PGIMER ICMR JRF 2021 Entrance: Application deadline extended, Eligibility criteria, exam scheme modified, Details
New Delhi: Through a recent notice, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has informed about the extension to the last date for submission of the online application form for the ICMR JRF-2021 entrance exam.
In addition, the ICMR has also informed regarding the changes made in the information brochure for ICMR JRF 2021 exam with respect to eligibility criteria and scheme of exam.
The last date for submission of the online application form for the ICMR JRF-2021 entrance exam has been extended till 08.08.2021 (Sunday), the notice clearly stated.
The following amendments/changes may kindly be noted for points given below in the information brochure/prospectus for ICMR JRF-2021 exam:-
4.2 Educational qualification: (for OBC category)
- OBC candidates with minimum 50% marks in PG/Master degree are eligible to apply for ICMR-JRF 2021 (instead of 55% marks as notified earlier).
5.1 Scheme of Exam
- Qualifying marks for OBC candidates will be 50% marks instead of 55% marks in the entrance exam/Computer Based Exam.
To view the official notice click on the following link:
All the candidates interested in applying for ICMR-JRF 2021 entrance exam at PGIMER are requested to view all the details pertaining to the application process, eligibility, selection, instructions, fee and other relevant details mentioned below:
Application processing and examination fee
Fee for General/EWS/OBC : Rs. 1500/- +Transaction charges as applicable.
Fee for SC/ST : Rs. 1200/- +Transaction charges as applicable.
Fee for PwBD : Exempted from payment of fee
Date for filling of online application form : 01.07.2021
Last date for filling of online application : 31.07.2021 (Not to be extended in any case)
Date of Entrance Examination: 12.09.2021
Mode of Exam: COMPUTER BASED TEST (CBT)/ONLINE
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.
Mode of payment: THROUGH DEBIT/CREDIT CARD/NET BANKING (payment through UPI should be avoided)
All applicants are advised to read the information brochure and instructions carefully before starting online registration and ensure that no column is left blank. In the event of rejection of the application form, no correspondence/request for reconsideration will be entertained. Applicants are also advised to download and take a print of the Application form. They should retain a copy of Application form till the award of fellowship.
Please visit http//icmr.nic.in regularly for latest notification/ announcement as well as any Addendum/Corrigendum/Latest updates etc. regarding the Entrance Exam.
I. Requirement for ICMR JRF
1. Procedure for applying
Before filling online applications, candidates are advised to go through the guidelines given at website http//pgimer.edu.in or icmr.nic.in. Incomplete applications will not be considered and no correspondence will be entertained.
2. 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.
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.
• As prescribed by UGC.
• A sample question paper for ICMR JRF Examination is available on ICMR website
5.Reservations of Seats
A. Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) & Other Backward Classes (OBC)
(i) ICMR provides Reservation for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC) - Non Creamy Layer (NCL), wherever applicable and admissible as per instructions from Government of India.
(ii) All candidates, irrespective of category may be considered against General category vacancies, subject to fulfilment of parameters for General candidates. However, against the vacancies earmarked for specific categories (SC/ST/OBC), only candidates belonging to that community will be considered.
(iii) For availing reservation, SC/ST/OBC candidates should furnish Caste Certificate from competent authorities as per the format given at Annexure-II (for SC/ST candidates) and at Annexure-III (for OBC-NCL candidates) at the time of submission of documents. Further, in case of OBC candidates, the certificates should specifically indicate that they do not belong to the Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule of the Government of India, Department of Personnel and Training O.M.No.36012/22/93-Estt. (SCT) dated 08.09.93 & its subsequent revision through O.M.No.36033/3/2004-Estt. (Res) dated 09.03.2004, 27.05.2013, 13.09.2017 and further revision, if any, received till the closing date for ONLINE Registration of applications for entrance exam. The candidates should ensure that they belong to the OBC category while applying for the fellowships. Such candidates should produce a valid OBC certificate in the prescribed format during document verification. Further, in addition to the category certificate (OBC), a declaration in the prescribed format as per Annexure-IV has to be furnished by the candidates during document verification, that he/she does not belong to the creamy layer. The certificate produced shall not be older than one year at the time of document verification. In case of not complying with these stipulations, their claim for reserved status (OBC) will not be entertained.
B. Persons With Benchmark Disability (PwBD)
1. As per provisions (Chapter VI Clause 32) of the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Act. 2016 Five percent of seats shall be reserved for PwBD who are Indian Nationals. The reservation will be provided on horizontal basis, as per their rank in order of merit in Entrance Exam.
2. Criteria for PwBD: In accordance with the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, 5% seats of the sanctioned intake capacity shall be filled up by candidates with benchmark disabilities, based on the merit list of ICMR-JRF Entrance Exam. For this purpose, the Specified Disability contained in the Schedule to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 is annexed in ANNEXURE-V. The candidate must possess a valid certificate certifying his/her physical disability. The disability certificate should be certified by a duly constituted and authorized Medical Board of the State or Central Govt. Hospitals/Institutions.
3. Degree of Benchmark Disability for Reservation and Competent Authority for Issue of Disability Certificate: Only such persons would be eligible for relaxation in conditions/ reservation in posts who suffer from not less than 40 percent of relevant benchmark disability. Those PwBD who have availed the relaxation and/or reservation have to submit Certificate of Disability issued by the Competent Authority as per the form V, VI and VII of rule 18(1) under chapter 7 of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, 2017 dated 15.06.2017. Refer Annexure-VI (A), Annexure-VI(B) and Annexure- VI(C) for the revised formats.
4. Assistance of Scribe: Visually Impaired (VI) candidates/candidates whose writing speed is affected by Cerebral Palsy/muscular dystrophy/candidates with Locomotor disability (one arm)/Intellectual disability (Autism, specific learning disability and mental illness) can avail the assistance of scribe for writing answers on their behalf. For engaging the scribe, candidates will have to intimate through email id firstname.lastname@example.org at the time while filling ONLINE application form. Engagement of scribe will be subject to the following conditions:
i. Candidates will have to arrange own scribe.
ii. The qualification of the scribe should be one step below the qualification of the candidate taking entrance exam.
iii. The scribe so arranged should not himself/herself be the candidate for the ICMR-JRF entrance exam for which the candidate is appearing. Also same scribe should not be engaged for more than one candidate. The scribe and the candidate shall give a declaration to this effect. Any violation, if detected at any stage, will render both candidate and scribe disqualified.
iv. Candidates opting for scribe will have to provide additional details for scribes before closing date of submission of ONLINE application form as per Annexure- VII (A, B & C) so that ICMR/PGIMER can issue Call Letter for scribe and the same shall be signed by both candidate and scribe. Scribe should produce original and valid ID proof at the Examination Centre and bring passport size photograph.
v. Separate Call Letter will be issued to scribes accompanying the candidates.
vi. The candidate shall be responsible for any misconduct on the part of the scribe brought by him/her during the exam.
vii. Candidates availing the assistance of a scribe shall be eligible for compensatory time of not less than 20 minutes for every hour of entrance exam.
viii. Candidates who wish to avail services of scribe but are unable to furnish the details of scribe by the stipulated time, may avail the services of scribe by filling up necessary details in Format given at Annexure-VII (A, B & C) at the examination centre duly complying the conditions stipulated for scribe. The change of scribe may also be allowed in emergency duly recording reasons and filling the relevant details including pasting of photograph of the new scribe as per Annexure-VII (A, B & C).
5. All one eyed candidates and candidates whose visual degree of disability is less than 40% shall not be considered as Visually Impaired persons and the provision for engaging scribe shall not be applicable to them.
C. Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)
1. In reference to the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT), GoI, order no. 36039/1/2019- Estt (Res) dated 31.01.19, 10% reservation for EWS category will be given only to the General Category candidates.
2. The General category candidates desirous of availing EWS quota of l0% reservation will be required to attach the Income and Assets certificate (Annexure-VIII).
II. Method of Selection
Summary of ICMR-JRF entrance exam pattern
(Please see the text for details and explanations)
Mode of Examination
Computer Based Test (CBT)/Online
Duration of Examination
02 hours (two hours) i.e. 120 minutes
Date of Examination
Sunday, 12 th September, 2021
Number of Shifts
01 (One), Afternoon shift- 3 pm
Location of Examination Centres
Tentatively 21 cities in India
Language of Paper
Type of Examination
Number of Questions
Please see the concerned sections for details.
1. Scheme of exam
The Exam will consist of one paper of two hours duration. 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).
2. Result/ Answer Key:
The answer keys for the ICMR-JRF examination will be uploaded on ICMR New Delhi website after 3 days of the exam. The answer key will contain the right answers of the questions. The candidates can cross check their answers with the answer keys and calculate their probable score well before the declaration of the final result. If the candidate finds any discrepancies/doubts regarding the answers in the examination, then he/she can communicate the same to the Sr. Administrative Officer (Academic) through e-mail: email@example.com within 48 hours after uploading the answer keys. Fee of Rs. 500/- per question is payable, if the objection/doubt is found valid/justified then the fee (Rs.500/-per valid objection/question) will be refunded. If objection/doubt found invalid the fee will be forfeited. Revised key after considering the representation will be announced on the ICMR website in the due course of time. ICMR's decision on the representation/observation shall be final and the result will be declared on the basis of final answer keys.
III. Important instructions
1. Instructions for filling the online application form
a) Candidate should fill in the Online Application with utmost care and follow the instructions and help manual as given in the USER MANUAL of the Prospectus, step by step. Candidate should fill in the Online Application form correctly. Incorrect filled form may lead to rejection.
b) A candidate seeking admission to the Entrance Exam is required to submit his/her application in the prescribed format available online with the Prospectus on website http//icmr.nic.in
c) The cost of Application Form includes the fee for entrance exam which is non-refundable and no correspondence in this regard will be entertained. The candidate is required to go through the prospectus carefully and acquaint himself/herself with all requirements with regard to filling of the online application form.
d) Online Registration:
(i) After selecting the online registration, fill the mandatory details asked for and deposit the prescribed fee through debit/credit card/Net Banking (payment through UPI should be avoided). After submitting fees filled required information step by step. Follow the instructions carefully.
(ii) It will be the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that correct details are filled in the registration process. The Institute will not be responsible for any incorrect information/cancellation of candidature/loss or lack of communication etc. due to wrong filled online Application form.
(iii) No candidate should register more than one application.
(iv) All applicants are required to ensure that Photo/Signature is uploaded according to the instructions provided in the Prospectus. Failure to do so may result in rejection of applications.
(v) Duplicate applications from any applicant will result in cancellation of all such applications. No intimation regarding such summary rejections will be provided.
e) Status of online registration
i) Acknowledgement of successful Online registration will be forwarded to applicant's registered Email ID. The registration/application form will remain Under Review regarding uploaded images and eligibility support documents.
ii) Admit Card for accepted registration/application forms will only be uploaded on the website. If the status of registration/application form or admit card is not available on website, he/she should immediately write an email to the Registrar, PGIMER on Email: firstname.lastname@example.org along with full particulars of the Registration Form.
f) Documents to be attached with registration slip
The candidates must upload their scanned copies of certificates/documents in support of their educational qualifications, marks, date of birth, category etc. If a candidate fails to upload scanned copies of the requisite documents as above, his/her candidature will be cancelled and he/she will not be allowed to participate in subsequent stages of selection/admission process.
2. Other important instructions
a) Keep a few identical photographs in reserve for use at the time of Entrance Examination/Admission.
b) Any deviation or discrepancy between actual appearance at the time of examination and facial appearance in the photograph pasted on the application/admit card will make the candidate liable for rejection.
c) Please take TWO printouts of the Online Application Form by logging in with your login ID and password. Affix the same passport size photograph (which was uploaded with the online form) on it and keep it safe with you. The candidate should ensure to take print out of application form after completing all details. DO NOT SEND IT TO US. This application printout with photograph affixed on it will have to be submitted to ICMR, New Delhi after declaration of final result.
d) To download your Admit Card, you will visit PGIMER website: www.pgimer.edu.in or ICMR website: www.icmr.nic.in and click the same link 'ICMR-JRF Exam–2021' which will take you to the same portal where you had filled your online application form. Click on 'Login' button to login with your login ID and password. Click on 'PRINT ADMIT CARD' to download and print your Admit Card. (Please note that Admit Card(s) will NOT be sent by Post). Intimation about when to download the Admit Card will be sent to you on your registered mobile number/e.mail. Roll Numbers/Admit Cards for appearing in the entrance examination will available for download to eligible candidates approximately 15 days before the date of entrance exam.
e) No TA will be paid to the candidates by ICMR for attending the exam or joining their place of work.
f) Candidates should note that their candidature is provisional. No candidate will be admitted to the test unless he/she holds the admission certificate to the test. The mere fact that an Acknowledgment Card/Admission Certificate has been issued to a candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally accepted by the ICMR. Candidates may note that the verification of eligibility conditions of a candidate with reference to the documents as may be called for, will be taken up only after the candidate has qualified the exam.
g) A candidate is advised to fill up the Centre/Stream for examination properly. No change of Centre/Stream will be entertained.
h) In all matters such as the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the Test or his/her subsequent qualifying in the Test the decision of the ICMR shall be final.
i) A candidate found canvassing and/or guilty of indiscipline in the Examination Hall or of using unfair means of any nature or of noting Questions shall be liable to be disqualified from this exam and future exams.
j) The award of JRF by the ICMR after successfully passing the examination will be subject to verification of documents i.e. proof of age, and qualifying mark sheet/degree in M.Sc./M.A. (Final) or equivalent exam, with requisite percentage of marks and also SC/ST/OBC/PwBD/EWS certificates, if the candidate belongs to any of the these categories.
k) The exam will be conducted online mode i.e. Computer Based Test (CBT). Only visually handicapped candidates will be provided the help of a graduate level scribe in Science to Mark/Tick the answer for them. They will also be given 40 minutes extra (20 minutes per hour).
l) All disputes pertaining to the conduct of the Examination shall fall within the jurisdiction of National Capital Territory of Delhi only.
NB: The candidates must see the Admit Card/Roll No. for detailed instructions to be followed during entrance examination.
Disclaimer:- PGIMER, Chandigarh/ICMR, New Delhi will not take any responsibility for any wrong/incorrect information filled in all the required fields in the application form, which may lead to disqualification of application.
IV. Candidates seeking fee concession
(a) A SC/ST candidate should submit a copy of the caste certificate about being SC/ST issued by the prescribed authority of Govt. of India (GoI), in English or Hindi. In case the caste/category certificate is in regional language the candidate should enclose an English/Hindi translation of the same duly notarised by a notary with the request for application form. For allowing concessions in this regard, ICMR follows only Central Govt. list and not State Govt. list. The SC/ST candidates should ensure from the Competent Authority issuing the caste certificate that their communities are enlisted in the common list of the Govt of India.
(b) A PwBD candidate should submit along with his/her application a copy of certificate about being handicapped obtained from a Government Hospital/Medical Board with the application form.
(c) An applicant claiming fee concession (and received by the ICMR within the closing date) but without an attested copy of a valid SC/ST/PH/VH certificate, will be summarily rejected.
Application fee paid for a particular examination will neither be adjusted for any subsequent examination nor refundable under any circumstances.
V. Duration and emoluments of ICMR JRF
Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF will receive fellowship from ICMR.
(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 3 rd 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.
(iii) For further information, please see ICMR-JRF FAQs on ICMR website or contact the Division of HRD, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, Post Box 4911, New Delhi-110029.
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How to fill the application form
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