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CSIR-NET An Alternative To GATE

I made a post recently looking for solid alternative to GATE exam. In that post I mentioned about UGC NET: Is It An Alternative To GATE? I was reluctant to clearly state that it’s an alternative to the GATE exam. But a comment made by Pratik made all doubts clear.

According to CSIR the eligibility will change from December 2012. In a short notice published on official website. CSIR-NET Eligibility condition updates are below.

“CSIR has been conducting Joint CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility For Lectureship in five subjects of science twice a year in the month of June and December.

In order to encourage engineering graduates to pursue PhD, CSIR-NET is being extended to engineering students by introducing a sixth paper in engineering sciences which will be common to all areas of engineering disciplines from December, 2012. The eligibility criteria (educational qualification) for writing the test will be BE, B.Tech or equivalent in engineering with at least 55% marks for general/OBC and 50% marks for SC/ST, Physically and visually handicapped candidates.

Students in the 4th year of the programme will also be eligible to apply.

The syllabus and sample paper will be uploaded in the web by August, 2012”

With this it is clear that B.Tech final year students are eligible CSIR NET for research. This is one of the best decisions taken by CSIR to promote research in India. In coming post I would write more about CSIR laboratories in India and kind of research they conduct in those laboratories.

Also I am working on a guide to PhD in India, and I hope that would help many more students looking for right information and guidance.

Wish you all a great luck ahead and ask you to stay focused.


  1. ramesh babu.t

    sir i completed in thermal can i eligible for csir-net 2016 exam if yes which one select in online application pls clarify it

  2. Rajani Kant Rao

    I qualified csir jrf dec 2014 for engg science with 131rank.what is the scope through it.what i have to do now.i have no any idea about it.

  3. shijil p k

    i qualified csir net dec 2012 for engineering science. what are the higher studies options for me

  4. Ajesh A

    Is a CSIR NET student got JRF scholarship for MTech when he get admission through GATE?


    sir i have got 288 rank in csir-net ,and in mechanical engg is any possibility to get admission in phd in any college.

    1. asdf

      You should apply for PhD in They will call you for interview.

  6. parveen

    i m btech in eee and i got 108 rank in tell me wht i have to do??

    1. sulabh

      yr i got 34 rank in csir net … now what are the scope to use my score …. i m having no idea about it ,.. plz help me out guys …thanks

    2. lakhpat purohit

      sir, I recently received a proposal from csir for jrf. but I am registered in now what I have to do. they given a form in which I have to mansion guide name, head of department name,

  7. saheli

    Respected sir,
    with all due respect i want to ask you hw can an engineering student of 2nd or 3rd year contribute in csir research projects?

  8. rashmeet singh

    hi friends
    As you all know that ENGINEERING SCIENCES has been introduced this time.But still we don’ t have study material for that in the market
    So I’m coming with the required concise material for this ASAP .It will include entirely section B(25 QUESTIONS) which is the most important part of the exam.NOTE: one can easily do 16 questions(56 marks) plus 12 questions of aptitude(24 marks).
    It means 80 marks got
    I will provide everything.
    (LETS SUPPOSE TOTAL 8 QUESTIONS YOU DID) it means 40 marks 120(At last suppose 2 negative in each section) bt abot 95 marks you secured.It means EXAM CLEAR.
    In this way you have to make a strategy.This can be prepared in 2 to 3 months time.

  9. shanmuk

    when was the next notification for the month june wolud anounce????

  10. seema

    sir, when is next csir jrf conducted ? i missed filling form in august
    please tell me

  11. avinash

    CSIR -NET JRF and UGC-NET JRF two different comptiton like same type.?? i mens both them same notifaction out and combined paper??
    or they both out thier own diffrent notification and diffrent paper???
    please clare it….

  12. avinash

    I AM B.TECH pass out in 2012 from ECE branch and gate quqlifid.
    sir kindly tell differences between CSIR- NET JRF & UGC -NET JRF with respect to mine qualification..
    i eagerly want to know detail about both N WHAT IS THE BASIC DIFFRENCES??

  13. arvind ch.

    if exams conducted by icar,other states for lectureship are equivalent to csir ugc net then why not GATE ? I think GATE must be kept equivalent to csir ugc net

  14. Smriti

    If we give the exam, what is our scope ? I mean do we have to apply separately to institutes which provide research positions?? Or we get inducted into CSIR labs directly??

  15. Sinu

    Am a eligible for CSIR-NET if am 28 yrs, 4months old as on 01-07-2012?

  16. tuhin

    Are btech final year students eligible under RA category… i cant understand.. i have filled up the form under RA as we dont know our final marks but it asks for a certificate from my hod that i hav enrolled for msc or equivalent degree.. what should i do.. will my form be rejected ? pls help

  17. Biswarup

    Can any one help me to find sample paper of this exam for Engineering Science???

  18. Arijit

    I have one query regarding CSIR-NET for engineering science. I am done B.Tech in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering and now I am pursuing M.Tech in Instrumentation. My questions are that
    1) Can I appear for this exam?
    2) That exam is helpful for lectureship in any govt. college (Engineering or general)? If I can’t qualify for JRF or my age is more than 28yrs but I have a valid NET score then can I get any job in gov. colleges (as general NET qualified student get a chance in for lectureship in Gov. colleges) ?
    Kindly let me know the information please.

  19. Paresh Mathur

    I almost filled this form, but my exams are in the way. I am pretty confused now. I couldn’t possibly do justice to this paper. But the good news is (and you forgot to mention it in your blog) that this exam is conducted twice a year, june and december. So yay us.

    I think my strategy is pretty simple, and may be effective. I am preparing for GATE’13 so that almost covers all of NET syllabus. So I give this exam in December on trial basis. The exam is not in my city too, I don’t understand this. They didn’t choose any major city from gujarat like Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat but chose Bhavnagar. That is very odd.

    But it would be great to read a blog describing exactly how this exam would be helpful to an undergrad. As far as I have read, this is to give PhD students a fellowship, which is awesome. But how exactly would that help me?

  20. kiran

    Hi Sir,

    I am little bit confused with eligibility for csir-net Dec exam.As I am ECE student could you please clarify whether i am eligible for this test or not?

  21. navin

    Application Forms for CSIR – NET Dec-2012 are available now…


    Sir, i wanna know abt the difference b/w Ph.D after M.TECH and after M.Sc. Is there any difference b/w these Doctorate Degrees?……I M VERY CONFUSED….PLS HELP ME .

  23. keerthi

    This exam is only for B.Tech Biotechnology or else for all branches

  24. Jwala

    Is that any B.Tech student or it is specially for Biotechnology students.

  25. Aravind

    waiting for the post…on research oppurtunities..

  26. Prabu

    Guide for Ph.D would be more useful…waitin for that post…thanks zahid

  27. sameer

    what about age limit for engg candidates?
    Is it same 28 yrs limit?

    1. naresh kumar

      there is no limit

  28. punyavardhana

    dear sir,

    i got 130 rank for electronics and instrumentation branch in andhrapradesh.i want to know in which college i can got a seat for in ap.can u suggest plzzzzzz………………..

  29. jyoti verma

    can a studnt of M.Sc technical in enviromental science and technolngy is eligible for NET EXAM.?

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