CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021: Check Subject-Wise Syllabus, Exam Pattern

By Renuka Miglani|Updated : May 24th, 2021

CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021: The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Eligibility Test or CSIR NET is a national level examination that is conducted twice a year across India to select candidates for awarding Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for ascertaining their eligibility for selection for lecturership (LS) in various prestigious Indian universities, Institutes and colleges. Earlier this exam was conducted independently as UGC NET (University Grants Commission-NET) & CSIR NET. Presently, it is conducted as Joint CSIR-UGC NET exam by conducting body, NTA (National Testing Agency) on behalf of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research. CSIR NET Chemical Science exam is conducted twice a year in the month of June and December. Here in this article, CSIR-NET aspirants can check the latest syllabus and exam pattern for Chemical Sciences for the academic year 2021.

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 CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021: The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Eligibility Test or CSIR NET is a national level examination that is conducted twice a year across India to select candidates for awarding Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for ascertaining their eligibility for selection for lecturership (LS) in various prestigious Indian universities, Institutes and colleges. Earlier this exam was conducted independently as UGC NET (University Grants Commission-NET) & CSIR NET. Presently, it is conducted as Joint CSIR-UGC NET exam by conducting body, NTA (National Testing Agency) on behalf of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research. CSIR NET Chemical Science exam is conducted twice a year in the month of June and December. Here in this article, CSIR-NET aspirants can check the latest syllabus and exam pattern for Chemical Sciences for the academic year 2021.

CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021: Complete Details

This article is specially drafted for those aspiring students who are dreaming to make their career in the field of CSIR NET. This article contains detailed information about the CSIR NET 2021 Chemical Science syllabus with the prescribed exam pattern and a brief note about the CSIR NET exam highlights, eligibility, important points, etc.

CSIR UGC NET Exam is conducted for 5 subjects

  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences

CSIR NET Chemical Science Exam 2021: Exam Highlights

EventsDetails
Exam NameCSIR UGC NET
Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Exam LevelNational
Exam FrequencyTwice a year (June and December)
Exam ModeOnline only
Exam Duration3 hours (180 minutes)
Question TypeMCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
Exam PurposeSelection of candidates for the award of JRF and determining the eligibility for Lecturers
MediumEnglish and Hindi (Both)
Total Marks200
Exam Helpdesk No.011-25848155
Official Websitehttps://csirnet.nta.nic.in/

CSIR NET Chemical Science Exam 2021: Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility CriteriaDetails
Educational Qualification
  • MSc
  • Integrated BS-MS
  • B-Pharma degree
  • or any other equivalent qualification in Chemistry.
Age Limit
  • The upper age limit is given below:
  • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) - 28 (Upper Age Limit as on )
  • Lectureship/ Assistant Professorship - No Upper Age Limit
Age Relaxation
  • For OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) - 3 Years
  • For SC/ ST/ PwD/ Female Candidate - 5 Years
Nationality
  • The candidate must be an Indian national.

CSIR NET Chemical Science Exam 2021: Exam Pattern

Candidates desiring to attempt for CSIR NET Exam 2021 to build their career in the Research or Lecturer profession should clearly be aware of the latest exam pattern as well as the syllabus of the CSIR NET Chemical Science exam. It is important to have extensive knowledge of the syllabus and exam pattern to get an idea of the sections asked in the exam. Exam pattern always helps with easy preparation to crack competitive exams. So, below we have provided the updated exam pattern for CSIR NET 2021 Exam.

CSIR NET question paper for Chemical Sciences consists of 120 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), which is a single paper test distributed into 3 parts: Part A, B & C.

  • Part A: This part involves questions from general aptitude, general science skills, and quantitative reasoning & analysis, which is the same for all the subjects.
  • Part B: This part involves questions from general subject-based questions from the topics provided in the CSIR NET chemical science syllabus.
  • Part C: This part contains questions from the analytics based on the application of the theoretical concepts.

 Please refer to the table below to know the total number of questions in each section.

Paper SectionsTotal Questions ProvidedMarks for Each SectionMarks Per QuestionNegative Marking for Each SectionTotal time
Part A203020.53 hours
Part B507020.5
Part C7510041
Total Marks200

CSIR NET Chemical Science Syllabus 2021

CSIR NET Chemical Sciences exam paper consists of both general aptitude and chemical science-based questions. As discussed above, a good understanding of the CSIR NET syllabus and exam pattern is essential in cracking any exam.

Part A: General Aptitude

General Aptitude
Graphical Analysis & Data InterpretationPie-Chart, Line and bar chart, graph, table, mode, median, mean, and measures of dispersion.
ReasoningPuzzles, series formation, Clock & calendar, Directions & distance, coding and decoding, Ranking & arrangement, etc.
Numerical AbilityGeometry, proportion & variation, Time & Work, HCF & LCM average, Mensuration, Probability, Permutation & combinations, Sequence & Series, Compound interest, Simple interest, partnership,  Mixture & Alligation, Trigonometry, Number & Simplification, Ratio, Time speed & distance, Profit & loss, Percentage, Quadratic equations, Logarithms, Surds & Indices, etc.

 Part B & C: Chemical Sciences Paper consists of 4 main sub-parts

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary topics

CSIR NET Chemical Science Syllabus 2021: Organic Chemistry

TopicsSub-topics
Common named reactions and rearrangements
  • Applications of organic synthesis.
Asymmetric synthesis
  • Resolution – optical and kinetic.
  • Determination of enantiomeric and diastereomeric excess
  • Chiral auxiliaries
  • Asymmetric induction methods– substrate, reagent, and catalyst controlled reactions.
Organic reactive intermediates
  • Carbocations, and stability, carbanions, nitrenes, carbenes, benzynes, and free radicals.
Concepts in organic synthesis
  • Disconnection, synthons, protecting groups, and linear and convergent synthesis.
Synthesis and reactivity of common heterocyclic compounds
  • Containing one or two heteroatoms (O, N, S).
Chemistry of natural products
  • Peptides, carbohydrates, fatty acids, proteins, terpenes, steroids, alkaloids, and nucleic acids. Biogenesis of terpenoids and alkaloids.
Principles of stereochemistry
  • Configurational and conformational isomerism
  • Asymmetric induction
  • Stereoselectivity
  • Enantioselectivity
  • Stereogenicity
  • Diastereoselectivity.
Determination of organic compounds
  • IR, UV-Vis, and
  • Mass spectroscopic methods.
IUPAC Nomenclature of
  • Organic molecules including regio- and stereoisomers.
Pericyclic reactions
  • Cycloaddition,
  • Sigmatropic rearrangements, electrocyclization,
  • Other related concerted reactions.
  • Organic chemistry’s principles and applications of photochemical reactions.
Organic reaction mechanisms
  • involving addition, elimination, and substitution reactions
  • Nucleophilic, radical, or electrophilic species.
  • Determination of reaction pathway.
Organic transformations and reagents
  • Common catalysts and reagents 
  • Chemo, regio, and stereoselective transformations
  • Functional group interconversion including oxidations and reductions.
Aromaticity
  • Generation and reactions of Benzenoid and non-benzenoid compounds.

CSIR UGC NET Chemical Science Syllabus 2021: Inorganic Chemistry

TopicsSub-topics
Concepts of acids and bases
  • Non-aqueous solvents
  • Hard-Soft acid-base concept.

 

Organometallic compounds
  • Bonding and structure
  • Reactivity, and synthesis.
  • Organometallics in homogeneous catalysis.
Characterization of inorganic compounds and elements
  • Electron spectroscopy,
  • Microscopic techniques, IR, UV-vis, EPR, MS, NMR, Raman, Mössbauer, and NQR.
Bioinorganic chemistry
  • Porphyrins
  • Photosystems
  • Electron-transfer reactions
  • Oxygen transport
  • Metalloenzymes
  • Metal complexes in medicine
  • Nitrogen fixation.
Nuclear chemistry
  • Radio-analytical techniques
  • Activation analysis
  • Nuclear reactions, fission, and fusion.
Inner transition elements
  • Redox chemistry,
  • Spectral and magnetic properties
  • Analytical applications.
Chemical periodicity
  • Periodic table
  • Elements
  • Groups
  • Charges.
Cages and metal clusters
  • Inner transition elements, Lanthanoids, Actinoids.
Analytical chemistry
  • Separation, electro, thermoanalytical, spectroscopic techniques.
Transition elements and compounds
  • Spectral and magnetic properties
  • Bonding theories
  • Structure, and reaction mechanisms.
Structure and bonding in hetero- and homonuclear molecules
  • Comprising shapes of molecules (VSEPR Theory).
Main group elements and their compounds
  • The industrial importance of the compounds
  • Structure and bonding
  • Synthesis
  • Allotropy.

CSIR NET Chemical Science Syllabus 2021: Physical Chemistry

TopicsSub-topics
Chemical applications
  • Group theory
  • Point groups
  • Symmetry elements
  • Selection rules
  • Character tables.
Solid-state
  • Bragg’s law and applications
  • Band structure of solids
  • Crystal structures.
Polymer chemistry
  • Kinetics of polymerization
  • Molar masses.
Colloids and surfaces
  • Isotherms and surface area
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • Stability
  • Properties of colloids.
Atomic structure
  • Spectroscopy
  • Antisymmetry principle
  • Many-electron systems.
Data analysis
  • Absolute and relative errors
  • Covariance and correlation coefficient
  • Mean and standard deviation
  • Linear regression.
Principles of quantum mechanics
  • Operator algebra
  • Postulates
  • Tunnelling
  • Orbital and spin angular momenta
  • Solvable systems
Chemical kinetics
  • Complex reactions
  • Determination of reaction mechanisms
  • Steady-state approximation
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Empirical rate laws and temperature dependence
  • Unimolecular reactions
  • Enzyme kinetics
Molecular spectroscopy
  • Basic principles of magnetic resonance
  • Electronic spectra
  • Rotational and vibrational spectra of diatomic molecules.
Approximate methods of quantum mechanics
  • Perturbation theory up to second order in energy
  • Variational principle; and its applications.
Elementary concepts of MO and VB theories
  • Huckel theory 
  • Chemical bonding in diatomics.
Electrochemistry
  • Includes topics such as Ionic equilibria
  • DebyeHuckel theory
  • Conductometric and potentiometric titrations
  • Redox systems
  • Nernst equation

CSIR NET Chemical Science Syllabus 2021: Interdisciplinary topics

  • Environmental chemistry
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Chemistry in nanoscience and technology
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Catalysis and green chemistry

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