Official website is http://www.csirhrdg.res.in/

past year papers with key at http://www.csirhrdg.res.in/AnswerKeys.html

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Cutoff marks of previous years: June2015 , Dec2015, June2016

Pattern of Paper:

Section 1: Aptitude. Total 20Q. Answer maximum 15Q. 2 for correct. -0.5 for incorrect.

Section 2: Total 40Q. Answer maximum 25. 3 for correct. -0.75 for incorrect.

Section 3: Total 60Q. Answer maximum 20. 4.75 for correct. No negative marking.

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Total 200 marks. Cutoff stands near to 55% for JRF and 50% for NET every year. Means one need to score at least 110/200 for JRF and 100/200 for NET.

See the unit wise weightage of marks in above pic. Notice that in Section C, you have to answer maximum 20 question and unit-1 of C itself contain 18 questions. Though C section has no negative marking, you need good concept of the subject, since C section is multiple select type.

My goal for Dec-2016 was

and I am getting

It is very very important to make a strategy for this exam.

If you are saying that you are gonna answer 17 answers correct in section B then from which unit of section B you gonna try this 17 question.?? We need to write 25 questions in B but you should not try 25 questions and you should try only around 17 questions in those units you feel confident and after answering this 17 questions in a prefixed interval of time, you should move to section C. Here also you do not need to try all 20 questions out off 60 questions but try around 14 questions only out off 60Q. Distribute time section wise. Keep your eyes on watch.

Books to follow: Below list mentions two books for each subject. If you are not worried about marks in Exams and just doing math for fun then I suggest 2nd book. If you also want marks then after reading theory and doing exercises of 2nd book, go to the 1st book and do exercises after each chapter. (You can also completely ignore 2nd book. )

Linear algebra:

- Linear algebra done right by axler
- Linear Algebra by Hoffman and Kunze

Abstract Algebra :

- Algebra by Michael Artin
- Algebra by Serge Lang (If you are reading abstract algebra first time then I will suggest Undergraduate algebra by serge lang)

Real analysis: Principals of mathematical analysis by Walter Rudin

Complex analysis :

- Foundations of Complex Analysis by Ponnusamy
- Complex analysis by Walter Rudin ( You should read this book after reading Principals of mathematical analysis by Walter Rudin )

Topology :

- Topology by munkers
- General topology by John Kelly

Do at least 50 percent exercise with your self and rest remember the results.

Good Luck friends. Feel free to ask in the comment section.

Also visit below link where you will find some important links

Your analysis really helped me in my preparation. Thank you.

You are most welcome.:-)

Hey ravi, this year’s JRF cutoff has hiked quite unexpectedly- 59.50%. I got just 58.75%. What a miss! This was my 5 th attempt. So unlucky! Any hints for cracking next time?

Hi which book did u follow for csir net exam? Did you follow any of those arihant publications for mathematical sciences

Don’t use those arihant or other publication books which are specifically designed for net jrf.

They contains lot of errors. Answers are wrong.

Make concepts good. For that there is only one way. Follow standard books. Solve problems of those books.

I followed

Hoffman for linear. U can use seldom axler

Serge lang for abstract

Rudin for real

Ravi sir!! As you mentioned that one can apply for integrated Ms-Phd at IIT Madras through CSIR even in september. Will IIT Madras give admission in month of September or I have to wait till next year for that. And can I apply at other IITs like Kanpur or Bombay or IISc as well through CSIR JRF held in June? Sir, I also want to know which institutes in India are best to do Phd in pure Mathematics? Are IITs best or institutes like TIFR, HRI, CMI, ISI are much better in research oriented programme in mathematics.

Not MS-PhD but PhD.

you can apply any time for IIT Madras. Admission will be given twice in a year. July and January.

Most IITs conduct admission for PhD twice a year.

Best inst. are IMSc, CMI, TIFRs, ISI, HRI

IISERs

IITs,

Local universities

Hello sir myself Ashutosh and plz tell me that is any need of coaching from coaching institute for csir net plz suggest me

Depends person to person.

If your basics are good and if you can do self study and can solve most exercises with your self then no need of coaching.

Hey Ravi, Hi again.I just checked my answers through answer key and it seems m not gonna pass this time also. I tried really hard but don’t know whats missing.

Hi Ravi,

Thank you for sharing your preparation strategy. I have few questions to ask you about CSIR JRF and GATE.

1. Which is given more priority during shortlisting of candidates for PhD GATE or JRF? Or they are just eligibility for taking admission in PhD and it is purely based on written test and interview?

2. Does the percentage of MSc and the University I have done it from matters?

3. My semester end exams are going to end during mid december and dec-2017 is on 17 Dec. How should I pre-prepare for it ?

I know it is difficult to crack JRF in few months so should I switch my preparation for GATE.

4. If I clear JRF June 2018 then how can I apply for PhD?

5. If I am not able to clear JRF or GATE, and I have to take a drop year will that be a disadvantage for me later on ?

1. For All IITs they are just eligibility. If you qualify both CSIR-JRF and GATE and while filling application for PhD admission if put both marks and if you get admission after written test/interview then they will most probably consider you under GATE. Reason is that those academic people know that 50% people face difficulty to get CSIR certificate(Because of name,DOB mismatch).

2. If you have done BSc/MSc from CMI,TIFR etc then questions in interview will be of that level. If you are from average university then questions will be some basic level. Most of the time they ask medium level questions from exercise section of standard books.

3. I cant advice you on this question.

4. Application portal for PhD admission opens twice in a year in most institutes.

5. Many ( I will say 40%) have six months, 1 year drop after MSc who are doing PhD in IITs

Thank you for taking the time to share all of that great information with me. Your advice have been extremely helpful.

Hi Mr.Ravi,

I need one help. PLZ mention the edition too.

Linear algebra:

Linear algebra done right by axler

Linear Algebra by Hoffman and Kunze

Abstract Algebra :

Algebra by Michael Artin

Algebra by Serge Lang (If you are reading abstract algebra then I will suggest Under graduate algebra by serge lang)

Real analysis : Principals of mathematical analysis by Walter rudin

Complex analysis :

Foundations of Complex Analysis by Ponnusamy

Complex analysis by Walter Rudin ( You should read this book after reading Principals of mathematical analysis by Walter rudin )

Topology :

Topology by munkers

General topology by John Kelly

Use the latest addition.

Hi, Mr.Ravi,

PLZ give preparation strategy for PART-A . if possible.

Solve part-A of previous year papers of NET and GATE.

If one can apply after bsc hons maths net qualified candidate for PhD anywhere

Check on the website of TIFR, CMI, ISI, IMSc.

Thank you so much.

Hey Ravi, thanks for sharing so much information..could you please help me out like how can I study as there are no good coachings nearby me. I have done M.Sc in Statistics and my age is 28. So, Can I still hope to sit in CSIR NET from statistics and what units should I go for better results and preparation..

I have no idea about statistics. I am sure u can seat in CSIR-NET exam. But once visit CSIR-Brochure and confirm it. Go through previous year papers and whatever topics you feel comfortable, according to that make some strategy.

i have done biomedical engineering like u. so i jus have knowledge of btech maths and 12 th std maths whch i am teaching currently. .. can u please advice me on the books(for starters) that i should buy to clear csir net math exam.. plz help.. thnx

Hii ravi i have only 59% in M.Sc mthematics.will i eligible for csir net .will i become a good lecturer .pls guide me .

% does matter if u enjoy math and enjoy to spread it and then u will be a great lecturer…

Hello , Any idea of cut off of CSIR mathematics December 2017 paper for LS ?? Iam pursuing MSc.and this time iam getting 97.5 marks .plz tell .. This time in section A i only get 4 marks , how to increase maks in this section without giving too much time as time is a constraint for me .And also give me some tips on applied mathematics where to study this topic in a less time as i can.t afford coaching and my university syllabus is very poor .

I cant tell about cutoff. For Section-A which is aptitude, solve previous years paper of NET and GATE. I cant advise on applied math b’coz I also never studied those things seriously.

I’m a B.Tech IT Student and want to do PhD in Mathematics It is Possible? Please suggest me what is right way and procedure.

Read good books and keep looking at previous years question papers…

Info on books u will get here

https://ravihir.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/how-to-get-admission-in-best-institurtes-in-india-for-master-degree-in-mathematics/

hai ravi where should i download the previous year question paper

will u suggest a website for question paper

is there any genuine online coaching class csir net exam

Go for respective websites…

For example, for gate papers, go to gate website