CSIR UGC NET 2021: Complete Guide

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CSIR UGC NET 2021 is a national-level entrance examination conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for the June session will be released in the last week of February 2021. The application form will be available on the portal of the National Testing Agency. UGC NET exam is conducted twice a year offering various JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) and Lectureship/Assistant Professorship. This article will give you CSIR UGC NET 2021 complete guide starting from application to preparation.




Read more: CSIR UGC NET 2021: Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern


CSIR NET 2021 Exam Highlights:

Some of the key highlights of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - National Eligibility Test (CSIR NET) are shared in the table below.

CSIR NET at a Glance
Particulars Details
Exam Name Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - National Eligibility Test
Acronym CSIR NET
Exam Level National Level
Category Postgraduate (PG)
Conducting Body Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, HRDG
Mode of Exam Online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT)
Sessions Session I - 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ; Session II 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Topics Life Science, Physical Science, Chemical Science, Mathematical Science, and Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Sciences
Duration 3 Hours i.e. 180 Minutes
Medium English and Hindi


CSIR NET 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus for CSIR NET 2021 is focused on 5 branches of science as Life science, Physical Science, Chemical Science, Mathematical Science, and Ocean& planetary science. All the streams will have different sections which will carry different marks. Each stream will be divided into three sections, Part A, Part B, and Part C

  • All three sections are compulsory.
  • During the examination, there will be no break in between.
  • All three parts are comprised of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • The total mark of CSIR NET 2020 will be 200 marks.
  • The exam duration is 3 hours.

CSIR NET Syllabus General Aptitude  2021

This is the common paper for all 5 subjects/streams. The table below is showing CSIR UGC NET 2021 Syllabus for General Aptitude. 

CSIR NET Syllabus For Part A

Numerical Ability Number and Simplification, Quadratic Equations, LCM and HCF Average, Logarithms, Sequence and Series, Surds and Indices, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Ratio, Time and Work,  Proportion and Variation, Partnership, Alligation, and Mixture. Time Speed and Distance, Probability, Permutations and Combinations, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, etc.
Reasoning Series Formation, Distance and Directions, Puzzles, Coding-Decoding,  Calendar and Clock, Ranking and Arrangement, etc.
Data Interpretation and Graphical Analysis Mean, Median, Mode, Graphical Analysis: Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie-Chart, Tabulation, Measures of Dispersion.


CSIR NET Subject-Wise Syllabus & Marking Scheme:

CSIR NET Syllabus For Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Chemical periodicity
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Structure and Bonding in Homo- and Heteronuclear Molecules
  • Main Group Elements and their Compounds
  • Transition Elements and Coordination Compounds
  • Inner Transition Elements
  • Organometallic Compounds
  • Concepts of Acids and Bases
  • Cages and Metal Clusters
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Characterization of Inorganic Compounds
  • Nuclear Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

  • Basic Principles of Quantum Mechanics
  • Atomic Structure and Spectroscopy
  • Chemical Bonding in Diatomics
  • Approximate Methods of Quantum Mechanics
  • Chemical Applications of Group Theory
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Colloids and Surfaces
  • Solid State
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Data Analysis

Organic Chemistry

  • IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Molecules
  • Aromaticity
  • Principles of Stereochemistry
  • Organic Reaction Mechanisms
  • Common Named Reactions and Rearrangements
  • Concepts in Organic Synthesis
  • Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Organic Transformations and Reagents
  • Pericyclic Reactions
  • Synthesis and Reactivity of Common Heterocyclic Compounds Containing One or Two Heteroatoms (O, N, S)
  • Chemistry of Natural Products
  • Structure Determination of Organic Compounds

Interdisciplinary Topics

  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Catalysis and Green Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Nanoscience and Technology
  • Environmental Chemistry.

CSIR NET Exam Mark Distribution For Chemical Sciences

Section Part A Part B Part C Total
Total Questions 20 40 60 120
Maximum Number of Questions to Attempt 15 35 25 75
Marks for each correct answer 2 2 4 200
Maximum Marks 30 70 100 200
Negative Marking 0.5 0.5 1 -


CSIR NET Syllabus For Earth Sciences


  • The Earth and the Solar System
  • Interior of the Earth, Deformation, and Tectonics
  • Earth Materials, Surface Feature, and Processes
  • Environmental Earth Sciences
  • Oceans and Atmosphere



  • Marine Geology And Paleoceanography
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Paleontology And its Applications
  • Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology And Geo tectonics
  • Sedimentology And Stratigraphy
  • Economic Geology
  • Precambrian Geology And Crustal Evolution
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Applied Geology
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Engineering Geology
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Hydrogeology

Physical Geography

  • Climatology
  • Bio-geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Seismic Methods
  • Environmental Geography
  • Geophysics
  • Signal Processing
  • Field Theory
  • Numerical Analysis and Inversion
  • Geography of India
  • Gravity and Magnetic Fields of the Earth
  • Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics
  • Seismology Elastic Theory
  • Gravity and Magnetic Methods
  • Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods
  • Well logging


  • Climatology
  • General Circulation and Climate Modelling
  • Physical Meteorology
  • Cloud Physics
  • Numerical Weather Prediction
  • Synoptic Meteorology
  • Atmospheric Electricity
  • Dynamic Meteorology
  • Satellite Meteorology
  • Aviation Meteorology

Ocean Sciences

  • Physical Oceanography
  • Geological Oceanography
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Chemical Oceanography

CSIR NET Exam Mark Distribution For Earth Sciences

Section Part A Part B Part C Total
Total Questions 20 50 80 150
Maximum Number 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 -
Maximum Marks 30 70 100 200


CSIR NET Syllabus For Life Science

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Communication and Cell Signaling
  • Cellular Organization
  • Molecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology
  • Fundamental Processes
  • System Physiology – Animal
  • System Physiology – Plant
  • Diversity of Life Forms
  • Evolution and Behavior
  • Applied Biology
  • Inheritance Biology
  • Ecological Principles
  • Methods in Biology

CSIR NET Exam Mark Distribution For Life Sciences

Section Part A Part B Part C Total
Total Questions 20 50 75 145
Maximum Number of Questions to Attempt 15 35 25 75
Marks for each correct answer 2 2 4 200
Negative Marking 0.5 0.5 1 -
Maximum Marks 30 70 100 200


CSIR NET Syllabus For Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Linear Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Topology
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Linear Integral Equations
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Calculus of Variations
  • Descriptive Statistics

CSIR NET Exam Mark Distribution For Mathematical Sciences

Section Part A Part B Part C Total
Total Questions 20 40 60 120
Maximum Number 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 -
Maximum Marks 30 75 95 200


CSIR NET Syllabus For Physical Sciences


  • Classical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
  • Electronics and Experimental Methods
  • Electromagnetic Theory


  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
  • Atomic & Molecular Physics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Electronics and Experimental Methods

CSIR NET Exam Pattern For Physical Sciences

Section Part A Part B Part C Total
Total Questions 20 25 30 75
Maximum Number 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 -
Maximum Marks 30 70 100 200


Useful Tips to Crack CSIR UGC NET 2021 Exam

CSIR UGC NET is one of the most decorative entrance examinations of India. Every year thousands of students apply for the exam and only a few get good ranks. In this ongoing article, we are going to share some important and proven tips to help you qualify CSIR-UGC NET JRF in your first attempt.

Understand the CSIR NET Syllabus

First, you must get a stronghold on the entire syllabus because if you are thorough about the syllabus, you will know which is an important point or topic and which one you can drop or read later. It will also help you not to waste much time on less important topics and will invest your energies in the right direction.

Just take a printout of the syllabus and pin it up on your study table and then start marking the topics you have covered. It will act as your checklist as well. This practice leads to a great way to keep your preparation within the time limit as you can monitor the syllabus competition.

Solve previous year papers

Before appearing CSIR NET 2021 exam you must be aware of the type of questions that are generally expected. For this, you should practice the previous year's question paper of CSIR UGC NET which will make you understand the tricks and twists of questions avoiding some silly mistakes.

Mock Test and time management

Time management is the most crucial aspect to crack any entrance examination. It is very common to see many students prepared well but he/she failed to attempt the whole paper due to lack of time. This process is very much important to maintain the pace. Mock tests will give u an interface as you are sitting in an examination hall while solving the CSIR NET Test paper. Regular practice of the mock test will improve your speed along with enhancing accuracy.

Revision is the key

Another important part of the preparation is the revision. The candidates must revise all the things they have studied before. The focus must be focused on qualitative preparation rather than quantitative preparation. Prepare a self note during revision which will help you and boost your confidence.

CSIR NET Exam Analysis 2020

To get an overall idea about the scores and cutoffs of the CSIR UGC NET, the candidates must analyze the previous year's exam. Every year, after the exam is completed we talk to the candidates to know the difficulty level, pattern, types of questions asked, etc. Currently, the exam analysis of the CSIR NET 2020 Earth Sciences and Physical Sciences paper is out.

Earth Sciences: CSIR NET Earth Sciences paper was moderate to difficult for the majority number of the candidates. The paper had more numerical and calculation-based questions this year. CSIR UGC NET important topics from which most of the questions were asked include Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences, Seismology, and Climatology.

Physical Sciences: According to the maximum number of candidates the paper was moderate to difficult. However, the difficulty level of the paper was up this year as compared to the previous year. The pattern of the paper has changed in terms of the type of questions asked in Parts-B and -C. This year, the questions were focused on testing the analytical and reasoning skills of candidates.
CSIR NET Cut off 2020 for June session has been declared on their official site on 5th February 2020.

Junior Research Fellowship

Subject Unreserved EWS OBC SC ST PwD
Chemical Sciences 50.50 % 44.50 % 43.25 % 33.25 % 25.50 % 25.00 %
Earth Sciences 59.86 % 54.31 % 52.79 % 44.22 % 40.90 % 29.33 %
Life Sciences* 98.94 % 96.57 % 96.04 % 89.68 % 83.10 % 74.75 %
Mathematical Sciences 57.00 % 51.38 % 50.75 % 40.25 % 30.88 % 28.75 %
Physical Sciences 46.25 % 40.68 % 39.68 % 31.56 % 26.87 % 25.00 %


Subject Unreserved EWS
Chemical Sciences 45.45 % 40.05 % 38.92 % 29.92 % 25.00 % 25.00 %
Earth Sciences 53.87 % 48.87 % 47.51 % 39.79 % 36.81 % 26.39 %
Life Sciences* 97.18 % 94.00 % 93.21 % 85.38 % 77.51 % 74.75 %
Mathematical Sciences 51.30 % 46.23 % 45.67 % 36.22 % 27.78 % 25.87 %
Physical Sciences 41.62 % 36.61 % 35.71 % 28.40 % 25.00 % 25.00 %


Career Scopes:

For every candidate, it is a matter of pride to qualify for CSIR NET. It is much more than just a rank. There are several career scopes after qualifying for the exam in government as well as private sectors.

Here are some popular career options after qualifying for the CSIR UGC NET 2021:

  • Most of the NET-qualified candidates go for a Ph.D. course from any recognized Institutions/Laboratories/Universities. With your CSIR UGC NET Scorecard, you are eligible for Junior Research Fellowship if you will opt for Ph.D. in any Indian Scientific Research Institute. The stipend for the JRF is Rs. 31000 + HRA for the first three years of their Ph.D. to make you financially independent with your studies. You can go abroad for higher studies with your CSIR UGC NET rank card as well.
  • The qualified candidates may go for lectureship or group leader that involves managing the entire research team, supervising research fellows, teaching, reviewing grants & papers, and presenting the work of the laboratory. As per the UGC 7th Pay Commission Recommendations, the pay scale for Lecturer is around Rs. 37000- 67000/- and might get increased to Rs. 1.31 Lakhs. For the Assistant Professor Jobs, the pay scale will vary between Rs. 37000-67000/- and might be upgraded to Rs. 1.44 lakhs.
  • Numerous eminent organizations of India like BARC, NEERI, IMTECH, NBRI, ICAR, CSIR, IGCAR, and ISRO, and many others recruit for scientific officers. The candidates with their valid NET score card can apply for the posts of scientist's grades like Scientist B, Scientist C, Scientist E, etc.
  • Some candidates may be interested in setting up their own research laboratory after qualifying for the CSIR UGC NET. For this, you need permission from government authorities and follow the guidelines strictly to start a research lab.
  • Besides these, there are many private corporate firms, which are recruiting the NET qualified candidates for various roles like research and innovative purposes. You will get wide exposure to this private sector in the cities like Bangalore,

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