Exam info

ICMR JRF Examination is the first step in the process of admission to the Ph.D./ Research Programme through council's support. Test for ICMR JRF fellowship is conducted at the 12 centers viz. Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Srinagar, and Varanasi once a year. The award of JRF is made on merit basis by holding an entrance examination after issuing a countrywide admission notice. The admission notice is published in leading English Newspapers of India usually during March/April and also on the website. The entrance examination is usually held in the first/second week of July.

Eligibility Criteria

  • M. Sc or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years/BE/BTech/BPharma/MBBS with at least 55% marks for general and OBC-Non Creamy layer candidates (Central list only as provided in National Commission for Backward Classes website www.ncbc.nic.in) and 50% for SC/ST, physically and Visually Handicapped candidates.
  • Candidates enrolled for M.Sc or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on 01.03.2016, are also eligible to apply in the above subject under the Result Awaited (RA) category on the condition that they complete the qualifying degree with requisite percentage of marks within the validity period of two years to avail the fellowship from the effective date of award.
  • Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format (Given at the reverse of the application form) duly certified by the Head of the Department/Institute from where the candidate is appearing or has appeared. BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in Integrated MS-PhD program with at least 55% marks for general and OBC (Non-Creamy layer) candidates; 50% marks for SC/ST, physically and visually handicapped candidates are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates with bachelor’s degree will be eligible for CSIR fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. program within the validity period of two years.

Examination Date

Exam DatesConfirmed

  • Registration Start1stJan 2018
  • Admit Card Date Yet To Be Announced
  • Examination dates15thJun 2018


  • First week of january
  • Yet To Be Announced
  • Third Week of June

Application Fee

  • Rs,400/-


  • The test will be based on MCQ of total 200 marks. Duration of Exam will be three hours. JRF NET is divided into three papers: Part ‘A’: In Part A questions are given form General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis, and Research Aptitude. Total 20 questions are given out of which 15 needs to be answered.
  • This section is of total 30 marks. Part ‘B’: This section consists of 50 MCQ questions mentioned in the syllabus. Candidates are required to answer any 35 questions. Part ‘B’ is of total 70 marks. Part ‘C’: This section consists of 75 MCQ questions.
  • Candidates are required to answer any 20-35 questions. Part ‘B’ is of total 70 marks.
  • This section consists of scientific problem where candidates need to apply their scientific problem. Part ‘C’ is of total 100 marks.

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