What is the Difference Between UGC NET and CSIR NET Eligibility?


The University Grants Commission (UGC) NET and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research(CSIR) NET are conducted by the National Testing Agency or NTA. Both of these national levels are conducted to check the eligibility of the candidates appearing for JRP and Professorship. However, UGC NET and CSIR NET exams are different from each other in many aspects. 

The UGC NET 2022  examination will be held in 101 subjects. It is also held for humanities and commerce majors. The CSIR NET exam is based on five subjects of science, like chemical science, life science, and so on. The UGC NET exam comprises two papers and the Paper 1 is a 100 marks compulsory paper. Paper 2 comprises 200 marks and it is a subject-specific paper. The CSIR NET exam is divided into three parts, Paper A is common in all subjects, Part B consists of MCQs related to the subjects, and Part C is based on analytical reasoning.

Eligibility Criteria for UGC NET and CSIR NET

The eligibility criteria for the candidates appearing for the UGC NET examination is a master’s or any equivalent degree from a well-known university with at least 55% marks and there is no fixed age limit appearing for the post lecturer, and for JRF post it is 31 years. However, in CSIR NET, the candidates must have a minimum of 55% in master’s or any equivalent degree from any well-known university, and the age limit for the post of lecturer is not fixed but for the post of JRF, the age limit is 28 years. 

In UGC NET, the candidates must secure a minimum of 40% marks on both papers. In CSIR NET, in Paper 1 and Paper 2 a minimum of 40% marks should be secured by the candidates and for Paper 3 at least 50% marks are compulsory. 

Paper Pattern of UGC NET and CSIR NET

The UGC NET 2022 examination will be held in online mode and has Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 includes questions based on teaching, learner’s characteristics, evaluation system, research methods, thesis and article writing, effective communication, types of reasoning, Mathematical Aptitude, Venn diagram, classification of data, data interpretation, quantitative data, qualitative data, general abbreviations and terminology, basics of internet, environment, human and environment interaction, natural and energy resources, natural disasters, and hazards, the evolution of higher learning and research in post-independence India, oriental, conventional and non – conventional learning programs in India, value education and environmental education, policies, governance, and administration. 

Paper 2 comprises of objective type questions and there are 101 subjects namely- economics, history, sociology, political science, philosophy, commerce, social work, education, psychology, anthropology, music, home science, public administration, defense and strategic studies, management, Tamil, population studies, Urdu, Sanskrit, Arabic, Oriya, Malayalam, Bengali, Hindi, Maithili, Kannada, English, Marathi, Gujarati, Assamese, linguistics, Manipuri, French, Nepali, Rajasthani, Persian, Russian, German, Japanese, Santhali, Physical education, Adult education, Sindhi, Yoga, Prakrit, Human Rights and Duties, Bodo, Tourism administration and management, Environmental science, Electronic science, Kashmiri, Pali, Konkani, Computer science and application, Forensic science, women studies, archaeology, comparative literature, folk literature, Tribal and Regional language, museology, criminology, visual art, social medicine and community health, mass communication and journalism, performing art, comparative study of religions, Indian culture, Arab culture, law, Buddhist, jain, Gandhian, peace culture, Arab culture and Islamic studies, library and information science, Chinese, Dogri, and, music.

The CSIR NET exam is divided into three parts. Part A is common for all the subjects and tests the general aptitude of candidates, Part B and Part C comprise questions related to the subjects.