Examination Pattern of CSIR NET

Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical sciences are the five subjects for which the CSIR NET Examination is administered. Candidates must choose a subject when filling out the online application. The candidates have three hours to finish their individual papers. Continue reading to learn more about the CSIR NET Examination Pattern, the number of questions in each part, the scoring system, and the syllabus for each of the five courses.

The exam will consist of 120 questions overall, each worth 200 points. The exam is further broken down into three sections: While Part B and C will feature questions relevant to their respective disciplines, Part A is common to every subject and will measure candidates’ general abilities. The number of questions in each part and the overall number of questions that candidates must attempt to vary by subject.

Earth Sciences

Candidates must respond to a maximum of questions 15, 35, and 25 of the 20, 50, & 80 questions in Parts-A, B, and C of the Earth Sciences exam, respectively.

Candidates must choose the best of the four options for each question as their response.

Each question in Parts A and B will be worth two points, with a 0.5-point deduction for an incorrect response.

Questions in Part C are worth 4 marks apiece, and you can lose 1.32 points for a wrong response

Life Sciences

Candidates are required to respond to any 15, 35, or 25 of the 20, 50, and 75 questions in Parts A, B, and C, respectively.

Each question will have four possible answers; applicants only have to select one as their selection.

There will be questions of 2, 2, and 4 marks in Parts A, B, and C, respectively.

All sections will receive a 25% negative marking.

Mathematical Sciences

The Mathematical Sciences includes four courses. All students are required to complete Unit 1; however, those with a background in mathematics may try additional questions from Units 2 and 3 while those with a background in statistics are required to complete Unit 4 tasks. The Mathematical Sciences course outline is listed below:

Unit 1 Analysis Linear Algebra, 

Unit 2 Complex Analysis, Algebra, and Topology 

Unit 3: Calculus of Variation, Linear Integral Equation, Numerical Analysis, (Ordinary differential equations), Partial Differential Differential Equations (PDEs), Classical Mechanics

Unit 4 Statistics, Exploratory Data Analysis,

Physical Sciences

Part-A, Part B, and Part C will each have 20, 25, and 30 questions, although only up to 15, 20, and 20 of those questions must be completed by the applicants.

Each question will have four possible answers, but there will only be one that is accurate.

A consistent 25% negative marking will be applied to all sections.