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CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - June 20, 2017

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

Listed below are quick facts related to CSIR NET Exam Pattern:

  • CSIR NET is conducted in offline mode
  • Each paper comprises 3 Parts – Part A, Part B and Part C
  • Questions are of objective type (MCQs), carrying a maximum of 200 marks
  • Duration of exam is 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • Negative marking is applicable against every wrong answer

CSIR UGC NET is conducted for 5 streams. The exam pattern for each paper is similar in terms of time duration, mode of examination, medium of answering, 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 conducting NET (National Eligibility Test) 2018. NET is a national level exam conducted for admission for the post of Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor. The entrance test will be conducted by the respective authority throughout the country across 27 examination centers located in different cities of India. Applicants can choose their preferred examination centers as per their convenience. Prior to appearing for NET, candidates have to undergo the form filling and the fee payment procedure if only they satisfy the certain eligibility criteria needed for NET.


Highlights of CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern

One must make sure to prepare for the exam in an organised manner. A well-planned schedule will help a candidate to score better in the exam. Candidates will have an option to answer question in Hindi or English Language. The following infographic informs a candidate about the important aspects of the test pattern.

CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern


CSIR UGC NET 2018 Important Dates

The exam is conducted 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
Announcement of shortlisted candidates on HRDG websiteMay 2018
Closing of non-registration for NETMay 2018
CSIR UGC NET ExamJune 2018

Know About CSIR UGC NET 2018 Admit Card


CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern - Chemical Sciences

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

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

Distribution of Questions

Highlights of Chemical Sciences Exam Pattern

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

  • Mode of Examination: – CSIR UGC NET is conducted in offline mode 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  
  • Duration of Exam: - The entire exam is to be completed within 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • 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 answer any 15 questions. In Part B, it will contain 40 Questions covering topics given in the syllabus. A candidate shall be required to answer any 35 questions. For Part C,  it will contain 60 questions, designed to test a candidate's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. One must answer any 25 questions. Each question shall be of four marks.
  • 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 answer.
  • Medium of Exam: – Candidates will have an option to answer the questions in Hindi or English language as per their comfort. 

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern - Earth Sciences

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

  • Earth
  • Atmospheric  
  • Ocean  
  • Planetary Sciences

Distribution of Questions

Highlights of Earth Sciences Exam Pattern

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

  • Mode of Examination: – CSIR UGC NET is conducted in offline mode 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  
  • Duration of Exam: - The entire exam is to be completed within 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • 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 answer any 15 questions. In Part B, it will contain 50 questions covering topics given in the syllabus. A candidate shall be required to answer any 35 questions. For Part C,  it will contain 80 questions, designed to test a candidate's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. One must answer any 25 questions. Each question shall be of four marks.
  • 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 answer (Part A and Part B). For Part C, 33% of marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • Medium of Exam: – Candidates will have an option to answer the questions in Hindi or English language as per their comfort. 

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern – Life Sciences

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

Listed below are important topics under CSIR NET Life Sciences:

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

Distribution of Questions

Highlights of Life Sciences Exam Pattern

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

  • Mode of Examination: – CSIR UGC NET is conducted in offline mode 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  
  • Duration of Exam: - The entire exam is to be completed within 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • 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 answer any 15 questions. In Part B, it will contain 50 questions covering topics given in the syllabus. A candidate shall be required to answer any 35 questions. For Part C,  it will contain 75 questions, designed to test a candidate's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. One must answer any 25 questions. Each question shall be of four marks.
  • 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 answer.
  • Medium of Exam: – Candidates will have an option to answer the questions in Hindi or English language as per their comfort.

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern – Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Science is the study including disciplines 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 Pattern

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

  • Mode of Examination: – CSIR UGC NET is conducted in offline mode 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  
  • Duration of Exam: - The entire exam is to be completed within 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • 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 answer any 15 questions. In Part B, it will contain 40 questions covering topics given in the syllabus. A candidate shall be required to answer any 25 questions. For Part C,  it will contain 60 questions, designed to test a candidate's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. One must answer any 20 questions. Each question shall be of four marks.
  • 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 answer. There will be no negative marking for Part C.
  • Medium of Exam: – Candidates will have an option to answer the questions in Hindi or English language as per their comfort.

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern – Physical Sciences

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

Distribution of Questions

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

  • Mode of Examination: – CSIR UGC NET is conducted in offline mode 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  
  • Duration of Exam: - The entire exam is to be completed within 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • 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 answer any 15 questions. In Part B, it will contain 25 questions covering topics given in the syllabus. A candidate shall be required to answer any 20 questions. For Part C, it will contain 30 questions, designed to test a candidate's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. One must answer any 20 questions. 
  • 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 answer. 
  • Medium of Exam: – Candidates will have an option to answer the questions in Hindi or English language as per their comfort.

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Marking Scheme

The marking scheme of NET 2018 contains negative marking. The marks allocation for each of the portion is different. The negative marking awarded for every incorrect answer is 25% of the total marks the respective question consists. The negative marking is also applicable as per the subject-wise scheme of the examination.

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

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

CSIR UGC NET 2018 Exam Syllabus

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

  • Chemical Science
  • Mathematical Science
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary 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 Processes
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 Processes
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 Method of Physics
Classical Mechanics
Electromagnetic Theory
Quantum Mechanics
Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics
Electronics and Experimental Methods
Part –B (Advance)
Mathematical Method 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

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

Name of the subjectName of the bookName of the authorISBN No.
Life ScienceJoint CSIR UGC NET Life Sciences (Part: A, B & C) and 25 practice 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 practice solved setsRPH Editorial Board9789350125403
Physical ScienceTruemans UGC CSIR-NET Physical SciencesSunil Kushwaha N.M.Singh9788189301057
Joint CSIR UGC NET Physical Sciences (Part: A, B & C) and 10 practice solved setsRPH Editorial Board9789350124888
Chemical SciencesChemical Sciences CSIR-NET/GATE topicwise Complete SolutionKritikumar c.Badgujar Harshal B.Sharaf Harshal C,Badguja9789352025732
Joint CSIR UGC NET Chemical Sciences (Part: A, B & C) and 25 practice solved setsRPH Editorial Board9789350125885
Earth ScienceJoint CSIR UGC NET Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary ScienceSurendra Kumar97881788129785

Important Instructions

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

  1. List of candidates registered for this test will be made available on the official website. Aspirants 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.  Candidate opting for Hindi medium in the Application Form, will be supplied bilingual Question Booklet and Candidate opting for English medium will be supplied Question Booklet printed in English Version only.  The candidate will be required to answer as per option exercised 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 candidates shall be permitted to leave the Exam Hall before completion of 3 Hours from the start of the exam.
  5. The candidates 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 Answer Sheets shall be distributed to the candidates 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 candidates to go through the instructions and correctly fill up the required 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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