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CSIR NET - Life Sciences Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility, Age limit, Fellowship

Number of tests Twice in a year (June and December)
Fellowship duration Five years
Fellowship amount

JRF : Rs. 37,000/- + HRA p.m for the first two years.

SRF : Rs. 42,000/- + HRA p.m for the 3rd and subsequent years.

Annual contingent grant of Rs. 20,000/-

Organized by NTA
Medium of examination Hindi and English
Mode of examination Computer based test (CBT)
Time duration 3 hours
Maximum marks 200
Nature of questions MCQs
Number of questions 145

Part-A (20 questions of General Aptitude) : Answer any 15 questions | 2 Marks each

Part-B (50 questions of Life Sciences) : Answer any 35 questions | 2 Marks each

Part-C (75 questions of Life Sciences) : Answer any 25 questions | 4 Marks each

Negative marking 25% for each wrong answer


M.Sc. / Integrated BS-MS/ BS-4 years/ BE/ B. Tech/ B. Pharma/ MBBS /B.Sc (Hons)

For General (UR)/General-EWS with at least 55% marks

For OBC-NCL,SC/ST, Third gender and Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates with at least 50% marks

Age limit

For JRF 30 years, Relaxation up to 5 years to OBC-NCL, SC/ST/PH and female applicants

For JRF 30 years, Relaxation up to 5 years to OBC-NCL, SC, ST, PH, female and Third gender applicants. Age relaxation is also applicable for candidates having research experience in relevant subject after PG degree (maximum up to 5 years).

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