What is the difference between UGC NET & CSIR UGC NET

Every year, the huge number of candidates appear for the UGC NET (National Eligibility Test) & CSIR NET. These tests determine the eligibility of candidates for a college and university level lectureship, they also award candidates with a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to pursue their Ph.D. or Research. In UGC NET December 2019 session, a total number of 7,93,813 candidates appeared out which 60,147 were qualified for Assistant Professor post and 5,092 qualified for both JRF & Assistant Professor.

Both these exams are held two times a year, in the months of June and December. But there are many candidates who are confused between UGC- NET and CSIR- NET. Actually the purpose of conducting both these exams is the same, there is a difference in the subjects involved in that.

Both CSIR and UGC are two different bodies of the government, with their own respective NET entrance examination. While the CSIR conducts NET examinations for subjects of the Science stream, UGC conducts examinations of all the other streams and their respective subjects. 

UGC NET June 2020 Online Application form 

CSIR UGC NET June 2020 Online Application form 


Post Exam Date
UGC NET 15-20 June 2020
CSIR UGC NET 21st June 2020

Eligibility Criteria:

UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/ institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc.are eligible for this Test.

For Reserved Category: The Other Backward Classes(OBC) belonging to non creamy layer/Scheduled Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST)/ persons with disability(PwD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this test.

CSIR UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria:

M.Sc. or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years/BE/B.Tech/B.Pharma/MBBS with at least 55% marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC candidates and 50% for SC/ST, Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates.

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria & Age Limit

Exam Pattern For UGC NET &CSIR UGC NET:

CSIR UGC NET Exam Patten

S. No.

Course Offered

Exam Pattern

1. Chemical Sciences Click Here
2. Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Click Here
3. Life Sciences Click Here
4. Mathematical Sciences Click Here
5. Physical Sciences Click Here

UGC NET Exam Pattern

6.  UGC NET (Assistant Professor/JRF) Click Here

For Better Preparation You Can Buy:

UGC NET Paper I 2020 Online Test Series

Age Limit:


Assistant Professor


UGC NET Nil 30 Year
CSIR UGC NET Nil 28 Year

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CSIR UGC NET (Junior Research Fellowship) Stipend:

The stipend of a JRF selected through CSIR- National Eligibility Test (NET) will be Rs.31,000/- p.m for the first two years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs.20,000/- per Fellow will be provided to the University / Institution. The Fellowship will be governed by terms and conditions of CSIR, UGC or Research Scheme, as applicable.

On Completion of two years as JRF and if the Fellow is registered for Ph.D, the Fellowship will be upgraded to SRF (NET) and the stipend will be increased to Rs.35,000/- p.m for the 3rd.

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