CSIR NET Chemical Science Syllabus Download As Pdf

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The pattern for the Single Paper MCQ test shall be as given below:-

I. The MCQ test paper of each subject shall carry a maximum of 200 marks.

II. The exam shall be for duration of three hours.

III. The question paper shall be divided in three parts

Part ‘A’ shall be common to all subjects. This part shall be a test containing a maximum of 20 questions of General Aptitude. The candidates shall be required to answer any 15 questions of two marks each. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 30 out of 200

Part ‘B’ shall   contain subject-related conventional MCQs. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 70 out of 200. The maximum number of questions to be attempted shall be in the range of 20-35.

Part ‘C’ shall contain higher value questions that may test the candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem.  The total marks allocated to this section shall be 100 out of 200.

Negative marking for wrong answers.


  • General Science
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Arithmetic, number theory, statistics
  • arithmetical operations
  • the number line and ordering
  • integers, factors and multiples
  • mean, median, mode, range, standard deviation
  • exponents and square roots
  • decimals, percentages and ratios
  • basic probability
  • number patterns (series, permutations, factorials)
  • Interpretation of graphical data
  • tabular data (tables)
  • line charts, bar charts and scatter charts
  • pie graphs
  • Algebra
  • operations on variables
  • factorable binomials and polynomials
  • algebraic equations and functions
  • Geometry
  • lines and angles
  • triangles, quadrilaterals and other polygons
  • Mensuration and Quantitative comparison
  • coordinate geometry
  • Moving Object Problems
  • Distances and Directions
  • Distance, time and speed
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Data Interpretation
  • Observational Ability
  • Logical Puzzles
  • Other Topics
  • Calendar Problem
  • Clock Problem
  • Research Aptitude


Inorganic Chemistry

1. Chemical periodicity
2. Structure and bonding in homo- and heteronuclear molecules, including shapes of
molecules (VSEPR Theory).
3. Concepts of acids and bases, Hard-Soft acid base concept, Non-aqueous solvents.
4. Main group elements and their compounds: Allotropy, synthesis, structure and
bonding, industrial importance of the compounds.
5. Transition elements and coordination compounds: structure, bonding theories,
spectral and magnetic properties, reaction mechanisms.
6. Inner transition elements: spectral and magnetic properties, redox chemistry,
analytical applications.
7. Organometallic compounds: synthesis, bonding and structure, and reactivity.
Organometallics in homogeneous catalysis.
8. Cages and metal clusters.
9. Analytical chemistry- separation, spectroscopic, electro- and thermoanalytical
10. Bioinorganic chemistry: photosystems, porphyrins, metalloenzymes, oxygen
transport, electron- transfer reactions; nitrogen fixation, metal complexes in
11. Characterisation of inorganic compounds by IR, Raman, NMR, EPR, Mössbauer,
UV-vis, NQR, MS, electron spectroscopy and microscopic techniques.
12. Nuclear chemistry: nuclear reactions, fission and fusion, radio-analytical
techniques and activation analysis.

Physical Chemistry:

1. Basic principles of quantum mechanics: Postulates; operator algebra; exactlysolvable systems: particle-in-a-box, harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom,
including shapes of atomic orbitals; orbital and spin angular momenta; tunneling.
2. Approximate methods of quantum mechanics: Variational principle; perturbation
theory up to second order in energy; applications.
3. Atomic structure and spectroscopy; term symbols; many-electron systems and
antisymmetry principle.
4. Chemical bonding in diatomics; elementary concepts of MO and VB theories;
Huckel theory for conjugated π-electron systems.
5. Chemical applications of group theory; symmetry elements; point groups;
character tables; selection rules.
6. Molecular spectroscopy: Rotational and vibrational spectra of diatomic
molecules; electronic spectra; IR and Raman activities – selection rules; basic
principles of magnetic resonance.
7. Chemical thermodynamics: Laws, state and path functions and their applications;
thermodynamic description of various types of processes; Maxwell’s relations;
spontaneity and equilibria; temperature and pressure dependence of
thermodynamic quantities; Le Chatelier principle; elementary description of
phase transitions; phase equilibria and phase rule; thermodynamics of ideal and
non-ideal gases, and solutions.
8. Statistical thermodynamics: Boltzmann distribution; kinetic theory of gases;
partition functions and their relation to thermodynamic quantities – calculations
for model systems.
9. Electrochemistry: Nernst equation, redox systems, electrochemical cells; DebyeHuckel theory; electrolytic conductance – Kohlrausch’s law and its applications;
ionic equilibria; conductometric and potentiometric titrations.
10. Chemical kinetics: Empirical rate laws and temperature dependence; complex
reactions; steady state approximation; determination of reaction mechanisms;
collision and transition state theories of rate constants; unimolecular reactions;
enzyme kinetics; salt effects; homogeneous catalysis; photochemical reactions.
11. Colloids and surfaces: Stability and properties of colloids; isotherms and surface
area; heterogeneous catalysis.
12. Solid state: Crystal structures; Bragg’s law and applications; band structure of
13. Polymer chemistry: Molar masses; kinetics of polymerization.
14. Data analysis: Mean and standard deviation; absolute and relative errors; linear
regression; covariance and correlation coefficient.

Organic Chemistry

1. IUPAC nomenclature of organic molecules including regio- and stereoisomers.
2. Principles of stereochemistry: Configurational and conformational isomerism in
acyclic and cyclic compounds; stereogenicity, stereoselectivity, enantioselectivity,
diastereoselectivity and asymmetric induction.
3. Aromaticity: Benzenoid and non-benzenoid compounds – generation and
4. Organic reactive intermediates: Generation, stability and reactivity of
carbocations, carbanions, free radicals, carbenes, benzynes and nitrenes.
5. Organic reaction mechanisms involving addition, elimination and substitution
reactions with electrophilic, nucleophilic or radical species. Determination of
reaction pathways.
6. Common named reactions and rearrangements – applications in organic synthesis.
7. Organic transformations and reagents: Functional group interconversion including
oxidations and reductions; common catalysts and reagents (organic, inorganic,
organometallic and enzymatic). Chemo, regio and stereoselective transformations.
8. Concepts in organic synthesis: Retrosynthesis, disconnection, synthons, linear and
convergent synthesis, umpolung of reactivity and protecting groups.
9. Asymmetric synthesis: Chiral auxiliaries, methods of asymmetric induction –
substrate, reagent and catalyst controlled reactions; determination of enantiomeric
and diastereomeric excess; enantio-discrimination. Resolution – optical and
10. Pericyclic reactions – electrocyclisation, cycloaddition, sigmatropic
rearrangements and other related concerted reactions. Principles and applications
of photochemical reactions in organic chemistry.
11. Synthesis and reactivity of common heterocyclic compounds containing one or
two heteroatoms (O, N, S).
12. Chemistry of natural products: Carbohydrates, proteins and peptides, fatty acids,
nucleic acids, terpenes, steroids and alkaloids. Biogenesis of terpenoids and
13. Structure determination of organic compounds by IR, UV-Vis, 1
H & 13C NMR
and Mass spectroscopic techniques.

Interdisciplinary topics

1. Chemistry in nanoscience and technology.
2. Catalysis and green chemistry.
3. Medicinal chemistry.
4. Supramolecular chemistry.
5. Environmental chemistry.

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