Candidates who are appearing for the National Eligibility Test (NET) examination for the first time generally are confused about many things. For instance, what is the difference between UGC NET & CSIR UGC NET?
In this blog, we will discuss the differences and similarities between these two NET examinations.
Till 2018 year the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was conducting the examination. From 2019, National Testing Agency (NTA), autonomous and self-sustained testing organisation, will conduct UGC NET and CSIR UGC NET. UGC NET examination is for students from arts and commerce background whereas, CSIR UGC NET is for students from the science background.
NET Syllabus/ Subjects to study for UGC NET and CSIR UGC NET
Subjects for Paper 1 of NET examination is common for all students. For paper 2, check our the subject list with code below:
Part A of CSIR UGC NET examination is common for all and based on General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis and Research Aptitude. The subjects for CSIR UGC NET of Part B and C are as follows:
Question Paper Pattern for NET Examination
Paper pattern for UGC NET is different from CSIR UGC NET. The differences are described below:
UGC NET latest Question paper pattern:
CSIR UGC NET latest paper pattern:
Eligibility Conditions for UGC NET vs CSIR UGC NET
Qualifying Criteria after NET Examination
The qualifying criteria for both CSIR UGC NET and UGC NET examination are the same. A candidate will be shortlisted for JRF or Lectureship only if he/she is in the top 6% of the NET examination. The students after getting shortlisted for JRF have to register for a PhD or PhD integrated programme within two years.
Career Scope after NET Examination
After qualifying the UGC NET examination, there are two options open for a candidate. If you are shortlisted for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship), you can:
Enrol as PhD candidates and pursue research in their respective postgraduate subject.
The candidates will be offered a stipend of Rs. 31000/- + HRA per month and for the next three years a stipend of Rs 35000/- + HRA per month as part of the fellowship.
The candidates, after completing the fellowship, can work as a researcher in a corporate firm.
If a candidate is qualified as an assistant professor, he/she can:
Pursue a career in the teaching field
He/she will be eligible for the post of assistant professor
Can expect pay in the range of Rs. 25,000 to 40,000 depending on the scores, skills and colleges
Join a coaching centre training the aspirants for UGC-NET examination.
A qualifier of UGC NET examination can open doors to several prestigious PSUs like ONGC, NTPC, EdClL etc. You can work in a government institution and access the UGC academic job portal to search for a suitable job of your choice.
After qualifying the CSIR UGC NET examination, you can get shortlisted as a Research Fellow at any of the CSIR Research Laboratories. If not, you can get selected as an assistant professor at a government university which is considered to be a prestigious job in the country. Other than that, you can:
Complete your PhD from India or abroad and get a job as a Research Fellow
Will be offered a stipend of Rs. 31000/- + HRA per month and for the next three years a stipend of Rs 35000/- + HRA per month as part of the fellowship.
Work in a public sector and get a job with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and more
Work in a private corporation as a researcher.
Apart from these, you can become a scientist, lab trainer or a senior scientist at reputed laboratories.
These are the few things that set CSIR UGC NET apart from UGC NET examination. They are almost the same examination for different fields of education.
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