OPTIONS FROM CSIR GATE
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Options from CSIR after B.Tech + GATE

This is a repeated question from students at Grassroots asking whether they need to give CSIR NET JRF exam after qualifying GATE for a Ph.D. Many of you seem unaware of this fact that CSIR has a separate option for you if you have qualified GATE with high percentile/Rank. This is popularly known as GATE-JRF. JRF,s selected under this scheme have excellent opportunity to work with the CSIR scientists with state-of-art R&D facility and obtain PhD degree. These fellowships are tenable only at CSIR laboratories.

WHO CAN APPLY
Fresh BE / B.Tech degree holders with valid GATE score. The selected candidates will have to pursue Ph.D. There can be two possibilities under this:
a. Get direct admission to Ph.D programme of University/ IIT/ NIT/REC etc.

b. After joining as JRF-GATE, the candidate may pursue M.Tech as a part of Ph.D programme, where their thesis semester (last semester) should be spent at the CSIR laboratory relating to lab specialization in order to keep the continuity for the Ph.D programme.

c. Those who are starting the thesis semester of M.Tech programme and having valid GATE score and desirous of pursuing Ph.D.It may be noted that these candidates have to work on their PhD problem and should not be employed in sponsored projects.

SELECTION PROCEDURE
Selection of these GATE qualified JRF's can be done by the Director of the CSIR laboratories and forwarded to Head, HRDG for the issue of requisite award letters. Director may permit the candidate to provisionally join JRF-GATE subject to meeting the eligibility criteria and issue of formal award letter from HRDG.

WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE
M.Tech candidates (either with B.Tech/ M.Tech or with M.Sc/ M.Tech) are not eligible for this fellowship. They have a separate opportunity for direct SRF through interview. All those eligible for direct CSIR SRF cannot apply for this fellowship.

STIPEND AND TENURE
The fellowship is to be given to a candidate for a total duration of five years within which the candidate is required to complete the PhD degree. This fellowship amount is Rs 16000/- plus HRA per month. In addition, contingency grant of Rs 20,000/- per annul (calculated on pro rata basis for fraction of a year) is available to each fellowship as per the CSIR guidelines.
Further on completion of two years as JRF-GATE, the fellowship may be upgraded to SRF-GATE and stipend may be increased to Rs 18000/- per month in the subsequent years on the basis of assessment as per normal CSIR rules. In exceptional cases where the fellow has completed M.Tech within one year of joining JRF-GATE, the Director may assess the performance of the fellow (through a three member assessment committee) and recommend up gradation of the fellowship to SRF-GATE. All other conditions of JRF-NET will apply.
(So we can conclude that you need not give NET- JRF in order to go for a Ph.D rather a high percentile in GATE itself is more than enough, but B.Tech students are eligible to appear foe NET exam, as clearly mentioned in the CSIR bros cure.)