CSIR NET 2022 Eligibility Criteria: Age, Qualifications & Marks

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria


CSIR NET stands for Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – National Eligibility Test.

It is a national-level exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for the candidates who want to choose Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Lectureship (LS) as their career.

NTA CSIR NET is conducted in 5 subjects

  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences

Check CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria like Educational Qualification and Age Limit here.

CSIR NET 2022 Eligibility Criteria

CSIR NET 2022 Essential Educational Qualifications

M.Sc. or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/ BS-4 years/ BE/ B. Tech/ B. Pharma/ MBBS with at least 55% (without rounding off) marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC candidates and 50% (without rounding off) for SC/ST, Third gender and Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates.

Candidates enrolled for M.Sc. or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on the closing date of online submission of Application Form, are also eligible to apply in the above subject under the Result Awaited (RA) category on the condition that they complete the qualifying degree with requisite percentage of marks
within two years from the date of declaration of Joint CSIR-UGC NET Test result, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

B.Sc. (Hons.) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in Integrated MS-PhD program with at least 55% marks (without rounding off) for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC candidates; 50% marks (without rounding off) for SC/ST, Third gender, Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates are also eligible to apply. Candidates with Bachelor’s degree will be eligible for CSIR fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. program within the validity period of two years. Candidates possessing only Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply only for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and not for Lectureship (LS)/Assistant Professor.

B.E./ B.S./ B.Tech./ B.Pharma/ MBBS final year/result awaited candidates are eligible to apply for fellowship only. These candidates will not be eligible for Lectureship/Assistant professor. B.Sc. (Hons.) final year/Result awaited candidates are not eligible to apply.

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 Professor of NET qualified candidates will be subject to fulfilling the criteria laid down by UGC. Ph.D degree holders who have passed Master’s degree prior to 19th September, 1991 with at least 50% marks are eligible to apply for Lectureship/ Assistant Professor only.

Candidates belonging to the Third gender category are eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age and Eligibility Criteria for NET (i.e. JRF and Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ST categories. The subject-wise qualifying cut-offs for this category would be the lowest among those for SC/ ST/ PwD/ OBC–NCL / General-EWS
categories in the corresponding subject.

CSIR NET 2022 Upper Age limit (as on 01/07/2021)

This age limit is applicable for the current examination cycle only. The age limit is relaxed for current cycle.

Post Upper Age LimitRelaxation in upper age limit
Junior Research Fellowship28 yearsOBC candidates – 3 years,

SC/ST//Third gender/PwD candidates – 5 years
Lectureship/Assistant ProfessorNo upper age limitNo upper age limit

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