CSIR UGC NET Syllabus
The CSIR UGC NET Syllabus is up and live on the website of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the University Grant Commission (UGC).According to the latest notice, CSIR is about to conduct its own National Eligibility Test which is scheduled in 2018 at the dates specified below.The Test is being conducted in order to recruit eligible candidates for the post of Junior Research Fellowship cum Lecturer at the organization for which the applications are open and anyone who is interested to apply for the test can apply after reading this given notification.
The Notification given below contains the Syllabus for the upcoming CSIR UGC NET Syllabus 2018 according to which the questions will be asked in the test and the participants will have to select the right answer. The minimum threshold marks or cut off marks will be specified by the organization on their official website once they are done with the examination and those who score more than the cut off marks will only be able to recruited or shortlisted for the further round, if any. Read the entire notification to know more about the upcoming CSIR UGC NET Examination along with the syllabus and the exam pattern according to which the question paper will be set and assessment will be done.
Syllabus for CSIR UGC NET Chemical Sciences
Physical Chemistry:
Sr. No.  Topics 
1.  Chemical Thermodynamics 
2.  Data Analysis 
3.  Chemical Equilibrium 
4.  Phase Equilibrium 
5.  Variational and Perturbational Methods 
6.  Concepts of Catalysis 
7.  Colloids and Surface Phenomena 
8.  Statistical Thermodynamics 
9.  Chemical Applications of Group Theory 
10.  Basic Principles and applications of quantum mechanics – Hydrogen atom, angular momentum, etc. 
11.  Solids – Magnetic properties, bonding, binary and ternary compounds, etc. 
12.  Electrochemistry 
13.  Chemical Kinetics – Arrhenius Equations, Determination of Reaction Mechanisms, etc. 
14.  Polymer chemistry molecular weights and their determinations. 
15.  Theoretical treatment of atomic structures and chemical bonding 
16.  basic principles and application of spectroscopy 
Interdisciplinary Topics:
Sr. No.  Particulars 
1.  Environmental Chemistry 
2.  Supramolecular Chemistry 
3.  Catalysis and Green Chemistry 
4.  Chemistry in Nanoscience and Technology 
5.  Medicinal Chemistry 
Organic Chemistry:
Sr. No.  Topics 
1.  Named Reactions 
2.  Concepts of Aromaticity 
3.  IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Compounds 
4.  Pericyclic Reactions 
5.  Principles of Stereochemistry, isomerism,, conformational analysis, and chirality 
6.  Chemistry of Aromatic and Aliphatic heterocyclic compounds 
7.  Transformations and Rearrangements 
8.  Reactive intermediates and organic reaction mechanism 
9.  Physical characterisation of organic compounds by IR, MS, UV, NMR, etc. 
10.  Oxidation and reduction of functional groups 
11.  Common reagents (Inorganic, Organic, etc) 
11.  Reactions involving nucleophilic carbon intermediates 
12.  Selective Organic Transformations 
13.  Principles and Applications of Organic photochemistry 
14.  Chemistry of Natural Products such as peptides, alkaloids, steroids, etc 
15.  Selective Organic Transformations 
Inorganic Chemistry:
Sr. No.  Topics 
1.  Nuclear Chemistry – Nuclear Reaction, Fusion and Fission, etc. 
2.  Chemical Periodicity 
3.  Cages and Metal Clusters 
4.  Physical Characterisation of Inorganic Compounds such as IR, Raman, UV, MS, NQR, etc 
5.  Inner Transition Elements 
6.  Concepts of Acids and Bases 
7.  Structure and Bonding in Homo and Heteronuclear Molecules 
8.  Bioinorganic Chemistry 
9.  Analytical Chemistry 
10.  Chemistry of the main group elements and their compounds 
11.  Organometallic Compounds 
12.  Chemistry of Transition elements and coordination compounds 
CSIR UGC NET Life Sciences Syllabus
Sr. No.  Particulars 
A  Stability of Nucleic acid and Protein Structures 
B  Stabilizing Interactions such as hydrogen bonding, electrostatic, hydrophobic interaction, etc. 
C  Composition, Structure and Function of Biomolecules such as lipids, vitamins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, etc. 
D  Principal of Biophysical Chemistry 
E  Conformation of nucleic acids 
F  Conformation of proteins 
G  Bioenergetics, oxidative phosphorylation, glycolysis, etc. 
H.  Metabolism of amino acids, vitamins, carbohydrates, etc. 
I.  Structure of molecules, atoms, and chemical bonds 
J.  Principal of enzymes, catalysis, enzyme kinetics, isozymes, mechanism of enzyme, enzyme regulation 

Cellular Organization
 Ions pumps
 Osmosis
 Ion Channels
 Structure of model membranes
 Intracellular transport
 Mechanism of regulation and sorting of intracellular transport
 Lipid Bilayer
 Active transports
 Membrane protein diffusion,
 Yield and characteristics
 Stress response
 Strategies of cell division
 Cell Wall
 Plastids
 Vacuoles
 Structure and function of cytoskeleton
 Mitochondria, Golgi bodies, Nucleus, Endoplasmic Reticulum
 Chloroplast
 Role in motility, etc.

Cell Signaling and Cell Communication –
Topic  Subtopics 
Cancer  Interventions of therapeutic applications on uncontrolled cell growth, interaction of normal cells with cancer cells, metastasis, cancer and cell cycle, apoptosis, genetic rearrangements in progenitor cells, virusinduced cancer, tumor suppressor genes, and oncogenes, etc. 
Cellular Communication  Integrins, regulation of hematopoiesis, gap junctions, neurotransmission and its regulation, adhesion molecules and its types, cell adhesion, extracellular matrix, general principles of cell communication, etc. 
Cell Signaling  Bacterial chemotaxis, plant and bacterial twocomponent signaling systems, quorum sensing, hormones and their receptors, regulation of signaling pathways, signalling through Gprotein coupled receptors, cell surface receptor, signal transduction pathways, etc. 
Host Parasite Interaction  Cellcell fusion in both abnormal and normal cells, pathogeninduced diseases in plants and animals, plant host cells, viruses into animals cells, virusinduced cell transformation, recognition and the process of entry of different bacterias and other pathogens, etc. 

Fundamental Processes –
Topic  Subtopics 
Protein Synthesis and Processing  Genetic code, aminoacylation of tRNA, formation of initiation complex, translational inhibitors, Ribosome, translational proofreading, aminoacyl tRNA synthetase, terminations, initiation factors and their regulation, Post translational modification of proteins. 
RNA Synthesis and processing  RNA polymerases, elongation and termination, transcription factors and machinery, RNA editing, structure and function of different types of RNA, RNA Splicing, Editing, polyadenylation, RNA transport, capping, transcription activators and repressors, etc. 
DNA replication, recombination and repair  DNA damage and repair mechanism, extrachromosomal replicons, replication fork and replication origin, enzymes involved, fidelity of replication, unit of replication, etc. 
Control of gene expression  Eukaryotic gene expression, regulation of phages, gene silencing, role of chromatin in regulating the gene expression mechanism, eukaryotic and prokaryotic gene expression, viruses, etc. 
Syllabus for CSIR UGC NET Mathematical Sciences –
Analysis –
 Metric spaces, connectedness.
 Normed Linear Spaces
 Sequences and series
 Functions of several variables, partial derivative
 Bolzano Weierstrass theorem
 Continuity, differentiability
 Types of discontinuity, monotonic functions,
 Improper integrals, lebesgue integral, functions of bounded variation, uniform continuity,
 Heine Borel theorem
 Liminf, limsup, convergence
 Partial derivative, directional derivatives,
 Functions of several variables, derivatives as a linear transformation
 Riemann Sums and Riemann Integral
 Mean value theorem, etc.
Linear Algebra –
 Matrix Representation of linear transformations
 Eigenvalues and vectors
 Vector Spaces, linear dependence
 Cayley – Hamilton Theorem
 Orthonormal basis,
 Linear equations
 Determinant and rank of matrices
 Canonical forms
 Jordan forms, triangular forms, and diagonal forms,
 Quadratic Forms and classification
 Change of basis,
 Inner Product Spaces, etc.
Complex Analysis –
 Taylor Series, Calculus of residues.
 Laurent Series
 Analytic functions
 Mobius Transformations
 Power Series
 Complex Plane
 Mazimum modulus principle,
 Open mapping theorem
 Schwarz Lemma
 Contour integral, Liouville’s theorem
 Calculus of residues,
 Hyperbolic functions, trigonometric and exponential functions
 Algebra of complex numbers.
 Conformal Mappings
 Cauchy Riemann Equations, etc.
Algebra –
 Polynomial rings
 Groups, normal subgroups, subgroups, homomorphisms, cyclic groups, Sylow Theorems
 Fields, field extension, Finite Fields
 Cayley’s theorem, Permutation Groups
 primitive roots, principal ideal domain
 Irreducibility criteria and Euclidean Domain, Euler’s Function, divisibility in Z
 Homomorphism, Congruences
 Quotient rings, maximal and prime ideals,
 Unique factorization domain
 Finite field, field, field extensions
 Permutations, Pigeonhole principle, combinations, derangements, etc.
Syllabus for CSIR UGC NET Earth Sciences

Earth Materials –
 Surface features and processes.
 Erosion, Weathering, etc.
 Transportation and deposition of Earth’s materials.
 Energy Balance of Earth’s Surfaces
 Gross Composition and Physical properties of rocks and other important minerals,
 River basins and physiographic features in India
 Formation of soil, sedimentary rocks and sediments.

The Earth and Solar System –
 Basic Principles of Stratigraphy.
 Age of the Earth
 Theories about the origin of nature of life.
 Modern theories on origin of planetary bodies.
 Basic Principles of Stratigraphy
 Earth’s gravity and magnetic fields
 Ocean and Atmosphere
 Radioactive Isotopes and their applications
 Space and Time Scales of processes in Solid Earth

Oceans And Atmosphere –
 Biological Productivity in the oceans.
 Major water masses of the world’s oceans.
 Thermohaline circulation
 Important current systems
 Oceanic conveyor belt
 Major water masses of the world’s oceans,
 Hypsography of the Ocean Floor and Continents, etc.

Interior of Earth –
 Concepts of Strain and Stress
 Internal structure of Earth
 Interplate and intraplate seismicity
 Earthquakes and their measurements and causes
 Joints and Faults
 Folds
 Behaviour of rocks under stress
 Paleomagnetism, plate tectonics
 Sea floor spreading
 Basic concepts of seismology
CSIR UGC NET Physical Sciences Syllabus –

Classical Mechanics Newton’s Laws –
 Two Body Collisions
 Central Force Motion
 Phase space dynamics
 Variational Principle
 Moments of inertia tensor
 Stability analysis
 Scattering in laboratory
 Symmetry
 Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formalism and equations of motion
 Rigid body dynamics
 Invariance and conservation laws
 Non inertial frames
 Poisson brackets
 Pseudo Forces
 Canonical transformations
 Mass energy equivalence
 Periodic motion
 Cyclic coordinates
 Lorentz transformations
 Invariance and conservation laws
 Relativistic kinematics, etc.

Mathematical Methods of Physics –
 Fourier Series
 Dimensional analysis
 Cayley Hamilton Theorem
 Vector Algebra
 Eigenvalue problems
 Vector Calculus
 Elements of complex analysis
 Linear differential equations
 Legendre, Bessel, hermite, and Laguerre special functions
 Introductory group theory
 Elements of complex analysis
 Fourier and laplace transforms
 Residues and evaluation of integrals
 Poisson and normal distributions
 Binomial distributions
 Finite difference methods
 Interpolation
 Integration by trapezoidal
 Extrapolation
 Simpson’s rule
 Solution of first order differential equations
 Elements of computational techniques, etc.

Quantum Mechanics waveparticle duality –
 Addition in a central potential
 Dirac’s bra and ket notation
 Matrix representation
 Orbital angular momentum
 Commutators
 Hydrogen atom
 Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle
 WKB approximation
 Selection rules
 Time dependent perturbation theory
 Tunneling through a barrier
 Fermi’s Golden Rule
 Schrodinger equations
 Variational method
 Klein Gordon and dirac equations
 Semiclassical theory of radiation
 Identical particles
 Spinstatistics connection
 Born approximation
 Partial waves
 Phase shifts
 Elementary theory of scattering
 Time independent perturbation theory
 Fine structure
 Relativistic quantum mechanics, etc.

Electromagnetic theory Electrostatics –
 Radiation from moving charges
 Gauge invariance
 Maxwell’s equations in free space and linear isotropic media
 Scalar and vector potentials
 Gauss’ Law and its applications
 Lorentz invariances of Maxwell’s equation
 Dipoles and retarded potentials
 Electromagnetic waves in free space
 Conductors and dielectrics
 Dispersion relations in Plasma
 Fresnel’s law
 Refraction and reflection
 Coherence and diffraction
 Polarization
 BiotSavart Law
 Electromagnetic induction
 Ampere’s theorem
 Transmission lines and wave guides
 Uniform electromagnetic fields and dynamics of charged particles in static.
 Magnetostatics
 Boundary value problems
 Poisson and Laplace equations, etc.

Electronics –
 Junctions
 Including diodes
 Semiconductor device physics
 A/D and D/A converters
 High Frequency devices
 Transistors
 Device Structure device characteristics
 Operational amplifiers and applications
 Field effect devices
 Microcontroller
 Microprocessor
 Digital Techniques and application
 Optoelectronic devices
 LEDs, Photodetectors, etc.

Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics Laws –
 BoseEinstein condensation
 Diffusion equation
 Phase space, macro and micro states
 Thermodynamic potentials
 Chemical potential
 Maxwell relations
 Blackbody radiation and Planck’s distribution law
 Principle of detailed balance
 Free Energy and connection with thermodynamic quantities
 Ideal Fermi and Bose Gases
 First and second order phase transistors
 Introduction to nonequilibrium processes
 Microcanonical, grand canonical and canonical ensembles and partition functions
 Classical and quantum statistics
 Random walk and brownian motion, etc.

Nuclear and Particle Physics –
 Isospin
 Rotational Spectra
 Deuteron Problem
 Basic nuclear properties
 Elementary ideas of alpha
 Spin And Parity Assignments
 C, P, and T Invariances and applications of symmetry
 GellMann Nishijima Formula
 Rotational Spectra
 Evidence of shell structure
 Beta and gamma decays
 Relativistic kinematics
 Liquid drop model
 Binding energy
 Fusion and Fission
 Size, charge distribution, shape, parity and spin
 Parity nonconservation in weak interaction.
 Single particle shell model

Condensed Matter Physics –
 Superconductivity
 Bravais lattice
 Free electron theory and electronic specific heat
 Ferromagnetism, paramagnetism and diamagnetism
 Bonding of solids letters specific heat elastic properties and phonons
 Drude model of electrical and thermal conductivity
 Conducting polymers
 Defects and dislocations.
 Response and relaxation phenomena
 Hall effect
 Sensor electric power
 Electron motion Semiconductors, Insulators and band theory of metals
 Reciprocal lattice
 Structure factor and diffraction
 Kinds of liquid crystal and translational orientational order.

Atomic and Molecular Physics –
 Stern Gerlach Experiment
 Quantum states of an electron in an atom
 Rotational, electronic, vibrational and Raman spectra of diatomic molecules
 Population inversion
 Optical pumping and rate equation
 Spectrum of helium, hydrogen and alkali atoms
 Electron spin resonance
 Chemical shift and nuclear Magnetic resonance
 Spontaneous and stimulated emissions
 Lasers
 Einstein A and B coefficients
 Xray spectroscopy
 LS and JJ coupling
 Paschen back and stark effect
 Coherence length and modes of resonators

Experimental Techniques and Data Analysis –
 Chi square test
 Linear and nonlinear curve fitting
 Least square fitting
 Propagation of errors
 Error analysis
 Precision and accuracy
 Data interpretation and analysis
 Amplification
 Fourier transforms
 Login detector
 boxcar integrator
 Transducer
 Signal conditioning and recovery
 Modulation techniques
 Impedance Matching, etc.
CSIR UGC NET Examination Pattern 2017

CSIR UGC NET Earth Sciences Examination Pattern –
According to the concerned organization, the paper will be of 2 parts that is paper 1 and paper 2 for which the examination pattern is as followed –
Paper 1 –
First of all, the first paper will be of 2 hours and 30 minutes where a total of 100 questions will be asked each with 2 marks that is for total of 200 marks. The organization has stated that there are no negative marking on incorrect responses. The Paper 1 will be of two parts that is Part A and Part B.
Part A – Firstly, 40 questions from General Science section will be asked where a maximum 25 questions should be correct and that only 25 questions will be assessed and evaluated.
Part B – The second part is of 100 questions where the maximum questions which the participants must attend is 75 each carrying 2 marks as stated above.

CSIR UGC NET Chemical Sciences Examination Pattern –
As stated above, this subject of test will be of 2 papers that is for Joint CSIR UGC JRF/LS (NET) for which the examination is stated below.
Paper 1 –
First of all, the first paper will be of two sections that is Part A and Part B where the part A will prompts the candidates to attend any 25 questions of the total 40 questions.
Paper 2 –
Similarly, the participants must appear for at least 75 questions out of the total 100 questions present in the Part B after which the total 100 questions will be assessed and note that any attempt above 100 questions will not be evaluated.
The test will be of 200 marks for a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes with no negative marking as per the notification.

CSIR UGC NET Mathematical Sciences Examination Pattern –
This particular test is being conducted for Joint CSIR UGC JRF/LS (NET) Examination which as same as above has 2 papers.
 The first paper is being bifurcated into two sections that is Part A and Part B. Starting with the Part A, the total questions asked under General Sciences category will be 40 questions of which, the participants must only attempt 25 questions and not more than that.
 The Part B will be of total 75 questions of which one is required to attempt only 50 questions which will be evaluated and the results will be declared by taking account of these 50 questions in the Paper.
 This particular subject has a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes with a total of 200 marks where each questions in Part A carrying 2 marks and each questions in the Part B contains 3 marks for each questions.

CSIR UGC NET Physical Sciences Examination Pattern –
According to the official advertisement, the test under the subject of Physical Sciences for the post of JRF and LS will have two papers for which the exam pattern is prescribed below.
Note that each paper is of 2 hours and 30 minutes that is applicable for Paper and Paper 2.
Paper 1 –
The total marks that the Paper 1 will be of is 200 marks where the questions will be asked on the basis of 2 marks for each questions for which the division is as followed.
 The Part A will have total 40 questions on general sciences depending on the subject chosen where as per the instructions, the aspirants will have to attend any of the 25 questions. Note that the advertisement clearly specifies that the total questions to be attempted in Part A is 25 out of 40 questions.
 Part B is similar any other subjects that are stated above. It has 100 questions in total where only 75 of them are required to be attempted above which no questions will be assessed. There is no negative marking.
Paper 2 –
After appearing for the Paper 1, you will be able to appear for the Paper 2 which is a 200 marks questions paper with a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes.
 The Paper 2 will have questions based on descriptions and calculations where one must attend 8 out of 10 questions in the Part A where each question carries 15 marks.
 Moving on to Part B, the total questions are 20 carrying 10 marks each where the maximum to attend is 8 questions.

CSIR UGC NET Life Sciences Examination Pattern –
This is the section which is being conducted for the Joint CSIRUGC JRF/LS (NET) Examination concerning with the Life Sciences where two papers will have to be solved and the assessment will be based on the given pattern.
Paper 1 –
First of all, this paper will be of duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes with a total of 200 marks.
 The Part A of Paper 1 will have total 40 questions of which, the candidates are required to attend at least and at the most 25 questions which will be assessed and therefore, attempting more than 25 questions will not be considered.
 Part B will be a 100 question paper where the aspirants are required to attend any and only 75 questions carrying 2 marks each. Both the parts doesn’t attracts any negative marking.
Paper 2 –
After moving to the Paper 2, it will be a 200 marks paper with a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes. The aspirants are required to answer between 39 to 45 answers that requires description as per the reference books are provided for the concerned subject. The participants will get 20 marks for one compulsory question and then 12 marks for each of 15 questions as asked.
Important Links –
Official website – www.csirhrdg.res.in.
Syllabus for CSIR UCG Test Model Questions Papers – http://csirhrdg.res.in/csirnetmqs.htm
Physical Sciences Syllabus – http://csirhrdg.res.in/PS.pdf
Mathematical Sciences Syllabus – http://csirhrdg.res.in/MS.pdf
Life Sciences Syllabus – http://csirhrdg.res.in/LS.pdf
Earth Sciences Syllabus – http://csirhrdg.res.in/ES.pdf
Chemical Sciences Syllabus – http://csirhrdg.res.in/CS.pdf