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About ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi is the apex body of Govt. of India, working for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research.
In 1917 Harcount Butler established Indian Research Fund Association (IFRA) later in 1949 it renamed to ICMR.
The ICMR Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Examination is the first step in the process of admission to the Ph.D. Research Programme. The award of JRF is made on merit basis by holding an entrance examination after issuing a country-wide admission notice. The admission notice is published in leading English Newspapers of India usually during March/April.
A total of 150 Fellowships would be awarded. (120 fellowships would be awarded for work in the field of biomedical sciences with emphasis on Life Sciences (like microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, immunology, pharmacology, nursing, zoology, botany, environmental sciences and veterinary medicine (excluding Agriculture extension/Soil Sciences, etc).
Thirty (30) fellowships would be awarded for work with emphasis on Social Sciences like psychology, sociology, home science, statistics, anthropology, social work, public health/health economics (Agriculture Economics will not be considered).
Two separate merit lists, one comprising the candidates qualifying for life sciences and the second for those candidates qualifying for social sciences, will be made on the basis of their performance in the above exam.
Another 100 candidates would be selected for consideration for positions of JRF under various research schemes of ICMR (subject to fulfilling the conditions for appointment under the schemes) for the duration of that scheme. These JRFs would also be permitted to complete Ph.D. while working in the scheme, if enrolled. The validity of result will be two years for placement in ICMR funded projects.    


Essential Educational Qualifications:

M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent degree with minimum 55% marks for General/EWS/OBC candidates and 50% for the SC/ST and PwBD candidates in the subjects life sciences or social sciences.

A candidate who is appearing/has appeared in the final year (IV/VI Semester whichever is applicable, and final year where Semester system is not there) of M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent examination during the session (2019-2020) can also apply for the exam as RA (Result Awaited). Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format (given in annexure-I duly certified by the Head of the Department/Institute over his/her signature and rubber stamp (with address and name) where he/she is appearing in the final year examination. However, such candidates shall be admitted to the Exam provisionally and shall be considered eligible for JRF only after they submit the proof of having passed the Master's Degree examination with requisite percentage.

Upper Age limit:

The age limit for admission to the eligibility test is 28 years, (upper age limit relaxable up to five years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, PwBD and female candidates, three years in the case of OBC category.


Mode of Examination:

The Examination shall be conducted as Computer Based Test (CBT) only.

The test will consist of one paper of 2 hours duration and consist of 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 would be compulsory with each question carrying 1 mark.

The subject Specific Section (Section B & C) would pertain to (B) Life Sciences and (C) Social Science. The candidate may attempt questions in either of the two areas. Each area of section B & C would have 100 questions and the candidate may attempt any 75 questions in the predesigned area of Section B or C. Candidates are required to indicate the option for Section B or C in the application form too.

Each question carries one mark. Negative marking @ 0.25 will be made for each of the wrong answer.

The qualifying marks will be 55% obtained in both the Sections (A+B or C) for General Category, EWS & OBC and 50% for SC/ST and PwBD.

Reference Book

General Knowledge

1. Lucent’s General Knowledge

Lucent Publication

2. Concise General Knowledge manual

Barry O’Brian

Current Affairs

1. Manorama Yearbook

2. PratiyogitaDarpan
3. Current affairs by S. A. Majid

Quantitative aptitude

1. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination

R. S. Aggarwal

2. The Pearson Guide To Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examination

Dinesh Khattar

Pearson Publication

Biology Class 11 and 12


Elementary Biology

Trueman Publication

Campbell Biology

Pearson, Benjamin Cummings

Principles of Biochemistry
Nelson and Cox
WH Freeman & Company

Cell Biology

Cell and Molecular Biology (concepts & experiments)
Gerald Karp
John wiley& Sons

Molecular Biology
Principles of Biochemistry
Nelson and Cox
WH Freeman & Company

Gene cloning & DNA analysis
T.A. Brown
John wiley& Sons 

Molecular Biotechnology
Glick & Pasternak
ASM Press
Kuby Immunology
RA Goldsby, Thomas J, Kindt 

Animal Physiology
Principles of Anatomy & Physiology
Gerard J. Tortora, Bryan Derrickson
John Wiley & Sons, Inc

Plant Physiology
The Physiology of Flowering Plants
Helgi O¨ pik, Stephen A. Rolfe
Cambridge University Press

Basic Ecology
Eugene P Odum
Saunders College Publishing

Monroe W. Strickberger
CBS publishers and distributors
E.J. Gardner, M.J. Simmons and D.P. Snustad
Prescott & Harley, Madigan &Martinko

Bioinformatics& Functional Genomics
Jonathan Pevsner

Handbook of Biological Statistics
John H. Mcdonald
Sparky House Publishing

Principles & Techniques of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Keith Wilson & John Walker
Cambridge University Press


Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF will receive fellowship from ICMR.

(i) The value of the fellowship is Rs.31000/- (Rupees Thirty One thousand only) per month.

(ii) The duration of fellowship will initially be limited until two years carrying a monthly stipend of

Rs. 31,000/- and an annual contingency grant of Rs.20000/- per annum.

The progress of research work would be evaluated annually through annual progress reports (APR). On completion of two years as a JRF, the stipend of a fellow may be increased to Rs. 35,000/- p.m. from 3rd year onwards on the basis of assessment of candidate's research progress/achievements and upgradation report recommendation as submitted by the Institute’s Assessment Committee. Upon such a recommendation, the fellow will be called as a senior research fellow (SRF).

In the event of the Committee not recommending up-gradation, the fellow will continue as JRF with a stipend of Rs. 31,000/- per month for the 3rd year or his/her fellowship may be terminated depending on the decision of the Committee. The duration as SRF may be for a maximum duration of 03 years or until submission of Ph.D. thesis (whichever is earlier). Thus, the total

tenure as JRF plus SRF shall not exceed 5 (five) years.

Institutes (Labs)

- National JALMA Institute for Leprosy & Other Mycobacterial Diseases, Agra

- National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad

- Regional Occupational Health Centre (Southern) - NIOH, Bengaluru

- National Centre for Diseases Informatics and Research, Bengaluru

- Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Center BMHRC, Bhopal

- National Centre for Diseases Informatics and Research, Bhopal

- Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar

- National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Belagavi

- Centre for Research, Management & Control of Heamoglobinopathies - NIIH, Chnadrapur

- National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai

- National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai

- National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi

- National institute of Pathology, New Delhi

- National Institute of Medical Statistics, New Delhi

- Regional Medical Research Centre, NE Region

- Regional Medical Research Centre Gorakhpur

- National Animal Resource Facility for Biomedical Research (NARFBR), Hyderabad

- National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad

- National Institute of Research in Tribal Health, Jabalpur

- National Institute for Implementation Research on Non-Communicable Diseases, Jodhpur

- Regional Occupational Health Centre (Eastern) - NIOH, Kolkata

- National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata

- Centre for Research in Medical Entomology - VCRC, Madurai

- National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai

- National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai

- National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR), Noida

- Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna

- Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair

- Vector Control Research Centre, Pondicherry

- National AIDS Research Institute, Pune

- National Institute of Virology, Pune

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