CSIR UGC NET 2020: Exam Rescheduled, Admit Card, Pattern, and Result


CSIR UGC NET is an all-India entrance examination conducted by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to select eligible Indian Nationals for the award of Junior Research Fellowship and for appointment as Lecturers in various subjects such as Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, and Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Sciences.

CSIR UGC NET exam is conducted twice in a year in the month of June and December. It is a single paper Multiple Choice Question-based test. As per the official notification, “A candidate may apply either for ‘Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)’ OR ‘Lectureship (LS)’. He/she may indicate his/her preference in the Online Application, as the case may be. If the candidate applies for JRF and fulfils the laid down eligibility criteria for Lectureship also, such a candidate will be considered for both JRF & LS.”

The article provides complete details about both June and December session CSIR NET.

CSIR UGC NET 2019 Latest Updates - The exam conducting authority, NTA, has re-scheduled the CSIR UGC-NET June 2020. The exam will now be conducted on 19th, 21st, and 26th November 2020. Earlier, the exam was scheduled to be held on 21st June 2020.

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CSIR UGC NET Exam 2020 Important Dates

Here are the important dates for various exam events as scheduled by the exam conducting authority for CSIR UGC NET.

Schedule for CSIR UGC NET 2020 June Session

Exam Events

Important Dates

Availability of Information Bulletin

First week of March 2020

Online application starts

16th March 2020

Last date to submit the form

30th June 2020

Last date for fee payment

30th June 2020

Correction in the Application Form

6th to 20th July 2020

Application process reopens

22nd August to 10th September 2020

Correction in the Application form

11th to 17th September 2020

Correction in test centres

19th and 20th October 2020

Admit Card availability

To be announced

CSIR UGC NET 2020 exam

19th, 21st, and 26th November 2020

Answer key availability

To be announced

Result announcement

To be announced

CSIR UGC NET Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

CSIR UGC NET Exam 2020 Pattern & Syllabus

CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern

CSIR UGC NET is a single paper test i.e. a candidate can appear only for one paper. Here are the subjects covered under the test:

  • Chemical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

The question paper comprises of 3 parts –

Part A is common to all the above-mentioned subjects. It will comprise 20 questions pertaining to General Aptitude. Applicants need to answer any 15 questions (2 marks each).

Part B will carry 70 marks out of 200. It will have subject-related MCQs. Candidates have to answer any 20-35 questions.

The Part C section will test the candidate’s scientific knowledge through analytical skill. The total number of questions that an applicant should attempt is 25. Each question carries 4 marks.

For candidates wishing to test their skills can avail the model question paper on the official website of HRDG – www.csirhrdg.res.in.

Timings: June Session




Morning session

9 AM to 12 PM

180 minutes

Afternoon session

2 PM to 5 PM

180 minutes

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Timings: December Session






Morning session

Life Sciences & Physical Sciences

9 AM to 12 PM


180 minutes

Afternoon session

Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Sciences

2 PM to 5 PM


180 minutes

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There will be negative marking for incorrect answers. It will be applicable as per the subject-wise scheme of the exam. However, for an incorrect question, candidates would be given the benefits of marks if only they have attempted the question.

CSIR UGC NET Exam Syllabus:

The CSIR UGC NET 2019 consists of 5 major subjects. They are Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences. Candidates can download the complete CSIR UGC NET syllabus for each subject from the official website.

CSIR UGC NET Exam 2020 Eligibility


  • The applicant must be an Indian citizen.

Educational Qualification

  • M.Sc. or equivalent degree/BS-4 years/integrated BS-MS/BE/B.Tech/BPharma/MBBS with minimum 55% marks (General and OBC) and 50% (SC/ST and PWD).
  • Those who have enrolled for the Master's Degree in Science or completed 10+2+3 years of any of the above-mentioned programs (till the closing date of application) are also eligible to apply for the exam. Such candidates are required to pass the qualifying exam with the requisite percentage within two years. They also need to produce the attestation form duly signed or certified by the HOD or Head of the Institute from where they are appearing for the qualifying degree.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) or equivalent degree holders or those enrolled in Integrated MS-Ph.D. program with at least 55% marks (General and OBC) and 50% marks (SC/ST and PWD). Candidates with bachelor’s degree who have enrolled/registered for PhD Integrated PhD program are eligible. Candidates having Bachelor’s Degree are eligible only for the award of JRF.

Age Limit & Relaxation

The maximum age limit for JRF (NET) as on 01.01.2020 – 28 years (for June session).

The maximum age limit for JRF (NET) as on 01.07.2020 – 28 years (for December session).

There is a relaxation of up to 5 years in upper age limit for SC/ST/Persons with Disability/Female candidates and 3 years for OBC candidates.

For LS (NET), there is no upper age limit.

CSIR UGC NET Exam 2020 Application Process

The application process of CSIR UGC NET exam 2020 June session has started on 16th March 2020. The last date to apply for the exam was 30th June 2020. The application window was re-opened from 22nd August to 10th September 2020. Candidates can apply ONLY through the online mode. The application will not be accepted through any other mode. Please read the complete information bulletin carefully before filling the application form and be ready with the details/documents you require to complete the form. Here are the steps to follow for a successful application process:

  • Visit the CSIR official website – www.csirhrdg.res.in. Online application forms can be submitted only through the official website.
  • Click on the link for online application - ‘Apply Online’.
  • Click on ‘Register Here’ link.
  • Enter your email ID, mobile number, and password. Click on ‘Submit’. Make sure you provide valid email ID and mobile number as updates related to the examination will be shared through these only.
  • Your registration ID will appear on the screen. Follow the instructions to continue with the application process.
  • Provide details such as your name, parents’ name (as per the matriculation certificate), educational qualification, select either ‘Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)’ or ‘Lectureship (LS)’, and other details.
  • Upload scanned images of documents such as recent passport size photograph, signature, qualification certificates, category certificate (if applicable), PWD certificate (if applicable), etc.
  • After completing the application form, you will see two options ‘Save and Preview’ and ‘Reset’. ‘Reset’ will erase all the information and ‘Save and Preview’ will take you to the next page where two other options will appear – ‘Edit Application’ and ‘Final Submit and Proceed for Fee Payment’.
  • Check all the details you have entered and click ‘Edit Application’ if you want to make any change else click ‘Final Submit and Proceed for Fee Payment’ button. No changes will be allowed after the final submission of application.
  • Make fee payment using the payment gateway facility. After successful payment of the fee, fee status ‘SUCCESS’ will appear on the screen.
  • After successful submission of the application form, an application number will be auto-generated. Keep the application number safe for future use such as download admit card, checking result, etc. 

Application Fee


Application Fee


₹ 1000/-

OBC (non-creamy layer)

₹ 500/-

SC/ST/Persons with Disability (PWD)

₹ 250/-

The application fee is to be paid using the payment gateway facility only through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking.

Other Details

CSIR NET Admit Card 2020

CSIR UGC NET admit card 2020 for June session can be downloaded from the official website through the candidate’s application number. The admit card for the June 2020 exam will be released before the exam. Candidates have to carry the admit card on the day of the examination along with a photo identity card. A photo card can be a voter ID/Driving License/PAN card/Aadhaar Card/Photo ID card issued by PSU/Central/State Govt./ID card issued by University/College. Candidates must note that no admit card will be sent by post and no duplicate admit card will be issued at the exam centre.

CSIR NET Result 2020

CSIR NET result 2020 will be released on the official website. Two separate merit lists will be released for the award of Junior Research Fellowship and for the Lectureship. The date for the final result has not been announced yet.


CSIR UGC NET Exam 2020 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Can a foreign national apply for the CSIR UGC NET exam?

A: No, foreign nationals are not eligible for the CSIR UGC NET exam.

Q: What happens when a candidate submits multiple application forms?

A: If a candidate submits more than one application form, only the last application form will be considered for the exam.

Q: Where can I get the application form for CSIR UGC NET June 2020?

A: The application form for the CSIR UGC NET can be accessed at - csirhrdg.res.in ; from 16th March 2020.

Q: What about the exam pattern and is there any negative marking scheme?

A: The exam will have Multiple Choice Questions. The question paper will comprise of three parts. Check out all the details above. Yes, there will be negative marking in the exam.

Q: When will the exam commence?

A: The exam for the June session will be held on 19th, 21st, and 26th November 2020.

Q: At how many exam centres would CSIR UGC NET be held?

A: The exam will be conducted at 27 centres spread all over the country. They are Bhubaneshwar, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhavnagar, Chandigarh, Cochin, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Guntur, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jamshedpur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kolkata, Karaikudi, Lucknow, Nagpur, Pune, Pilani, Roorkee, Raipur, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur and Varanasi.

Q: When will be the JRF effective from?

A: The fellowship will be effective from 1st January 2020.

Q: Is there any validity of the NET score?

A: Yes, there is a validity of 2 years for joining the fellowship. However, the validity is not applicable to NET score for LS.