CSIR UGC NET: Preparation Tips, Important Topics, and Recommended Books

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Mar 19, 2021

CSIR UGC NET is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to shortlist candidates for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or lectureship in Indian universities and colleges across the country.

CSIR UGC NET Exam has been one of the most competitive exams in India. To clear such an exam, a proper strategy is required from the Candidates’ side. Starting from the basic books, to the advanced books, to different topics, and the practice papers. It all needs a proper approach to clear CSIR NET.

UGC NET Topics

CSIR UGC NET: Important Topics

Following table contains the list of important topics for the major subject in the syllabus for CSIR NET Exam. Candidates are requested to check this list before preparation.

Subject Important Chapters/ Topics
Organic Chemistry
  • IUPAC nomenclature, Aromaticity, Organic reaction mechanism, Organic reactive intermediates
  • Principles of stereochemistry
  • Pericyclic Chemistry
  • Structure determination of organic compounds
  • Common named reactions and rearrangements
Mathematical Science
  • General Formulae,
  • Statistics,
  • Speed and accuracy
Life Science
  • Molecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology
  • Cellular Organization
  • Fundamental Processes
  • Types of RNA –structure, and function
  • Gene silencing methods, RNAi
  • RNA Transcription:
Physical Science
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
Inorganic Chemistry
  • Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory
  • Transition Elements and their coordination compounds
  • Organometallic compounds
UGC NET Exam Pattern

CSIR UGC NET: Exam Pattern

Following table mentions all the important aspects related to the exam pattern of CSIR NET which a candidate must go through to understand the nature of the exam.

Particulars CSIR NET Exam Pattern Highlights
Mode of Exam Online
Exam duration 180 minutes
Number of sections/parts 3
Total questions to be attempted Chemical Sciences: 75 Earth Sciences: 75 Life Sciences: 75 Mathematical Sciences: 60 Physical Sciences: 55
Type of questions MCQ type Questions
Total marks 200 for each paper
Negative marking Yes
Language of paper English and Hindi
UGC NET Weightage

CSIR UGC NET: Subject Wise Weightage

Weightage for each section differs in CSIR NET. Candidates are advised to check the weightage for each section, and plan their preparation accordingly. It would be advised to strengthen a topic having higher weightage before a weak topic.

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Subject Exam Weightage (Total Marks) Marking Scheme Negative Marking
Earth Science 200 +2 for part A & B and +4 for part C -0.5 for part A & B and -1 for part C
Mathematical Science 200 +2 for part A, +3 for part B, and +4.75 for part C -0.5 for part A, -0.75 for part B, and no negative marking for part C
Life Science 200 +2 for part A & B and +4 for part C -0.5 for part A & B and -1 for part C
Physical Science 200 +2 for part A, +3.5 for part B, and +5 for part C -0.5 for part A, -0.875 for part B, and -1.25 for part C
Chemical Science 200 +2 for part A & B and +4 for part C -0.5 for part A & B and -1 for part C
UGC NET Preparation Tips

CSIR UGC NET: Preparation Tips

  • Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus and exam pattern before commencing their preparation for the Exam.
  • Candidates should try to solve a mock test for CSIR NET before starting preparation to check their level of preparation.
  • Candidates should prepare a routing involving more focus on the Candidate’s weak topics and lesser on the strong topics.
  • It is advisable to start with the basics and then move on to the advanced topics.
  • Note taking is also suggested for such topics which need constant revision.
  • Revise each topic before starting a new one. It would enhance the retention capacity.
  • Check out the previous year papers for CSIR NET and check the questions that have been asked more.
  • Look for the study material that suits you the most from a list of Books. No need to read all the books for the preparation.
  • Regularly practice Mock Tests to keep checking your progress.

CSIR UGC NET: Subject-Wise Recommended Books

Given below is the list of recommended books for different subjects involved in CSIR NET. Students are advised to check the suitability of these books according to their needs before proceeding to purchase.

Chemical Sciences
Joint CSIR-UGC NET Chemical Science (Paper-II & III) by Narender Sharma CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Chemical Sciences by Dr Hemant Kulshrestha and Dr Ajay Taneja
Trueman's UGC-CSIR JRF / NET Chemical Sciences (Chemistry) by M Gagan Modern Methods of Organic Synthesis by William Carruthers
Physical Sciences
CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Physical Sciences by Dr Surekha Tomar Mathematical Physics by HK Dass and Rama Verma
Classical Mechanics by JC Upadhya Modern Physics and Solid State Physics by SO Pillai
Mathematical Sciences
CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Mathematical Sciences by Alok Kumar (Upkar) Real Analysis by HL Royden
Complex Variables and Applications by Ruel Churchill and James Brown Contemporary Abstract Algebra by Joseph A Gallian
Life Sciences
Biochemistry by Lubert Stryer and Jeremy M Berg Molecular Biotechnology: Principles and Applications of Recombinant by Bernard J Glick, Jack J. Pasternak and Cheryl L Patten
Plant Physiology by Ross and Salisbury Kuby Immunology by Thomas J Kindt
Earth Sciences
CSIR-UGC NET/JRF Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Exam Guide by Surendra Kumar An Objective Earth Sciences by S Ahmad
Earth Science: The Physical Setting by Jeffrey C Callister Climatology and Oceanography by DS Lal

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CSIR UGC NET: Selected Books

Given below is a list of major recommended books for CSIR NET Exam. It would be required for you to at least check these books once before buying.

Classical Mechanics by Herbert Goldstein Molecular Biotechnology: Principles and Applications of Recombinant DNA by Bernard R. Glick and Jack J. Pasternak
Plant Physiology by Lincoln Taiz Principles of Gene Manipulation and Genomics
Inorganic Chemistry: Principles of Structure and Reactivity by James E. Huheey Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences by Mary L. Boas
UGC NET Analysis

CSIR UGC NET Exam Analysis

Following table has a brief analysis of the paper in CSIR NET that happened in December 2019. From the table, it can be seen that Life Sciences and Physical Sciences had Easy to Moderate difficulty level paper. Other papers were slightly difficult.

CSIR NET Papers CSIR NET Difficulty Level for December 2019 Exam
Life Sciences Easy to Moderate
Physical Sciences Easy to Moderate
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Moderate to Difficult

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CSIR NET Exam Tips: FAQs

Ques. Is it necessary to refer to any standard book before attempting practice tests?

Ans. No. It is not required. You can attempt any practice test beforehand to check your level and then start the preparation accordingly.

Ques. How many practice papers should I attempt before appearing for the exam?

Ans. There is no such number defined. However, generally 30-40 papers are more than enough to prepare you for such exams.

Ques. How long before the exam should I start preparation?

Ans. There is no answer to this question. Whenever you think the time is right, you should start. However, 8-10 months of preparation is suggested to clear any kind of exam.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.