Application process likely to continue from July 1 to 31
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has announced the timetable for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) test and the application process is likely to be held from July 1 to 31.
The computer-based test will be held in a single shift from 3pm to 4.30pm on September 12. It will be held in a collaborative approach between ICMR and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
“Computer Based Test for selection of candidates for the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for the year 2021 will be held on 12.09.2021 (Sunday) from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM at various cities across India,” according to the official statement.
The ICMR JRF exam is an important test for admission to PhD research programmes in medical colleges, hospitals, universities, national laboratories, or institutions of higher learning and research. The examination is held once a year in 12 exam centres across the country.
The fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit judged in the entrance exam.
Though the entrance test is usually scheduled July, it has been deferred this year due to COVID-19. The official notification on online application forms will be released by the end of June.
ICMR will award as many as 150 fellowships, out of which 120 will be awarded in the field of biomedical sciences with an emphasis on life sciences. The other 30 fellowships will put an emphasis on social sciences.
Last year, applications were received from general/WWS/OBC-category candidates with an MSc, MA or an equivalent degree with a minimum of 55 per cent marks, while SC/ST/PWDB-category candidates required a minimum of 50 per cent marks.
The upper age limit is 28 years. The upper age limit will be relaxed by 5 years for SC, ST, PWBD, and female candidates, and by 3 years for OBC candidates, as per the details released last year.
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