CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) UGC NET Exam Pattern 2018

Last Updated - February 24 2018

CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) UGC NET Exam Pattern 2018

CSIR UGC NET Exam Format is laid out by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Knowing about the format will help an aspirant to prepare for CSIR UCG NET in a better way. The following article will enlighten an aspirant with the marking scheme, paper format, number of questions, total marks, etc that will be followed in the exam.

Listed below are quick facts concerned with CSIR NET Exam Format:

  • Negative marking is eligible for every wrong response
  • Questions are of objective type (MCQs), carrying a maximum of 200 marks
  • CSIR NET is organizeed in offline mode
  • Period of exam is 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • Each paper includes 3 Parts – Part A, Part B and Part C

CSIR UGC NET is organizeed for 5 streams. The exam format for each paper is similar in terms of time duration, a method of examination, medium of responses, nature of questions, marking scheme etc. The streams are listed below:

  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

CSIR, jointly, along with University Grant Commission or UGC will be organizing NET (National Eligibility Test) 2018. NET is a national level exam organizeed for admission for the post of Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor. Prior to appearing for NET, aspirants have to undergo the form filling and the fee payment process if only they satisfy the certain eligibility criteria required for NET. Participants can choose their preferred examination centres as per their convenience. The entrance test will be organizeed by the respective authority throughout the country across 27 examination centres situated in various cities of India.


Highlights of CSIR UGC NET Exam Format

One must make sure to prepare for the exam in an organised attitude. A well-planned schedule will help an aspirant to score better on the exam. Aspirants will have an option to response question in Hindi or English Language. The following infographic informs an aspirant about the important aspects of the test format.


CSIR UGC NET 2018 Important Dates

The exam is organizeed in 2 sessions – Forenoon Session (9 am to 12 pm) and Afternoon Session (2 pm to 5 pm). The important dates for both the phases of CSIR UGC NET 2018 together with the details of the events are summed up below:

EventsDates
Last date to change exam venue as per the merit listApril 2018
Releasement of shortlisted aspirants on HRDG websiteMay 2018
Closing of non-registration for NETMay 2018
CSIR UGC NET ExamJune 2018

Know About CSIR UGC NET 2018 Hall Ticket


CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Format - Chemical Sciences

Chemical Sciences is a study wherein all the study and reporting concerned with Chemistry is done. Important topics under CSIR UGC NET are as follows:

  • Interdisciplinary Topics – Chemistry in nanoscience & technology, Catalysis & green chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry & Environmental Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Distribution of Questions

Highlights of Chemical Sciences Exam Format

The paper is held in 2 sessions i.e. in forenoon and afternoon. There will be 3 Parts in the exam. The exam format for UGC NET Chemical Science is as follows:

  • The medium of Exam: – Aspirants will have an option to response the questions in Hindi or English language as per their comfort. 
  • Method of Examination: – CSIR UGC NET is organizeed in offline method i.e. it is a pen-paper based examination.
  • Period of Exam: - The entire exam is to be finished within 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • Number of Sections: - There are 3 Parts in the exam namely Part A, Part B and Part C  
  • Marking Scheme: – Part A and Part B questions will be of two marks each. And Part C questions will be of 4 marks each. There will be negative marking i.e. 25% will be deducted for every wrong response.
  • Number of Questions: – In UGC NET, the number of questions varies every year. In Part A, it shall carry 20 Questions from General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis, and Research Aptitude. One must response any 15 questions. In Part B, it will contain 40 Questions covering topics given in the syllabus. An aspirant shall need to response any 35 questions. For Part C,  it will contain 60 questions, designed to test an aspirant's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. One must response any 25 questions. Each question shall be of four marks.
  • Nature of Questions: -   Questions is of objective type i.e. MCQs. Each question will have 4 options wherein only 1 option will be correct.

CSIR UGC NET Exam Format 2018 - Earth Sciences

Earth science is a discipline of science dealing with physical attributes of the earth and atmosphere. It covers following constitutions:

  • Ocean  
  • Earth
  • Planetary Sciences
  • Atmospheric  

Distribution of Questions

Highlights of Earth Sciences Exam Format

The paper is held in 2 sessions i.e. in forenoon and afternoon. The exam format for UGC NET Earth Science is as follows: There will be 3 Parts in the exam.

  • Number of Sections: - There are 3 Parts in the exam namely Part A, Part B and Part C  
  • Method of Examination: – CSIR UGC NET is organizeed in offline method i.e. it is a pen-paper based examination.
  • Period of Exam: - The entire exam is to be finished within 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • Marking Scheme: – Part A and Part B questions will be of two marks each. And Part C questions will be of 4 marks each. There will be negative marking i.e. 25% will be deducted for every wrong response (Part A and Part B). For Part C, 33% of marks will be deducted for each wrong response.
  • Nature of Questions: -   Questions is of objective type i.e. MCQs. Each question will have 4 options wherein only 1 option will be correct.
  • Number of Questions: – In UGC NET, the number of questions varies every year. In Part A, it shall carry 20 Questions from General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis, and Research Aptitude. One must response any 15 questions. In Part B, it will contain 50 questions covering topics given in the syllabus. An aspirant shall need to response any 35 questions. For Part C,  it will contain 80 questions, designed to test an aspirant's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. One must response any 25 questions. Each question shall be of four marks.
  • The medium of Exam: – Aspirants will have an option to response the questions in Hindi or English language as per their comfort. 

CSIR UGC NET Exam Format 2018 – Life Sciences

Life science is a study concerned with living organisms and their organization, life procedures, and relationships to each other and their environment. It is also known as bioscience.

Listed below are important topics in CSIR NET Life Sciences:

  • System Physiology – Plant
  • System Physiology – Animal
  • Diversity of  Life Forms
  • Applied Biology
  • Cellular Organization  
  • Molecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecological Principles
  • Fundamental Procedures
  • Cell Communication and Cell Signaling
  • Evolution and Behavior
  • Methods in Biology  
  • Inheritance Biology

Distribution of Questions

Highlights of Life Sciences Exam Format

The paper is held in 2 sessions i.e. in forenoon and afternoon. The exam format for UGC NET Life Science is as follows: There will be 3 Parts in the exam.

  • The medium of Exam: – Aspirants will have an option to response the questions in Hindi or English language as per their comfort.
  • Method of Examination: – CSIR UGC NET is organizeed in offline method i.e. it is a pen-paper based examination.
  • Number of Questions: – In UGC NET, the number of questions varies every year. In Part A, it shall carry 20 Questions from General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis, and Research Aptitude. One must response any 15 questions. In Part B, it will contain 50 questions covering topics given in the syllabus. An aspirant shall need to response any 35 questions. For Part C,  it will contain 75 questions, designed to test an aspirant's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. One must response any 25 questions. Each question shall be of four marks.
  • Number of Sections: - There are 3 Parts in the exam namely Part A, Part B and Part C  
  • Nature of Questions: -   Questions is of objective type i.e. MCQs. Each question will have 4 options wherein only 1 option will be correct.
  • Period of Exam: - The entire exam is to be finished within 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • Marking Scheme: – Part A and Part B questions will be of two marks each. And Part C questions will be of 4 marks each. There will be negative marking i.e. 25% will be deducted for every wrong response.

Exam Format of CSIR UGC NET 2018 – Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Science is the study including branches that are primarily mathematical nature. The syllabus for Part B and Part C is similar under this stream.

Distribution of Questions

Highlights of Mathematical Sciences Exam Format

The paper is held in 2 sessions i.e. in forenoon and afternoon. There will be 3 Parts in the exam. The exam format for UGC NET Mathematical Science is as follows:

  • The medium of Exam: – Aspirants will have an option to response the questions in Hindi or English language as per their comfort.
  • Nature of Questions: -   Questions is of objective type i.e. MCQs. Each question will have 4 options wherein only 1 option will be correct.
  • Number of Sections: - There are 3 Parts in the exam namely Part A, Part B and Part C  
  • Marking Scheme: – Part A questions will be of two marks each. Part B will have questions of 3.75 marks each. Whereas, questions in Part C will have a weightage of 4.75 marks each. For Part A and Part B, there will be negative marking of 25% for every wrong response. There will be no negative marking for Part C.
  • Method of Examination: – CSIR UGC NET is organizeed in offline method i.e. it is a pen-paper based examination.
  • Period of Exam: - The entire exam is to be finished within 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • Number of Questions: – In UGC NET, the number of questions varies every year. In Part A, it shall carry 20 Questions from General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis, and Research Aptitude. One must response any 15 questions. In Part B, it will contain 40 questions covering topics given in the syllabus. An aspirant shall need to response any 25 questions. For Part C,  it will contain 60 questions, designed to test an aspirant's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. One must response any 20 questions. Each question shall be of four marks.

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Format – Physical Sciences

Physical sciences are the study of inanimate natural objects, including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and concerned subjects.

Distribution of Questions

The paper is held in 2 sessions i.e. in forenoon and afternoon. The exam format for UGC NET Physics Science is as follows: There will be 3 Parts in the exam.

  • Marking Scheme: – Part A questions will be of two marks each. Part B will have questions of 3.50 marks each. Whereas, questions in Part C will have a weightage of 5 marks each. For all the parts, there will be negative marking of 25% for every wrong response. 
  • Nature of Questions: -   Questions is of objective type i.e. MCQs. Each question will have 4 options wherein only 1 option will be correct.
  • Method of Examination: – CSIR UGC NET is organizeed in offline method i.e. it is a pen-paper based examination.
  • Number of Sections: - There are 3 Parts in the exam namely Part A, Part B and Part C  
  • Number of Questions: – In UGC NET, the number of questions varies every year. In Part A, it shall carry 20 Questions from General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis, and Research Aptitude. One must response any 15 questions. In Part B, it will contain 25 questions covering topics given in the syllabus. An aspirant shall need to response any 20 questions. For Part C, it will contain 30 questions, designed to test an aspirant's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. One must response any 20 questions. 
  • The medium of Exam: – Aspirants will have an option to response the questions in Hindi or English language as per their comfort.
  • Period of Exam: - The entire exam is to be finished within 3 hours (180 minutes)

Marking Scheme of CSIR UGC NET 2018

The marking scheme of NET 2018 contains negative marking. The marks allotment for each of the portion is different. The negative marking is also eligible as per the subject-wise scheme of the examination. The negative marking honoured for every inaccurate response is 25% of the total marks the respective question consists.

If in case a question is detected wrong by the organizing authority, then the benefit of the marks will be honoured only to those aspirants who will attempt the respective questions. The marks allotments for each part out of total 200 marks are the following: Thus, there is no marking for un-attempted questions.

Name of the partsMarks allottedNegative Marks for each portion
Part-A3025%
Part-B70
Part-C100



Exam Syllabus of CSIR UGC NET 2018

The subjects that are covered for the question paper construction of CSIR UGC NET 2018 examinations are as follows:

  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Chemical Science
  • Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Science
  • Mathematical Science
Chemical Science
Inorganic Chemistry
Interdisciplinary chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Science
Paper-I (Part –B)
The Earth and the Solar System
Earth Materials, Surface Features and Procedures
Interior of the Earth, Deformation and Tectonics
Oceans and Atmosphere
Environmental Earth Sciences
Paper-I (Part-C)
Geology
Life Sciences
Molecular and their interaction relevant to biology
Cellular Organization
Fundamental Procedures
Cell Communication and Cell Signaling
Developmental Biology
System Physiology (Plant and animal)
Inheritance Biology
Diversity of Life Forms
Ecological Principle
Evolution and Behaviour
Applied Biology
Methods in Biology
Mathematical Analysis
Analysis
Linear Algebra
Complex Analysis
Algebra
Topology
Ordinary Differential Equations
Numerical Analysis
Calculus of Variations
Linear Integral Equations
Classical Mechanics
Descriptive statistics, exploratory and data analysis
Physical Sciences
Part –A (Core)
Mathematical Mode of Physics
Classical Mechanics
Electromagnetic Theory
Quantum Mechanics
Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics
Electronics and Experimental Methods
Part –B (Advance)
Mathematical Mode of Physics
Classical Mechanics
Electromagnetic Theory
Quantum Mechanics
Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics
Electronics and Experimental Methods
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Condensed Matter Physics
Nuclear and Particle Physics

Advisable Books for CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern 2018

It is advisable for the aspirants to follow the certain books in order to crack CSIR UGC NET easily. They can avail the books form any online store or from shops in the market.

Name of the Subject65Name of the bookName of the authorISBN No.
Life ScienceJoint CSIR UGC NET Life Sciences (Part: A, B & C) and 25 exercise solved setsRPH Editorial Board9789350125410
Arihant UGC/CSIR NET/SET Life SciencesAshish Nagesh Quaisher J.Hossain Prashant Kumar9789350940839
Mathematical ScienceArihant UGC/CSIR NET/SET Mathematical SciencePawan Sharma Anshuman Suraj Singh9789350940747
Joint CSIR UGC NET Mathematical Sciences (Part: A, B & C) and 25 exercise solved setsRPH Editorial Board9789350125403
Physical ScienceTrueman's UGC CSIR-NET Physical SciencesSunil Kushwaha N.M.Singh9788189301057
Joint CSIR UGC NET Physical Sciences (Part: A, B & C) and 10 exercise solved setsRPH Editorial Board9789350124888
Chemical SciencesChemical Sciences CSIR-NET/GATE topic wise Clear SolutionKritikumar c.Badgujar Harshal B.Sharaf Harshal C, Badguja9789352025732
Joint CSIR UGC NET Chemical Sciences (Part: A, B & C) and 25 exercise solved setsRPH Editorial Board9789350125885
Earth ScienceJoint CSIR UGC NET Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary ScienceSurendra Kumar97881788129785

Important Instructions for CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern 2018

The important instructions concerned to CSIR UGC NET 2018 are as follows:

  1. List of aspirants registered for this test will be made available on the official website. Candidates must refer to the website for checking their registration and for time to time updates.
  2. The Question Booklet for this test will be printed in Hindi and English Version.  Aspirant opting for Hindi medium in the Application Form will be supplied bilingual Question Booklet and Aspirant opting for English medium will be supplied Question Booklet printed in English Version only.  The aspirant will need to respond as per option practised in the Application Form.
  3. The actual number of questions in each Part and Section to be asked and attempted may vary from subject to subject.
  4. No aspirants shall be permitted to leave the Exam Hall before completion of 3 Hours from the start of the exam.
  5. The aspirants will be permitted to take their Question Booklet and also the carbonless duplicate copy of OMR sheet with them after the completion of the examination for their reference/record.
  6. The OMR Response Sheets shall be distributed to the aspirants 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the exam while the Question Booklet shall be distributed 5 minutes before the scheduled start of the exam to enable the aspirants to go via the instructions and correctly fill up the need particulars.
  7. No relevant column of the application form should be left blank. Incomplete or defective applications shall be summarily rejected.


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