CSIR NET 2020 Preparation Tips – Know How to Prepare for CSIR UGC NET

Tips to Prepare CSIR UGC NET Exam

CSIR NET 2020 Preparation Tips – Know How to Prepare for CSIR UGC NET

The CSIR UGC NET is a national-level exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to select candidates for Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs) or lectureships in Indian universities and colleges. 
Through the CSIR NET exam, candidates can pursue a JRF or become a lecturer in the following subjects:

  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

NTA has released the CSIR NET 2020 notification. After July, the National Eligibility Test (NET) will most likely be held in various cities across India. With just a few months until the exam, candidates should get serious about their CSIR NET 2020 preparation.

How to Prepare for CSIR NET 2020?

Here are some important tips for candidates to prepare for the CSIR UGC NET examination. 

CSIR NET Syllabus & Exam Pattern

The first and most important step toward successful exam preparation is knowing the CSIR NET Syllabus and its exam pattern.
Though the CSIR NET exam pattern varies depending on the candidate’s chosen subject, the following highlights apply to all candidates:

Particulars CSIR NET Exam Pattern Highlights
Exam mode Online
Exam duration 180 mins (3 hours)
Number of sections 3
Total questions to be attempted Chemical Sciences: 75

Earth Sciences: 75

Life Sciences: 75

Mathematical Sciences: 60

Physical Sciences: 55

Type of questions MCQs
Total marks 200 marks for each paper
Negative marking Yes
Language of paper English & Hindi


CSIR NET Reference Books

It can be difficult to choose the best CSIR NET reference books from the various options available in the market. Consider the following factors when choosing the right books for CSIR NET preparation:

  • Select the CSIR UGC NET books written by well-known writers or published by renowned publishing houses.
  • Verify the year of publication and edition of the books. 
  • Choose books that have a lot of past year question papers. 


Paper-wise CSIR UGC NET Reference Books


Chemical Sciences
  • Joint CSIR-UGC NET Chemical Science (Paper-II & III) by Narender Sharma
  • CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Chemical Sciences by Dr Hemant Kulshrestha and Dr Ajay Taneja
  • Trueman’s UGC-CSIR JRF / NET Chemical Sciences (Chemistry) by M Gagan
  • Modern Methods of Organic Synthesis by William Carruthers
Physical Sciences
  • CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Physical Sciences by Dr Surekha Tomar
  • Mathematical Physics by HK Dass and Rama Verma
  • Classical Mechanics by JC Upadhya
  • Modern Physics and Solid State Physics by SO Pillai
Mathematical Sciences
  • CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Mathematical Sciences by Alok Kumar (Upkar)
  • Real Analysis by HL Royden
  • Complex Variables and Applications by Ruel Churchill and James Brown
  • Contemporary Abstract Algebra by Joseph A Gallian
Life Sciences
  • Biochemistry by Lubert Stryer and Jeremy M Berg
  • Molecular Biotechnology: Principles and Applications of Recombinant by Bernard J Glick, Jack J. Pasternak and Cheryl L Patten
  • Plant Physiology by Ross and Salisbury
  • Kuby Immunology by Thomas J Kindt 
Earth Sciences
  • CSIR-UGC NET/JRF Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Exam Guide by Surendra Kumar
  • An Objective Earth Sciences by S Ahmad
  • Earth Science: The Physical Setting by Jeffrey C Callister 
  • Climatology and Oceanography by DS Lal


CSIR NET Question Papers & Mock Tests

Practising previous years’ question papers and reference papers, and taking mock tests, is an important part of CSIR UGC NET preparation. Candidates can improve their time management skills while also analysing their weak areas for the exam by practising CSIR NET question papers.
On the other hand, since the CSIR UGC NET is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in an online mode, candidates can practise mock tests to get a sense of the paper. This boosts their exam morale and prevents them from making mistakes in the exam.

CSIR NET Exam Analysis

The CSIR NET December 2019 exam was held in two shifts on 15th December. The following table shows the average difficulty level of the CSIR NET Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Earth Sciences papers:

CSIR NET Papers CSIR NET Difficulty Level
Life Sciences Easy to Moderate
Physical Sciences Easy to Moderate
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Moderate to Difficult

We hope that you were benefited from this blog. Direction wishes you all the best for your upcoming CSIR NET 2020 examination. 

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