Frequently Asked Question

What are the different every day technologies or items that we use in which CSIR has played a role?

You would be amazed to know about the many items of daily use that CSIR has helped develop. Its contribution extends to almost all fields of human activity, be it agriculture, health, defense, aerodynamics, genetic engineering and the development of India's first supercomputer. Eleven of the 14 new drugs developed in independent India are from CSIR. The entire list would be too long so here is merely a sample. Amul baby food, Nutan stove, Saheli a non-steroidal once-a-week oral contraceptive pill for women, E-mail for resistant malaria, Asmon, a herbal therapeutic for asthma, SARAS, a multi-role aircraft, Flosolver India's first parallel computer; Swaraj and Sonalika tractors, and the indelible ink that is the mark of a proud Indian voter, are gifts of CSIR to the nation. No wonder CSIR is recognized as one of the world's largest knowledge enterprises.

What is the expected salary at entry level Scientist post?

The basic salary for Scientist B or Group IV(1) is Rs. 8000-275-13500. And a senior Scientist i.e., Scientist G or Group IV (6) would be in the basic pay scale of Rs. 18400-500-22400.

What are the minimum requirements I must have to join as Scientist or Group IV staff?

The minimum requirement is a First Class M.Sc./B. Tech. And you must not be over 35 years. All reservations that are in force for all entitled categories as per Government of India rules apply.

What are the qualifications needed for NET?

Junior Research Fellowships are awarded each year by CSIR to those holding MSc or equivalent degree, with minimum 55% marks after qualifying the National Eligibility Test. Please visit HRDG for details.

How will I know if I have cleared the National Eligibility Test?

Don’t worry, all candidates who qualify in the test will be informed individually after the results are finalized. Results are also posted on the Internet. Visit: HRDG.

How is the National Eligibility Test structured?

The Selection for award of JRF is made on the basis of a competitive written test called the National Eligibility Test (NET), conducted by CSIR at national level and consisting of two papers. Paper – 1 is objective type consisting of Part (A) general nature and part (B) is subject type. It tests the mental ability and broad awareness of scientific knowledge. You may choose the second paper from amongst (1) Chemical Sciences (2) Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences (3) Life Sciences, (4) Mathematical Sciences and (5) Physical Sciences. For the second paper you will need to give short descriptive answers. Usually examinations are held for a day on the third Sunday in June and December, each year. For more details visit: HRDG.

How can CSIR help me to begin my research career?

CSIR provides Junior Research Fellowship in various fields of Science & Technology and Medical Sciences. If you are a bright postgraduate with an intense desire to do good science, the EMR Division, HRD Group, CSIR would be delighted to hear from you. Keep your eyes open for all-India press advertisements that are published twice a year inviting applications. Just fill in the prescribed application form and send the completed application form to the Controller of Examinations, Examination Unit, CSIR Complex Building, Opp. Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi –110 012. Also visit HRDG for details.