CSIR NET 2022: Complete Booklist to Prepare for CSIR NET 2022 Exam - Download PDF

By Renuka Miglani|Updated : March 30th, 2022

CSIR NET 2022 Complete Booklist: We all have heard one quote i.e., "A great start will result in a good end", but sometimes we failed to implement it. When we start any process, we should follow a proper strategy to complete that process. In the same way, to start your preparation for CSIR NET 2022, it is essential to check the syllabus and choose the best study material for the preparation. The syllabus is very vast for CSIR NET 2022 Exam, and to complete it, a proper strategy is required with appropriate study material. Without knowing the syllabus, preparation will remain incomplete. 

There is n number of books available in the market for one subject and to select the best book is a very tedious task. Therefore, this article will cover the most recommended books for Section A, Section B, and Section C for all the subjects of the CSIR NET 2022 Exam. Read the complete article to know the best books to prepare for CSIR NET 2022 exam. 

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Council of Scientific & Industrial Research National Eligibility Test (CSIR-NET) exam is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) to select the eligible candidates for Junior Research Fellowship and Lecturership Programmes. This is a National Level Test that is conducted through Online mode. This exam is conducted for the science background students under 5 subjects namely:

1. Life Sciences

2. Chemical Sciences

3. Earth Sciences

4. Mathematical Sciences

5. Physical Sciences

and the compulsory subject, i.e. General Aptitude, which will be common for all the above subjects. The exam paper consists of 3 sections; Section A, Section B, and Section C. Section A consists of 20 questions related to General Aptitude. This section will be common for all subject-specific exam papers. Out of these 20 questions, 15 questions need to be answered. Section B and Section C will consist of subject-specific questions, and the number of questions will be different for different subjects. 

Check the complete list of recommended books for all the subjects of CSIR NET 2022 mentioned below:

Reference Books for CSIR NET Life Science

The Life Science exam consists of 3 sections; the first section is the General Attitude section consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions. Sections B and C consist of 50 and 75 questions on specific topics. To qualify for the CSIR NET Life Science exam, you must prepare with the best study material. Unfortunately, applicants are often confused about which books to refer to, as many books and study materials are available in the market and online. Therefore, we have provided below the unit-wise best reference books for the CSIR NET Life Science exam in a tabulated form. 

Unit Name and SubjectBook Name
Unit: Molecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology
Subject: Biochemistry and Metabolism
  • Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry- Nelson, and Cox
  • Biochemistry: International Edition by Stryer, Berg and Tymoczko
  • Principles of Biochemistry by Voet
  • ENZYMES: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Clinical Chemistry, 2/E by Trevor Palmer and Philip Bonner
  • Plant Biochemistry by Walter
Unit: Cellular Organization
Subject: Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Cell Biology- Lodish
  • Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments by Gerald Karp
  • Cell And Molecular Biology / 8th Edition by Robertis De
  • The Cell: A Molecular Approach by Geoffrey M. Cooper, and Robert E. Hausman
  • Molecular Biology of the Gene by James D. Watson
Unit: Cell Signalling
Subject: Immunology
  • Kuby Immunology- Owen, Punt, Stanford,7th Ed
  • Essential Immunology by Ivan M. Roitt
  • Immunology (Schaum’s series) By Pinchuk
  • Immunology (Instant notes) by Lydyard
Unit: Microbiology
  • Microbiology by Prescott
  • Microbiology by Pelczar
  • Brock Biology of Microorganisms by Madigan
Developmental Biology
  • Developmental Biology - Scott F. Gilbert
  • Molecular Cell Biology- Lodish
System Physiology – Plant
  • Plant Physiology - Taiz and Zeiger
  • Plant Physiology by Ross and Salisbury
  • Introductory Plant Biology by Stern
System Physiology – Animal
  • Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology by Graaff
  • Animal Biology (Instant Notes) by Jurd
Unit: Inheritance Biology
Subject: Genetics
  • Principles of Genetics- D. Peter Snustad, Michael J. Simmons
  • Principles of Genetics- Robert H. Tamrin
  • Principles of gene manipulations by Sandy B Primrose Dr Richard Twyman
  • Genetics: A Conceptual Approach by Benjamin A. Pierce
  • Genetics: Principles and Analysis by Daniel L Hartl and Elizabeth W. Jones
  • Bioinformatics by Baevanis & Oullette
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics by Lesk
  • Bioinformatics (Instant Notes) by Hodgman
Unit: Ecological Principles
Subject: Ecology
  • Ecology by Odum
  • Elements of Ecology By Smith & Smith
  • Ecology: Principles And Applications by JL Chapman and MJ Reiss
Evolution and Behavior
  • Evolution by Strickberger
  • The Evolution Handbook by Vance Ferrell
  • Theory of Evolution by Dawkins & Maynard
Unit: Applied Biology
Subject: Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology-B D Singh
  • Genomes 3 by T.A. Brown
  • Principles of Fermentation Technology by Stanbury
  • Industrial Microbiology by Casida
  • Introduction To Plant Tissue Culture by Razdan MK
Unit: Methods in Biology
Subject: Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA methods
  • Principles of Gene Manipulation and Genomics-S.B. Primrose and R.M. Twyman
  • Principles and Techniques of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology- Wilson and Walker
  • Biophysical Chemistry (Principles and Techniques) By Upadhyay

Reference Books for CSIR NET Chemical Science

Here we will guide you and recommend the CSIR NET chemical science reference books to help you prepare. Applicants preparing for the CSIR NET 2022 exam with chemical science subjects should refer to the books listed below. The chemical sciences section of the CSIR NET exam includes physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and interdisciplinary topics.

Books for Chemical ScienceAuthors/Publications
CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Chemical SciencesDr. Hemant Kulshrestha, Prof. Ajay Taneja
Inorganic ChemistryDr T. J. Patil
Physical And Inorganic ChemistryDr. C. M. Bhavsar, Dr. T. J. Patil
Physical ChemistryThomas Engel & Philip Reid
Concise Inorganic ChemistryJ. D. Lee
Fundamentals of Molecular SpectroscopyColin N. Banwell
Quantum Chemistry through Problems and SolutionsR.K. Prasad
Instrumental MethodSkoog, Holler & Crouch
Advanced Organic ChemistryJohn Wiley and Sons
Stereochemistry of Organic CompoundsErnest L. Eliel, Samuel H. Wilen
Trueman's UGC-CSIR JRF / NET Chemical SciencesM Gagan
Inorganic Chemistry: Principles of Structure and ReactivityJames E Huheey, Ellen A Keiter, Richard L Keiter, Okhil K Medhi
Molecular Quantum MechanicsPeter W Atkins, Ronald S Friedman
Joint CSIR/UGC/NET Chemical Sciences Part- B & CR Gupta
March’s Advanced Organic Chemistry: Reactions, Mechanisms & StructureMichael B Smith
An Introduction to ElectrochemistrySamuel Glasstone

Reference Books for CSIR NET Mathematical Science

The Mathematical Science exam consists of 3 sections; the first section is the General Attitude section consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions. Sections B and C consist of 40 and 60 questions on specific topics. To qualify for the CSIR NET Mathematical Science exam, you must prepare with the best study material. Therefore, we have provided below the best reference books for the CSIR NET Mathematical Science Exam 2022 tabulated form. 

Books for Mathematical ScienceAuthors/Publications
Integral Equations & Boundary Value ProblemsDr M. D. Raisinghania
​​​​​​​Abstract AlgebraDummit and Foote
Ordinary & Partial Differential EquationsM D Raisinghania
How to Become a Human CalculatorAditi Singhal
Advanced Differential EquationsM.D.Raisinghania
Linear Algebra: Linear Algebra Done Right, third edition, 2015Sheldon Axler
Basic Course in Real AnalysisS. Kumaresan
Principles of Mathematical Analysis W. Rudin. 
Theory of Functions of a Complex VariableS. Narayan

Reference Books for CSIR NET Physical Science

Check all the important recommended books for CSIR NET Physical Science given below in a tabulated form: 

Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences by Mary L. Boas
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig
  • Mathematical Physics by H. K. Dass
Electromagnetic Theory
  • Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths
  • Digital Electronics by Malvino and Leach
  • Electricity & Magnetism by B. Ghosh
Quantum Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics Concepts & Applications by Nouredine Zettili
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths
  • Quantum Physics by H.C. Verma
Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics
  • Fundamentals of Statistical & Thermal Physics by F. Rief
  • Statistical Mechanic by R. K. Patharia
  • Thermal Physics by Garg, Bansal, Ghosh
Electronics & Experimental Methods
  • Digital Electronics by Malvino & Leach
  • Electronic Devices & Circuit Theory by Boylestad & Nashelsky
  • Electronic Devices & Circuits by Jacob Millman & Christos C. Halkias
Atomic & Molecular Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics by Raj Kumar
  • ​​​​​​​Fundamentals of Molecular Spectroscopy by Colin N. Banwell & Elaine M. McCash
  • Introduction to Atomic Spectra by Harvey Elliott White
Condensed Matter
  • Introduction to Solid State Physics by Charles Kittel
  • ​​​​​​​Solid State Physics by Puri & Babbar
  • Solid State Physics by M. A. Wahab
Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Nuclear Physics by D. C. Tayal
  • Nuclear Physics, An Introduction by S. B. Patel
  • ​​​​​​​Introduction to Elementary Particles by David J. Griffiths

Reference Books for CSIR NET Earth Science

The Earth Science exam paper consists of 3 sections; the first section is the General Attitude section consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions. Sections B and C consist of 50 and 80 questions on specific topics out of the 35 and 25 questions that need to be answered only. Therefore, we have provided below the best reference books for the CSIR NET Earth Science Exam 2022. 

  1. An Objective Earth Sciences by S Ahmad
  2. Earth Science: The Physical Setting by Jeffrey C Callister
  3. Climatology and Oceanography by D S Lal
  4. Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Exam Guide (Part B & C) by Surender

Reference Books for CSIR NET General Aptitude

It is essential to gather the best resources before starting the preparation. The books are the main part of the preparation. This will give an additional advantage during the preparation. The best books for the General Attitude section are mentioned below:

  1. CSIR UGC NET PAPER I by Arihant Publication
  2. General Aptitude Theory and Practice by Ram Pandey
  3. CSIR NET General Aptitude - A New Outlook by Christy Varghese

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  • The total number of questions will be 120 in the examination but the distribution of questions in sections B and C will be different for different subjects

  • Yes, it will help in boosting your score. Complete the syllabus with books and solve previous year questions.

  • The material should be easily understandable and you will not get bored by reading it

  • You can download the study material for the CSIR NET 2021 from BYJU'S Exam Prep website or app. Visit the official website i.e byjusexamprep.com and choose CSIR NET & SET as your exam preference.

  • The exam will be conducted on 5 subjects:

    • Life Science
    • Chemical Science
    • Earth Science
    • Mathematical Science
    • Physical Science

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