CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2021: Age Limit, Educational Qualification

Exam Date

Jul 19, 2021

Result Date

Aug 6, 2021

Apr 7, 2021 | Education


The eligibility criteria for CSIR is quite simple. This exam opens the gateway to the academic world. Therefore, anyone applying for the exam must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from any recognized college. Above all, one must be an Indian National to apply for the CSIR NET.

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2021 Highlights

Before applying for the CSIR NET 2021, candidates should check the CSIR NET eligibility criteria for the exam set by the NTA. All the details of the eligibility criteria are described below. If a person has satisfied all the mentioned criteria then he or she may go forward with the registration and the application process for the CSIR NET 2021.

After meeting the CSIR NET 2021 eligibility criteria and successfully completing the registration and the application process, the aspiring candidates , may read the CSIR Syllabus and begin his or her preparation for CSIR NET 2021.

The CSIR NET JRF Eligibility criteria will differ from that of Lectureship and candidates needs to pay special attention to the post they are interested in.

Note: Candidates possessing only Bachelor’s degree meets the CSIR NET 2021 eligiblility criteria for applying only for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and not for Lectureship (LS).

CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria Parameters

All candidates must meet all the CSIR NET 2021 eligibility criteria to apply for the exam; the eligibility criteria are divided into three factors, which can is given below.

  • Nationality
  • Educational Qualification
  • Age

CSIR NET 2021 Nationality

All candidates must be a Citizen of India to apply for the CSIR NET Exam.

CSIR NET 2021 Educational Qualification

The CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2021 as follows.

  • The candidates must have passed BS-MS/ BS-4 years/ BE/ B.Tech/ B.Pharma/ MBBS with minimum 55% marks for General/ OBC category candidates and 50% marks for SC/ ST/ PwD category candidates.
  • The candidates should have passed B.Sc (Hons) or equivalent degree holders or students enrolled in the Integrated MS-Ph.D. program with a minimum of 55% marks for General/ OBC category candidates and 50% marks for SC/ ST/ PwD category candidates.
  • Candidates enrolled for M.Sc or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination as on the closing date of online submission of Application Form, 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 the award.
  • Specification of degrees (whether Bachelor’s or Master’s) as notified by the UGC in its Gazette Notification No. F. 5-1/2013 (CPP-II) dated 5th July 2014, and as amended from time to time, shall apply.
  • The eligibility for Lectureship of NET qualified candidates will be subject to fulfilling the criteria laid down by UGC. Ph.D.holders who have passed Master’s Degree before 19th September 1991 with minimum 50% marks are eligible to apply for Lectureship only.
CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2021 Educational Requirements
Courses Minimum Percentage
General/ UR & OBC SC/ST and PWD
M.Sc or Equivalent Degree 55% Marks 50% Marks
Integrated BS-MS
BS - 4 years
B.Sc (Hons) or Equivalent Degree
Integrated MSc or PhD

CSIR NET Age Limit Criteria 2021 

Relaxation in Age Limit for CSIR NET JRF Eligibility criteria and Lecturership is given below for the different category of candidates:

CSIR NET 2021 Relaxation in Age Limit
Post General
Fellowship (JRF) Maximum 28 years as on 01/07/2021
Lecturership (LS) No Upper Age Limit

CSIR NET Reservation Criteria 2021 

There is some relaxation for some reserved categories, some of the CSIR NET reservation are mentioned below.

CSIR NET reservation criteria
Post SC/ ST/ PWD/ Female Applicants OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)
Fellowship (JRF) Maximum 23 years as on 01/07/2021 Maximum 25 years as on 01/07/2021
Lectureship (LS) No Upper Age Limit No Upper Age Limit

Other CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2021 

  • CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2021 for Life Science: Candidates must have an academic qualification to be eligible.
  • CSIR NET Eligibility Criteria 2021  for Mathematics: Candidates must hold a degree in M.Sc./BS-MS/BS/B-Tech or any equivalent study for Mathematics to be eligible.
  • CSIR NET 2021  Eligibility Criteria for Physical Science: Candidates must hold a valid degree of M.Sc to be eligible.
  • CSIR NET  Eligibility Criteria 2021 for Chemical Science: Candidates must hold a M.Sc./BS/B-Tech or equivalent qualification in Chemistry.
  • CSIR NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria for Earth Science: Candidates must hold a M.Sc./BS-MS/BS-4 Years/B-Pharma degree or any equivalent degree in relevent field.


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