1. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Notification

The CSIR has published the complete notification PDF for the SO ASO Recruitment 2023, on its official website, https://www.csir.res.in. To learn more about the recruitment process and to apply for a role as a Section Officer (SO) or Assistant Section Officer (ASO), candidates should review the notification PDF. Applicants must meet the requirements for SO ASO jobs to apply online for the CSIR Recruitment 2023. For the convenience of the candidate, we have included a direct link to download the CSIR SO ASO Notification PDF here. A total of 444 vacancies will be offered by the authority in the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) test 2023, The Exam will be held in February 2024.

Click here for CSIR SO and ASO 2023 Notification

2. About CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Exam Pattern

CSIR Exam Format for 2023

The following table provides an explanation of the CSIR Exam Pattern 2023 for both Section Officer and Assistant Section Officer selection. The exam pattern is shown in the table below for candidates.

The first three papers are standard and required for all positions; those who pass all three will be invited to an interview and a computer proficiency test.

2.1 Exam Pattern for Paper 1 of the CSIR SO ASO in 2023

General Awareness and English & Comprehension are two sections of the CSIR Exam Paper 1. This section contains one-mark, objective-type questions. A deduction of 0.33 points is given for each wrong response. The exam lasts two hours and has a total score of 100 for this paper.

CSIR SO & ASO Paper-I Exam pattern 2023
S. No. Subject Maximum Marks No. of Questions
i General Awareness 100 100
ii English Language and Comprehension 50 50


2.2 Exam Pattern for CSIR SO ASO in 2023 for Paper 2

The 200 objective questions in Paper 2 of the CSIR Exam Pattern 2023 comprise mental: ability, reasoning, and general intelligence. Each question is worth one mark. For each wrong response, there will be a deduction of 0.33 marks. This paper is timed 150 minutes.

CSIR SO & ASO 2023 Exam Pattern Paper-II
S. No. Subject Maximum Marks No. of Questions
i General Intelligence, Reasoning, and Mental Ability 25 25
ii Arithmetical and Numerical Ability 25 25
iii General Science 25 25
iv Economic & Social Development and General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change 25 25
v Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude 25 25
vi Decision Making and Problem Solving 25 25
vii Management Principles & Practices 25 25
viii National Geography 25 25


2.3 Exam Pattern for Paper 3 of the CSIR SO ASO in 2023

Paper 3 (English/Hindi) of the CSIR SO and ASO test is a descriptive type. There will be 150 marks overall for this paper. Paper 3 will comprise Essay, Precis, and Letter/Application Writing. One hundred and twenty minutes is the overall time duration.

CSIR SO & ASO 2023 paper-III – Descriptive  
S. No. Topic Maximum Marks No. of Questions
i Essay writing 100 2
ii Precis writing 30 1
iii Letter/Application writing 20 1


2.4 CSIR Interview and CPT Exam Pattern

There are 100 marks available for both the CPT and Interview Exam Patterns. The Assistant Section Officer takes a computer competence test, and the Section Officer is interviewed.

Particulars Post Marks
Interview Section Officer (Gen/F&A/S&P) 100
CPT Assistant Section Officer (Gen/F&A/S&P) 100

3. About IACE coaching for CSIR SO AND ASO

The coaching facility is a resource for applicants who are getting ready for the CSIR SO AND ASO 2023  Exam. The best  Exam study guides from IACE are beneficial to those preparing for the CSIR SO AND ASO 2023. 

  • IACE provides an extensive training program with lots of practice exams and long training sessions. 
  • A real intense program’s main objective is to prepare candidates for the test. It has undergone a lot of alterations.
  •  The real intensive program is held 10 to 15 days before the preliminary exam or major test. 
  • IACE provides applicants with useful study materials, a great test, current events books, and daily exercises for students.
  • Candidates can benefit from IACE’s online courses to get ready for the CSIR SO and ASO 2023  Exam.
  • Programs such as particularly intense programs and interactive programs are also available, which focus on the Tier-I and Tier-II test patterns and are specifically designed.

4. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Exam Highlights

The exam highlights of  CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 are given below.

Organization   Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Post Name      Section Officer (SO) and Assistant Section Officer (ASO)
Vacancies                       444
Category Govt Jobs
Mode of Application          Online
Registration Dates        08th December 2023 to 12th January 2024
Selection Process         Stage 1, Stage 2, and Interview/ Computer Proficiency Test
Salary Section Officer Rs. 47,600 –Rs. 1,51,100
Assistant Section Officer                  Rs. 44,900 –1,42,400
Official website                               https://www.csir.res.in/

5. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Online Application & Fee

5.1 The online application process contains the below steps. 

To register for CSIR SO and ASO 2023 Selection Procedure

Step 1: Go to https://www.csir.res.in/, the official website of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Step 2: Go to the “CSIR – COMBINED ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES EXAMINATION – 2023 link by scrolling down the homepage.

Step 3: Click the Register Now and it opens a new page. Click Proceed after entering your email address and mobile number.

Step 4: Enter the necessary information, including the name, category,mobile number, email address, etc. After choosing the preferred exam city, click Save and Proceed.

Step 5: Click the “Submit” button after entering your educational background.

Step 6: Upload their most recent colored photo and any pertinent documents, certifications, or testimonials.

Step 7: Apply make payment and download the application form.

Click here to apply for CSIR SO and ASO 2023 Notification

5.2 Application fee

Categories Application Fee
Unreserved (UR), OBC and EWS Rs. 500/-
Women/SC/ST/PwBD/Ex-Servicemen/CSIR Departmental Candidates Nil

6. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 are given below.

6.1 Educational qualification

To be eligible to apply online for CSIR Recruitment 2023 for SO ASO jobs, candidates must have completed their degree from a recognized university or board.

6.2 Age limit

The age limit for the candidates who wish to apply for CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Candidates should be a graduate with 33  years 

Post Name Maximum Age Limit
Assistant Section Officer (ASO)           33 years
Section Officer (SO)     33 years

6.3 Age relaxation

The upper age relaxation for the reserved category would be applied. The table below covers relaxation for people of higher ages.

Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 05 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 03 years
PwBD (Unreserved) 10 years
PwBD (SC/ST) 15 years
PwBD (OBC) 13 years
Ex-Servicemen 3 years
CSIR Departmental Candidates 05 years

7. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023- Important Dates

CSIR SO and ASO 2023 notification is out. The important dates for CSIR SO and ASO  are given below.

CSIR Recruitment 2023 Notification Release Date 08th December 2023
CSIR Recruitment 2023 Apply Online Starts  08th December 2023
Last Date to Apply Online 12th January 2024 (05:00 pm)
Last Date for Fee Submission 14th January 2024 (05:00 pm)
CSIR Stage I Admit Card 2023 To be Notified
CSIR Stage I Exam 2023 February 2024 (Tentative )
CSIR Stage I Result 2023 To be Notified
CSIR Stage II Exam 2023 To be Notified

8. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Selection Procedure

The CSIR will use two stages, or Stages 1 and 2, to choose the Section Officers (SO) and Assistant Section Officers (ASOs).

Step 1: Online test -Paper-I and paper-II ( For SO & ASO)

Step 2: Paper-III Descriptive (SO & ASO)

Step 3: Interview ( For Section officer only )

Step:4:  Computer proficiency test ( For ASO only) 

9. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Syllabus 2022

9.1 CSIR SO ASO Syllabus 2023 for Paper 1

(i) History of India & Indian National Movement Nature and Causes For The Rise of National Movement, The Rise of Neo-Nationalists or Extremists, The Beginning of the Gandhian Era.The Saints of Medieval India, Indian in the Eighteenth Century, Rise of the Regional Powers, Economic Impact of The British, North India between 750-1200.Sources of Indian History, The Harappan Civilization, The Mauryan, Chronology of Events in Medieval India, Early Uprisings Against The British, The Revolt of 1857, The Vedic, Post Mauryan period (200 BC-300 AD), Gupta & Post – Gupta period: Society, Economy & Polity, The Sultans of Delhi, The Mughal Kings, The Marathas, Indian Renaissance and Reform Movement,
(ii) Constitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice
  • ; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes Appointment to various  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  • Indian Constitution – amendments, significant provisions and basic structure,historical underpinnings, evolution, features.
  •  Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.challenges pertaining to the federal structure, 
  • Separation of powers between  mechanisms and institutions various organs dispute redressal
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  •   SHGs, various groups and associations, donors,  Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs,charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, 
  • pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  •    Important aspects of governance, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; .transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters,
  •    Awards and Honours, Accident and calamities, Social Schemes, Sports News, Reports, Committee and Commission,, First in India
  • Environment, Science and Technology, States, International Reports, International committees and recommendations, Important Summits & Events, International Awards,National: National Issues, Indian Economy, Indian Polity, Judiciary,, Geographical event around the world. International: First in the world, international leadership,
English Language & Comprehension


  • Synonyms/Antonyms.
  • Sentence Correction, Common errors.
  • Punctuation, Idioms & Phrases etc.
  • Comprehension.
  • Do as directed (Active-Passive, Direct-Indirect etc.)
  • Prepositions, fill in the blanks.



9.2 CSIR SO and ASO 2023 Paper-II syllabus 

(i) General Intelligence & Reasoning


General Intelligence: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate’s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationship,Similarities and Differences, Space Visualization, Problem Solving, Analysis, Judgement, Decision Making, Visual Memory, Discriminating Observation, Relationship Concepts, Arithmetical Reasoning, Verbal and Figure Classification, Arithmetical Number Series, Arithmetical Computation and other Analytical Functions.The test will include questions on Analogies,  Non-verbal Series etc.

General Mental Ability:  Alphabet Test, Sitting Arrangements, Mathematical Operations, Arithmetical Reasoning,Analogy, Classification, Series, Coding-Decoding, Blood relations, Direction Sense Test, Logical Venn Diagrams, Inserting the Missing Character, Number, Ranking and Time Sequence Test, Eligibility Test.

(ii) Arithmetical and Numerical Ability Discount, Simple & Compound Interest, Mensuration, Time & Work,  Data Interpretation, Fractions, L.C.M., H.C.F., Ratio & Proportion, Percentage,Simplification, Decimals, Average, Profit & Loss, Time & Distance, Tables & Graphs etc.
(iii) General Science


1.     Physics – Mechanics, Heat, Magnetism, Electricity, Light, Sound, Modern physics.

2.     Chemistry – Nature and composition of substances, Atomic structure, Radioactivity, Isotopic isotope isotonic, Chemical bond, Oxidation and equipment, acid, ash and salt, Valency and Atomic Weight, General properties of gases, Merger, Electrochemistry, Thermochemistry, Chemical kinetics, Inducement, Fuel, Periodic classification of elements, Latin names and Chemical symbols of elements, Metallurgical treatment, Metals and their compounds, Non-metals and their compounds, Organic chemistry, Various such as alloy, fertilizer, cement etc.

 Biology – Plant diseases, Plant tissue, Plant genetics, Cell Biology, Ecology, Pollution, health and nutrition, Human physiology, Classification of the animal kingdom, Branch of zoology, Chief biologist.

2. Computer/IT – Basic knowledge and fundamentals about Computer, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Generation of Slides, Email etc.

Economic and social Development and General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change

Determinant of growth and development, Concepts such as HPI/MPI, HDI, PQLI, GEM, GDI/GII, TAI, Green index, Sustainable development, India’s ranking in the various indices. Uses and transfer of resources, Distributive effects,Basic concept and definition of economy and economics, Macro and microeconomic policy, Micro-macro balance, Distributive impact of economic policies, Development versus growth,
General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change Environment can also overlap with policy and governance are regularly featured in the news. Environment topics can be interlinked with core concepts of other subjects like geography, biology, botany, since many government schemes are linked towards preserving the natural resources and environment, conservation of flora and fauna, and Terms like Climate change, Ecosystem, Sustainable development, Natural disaster, etc.zoology and also the economy.reducing pollution, etc.
Ethics and Human Interface Dimensions of ethics, Ethics – in private and public relationships,Essence, Determinants and consequences of ethics in-human actions, 

Human Value: Role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values,Lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, Reformers and administrators, 

Decision Making and Problem-solving , Eliminate other solutions, Make the decision,Identify the problem, Identify the possible solutions, Select the best solution
Management Principles & Practices Project Appraisal, Career Advancement, Procurement, Stores, Inventory Management, Facilities & Infrastructure ManagementPrinciples of management (Planning, organizing, Directing & Control etc.), Job analysis, Job description Job specification, Job design, Job change, Recruitment, Motivation, Negotiations, Financial Management, Delegation, Working & Networking,Communication, Leadership, 
National Geography Natural vegetation and fauna, Economic infrastructure, Human Geography.

Basics of India, Physical features, River systems, Climate, Minerals and Industries, Agriculture, 


10. CSIR SO And ASO 2023 Vacancy 2023: Category-Wise

The CSIR SO and ASO 2023 notification was released on 8th December. The vacancies will be released on the official website of CSIR. 

Posts   Vacancy
Assistant Section Officer 368
Section Officer        76
Total 444


Posts UR SC ST OBC EWS Total Vacancies
ASO (General) 96 35 17 66 23 237
ASO ( Finance & Accounts) 35 12 06 22 08 83
ASO (Stores & Purchase) 20 07 03 14 04 48
Total 151 54 26 102 35 368


Posts UR SC ST OBC EWS Total Vacancies
SO (Gen) 28 4 2 7 2 13
SO (F&A) 26 3 1 7 2 13
SO (S&P) 22 3 1 5 2 11
Grand Total 76 10 04 19 06 37

11. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Salary Structure

Candidates who are selected for the Assistant Section Officer position will be paid Rs. 44,900-1,42,400, while the Section Officer position pays between Rs. 47,600 and Rs. 1,51,100. In addition to their pay, candidates will receive perks like health insurance, travel concessions, house building advance, and other allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA), and Transport Allowance (TA). Examine the post-wise statistical structure in the table below.

Post Name Pay Scale Salary
Section Officer Group B (Gazetted) Pay Level – 8 Rs. 47,600 –Rs. 1,51,100
Assistant Section Officer Group B (Non-Gazetted) Pay Level – 7 Rs. 44,900 –1,42,400

12. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Exam Centre

CSIR ASO and SO 2023 Exam Centre

S. No. CSIR Stage 1 Exam (Paper 1 and Paper 2) CSIR Stage 2 Exam (Paper 3) and CPT for ASO posts
1 Ahmedabad Bengaluru
2 Bengaluru Bhopal
3 Bhopal Chandigarh
4 Bhubaneswar Chennai
5 Chandigarh Delhi (NCR)
6 Chennai Hyderabad
7 Dhanbad Kolkata
8 Dehradun Lucknow
9 Delhi (NCR) Pune
10 Guwahati Jamshedpur
11 Hyderabad Guwahati
12 Jaipur  








13 Jammu
14 Jamshedpur
15 Kolkata
16 Lucknow
17 Pune
18 Nagpur
19 Thiruvananthapuram

13. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Preparation Tips 2022

Three phases is paper 1,2,3 exam for CSIR SO & ASO  2023. These study guides will help you ace the CSIR SO & ASO exam.

  •  The examination format comprises four subjects i.e. computer-based. To determine the level of difficulty, a candidate must examine the question pattern from the prior year. 
  • In the current affairs segment, reading and editing daily newspapers could be helpful.
  • Make a study plan and stick to a rigorous timetable.
  • Every day, take practice exams to raise your score. 
  • After reviewing the material, students should ensure that they can remember it.
  • Daily mock exam preparation is one of the finest techniques to get ready for the  CSIR SO & ASO

14. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Admit Card & Call Letter

CSIR SO and ASO 2023 Admit cards are available on the CSIR official website. Along with other information like the exam location, the admit card will have the applicant’s name, date of birth, gender, photo, and signature. Information on the examination’s date and time will be included in the call letter.

15. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Results

After the CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 exam, the results for the CSIR SO AND ASO  2023 Paper I will be released. The results will be accessible online as soon as the CSIR makes an announcement. This blog will be updated with a link to the results. It is advised of the students to frequently check blog.

16. CSIR SO AND ASO 2023 Interview Results

Candidates who have been shortlisted by CSIR  will receive an email with an interview call letter. It is recommended you print the call letter and bring it with you, along with any other original documentation.

17. FAQ's

1. Is CSIR 2023 Notification released?

ANS: The CSIR 2023 Notification for  SO & ASO 2023 is released in December and the exam is scheduled for February 2024.

2. What are the eligibility criteria for CSIR SO & ASO?

ANS: Candidates who wish to apply for  CSIR SO & ASO 2023 should possess a degree from a recognised university at the age of 33 years and candidates can avail of age relaxation accordingly.

3. what are the selection criteria for CSIR SO & ASO 2023?

ANS: There are two phases to the CSIR SO Selection Process: a written exam and an interview round.

4. what is the salary of CSIR SO & ASO?

ANS : The salary of CSIR SO IS between Rs. 47,600 –Rs. 1,51,100 And ASO is Rs. 44,900 –1,42,400.

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