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June 2, 2020 • 1:02 pm

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2020 | Age, Qualifications & Marks


CSIR NET is the most popular exam among the science students who want to make their career in JRF and lectureship. To apply for these, candidates will have to fill the online application form of the exam.

But before applying for it, candidates must satisfy its minimum requisite criteria.

National Testing Agency has set some guidelines called CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria to find out the suitable candidates for the exam. It is measured within two major constraints – Educational Qualification and Age Limit.

Here, we have given the complete CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2020 in detail. Please scroll down and check whether you are eligible to appear for the exam or not.

In this article, you will find: -

CSIR NET Eligibility 2020

Educational Qualification

Age Limit & Relaxation

Frequently Asked Questions



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CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2020


It is recommended to check and satisfy the basic and compulsory education qualification along with the age criteria. Otherwise, you may lose the chance to appear for the exam. Below, we have provided the general requirement that you need to fulfil.



Education Qualification


Candidates who want to apply for the CSIR NET Exam must have one of the following degrees: -


Integrated BS-MS

BS-4 Years




Or an Equivalent Degree.

In the above-mentioned qualifications, candidates must satisfy the minimum percentage criteria which are given below: -

 For General and OBC Candidates - 55% Marks

 For ST/SC/PWD Candidates - 50% Marks.


CSIR NET Educational Eligibility Criteria



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Other Essential Educational Qualification


Candidates, who have enrolled in MSc Courses or have completed any of the above-mentioned qualification as on the closing date of online submission of CSIR NET Application Form, can apply for the exam.

Students who are pursuing in MSc, their result should be declared within two years of CSIR NET Certificate release date.

Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format of their master’s degree duly certified by the Head of Institute/Dean/Head of Department from where the candidate is appearing or has appeared.

Candidates who have enrolled in the Integrated MS-PhD program or have completed their BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree are also eligible to apply for the exam.

Candidates having a bachelor’s degree are eligible for CSIR fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for PhD/Integrated PhD program within the validity period of two years.

Specification of degrees (whether bachelor’s or master’s) as notified by UGC in its Gazette Notification No. F. 5-1/2013 (CPP-II) dated 5th July 2014 and as amended from time to time, shall apply.

The eligibility for lectureship/ Assistant Professorship of NET qualified candidates will be subjected to fulfilling of the criteria laid down by UGC. PhD Degree holders who have passed master’s degree prior to 19th September 1991 are eligible to apply for the exam.



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Age Limit & Relaxation


The Age Limit Criteria is different for JRF and Assistant Professor. You can check the complete details along with the age relaxation below: -



For Junior Research Fellowship

Maximum Age – 28 years as on 1st January 2020.

Age Relaxation – Up to 5 Years for SC/ST/OBC/ PwD/Female Applicants & 3 years in case of OBC (non-creamy layer).



For Lectureship

There is no upper age limit in this case. Candidates from any age group can apply for lectureship.





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Frequently Asked Questions


We have complied the frequently asked questions regarding CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2020. Refer to them for your queries.


Ques 1 - What is the eligibility for the CSIR NET?

Ans – Candidates with masters’ degree in science stream or enrolled in the post-graduation can appear for the exam. Check the complete eligibility criteria here.


Ques 2 - Are MBBS students eligible for CSIR NET?

Ans – Yes, MBBS degree holders are eligible for the exam.


Ques 3 - Are MSc first-year students eligible for the CSIR-NET exam?

Ans – Yes, aspirants who are in the first year of MSc can apply for the 2020 exam.


Ques 4 - What is the maximum age criteria for appearing in CSIR UGC NET Exam?

Ans – NTA has set the 28 years (For General Category) maximum age for JRF Exam. Aspirants who belong from other categories get the relaxation of 5 years. There is no age limit to apply for Assistant Professor.


Ques 5 – Can a B.Tech degree holder apply for the CSIR NET?

Ans – Yes, B.Tech graduates are eligible for the CSIR NET exam but only for Junior Research Fellowship.


Ques 6 - Is a 5-year dual degree (B.Tech + candidate eligible for CSIR NET?

Ans - Yes, candidates who have pursued a 5-year dual degree (B.Tech + M.Tech) can apply for the exam.



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We hope the above information is helpful for you to find out that requisite eligibility for the upcoming CSIR NET exam. You can share this article with other candidates who are preparing for it as well.

If you have any queries regarding the article, share them with us in the comment box below.

We will solve your queries as soon as possible.

Thank You!!



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