Also, the council has introduced the sixth paper in Engineering Sciences, which will be common to all areas of engineering disciplines. BSc (Hons) graduates or equivalent degree holders will also be able to take the test. A professor from the department of Zoology from Lucknow University named Sudhir Panwar was happy in welcoming the move. He said "From various survey's, it has been found that the young generation is losing interest in research. CSIR-NET being extended to engineering graduates will help tap students towards research".
Till now, CSIR used to conduct NET for five subjects such as Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences and Physical sciences. But, now, Engineering sciences had been included. Further, the general studies paper has also been slightly modifies. The test is conducted in three parts as detailed below :
Part A : Common to all. It contains questions pertaining to general science, quantitative reasoning and analysis and research aptitude. This time, the general aptitude will emphasize on logical reasoning, graphical analysis, analytical and numerical ability, quantitative comparison, series formation and puzzles.
Part B: Will be related to conventional multiple choice questions (MCQ's), generally covering the topics given in the syllabus.
Part C : Will compromise of higher value questions that may test candidates knowledge of scientific concepts or application of scientific concepts. The total paper carries of 200 marks.
Please Note :
There will be negative marking for the wrong answers. The changes will be applicable in the exam schedule on December 23. The exam will be conducted at 26 centres across the country.
The CSIR-UGC research fellowship is provided to bright young men and women for training in methods of research under expert guidance of faculty members/scientists working in university departments or national laboratories and institutions in various fields of science and technology.
Those who qualify for JRF are eligible for lectureship also, subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by the UGC.