CSIR- A promising career and how to get there

The careers in banking, engineering, medicine and other public sectors are pretty known, and many wish to land in one. One such profession that heals up the reputation bringing in the responsibilities, is CISR. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, a government organization covering departments such as aeronautics, environmental engineering, space physics, oceanography, biotechnology etc.

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research department conducts entrance exams for various positions. One such exam is the CSIR NET conducted to hire JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) and lectureship/assistant professor for multiple organizations and colleges. The CSIR NET Exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

For cracking CSIR NET, a candidate must be well aware of the selection process, job roles, and preparation for the exam.

Let us consider the step to step process the candidate must know;

Know the organization

It is always wise to be well aware of the organization one aspires to work for. For example, one must know the duties CSIR carries, the department it deals with, and the branches of research included in it.

A candidate can visit the official website to know in-depth about the departments and thoroughly check if this government body is suitable for him/her. One must choose to depend on official websites or some dependable websites for detailed information and stick to the facts.

Know the eligibility bracket

The eligibility criteria are somewhat similar to other competitive exams. But even then, it is always beneficial to know if a candidate fits in one.

  • The age limit for appearing in the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research entrance exams for the position of Junior Research fellow is 28 years, which is relaxed by a few years for reserved category and differently-abled candidates. However, for the position of lecturer, there is no age limit.
  • A candidate must have a bachelor’s degree or a masters degree in the relevant field for which he/she is applying. For example, for Chemical Science, a candidate must have an M. Sc/ B Tech degree in chemistry.
  • The right to appear for the exam is restricted to Indian Nationals only.
  • The application fees for the exam is 1000 rupees, which is relaxed for the reserved category.

Application and Admit Card

The application process is carried by NTA, and it is processed only through the official method and no other medium. A candidate must provide all the required documents correctly scanned and in approved formats. Once the application is submitted with proper documents, it is under process by the authority. A missing form or an application that is not in a given format may get rejected. However, once the application is accepted, the candidate is issued a CSIR NET admit card by the NTA exams.

It is advisable to recheck the application before submitting it to prevent it from getting rejected. Once the admit card is released, check the personal details which might need to be corrected or changed.

Be well aware of the Study Material and Sources

The candidate can practice for the exams through E-learning sources that provide guidance as well mock tests. Appearing for the mock tests gives your confidence and provides a broader perspective about the exam pattern and timings.

Referring to the books which are recommended by the experts give in-depth knowledge about the syllabus. Proper techniques and guidance will increase the chances of the candidate cracking the exams.

Many websites even make the previous year’s exam papers available for the purpose of solving. This may help improve time management, better understand the questions asked, and know if the problem-solving speed is efficient.

A job Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is a lifetime, golden opportunity towards a better future for the candidates who want to join Indian government organizations in science and technology.

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