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CSIR stands for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India which provides Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to those who qualify the joint CSIR-UGC Joint Entrance Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship (LS) i.e. National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by CSIR twice in a year. The EMR Division under Human Resource and Development (HRD) Group of CSIR provide CSIR Research Fellowship to bright young men and women for training in methods of research under the expert guidance of faculty members /scientists working in University Departments/ National Laboratories and Institutes in various fields of Science & Technology and Medical Sciences. The CSIR Fellowships are tenable in India. Only bonafide Indian citizens, residing in India are eligible for the award of research Fellowship. Junior Research Fellowships are awarded each year by CSIR to those holding MSc or equivalent degree, with minimum 55% marks after qualifying the National Eligibility Test.


BS-4 years program / B.E. / B.Tech / B.Pharma / MBBS / Integrated BS-MS / M.Sc. / MCA / M.Tech or Equivalent degree with at least 55% marks for General & OBC candidates 50% for SC/ST candidates, Physically and Visually handicapped candidates. A candidate who is appearing or has appeared in his/her final year (III/IV Semester where Semester system is there) of M.Sc. OR equivalent Degree Examination during the academic Session 2008-2009 can also apply for the Test under RA (Result Awaited) category. Such candidates are admitted to the Test provisionally. They shall only be considered eligible for JRF-(NET)/LS-(NET), if they are able to produce the proof of having passed the Master's Degree examination in the life science with the requisite percentage of marks and within the stipulated time frame


Stipend and tenure for JRF/SRF:

The stipend of a JRF selected candidates through the all India test will be Rs 12000/ p.m for a period of 2 years in India. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs. 20,000/- per fellow will be provided to the University / Institution.

• On Completion of two years as JRF in the institute, the stipend may be increased to Rs. 14000/- p.m for a 3rd and subsequent year, on the basis of assessment of Fellows' research progress/ achievements through interview by an Expert Committee consisting of the Guide of the students, Head of the Department and External Member from outside the University/ Institution who is an expert in the relevant field. On up gradation, the designation of JRF will be changed to SRF (NET). A total tenure as JRF (NET) plus SRF (NET) shall not exceed more then 5 years.

• For any candidate it is quite difficult to get entry into the Research and Development department of any industry. However, candidate who is having fellowship may get entry to start PhD.

• There are certain laboratories and institutes which prefer to take only those candidates who are having either CSIR or UGC fellowship. It's a great opportunity for the candidate to get absolved in these types of industries.

Benefits of CRAKING CSIR

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 association

This Test also determines the eligibility of candidates for Lectureship positions in Indian Universities/Colleges.

Some aspirants are declared successful in eligibility for Lectureship (NET) category only, based on their performance in the test.


Candidates who have qualified for the JRF are also eligible for the lectureship.

A certain number of JRFs are awarded each year by CSIR-UGC to the candidates who qualify in the joint entrance examination conducted by CSIR-UGC. The CSIR Fellowships are tenable in Universities/IITs/Post-Graduate Colleges/Government Research Establishments including those of CSIR, R&D establishments of recognized public or private sector, industrial firms and other recognized institutions however, the candidates qualifying for Lectureship-NET will be eligible for recruitment as lecturer as well as for JRF-ship in a Scheme/Project, if otherwise suitable as per the eligibility criteria of that Scheme/Project.

However, they will not be eligible for Regular JRF-NET Fellowship. They will be eligible to pursue PhD program with or without any fellowship other than JRF-NET.

Activation of fellowship:

The candidates who qualify in the test are informed individually after the result is finalized. Organizing body will send the necessary document which has to be fulfilled by the candidate .The Fellowship is awarded on receipt of necessary details of the qualifying degree examination, place of work, research topic, the name of supervisor and the concurrence of the Institution to provide all the necessary facilities. The validity of the offer of this award will be one year. The candidate is expected to register for PhD degree within a period of one year from the date of joining.