ICMR Junior Research Fellowship 2020 – Eligibility, Dates, Application Form

Last Modified: 21 Jun 2024

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) starts the online application process for ICMR JRF 2020 entrance exam. This fellowship opportunity is eligible only for those who have passed and appearing candidates of M.Sc/ M.A. or equivalent degree with an aggregate of 55% marks. Candidates can fill ICMR JRF 2020 Application Form through the online website by using their valid details of identity and qualifications.

The ICMR JRF (Junior Research fellowship) 2020 exams are organized by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to empower students for successful research in the field of Biomedical Sciences and social sciences at its institutes. The deadline to submit applications for the ICMR Junior Research Fellowship 2020 is 27th May 2020, while the applications for the same will start from 27th April 2020.

ICMR Junior Research Fellowship: Quick Overview

Deadline 27 May 2020
Class / Course M.Sc., M.A., Equivalent Degree
Scholarship Type Research
Awarded Amount As per the ICMR guidelines
Age Limit 28 Years
Gender All
Religion All
State All
Country India
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Candidates can fill the ICMR JRF 2020 application form by accessing the icmr.nic.in. The entrance test for ICMR Junior Research Fellowship will going to be held 12th July 2020. Read out the comprehend article, to know more details regarding ICMR JRF Application Process, Eligibility, Benefits, Dates, etc.

About ICMR JRF 2020

ICMR JRF 2020, which is conducted under the umbrella of by the Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi every year for the meritorious dedicated students who wish to make a career in the Medical Science Field. Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi (ICMR) organizes ICMR JRF Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for offering admission to 150 candidates into the Research and the Ph.D. Programs.

Fields/ Subjects to Grant Scholarships

There will be a sum total of 150 fellowships will be offered to the students based on their performance in the entrance test.

  • 120 Fellowships will be distributed in the field of Biomedical Sciences with emphasis on Life Sciences (like physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, human biology, environmental sciences, biotechnology, genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, immunology, biophysics, pharmacology, zoology, botany, nursing, and veterinary Medicine (excluding Agriculture extension/ Soil Sciences, etc.).
  • 30 Fellowships will be awarded for the work in Social Sciences like sociology, psychology, home science, social work, statistics anthropology, public health/health economics. Agriculture economics will not be considered for award of the ICMR JRF fellowship.

ICMR JRF 2020 Scholarship Amount

The scholars will receive an award of Junior Research Fellowship depend on their placement in the medical college / hospital / university / national laboratory / institution of higher learning and research as applicable. A total of 150 Fellowships would be awarded as an ICMR JRF 2020 Fellowship award.

Note: The Fellowship award given to the candidates is valid for 6 months only.

ICMR JRF 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Interested candidates need to qualify the eligibility criteria designed by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

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Eligibility Criteria



  • An applicant must be the permanent citizen of India


Educational Qualifications

  • He/she must have passed and appearing candidates of M.Sc/ M.A. or equivalent degree with an aggregate of 55% marks.


Age Limit

  • The age limit to attempt the test is 28 years, while there will some upper age limit to the reserved categories – 5 years of age relaxation for candidates belonging to SC/ST, PH, and female ones. For OBC candidates, the age relaxation is 3 years.

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ICMR JRF 2020 Application Form - Steps to Apply

On 27th April 2020, the application forms are going to live at the official portal of ICMR. Candidates can participate and explore ICMR JRF 2020 apply online link, by following these steps:

  1. Click here to go to the official application page.
  2. Now, go to the ICMR JRF Examination 2020 link and tap on “Click here to apply” link.
  3. Register yourself by completing the online registration process and complete the application process.
  4. Make sure to enter all the details very carefully without making any mistakes.
  5. Upload a scanned copy of all necessary documents with the asked application fee.
  6. At last, submit your entry.

Application Fee Asked for ICMR JEE 2020

Candidates can pay the application fee only via online mode. No other modes other than this are accepted. The application fee is non-refundable which is paid through Net banking, Credit card, and Debit card. The application fee is lying different for different category students:

  • General/ EWS/ OBC students – ₹ 1500
  • SC/ ST/ PH/ VH students – ₹ 1200
  • PWD students – Nil

Necessary Documents/ Images:

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Last year academically qualified mark sheets or certificates


A copy of address proof


Scanned photograph of the candidate


Identity proof         


Scanned signature of the candidate


Caste certificate (if applicable)

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Selection Criteria:

The selection process of the eligible candidates will be completed on the aggregate marks obtained by the candidate at entrance exam. For General Category & OBC students it is 55% of the aggregate and for SC/ST and Physically Handicapped students, it will be 50% of the aggregate marks.

ICMR JRF 2020 – Important Dates


Important Dates

Beginning of the applications

27th April 2020

Last date to apply online

27th May 2020

Availability of the admit card

24th June 2020

Date of ICMR JRF 2020 examination

12th July 2020

Declaration of result

27th August 2020

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Note: Check regularly this page for further updates.

ICMR JRF 2020 Syllabus and Examination Pattern

ICMR conducts computer-based test for a total duration of 2 hours which consists of MCQs. The exam will be dispersed into three sections A, B, C for 50 Questions, 100 questions for both B and C section. There will be a sum total of 150 questions with +1 mark for each right answer and -0.25 per negative answer.

The subjects covered in the JRF question paper are:

  1. Aptitude test (common for all)
  2. Life Sciences
  3. Social Sciences