Indian Council of Medical Research
Ansari Nagar, Post Box 4911, New Delhi-110029
Test for ICMR’s Junior Research Fellowship
NOTIFICATION – 2017
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Examination is the first step in the process of admission to the Ph.D/Research Programme. Test for ICMR JRF fellowship conducted at the 12 Centres viz. Bengaluru Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Srinagar (J&K) and Varanasi once in a year on 2 nd/3rdSunday in July each year. The award of JRF is made on merit basis by holding an entrance examination after issuing a countrywide admission notice. The admission notice is published in leading English Newspapers of India usually during March/April.
ICMR in collaboration with Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh will hold a National level examination on Sunday, July 16 th , 2017 for determining the eligibility of Indian National candidates for the award of JRF through ICMR. The award of JRF to the successful eligible candidates will depend on their finding placement in a medical college / hospital / university / national laboratory / institution of higher learning and research as applicable.
(I) A total of 150 Fellowships would be awarded. (120 fellowships would be awarded for work in the field of biomedical sciences with emphasis on Life Sciences (like microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, immunology, pharmacology, zoology, botany, environmental sciences and veterinary sciences (excluding Agriculture extension/Soil Sciences) etc. 30 fellowships would be awarded for work with emphasis on Social Sciences like psychology, sociology, home science, statistics anthropology, social work, public health/health economics (excluding others).
(I-i)Two separate merit lists, one comprising the candidates qualifying for life sciences and the second for those candidates qualifying for social sciences, will be made on the basis of their performance in the above test.
(I-ii) The candidates selected for the JRF programme of ICMR would be permitted to enroll themselves for the Ph.D. programme in subjects of biomedical/health research of any University/Medical college recognized by the UGC/MCI. The validity of fellowship awarded to a candidate will be one year.
(II) Another 100 candidates would be selected for consideration for positions of JRF under various research schemes of ICMR (subject to fulfilling the conditions for appointment under the schemes) for the duration of that scheme. These JRFs would also be permitted to complete Ph.D. while working in the scheme, if enrolled. The validity of result will be two years for placement in ICMR funded projects.
(III)SC/ST/OBC/Physically Handicapped (PH)/Visually Handicapped (VH) applicants will be given such special consideration as per policy guidelines.
(IV)The successful candidates would be notified by post, e-mailing in the first week of September, 2017. The list would also be available on ICMR website:
Procedure for applying
Before filling online applications, candidates are advised to go through the guidelines given at website http//pgimer.edu.in or icmr.nic.in. Incomplete applications will not be considered and no correspondence will be entertained.
Requirement for ICMR JRF
M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent degree with minimum 55% marks for General/OBC candidates and 50% for the SC/ST & Physically Handicapped candidates in the subjects mentioned under the head method of selection.
A candidate who is appearing/has appeared in the final year (IV/VI Semester whichever is applicable, and final year where Semester system is not there) of M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent examination during the session (2016-2017) can also apply for the test as RA (Result Awaited). Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format (given in the end of application) duly certified by the Head of the Department/ Institute over his/her signature and rubber stamp (with address and name) where he/she is appearing in the final year examination. However, such candidates shall be admitted to the Test provisionally and shall be considered eligible for JRF only after they submit the proof of having passed the Master’s Degree examination with requisite percentage. The M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent degree mark sheet must be submitted to ICMR, latest by 30th September, 2017 otherwise candidature will automatically be forfeited.
Age Limit : The age limit for admission to the eligibility test is 28 years as on 30-09-2017 (upper age limit relaxable up to five years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, Physically Handicapped (PH) and female candidates, three years in the case of OBC category.
- As prescribed by UGC.
- A dummy sample question paper for ICMR JRFs Examination is available on PGIMER/ICMR websites
Method of selection
Scheme of Test : The test will consist of one paper of two hours duration. The paper will consist of two Sections. The Aptitude Section (Section A) will have 50 questions on (i) scientific phenomenon in everyday life; (ii) general knowledge in sciences; and (iii) common statistics. All these questions would be compulsory with each question carrying 1 mark. The subject Specific Section (Section B & C) would pertain to (B) Life Sciences and (C) Social Sciences. The candidate may attempt questions in either of the two areas. Each area of section B & C would have 100 questions and the candidate may attempt any 75 questions in the predesigned area of Section B or C. if, a candidate attempts more than 75 questions, then first 75 attempted questions will only be considered for evaluation. Candidates are required to indicate the option for Section B or C in the application form too.
Each question carries one mark. Negative marking @ 0.25 will be made for each of the wrong answer. The questions in both the Sections would appear in English only.
The qualifying marks will be 55% obtained in both the Sections (A+B or C) for General Category & OBC and 50% for SC/ST and Physically Handicapped
The test will be held in the following streams: (1) Aptitude test (common for all) (2) Life Sciences (3) Social Sciences. Subjects covered under Life Sciences include microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, immunology, pharmacology, zoology, botany, environmental sciences and veterinary science(excluding Agriculture extension/ Soil Sciences) etc). Subjects covered under Social Sciences include psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, home sciences, statistics and Public health/Health economics (excluding others)
How To Apply :
Candidates are required to apply online through PGIMER, Chandigarh website www.pgimer.edu.in or ICMR New Delhi website icmr.nic.in. No other means /mode of application (through post, e-mail, fax, deposit of CV etc.) will be accepted.
Firstly ensure that you have a valid personal email ID. In case, a candidate does not have a valid personal email ID, he/she should create his/her new email ID before applying Online. You should keep checking the inbox or even the spam box of this email id regularly during the Admission process as PGIMER may send intimations related to admissions etc. through this.
You will be required to submit the following with application. Please keep them ready before you submit the application:-
I. Photograph (Jpeg format – Max. Size 50Kb)
II. Signature (with black pen) (Jpeg format – Max. Size 50Kb)
III. Category (SC/ST/OBC/PH) Certificate (If applicable)
IV. Appearing Certificate from Head of the Institution for those candidates who will be appearing in M.Sc./MA final examination of 2017-18
Scan your Photograph and Signatures (On white page with black ball point) individually and save them individually in 2×1.5” JPEG format. The size of any of these individual images should not exceed 50 kb each; otherwise you will not be able to submit your online application. Also scan your caste/category (SC/ST/OBC/ PH/VH) Certificate and appearing certificate (if applicable) separately and save them in single page PDF format
The last date for filling of online application is 13.05.2017.
Only online application will be accepted, no other mode of submission of application will be accepted.
All candidates are directed to deposit the above fees in the branches of State Bank
of India by filling the Challan form in the name of Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh
(Examination) in the “Power Jyoti” PUL Current Account No. 32211616762.
- 1000/- (General/OBC)
- 800/- (SC/ST/PH)
Important Dates :
- Date of opening of Registration : 10.04.2017
- Last date for filling of online application : 13.05.2017
- Late date of fee deposit in Bank : 16.05.2017
- Date of Entrance Examination (Tentative) : 16.07.2017