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ICMR-JRF LifeScience Entrance Examination

Indian Council of Medical Research (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. The award of JRF is made on merit basis by holding an entrance examination after issuing a countrywide admission notice. The admission notice is published in leading English Newspapers of India usually during March/April and also on the website. The 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 120 out of 150 fellowships are awarded every year in the field of Life Sciences
Another 100 candidates would be selected for consideration for positions of JRF under various research schemes of ICMR (subject to fulfilling the conditions for appointment under the schemes) for the duration of that scheme. These JRFs would also be permitted to complete Ph.D. while working in the scheme, if enrolled. The validity of result will be two years for placement in ICMR funded projects.


  •  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.
  • Age Limit: 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.

 Important Dates (Tentative) 

  • April 2018: Date of official notification
  • May 2018:Last date of submission of application form
  • May 2018: Last date for receipt of application
  • June 2018: Date for release of admit card
  • July, 2018: Date of entrance examination
  • August 2018: Date of declaration of result

Examination Scheme

Examination Scheme

  • Total Subjects in which examination is conducted: 2
  • Subject options to choose from for biotechnology/ life sciences students: 1 (Life Sciences)
  • Examination duration: 2 Hours
  • Total questions: 150 ( 50 questions from GA & 100 questions from subject chosen)
  • Total Marks: 150 ( 50 marks from GA questions & 100 marks from subject chosen questions)
  • Type of questions: Multiple Choice Questions
  • Marking Scheme:  For 1 mark multiple choice questions, 1/4 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.



Aptitude Test

  • Scientific phenomenon in everyday life
  • General knowledge in sciences
  • Common statistics.
Life Sciences

  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • Human nutrition
  • Human biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Zoology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Botany
  • Veterinary science
  • Bio-informatics.

Syllabus: As prescribed by UGC.

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