National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the first online Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Eligibility Test (CSIR NET) today, on December 15, 2019. The test for 274345 candidates in 214 cities was held in two sessions. Shift 1, morning, was from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Then shift 2, afternoon, was from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. CSIR NET answer key for the five subjects for which it was held, namely life science, physical science, mathematical science, chemical science, earth science, are as of now available unofficially.
CSIR NET exam consisted of three parts A, B, and C. They respectively covered general aptitude, subject related conventional multiple choice questions, and higher order questions.
After the exam, CSIR NET answer key of today’s exam have been posted by some coaching centres, previously JRF cleared aspirants, and teachers. Some have posted pictures of questions solved by hand, some have posted videos, a few coaching centres with necessary set ups have published video solutions.
On youtube, CSIR NET answer key has been published by NET SET exam preparation, chem assassin, suman yadav. Last year and even after the June exam, some other channels that had published answer keys included ifas online, csir net gate chemistry, bright 4u, all ‘bout chemistry, smart learning academy, chem master,sb techmath, physica, the knowledge cafe, triyambak life science, geoclasses, and e-point.
Every year multiple coaching centres publish subject wise, set wise answer keys of CSIR NET, which were usually sets A, B, C. However, this time the paper was online. Hence candidates did not get to take any question paper home. As a result, although last year several coaching centres and individuals could publish answer keys soon after exam, this year the numbers have gone down.
NTA will release official answer keys at csirnet.nta.nic.in. In the case of UGC NET, the agency had conducted exams from December 2 to 6, and released answer keys on December 10. Therefore it is expected that the official answer key of CSIR NET will be available by December 19, 2019. However, there could be a delay because the exam is not over.
National Testing Agency was supposed to hold the CSIR NET exam all over the country today. However, in light of the current political scenario, the exams in Assam and Meghalaya have been postponed. The exam date for Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Sivasagar, Tezpur, Shillong will be announced in some time.
Now this is a first time scenario for an NTA exam, where exam is being held in parts in different geographical locations. The agency may publish answer keys of the December 15, 2019 exam and the next exam date separately, or it may decide to publish them together. In the latter situation, there will be a delay in releasing answer keys and then the date will depend on the next exam date. The final call on this matter shall be that of the agency.
As of now, candidates can utilise the unofficial answer keys of CSIR NET Life Science, Physical Science, Mathematical Science, Chemical Science, Earth Science exams that were held today. Video solutions from youtube, or solutions shared as images can be checked from social media platforms. They are nevertheless for immediate reference only, and shall not be final decisors for declaration of results.
CSIR NET decides eligibility of a person for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Lectureship / Assistant Professorship in the subjects for which it is held.