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. ICMR conducts a national level examination once in a year for the award of JRF fellowships in the month of July for admission to various Ph.D. and Research programs.
Total number of Seats: Every year ICMR awards about 120 fellowships in the field of Life Sciences.
1). An aspiring candidate should have a M.Sc. or equivalent degree with minimum 55% marks for General/OBC candidates and 50% for the SC/ST & physically handicapped candidates in any of the following subjects:
Microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human nutrition, human biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biophysics, immunology, pharmacology, zoology, environmental sciences, botany, veterinary science and bio-informatics.
2). A candidate who is appearing for the final year exam (IV/VI, whichever is applicable and final year where semester system is not there) of M.Sc. can also apply for the test as result awaited category. However, Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format (given in the end of application) duly Certified by the Head of the Department/ Institute.
3). 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.
Pattern of exam:
The test will consist of one paper of 2 hours duration. The paper will consist of 2 Sections.
1).The Aptitude Section (Section A) will have 50 questions pertaining to:
(i) scientific phenomenon in everyday life
(ii) general knowledge in sciences
(iii) common statistics.
All these questions would be compulsory with each question carrying 1 mark.
2). The subject Specific Section B would pertain to Life Sciences:
Life Science section would have 100 questions and the candidate may attempt any 75 questions in the predesigned area of interest. Each 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. 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.
Benefits of Qualifying ICMR JRF exam:
The candidates who qualify the ICMR JRF exam will be entitled to a monthly fellowship.
The 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 constituted by the Head of the institution
Exam Notification: March each year
Last date of application: Tentatively last week of April
Exam date: July every year
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