UGC NET for JRF and LS/AP.

CSIR and UGC provide Research Fellowships for training in methods of research under expert guidance of faculty members/scientists working in University Department/ National Laboratories and Institutions in various fields of Science. CSIR-UGC NET Fellowships are tenable in Universities/IITs/Post Graduate Colleges/Govt. Research Establishments including those of the CSIR, Research & Development establishments of recognized public or private sector industrial firms and other recognized institutions. Only bonafide Indian Citizens are eligible for the test. CSIR-UGC NET Fellowship is tenable in India. The programme is aimed at National Science & Technology Human Resource Development.

Candidates need to upload only Photograph and Signature. The Certificates related to Category, PwD, Qualifying Examination, Result Awaited, Minority Community etc. will be required to be uploaded at the later stages.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI), has establishedNationalTesting Agency (NTA) as an independent, autonomous and selfsustained premier organization under the Societies RegistrationAct, 1860, registered as a self-reliant and self-sustained premier testing organization.

Some of the objectives,inter alia, include:

(i)           To conduct efficient, transparent and international standard tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admission.

(ii)          To undertake research on educational, professional and testing system to identify gaps in the knowledge systems and take steps for bridging them.

(iii)         To produce and disseminate information and research on education and professional development standards.

Mode of Examination:

The Examination shall be conducted as Computer Based Test (CBT) only.

The NTA will conduct the next CSIR-UGC NET for Junior Research Fellowship and eligibility for Lectureship (LS)/assistant Professorship on 15th December, 2019 for following subjects.

1.    Life Sciences

2.    Physical Sciences

3.    Chemical Sciences

4.    Earth Sciences

5.    Mathematical Sciences

The test will be conducted in two different shifts as given below:




Shift- 1 (Morning)

09:30 am to 12:30 pm (IST)

03 hours (180 Minutes)

Shift- 2 (Afternoon)

02:30 pm to 05:30 pm (IST)


Essential Educational Qualifications:

M.Sc. or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years/BE/B. Tech/B. Pharma/MBBS with at least 55% marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC candidates and 50% for SC/ST, Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates.

Candidates enrolled for M.Sc or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on the closing date of online submission of Application Form, are also eligible to apply in the above subject under the Result Awaited (RA) category on the condition that they complete the qualifying degree with requisite percentage of marks within the validity period of two years to avail the fellowship.

Such candidates will have to submit the attestation form duly certified by the Head of the Department/Institute from where the candidate is appearing or has appeared.

B.Sc (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in Integrated MS-PhD program with at least 55% marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC candidates; 50% marks for SC/ST, Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates are also eligible to apply. Candidates with Bachelor’s degree will be eligible for CSIR fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for Ph.D/Integrated Ph.D program within the validity period of two years. Candidates possessing only Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply only for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and not for Lectureship (LS)/ Associate Professorship.

Specification of degrees (whether Bachelor’s or Master’s) as notified by UGC in its Gazette Notification No. F. 5-1/2013 (CPP-II) dated 5th July, 2014 and as amended from time to time, shall apply.

The eligibility for lectureship/ Assistant Professorship of NET qualified candidates will be subject to fulfilling the criteria laid down by UGC. Ph.D degree holders who have passed Master’s degree prior to 19th September, 1991 with at least 50% marks are eligible to apply for Lectureship/ Assistant Professorship only

Upper Age limit:

(a)   JRF: Maximum 28 years as on 01.07.2019 {upper age limit may be relaxable up to 5 years in case of SC/ST/Persons with Disability(PwD)/ female applicants and 03 years in case of OBC (Non Creamy Layer) applicants}.

(b)   Lectureship (LS)/ Assistant Professorship: No upper age limit.

How to Apply:

1.    Candidates can apply for CSIR-UGC NET December 2019 through “Online” mode only.

2.    Submission of Online Application Form may be done by accessing NTA website The Application Form in any other mode will not be accepted.

3.    Only one application is to be submitted by a candidate.

4.    Candidates must follow the instructions strictly as given in the Information Bulletin and on NTA website. Candidates not complying with the instructions shall be summarily disqualified.

5.    Candidates must ensure that E-mail Address and Mobile Number provided in the Online Application Form are their own as all information/ communication will be sent by NTA through e-mail on the registered e-mail address or SMS on registered Mobile Number only.

6.    Instructions for filling Online Application Form:

Download Information Bulletin and Replica of Application Form. Read these carefully to ensure your eligibility.

Follow the steps given below to Apply Online:

Step-1: Apply for Online Registration using unique Email Id and Mobile No.

Step-2: Fill in the Online Application Form and note down the system generated Application No.

Step-3: Upload scanned images of Candidate’s Photograph (file size: 10 kb - 200 kb) and Candidate’s Signature (file size: 4kb - 30kb) in JPG/JPEG format.

Step-4: Pay fee using SBI/Syndicate/HDFC/ICICI/Paytm Payment Gateway through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking/UPI and keep proof of fee paid. In case the Confirmation Page is not generated after payment of fee then the transaction is cancelled, and amount will be refunded to the candidate’s account. However, the candidate has to make another transaction, in case the Confirmation Page is not generated.

·         Download, save and print copies of Confirmation Page after successful remittance of fee and keep copies safely for future reference.

·         All the 4 Steps can be done together or at separate times.

7.    Candidates are advised to visit the NTA website and check their e-mails regularly for latest updates.

8.    Candidate shall appear at their own cost at the Examination Centre on Date and Shift indicated on their Admit Card issued by the NTA.

9.    Any request to change the Examination Centre, Date, Shift and NET Subject provided on the Admit Card shall not be considered under any circumstances.


1.    The final submission of Online Application Form will remain incomplete if Step-3 and step-4 are not complete. Such forms will stand rejected and no correspondence on this account will be entertained.

2.    No request for refund of fee once remitted by the candidate will be entertained by NTA under any circumstances.

3.    The entire application process of CSIR-UGC NET December 2019 is online, including uploading of scanned images, Payment of Fees, and Printing of Confirmation Page. Therefore, candidates are not required to send/submit any document(s) including Confirmation Page to NTA through Post/ Fax/ by Hand/E-mail.

Important Dates:

Online Submission of Application Form

09 September – 09 October 2019 (upto 11:50 pm)

Last date of successful transaction of fee through Credit/Debit Card/Net-Banking/UPI

10 October 2019 (upto 11:50 pm)

Fee Payable by Candidate


Rs. 1000/-


NCL* Rs. 500/


Rs. 250/

Processing charges & Goods and Services Tax (GST) are to be paid by the candidate, as applicable

Correction in Particulars of Application Form on website only

18 October to 25 October 2019

Downloading of Admit Cards from NTA website

09 November, 2019

Date of Examination

15 December, 2019

Duration of Examination

180 minutes (03 hours)

Timing of Examination

First Shift: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Second Shift: 02:30 pm to 05:30 pm

Centre, Date and Shift of CSIR-UGC NET Examination

As indicated on Admit Card

Display of Recorded Responses and Answer Keys

To be announced later on website

Declaration of Result on NTA website

31 December, 2019


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