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

CSIR NET Life Sciences
CSIR NET Life Sciences

CSIR NET Life Sciences – We will discuss in this page about CSIR NET Life 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:

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

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

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

Career Scope After Qualifying CSIR NET Life Sciences

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


After qualifying the Cut off for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of CSIR NET Life 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 Life Sciences Exam you can apply for Lectureship in different institutes/ Universities.

CSIR NET Life 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 Life Science Exam Pattern

 CSIR NET Life 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 Life Sciences Syllabus.

Table for CSIR NET Life Sciences Exam Details –

Mode of ExamOnline
Total Marks200
Time3 Hours
Total Number of Questions145
Number of Questions to be Attempted75

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

SectionsNo. of Ques. GivenNo. of Ques. to be AttemptedMarks for Correct AnswerMarksNegative Marking (1/4)

 For detailed syllabus visit – CSIR NET Life Sciences Syllabus

CSIR NET Life Sciences Cutoff Marks

There will be separate Cutoff for JRF and LS in CSIR NET Life 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

CSIR NET Life Sciences Syllabus

Structure of CSIR NET Life Sciences Syllabus

Unit Topic Name
1Molecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology
2Cellular Organization
3Fundamental Processes
4Cell Communication and Cell Signaling
5Developmental Biology
6System Physiology – Plant
7System Physiology – Animal
8Inheritance Biology
9Diversity of Life Forms
10Ecological Principles
11Evolution and Behavior
12Applied Biology
13Methods in Biology

For detailed Syllabus visit – CSIR NET Life Sciences Syllabus

CSIR NET Life Sciences Books & Study Material

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

CSIR NET Online Coaching & Study Material

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

CSIR NET Life Sciences Previous Years Question Paper

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

Check here the CSIR NET Life Sciences Previous Years Question Papers.