Why Take CSIR NET - Complete Detail on Lectureship and Pay band

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CSIR NET (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Eligibility Test) is conducted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi.

So, what is the first thought that comes to your mind when you think of career options after CSIR NET? Probably a Junior Research Fellowship, maybe a job as an Assistant Professor or Lectureship. Interestingly, you might miss out on many opportunities if you are thinking that CSIR NET offers limited career prospects.

Through this article, we will provide you with the most extensive information of the several opportunities that you can avail after qualifying the CSIR NET.

But before that many of you might be wondering what CSIR NET exactly is? To find the answer to your question, let’s read on.


The purpose of conducting the CSIR NET is to select aspirants for Junior Research Fellowship or Assistant Lectureship in various colleges and universities.

The test is conducted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research on the behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC), so it is often called CSIR UGC NET.

 The exam comprises of a single paper having objective questions. It is held 2 times a year- December and June. The test is conducted for 5 subjects- Physical Science, Earth Science, Mathematical Science, Chemical Science, and Life Science subjects.

(50% for SC, ST and PwD category) to fulfill the minimum eligibility criterion.

Why apply for CSIR NET?

Clearing CSIR NET is unlike any other national exam. It is the key to many job opportunities. For all of you who have a passion for science, this exam will quench your thirst. It is the safest bet for individuals who want to pursue a career in science.

Individuals who appear for CSIR NET and wish to obtain a job as a lecturer have an edge over their competitors. They are preferred by a majority of the government as well as private universities and colleges. The qualified candidates are exempted from any written exam and are able to directly appear for interviews. The same is applicable for Ph.D. candidates too.

Benefits of qualifying CSIR NET

The best feature of doing well in the exam is that, the top rankers (top 15%) are awarded a JRF by which they are entitled for a stipend of INR 25,000 month. The stipend increases as you move further in your program.

Through this exam, you can also ease your way into overseas jobs that require a Ph.D. A fairly good score in CSIR NET will also add more weightage to your resume and make it stand out.

Clearing the exam also entails you to promotion in    your existing job. The ample knowledge and experience you will gain will pave the way for a better chance at promotions in your current job. It can also help you if you have undertaken a research project.

Flourishing Career after qualifying CSIR NET

Candidates who qualify CSIR NET are categorized into 2- JRF and Lecturer.  The top rankers are given the JRF. Many of these meritorious students go for a Ph.D. program after the exam. There are several others who want to work in CSIR laboratories.

Once you qualify the exam you might get recruited for the research fellow positions in any of the reputed CSIR research labs. DRDO also selects candidates for the posts of scientists and research trainers based on their performance in this exam. You can also apply for the posts of Junior Scientist.

What about government sector jobs?
For those of you who have a desire to work for the government sector, the exam offers you a chance at a decent job in Public Sector Units (PSUs) as well. You can also be recruited by companies such as BARC, IGCAR and renowned organizations like ISRO.

Which is the most preferred career path?

The most preferred career choice of qualified candidates is Assistant Professorship. Being a Lecturer in government universities is considered one of the most prestigious jobs in today’s world.

CSIR NET qualifiers always occupy the highest number of seats as Government Lecturers
among thousands of applicants. You can apply for various posts of lectureship offered by different universities across the country.

If you qualify the exam you will land on the priority list of private institutes too. First, you will be posted as a Reader or an Assistant Professor. Then you will have to work your way up so as to get promoted. For this, you must prove to be indispensable for these universities.

Apart from above-mentioned mainstream career options, there are several other fields you can explore. You can work as a Lab Trainer, Consultant or Guest Faculty as well as a Coaching Tutor. You may also assist research analysts by working under them and conduct laboratory-based investigations.

Benefits of Lectureship as a Career Choice

Why Lectureship? Why Not! The lectureship is a highly sought-after profession these days. It is a noble and respected profession as it builds the nation. It is a challenging job but has several perks, offers a good salary and provides stability.

It enables you to work with the future generation of our country. It is an outlet for your passion for teaching and sharing your knowledge. Lectureship jobs are well salaried and are also secure. You will have comfortable working hours and will also enjoy flexible leave policies.

Growth opportunities after CSIR NET

 CSIR NET offers incredible growth opportunities. Those of you who have chosen to become a Research fellow has a lot of scope in future. You can also choose your career a group leader which involves managing the entire research team and presenting the work of the lab.

Another promising career choice is to become a lecturer. A job as a lecturer will enable you to supervise and teach research students as also review grants and papers. You must work your way up from Assistant Professor to Professor and then HOD.

After gaining at least 10 years of experience as a lecturer, you will then be offered high position jobs. You can be promoted to better positions like- Principal, Vice Chancellor or Director of the University.

You will also have equal opportunities for growth in PSUs and DRDO. You can lead a project as a Project Head or become a distinguished scientist. You can also establish your own research lab and publish your own research papers and books.

What about Pay band?

CSIR NET qualified candidates secure a well-paid job. They also get various allowances. The salary usually depends on the institute they are employed in and their position.

For ex: Aspirants employed in PSUs are offered a decent salary from a minimum of INR 6 Lakhs p.a. that goes up to INR 12 Lakhs.

Many students take up lectureship in private and government universities.

The salary of both sectors is at par with each other. The pay offered to Lecturers is based on their posts (up to Professor stage) in government universities as given below:

Minimum CTC offered per year
Asst. Professor (Junior)
4.92 Lakhs
Asst. Professor
5.75 Lakhs
Asst. Professor (Senior)
6.80 Lakhs
Asst. Professor (Selection Grade)/ Associate Professor
9.33 Lakhs
11.88 Lakhs

Aspirants who work in DRDOs will have packages as per the pay scale of the respective institutes.

In addition to this they receive house rent, travel, leave, medical and conveyance allowances. Scientists at DRDOs receive salary as per the table below:

Post Name
Pay Scale
Scientist B/ C/ D
INR 15,600- 39,100
Scientist E/ F/ G
INR 37,400- 67,000
Scientist H
INR 67,000- 79,000
Distinguished Scientist
INR 75,500- 80,000

Hope we have succeeded in our endeavor of providing you with comprehensive knowledge on CSIR NET
. Also, might have motivated you enough to apply for this exam.

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