CSIR UGC NET (commonly called as CSIR NET) is a national-level exam conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) to select candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for determining their eligibility for appointment as lecturers in Indian universities and colleges. Candidates clearing CSIR NET exam can become lecturers in the subject areas falling under the faculty of Science & Technology only. Subjects for which CSIR UGC NET is conducted include:

CSIR NET Subjects

     CSIR NET Subject Codes    

Chemical Sciences


Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences  


Life Sciences


Mathematical Sciences


Physical Sciences


CSIR NET 2020 Exam Dates 

Check important for CSIR NET 2020 exam dates below:



CSIR NET Exam Dates

Salient Features

Application form

16-Mar-2020 to 30-Jun-2020

CSIR NET application form submission deadline has been extended for the fourth time to June 30. CSIR NET online form was released on the offical website on March 16.

Last date for submission of application fee



Earlier, candidates could pay the CSIR NET application fee latest by April 16. Currently, the date has been extended.

Application correction window

18-Apr-2020 to 24-Apr-2020


CSIR NET application correction window was to open on April 18 and close on April 24. Currently, the date has been extended.

Admit card



 CSIR NET 2020 admit card was to release on May 15. However, currently, the date is postponed.




CSIR NET 2020 exam was to be held on June 21. However, currently the date is postponed and the revised date is yet to be out.


To be announced

CSIR NET result declaration date is yet to be released. 

CSIR NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The basic CSIR UGC NET eligibility criteria that candidates must fulfill are:

  • Candidates should obtain a degree in BTech/BE/BPharma/MBBS/BS (4 years)/Integrated BS-MS/MSc with minimum 55 per cent marks
  • To apply for JRF, candidates should be maximum 28 years in age as on December 1, 2019
  • There is no upper age limit to apply for the post of lectureship.

CSIR NET Exam Pattern 

CSIR NET December 2019 exam for first shift got over at 12:30 PM on December 15. Shiksha reported live from a CSIR NET exam centre in Noida where about 800 students were taking the exam. Most of the candidates that Shiksha spoke to had taken the exam for Life Science, Physical Science and Earth Science papers. CSIR NET difficulty level for the three papers as per students is mentioned below: 


CSIR NET Difficulty Level for December 2019 Exam

Life Sciences

  Easy to Moderate

Physical Sciences

  Easy to Moderate

Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences

  Moderate to Difficult


CSIR NET 2020 Application Form 

CSIR NET 2020 application form submission last date has been extended again till June 30. Initially, the last date to apply online for CSIR UGC NET exam was April 15. However, the deadline was extended first to May 15 followed by May 31 and June 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the fourth time that NTA has extended the CSIR NET application submission date.

Candidates can apply for the exam in two parts - registration and application. The CSIR NET application fee 2020 is Rs 1,000 for General category, Rs 500 for OBC (on-creamy layer) category and Rs 250 for SC/ST/PwD category. The CSIR NET 2020 notification and application form was released by NTA on March 16. 


CSIR NET Application Fee 2020 (in Rs)



Other Backward Class (OBC) – Non-creamy layer


Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Persons with Disability (PwD)


CSIR UGC NET 2020 Selection Process

CSIR NET selection process includes the following stages:

  • CSIR NET application form: All interested and eligible candidates need to fill CSIR NET 2020 application form on the official website of the exam
  • CSIR NET admit card: CSIR UGC NET admit card is released for candidates who successfully submit the application form and pay the exam fee. The admit card is released on the official website of the exam.
  • CSIR NET exam: Next, candidates need to appear for CSIR UGC NET exam as per the date and time mentioned on the admit card. CSIR NET is typically conducted twice a year in the months of June and December.
  • CSIR NET result: The result for CSIR NET is declared on the official website. Candidates qualifying the NET exam then get eligible for JRF or lectureship

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