JRF Examination is the first step in the process of admission to the Ph.D/ Research
Programme through council's support. Test for ICMR JRF fellowship are
conducted at the 12 centres viz. Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh,
Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Srinagar and Varanasi
once a 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 and also on the website. The entrance examination is
usually held in the first/second week of July.
holds a national level examination for determining the eligibility of Indian
National candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) through
Indian Council of Medical Research. The award of Junior Research Fellowship 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.
total of 150
be awarded. 120
be awarded for work in the field of biomedical
emphasis on Life
microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human
biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, biochemistry,
biophysics, immunology, Pharmacology, zoology, Environment
Science, botany, veterinary sciences, bio-informatics etc.). Thirty
be awarded for work with emphasis on Social
psychology, sociology, home science, statistics, anthropology,
social work and Health Economics.
(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
(I-ii) The candidates selected for the
JRF programme of ICMR would be permitted to enroll themselves
for the Ph.D. programme of any University recognised
by the UGC/MCI. However, the JRF programme would not
have any connection with the Ph.D. programme.
The validity of fellowship awarded to a candidate
will be six months.
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
handicapped (PH) applicants will be given such special
consideration as per policy guidelines.
Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF will receive
fellowship from ICMR.
The existing value of the
fellowship is at present Rs. 25000/- (Rupees twenty five thousands
only) per month and an annual contingency grant up
to Rs. 20,000/- per annum. The local institution shall review
the performance of JRF after two years through an appropriate
Review Committee constituted by the Head of the institution.
The fellow may be awarded SRF after successful assessment by
the Review Committee.
successful candidates would be notified by post. The list also would
be available on the ICMR website.
Selected candidates must join their respective course on the
prescribed date as indicated in their admission letter.
The selection of those who fail to join by the specified date
shall automatically stand cancelled.
Before applying, candidates are advised to go through the
admission notice published in the advertisement in various
Newspapers and the instructions given therein carefully.
Fill in the application form according to the instructions given
in this prospectus and the admission notice. Incomplete
applications will not be considered and no correspondence will be
Graduate Degree in Basic Science or Post Graduate Degree in
age limit for admission to the eligibility test is 28 years
(upper age limit relaxable upto 5 years in case of candidates
belonging to SC/ST, physically handicapped (PH) and female
candidates, 3 years in the case of OBC category.
prescribed by UGC.
Scheme of Test
The test will consist of one paper of 2 hours duration. The paper
will consist of 2 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 Science. 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. Candidates are required to indicate the option for
Section B or C in the application form too.
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.
final result will be based on aggregate of 55 % marks obtained in
both the sections for General category and 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 nutrition, human
biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biophysics, immunology,
pharmacology, zoology, environmental sciences, botany,
veterinary science and bio-informatics. Subjects covered under Social
Sciences include psychology,
sociology, home sciences, statistics, anthropology, social work
and health economics..
The fellow shall submit annual reports for 1st year
and annual report thereafter as per the prescribed standard
proforma. The first annual report should be submitted after 10
months from the date of commencement of the fellowship (through
the Guide along with his appraisal) giving complete factual
details of the research work done. Subsequent annual reports as
per the standard proforma should be submitted through the Guide
two months before completion of the fellowship year