The world in general and human beings in particular are becoming demanding day by day and to keep abreast mankind has to continuously keep on inventing newer things, be it in the field of technology or life sciences. The NIRF Rankings this year are a proof of the same.
Working on the same lines Post Graduate institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh has collaborated with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and invited applications for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), so that the students who have the temperament to be patient can research on newer subjects.
This will be a national level exam which will be held on 21st July, 2019. The exam will be conducted at Srinagar (J & K), Chandigarh, Varanasi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai, for 150 fellowships in different fields of research.
Students who have completed their MSc/ MA or any equivalent degree with 55% marks or more for General and OBC Category and with 50% marks or more for SC/ ST and Physically or Visually Handicapped Category can apply for this exam.
Candidates who are appearing in the final year exams of MSc/ MA or equivalent degrees are also eligible to apply.
The aspiring student should be not more than 28 years of age for General category. This upper age limit is relaxed by 3 years for OBC category, and 5 years in case of SC/ ST/ Physically Handicapped and Female candidates.
FIELDS OF FELLOWSHIP:
The ICMR and PGIMER have decided to grant 150 fellowships.
Out of these one hundred and fifty fellowships, thirty are planned in the fields of Social Sciences like- Sociology, Psychology, Statistics, Home Science, Social Work, Anthropology, Public Health and Health Economics.
The rest of one hundred and twenty fellowships will be in the field of Biomedical Sciences such as- Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Human Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Pharmacology, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Environmental Sciences.
PATTERN OF THE EXAM:
The test will be in English and will consist of one paper of 2 hours duration which will have 2 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 are compulsory and carry 1 mark each. The subject Specific Section (Section B & C) will have questions of (B) Life Sciences and (C) Social Sciences. The candidate has to attempt questions in either of the two areas. Each of section B & C would have 100 questions and the candidate has to do at least any 75 questions in whichever section he is attempting. Each question carries one mark and there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. .
Post the exam a merit list will be prepared and the successful candidates will be given placement in Medical college/ Hospital/ National Laboratory/ University or any other institution of higher learning and research. Two separate merit lists will be made, one for Life Sciences and other for Social Sciences.
VALIDITY, DURATION AND EMOLUMENTS:
The validity of this fellowship will be six months. The successful candidates can enrol in any UGC or MCI recognised university for their PhD programme.
The present value of fellowship grant per month is Rupees Twenty five thousand only. In addition an annual contingency grant of Rupees Twenty thousand only is also given per annum.
The aspiring scientists can apply online and the last date of application is 27th May, 2019.
All other details are available here.