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The ICMR JRF Examination is the first step in the process of admission to the Ph.D. / Research Programme with the help of the council. The tests for the ICMR JRF fellowship are held at 12 different locations. Once a year, he visits Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Srinagar, and Varanasi. JRFs are awarded based on merit through an entrance examination held after a nationwide admission notice is issued. The admission notice is usually published in leading English newspapers in India during March/April, as well as on the website. The entrance exam is typically held in the first or second week of July.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) conducts a national-level examination to determine the eligibility of Indian National candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) through the Indian Council of Medical Research. The successful eligible candidates will be awarded a Junior Research Fellowship based on their placement in a medical college/hospital/university/national laboratory/institution of higher learning and research, as applicable.

There would be 150 Fellowships available. 120 fellowships would be awarded for work in biomedical sciences, with a focus on life sciences (like microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, biochemistry, biophysics, immunology, Pharmacology, Zoology, Environment Science, botany, veterinary sciences, bio-informatics, etc.). Thirty fellowships will be awarded for work in social sciences such as psychology, sociology, home science, statistics, anthropology, social work, and health economics.

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