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September 06, 2023 • 14:32 pm

List of Top 25 CSIR UGC NET Frequently Asked Questions by Aspirants

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The ofiicials will be released the exam notification for CSIR NET 2023 Exam for the december session soon. If you’re planning to appear in the upcoming exam, you should be aware of all the related information.

Before starting the CSIR NET Exam preparations, you might face several queries like - what is the eligibility for the exam? which topics would I have to cover and how should I prepare for it?

It’s essential to clear all the queries related to the exam before starting the preparations. To quench your knowledge thirst, we have brought an article on Frequently asked questions that would not only clear all your doubts but also would help to increase your knowledge related to the NTA CSIR NET Exam.



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CSIR NET Frequently Asked Questions 2023- A Guide to Solve Your Doubts!


It’s better to clear all your doubts and move further towards preparations than to regret it later.

NTA CSIR NET is one of the toughest competitive tests for science students. With almost 5-6 lakh students apply for the exam every year. Therefore, you should not take any risk to miss your chances of winning.

To serve you better, in this blog, we have summed up all the frequently asked questions related to NTA CSIR NET Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Negative Marking Scheme, Application Form Procedure, Admit-Card Download, Preparation Strategies, Result Procedure, Certificate Download etc.

Let’s start knowing more about the exam!



Ques 1 – What is the CSIR NET Exam?

Ans – CSIR NET Exam commonly known as National Eligibility Test is conducted by the National Testing Agency for determining the eligibility of candidates for the lectureship and Research program in the Science & Technology field.



Ques 2 - What benefits we get after qualifying the CSIR NET Exam?

Ans - Undoubtedly, the Career Scope After Qualifying CSIR NET is vast.

Work as an Assistant Professor and Lecturer in the Universities and Colleges

Go for Post-Doctoral Researches (Ph.D.)

Work in CSIR Research Laboratories

Work in Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO)

Make career as Junior Research Fellow (JRF) and Senior Research Fellow (SRF) in the recognized Institute

Work as Scientists

Work as a Scientific Laboratory Technician

Work in PSUs like ISRO, IISC, TISS and BARC

Become an Author and Editor for Science Subjects



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Ques 3 – What is the difference b/w UGC NET and CSIR NET Exam?

Ans – Well, there is no too much difference between UGC NET vs CSIR NET but the main difference between these two exams is that the UGC NET is conducted for the subjects offered under humanities and language to determine eligibility for Lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship whereas the CSIR NET Exam is conducted for the science stream students.



Ques 4 - What is the maximum age limit to apply for CSIR NET Exam?

Ans - As per the CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria, the JRF aspirants can apply for the exam till the age of 28 years (GEN & OBC) or 33 Years (All Other Reserved Categories). Whereas, there is no age criteria is applicable for the candidates seeking to appear for lectureship exam.



Ques 5 - Who can apply for the CSIR NET Exam?

Ans - Those who have pursued any of the following degrees can apply for this exam -

Master of Science

Integrated BS & MS Courses

Graduation in Engineering

B- Pharma/D-Pharm/M-Pharma




Ques 6 - Can I appear in the NET Exam while doing graduation? I am an Engineering Student.

Ans - If you are in the final year of Graduation or in the First year of master’s you can appear in the CSIR NET exam but only for Junior Research Fellowship. The Engineering Students in Final Year may also apply for the JRF exam. For applying the post of Assistant Professor, you must have a Masters’ degree.



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Ques 7- What are the subjects for which the exam is conducted?

Ans - The NTA CSIR NET Exam is conducted in 5 Subjects -

Chemical Sciences

Earth Sciences

Life Sciences

Mathematical Sciences

Physical Sciences

Apart from these 5 subjects, the General Aptitude Paper will be common to all.





Ques 8- What Documents are essential for filling the CSIR NET Application Form?

Ans - The CSIR NET Application Form Window is now open for candidates who want to appear for the exam. You can fill the CSIR NET Application form 2023 from the official web portal. The essential documents to fill the form is given below -

Passport Size Photograph and Signature in JPEG format.

Marksheet of Qualifying Degree

Category Certificate

PwD Certificate

Aadhaar Card or Valid ID Card issued by recognized colleges and universities.



Ques 9- What is the Syllabus for CSIR NET Exam?

Ans- The first step to get success is to have a wise analysis of the entire CSIR NET Syllabus. The syllabus of this exam is very vast.

We have covered the complete syllabus for all subjects with the general aptitude part in our CSIR NET Syllabus blog. You can read it for detailed information.



Ques 10- From where I can download the previous year's Papers for CSIR NET Exam?

Ans - Solving Previous Year's Papers is the best way to prepare for NET Exam. You can easily get the knowledge about the exam pattern, no. questions asked in the exam by solving question papers. Here you can get the CSIR NET Previous Year Question Papers to start practice for your exam.



Ques 11- Is there any negative marking for wrong attempts in CSIR NET Paper?

Ans – Yes, as per the CSIR NET Exam Pattern there is a minus marking in the exam for every wrong answer. Different percentages of marks deduct while giving the wrong answer in every subject and part.  



Ques 12 - Can I edit my information after submitting the form?

Ans - There is no provision to make changes in the application form once it is submitted. But, as per the new rules, NTA provides one more chance to edit your submitted details by opening CSIR NET Form Correction window.

You can make changes in your application form by visiting the official website from 12th to 16th August 2022.



Ques 13 - What is the Cutoff Marks to qualify for the CSIR NET Exam?

Ans - There are 5 Subjects in CSIR NET and the CSIR NET Cut-off is different for each subject. The NET JRF Cutoff is generally higher than the lectureship.



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Ques 14 - From where I can download the CSIR NET Admit Card?

Ans - The CSIR NET Admit Card will be released by the officials at least 15 days before the exam. To know about the complete procedure to download the Admit Card, you are suggested to visit the given link.



Ques 15 - How much stipend will I get after clearing CSIR NET JRF?

Ans - The aspirants who qualify this exam are applicable for the CSIR NET Fellowship worth INR 31000 per month +HRA as per the CSIR Norms.



Ques 16 - How do I get the CSIR NET Certificate?

Ans- CSIR NET Certificate is provided to those who qualify for the exam. After the result declaration, successful aspirants are required to send self-attested photocopies of documents that can prove their educational eligibility. Candidates can also download the digital certificate from the official site. 



Ques 17 - Can a Non-Science Student appear in the CSIR NET Exam?

Ans- The CSIR NET Exam is conducted for Science Students. Those who belong from non-science streams like Arts, Humanities, Education, Management, etc. can appear in UGC NET Exam for making a career in the Lectureship and Research fields.



Ques 18- What is the validity of the CSIR NET Certificate?

Ans - For Junior Research Fellowship, the validity period of the CSIR NET Score Card is 2 years and the certificate is valid for a lifetime for Assistant Professor.



Ques 19- What is the Salary of NET Qualified aspirants? What are the Promotion Criteria?

Ans- After Qualifying for the CSIR NET Exam, the Assistant Professors easily get a Salary of around INR 6 Lakh per Annum, and by getting promotions you may be availing around 12 Lakhs per Annum. After starting the career as an Assistant Professor, you can get promoted to Associate Professor and Professor posts with experience.

The aspirants who choose JRF for Research Program get a monthly stipend of min 31,000 HRA and other allowances.



Ques.20- How to prepare for CSIR NET Life Science?

Ans. The exam can be cracked by adopting quality study material and the right approaches. 

Eduncle is one of those platforms that provide the quality Study Material, Notes, Previous Year Questions, Mock Tests and Complete Syllabus for CSIR NET Life Sciences.



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Ques.21 How to prepare for CSIR NET Mathematics?

Ans. Mathematics is one of the toughest subjects of CSIR NET that requires lots of hard work and dedication. The subject covers major topics like Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Modern Algebra and Complex Analysis.

In one of our blogs, have shared tips and guidance on 'How to crack CSIR NET Mathematical Science' that can help you to score well in the exam. 



Ques.22 How to prepare for CSIR NET Physics?


Ans. While Lectureship is one of the best career options. Physical Science provides a huge opportunity to work in as a Research Assistant in India’s major Organizations like ISRO (Institute of Research and Organization) and BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Center).

Before starting preparation for CSIR NET Physical Science., you need to check its complete syllabus & exam pattern then collect the quality study material. Solving Previous Year Papers and Mock tests would enhance your grasp on the subject.



Ques.23 How to prepare for CSIR NET Chemistry?

Ans. Chemical Science is divided into three major parts- Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry. Each topic in Chemical Science requires different strategies and methods.

You can take help from our CSIR NET Chemical Science blog to get a preparation strategy for the exam.



Ques 24. I have completed my Masters's, but confused about the subject to chose in CSIR NET Exam?

Ans. Most of the students face this confusion related to the subject to choose to appear in the exam. As per the NTA guidelines, candidates should only choose the subject with which he/she has completed their master's degree.



Ques 25. When will be the CSIR NET 2023 exam conducted?

Ans. National Testing Agency (NTA) released the official notification for June 2023 session on 10th March 2023. According to this notification, you can apply for the exam till 17th April 2023. The exam dates will be notified soon. You can check the CSIR NET Latest News here.



We tried to cover up all the queries you may face while preparing for the CSIR NET Exam in the above blog. If you still face any problem regarding the exam, ask to the Eduncle experts through the comment box.

You can also join India’s No.1 Learning Community for CSIR NET, where you will get doubt solution for all your exam-related queries with the help of experts from all over India. To join the community, you can download the Eduncle App now.


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Showing 8 comments out of 13
  • Laxshya

    what are amphipathic helix ? what are their characteristics features

  • Mr. pralhad kashinath zaware

    Books quality is excellent & notes are self explainatory which I received

  • Vaghela krushnapal

    I've heard that in section B out of 40 only first 35 questions will be counted, even though you've attempted more, is it true? That means there's no meaning to attempt more than 35 in B and 25 in C section... Please reply

  • Sujata

    can I choose some topics from pure and applied mathematics


    Hello Sujata,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You should prepare all the topics of your subject, as the questions can be asked from any topic and deep knowledge of the subject required to crack the exam.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!

  • Richa

    plz can u suggest me ki taiyari kase start kare


    Hello Richa,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Read the blog CSIR NET Preparation tips for the guidance regarding the exam preparation. Hope it will help you.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!

  • Deep

    Is phd is compulsory for the post of assistant professor in the government colleges after july 2021 ?


    Hello Deep,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, As per the HRD minister stated, PhD will be compulsory for assistant professor posts in universities..
    Thanks for asking your query with us!


    yes it is compulsory


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