CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Selection Process

CSIR UGC NET 2018 syllabus, Exam pattern and selection process details are released with the notification for the CSIR UGC NET December 2018. Candidates planning to apply for the NET 2018 can now apply until the 15th of October 2018. The test is planned to be held on the 16th of December 2018.

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern

The single-paper MCQ test is planned to be held on the 16th of December 2018 tentatively in two sessions. Here is the test pattern:

Morning Sessioni) Life Sciences
ii) Physical Sciences
9 am to 12 Noon2003 Hours
Afternoon Sessioni) Chemical Sciences
ii) Mathematical Sciences
iii) Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
2 pm to 5 pm

At the discretion of the CSIR, the subject-wise date and timing are liable to change. So, candidates will have to check the website of CSIR for an announcement about any changes.

CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern

Detailed Pattern

The test booklet will be divided into three parts. Part A, B and C based on the scheme and syllabus of the test.

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Part A

The Part A will remain common for all subjects. This part will have questions related to general aptitude. The questions will have the emphasis on puzzles, series formation, quantitative comparison, numerical and analytical ability, graphical analysis and logical reasoning. The questions will be from general science, research aptitude and quantitative reasoning.

This part will have a maximum of 20 questions in general aptitude. The candidates will be provided with the option to answer any 15 out of them with each question carrying two marks. So, out of the total 200 marks, 30 marks are dedicated for this section.

Part B

The Part B will have questions that will be related to subjects. The questions will be in MCQ format. The questions will cover the topics as per the detailed syllabus given in the official website of CSIR.

The total marks for part B are 70 out of total 200. Out of the 40 questions in this section, the test takers will have to answer any 35 questions.

Part C

Part C will have questions of higher value. The questions will test the knowledge of applicants in scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions in this part will be of an analytical nature. To answer the questions in this section, the test takers are expected to use their scientific knowledge. It will help them arrive at the solution to the scientific problem.

Total marks for Part C shall be 100 out of 200. Out of the 60 questions in this section, candidates will have to answer any 25 with each question carrying 4 marks.

  • The MCQ test paper for each subject will carry 200 marks in maximum.
  • Negative marking is applicable for wrong answers at 25% of marks allocated to the question.

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Syllabus

The syllabus for each paper in CSIR UGC NET 2018 is as follows:

CSIR UGC NET syllabus

CSIR UGC NET Life Sciences

  • Methods in Biology
  • Applied Biology
  • Evolution and Behavior
  • Ecological Principles
  • Diversity of Life Forms
  • Inheritance Biology
  • System Physiology – Animal
  • System Physiology – Plant
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Communication and cell signalling
  • Fundamental Processes
  • Cellular Organization
  • Molecules and their interaction relevant to biology

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CSIR UGC NET Physical Sciences

Part A Core

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

Part B Advanced

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

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CSIR UGC NET Chemical Sciences

  1. Inorganic Chemistry
  2. Physical Chemistry
  3. Organic Chemistry
  4. Interdisciplinary topics
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Catalysis and green chemistry
  • Chemistry in nanoscience and technology

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CSIR UGC NET Mathematical Sciences

  1. Analysis
  • Linear Algebra

2. Complex Analysis

  • Algebra
  • Topology

3. Ordinary Differential Equations

  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Calculus of Variations
  • Linear Integral Equations
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Descriptive Statistics, Exploratory Data Analysis

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Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences

Paper I (Part B)

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

Paper I (Part C)

  1. Geology
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Structural geology and geotectonics
  • Paleontology and its applications
  • Sedimentology and strategigraphy
  • Marine Geology and Paleoceanography
  • Geochemistry
  • Economic Geology
  • Precambrian geology and crustal evolution
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Applied Geology

2. Physical Geography

  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Bio-Geography
  • Environmental Geography
  • Geography of India

3. Geophysics

  • Signal Processing
  • Field Theory
  • Numerical Analysis and Inversion
  • Gravity and Magnetic Fields of the Earth
  • Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics
  • Seismology Elastic Theory
  • Meteorology
  • Ocean Sciences

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Model question papers for all these papers are available at the official website www.csirhrdg.res.in.

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CSIR NET 2018 Selection Process

Selection of the right candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship will be on the basis of merit they secure in the National Eligibility Test.  This test is conducted at the national level for two times in a year. The selection process comprises of five stages as below:

Stage 1: The first step in the process is the submission of application form by candidates meeting the eligibility requirement. Those, who have applied will get the admit card.

Stage 2: The second stage is the written test based on the syllabus and the pattern mentioned above.

Stage 3: The third stage is the publishing of merit list by CSIR. Here, two merit lists, one for JRF and another for lectureship will be published by CSIR. Candidates getting in the top 6% of the merit list will be selected for final appointment as per the general practice.

Stage 4: The fourth stage is the interview of the candidates shortlisted from the third stage above.

Stage 5: The final state is the awarding of JRF and lectureship for suitable candidates.


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