Council of Scientific & Industrial Research has extended the application process of CSIR NET December 2018 for two days. Earlier the last date to apply for CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) was October 15, 2018. Now the last date has been extended to October 17, 2018. A notice by CSIR made this announcement, in addition to this, there is no further extension of the application process. The exam is conducted twice a year, one in the month of July and other in December. The CSIR NET 2018 will be conducted on December 16, 2018. The Interested aspirants need to fill in and submit the Online application form. Only Indian Nationals can apply for Joint CSIR-UGC Test. Before registering for the test, the candidates should ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria. The shortlisting of the candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF-NET) will be done on the basis of the marks obtained by the candidate in the test. Candidates qualifying for JRF (NET), will also be eligible for Lectureship (NET) subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC. Check complete details on CSIR NET December 2018 from this page.

Latest: The application process of CSIR NET Dec 2018 has been extended now. Scroll down to check the notice.

CSIR NET December 2018

The test will be conducted at 27 Centres spread all over India. A notification for the CSIR NET December 2018 has been published online. The candidates can check the complete schedule for CSIR NET Dec 2018 from the table below.

CSIR NET December 2018 Important dates
Application Form is available from 25 Sep 2018
The last date to submit the application form is 15 Oct 2018 17 Oct 2018
Check the application Status from 15 Nov 2018
Last date to submit the request for the change in the exam center 30 Oct 2018
Issuance of the CSIR NET 2018 Admit Card Probably 10 days before the test
Joint CSIR NET Dec 2018 exam date 16 Dec 2018
Declaration of the result Mar/ Apr 2019
Fellowship to successful candidates will be effective from 01 Jul 2019

Notice Regarding Extension of Application Process

CSIR NET December 2018 Notification

CSIR NET December 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates who wish to apply for the CSIR NET 2018 must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria as given below. Check the eligibility conditions for JRF NET and Lectureship (NET) here.

Age Limit Criteria 

  • For JRF (NET) there is an upper age limit of 28 years as on July 01, 2018.
  • A relaxation of up to 05 years will be provided to the SC/ST/PWD/ Female candidates. Furthermore, relaxation of 03 years in case of OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) applicants.
  • There is no upper age limit criteria for Lectureship (NET).

Educational Qualification 

  • Should have qualified M.Sc or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/ BS-years/ BE/ BTech/ BPharma/ MBBS.
  • Must have obtained at least 55% marks in case of General/ OBC category and 50% in case of SC/ST/ PWD candidates.
  • Those who have enrolled for M.Sc or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on the last date of submitting the CSIR NET 2018 Application Form are also eligible to appear for the test.
  • Aspirants who hold a B.Sc (Hons) or equivalent degree or students enrolled in Integrated MS-PhD program with at least 55% marks for General (UR) and OBC candidates, whereas, 50% marks for SC/ST/ PwD candidates are also eligible to apply.
  • Those aspirants with only Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply only for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and not for Lectureship (LS).
  • Furthermore, the Ph.D. degree holders who have passed Master’s degree prior to September 19, 1991, with at least 50% marks are eligible to apply for Lectureship only.

Note: Those with the Bachelor’s degree are eligible for the Fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. program within the validity period of two years.

CSIR NET December 2018 Exam Pattern

The CSIR UGC NET December is a pen-paper based which will consist of MCQ type questions. The test will be held in two shifts – Morning and Afternoon. The test will be of total 03 hours duration and will be of total 200 marks. CSIR-UGC NET Exam for science stream is conducted in the following areas:

  1. Chemical Sciences
  2. Earth Sciences
  3. Life Sciences
  4. Mathematical Sciences
  5. Physical Sciences

The test will be divided into three parts A, B, C. Part “A” will be common to all the subjects, Part “B” shall contain subject-related MCQ covering the topics given in the syllabus, whereas, Part “C” shall contain higher value questions that may test the candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concept. The distribution of question in each of these subjects is as follows:

Name of the subject Parts Number of questions Marks
Chemical Sciences A 20 30
B 40 70
C 60 100
Earth Sciences A 20 30
B 50 70
C 80 100
Life Sciences A 20 30
B 50 70
C 75 100
Mathematical Sciences A 20 30
B 40 75
C 60 95
Physical Sciences A 20 30
B 25 70
C 30 100

Marking Scheme: The marking scheme is different for each subject. However, one thing is common in all which is that there is a negative marking for an incorrect answer.

Parts Negative Marking?

The candidates who will be preparing for the test should take a look at the marking scheme given for each subject in the table below.

Name of the subject Parts Marks for Correct Answer Marks deducted for an incorrect answer
Chemical Sciences A 02 0.50
B 02 0.50
C 04 01
Earth Sciences A 02 0.50
B 02 0.50
C 04 1.32
Life Sciences A 02 0.50
B 02 0.50
C 04 01
Mathematical Sciences A 02 0.75
B 03 0.75
C 4.75 X
Physical Sciences A 02 0.50
B 03.5 0.875
C 05 1.25

CSIR NET December 2018 Syllabus

As per the notification published by the CSIR, the candidates can check the Syllabus & Scheme of Exam of single MCQ Paper at CSIR HRDG website. The Exam Scheme for Chemical Sciences has been revised from June 2017 onwards. Check the complete syllabus for the CSIR NET 2018 below.

Name of the Subject CSIR UGC NET Syllabus PDF download
Chemical Science Click Here to download
Earth Sciences Click Here to download
Life Sciences Click Here to download
Mathematical Sciences Click Here to download
Physical Sciences Click Here to download

CSIR UGC NET Dec 2018 Exam Centers

The CSIR will be conducted the exam at the following test centers. The candidates will have to choose the preferable test center at the time of filling in details in the CSIR UGC NET Application Form.

Bangalore Karaikudi Hyderabad Pilani
Delhi Roorkee Lucknow Varanasi
Jorhat Bhopal Thiruvananthapuram Cochin
Raipur Guwahati Nagpur Jamshedpur
Bhavnagar Kolkata Udaipur Pune
Guntur Srinagar Chennai
Karaikudi Bhubaneshwar Jammu

CSIR NET December 2018 Application Form

The candidates will be able to apply for CSIR UGC NET Dec 2018 through online mode only at csirhrdg.res.in. It is advised to candidates to ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria only then proceed to submit the CSIR NET 2018 Application Form for Dec exam. In the form, you need to fill in your Personal details, Educational Qualification details, etc. Also, you will need to upload scanned images of your passport size photograph, signature, Qualifying final/last mark sheet, etc as per the specifications.

To submit the CSIR NET Application Form you need to pay the requisite amount of the application fee. The application fee is payable by online mode only. After submitting the application form, the candidates will receive an Application Number

Application Fees: The aspirants need to pay the following amount of the application fee as given below.

Category Application Fee
General Rs.1000/-
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) Rs. 500/-
SC/ST/PwD Rs.250/-

CSIR NET December 2018 Admit Card

The CSIR will issue the admit card for the Joint UGC NET 2018 for the December exam through online mode. No candidate will receive their admit card by post. To download it, you need to visit the official website of the CSIR HRDG. Then you need to log in by entering your Application Number. It is mandatory for the candidates to bring the print out of the CSIR NET Admit Card on the day of the examination.

The admit card will consist of the details of the candidate as well as about the exam. On the day of the examination, you need to bring along a photo identity card such as voter ID Card/PAN Card/Driving License, etc.

CSIR NET December 2018 Answer Key

Once the exam is conducted successfully, the CSIR may publish the Answer Key and Question Paper online. The candidates can use both to cross-check their answers and calculate their probable score. The calculation of the marks using the answer key is to be done as per the marking scheme. The CSIR NET Answer Key will be released for the three parts separately.

The candidates shall also submit their representation(s) against question/answer key in respect of all the subjects through email. The objection in the CSIR NET 2018 Answer Key submitted by post or in person will not be accepted.

CSIR NET December 2018 Result

The CSIR will publish the result for the Joint UGC NET for the December exam at the official website. The result shall be available in the pdf format which will consist of the roll number of the candidates who have successfully qualified in the test for JRF NET Dec 2018. The CSIR will also prepare two merit list one comprising of the candidates qualifying for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF-NET) and the second, of those candidates qualifying the Eligibility Test for Lectureship (LS-NET) on the basis of candidates performance in the Test.

Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF (NET) will receive fellowship either from CSIR or UGC as per their assignment or from the Schemes with which they may find an association.

CSIR NET December 2018 Cut Off

On the day of the declaration of the result, the CSIR will publish the cut off marks required by the candidates to qualify the JRF NET 2018. However, as of, for now, the cut off marks have not been declared. Till then the candidates can check the cut off given in the table below on the basis of the previous year’s information.

Expected Cut Off for Junior Research Fellowship

Name of the Subject Unreserved OBC SC ST PwD
Chemical Science 55.50 % 48.25 % 40.25 % 30.00 % 28.75 %
53.72 % 46.06 % 38.61 % 32.60 % 25.00 %
Life Science 55.00 % 45.00 % 37.00 % 31.50 % 25.00 %
50.38 % 42.88 % 34.13 % 25.00 % 25.00 %
Physical Science 40.63 % 34.88 % 29.25 % 25.00 % 25.00 %

Expected Cut Off for Lecturership (NET)

Name of the Subject Unreserved OBC SC ST PwD
Chemical Science 49.95 % 43.43 % 36.22 % 27.00 % 25.87 %
48.35 % 41.45 % 34.75% 29.34 % 25.00 %
Life Science 49.50 % 40.50 % 33.30 % 28.35% 25.00 %
45.34 % 38.59 % 30.72 % 25.00 % 25.00 %
Physical Science 36.57 % 33.00 % 26.32 % 25.00 % 25.00 %

Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Stipend

The candidates who will be selected for the JRF through CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) will be Rs.25,000/ p.m. for the first two years. Furthermore, an annual contingent grant of Rs.20,000/- per fellow will be provided to the University/ Institution. On Completion of two years as JRF and if the Fellow is registered for Ph.D, the Fellowship will be upgraded to SRF (NET) and the stipend will be increased to Rs.28,000/- p.m. for the 3rd and subsequent years, on the basis of assessment of Fellows’ research progress/ achievements through interview by an Expert Committee.

Official website for CSIR UGC NET Dec 2018: www.csirhrdg.res.in

CSIR NET Dec 2018 Information Bulletin: Click Here to download the prospectus for CSIR NET 2018.


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