CSIR NET Syllabus

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CSIR NET Syllabus

CSIR NET Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is India’s most prestigious entrance test for those who aspire to make their career in Academics or field of research and development. It provides opportunities like Lectureship, Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor with the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Senior Research Fellowship (SRF).  The test is conducted through an online medium by the National Testing Agency. CSIR NET Syllabus is designed by HRDG and the course curriculum consists of five fundamental subjects like Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences. It is a national level entrance exam conducted twice in a year (June and December) and is considered as one of the toughest exams in India. Here is the extensive blog that explains the  CSIR NET syllabus in detail.  

Name of the ExamCSIR UGC NET
Exam Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Purpose of ExamFor Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) & Lectureship (LR)
Mode of ExaminationComputer Based Test (CBT)
Exam Sections3 Parts – Part A, Part B and Part C
Exam Duration3 Hours 
Maximum Marks200
Negative MarkingMarks deducted for every wrong answer
Medium of ExamEnglish and Hindi


On the official website, the CSIR NET 2023 notice has been made public. The exam for the June 2023 session will be held on June 6, 7, and 8, according to the announcement. For assessing candidates’ eligibility for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Lectureship (LS)/Assistant Professor in Indian Universities and Colleges, this exam is regarded as one of the most crucial exams.

Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Earth Sciences are the five subjects covered by the CSIR NET exam. There are 200 total points available for the three-hour exam. The exam is administered using a computer-based test (CBT). Candidates must hold a masters degree in their chosen field with at least a 55% grade point average in order to be qualified for the exam. Candidates who want to pass the extremely difficult CSIR NET test need to have a solid grasp of their subject and good problem-solving abilities.

CSIR NET Exam Pattern

The CSIR NET exam is divided into three parts. Paper A is compulsory for all candidates appearing in the exam while paper B and C is subject-specific and tests the subject knowledge of candidates. Here are the important details of the exam pattern:

  • The weightage of the exam is 200 marks
  • The exam has a negative marking for wrong answers of 25% or 33% for some parts
  • The questions in the exam are objective type, multiple choice questions (MCQs)
  • The duration of the CSIR NET exam is 3 hours
  • There are no breaks allowed during the exam and parts A,B and C

Part A
This part is the first stage of the CSIR NET examination which is common for all five subjects. This part contains 20 questions of General Aptitude. The candidates shall be asked to respond to any 15 questions of 2 marks each. The following are the sections in Part A: Reasoning, Quantitative aptitude, Data Interpretation and Graphical Analysis

Part B
This section includes subject-oriented conventional  Multiple Choice Questions which evaluate your research acumen for the subject. This particular section carries 70 marks out of 200 and the maximum number of questions to be attempted shall be on the scale of 20-35.

Part C
This section is considered as an application-centric test because the questions asked to test the candidate’s knowledge are related to scientific concepts and their application in the real world. The pattern of questions is analytical in nature, which needs a much deeper understanding of scientific concepts to formulate a scientific problem. The section holds a weightage of 100 marks and there is negative marking for wrong answers.

CSIR NET Syllabus [Subject-Wise] 

The CSIR NET Syllabus for 5 subjects – Chemical Science, Earth Science, Life Science, Mathematical Science, and Physical Science is given below:

SubjectsCSIR NET Syllabus 
Chemical SciencesInorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Chemistry in Nanoscience and Technology
Medicinal Chemistry
Supramolecular Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Catalysis and Green Chemistry 
Earth SciencesThe Earth and the Solar System
Mineralogy and Petrology Signal Processing
Interior of the Earth, Deformation and Tectonics 
Oceans and Atmosphere Numerical analysis and inversion
Gravity and Magnetic fields of the earth
General Circulation and Climate Modelling
Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods
Quaternary geologyAviation Meteorology
Dynamic Meteorology
Marine geology and Paleoceanography
Palaeontology and Its Application
Life SciencesMolecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology
Cellular Organization
Fundamental Processes
Cell Communication and Cell Signaling
Developmental Biology
System Physiology – Plant
System Physiology – Animal
Inheritance Biology
Diversity of Life Forms
Ecological Principles
Evolution and Behavior
Applied Biology
Methods in Biology 
Mathematical SciencesAnalysis
Linear Algebra
Complex Analysis
Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs)
Numerical Analysis
Calculus of Variations
Linear Integral Equations
Classical Mechanics
Physical ScienceMathematical Methods of Physics 
Classical Mechanics
Electromagnetic Theory 
Quantum Mechanics
Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics
Electronics and Experimental Methods
Mathematical Methods of Physics
 Classical Mechanics
Electromagnetic Theory 
Quantum Mechanics 
Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics
Electronics and Experimental Methods
Atomic & Molecular Physics
Condensed Matter Physics
Nuclear and Particle Physics

Subject – Wise Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme 2023

Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences

SectionPart APart BPart CTotal
Total Questions205080 150
Attempted Questions15352575
Maximum Marks3070100200
SectionPart APart BPart C
Correct Answer Marks224
Negative Marking0.50.51.32

Chemical Sciences 

SectionPart APart BPart CTotal
Total Questions204060120
Attempted Questions15352575
Maximum Marks3070100200
SectionPart APart BPart C
Correct Answer Marks224
Negative Marking0.50.51

Mathematical Sciences 

SectionPart APart BPart CTotal
Total Questions204060120
Attempted Questions15352575
Maximum Marks3070100200
SectionPart APart BPart C
Correct Answer Marks234.75
Negative Marking0.50.750

Life Sciences

SectionPart APart BPart CTotal
Total Questions205075145
Attempted Questions15352575
Maximum Marks3070100200
SectionPart APart BPart C
Correct Answer Marks224
Negative Marking0.50.51

Physical Sciences

SectionPart APart BPart CTotal
Total Questions204060120
Attempted Questions15352575
Maximum Marks3070100200
SectionPart APart BPart C
Correct Answer Marks23.55
Negative Marking0.50.8751.25

CSIR NET Eligibility 2023

The basic eligibility criteria that candidates must fulfill are: 

  • Candidates should obtain a degree in Btech/BE/BPharma/MBBS/BS (4 years)/Integrated BS-MS/MSc with a minimum of 55 percent marks. 
  • To apply for JRF, candidates should be maximum of 28 years of age as of January 1, 2023
  • There is no upper age limit to apply for the post of lectureship.

How to Apply?

The following are the steps to apply for CSIR NET exam:

  • To apply for the exam, the candidates are first required to register themselves online
  • After the registration, the candidate will be given login credentials
  • Log in with the credentials and fill out the application form by providing all the required information accurately
  • Upload the required documents
  • After reviewing it, submit the form and pay the required application fee

Application Fee

Category Fees in INR
General/General – EWS Rs. 1000
OBC – NCL Rs. 500
SC/ST Rs. 250
Third Gender Rs. 250

Subject Codes  

Subjects for which CSIR UGC NET is conducted include: 

CSIR SubjectsCSIR NET Subject Codes
Chemical Sciences701
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences702
Life Sciences703
Mathematical Sciences704
Physical Sciences705

CSIR NET JRF Fellowship Amount

Now that you know about the CSIR NET syllabus, have a look at the JRF fellowship amount:

Junior Research Fellow  (JRF)Rs. 31,000/- for 2 years
Senior Research Fellow (SRF)Rs. 35,000/- for the next 3 years
Contingency amount20,000/- P.A
HRAThe amount can vary from one university to another

Exam Day Guidelines 2023

Some of the important points that candidates should keep in mind on the day of the exam are: 

Documents to carry

  • Print out the CSIR NET admit card
  • One passport-size photograph
  • A valid and original government photo ID
  • Persons with Disability certificate, if applicable 

Documents not to carry

  • Any textual or study materials (printed or written)
  • Any electronic item such as calculator, electronic watch, mobile, BlueTooth, etc
  • Eatables or drinks like tea, coffee, cold drink  


What are some of the important topics of Mathematics in CSIR NET Syllabus 2021?

Some of the important topics are – Complex analysis, Linear Algebra, Integral equations

What are some of the important topics of Life Sciences? 

Some of the important topics are – Cellular Organization, Fundamental Processes, Diversity of Life forms Applied Biology. 

Is section A of the CSIR NET exam common for all the candidates?

Yes, section A is common for all the candidates. 

What is the negative marking for part A?

For every wrong answer, you get 0.5 marks. 

How many marks are allotted to CSIR NET Exam? 

A total of 200 marks are allotted to the CSIR NET written exam. 

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