CSIR NET Earth Sciences: Syllabus, Study Material and Preparation Tips

CSIR NET Earth Sciences
CSIR NET Earth Sciences

CSIR NET Earth Sciences – We will discuss in this page about CSIR NET Earth Sciences syllabus, exam pattern, books and preparation tips.

About CSIR NET Exam

CSIR-UGC NET is a national level examination being conducted to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for Lectureship (LS) /Assistant Professor in Indian universities /colleges subject to the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC.

Generally CSIR NET exam is conducted in the month of June and December.

Earlier the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was conducting the CSIR NET exam. Now they have given the responsibility of conducting CSIR NET to NTA (National Testing Agency).

NTA will conduct Computer Based Test (CBT) for following subjects:

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

The aspirants who are wishing to pursue their career as a Researcher or Lecturer in Earth Sciences or related fields may appear in the CSIR NET Earth Sciences Exam. 

Please read the complete article for detailed information of CSIR NET Earth Sciences which will be helpful in your preparation for the Exam.

Career Scope after Qualifying CSIR NET Earth Sciences

Various scopes after you qualify the CSIR NET Earth Sciences Exam.


After qualifying the Cut off for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of CSIR NET Earth Sciences Exam you can apply for PhD Admission or Research Fellows in different institutes/ Universities / Labs.

  • Researcher in CSIR Labs
  • PhD from IISc Bangalore
  • PhD from IITs
  • PhD from IISER
  • PhD from Central Universities
  • PhD from State Universities
  • Join Any CSIR or DST Funded Project
  • Get Direct Appointment in PSUs

Lectureship (LS) /Assistant Professor

After qualifying the Cut off for Lectureship (LS) of CSIR NET Earth Sciences Exam you can apply for Lectureship in different institutes/ Universities.

CSIR NET Earth Sciences Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the exam make sure that you fulfill all the required conditions for appearing in the exam.

Essential Educational Qualifications

Qualifying Degrees

  • M.Sc.
  • Integrated BS-MS
  • BS-4 Years
  • B.Tech
  • B.Pharma
  • MBBS or Equivalent

Qualifying Marks

Candidate should qualified the above degrees with at least 55% aggregate marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC candidates and 50% for Persons with SC/ST, Disability (PwD) candidates.

Age Limit

For JRF – 28 Years ( relaxable up to 5 years in case of SC/ST/Persons with Disability(PwD)/ female applicants and 03 years in case of OBC (Non Creamy Layer) applicants)

For LS – No Age Limit

To know the dates and application process – CSIR NET

CSIR NET Earth Sciences Exam Pattern 

CSIR NET Earth Sciences question paper will consist of three parts –

  • Part A
  • Part B
  • Part C

Part A comprises the questions from General Aptitude and General Science.

Part B and Part C will be based on the questions from CSIR NET Earth Sciences Syllabus.

Table for CSIR NET Earth Sciences Exam Details –

Mode of ExamOnline
Total Marks200
Time3 Hours
Total Number of Questions150
Number of Questions to be Attempted75

Check out the below table for CSIR NET Earth Sciences Exam Pattern –

SectionsNo. of Ques. GivenNo. of Ques. to be AttemptedMarks for Correct AnswerMarksNegative Marking

For detailed syllabus visit – CSIR NET Earth Sciences Syllabus

CSIR NET Earth Sciences Cutoff Marks

There will be separate Cutoff for JRF and LS in CSIR NET Earth Sciences Exam.

Cutoff will be for overall marks obtained in three sections and there is no sectional Cutoff.

To check the previous year’s Cutoff marks visit – CSIR NET Cutoff.

CSIR NET General Aptitude Syllabus

Syllabus for General Aptitude section is common for all subjects of CSIR NET Exam.

This section contains questions from General ScienceQuantitative Reasoning & Analysis and Research Aptitude.

For complete details of this section and syllabus pdf visit – CSIR NET General Aptitude Syllabus, Study Plan

CSIR NET Earth Sciences Syllabus

Structure of CSIR NET Earth Sciences Syllabus

Part B

The Earth and the Solar System
Earth Materials, Surface Features and Processes
Interior of the Earth, Deformation and Tectonics
Oceans and Atmosphere
Environmental Earth Sciences

Part C

Physical Geography
Ocean Sciences

For detailed Syllabus – CSIR NET Earth Sciences Syllabus

CSIR NET Earth Sciences Books and Study Material

Choose best Study Material and Books which will be very useful for you in qualifying the exam.

CSIR NET Earth Science Study Material

Here at Zero Vigyan Earth Sciences we provide the previous year’s question papers of CSIR NET Earth Sciences and Mock Test Papers.

CSIR NET Earth Sciences Previous Years Question Paper PDF

Previous years questions papers will be very useful for understanding the exam pattern, finding important topics and for practice.

Check here the CSIR NET Earth Sciences Previous Years Question Papers