CSIR UGC NET Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2020


CSIR NET is the national level exam that is conducted by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to check the eligibility of the candidates to apply for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Lectureship (LS). You will qualify as an Assistant Professor at any of the following places if you clear this exam: Universities, IITs, Post-Graduate Colleges, Government Research Establishments CSIR Research Laboratories. Top rankers are given scholarships as per the ranks.

CSIR NET 2020 Application Form

CSIR UGC NET comes with eligibility criteria which need to be fulfilled by the candidate in order to proceed with the application. The form can be filled on CSIR UGC NET 2020 apply online official site of National Testing Agency(NTA) where you can also check the CSIR NET syllabus 2020 includingCSIR NET Life Science syllabus, CSIR NET Chemical Science syllabus, CSIR NTA syllabus.

CSIR NET Life Science Syllabus and exam pattern:


TIME: 3 HOURS                                                          MAXIMUM MARKS: 200

 CSIR-UGC (NET) Exam for Award of Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lecturership shall be a Single Paper Test having Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The question paper is divided in three parts

Part ‘A’: This part shall carry 20 questions pertaining to General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis and Research Aptitude. The candidates shall be required to answer any 15 questions. Each question shall be of two marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 30 out of 200.

Part ‘B’: This part shall contain 50 Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) generally covering the topics given in the syllabus. A candidate shall be required to answer any 35 questions. Each question shall be of two marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 70 out of 200.

Part ‘C’ :This part shall contain 75 questions that are designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem. A candidate shall be required to answer any 25 questions. Each question shall be of four marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 100 out of 200.

There will be negative marking @25% for each wrong answer.

Syllabus for part B and C

Unit no. Unit   Unit no. Unit
1 Molecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology   8 Inheritance Biology
2 Cellular Organization   9 Diversity of Life Forms
3 Fundamental Processes   10 Ecological Principles
4 Cell Communication and Cell Signaling   11 Evolution and Behavior
5 Developmental Biology   12 Applied Biology
6 System Physiology – Plant   13 Methods in Biology
7 System Physiology – Animal      


A. Structure of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds.

B Composition, structure and function of biomolecules

[ i) carbohydrates; ii) lipids; iii) proteins; iv) Nucleic acids and v) vitamins].

C. Stablizing interactions (Van der Waals, electrostatic, hydrogen bonding, hydrophobic interaction, etc.).

D Principles of biophysical chemistry (pH, buffer, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, colligative properties).

E. Bioenergetics, glycolysis, oxidative phosphorylation, coupled reaction, group transfer, biological energy transducers.

F. Principles of catalysis, enzymes and enzyme kinetics, enzyme regulation, mechanism of enzyme catalysis, isozymes

G. Conformation of proteins (Ramachandran plot, secondary structure, domains, motif and folds).

H. Conformation of nucleic acids (helix (A, B, Z), t-RNA, micro-RNA).

I. Stability of proteins and nucleic acids.

J. Metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, nucleotides and vitamins.


A) Membrane structure and function (Structure of model membrane, lipid bilayer and membrane protein diffusion, osmosis, ion channels, active transport, membrane pumps, mechanism of sorting and regulation of intracellular transport, electrical properties of membranes).

B) Structural organization and function of intracellular organelles (Cell wall, nucleus, mitochondria, Golgi bodies, lysosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, peroxisomes, plastids, vacuoles, chloroplast, structure & function of cytoskeleton and its role in motility).

C) Organization of genes and chromosomes (Operon, unique and repetitive DNA, interrupted genes, gene families, structure of chromatin and chromosomes, heterochromatin, euchromatin, transposons).

D) Cell division and cell cycle (Mitosis and meiosis, their regulation, steps in cell cycle, regulation and control of cell cycle).

E) Microbial Physiology (Growth yield and characteristics, strategies of cell division, stress response)


A) DNA replication, repair and recombination (Unit of replication, enzymes involved, replication origin and replication fork, fidelity of replication, extrachromosomal replicons, DNA damage and repair mechanisms, homologous and site-specific recombination).

B) RNA synthesis and processing (transcription factors and machinery, formation of initiation complex, transcription activator and repressor, RNA polymerases, capping, elongation, and termination, RNA processing, RNA editing, splicing, and polyadenylation, structure and function of different types of RNA, RNA transport).

C) Protein synthesis and processing (Ribosome, formation of initiation complex, initiation factors and their regulation, elongation and elongation factors, termination, genetic code, aminoacylation of tRNA, tRNA-identity, aminoacyl tRNA synthetase, and translational proof-reading, translational inhibitors, Post- translational modification of proteins).

D) Control of gene expression at transcription and translation level (regulating the expression of phages, viruses, prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes, role of chromatin in gene expression and gene silencing).


A) Host parasite interaction Recognition and entry processes of different pathogens like bacteria, viruses into animal and plant host cells, alteration of host cell behavior by pathogens, virus-induced cell transformation, pathogen-induced diseases in animals and plants, cell-cell fusion in both normal and abnormal cells.

B) Cell signaling Hormones and their receptors, cell surface receptor, signaling through G-protein coupled receptors, signal transduction pathways, second messengers, regulation of signaling pathways, bacterial and plant two-component systems, light signaling in plants, bacterial chemotaxis and quorum sensing.

C) Cellular communication Regulation of hematopoiesis, general principles of cell communication, cell adhesion and roles of different adhesion molecules, gap junctions, extracellular matrix, integrins, neurotransmission and its regulation.

D) Cancer: Genetic rearrangements in progenitor cells, oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, cancer and the cell cycle, virus-induced cancer, metastasis, interaction of cancer cells with normal cells, apoptosis, therapeutic interventions of uncontrolled cell growth.

E) Innate and adaptive immune system Cells and molecules involved in innate and adaptive immunity, antigens, antigenicity and immunogenicity. B and T cell epitopes, structure and function of antibody molecules. generation of antibody diversity, monoclonal antibodies, antibody engineering, antigen-antibody interactions, MHC molecules, antigen processing and presentation, activation and differentiation of B and T cells, B and T cell receptors, humoral and cell-mediated immune responses, primary and secondary immune modulation, the complement system, Toll-like receptors, cell-mediated effector functions, inflammation, hypersensitivity and autoimmunity, immune response during bacterial (tuberculosis), parasitic (malaria) and viral (HIV) infections, congenital and acquired immunodeficiencies, vaccines.


A) Basic concepts of development : Potency, commitment, specification, induction, competence, determination and differentiation; morphogenetic gradients; cell fate and cell lineages; stem cells; genomic equivalence and the cytoplasmic determinants; imprinting; mutants and transgenics in analysis of development

B) Gametogenesis, fertilization and early development: Production of gametes, cell surface molecules in sperm-egg recognition in animals; embryo sac development and double fertilization in plants; zygote formation, cleavage, blastula formation, embryonic fields, gastrulation and formation of germ layers in animals; embryogenesis, establishment of symmetry in plants; seed formation and germination.

C) Morphogenesis and organogenesis in animals : Cell aggregation and differentiation in Dictyostelium; axes and pattern formation in Drosophila, amphibia and chick; organogenesis – vulva formation in Caenorhabditis elegans, eye lens induction, limb development and regeneration in vertebrates; differentiation of neurons, post embryonic development- larval formation, metamorphosis; environmental regulation of normal development; sex determination.

D) Morphogenesis and organogenesis in plants: Organization of shoot and root apical meristem; shoot and root development; leaf development and phyllotaxy; transition to flowering, floral meristems and floral development in Arabidopsis and Antirrhinum

E) Programmed cell death, aging and senescence


A. Photosynthesis – Light harvesting complexes; mechanisms of electron transport; photoprotective mechanisms; CO2 fixation-C3, C4 and CAM pathways.

B. Respiration and photorespiration – Citric acid cycle; plant mitochondrial electron transport and ATP synthesis; alternate oxidase; photorespiratory pathway.

C. Nitrogen metabolism – Nitrate and ammonium assimilation; amino acid biosynthesis.

D. Plant hormones – Biosynthesis, storage, breakdown and transport; physiological effects and mechanisms of action.

E. Sensory photobiology – Structure, function and mechanisms of action of phytochromes, cryptochromes and phototropins; stomatal movement; photoperiodism and biological clocks.

F. Solute transport and photoassimilate translocation – uptake, transport and translocation of water, ions, solutes and macromolecules from soil, through cells, across membranes, through xylem and phloem; transpiration; mechanisms of loading and unloading of photoassimilates.

G. Secondary metabolites – Biosynthesis of terpenes, phenols and nitrogenous compounds and their roles.

H. Stress physiology – Responses of plants to biotic (pathogen and insects) and abiotic (water, temperature and salt) stresses.


A. Blood and circulation – Blood corpuscles, haemopoiesis and formed elements, plasma function, blood volume, blood volume regulation, blood groups, haemoglobin, immunity, haemostasis.

B. Cardiovascular System: Comparative anatomy of heart structure, myogenic heart, specialized tissue, ECG – its principle and significance, cardiac cycle, heart as a pump, blood pressure, neural and chemical regulation of all above.

C. Respiratory system – Comparison of respiration in different species, anatomical considerations, transport of gases, exchange of gases, waste elimination, neural and chemical regulation of respiration.

D. Nervous system – Neurons, action potential, gross neuroanatomy of the brain and spinal cord, central and peripheral nervous system, neural control of muscle tone and posture.

E. Sense organs – Vision, hearing and tactile response.

F. Excretory system – Comparative physiology of excretion, kidney, urine formation, urine concentration, waste elimination, micturition, regulation of water balance, blood volume, blood pressure, electrolyte balance, acid-base balance.

G. Thermoregulation – Comfort zone, body temperature – physical, chemical, neural regulation, acclimatization.

H. Stress and adaptation

I. Digestive system – Digestion, absorption, energy balance, BMR.

J. Endocrinology and reproduction – Endocrine glands, basic mechanism of hormone action, hormones and diseases; reproductive processes, gametogenesis, ovulation, neuroendocrine regulation


A) Mendelian principles : Dominance, segregation, independent assortment.

B) Concept of gene : Allele, multiple alleles, pseudoallele, complementation tests

C) Extensions of Mendelian principles : Codominance, incomplete dominance, gene interactions, pleiotropy, genomic imprinting, penetrance and expressivity, phenocopy, linkage and crossing over, sex linkage, sex limited and sex influenced characters.

D) Gene mapping methods : Linkage maps, tetrad analysis, mapping with molecular markers, mapping by using somatic cell hybrids, development of mapping population in plants.

E) Extra chromosomal inheritance : Inheritance of Mitochondrial and chloroplast genes, maternal inheritance.

F) Microbial genetics : Methods of genetic transfers – transformation, conjugation, transduction and sex-duction, mapping genes by interrupted mating, fine structure analysis of genes.

G) Human genetics : Pedigree analysis, lod score for linkage testing, karyotypes, genetic disorders.

H) Quantitative genetics : Polygenic inheritance, heritability and its measurements, QTL mapping.

I) Mutation : Types, causes and detection, mutant types – lethal, conditional, biochemical, loss of function, gain of function, germinal verses somatic mutants, insertional mutagenesis.

J) Structural and numerical alterations of chromosomes : Deletion, duplication, inversion, translocation, ploidy and their genetic implications.

K) Recombination : Homologous and non-homologous recombination including transposition.


A. Principles & methods of taxonomy: Concepts of species and hierarchical taxa, biological nomenclature, classical & quantititative methods of taxonomy of plants, animals and microorganisms.

B. Levels of structural organization: Unicellular, colonial and multicellular forms. Levels of organization of tissues, organs & systems. Comparative anatomy, adaptive radiation, adaptive modifications.

C. Outline classification of plants, animals & microorganisms:

Important criteria used for classification in each taxon. Classification of plants, animals and microorganisms. Evolutionary relationships among taxa.

D. Natural history of Indian subcontinent: Major habitat types of the subcontinent, geographic origins and migrations of species. Comman Indian mammals,  birds. Seasonality and phenology of the subcontinent.

E. Organisms of health & agricultural importance:  Common parasites and pathogens of humans, domestic animals and crops.

F. Organisms of conservation concern: Rare, endangered species. Conservation strategies.


A. The Environment: Physical environment; biotic environment; biotic and abiotic interactions.

B. Habitat and Niche: Concept of habitat and niche; niche width and overlap; fundamental and realized niche; resource partitioning; character displacement.

C. Population Ecology: Characteristics of a population; population growth curves; population regulation; life history strategies (r and K selection); concept of metapopulation – demes and dispersal, interdemic extinctions, age structured populations.

D. Species Interactions: Types of interactions, interspecific competition, herbivory, carnivory, pollination, symbiosis.

E. Community Ecology: Nature of communities; community structure and attributes; levels of species diversity and its measurement; edges and ecotones.

F. Ecological Succession: Types; mechanisms; changes involved in succession; concept of climax.

G. Ecosystem Ecology: Ecosystem structure; ecosystem function; energy flow and mineral cycling (C,N,P); primary production and decomposition; structure and function of some Indian ecosystems: terrestrial (forest, grassland) and aquatic (fresh water, marine, eustarine).

H. Biogeography: Major terrestrial biomes; theory of island biogeography; biogeographical zones of India.

I. Applied Ecology: Environmental pollution; global environmental change; biodiversity: status, monitoring and documentation; major drivers of biodiversity change; biodiversity management approaches.

J. Conservation Biology: Principles of conservation, major approaches to management, Indian case studies on conservation/management strategy (Project Tiger, Biosphere reserves).


A. Emergence of evolutionary thoughts: Lamarck; Darwin–concepts of variation, adaptation, struggle, fitness and natural selection; Mendelism; Spontaneity of mutations; The evolutionary synthesis.

B. Origin of cells and unicellular evolution: Origin of basic biological molecules; Abiotic synthesis of organic monomers and polymers; Concept of Oparin and Haldane; Experiement of Miller (1953); The first cell; Evolution of prokaryotes; Origin of eukaryotic cells; Evolution of unicellular eukaryotes; Anaerobic metabolism, photosynthesis and aerobic metabolism.

C. Paleontology and Evolutionary History: The evolutionary time scale; Eras, periods and epoch; Major events in the evolutionary time scale; Origins of unicellular and multi cellular organisms; Major groups of plants and animals; Stages in primate evolution including Homo.

D. Molecular Evolution: Concepts of neutral evolution, molecular divergence and molecular clocks; Molecular tools in phylogeny, classification and identification; Protein and nucleotide sequence analysis; origin of new genes and proteins; Gene duplication and divergence.

E. The Mechanisms: Population genetics – Populations, Gene pool, Gene frequency; Hardy-Weinberg Law; concepts and rate of change in gene frequency through natural selection, migration and random genetic drift; Adaptive radiation; Isolating mechanisms; Speciation; Allopatricity and Sympatricity; Convergent evolution; Sexual selection; Co-evolution.

F. Brain, Behavior and Evolution: Approaches and methods in study of behavior; Proximate and ultimate causation; Altruism and evolution-Group selection, Kin selection, Reciprocal altruism; Neural basis of learning, memory, cognition, sleep and arousal; Biological clocks; Development of behavior; Social communication; Social dominance; Use of space and territoriality; Mating systems, Parental investment and Reproductive success; Parental care; Aggressive behavior; Habitat selection and optimality in foraging; Migration, orientation and navigation; Domestication and behavioral changes.


A. Microbial fermentation and production of small and macro molecules.

B. Application of immunological principles, vaccines, diagnostics.

C. Tissue and cell culture methods for plants and animals

D. Transgenic animals and plants

E. Molecular approaches to diagnosis and strain identification

F. Genomics and its application to health and agriculture, including gene therapy.

G. Bioresource and uses of biodiversity

H. Breeding in plants and animals, including marker – assisted selection

I. Bioremediation and phytoremediation

G. Biosensors


A. Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA methods:  

1) Isolation and purification of RNA, DNA (genomic and plasmid) and proteins, different separation methods.

2) Analysis of RNA, DNA and proteins by one and two dimensional gel electrophoresis,

3) Isoelectric focusing gels.

4) Molecular cloning of DNA or RNA fragments in bacterial and eukaryotic systems.

5) Expression of recombinant proteins using bacterial, animal and plant vectors.

6) Isolation of specific nucleic acid sequences

7) Generation of genomic and cDNA libraries in plasmid, phage, cosmid, BAC and YAC vectors.

8) In vitro mutagenesis and deletion techniques.

9) Gene knock out in bacterial and eukaryotic organisms.

10) Protein sequencing methods

11) Detection of post translation modification of proteins.

12) DNA sequencing methods

13) Strategies for genome sequencing.

14) Methods for analysis of gene expression at RNA and protein level,

15) Methods for analysis of gene expression at large scale expression, such as micro array based techniques

16) Isolation, separation and analysis of carbohydrate and lipid molecules

17) RFLP, RAPD and AFLP techniques

B. Histochemical and Immunotechniques:

1) Antibody generation

2) Detection of molecules using ELISA, RIA, western blot, immunoprecipitation, fluocytometry and immunofluorescence microscopy

3) Detection of molecules in living cells, in situ localization by techniques such as FISH and GISH.

C Biophysical Method:

1) Molecular analysis using UV/visible, fluorescence, circular dichroism, NMR and ESR spectroscopy

2) Molecular structure determination using X-ray diffraction and NMR

3) Molecular analysis using light scattering, different types of mass spectrometry and surface plasma resonance methods.

D. Statisitcal Methods:

1) Measures of central tendency and dispersal

2) Probability distributions (Binomial, Poisson and normal)

3) Sampling distribution

4) Difference between parametric and non-parametric statistics

5) Confidence Interval

6) Errors

7) Levels of significance

8)  Regression and Correlation

9) t-test; Analysis of variance; X2 test

10)  Basic introduction to Muetrovariate statistics, etc.

E. Radiolabeling techniques:

1) Detection and measurement of different types of radioisotopes normally used in biology

2) Incorporation of radioisotopes in biological tissues and cells, molecular imaging of radioactive material, safety guidelines.

F. Microscopic techniques:

1) Visualization of cells and subcellular components by light microscopy

2) Resolving powers of different microscopes

3) Microscopy of living cells

4) Scanning and transmission microscopes

5) Different fixation and staining techniques for EM, freeze-etch and freeze- fracture methods for EM

6) Image processing methods in microscopy.

G. Electrophysiological methods:

1)  Single neuron recording, patch-clamp recording

2) ECG, Brain activity recording.

3) Lesion and stimulation of brain

4) Pharmacological testing, PET, MRI, fMRI, CAT.

H. Methods in field biology:

1) Methods of estimating population density of animals and plants

2) Ranging patterns through direct, indirect and remote observations,

3) Sampling methods in the study of behavior

4) Habitat characterization: ground and remote sensing methods.

CSIR NET Chemical Science Syllabus and exam pattern:

 Inorganic Chemistry

1. Chemical periodicity

2. Structure and bonding in homo- and heteronuclear molecules, including shapes of molecules (VSEPR Theory).

3. Concepts of acids and bases, Hard-Soft acid base concept, Non-aqueous solvents.

4. Main group elements and their compounds: Allotropy, synthesis, structure and bonding, industrial importance of the compounds.

5. Transition elements and coordination compounds: structure, bonding theories, spectral and magnetic properties, reaction mechanisms.

6. Inner transition elements: spectral and magnetic properties, redox chemistry, analytical applications.

7. Organometallic compounds: synthesis, bonding and structure, and reactivity. Organometallics in homogeneous catalysis.

8. Cages and metal clusters.

9. Analytical chemistry- separation, spectroscopic, electro- and thermoanalytical methods.

10. Bioinorganic chemistry: photosystems, porphyrins, metalloenzymes, oxygen transport, electron- transfer reactions; nitrogen fixation, metal complexes in medicine.

11. Characterisation of inorganic compounds by IR, Raman, NMR, EPR, Mössbauer, UV-vis, NQR, MS, electron spectroscopy and microscopic techniques.

12. Nuclear chemistry: nuclear reactions, fission and fusion, radio-analytical techniques and activation analysis.

Physical Chemistry:

1. Basic principles of quantum mechanics: Postulates; operator algebra; exactly-

solvable systems: particle-in-a-box, harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom, including shapes of atomic orbitals; orbital and spin angular momenta; tunneling.

2. Approximate methods of quantum mechanics: Variational principle; perturbation theory up to second order in energy; applications.

3. Atomic structure and spectroscopy; term symbols; many-electron systems and antisymmetry principle.

4. Chemical bonding in diatomics; elementary concepts of MO and VB theories; Huckel theory for conjugated π-electron systems.

5. Chemical applications of group theory; symmetry elements; point groups; character tables; selection rules.

6. Molecular spectroscopy: Rotational and vibrational spectra of diatomic molecules; electronic spectra; IR and Raman activities – selection rules; basic principles of magnetic resonance.

7. Chemical thermodynamics: Laws, state and path functions and their applications; thermodynamic description of various types of processes; Maxwell’s relations; spontaneity and equilibria; temperature and pressure dependence of thermodynamic quantities; Le Chatelier principle; elementary description of phase transitions; phase equilibria and phase rule; thermodynamics of ideal and non-ideal gases, and solutions.

8. Statistical thermodynamics: Boltzmann distribution; kinetic theory of gases; partition functions and their relation to thermodynamic quantities – calculations for model systems.

9. Electrochemistry: Nernst equation, redox systems, electrochemical cells; Debye-Huckel theory; electrolytic conductance – Kohlrausch’s law and its applications; ionic equilibria; conductometric and potentiometric titrations.

10. Chemical kinetics: Empirical rate laws and temperature dependence; complex reactions; steady state approximation; determination of reaction mechanisms; collision and transition state theories of rate constants; unimolecular reactions; enzyme kinetics; salt effects; homogeneous catalysis; photochemical reactions.

11. Colloids and surfaces: Stability and properties of colloids; isotherms and surface area; heterogeneous catalysis.

12. Solid state: Crystal structures; Bragg’s law and applications; band structure of solids.

13. Polymer chemistry: Molar masses; kinetics of polymerization.

14. Data analysis: Mean and standard deviation; absolute and relative errors; linear regression; covariance and correlation coefficient.

Organic Chemistry

1. IUPAC nomenclature of organic molecules including regio- and stereoisomers.

2. Principles of stereochemistry: Configurational and conformational isomerism in acyclic and cyclic compounds; stereogenicity, stereoselectivity, enantioselectivity, diastereoselectivity and asymmetric induction.

3. Aromaticity: Benzenoid and non-benzenoid compounds – generation and reactions.

4. Organic reactive intermediates: Generation, stability and reactivity of carbocations, carbanions, free radicals, carbenes, benzynes and nitrenes.

5. Organic reaction mechanisms involving addition, elimination and substitution reactions with electrophilic, nucleophilic or radical species. Determination of reaction pathways.

6. Common named reactions and rearrangements – applications in organic synthesis.

7. Organic transformations and reagents: Functional group interconversion including oxidations and reductions; common catalysts and reagents (organic, inorganic, organometallic and enzymatic). Chemo, regio and stereoselective transformations.

8. Concepts in organic synthesis: Retrosynthesis, disconnection, synthons, linear and convergent synthesis, umpolung of reactivity and protecting groups.

9. Asymmetric synthesis: Chiral auxiliaries, methods of asymmetric induction – substrate, reagent and catalyst controlled reactions; determination of enantiomeric and diastereomeric excess; enantio-discrimination. Resolution – optical and kinetic.

10. Pericyclic reactions – electrocyclisation, cycloaddition, sigmatropic rearrangements and other related concerted reactions. Principles and applications of photochemical reactions in organic chemistry.

11. Synthesis and reactivity of common heterocyclic compounds containing one or two heteroatoms (O, N, S).

12. Chemistry of natural products: Carbohydrates, proteins and peptides, fatty acids, nucleic acids, terpenes, steroids and alkaloids. Biogenesis of terpenoids and alkaloids.

13. Structure determination of organic compounds by IR, UV-Vis, 1H & 13C NMR and Mass spectroscopic techniques.

Interdisciplinary topics

1. Chemistry in nanoscience and technology.

2. Catalysis and green chemistry.

3. Medicinal chemistry.

4. Supramolecular chemistry.

5. Environmental chemistry.

The pattern for the Single Paper MCQ test shall be as given below:- For Chemical Sciences

1. The MCQ test paper of each subject shall carry a maximum of 200 marks.

2. The exam shall be for duration of three hours.

3. The question paper shall be divided in three parts

Part ‘A’ shall be common to all subjects. This part shall be a test containing a maximum of 20 questions of General Aptitude. The candidates shall be required to answer any 15 questions of two marks each. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 30 out of 200

Part ‘B’ shall   contain subject-related conventional MCQs. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 70 out of 200. The maximum number of questions to be attempted shall be in the range of 20-35.

Part ‘C’ shall contain higher value questions that may test the candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem.  The total marks allocated to this section shall be 100 out of 200.

Negative marking for wrong answers.

NTA-UGC NET Syllabus and exam pattern:

NTA-UGC NET exam pattern

Paper Max. Marks No. of Question Pattern Time
I 100 100 The questions will be generic in nature, intending to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. 1 Hour
II 200 200 This will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. All the questions of Paper–II will be compulsory. 2 Hours


1. No negative marking for wrong answer

2. There will be break of half an hour between Paper I and Paper II


Common paper for all NTA-UGC NET subjects and for SET exams too

Unit I:  Teaching Aptitude

Unit II: Research Aptitude

Unit III: Comprehension

Unit IV: Communication

Unit V: Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude

Unit VI: Logical Reasoning

Unit VII: Data Interpretation

Unit VIII: Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Unit IX: People, Development and Environment

Unit X: Higher Education System

Paper II syllabus for Commerce

Unit 1: Business Environment and International Business

Unit 2: Accounting and Auditing

Unit 3: Business Economics

Unit 4: Business Finance

Unit 5: Business Statistics and Research Methods

Unit 6: Business Management and Human Resource Management

Unit 7: Banking and Financial Institutions

Unit 8: Marketing Management

Unit 9: Legal Aspects of Business

Unit 10: Income-tax and Corporate Tax Planning

Important Dates

 CSIR UGC NET 2020 will be conducting by National Testing Agency for providing Junior research fellowship/lectureship programs on 21st June 2020. The online registration will start from 16th March 2020. The last date for submitting the form is 15th April 2020 and 16th April 2020 being the last date to deposit the fee.

Step 1- CSIR NET 2020 Registration

  • Check out the official website of CSIR NET.
  • New users need to register themselves first. Click on “New Registration” button. An instruction page will appear where you need to agree to the terms and conditions given in the box. After this, you will be asked to “Click Here to Proceed” and then directed to the CISR NET 2020 application form page.
  • If you have already registered, all you need to do is to login.
  • Enter your personal details as given in the form and Click on “Submit”. Once this is done, you will be required to confirm the details. Click on “Yes” and “Final Submit” to complete the registration process.
  • Once you are done with the registration process, you will receive a unique application number on your email ID and phone number as you have mentioned in the form. You will have to use the application number in order to login to the website and complete the application process.

Step 2 – Fill the details in the Application Form

Once you are done, you will need to fill your educational qualifications and other details including the subject that you wish to opt for NET, language of the paper, exam city, specialization, etc. in the application form.

Note: Make sure that the details are appropriately filled in the form otherwise it might get rejected.

When you are done with the details, recheck the entire form once and then proceed to the next step. After this, you need to upload your photograph and signature.

 Step 3 – Upload Photograph & Signature

Click on “Upload Image” button. Make sure that the photograph and signature are in JPG/JPEG format.

Once you are done uploading the image, click on the preview button. Make sure that both the images are appearing correctly in the preview after which you can click on Submit to be redirected to the payment portal. As per the CSIR NET guidelines, the photograph should meet the following:

  • It should be more than 10 kb but less than 200kb.
  • 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (Height) in dimension
  • Must have your name and date on it and taken on or after 02nd September 2019.
  • For signature, you need to make sure that the dimensions are 3.5 cm in (length) x 1.5 cm in (Height) and its size should be more than 4kb and less than 200kb. Use Black pen for the Signature.

Step 4 – Make Payment

 The candidates can then proceed to the fee payment step. You will need to choose the bank through which you will be paying the exam fee and then click on the button for the final submission of the form. You will be provided with the option to print the receipt of the fee paid. You can download and take the print of the form. Keep it with you, until you download the final admit card.  

The fee is applicable as per the reservation status:

General : Rs 1000/-

OBC (Non-creamy): Rs 500/-

SC/ST/PwD: Rs 250/-

Mode of payment: Payment mode can be chosen as per convenience (debit/credit card/net banking/UPI).

Important Details to Keep in Mind While Filling the Form

  • Only one CSIR online form can be filled with valid details otherwise your form may get rejected.
  • Re-check and preview the entire CSIR NET online application form before final submission.
  • Changes cannot be made in the CSIR NET application form once the final submission has been done. However, corrections can be done once NTA releases the correcting form.
  • The session for the application expires within 30 minutes, so you should submit the form within the prescribed limit.

Frequently Asked Questions About CSIR NET Application Form

 Q1 – Can I correct my CSIR NET JRF form once I submit my application form?

Ans – Yes, you will be given a chance for corrections and a date will be released for the same.

Q2 – Which documents need to be sent with the CSIR NET application form?

Ans – Currently, only online applications are accepted and there is no such provision for submitting the documents as of now with the form.

Q3- What if I forget the CSIR UGC NET application details?

Ans – You will receive an email with the application number once you complete the form submission. However, if you forget the CSIR UGC NET application details, you can do the following:

Visit CSIR NET exam website and then click on the link “Reprint Submitted Application”. After clicking the submit button, an application form will open. You can now click on the “View/Reprint” button. A popup showing “View Form Details” will appear. Select email from the checkbox and enter your Email ID & DOB. After submitting you will get your application details.

CSIR UGC NET Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2020

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