CSIR UGC NET Syllabus 2017 | Exam Pattern LS, MS, CS, PS, ES


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
  1. 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.
  1. 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, virus-induced 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 two-component signaling systems, quorum sensing, hormones and their receptors, regulation of signaling pathways, signalling through G-protein coupled receptors, cell surface receptor, signal transduction pathways, etc.
Host Parasite Interaction Cell-cell fusion in both abnormal and normal cells, pathogen-induced diseases in plants and animals, plant host cells, viruses into animals cells, virus-induced cell transformation, recognition and the process of entry of different bacterias and other pathogens, etc.
  1. Fundamental Processes –

Topic Subtopics
Protein Synthesis and Processing Genetic code, aminoacylation of tRNA, formation of initiation complex, translational inhibitors, Ribosome, translational proof-reading, 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, Pigeon-hole principle, combinations, derangements, etc.

Syllabus for CSIR UGC NET Earth Sciences

  1. 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.
  1. 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
  1. 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.
  1. 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 –

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Quantum Mechanics wave-particle 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
  • Semi-classical theory of radiation
  • Identical particles
  • Spin-statistics connection
  • Born approximation
  • Partial waves
  • Phase shifts
  • Elementary theory of scattering
  • Time independent perturbation theory
  • Fine structure
  • Relativistic quantum mechanics, etc.
  1. 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
  • Biot-Savart 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics Laws –

  • Bose-Einstein 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.
  1. 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
  • Gell-Mann 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
  1. 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.
  1. 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
  • X-ray spectroscopy
  • LS and JJ coupling
  • Paschen back and stark effect
  • Coherence length and modes of resonators
  1. 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
  • box-car integrator
  • Transducer
  • Signal conditioning and recovery
  • Modulation techniques
  • Impedance Matching, etc.

CSIR UGC NET Examination Pattern 2017

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. CSIR UGC NET Life Sciences Examination Pattern –

This is the section which is being conducted for the Joint CSIR-UGC 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


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