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CSIR UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2020 for JRF & Lecturership: Check Age Limit & Educational Qualification

Archana Shandilya

CSIR UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2020 for JRF & Lecturership: CSIR UGC NET 2020 Exam will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) to determine the candidate’s eligibility for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Lectureship (LS) in the areas of Chemical Sciences, Atmospheric, Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences. The award of Junior Research Fellowship to the successful eligible candidates will depend on their finding admission/ placement in a University/ National laboratory/ Institution of higher learning and research, as applicable. The online application process will start from 16th March 2020 to 31st May 2020.

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Let’s look at the Eligibility Criteria for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Lectureship (LS) under CSIR UGC NET June 2020 Exam:

Age Limit as on 21st June 2020


Age Limit

Junior Research Fellowship (JRF(NET))

Maximum 28 years

Lectureship (NET)

No upper age limit

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Age Limit Relaxation – For JRF (NET) only

S. No.


Age Limit Relaxation


Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe

5 years



Other Backward Classes (OBC)




Persons with disabilities (PwD)


Other Backward Classes (OBC)

3 years

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OPTION (either ‘Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)’ OR ‘Lectureship (LS)’)

A candidate may apply either for ‘Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)’ OR ‘Lectureship (LS)’. He/she may indicate his/her preference in the Online Application, as the case may be. If the candidate applies for JRF and fulfills the laid down eligibility criteria for Lectureship also, such a candidate will be considered for both JRF & LS. Option/preference given by the candidate in his/her application form is final and request for change will not be entertained at any later stage. If a candidate is found to be over-aged for JRF (NET) he/she will be automatically considered for Lectureship (NET) only. Candidates with M.Sc qualification OR under M.Sc Result Awaited (RA) category shall be eligible for Lectureship (LS) subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria as laid down by the UGC.

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So, the candidates are advised to look thoroughly at the above mentioned eligibility criteria, before applying for CSIR UGC NET June 2020 Exam. If a candidate does not meet the eligibility criteria, then his/her candidature will not be considered during final selection stage.

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