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February 25, 2019 • 6:10 pm

What Are the Major Differences between CSIR NET, UGC NET & ICAR NET?


Differences between CSIR NET, UGC NET & ICAR NET


Dear Aspirants,


CSIR NET, UGC NET and ICAR NET, are the exams conducted to determine the eligibility for college and university level lectureship and awarding the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to Indian nationals.


Now the questions that arise are –


What is the difference between these three exams?

 Are CSIR NET/UGC NET/ICAR NET equivalent to each other?


With the help of this article, we have tried to share the basic differences between CSIR-NET, ICAR NET and UGC-NET.


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


Key Differences Between CSIR NET, UGC NET & ICAR NET


In this section, we will help you to know the exact difference between CSIR, ICAR and UGC NET Exam. Read to know which of these exams you can opt and fulfil your dream.




This Exam is conducted for those who want to make career in the Agriculture field.




CSIR NET is held for the Science Stream Candidates to become Lecture/Professor/Researcher in this stream.




This exam is meant for the Arts, Humanities & Management Post-graduates who wish to become expert Lecture/Professor/Researcher.


These were the main differences in UGC NET, CSIR NET and ICAR NET.


UGC NET Study Material                                 CSIR NET Study Material


Other Differences Between CSIR, UGC & ICAR NET - Which to Choose?


In the table below, we have summed up some of the basic differences between these three exams. We have also mentioned the list of subjects in the blog. Scroll down to read the complete details.


Exam conducting Institute CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) ASRB (Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board) NTA (National Test Agency)
Total Marks 200 240 300
Negative Marking 0.25 Negative Marking 1/3rd per wrong answer No Negative Marking
Difficulty Level of the Paper Tough Moderate Hard - Moderate
Exam Mode Pen-Paper Online mode Online Mode
Official Website or
Duration of the Exam 2 hours 2 hours 3 hours
Total Subjects 5 57 81


Being National Eligibility Test, these three exams differ from each other in various ways. To know more about difference between UGC NET and CSIR NET, read CSIR NET vs UGC NET.



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UGC NET, CSIR NET & ICAR NET - Each of these Exams is Conducted in Various Subjects


As mentioned above, these 3 exams are different from each other, hence the subjects included in them differ too.

With the help of the list of subjects provided below, you can make a smart choice and decide which subject and exam will be preferable for you?




In this exam there are overall 5 subjects, along with these subject wise exams, candidates have to give General Aptitude Paper which is compulsory for all the aspirants who writes for CSIR NET.

Get the complete list of subjects from here - CSIR NET Syllabus.




Till last year along with General Paper 1 there are 100 subjects in which candidates could apply. But from 2019 onwards, candidates can apply for 81 subjects only.

Get the complete list from here - UGC NET Syllabus.




ASRB ICAR NET is an online exam, which is conducted for 57 subjects. The standard of the exam is on par with the Master’s program.

The complete list of all the subjects included in ICAR NET is given below in the form of table.


Agricultural Biotechnology Agriculture Entomology Agriculture Microbiology Economics Botany and Plant Genetic Resources Genetics and Plant Breeding
Nematology Plant Biochemistry Plant Pathology Plant Physiology Seed Science and Technology
Agricultural Structure and Process Engineering Floriculture and Landscaping Fruit Science Spices, Plantation and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Vegetable Science
Animal Biochemistry Animal Genetics and Breeding Animal Nutrition Animal Physiology Animal Reproduction and Gynaecology
Dairy Chemistry Dairy Microbiology Dairy Technology Livestock Product Technology Livestock Production Management
Poultry Science Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Parasitology Veterinary Pathology Veterinary Pharmacology
Veterinary Public Health Veterinary Surgery Aquaculture Fisheries Resources Management Fish Processing Technology
Fish Nutrition Fish Health Fish Genetics and Breeding Agriculture Chemicals Agriculture Meteorology
Agroforestry Agronomy Environmental Science Soil Science Agricultural Business Management
Agricultural Economics Agricultural Extension Agricultural Statistics Home Science Farm Machinery and Power
Computer Application and IT Land and Water Management Engineering Bioinformatics Food Technology Veterinary Anatomy



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Difference Between ICAR, UGC and CSIR NET in Terms of Selection Ratio




Last year, 31,127 candidates appeared for the ASRB NET. Out of these, only 6,987 candidates qualified for the exam. i.e., 0.22 is the selection ratio.




After the result announcement of UGC NET 2018, it has been found that 68,1930 candidates have qualified in the exam this year. Check the stats of UGC NET below-

Number of candidates registered - 956837

 Number of candidates appeared on both papers - 681930

 Number of candidates qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor - 44001

 Candidates qualified for JRF & eligible for Assistant Professor - 3883

The ratio of candidates who are eligible for post of Assistant Prof to the qualified candidates is 0.045 and the ratio of candidates who are eligible for JRF to the qualified candidates is 0.004.


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Below we have provided the total no. of candidates who got qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship.

 Total CSIR NET JRF Qualified Candidates - 3550

 Total CSIR NET Lectureship Qualified Candidates – 3756


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Hope that the article helped you to clear your doubt whether you can apply for UGC NET, CSIR NET or ICAR NET exams?

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