CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)| December 2009| Notification and Exam details.

Candidates interested in giving the tet for Junior fellowship exam in december 2009 should send the completed application form to the address mentioned below on or before 29th September 2009.

CSIRJRF thumb CSIR UGC Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)| December 2009| Notification and Exam details.
The application form and bulleting can be can be taken from assigned subdivisions of of Indian Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce in between the 25th august 2009 to 23rd September 2009.

The application form is also available online at the CSIR’s official Website mention at the end of the post.

All completed application forms along with all relevant/ required documents should reach The following address before the last date i.e. 29th September 2009.

Sr. Controller of the Examinations,
Examination Unit, HRDG,
CSIR complex, Pusa,
New Delhi – 110012

Important details about the fellowship:

CSIR JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (JRF) : A junior research fellowship is awarded to a fixed number candidates each year by CSIR who have a Masters degree in Science (MSc) or equivalent degree. The candidate must have passed the exams with at least 55% marks after qualifying the National Eligibility Test ( NET) conducted by CSIR two times in a year.

Tentative dates when the exam is held: Usually on third Sunday in June and December, each year.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE for Junior Research Fellowship

The completed application form may be submitted to the Controller of Examinations, Examination Unit, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi –110 012.

AGE LIMIT : 28 years maximum which can be relaxed upto five years for SC, ST, Women, PH and OBC candidates as per category.


First of all a written test (All India Basis) needs to be cleared by the candidate.  this test is referred as National Eligibility Test or simply as NET.

The test usually consists of two papers: A general science paper checking for a student’s mental, reasoning and logical thinking ability. Thsi paper has both subjective and objective parts.

The second paper is elective. The candidate can select a subject among these

(1) Chemical Sciences

(2) Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences

(3) Life Sciences,

(4) Mathematical Sciences and

(5) Physical Sciences.

The answers for this paper nee to be short and descriptive.

Paper – 1 is objective type consisting of Part (A) general nature and part (B) is subject type. It tests the mental ability and broad awareness of scientific knowledge at the rudimentary level. The second paper is to be selected from the amongstThe second paper requires short descriptive answers to questions.

The candidates who qualify in the test are informed individually after the result is finalized. The Fellowship is awarded on receipt of necessary details of the qualifying degree examination, place of work, research topic, the name of supervisor and the concurrence of the Institution to provide all the necessary facilities. The validity of the offer of this award will be one year. The candidate is expected to register for PhD degree within a period of one year from the date of joining.

Undertaking by a Research Fellow / Associate on Acceptance of the Award of Research Fellowship / Associateship


                     i.            The stipend of a selected JRF Rs 12000/ per month for a period of 2 years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs. 20,000/- per fellow will be provided to  the University / Institution.

                   ii.            On Completion of two years as JRF, the stipend may be increased to Rs. 14000/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent year.

This increase is based on assessment of Fellows’ research progress/ achievements through interview by an Expert Committee consisting of the Guide, Head of the Department and External Member from outside the University/ Institution who is an expert in the relevant field.

The head or guide is never the rank of Professor/ Associate Professor.

On upgradation, the designation of JRF will be changed to SRF (NET). In the event of the Committee not recommending upgradation the candidate will continue as JRF with a stipend of Rs 12000/- p.m for the 3rd year or his fellowship may be terminated depending upon the decision of the Committee. The progress of research work of JRF will be assessed again at the end of 3rd year for such upgradation.

It is expected that Fellows will have published work to their credit by the end of 3rd year. This shall form an important quantitative and qualitative criterion for judging the progress made by the candidate. If the work of JRF is still not found satisfactory for upgradation, the fellowship will be terminated. Extension of tenure of SRF (NET) for the 4th year will be on the basis of the progress report and recommendation of the guide. The 5th year extension as SRF(NET) is permissible on the recommendation of three members assessment Committee and progress report duly supported by publications in the form of reprints/preprints/manuscripts of the paper published, accepted or communicated for publication.

The total tenure as JRF plus SRF(NET) can never be more than five years. This includes the tenure of Fellowship awarded by UGC/DST/ICMR/ICAR etc or any other funding agency/Institution.

Extension may not also be granted if the fellow does not acknowledge support of CSIR in his research publication.

click here to go to Official Website of CSIR.

This website contains previous years sample papers as well as Online application link.


  • September 9, 2009 - 10:47 am | Permalink

    Sir ,
    Iam an Indian.
    Date of birth -23-02-68.
    Qualification- M.Sc [Zoology],PGDEE

    Am i eligible for which competition ?

  • balanaga karthik
    October 12, 2009 - 8:38 pm | Permalink

    hello sir, may i get the complete study materials for chemical science for NET exam

  • balanaga karthik
    October 12, 2009 - 8:38 pm | Permalink

    hello sir, may i get the complete study materials for chemical science for NET exam

  • rahul jain
    January 9, 2010 - 5:59 pm | Permalink


  • Archana Sathyaseelan
    February 26, 2010 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    Can i know the tentative date to apply for the CSIR SRF? Is it necessary that the two year research experience should be any of the CSIR laboratories?

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