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ICMR JRF Recruitment 2021: 150 Junior Research Fellow Vacancy

ICMR JRF Recruitment 2021 Notification:

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has released a job advertisement for the recruitment of 150 Junior Research Fellow vacancy. Eligible Indian Nationals may apply online.

Recruitment Authority Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Mode of Apply Online
Last Date 31 Jul 2021

ICMR JRF Recruitment 2021 Details:

Name of Post: Junior Research Fellow
No. of Posts: 150

Discipline-wise vacancy:

• Life Sciences: 120 (e.g., microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, immunology, pharmacology, nursing, zoology, botany, environmental sciences and veterinary medicine)

• Social Sciences: 30 (e.g., psychology, sociology, home sciences, statistics, anthropology, social work and public health/health economics)

Eligibility for ICMR JRF Recruitment:

Age Limit: The age limit for admission to the eligibility test is 28 years as on 30-09-2021 (upper age limit relaxable up to five years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, PwBD and female candidates, three years in the case of OBC category.

Educational Qualification: M.Sc. /M.A. or equivalent degree (subject areas mentioned in Section 5, pg. no. 7) with minimum 55% marks for General/EWS/OBC candidates and 50% for the SC/ST and PwBD candidates.

A candidate who is appearing/has appeared in the final year (IV/VI Semester whichever is applicable, and final year where Semester system is not there) of M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent examination during the session (2020–2021) can also apply for the exam as RA (Result Awaited). Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format (given in annexure–I duly certified by the Head of the Department/Institute over his/her signature and rubber stamp(with address and name) where he/she is appearing in the final year examination.However, such candidates shall be admitted to the Exam provisionally and shall be considered eligible for JRF only after they submit the proof of having passed the Master’s Degree examination with requisite percentage. The M.Sc. /M.A. or equivalent degree mark sheet must be submitted to ICMR, latest by 31st December, 2021 otherwise candidature will automatically be forfeited.


(i) The value of the fellowship is Rs. 31,000/- (Rupees Thirty One thousand only) per month.
(ii) The duration of fellowship will initially be limited until two years carrying a monthly stipend of Rs. 31,000/- and an annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/- per annum.

The progress of research work would be evaluated annually through annual progress reports (APR). On completion of two years as a JRF, the stipend of a fellow may be increased to Rs. 35,000/- p.m. from 3rd year onwards on the basis of assessment of candidate's research progress/achievements and upgradation report recommendation as submitted by the Institute’s Assessment Committee. Upon such a recommendation, the fellow will be called as a senior research fellow (SRF). In the event of the Committee not recommending upgradation, the fellow will continue as JRF with a stipend of Rs. 31,000/- 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 03 years or until submission of Ph.D. thesis (whichever is earlier). Thus, the total tenure as JRF plus SRF shall not exceed 5 (five) years.

Selection Process/ Syllabus of ICMR JRF Vacancy 2021:

ICMR will hold a National level examination on Sunday, September 12, 2021 for determining the eligibility of Indian National candidates for the award of JRF through ICMR. The ICMR JRF Entrance Examination 2021 will be an online test of two hours duration.

Summary of  ICMR JRF Entrance Exam:

• Mode of Examination: Computer Based Test (CBT)/Online
• Duration of Examination: 02 hours (two hours) i.e. 120 minutes
• Date of Examination: Sunday, 12th September, 2021
• Number of Shifts: 01 (One), Afternoon shift- 3 pm
• Location of Examination Centres: Tentatively 21 cities in India
• Language of Paper: English
• Type of Examination: Objective Type

The paper will consist of two 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 Sciences. Each area of section B & C would have 100 questions and the candidate will attempt any 75 questions in the predesigned area of Section B or C. In the online Computer-based exam, the system will not allow the candidate to attempt more than 75 questions. Candidates are required to indicate the option for Section B or C in the application form too.

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 qualifying marks will be 55% obtained in both the Sections (A+B or C) for General Category, EWS & OBC and 50% for SC/ST and PwBD. The exam 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 biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, immunology, pharmacology, nursing, zoology, botany, environmental Sciences and veterinary Sciences (excluding Agriculture extension/ Soil Sciences etc.)

Subjects covered under Social Sciences include psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, home Sciences,  statistics and Public health/Health economics (excluding others).

Exam Centres (Tentative):

Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
Chandigarh (Tricity)
Rajkot (Gujarat)
Srinagar (J&K) 

Application Fee:

• General/EWS/OBC: Rs. 1500/– +Transaction charges as applicable.
• SC/ST: Rs. 1200/– +Transaction charges as applicable.
• PwBD: Exempted from payment of fee

Payment Mode: All candidates are directed to deposit the above fee through online payment gateway available at ICMR–JRF 2021 application portal w.e.f. 01.07.2021 to 31.07.2021. Payment through UPI may be avoided.

How to Apply for ICMR JRF Recruitment:

Interested and eligible candidates can apply online for the ICMR JRF vacancy through the website https://main.icmr.nic.in.

Important Dates of ICMR JRF Recruitment:

• Starting date for online application: 1st July 2021 at 09:00 AM
• Last date for online submission: 31st July 2021 at 11:55 PM

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