CSIR NET Life Science Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021: Check Syllabus and Exam Pattern Here!

By Neetesh Tiwari|Updated : May 27th, 2021

CSIR NET Life Science Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021: There is always a first step that has to be taken before starting the preparation for any competitive exam. That step is to understand the syllabus of that particular exam subject. CSIR NET Exam is conducted for five subjects and if you have opted for Life Science for the upcoming exam, download the CSIR NET Life Science syllabus 2021 pdf to begin your preparation. 


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Without knowing the syllabus, preparation will always remain incomplete. A good understanding of the syllabus will help you build a strong base for preparing the topics more accurately. So here we are going to cover the Life Science syllabus for you so that you will not miss your preparation because of this. Check the complete CSIR NET Syllabus. 

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Life Science will help you understand the different facts about animals, plants, microorganisms, and Human beings. It is a technological study of biology and biotechnology that deals with living organisms and life processes. In this article, we will discuss the CSIR NET Life Science Syllabus in detail so that you will get a brief idea of how to start your preparation and how to cover the Life Science Syllabus well on time so that you will protect yourself from last-minute hurry. 

You must have a thorough knowledge of the Life Science Syllabus and exam pattern, which is very necessary for a good preparation plan.

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CSIR NET Life Science Exam Pattern

CSIR NET, or Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, has classified the Life Science syllabus into 3 main sections. Part A, Part B, and Part C. Mode of Examination is online with 145 questions for 200 marks. Going through the exam pattern is an essential part of preparation. One should know the number of questions and how much time has been allotted for each section in the exam.

SectionsSubjectTotal Number of QuestionsMarks/questionNegative MarkingNo. of Questions to be attempted
Part AGeneral Aptitude2020.515
Part BSubject Specific5020.535
Part CSubject Specific754125

CSIR NET Life Science Syllabus 2021

Check the detailed CSIR NET Life Science Syllabus 2021 for all the parts below.  

Syllabus of Part A Paper: General Aptitude

S. No.TopicExpected Number of Questions
1Mensuration2-3 Questions
2Series Completion3-4 Questions
3Graphical Representation & Analysis3-4 Questions
4Logical Reasoning 2-3 Questions
5Analytical and Numerical Ability3-4 Questions

Syllabus of Part B & C Paper: Life Science

UnitsName of the TopicLife Sciences Syllabus
1Molecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology
  • Molecules, Structure of atoms, and chemical bonds.
  • Composition, structure, and function of biomolecules (protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins)
  • Stabilizing interactions (Strong bonds and week bonds)
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Bioenergetics, glycolysis, coupled reaction
  • Mechanism of enzyme catalysis,
  • Confirmation of proteins (Secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures) 
  • Stability of proteins and nucleic acids. 
2Cellular Organization
  • Structural organization.
  • Membrane structure and function.
  • The Function of intracellular organelles.
  • Cell division and cell cycle.
  • Microbial Physiology.
  • Organization of genes and chromosomes.
3Fundamental Processes
  • DNA replication (repair and recombination).
  • Protein synthesis and processing.
  • RNA synthesis and processing.
  • Control of Gene expression at two-level, i.e. transcription and translation level
4Cell Communication and Cell Signaling
  • Host-parasite interaction.
  • Cell signalling.
  • Cancer and Innate.
  • Cellular communication.
  • Adaptive immune system
5Developmental Biology
  • Basic concepts of development.
  • Gametogenesis, fertilization, and early development.
  • Morphogenesis and organogenesis in plants.
  • Morphogenesis and organogenesis in animals.
  • Programmed cell death, senescence, and ageing.
6System Physiology – Plant
  • Photosynthesis.
  • Respiration and photorespiration.
  • Plant hormones.
  • Nitrogen metabolism.
  • Solute transport.
  • Sensory photobiology, and photoassimilate translocation.
  • Stress physiology.
7System Physiology – Animal
  • Cardiovascular system.
  • Blood and Circulation.
  • Nervous System.
  • Sense Organs.
  • Excretory system.
  • Thermoregulation.
  • Respiratory system.
  • Stress and Adaptation.
  • Digestive System, and Endocrinology and Reproduction.
8Inheritance Biology
  • Mendelian principles.
  • Extensions of Mendelian Principles.
  • Concept of Gene.
  • Gene mapping methods.
  • Microbial genetics.
  • Quantitative Genetics.
  • Mutation.
  • Structural and numerical alterations of chromosomes and Recombination
9Diversity of Life Forms 
  • Principles and methods of taxonomy
  • Levels of structural organization
  • Outline classifications of plants, animals & microorganisms
  • Natural history of the Indian subcontinent
  • Organisms of conservation concern
10Ecological Principles 
  • The Environment.
  • Habitat and Niche.
  • Species Interactions.
  • Population Ecology.
  • Community Ecology.
  • Ecosystem Ecology.
  • Ecological Succession.
  • Biogeography.
  • Applied Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
11Evolution and Behavior 
  • Unicellular evolution and origin of cells
  • Evolution history and palaeontology
  • Mechanism of population genetics
  • Different approaches and methods in the study of behaviour
  • knowing biological clocks
12 Applied Biology
  • Application of immunological principles
  • Bioresource and uses of biodiversity
  • Bioremediation and phytoremediation
  • Knowing tissues and cell culture methods for various plants and animals
  • Know about Genomics and its application to health and agriculture, including gene therapy
13Methods in Biology 
  • Methods to estimate the population density of plants and animals
  • Ranging patterns through direct observation, indirect observations, and remote observations
  • Knowing about sampling methods in the study of behaviour.
  • Ground and remote sensing method
  • Purification and isolation of RNA and DNA
  • Measurement and detection of radioisotopes
  • Transmission and scanning of different microscopes

Tips & Tricks to Attempt the CSIR NET Life Science Paper 

Part A:

1. Spend not more than half an hour for Part A Section.

2. In this section, lengthy questions will be covered, which will be based on Mathematical equations.

3. First attempt those questions in which you are 100% sure.

4. Maximum attempts will be 15 questions, so do not waste extra time in this section

5. Skip the question but do not mark an incorrect answer as it will give you a negative marking.

Part B: 

1. In this section, questions will be asked about the subject.

2. Comparatively easy questions will be there, so do not waste too much time while attempting.

3. Maximum attempt will be 35 questions.

Part C: 

1. Questions will be on the harder side compared to part B. So attempt questions wisely.

2. Maximum attempt will be 25 questions, so try to solve the easy one first.

3. Skip the question, which will take more time.

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