Indian Council of Medical Research Junior Research fellowship

Exam Date: 21 Oct 2020 (Tentative)

Pen & Paper Mode

Exam Date: 21 Oct 2020

ICMR JRF Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 1,000
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh (PGIMER)
  • Courses:PhD
  • Streams:Engineering

ICMR JRF 2020 (Postponed): Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Result

Updated On - September 19 2020 by Akriti Maurya

ICMR JRF 2020 Exam has been postponed. JRF 2020 conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research.  Indian Council of Medical Research Junior Research Fellowship is for admission in PhD Research Programme. The exam will be conducted in the offline mode at the National level. The exam is conducted once in a year at 12 centres. The admission notice of ICMR JRF is published in the leading English Newspapers of India usually in March or April month and also on the official website. Candidates can check more details about ICMR JRF 2020 from the table below.

Latest Update

  • ICMR JRF 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19 lockdown situation.

ICMR JRF 2020 Admit Card

The Admit card of ICMR JRF will be available on the official website. Those candidates who filled the application form properly will be able to download the Admit card of the exam.

Important Dates regarding ICMR JRF 2020 Admit Card 
Event Dates
Date of Issue of Admit card15 days before the exam date
Date of exam12 July 2020 Postponed

Steps to download the ICMR JRF 2020 Admit Card 

Here are the steps through which the candidates can download ICMR JRF 2020 admit card from the official website of ICMR:

Step 1: Open the official website of PGIMER or ICMR
Step 2: Search for ICMR-JRF- Exam 2020 from the search bar given on the right side at the top of the website.
Step 3: Click on the Login option and after it, provide your application number and password to login.
Step 4: Click on the Submit button to open the new page.
Step 5: After signing on the online portal, click on the option that shows Print Admit Card”.
Step 6: Download and print the few copies of ICMR JRF 2020 Admit Card and carry it to the examination hall.

ICMR JRF 2020 Exam Pattern

The ICMR JRF 2020 exam pattern is prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) is given below:

  • The medium of Examination: English
  • Duration of Examination: 2 hours
  • Total of Papers: 1 paper
  • Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions
  • No. of Questions: 150 
  • Marking Scheme: Each question is carrying one mark for the right answer and 0.25 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
Distribution of Sections
ICMR JRF Section Distribution
SectionNo. of questionMaximum Marks
Aptitude 5050
Life Science5050
Social Science5050

ICMR JRF 2020 Syllabus

The exam includes questions on Aptitude, Life science and social science.

Questions based on Aptitude
1. Common Statistics
  • Describing and displaying data
  • Sampling and Experiments
  • Probability
  • Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis tests
  • Correlation and Linear Regression 
2.  General knowledge in science
  • Synthetic Materials 
  • Nuclear Science
  • Measurements
3. Scientific Phenomenon of  Everyday Life
  • Rain
  • Snow 
  • Earthquake
  • Wind
  • Tornado
  • Volcano
  • Erosion
  • Greenhouse effect
Questions based on life science
  • Bio-technology
  • Zoo-logy
  • Bio-informatics
  • Public Health Veterinary - Science
  • Environmental - science
  • Molecular Bio-logy etc.
Questions based on Social Science 
  • Home Science
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Social work 
  • Anthropology
  • Health Economic
  • Statistic

ICMR JRF 2020 Centres of the Exam

The centres where the exam is conducted is mentioned below.

  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • Srinagar
  • Varansi

ICMR JRF 2020 Answer key

Candidates can check the important points of ICMR JRF answer key 2020 from below:

  • After the test is successfully conducted by the ICMR, the candidates have to wait for test results.
  • However, before the declaration of the final result, the Answer Keys are issued by the officials at their websites.
  • The candidates can get the answer keys from the official website of ICMR after the 3 days of the test.
  • The answer keys contain the answers to all the questions of the test.
  • The candidates can use the answer key to know their estimated scores.
  • The candidates can also raise any objections to the published answer key.
  • A revised answer key will be released soon after considering the objections received.

ICMR JRF 2020 Preparation Tips 

Check the essential points before preparing for the examination:

  • 1. Start preparing for the exam at least 3-4 months before the exam date.
  • 2. Try to solve the full mock tests and the previous question papers of the ICMR JRF.
  • 3. Try to clear your doubts from the best books.
  • 4.  Do not study new topics before the one week of the exam 
  • 5. Try to make notes for important topics and formulas.
  • 6. Try not to travel too much.
  • 7. Do physical exercise, yoga etc to relax your mind and in the last study in a smart way.

ICMR JRF 2020 Result

The result of the ICMR JRF 2020 will be announced at their official website.  There are the steps through which the candidates can check their results.

  • The candidates should have to enter their form number within the official web site of ICMR to download the Rank Card
  • The result is acknowledged using on-line mode through the web site.
  • The candidates are requested to go to the official website.
  • In the next page, the candidates have to sign in by their application ID and the password
  • The result will now be downloadable and take a print of the result for the future reference. 

ICMR JRF 2020 Application Form

ICMR JRF 2020 Application Form was available only on the official website. Candidates could fill the application form by following the given steps mentioned below.

  • After visiting the official website of ICMR JRF, tap on "Click Here to Apply Link " which will be appearing on the screen.
  • Next, the candidates had to click on the "Apply" button. 
  • Now, candidates have to enter their personal details, address, and contact details and then click on the continue button.
  • After entering the contact details, the candidate's registration number and password will be sent to them through mobile phones or E-mail,
  • Then, candidates have to log in with their registration number and password and have to enter the required information. 
  • Consquetive step is to uploading of images in the manner prescribed in it.
  • Then a new page of the payment gateway will be opened. Then click on the Proceed to Payment button and pay the fees.
  • After making the payment, download the confirmation page.
  • Take two print-outs of the confirmation page for the use in future.

ICMR JRF 2020 Application form Fees

ICMR JRF 2020 application fee is mentioned in the below table.

ICMR JRF 2020 Application form Fees
CategoryFees (INR)
General and OBC1000/-
Mode of Application Payment fees:

The fees of the Application form of ICMR JRF 2020 can be paid by any of these modes.

Debit card, Credit card or Net Banking

ICMR JRF 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must make sure of the eligibility criteria to appear in the examination before filling the application form. The eligibility criteria of the ICMR JRF is mentioned below.

  • Age Criteria: The age limit of the candidate should not be more than 28 years of age  as on September 09, 2020
  • Educational Qualifications:

a) The candidates should have passed their M.Sc / M.A. or its equivalent degree with an aggregate of 55% marks for General category and 50% marks for SC / ST / PH /  VH.

b) Those candidates who have appeared for the result or are waiting for it can also apply and those candidates who are studying in the final year of M.Sc or M.A. degree can also apply.

ICMR JRF 2020 Highlights

In the below table, candidates can check summary of the exam:

Highlights of the ICMR JRF Exam
Name of the Exam


Full name of the exam Junior Research Fellowship
Conducting bodyIndian Council of Medical Research 
Frequency of examOnce in every year
Exam levelNational level
ICMR JRF Official websitehttps://www.icmr.nic.in/

Indian Council of Medical Research

ICMR(Indian Council of Medical Research) is the oldest and largest Medical Research bodies in India as well as in the World. It is funded by the Department of Health Research and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

The council's research biggest priorities coincide with National health such as control & management of communicable diseases, developing alternative strategies for health care delivery, containment within safety limits of environmental & occupational health problems, fertility control, maternal & child health, control of nutritional disorders, research on major non-communicable diseases like cancer, haematological disorders, cardiovascular diseases, blindness, diabetes & other metabolic, mental health research & drug research.

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ICMR JRF Important Dates

Form Date16 May - 16 Jun 2020
Exam Date21 Oct 2020 (Tentative)

Indian Council of Medical Research Junior Research fellowship Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

2 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


NOTE:0.25 marks are deducted for an incorrect answer

1Aptitude Test50150
3Social Science50150


Form Start Date:

16 May 2020

Form End Date:

16 Jun 2020

The last date to submit the form was on 16 Jun 2020
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