Career Options Available After Qualifying CSIR NET Exam

Career Options After CSIR NET Exam Qualification – Top 10 List

In today’s time, every life science student is aware of CSIR NET exam. It is one unique exam the government of India is thoughtful enough to have showered as a blessing to the life science and chemistry students. Besides the immense amount of opportunities that are associated with the CSIR NET exam, one gains a lifetime of scientific knowledge. This knowledge and achievement not just help the candidate to progress in the career front but also helps one to grow on a personal level. So, let’s go on an interesting journey to explore what Carrer options is available after qualifying the CSIR NET exam.

1. PhD in India

Well, this might be the first motivation why a student prefers to clear CSIR NET exam, isn’t it? All research universities and institutes while selecting a candidate for their PhD program prefers a student who has cleared his/her CSIR EXAM. As the CSIR qualified candidate comes with his/her own fellowship of whopping 5 years hence a scientist will anytime prefer these profiles in comparison with the one who doesn’t clear CSIR as a PhD student. Besides, the knowledge which the prospect

gains after studying for the CSIR exam also helps him/her to clear the rigorous interviews and conduct PhD with proper research approach.

A famous quote by Stephen Hawking’s state that ‘Intelligence is the ability to adapt to the change’ and another related quote by him is ‘Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge’. A CSIR NET qualified candidate can surely relate to these quotes.

In fact, nowadays a lot of institutes and universities had made CSIR NET qualification mandatory to even apply for PhD position. Hence overall Ph.D. without CSIR NET qualification is a big struggle in India, so if a candidate plans to pursue his/her Ph.D. they must consider first clearing CSIR NET.

2. PhD Abroad 

A lot of genius Indian scientist are at renowned scientist positions in well-known international universities like Max Planck, Mcgill University, Cornell University, Oxford Universities and many more. They are aware of the CSIR NET examination and hence if a qualified CSIR NET candidate plans to apply in these universities in these scientist’s labs then he/she will have an advantage of getting selected. These Indian Scientists are aware of the level of CSIR NET and hence they can judge better and be sure about the candidate if he/she has cleared CSIR NET.

3. Teaching/professorship

One of the brave and youngest Nobel prize laureates Malala Yousafzai has stated a very inspiring quote, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can surely make a difference”. So, if you strive to make a difference to at least one child you are involved in a positive chain of positive change. Teaching is one of the ancient and divine career options and CSIR NET gives wings to successfully land and progress in the educational industry.

In many renowned institutes and universities, CSIR NET is mandatory for applying for the teaching positions. In fact, Biotecnika is also of the golden steppingstone where you can start and progress as an educator in the biological and chemistry fields. According to the latest notice which is issued by Indian government it is mandatory to have a PhD degree, CSIR NET qualification in order to become a permanent employee in the teaching field in various government institutes and universities.

4.Junior Research Fellow

If you want to start your career in the research field, you can think about joining a research laboratory after qualifying CSIR NET JRF. Every year there are many JRF openings in well-known research institutes and universities and one can get an immense amount of JRF opportunities all over India. Prestigious institutes like DRDO, CSIR-CFTRI, IISER, IICB, NIPER, and NIMAHNS usually post vacancies daily. Along with these projects which are funded by CSIR/INSPIRE/DBT etc are also available in different institutes, colleges, and universities.

5.Private Corporate Firms

Private corporate firms like Novartis, Lupin, GSK, Dr.Reddy’s, Thermo Fisher, etc are some of the leading life science and pharmaceutical companies which hire life science candidates for various roles. Indian cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad is a hub for a wide range of life science and pharmaceutical companies. If a candidate is CSIR qualified that gives the impression that the candidate is well knowledgeable, and this works in favor of the qualified candidate to get selected by the employer of such companies. Specifically, chemistry students have an immense advantage to get selected in life science, chemistry as well as pharmaceutical companies.

6.Public sector/Public sector undertaking (PSU)

Public Sector Jobs can be one of the several Career Options available after CSIR NET qualification. Public sector companies like Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., ONGC, National Thermal Power Corporation, Coal India Limited, Gas Authority of India Limited, etc are some of the illustrious areas where one can start their career after qualifying CSIR Net. This path will lead you to a very promising career and for getting daily updates about the openings and opportunities in such PSU to follow the Biotecnika newsletter.

7.Scientific Laboratory Technicians

Scientific laboratory technician work as a skilled worker having immense knowledge in diagnostic tests, mechanical aspects of instruments, cell biology, molecular biology, etc. Such job profiles are present within biological, chemical, physical and public and private sectors. One can carry roles like sampling, testing, measuring and analyzing related work in a scientific team. One can also work as a support staff the one who assist research analyst and guide them in their research work.

8.Scientific Officers

As you are reading this post eminent institutes and companies like TIFR, Sports Authority of India (SAI), National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics – Hyderabad, Telangana, Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH),National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) , The central power research Institute (CPRI), Metropolis Healthcare Limited, SRL Limited, Pathkind Diagnostics Private Limited, ICRISAT are few of the many having the opening for scientific officer. This job profile basically consists of a managerial role or making products in companies and scientific research domains. One can also join government bodies like DBT, CSIR, DRDO for such positions. These reputed organizations also give higher importance to CSIR NET qualified candidates.


In the process of preparing for CSIR NET exam one equips themselves with so much knowledge that it can help in structuring a commercial life science product or service. From products like enzymes, Biotech equipment like microscopes and PCR instruments, etc. to service providers like analysis of scientific data, and blood samples to education, one can very well come up with innovative ideas to progress as a novel entrepreneur. BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council), is one of the very unique ventures set up by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India with an aim to ignite enormous life science entrepreneurs and hence support many start-ups. This is done through schemes like Biotechnology Ignition Grant which provide them with 50 lakhs of rupees. Small Business Industry Research Initiative, Biotechnology Industry Partnership Programme, Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, etc have come up with many small and large grants to support new ideas.

10. Personal Growth

So, we just explored how CSIR NET qualifier gets a myriad of opportunities and growth in the career front. Just like that on the personal front once you qualify this exam it surely boosts your confidence and this big sense of achievement proves to be a driving force to progress knowledge wise. As this exam is considered as one of the most crucial and golden steps in any life science student, qualifying it is equivalent to achieving a degree in life science.

Yes!! and grass is definitely greener on the other side in the case of qualifying CSIR NET examination. If anyone is planning a rewarding career in life science and chemistry field, he/she must consider qualifying this examination with good numbers and rank. So, start preparing for CSIR NET exam as soon as possible and achieve this milestone at the earliest!!

About the Author
 Kajol Patel: Known as the Czar of Ecology & Evolution at Biotecnika, Kajol Patel is one of the most active Research enthusiast working with us. Her active interest in both the field of research & academia makes her stand out of the crowd. With excellent fluency & deep knowledge, she is one of the favorites among her students. In this artcile, she talks about Career Options After CSIR NET Exam Qualification.
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  1. Mam, I have qualified net jrf but need guidance for making proposal

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