In India, monumental changes have occurred in the life science sector over the past two decades, promoting scientific growth and research. Numerous steps have been taken to expand research institutes, and laboratories, to arrange funding and recruitment processes for doctoral, post-doctoral, and lectureship posts. Recruiting candidates for the post of JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) by various organizations also aims at enabling the progression of the life science sector.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is one of the biggest and oldest medical research organizations in the world especially focusing on the coordination and promotion of biomedical research. It conducts ICMR- JRF exams to award junior research fellowship to young scientists. Aspirants who get through this exam can apply for admissions in the area of biomedical research at biomedical research institutes, medical colleges, and other Universities. The exams are held in 12 centers around the country once every year in the month of July.


  • 150 fellowships will be provided totally out of which 120 fellowships are given for work in the field of biomedical research with life sciences as priority ( like biotechnology, biochemistry, Pharmacology, zoology, botany, veterinary sciences, microbiology, physiology, human biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, genetics,  Environment Science, etc.)  and 30 fellowships are given with social sciences as priority ( statistics, psychology, home science, social work, anthropology, and Health Economics)
  • On the basis of performance, two separate merit lists are generated, one for the students qualifying for life sciences and the other for students qualifying for social sciences.
  • The candidates awarded with JRF will be permitted to enrol for the PhD program of any University recognized by the UGC/MCI but the JRF program will not be connected with the PhD program. The validity of fellowship awarded will is six months.
  • The value of fellowship is Rs. 25,000/- per month with an annual contingency grant up of Rs. 20,000/- per annum
  • After reviewing two years of performance as a JRF, one will be promoted as an SRF (Senior Research Fellowship).

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION: Post Graduate Degree in Professional Course or Post Graduate degree in Basic Science.

AGE LIMIT: 28 years with upper age limit relaxable up to 3 years in the case of OBC category, 5 years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, physically handicapped (PH) and female candidates


The exam is conducted for a duration of 2 hours. The question paper consists of two sections out of which Section A is common (Aptitude) while Section B (life sciences) and C (social sciences) are subject specific. Candidates are allowed to choose either Section B or Section C. For each right answer, one mark will be awarded and for each wrong answer 0.25 mark will be deducted.

If you find yourself eligible to attend the exam, check out the notification at their official website to know more regarding the syllabus, evaluation strategy and others.

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