CSIR NET Exam Alternatives - Syllabus, Eligibility & More
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CSIR NET Exam Alternatives – Syllabus, Eligibility & More

How many of you agree with the fact that life has multiple roads as it leads to different destinations?

Yes, it’s true, but not every road will get you to the right one. However, remember, every wrong road that you walked on is a learning curve. And learning this will give you experience that will guide you to become who you are.

So today I’m going to talk about the list of exams that you can attempt while you are preparing for CSIR NET. So for your information, I have come up with the details of the exams, and also the similarity of CSIR NET Life Sciences with other competitive exams like ICMR, GATE DBT, and others. So with no further delay, let’s dive into the session:

Hit two targets with one stone.

With your single preparation, you can qualify for multiple exams, while you’re preparing for CSIR NET, you’re automatically preparing yourself to hit more than one target at once. So here in a single year, you are getting multiple chances where all the competitive exams are in consecutive order that provides you with the opportunity to achieve your goal

and this is what is called strategic planning towards success.

Now let’s get more into the insights of the competitive exams that you can write an attempt along with CSIR NET.

CSIR NET Exam Alternatives – Syllabus, Eligibility & More

So, the first examination over here is GATE. It stands for Graduate Aptitude Test In Engineering, it is one of the most reputed examinations that is conducted across India, which provides opportunities for the candidates to achieve their goals. So, what are the advantages of qualifying for this GATE exam?

So, once you qualify for this GATE exam, you are eligible for a PhD program in any of the foreign universities as well in India like you can apply for IIT CFTRI for your research. Also, this valid GATE Score isaccepted by public sector undertakings for the job profiling at Indian Oil, Hindustan petroleum as well as Gail etc. So, now coming to the exam details, that is subject selection. So, this gate exam is going to happen for a total of 29 subjects. So, here candidates can choose two subjects of their choice. Yes, you heard me right. So, while you are applying for this GATE exam, you can choose two subjects of your interest.

So this exam is going to be conducted in the month of February. So, this exam is a CBT mode, where you can expect multiple choice questions and MCQ as well as an 80 for this exam. So, this year for 2023 the organizing centre is going to be IIT Kanpur and here you can find the link from where you can apply for this exam.

So, the online application portal is going to be started on August 30. So you can find the link here.


Now coming to syllabus. So, if you are a CSIR net aspirant, you may be targeting general aptitude unit one that is biochemistry unit two, unit three, unit 13 immunologic that is a part of Unit Four, unit six, unit eight, unit seven as well as unit 10 for preparation, but what all topics you need to cover specifically for GATE are chemistry, plant anatomy, the concept of genomics, Economic Botany, this is a very important section from where you will get a lot of questions from the section plant pathology where you have to focus on the concept of all the pathogens that is related to plant species detail microbiology, where you have to focus on the history numerical, microbial diversity under the section as well as food technology.

CSIR NET Exam Alternatives – Syllabus, Eligibility & More

Now if I consider this whole GATE syllabus as 100%, I can clearly see that CSIR comprises 50 to 60% of the GATE syllabus. That means apart from this, you only have to prepare 40 to 50% of the syllabus in order to qualify for your GATE examination. So this is all about gait.

So now coming to the next series of examinations which is ICMR JRF. So this ICMR stands for Indian Council of Medical Research. So this test again, it’s going to be in the year that is in the month of July. The validity period for this fellowship is similar to CSIR. That is it is for two years, the fellowship amount is going to be Rs. 31,000 per month with a contingency grant of Rs. 20,000. This exam is going to be a CBT mode that is online and make sure the number of seats is only 120. So the number of seats is limited for this ICMR JRF exam and you can expect the MCQ-type question.

Now, who can apply for this exam? So candidates who have an MSc or an equivalent degree in life sciences are eligible to apply for this ICMR JRF examination.

So what is the advantage of writing this ICMR JRF?

So if you’re writing this exam, this exam is much easier than other competitive exams. So if you have the basic clarity of concepts, it will easily help you to qualify for this exam. So, again, the topics that are similar to say CSIR syllabus in ICMS Syllabus is unit one which is biochemistry, unit two, unit three, unit four, unit seven, unit eight, unit six as well as unit 13. But here you need to cover other topics as well, which include bioinformatics and for bioinformatics, you should have basic concepts of blast FAFSA, what is alignment, what is global and local alignment, what alignment score is, what is protein and nucleotide databases? Also, you should know the concepts related to pharmacology and nursing basic terminologies and principles of botany, zoology and biotechnology should be known. That means, you should be very clear with the definitions of botany, zoology as well as biotechnology, also environmental sciences and Veterinary Sciences are a must.

Under General aptitude, what all topics you are preparing for CSIR is exactly the same as for ICMR but here you have to focus on scientific phenomena which include global warming, the greenhouse effect, hurricane, earthquake, tornado etc.

CSIR NET Exam Alternatives – Syllabus, Eligibility & More

Under general knowledge, you have to be clear about the synthetic materials, nuclear sciences as well as measurement paths and biostatistics you should be knowing about hypothesis testing, what is a confidence interval, the difference between null and alternative hypothesis data analysis, probability, sampling, and what is data interpretation? So, all these topics you have to cover under the general aptitude of ICMR. The rest of all of the topics for this exam are common to the CSIR syllabus.

So now coming to the third category of the exam is DBT-JRF, this DBT stands for the Department of Biotechnology. So this exam is conducted once a year and the fellowship validity period is only for two years which is the same as CSIR. So the number of seats is roughly going to be 275.

So if you are a master’s degree in biology, agriculture, life sciences or biotechnology, you can apply for this exam. The link is given here it’s https://dbt.nta.ac.in/. So at the time of the result declaration, two lists are declared for this exam, First is category one and the other is category two. So candidates who are qualified under Category One are eligible to avail of the fellowship from the DBT program and can register for the PhD program. But the candidates who are qualified under Category Two are not entitled to any kind of fellowship from the DBT program, but they can appoint themselves to any other DBT-sponsored project and then enrol for their PhD. That means here DBT is not going to fund you for a PhD. If you are enrolled in any kind of lab for your research. So lab is going to provide you with that fund or stipend.

CSIR NET Exam Alternatives – Syllabus, Eligibility & More

So what are the new topics that you need to cover to qualify for this exam? Again, the core unit will remain the same as CSIR like units 1-2,3,4,6,7,8,12,13. But here you need to focus on some specific topics like genomics, proteomics, intellectual property rights, and rights, which include patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and others, what are biosafety principles? What is bioethics? What are the concepts of biotechnology, what are the processes for molecule A bee breeding research methodology, Biochemical Engineering, industrial biotechnology, bioinformatics, basics, environmental biotechnology, marine biotechnology as well as medical biotechnology. So, you can see here you have to cover all the basics of biotechnology fields like industrial, environmental, marine medical and others.

So now, the fourth examination is ICAR JRF. This ICAR stands for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. So this exam is for those candidates who are fascinated with research in agriculture. So if you’re qualifying for this ICAR JRF or SRF, you’re entitled to PhD program at any of the reputed institutes across India. But here the syllabus is different. Under general knowledge, you have to focus on the concepts and basics that are related to plant physiology.

So general knowledge is also related to plant physiology. Then what are the core subjects you need to prepare for this exam? It’s going to be genetics and plant breeding, seed Sciences and Technology. Economic Botany, Plant Genetic Resources, Plant Pathology, agricultural entomology sericulture plant physiology as well as agricultural biotechnology. So, here if you see the slavers you can clearly see Part C part which is Economic Botany. So, this economic part of botany is related to GATE Life Sciences syllabus, and again this plant physiology is a CSIR unit six. So, you can see if you are done with these two parts, you only have to prepare seven parts apart from it. So, in this exam that is ICAR JRF, you should be very clear about the basics as well as the advanced concepts of plant physiology as well as agricultural biotechnology.

CSIR NET Exam Alternatives – Syllabus, Eligibility & More

Coming the last category of examination is TIFR, which stands for Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, which is also called the JGEEBILS Joint Graduate Entrance Examination in Biology and Interdisciplinary Sciences. So, if you are going for this exam, this test is going to be extremely basic, but what you need to cover you should have the basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, biology as well as chemistry.

So what are the participating institutes that conduct this exam? So it is ACTREC, CCMB,  CDFD, IISER’s, which include Berhampur, Kolkata, Pune, Tirupati, Trivandrum, IMSC,  InStem, MSLS, NBRC, NCCS, NIBMG, NII New Delhi, NISER, THSTI as well as TIFR. So, all these institutes coordinate and conduct this exam.

So now once you qualify for this exam, make sure you have to apply separately for your PhD program and you have to choose the Research Institute of your interest.

So what is the advantage of giving this TIFR exam? Firstly, the fellowship will be the same as CSIR. Secondly, if you’re writing this exam and qualifying for it, it is opening your way to 14 Different institutes. So you can apply to any of the institutes of your research after you qualify for this exam.

So this is all about the exams that you can write and attempt while you are preparing for CSIR NET.

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CSIR NET Exam Alternatives – Syllabus, Eligibility & More

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