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June 18, 2020 • 3:31 pm

Want to Appear in UGC NET & CSIR both? Here’s What You Should Do!

Can I Appear for UGC NET & CSIR Both?

UGC NET 2020 Study Plan & Imp Topics

Everyones' have a dream to become a lecturer or researcher in India. To get these posts, candidates have to appear in UGC NET, CSIR NET.

To make a career in lectureship or research, candidates often face this confusion which one is best for them? Can they appear UGC and CSIR NET both?

At Eduncle, we have come up with the detailed information of all your questions.  So, stay tuned with us and read the article to avoid your confusion related to: -

Which Exam Should I Appear For?

What is UGC NET?

What is the CSIR NET?

Can I appear in Both UGC & CSIR NET Exam?

Eligibility for UGC NET

CSIR NET Eligibility



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Which Exam Should I Appear For? CSIR NET or UGC NET!


CSIR NET is conducted only for the Science Stream students, and the UGC NET is for other subjects/streams. (For Agriculture field, ICAR Exam is conducted by ASRB).


Let’s begin with understanding the nature of both exams first!



What is UGC NET Exam? - An Introduction


The UGC NET Exam is conducted for the post of assistant professor at the university level and to provide the JRF award to Indian citizens.


The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts UGC NET to ensure the minimum standards in research and teaching.


The UGC NET exam is held for 81 subjects. Candidates will be eligible for UGC NET if they have completed their master’s degree OR equivalent examination from the universities/institutions recognized by UGC.


Candidates can apply for UGC NET if they have completed their master’s degree in one of the following Master's courses:


 S. Ayurveda (Master of Surgery in Ayurveda)/ Ayurvedacharya


 Master of Law (LL.M. or M.L.)

 Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

 Master of Commerce (M.Com)


 Master of Education (M.Ed.)

 Master of Library and Information Science (M.Lib.Sc.)

 Magister Litterarum/ Master of Letters (M.Litt.)

 Master of Music (M. Mus.)

 Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm)

 Master of Business Administration (MBA)

 Master of Computer Applications (MCA)

 Master of Financial Management (M.F.M.)

 Master of Education degree in Human Resource Development (M.H.R.D.)

 Master’s in International Business (M.I.B.)

 Master’s in Marketing Management (M.Mkt.M.)

 Master of Optometry (M.Optom.)

 Master of Health Administration (MHA)

 Master of Journalism and Mass Communication (MJMC)

 Master of Mass Communication (MMC)

 Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

 Master of Public Health (P.H.)

 Master of Social Work (MSW)

 Masters of Planning (Plan)

 Master of Science (M.Sc.)

 Master of Statistics (M.Stat.)

 Master of Technology (M.Tech.)

 Master of Veterinary Science (M.V. Sc.)

 Master of Arts (MA)

 Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (M.F.T.)

 Master of Physical Education (M.P. Ed)

 Medication Therapy Management (MTM)

 Master of Physical Education and Sports Sciences (MPES)

 And Others



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What is CSIR NET? - An Introduction


CSIR stands for Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, which is a national research and development organization.


The CSIR NET Exam is conducted for the Life Science, Mathematical Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Chemical Science subjects for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor post in colleges/universities.


Candidates will be eligible for CSIR NET in the above mentioned or related subjects if they have owned educational qualification in any of the degrees as given below:


M.Sc. or equivalent degree

 Integrated BS-MS

 BS- 4 years

 BE/ B.Tech.



B.Sc. (Hons) or equivalent degree



Download Syllabus for CSIR NET 2020 Exam and start preparing now.



Can I Appear for CSIR NET or UGC NET Exam? OR Can I Appear for Both?


Now when you are aware of the basic knowledge of UGC NET and CSIR NET, you must ensure the eligibility for the same. You might have a question that can you apply for both UGC NET and CSIR NET simultaneously?


Yes, one can apply for UGC NET and CSIR NET simultaneously if one satisfies the required eligibility criteria.


For example, if one has completed the master’s degree in mathematics and your age is below 28 years (CSIR NET), 30 years (UGC NET), then he/she can apply for the CSIR NET mathematics and UGC NET Population Studies.


Here we are going to discuss the eligibility criteria for both the exams individually.



Are You Eligible for the UGC NET? 


Have a look at the UGC NET Eligibility containing educational qualification and the age limit criteria that candidates need to fulfill to become applicable for the UGC NET.


The candidates can apply for the UGC NET if they have completed the post-graduation with a minimum of 55% (For General Category) or 50% (For Reserved Category) from the recognized university.

 The maximum age limit is 30 years for the JRF while there is no age limit for the lectureship. The age relaxation is applicable as per the UGC Regulations.


If you set an applicability for the exam, you must take your first move towards preparation. Start with understanding the syllabus and then plan your preparations accordingly.



Download UGC NET Syllabus PDF for Free



Who is Eligible to Apply for CSIR NET? 


The aspirants must have possessed the CSIR NET Eligibility like educational qualification and age limit as mentioned below:


The candidates who have completed their master’s degree with minimum 55% marks from the recognized university are eligible to apply for CSIR NET Exam.

 The graduate candidates are also eligible to apply for the CSIR NET Exam. However, they will be awarded the CSIR NET Certificate after the completion of the Post-graduation within the time period of two years.

 For JRF, the age of the candidates must be below 28 years but the CSIR NET-LS is exempted from the age-limit criteria. The age relaxation will be given to the reserved category candidates.


Note: Bachelor’s degree holders shall not be eligible for Lectureship. They can apply only for the CSIR fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. program within the validity period of two years.



Download CSIR NET Syllabus PDF for Free



The candidates are allowed to apply only for the subject of their post-graduation and its related subjects. However, there are some subjects for which candidates can apply for both the exams that are UGC NET and CSIR NET Exam.


Check out the list of the subjects for different streams or courses below for which candidates can apply through UGC NET and CSIR NET both the exams simultaneously.


S. No. Courses
1. Earthquake Engineering (M-Tech & B-Tech)
2. Electrical Engineering
3. Energy Engineering (B-Tech & M-Tech)
4. Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering (b-Tech & M-Tech)
5. Manufacturing Science & Engineering
6. Manufacturing Engineering & Technology
7. Neural Networks (B-Tech & M-Tech)
8. Optoelectronics and Optical Communication
9. Power Systems
10. Robotics Engineering
11. Telecommunication Engineering
12. Botany
13. Geography
14. Mathematics
15. Agricultural Engineering
16. MS (Master of Surgery)
17. Agricultural Marketing
18. Forensic Science
19. Environmental Education
20. Electronics & Communication Engineering
21. Disaster Management



Download Model Question Papers and Previous Year NET Exam Papers with Answer Keys to know the paper level of the exam.



In the above table, we have discussed the courses for which candidates can appear in both exams.


Visit our blog to get the detailed knowledge about which subject to choose for UGC NET and CSIR NET?


Hope the article would be helpful to clear your doubt whether you can apply for UGC NET and CSIR NET both exams simultaneously or not?


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Showing 8 comments out of 8
  • Raksha
    I'm m. Sc. Zoology 4th sem. Student wants to apply in nta net environmental science may i eligible
    Hello Raksha,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    According to exam guidelines, aspirants can apply for the exam with their post-graduation subject or related to that. As per your su...
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    Murat Jha
    if ur special paper is environmental science then u r eligible to NTA NET in environment nd also csir net in life science
  • Priya
    Now I'm doing M.Sc in Statistics .I have done my B.Sc degree in Mathematics .Can I apply for UGC NET exam in Population studies or (demography,Economics)
    Hello Priya,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible to apply for your post graduation subject or its related subjects only.
    Thanks for asking your query with us...
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    Rudrank pandey Pandey
    yes sure but last year main statistics subject hona chahiye
  • Shivangi
    I'm confused as in which CSIR- NET subject to apply for, as an Archaeology post graduate
    Hello Shivangi,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You should apply for the UGC NET Archaeology subject.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!