From June, 2011 CSIR-UGC (NET) Exam for Award of Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lecturership shall be a Single Paper Test of 3 hours and with maximum marks of 200, having Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The question paper is divided in three parts
This part shall carry 20 questions pertaining to General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis and Research Aptitude. The candidates shall be required to answer any 15 questions. Each question shall be of two marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 30 out of 200.
This part shall contain 50 Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) generally covering the topics given in the syllabus. A candidate shall be required to answer any 35 questions. Each question shall be of two marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 70 out of 200.
This part shall contain 75 questions that are designed to test a candidate's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem. A candidate shall be required to answer any 25 questions. Each question shall be of four marks. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 100 out of 200.
There will be negative marking @25% for each wrong answer.
To enable the candidates to go through the questions, the question paper booklet shall be distributed 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the exam. The Answer sheet shall be distributed at the scheduled time of the exam.
On completion of the exam i.e. at the scheduled closing time of the exam, the candidates shall be allowed to carry the Question Paper Booklet. No candidate is allowed to carry the Question Paper Booklet in case he/she chooses to leave the test before the scheduled closing time.
BENEFITS OF NET/JRF
Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF (NET) will receive fellowship either from CSIR or UGC as per their assignment. The stipend of a JRF selected through the all India test will be Rs 25000/ p.m. + HRA for a period of 2 years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs. 20,000/- per fellow will be provided to the University / Institution. On Completion of two years as JRF, the stipend may be increased to Rs. 28000/- p.m. for the 3rd and subsequent year, on the basis of assessment of Fellow's research progress. The total tenure as JRF (NET) plus SRF (NET) shall not exceed 5 years.
This Test also determines the eligibility of candidates for Lectureship positions in Indian Universities/Colleges.
There are certain laboratories which prefer to take only those candidates who are having either CSIR or UGC fellowship. This is a great opportunity for the candidate to get absolved in these types of industries.
Some aspirants are declared successful in eligibility for Lectureship (NET) category only, based on their performance in the test.