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Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge with others? Then you can be a good professor. For this, one needs to clear CSIR NET, conducted biannually across India to determine eligibility of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and appointment of Lecturers (NET) in the subject areas falling under the Faculty of Science. CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) conducts the Joint CSIR UGC NET. The exam is conducted in the field of Science including Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean and Planetary Sciences.

CSIR NET differs from UGC NET for UGC NET is conducted for the post of Lecturer and for providing the JRF for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and in research.The exam is conducted in streams such as Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce, etc.

While CSIR NET is conducted for 5 subjects but UGC CBSE NET is divided in three sections. CBSE UGC NET is for 1 hour with section 1 and section 2 of 15 minutes and section 3 of 30 minutes. CSIR NET is scheduled for 3 hours. Both these tests are held two times a year, mostly in June and December. But there are many candidates who are confused between UGC-CBSE NET and CSIR-UGC NET. Although the purpose of conducting both these exams is the same, there is a difference in the subjects involved.

Why should one become a professor after CSIR NET?

One can be an Assistant Professor after CSIR NET or a lecturer in Government Universities. It is considered to be a prestigious job these days. The number of applications received reach to thousands to get recruited as a government lecturer. Vacancies of such lecturers are filled mostly by the NET qualifiers. Not just limited to govt jobs, one can seek admission in private sector too. This is possible only if you have qualified CSIR NET and have an experience of at least 10 years in Professorship.

Everyone remembers a great teacher – perhaps one that inspired them to make efforts to achieve the success and showed them the right path to do so. Teachers/ Lecturers are great influencers who educate our country people and make them more skilled.

Teachers and Lecturers lay the great foundation of a developed country. They are the priests preaching in the modern temples of education, generating curiosity in young minds to explore, learn, and contribute towards the overall development of the country. One of the most regarded profession, a lecturer is the one who add wings to the future scholars, researchers, architects, mathematicians and in fact future teachers too to advance towards their career goals.

The benefits of being a lecturer or Assistant Professor:

·         Learning new things from the younger generations and people from different perspectives.
·         Less working hours and wonderful leave policies
·         Earn well and save a lot of money
·         Creativity in expressing yourself
·         Inspire the students and help them get an amazing career
·         Share your passion through teaching and knowledge sharing abilities
·         Be unique in your teaching style and make changes in the Education system which can be positive.

What are the other opportunities after CSIR NET?

CSIR NET opens many other opportunities apart from lectureship or professors. Here are few other career options after the exam:

·         You can choose to go for PhD from any of the prestigious Indian Scientific Research Institutions. You can also utilize 3 years of your Ph.D. in polishing up your skills. Also, don’t forget to prepare an excellent thesis based on your findings and research works.

·         Apart from the CSIR Research Laboratories, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) offers wonderful job opportunities to CSIR NET Rankers.DRDO offers amazing salary packages to the candidates who are employed as Scientists.DRDO not only offers employment but also lays emphasis on Human Resource Development. DRDO trains its personnel at its own training institutions in Pune and Musoorie. It offers amazing and convincing salaries and other allowances which attracts most applications to it.

·         Technical or support staff is yet another opportunity after the exam for the students with a science background and the desire to support analysis, investigation, research and development. As a Scientific Laboratory Technician, you’ll be involved in a variety of laboratory-based investigations within biological, chemical, physical and life science areas. You may carry out sampling, testing, measuring, recording and analysing of results as part of a scientific team. As a scientific laboratory Support Staff, you’ll assist the Research Analysts and guide them to work properly. While working as a Support Executive in the Research laboratory, your tasks will be to carry out work that assists in the advancement and development of modern science and technology.

·         Jobs in Public Sector Organizations are highly popular amongst the young candidates! These units offer the wide range of benefits and wonderful salary packages to the talented people. Many Public-Sector Undertakings have started taking interests in the recruitment of CSIR NET qualified candidates. While at the time of selection for the scientists of research analysts, they consider CSIR Scorecards at priority and hire them based on their abilities. Various PSUs that offer jobs through CSIR NET are:

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR)
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC)
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)
Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI)
Centre for Studies in Social Sciences


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