ICMR 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 seven centres viz. Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Mumbai once a year.
Admission notice : Notification comes in March/April & entrance examination is usually held in the first/second week of July
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 Economics
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.
Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF will receive fellowship from ICMR
Duration and Emoluments:
The existing value of the fellowship is at present Rs. 16000/- (Rupees Sixteen thousand only) Per month. It will be revised from time to time as decided by the ICMR. The duration of fellowship will initially be limited till three years carrying a monthly stipend of Rs. 16000/- and an annual contingency grant up to Rs. 20,000/- per annum. The progress of research work would be evaluated annually through annual progress reports. On completion of two years as JRF the stipend of a fellow may be increased to Rs. 18,000/- p.m. for 3rd year on the basis of assessment of candidate’s research progress / achievements. Upon such a recommendation, the fellow will be called SRF. In the event of the Committee not recommending upgradation, the fellow will continue as JRF with a stipend of Rs. 16,000/- per month for the 3rd year or his/her fellowship may be terminated depending on the decision of the Committee. The duration as SRF may be for a maximum duration of 3 years. Thus, the total tenure as JRF plus SRF shall not exceed 5 (five) years.
M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent degree with minimum 55% marks for General/OBC Candidates and 50% for the SC/ST & physically handicapped candidates in the subjects mentioned under the head method of selection.
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.
Scheme of Test
The 2 hr duration paper paper will consist of 2 Sections-
(A) Aptitude Section-50 questions
- 1. Scientific phenomenon in everyday life;
- 2. General knowledge in sciences
- 3. Common statistics.
All these questions would be compulsory with each question carrying 1 mark.
Subject Specific Section
- Life Sciences
- 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.
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: 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.
- 3. Social Sciences: Subjects covered under Social Sciences include psychology, sociology, home sciences, statistics, anthropology, social work and health economics
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