About CSIR

In this blog post I will give you the complete details of CSIR NET SYLLABUS AND EXAM PATTERN 2024. “The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)” is known for its R&D knowledge base in diverse S&T areas, It is a contemporary R&D organization which has a dynamic network of 37 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres. It also has Innovation complexes, and three units with a pan-India presence.

About 3521 active Scientists supported by about 4162 technical and support personnel are embodied in CSIR’s R&D expertise and experience.

This organization provides significant technological intervention in many areas concerning societal efforts, which include environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors.  From oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology. CSIR has a noteworthy role in S&T human resource development. Apart from covering a wide spectrum of science and technology. In many areas concerning societal efforts, which include environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors, It also provides significant technological intervention.

CSIR published around 5769 papers in SCI Journals with an average impact factor per paper of 5.401 in 2021. CSIR has developed cutting edge science and advanced knowledge frontiers and has operationalized desired mechanisms to boost entrepreneurship, which could lead to enhanced creation and commercialization of radical and disruptive innovations.

 Ranked 37th among 1587 government institutions worldwide, CSIR  is the only Indian organization among the top 100 global government institutions, according to the SC imago Institutions Ranking World Report 2021. It holds the 7th rank in Asia and leads the country at the first position.


CSIR UGC National Eligibility Test

 CSIR is holding the Joint CSIR UGC National Eligibility Test To offer the Junior Research Fellowship to all qualifying applicants. In this article, candidates can get all the data about CSIR UGC NET 2024 Examination that will enable them to submit a complete application before the deadline.  CSIR UGC NET stands for the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test. Administered by the National Testing Agency (NTA), it is a national-level exam to select applicants for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and to determine their eligibility for post of lecturer in Indian universities and colleges.


Following are some tentative dates of CSIR NET EXAM 2024. However, students will have to wait for the official announcements of the dates.

Events Tentative Dates for                  June’2024  Tentative Dates for December’2024
 Notification  February’ 2024 August’ 2024
 Application Form Start.  March’2024 September’ 2024
Last date to fill up Application Form.  April’ 2024 September’ 2024
Last date for Online application fee payment April ‘2024 October ‘2024
Application Form online correction window April’2024 October’ 2024
Admit Card date May ‘2024 November ‘2024
Exam date 2024 June’2024 December’ 2024
Final Answer Key date July’ 2024 January ‘2025
Result Date  July ‘2024 January’2025

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria-


The candidate must be a permanent citizen of India.

Age Limit

  1.  Minimum Age is 28 years.
  2.  Age Relaxation as per the different categories except for General Category candidates.
  3.  No Maximum Age Limit for the lectureship.

Educational Qualification: 

Candidates who have completed the four-year BS program or hold a BE/ B.Tech/ Pharma/Integrated BS-MS/MBBS/BSc (Hons)/M.Sc. or equivalent degree or students enrolled in the Integrated MS-PhD program or Equivalent degree/B.Sc (Hons) can apply.

The qualifying exam should be completed with at least 55% marks for General & OBC-NCL candidates who are eligible to apply (50% for SC/ST candidates, Physically and Visually handicapped candidates).

Candidates enrolled for M.Sc. or have just completed 10+2+3 years of any of the above qualifying examinations are also eligible under the Result Awaited (RA) category. But these candidates will have to complete the qualifying degree with the requisite percentage of marks within two years, to avail themselves of the fellowship.

To avail CSIR fellowship only, candidates holding a Bachelor’s degree, in Science, Engineering or any other discipline will be eligible after he/she has got himself/herself enrolled for a Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. program within the given validity of 2 years.


As prescribed by Human Resource Development Group (HRDG) on its official website, Syllabus for various subjects are as follows-


It is divided into four sections-

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary Topics

Chemical Sciences                                      Part A                  Part B           Part C           Total

Total Questions                                             20                         40                    60               120

Max No of Questions to attempt                 15                         35                     25               75

Marks for each correct answer                      2                           2                       4               200

Negative marking                                         0.5                        0.5                      1                –


It is divided into the following sections-

  • Geology
  • Applied Geology
  • Physical Geography
  • Geophysics
  • Meteorology
  • Ocean Sciences

Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean
and Planetary Sciences                                           Part A            Part B            Part C         Total

Total Questions                                                          20                  50                 80             150
Max No of Questions to attempt                               15                  35                 25              75
Marks for each correct answer                                    2                    2                   4              200
Negative marking                                                      0.5                  0.5                1.32            –


 Life Sciences Topics and Sub-Topics are given in the following table-

Topics Sub-Topics
Molecules and their Interaction Cellular Organization
Cell Communication and Cell Signaling Developmental Biology
Fundamental Processes System Physiology-Animals
Inheritance Biology System Physiology-Plant
Diversity of Life Forms Evolution and Behavior
Ecological Principles Photosynthesis, Respiration And Photorespiration, Nitrogen Metabolism, Plant Hormones, Sensory Photobiology, Solute Transport, and Photo assimilate Translocation, Secondary Metabolites, and Stress Physiology.
Methods in Biology Applied Biology

Life Sciences                                                   Part A          Part B       Part C            Total
Total Questions                                                     20                50             75                145
Max No of Questions                                           15                 35             25                75

Marks for each correct                                          2                   2                4                   –

Negative marking                                                  0.5                0.5              1                   –

Mathematical Sciences: 

It consists of four units.  Questions from Unit 1 are compulsory for all the candidates but candidates having a Mathematics background are expected to solve problems from Units 2 and 3. Statistics background candidates are expected to solve questions from Unit 4.

Unit 1: Analysis Linear Algebra

Unit 2: Complex Analysis, Algebra, Topology

Unit 3: Calculus of Variations, Linear Integral Equations, Classical Mechanics, Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs), Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), Numerical Analysis, 

Unit 4: Statistics, Exploratory Data Analysis

Mathematical Sciences                                  Part A             Part B          Part C            Total
Total Questions                                                 20                     40                60               120
Max No of Questions to attempt                      15                    25                20                 60
Marks for each correct answer                           2                      3                4.75              200
Negative marking                                              0.5                    0.75              0                  –

Physical Sciences: 

It is divided into two levels – Core and Advanced.

Topics Sub-Topics
Core Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics, Electronics and Experimental Methods, Mathematical Methods of Physics, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, 
Advanced Mathematical Methods of Physics, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics, Electronics and Experimental Methods, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, and Nuclear and Particle Physics

Physical Sciences                                         Part A            Part B         Part C              Total
Total Questions                                              20                  25              30                   75
Max No of Questions to attempt                  15                   20              20                   55
Marks for each correct answer                        2                    3.5              5                   200
Negative marking                                          0.5                0.875            1.25                 –.


While the official notification for the CSIR UGC NET June 2024 exam hasn’t been released yet, the exam pattern is expected to remain similar to the December 2023 exam. Here’s a complete breakdown of the latest exam pattern you can expect:

General Structure: 

  • Online Mode: The exam is conducted entirely online, likely through a designated testing platform.
  • Duration: You’ll have 3 hours to complete the entire exam.
  • Question Types: Expect a combination of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and, for some subjects, Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • Total Marks: The maximum score you can achieve is 200 marks.
  • Language: All questions and instructions will be in English.
  • Negative Marking: Incorrect answers will typically result in a penalty, so thoughtful answering is crucial.

Subject-Wise Breakdown: 

  • Part A (General Aptitude): This section is common across all subjects and assesses your general scientific knowledge, quantitative reasoning, and research aptitude. It contains 20 MCQs worth 30 marks.
  • Part B (Subject-Specific): This section delves into your chosen subject area. The number of questions varies by subject, but you’ll only need to answer a specified portion of them.
  • Part C (Analytical Questions): This section tests your in-depth understanding and analytical skills within the subject. It features a larger number of questions, but you’ll again answer only a designated portion.

Key Points to Remember

  • Subject-Specific Variations: The exact number of questions and marking schemes might differ slightly between subjects.
  • Potential Changes: The NTA could introduce minor modifications to the exam pattern in 2024.
  • Refer to Official Notification: Always consult the most recent NTA notification for the most accurate and up-to-date exam pattern.

Additional Tips

  • Practice with Mock Tests: Familiarize yourself with the exam format and time constraints through mock tests.
  • Focus on Time Management: Develop strategies to allocate your time effectively during the exam.
  • Prioritize Accuracy: Avoid hasty answers and prioritize accuracy to minimize negative marking.
  • Understand Negative Marking: Be aware of the specific negative marking scheme for each section to make informed choices.
  • Tailor Preparation to Subject: Focus your studies on the specific topics and question types relevant to your chosen subject.


There are five Subjects in this Exam: CSIR NET SYLLABUS AND EXAM PATTERN 2024

1)Life Sciences 2) Mathematical Sciences 3) Earth Sciences 4) Chemical Sciences and 5)Physical Sciences.

Each subject paper has three parts: A, B, and C.

Total Marks: 200 (Across All Subjects).

Duration: Three hours.

Part-wise Details

Part A: General Aptitude (Common for

all subjects)

Key Points:-

  • Number of Questions: 20 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • Marking Scheme: 2 marks per correct answer (negative marking: 0.5 mark deducted for each incorrect answer).
  • Total Marks: 40 marks (20% of the total exam score).

Sections Covered:

(1). General Science:

      • Knowledge of scientific concepts from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Environment, etc. (focus on recent advancements and discoveries).

(2). Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis: 

      • Mathematical reasoning: number systems, arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, data interpretation, etc.
      • Logical reasoning: syllogisms, analogies, puzzles, critical thinking, etc.

(3). Research Aptitude: 

      • Research methodology: research questions, hypotheses, data collection, analysis, interpretation, reporting, etc.
      • Research ethics: scientific misconduct, plagiarism, responsible conduct of research, etc.

Imp Tips: 

  • Brush up on fundamental scientific concepts across various disciplines.
  • Practice quantitative reasoning problems to improve speed and accuracy.
  • Develop critical thinking skills through analytical puzzles and logical reasoning exercises.
  • Familiarize yourself with research methodology and ethics concepts.
  • Time management is crucial: allocate around 45-50 minutes to complete Part A.
  • Read questions carefully and avoid making careless mistakes.
  • Don’t get stuck on any single question: move on and come back to it later if time permits.
  • Utilize practice tests and previous year’s papers to simulate the exam environment.

Additional Resources:

  • NTA CSIR UGC NET Official Website: https://csirnet.nta.nic.in/
  • Previous Year’s Papers with Solutions: Several online resources and books offer access to past exam papers with solved explanations.
  • Practice Tests and Mock Exams: Various platforms offer practice tests and mock exams to help you gauge your preparedness and identify areas for improvement.
  • CSIR UGC NET Coaching Institutes: Many coaching institutes offer comprehensive study materials and practice sessions to prepare for the exam.

Part B: Subject-Specific

  • Varies depending on the chosen subject.
  • Typically 50-75 MCQs.
  • Each question carries 2-3.5 marks depending on the subject.
  • 25% negative marking for incorrect answers.

CSIR NET subjects:-

  1. Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences (EAOPS)
  2. Chemical Sciences (CS)
  3. Life Sciences (LS)
  4. Mathematical Sciences (MS)
  5. Physical Sciences (PS)

Coverage of Topics: 

Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences (EAOPS)

Earth and Solar System: Origin and evolution of the solar system, Earth’s structure and composition, geological time scale, plate tectonics, continental drift, earthquakes, volcanoes.

Solar System

Earth Materials, Surface Features & Processes: Minerals, rocks, weathering, erosion, sedimentation, geomorphology, landforms.

Mineral classification

Interior of the Earth, Deformation and Tectonics: Earth’s interior structure, plate tectonics, mountain building, continental drift, earthquakes, volcanoes.

Earth’s interior layers

Oceans and Atmosphere: Physical and chemical properties of seawater, ocean circulation, waves, tides, marine sediments, atmospheric composition, structure, circulation, weather systems, climate change.

Climate change effects

Environmental Earth Sciences: Environmental geology, natural hazards, pollution, resource management, remote sensing, GIS.

Remote sensing applications


The EAOPS syllabus is quite extensive, covering a wide range of topics across five major sections:

  1. Geology: Mineralogy, petrology, stratigraphy, structural geology, paleontology, economic geology.
  2. Geophysics: Solid Earth geophysics, hydrogeophysics, atmospheric physics, oceanography.
  3. Meteorology: Atmospheric thermodynamics, dynamics, synoptic meteorology, climate science.
  4. Oceanography: Physical oceanography, chemical oceanography, biological oceanography, marine geology.
  5. Environmental Earth Sciences: Environmental geology, natural hazards, remote sensing, GIS, environmental policies.

For a detailed breakdown of the syllabus with subtopics and recommended resources, you can refer to the official CSIR NET notification or download the syllabus document from the NTA website: https://csirhrdg.res.in/Home/Index/1/Default/2666/78

Remember, a solid understanding of the core concepts and diligent practice are key to acing the EAOPS part of the CSIR NET exam. Utilize the resources available, stay organized, and believe in your abilities to conquer the fascinating world of Earth and beyond!


Chemical Sciences (CS)



Periodic properties, bonding theories, coordination chemistry, organometallic compounds, bioinorganic chemistry, materials chemistry.

Organometallic compounds


Reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, spectroscopy, aromatic chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, natural products, polymers.

Heterocyclic chemistry


Chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, surface chemistry, electrochemistry.

Chemical thermodynamics


Separation techniques, spectroscopic methods, chromatographic methods, electrochemical methods, mass spectrometry, environmental analysis.

Chromatographic methods


The CS syllabus encompasses a vast landscape of chemical knowledge, divided into seven sections:

  1. Inorganic Chemistry
  2. Organic Chemistry
  3. Physical Chemistry
  4. Analytical Chemistry
  5. Nanoscience and Materials Science
  6. Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
  7. Environmental Chemistry

For a detailed breakdown of the syllabus with subtopics and recommended resources, you can access the official CSIR NET notification or download the syllabus document from the NTA website: https://csirhrdg.res.in/Home/Index/1/Default/2666/78: https://csirhrdg.res.in/Home/Index/1/Default/2666/78

Additional Resources: 

Life Sciences (LS)

The LS syllabus encompasses a vast and intriguing landscape of biological knowledge, divided into eight major sections:

Cell Biology: Cell structure and function, cell cycle, signal transduction, membrane transport, apoptosis.

Signal transduction

Genetics and Molecular Biology: DNA structure and replication, transcription, translation, gene regulation, genetic engineering.

Genetic engineering

Biochemistry and Biophysics: Enzymes, metabolic pathways, bioenergetics, protein structure and function, biophysical techniques.

Biophysical techniques

Plant Sciences: Plant anatomy and morphology, physiology, metabolism, development, ecology, evolution.

Plant development

Animal Sciences: Animal anatomy and morphology, physiology, development, behaviour, ecology, evolution.

Animal development

Microbiology: Microbial diversity, structure, metabolism, pathogenesis, immunology.

Microbial metabolism

Developmental Biology: Early development, stem cells, organogenesis, pattern formation, regeneration.

Early development

Ecology and Environmental Biology: Population ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, global change.

Population ecology

Mathematical Sciences (MS)

The MS syllabus encompasses a vast and fascinating landscape of mathematical knowledge, divided into five major sections:

Algebra: Groups, rings, fields, linear algebra, abstract algebra, modules, Galois theory.

Abstract algebra

Analysis: Real analysis, complex analysis, functional analysis, differential equations, measure theory, probability theory.

Differential equations

Discrete Mathematics: Graph theory, combinatorics, number theory, cryptography, coding theory.


Geometry and Topology: Algebraic topology, differential geometry, Riemannian geometry, manifold theory, geometric group theory.

Geometric group theory

Mathematical Statistics: Inference, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, Bayesian statistics, multivariate analysis.

Estimation (statististics)

Physical Sciences (PS)

The PS syllabus encompasses a vast and captivating landscape of physical knowledge, divided into five major sections:

Classical Mechanics: Newtonian mechanics, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, central forces, oscillations, relativity.

Hamiltonian mechanics

Quantum Mechanics: Quantum mechanics postulates, Schrodinger equation, wavefunctions, operators, angular momentum, spin, perturbation theory.

Quantum mechanics postulates

Electromagnetism: Electrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, radiation, plasma physics.

Electromagnetic waves

Thermal and Statistical Physics: Thermodynamics, kinetic theory, statistical mechanics, phase transitions, transport phenomena.

Statistical mechanics

Electronics and Condensed Matter Physics: Electronic devices, circuits, semiconductors, superconductivity, magnetism, nanomaterials.

Circuits (electronics)

Part C: Analytical Questions: 

  • Varies depending on the chosen subject.
  • Typically 60-75 analytical questions.
  • Each question carries 4-5 marks depending on the subject.
  • 25% negative marking for incorrect answers.

The “Analytical Questions” section of the CSIR UGC NET exam for Mathematical Sciences plays a crucial role in assessing your in-depth understanding and analytical skills within the subject. This section carries 100 marks (40 NAT questions) and requires you to answer 20 of them within 60 minutes.

What are Analytical Questions?

Unlike the MCQs in Part B, analytical questions demand a more comprehensive approach. They often present complex scenarios, problems, or proofs that require you to:

  • Apply your mathematical knowledge effectively.
  • Think critically and creatively.
  • Split the problem into manageable steps.
  • Develop a clear and logical solution.
  • Present your solution accurately and concisely.

What kind of questions can you expect?

The specific types of questions can vary widely, but here are some general examples:

  • Proofs: You might be asked to prove a mathematical statement or theorem using rigorous reasoning and appropriate techniques.
  • Problem-solving: You’ll encounter challenging problems that require you to apply various mathematical concepts and tools to find a solution.
  • Applications: Questions might involve applying mathematical principles to real-world scenarios or scientific contexts.
  • Data analysis: You may need to analyze and interpret data sets using statistical methods or other mathematical tools.
  • Open-ended questions: Some questions might be more open-ended, prompting you to explore different approaches and draw your own conclusions.

Tips for tackling Analytical Questions: 

  • Focus on understanding the problem thoroughly before jumping into calculations.
  • Break down the problem into smaller, manageable steps.
  • Sketch diagrams or visualizations if it helps you understand the problem better.
  • Apply relevant mathematical concepts and techniques strategically.
  • Show your work clearly and logically, even if you don’t reach the final answer.
  • Practice solving diverse types of problems to improve your analytical skills and problem-solving strategies.

Resources for Preparation: 

  • Previous years’ question papers: Analyzing past year’s analytical questions can give you a good idea of the types of problems you might encounter.
  • Mock tests: Practice tests offered by coaching institutes or online platforms can simulate the exam format and help you refine your time management skills.
  • Textbooks and research papers: Delving deeper into specific topics through relevant textbooks and research papers can strengthen your understanding and equip you to tackle complex problems.
  • Online resources: Utilize online forums, video tutorials, and interactive platforms to explore different approaches and solutions to analytical problems.

Remember: Consistency and focused practice are key to mastering the analytical questions section. By devoting sufficient time and effort to honing your analytical skills and problem-solving strategies, you can confidently approach this section and boost your overall chances of success in the CSIR UGC NET exam.


Q: I haven’t been actively studying my chosen subject in a while. How can I refresh my knowledge effectively for the syllabus revamp?

A: 1. Focus on core concepts: Start by revisiting the foundational concepts and key theories within your subject. Utilize concise review books, online video lectures, or online study groups for efficient refreshers.

  1. Practice past papers: Solve previous years’ CSIR NET question papers, focusing on the new syllabus areas. This helps identify knowledge gaps and adjust your studying accordingly.
  2. Join mock tests: Enroll in subject-specific mock tests to assess your understanding and get familiar with the new exam format. Analyze your performance to identify weak areas for targeted improvement.

Q: Are there any hidden gems or “sleeper topics” in the new syllabus that could give me an edge over other candidates?

A: Keep an eye out for recently published research papers or emerging areas within your field. Familiarizing yourself with cutting-edge topics can spark unique research ideas and set you apart in your responses. Additionally, focus on interdisciplinary aspects that connect your main subject to other fields.

Q: How has the latest research in my field been incorporated into the syllabus, and how can I leverage it in my preparation?

A: Stay updated on recent research breakthroughs through scientific journals, online conferences, and expert blogs. Use this knowledge to frame insightful answers, demonstrating your awareness of advancements and potential future directions in your field.

Test-Taking Strategies:

Q: I usually struggle with time management during exams. What are some effective strategies for pacing myself in the CSIR NET?

A: 1. Prioritize effectively: Allocate more time to Part C analytical questions (worth higher marks) while ensuring enough time for Part B MCQs. Dedicate a fixed amount of time each for Part A questions and adhere to strict limits.

  1. Practice mock tests under timed conditions: This builds stamina and helps you develop an intuitive sense of pacing for different sections.
  2. Don’t dwell on difficult questions: If a question stumps you, mark it for later review and move on. Avoid wasting valuable time on one question; revisit it at the end if time permits.

Q: The analytical questions in Part C seem daunting. Should I prioritize multiple-choice questions first, or attempt them along the way?

A: Choose a balanced approach. Attempt some Part C questions initially to gain momentum and confidence. Then, tackle Part B MCQs efficiently, ensuring you reach Part C with enough time. If you finish early, revisit and refine your answers to Part C questions.

Q: What are some common mistakes that CSIR NET aspirants make, and how can I avoid them during my preparation and the exam itself?

A: 1. Ignoring General Aptitude: Don’t underestimate the General Aptitude section. Dedicate consistent practice time to ensure you score well in this crucial part.

  1. Rushing answers: Avoid answering quickly under pressure. Carefully read each question, understand the context, and choose the most relevant answer carefully.
  2. Neglecting negative marking: Be mindful of the negative marking scheme. Only attempt questions you’re confident about; skipping doubtful questions is often better than risking negative marks.

Q: Are there any unconventional or alternative study methods that have proven successful for past CSIR NET toppers?

A: 1. Mind maps and flashcards: Create visual mind maps or use digital flashcards to organize key concepts and facilitate efficient memorization.

  1. Active learning: Discuss concepts with peers, form study groups, and engage in self-explanation exercises to deepen your understanding and problem-solving skills.
  2. Application-oriented learning: Solve real-world problems or case studies related to your subject to solidify theoretical knowledge and develop critical thinking skills.

Q: How can I leverage online resources and communities to enhance my preparation and connect with other aspirants?

A: Utilize free online courses, video lectures, and practice question banks offered by renowned universities and educational platforms. Joining online forums and study groups allows you to share doubts, discuss strategies, and receive invaluable peer support.

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