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May 23, 2020 • 12:57 pm

NTA UGC NET vs CSIR NET! What are the Differences b/w these two Exams?



If you are willing to pursue your career either as a Research Analyst or as a Lecturer in any reputed Indian University, then choosing UGC NET  or CSIR NET as your career path will be the smartest decision you can ever take!

These exams are the best channels through which you can show your talent and fulfill your dream of getting placed at prestigious positions of JRF’s or Assistant Professors.

However, both the exams are conducted for the same purposes but their admission procedures are different!

Below, in this blog, you will find the major differences between NTA UGC NET and CSIR NET Exam.

5 Major Difference between UGC NET and CSIR NET

Exam Subjects

Paper Patterns

Eligibility Conditions

Qualifying Criteria

Career Scope

Similarities between UGC NET and CSIR NET



NTA UGC NET vs CSIR NET - 5 Major Differences


Many of the post-graduates get confused that whether they should appear in NTA UGC NET or CSIR NET. Which exam will be suitable for them to fulfill their goals?

To ease out their queries and make it convenient for them to clearly distinguish between NTA UGC NET Exam and CSIR NET Exam, we have come up with the 5 facts about both the exams that will define the major differences between them.



Difference in Subjects of UGC NET and CSIR NET


Here comes the major difference between these two exams that both the exams are conducted for different subjects. With the help of the list of subjects provided below, you can make a smart choice and decide which exam will be preferable for you?





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List of NTA UGC NET Exam Subjects


UGC NET Exam is conducted in 81 subjects. Check the all subject name with their code below: -

Subject code


01 Economics
02 Political Science
03 Philosophy
04 Psychology
05 Sociology
06 History
07 Anthropology
08 Commerce
09 Education
10 Social Work
11 Defense & Strategic Studies
12 Home Science
14 Public Administration
15 Population Studies
16 Music
17 Management
18 Maithili
19 Bengali
20 Hindi
21 Kannada
22 Malayalam
23 Oriya
24 Punjabi
25 Sanskrit
26 Tamil
27 Telugu
28 Urdu
29 Arabic
30 English
31 Linguistics
32 Chinese
33 Dogri
34 Nepali
35 Manipuri
36 Assamese
37 Gujarati
38 Marathi
39 French
40 Spanish
41 Russian
42 Persian
43 Rajasthani
44 German
45 Japanese
46 Adult Education / Continuing Education / Andragogy / Non-Formal Education
47 Physical Education
49 Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
50 Indian Culture
55 Labour Welfare / Pers. Mgmt. / Indl Rela/ Labr & Soc Welfr/ HRM
58 Law
59 Library and Information Services
60 Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian & Peace Studies
62 Comparative Study of Religions
63 Mass Communication and Journalism
65 Dance
66 Museology & Conservation
67 Archaeology
68 Criminology
70 Tribal & Regional Language/Literature/td>
71 Folk Literature
72 Comparative Literature
73 Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha / Sidhanta Jyotisha / Navya Vyakarna / Vyakarna / Mimamsa/Navya Nyaya / Sankhya Yoga / Tulanatmaka Darsana / Shukla Yajurveda / Madhva Vedanta / Dharma Sastra / Sahitya / Purana-itihasa /Agama /Advaita Vedanta)
74 Women Studies
79 Visual Arts (including Drawing & Painting / Sculpture / Graphics / Applied Art / History of Art)
80 Geography
81 Social Medicine & Community Health
82 Forensic Science
83 Pali
84 Kashmiri
85 Konkani
86 Social Medicine & Community Health
87 Computer Science and Applications
88 Electronic Sciences
89 Environmental Sciences
90 International and Area Studies
91 Prakrit
92 Human Rights and Duties
93 Tourism Administration & Management
95 Santali
100 Yoga
101 Sindhi


If you are having your post-graduation degree in any of the above exams, then you can opt NTA UGC NET Exam to proceed towards your further career goals.



List of CSIR NET Exam Subjects


CSIR NET Exam is conducted in 5 subjects and General Aptitude is common for subjects. With the help of the subjects list given below, you can wisely make a choice that whether you should appear in CSIR NET or not.


S. No. Subjects
01 General Aptitude
02 Chemical Science
03 Earth Science
04 Life Science
05 Physical Science
06 Mathematical Science


Check the complete Syllabus for all the subjects through - 

UGC NET Syllabus

CSIR NET Syllabus



Get the CSIR NET Previous Years' Question Papers Free PDF to know the difficulty level of the exam - Download Here!



NTA UGC NET vs CSIR NET - Difference in Paper Pattern


To qualify these two exams, candidates must show their knowledge in General Aptitude Paper and other Subject Papers. But the main difference comes when we look upon the Paper Pattern for NTA UGC NET Exam and CSIR NET Exam.

Below we are providing you the complete paper pattern for the exams! You can check it and analyze the difference between the two.


UGC NET vs CSIR NET The Paper Pattern and Format is Different



 The NTA UGC NET Exam is conducted in two different papers (Paper- 1 and Paper – 2) in a single three-hour duration whereas the CSIR NET Exam consists only a single paper with three different sections (Part – A, Part – B and Part- C).

The Paper-I and Part-A consist the questions from General Aptitude and the remaining two sections consist the questions from the opted subjects.

 The NTA UGC NET Exam is conducted for total 300 marks (Paper – 1; 100 marks and Paper -2; 200 marks) whereas CSIR NET is conducted for total 200 Marks.

The Marking Scheme for all the subjects is the same in UGC NET but in CSIR NET, the marking scheme is different for each subject.

 The candidates get total 3 hours to solve both the CSIR NET & UGC NET Exam complete papers.

 There is no negative marking in the NTA UGC NET Exam but in CSIR NET, if a candidate answers incorrect in CSIR NET, a negative marking scheme is different for each subject.


To see the paper pattern for both the exams in detail, please follow the links given below-


NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern

 CSIR NET Exam Pattern



Difference Between Eligibility Criteria for Both Exam


The eligible candidates are identified on the basis of different requisites decided by the respected exam convener institutes.


UGC NET vs CSIR NET There’s a Different Eligibility Criteria for both



As per the NTA UGC NET Eligibility conditions-


The candidates should have a post-graduation degree (in the any of the UGC NET subjects) passed with 55% (for General Candidates) or 50% (for ST/SC/PWD/OBC/ Transgenders) marks.

Upper Age Limit – 30 Years.


As per the CSIR NET Eligibility conditions –


The candidates should have passed M.Sc. / Integrated BS-MS / BS-4 Years / BE/B-Tech / B-Pharma / MBBS with 55% (for General Candidates) or 50% (for ST/SC/PWD/OBC/) marks.

Upper Age Limit – 28 Years.



NTA UGC NET vs CSIR NET - Both Exam have Different Selection Criteria


Basically, the selection process for both the exams is similar! In both the exams, candidates must appear in the written test and qualify it. But when it comes to the selection criteria, then we must say it is quite different for both.





You can check the cutoff marks for both the exams and have an idea about the selection criteria by visiting the following links –


NTA UGC NET Cutoff Marks

CSIR NET Cutoff Marks.



NTA UGC NET vs CSIR NET - Career Scope is Different!


There’s a different career scope after qualifying for both the exams.


The NTA UGC NET qualified candidates get a chance to work with NET Coordinating Institutes whereas CSIR NET qualified candidates have to work with the CSIR Research Laboratories.





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Apart from these differences, there are a few similarities between them!



Similarities between NTA UGC NET Exam and CSIR NET Exam!


As you all know that NTA UGC NET and CSIR NET, both the exams are conducted for the selection of such talented candidates who dream to have their career as Researchers or College Professors.

There are a few factors that make both the exams similar. Below, we are listing up all the similarities between NTA UGC NET Exam and CSIR NET Exam.


Both the exams have similar suffix i.e. ‘NET’.

 Both the exams are conducted for the recruitment of JRF and Assistant Professors.

The qualifying procedure is similar. Candidates are selected only based on their performances in test.

 NTA UGC NET Exam and CSIR NET Exam are conducted twice a year, usually in the months of June and December.

The candidates are assessed on the basis of their Aptitude Knowledge and Subject Knowledge.

The eligibility criteria are also similar in some factors like –

Candidates are required to have valid PG Degree in concerned subject passed with 55% marks for General Category and 50% marks for ST/SC/PWD/OBC Category candidates.

The Application Forms are submitted online for both the exams.


So, these were the similarities between NTA UGC NET Exam and CSIR NET Exam.

We hope we have cleared all your doubts and confusion regarding the similarities and differences between NTA UGC NET and CSIR NET Exam.

If you still have any query, you can ask us in the comment section below.


Thank You!



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  • Naorem indrani Devi
    If a candidate passed his NETExam in population studies be made eligible for assistant professor im mathematical subject? If not eligible.Please reply and provide me a proof.
    Hello Indrani,   Greetings from Eduncle!   A candidate who have qualified UGC NET in Population Studies can be eligible for Maths Lectureship only if he/she has qualified...
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    Mohamed Rasik M.h.
    Hi, My qualification is M.SC.,M.PHIL.,B.ED.,(all are in mathematics) I am qualified as an assistant professor in UGC NET Exam under the subject POPULATION STUDIES.What are the...
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    Hello Mohamed Rasik,   Greetings from Eduncle!   You can handle all the subjects which come under the syllabus of population studies.   Thanks for asking your query ...
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    Mohamed Rasik M.h.
    Hello Eduncle team, I would like to know what are the subjects which come under the syllabus of population studies?
    Hello Mohamed Rasik,   Greetings from Eduncle!   You provided your contact details with us. Soon our experts team will reach you to assist well on the same.   Thanks...
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    Mohamed Rasik M.h.
    What is your qualification Mam?
  • P. suresh
    I have completed Master of Engineering (ME) in Thermal Engineering. To which NET exam i can apply. Please advise what subject to Select
    Hello Suresh,   Greetings from Eduncle!   You can go for UGC NET Electronic Science Exam.   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Mohamed Rasik M.h.
    Hi, I would like to talk with you directly through phone.How can I contact you? Please.
    Hello Mohamed,   Greetings from Eduncle!   You can place your contact details here. We'll convey it to our experts team, they will call you. Kindly also share the exam, y...
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  • Lal Mawii
    Hello Eduncle Team, Can you please tell me whether there is any age limit to appear for CBSE UGC NET exam?
    Hello,   There is no upper age limit for Assistant Professor post through UGC NET, but for JRF there is an upper age limit of 30 years.   Thanks for asking!   Kind R...
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  • Mansi
    Hi, I have completed my M.COM in 2014 and my subject was Commerce. I have experience in HR and hence I think I can perform better in HRM subject (55) of UGC NET JRF. Please ...
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    Hello Mansi,   Greetings from Eduncle!   As your post-graduation is in Commerce, you'd be eligible only for UGC NET Commerce exam not HRM.   The UGC NET & UGC CB...
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  • Jenifer
    Myself i have finished zoology am i eligible for CBSE NET exam?
    Hello Jenifer,   Greetings from Eduncle!   As you're having an M.Sc. qualification, you must go for CSIR NET Life Sciences. It's online process is to be started in a day ...
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  • Yogesh patidar
    Hello Mene botany se mcc kr rha hu or ecology subject select kr rakha h mughe konsa net dena chiye dono m se
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  • Yogesh patidar
    Thnks eduncle But in cbse net envoirmental biology subject option de rakha h or botany m jo mene subject choose kr rakha h usme mera main subject ecology h jisme envoirmentl se rel...
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  • Vijay kumar
    I am in MSC botany and I pershuing net in botany . so what I do tell me . I appear in ugc net or csir net what will be better for become a proffesor
    Hello Vijay,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You should apply for CSIR NET Life Science subject after completion of postgraduation in botany or you must be appearing in final exa...
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  • Karthi
    Now I'm pursuing my 4th M.Sc applied Geography & Geoinformatics. So am I capable to write UGC NET or CSIR NET in current year...
    Hello Karthi,
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