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 seven centres viz.
Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Mumbai 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
ICMR 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.
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, bioinformatics, biotechnology, biochemistry, biophysics,
immunology, Pharmacology, zoology, Environment Science, botany, veterinary sciences, bio-informatics
etc.). Thirty Fellowships would be awarded for work with
emphasis on Social sciences like psychology, sociology,
home science, statistics, anthropology, social work and Health
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 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.
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.
- SC/ST/OBC/Physically Handicapped (PH) applicants will be
given such special consideration as per policy guidelines.
qualifying for the award of JRF will receive fellowship from ICMR.
Duration and Emoluments:
existing value of the fellowship is at
present Rs. 25000/- (Rupees Twenty Five thousand 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 constiuted by the Head of the institution. The fellow may
be awarded SRF after successful assessment by the Review Committee.
The successful candidates would be notified by post and notice
published in Employment
Newspaper. The list also would be available on the ICMR website.
Joining time: 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 entertained.
Degree in Basic Science with NET qualification or Graduate Degree in
Professional Course with NET qualification or Post Graduate Degree
in Professional Course
The 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.
As prescribed by
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.
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 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
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