CSIR NET 2021 Syllabus: Download Subject Wise Syllabus and Books

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May 3, 2021

CSIR UGC NET 2021 Syllabus is prescribed by Human Resource Development Group (HRDG) on its official website for all the 5 subjects. Candidates can select the subject during the time of the online application process. CSIR NET paper is divided into 3 part i.e A, B, C. The syllabus for Part A is common for everyone and the syllabus of Part B and C is totally based on the subject opted by the candidates.

It is very important for candidates to be aware of the syllabus for efficient preparation. The syllabus and exam pattern will help all the candidates to build a good preparation strategy. Read the article to know more about CSIR UGC NET detailed subject wise syllabus and download PDFs of the same. 

CSIR UGC NET 2021 Subjects

Subjects of the Test for CSIR UGC NET 2021 are mentioned below:

Subject Code Subjects of the Test
701 Chemical Sciences
702 Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
703 Life Sciences
704 Mathematical Sciences
705 Physical Sciences

Chemical Sciences

CSIR UGC NET 2021 Syllabus – Chemical Sciences

The major topics for CSIR NET chemical sciences syllabus is provided below. Candidates can check the detailed syllabus and also download the pdf of the same.

Topics CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Syllabus
Inorganic Chemistry Chemical Periodicity, VSEPR Theory, Acids and Bases, Main group elements and their compounds, Transition elements and coordination compounds, Inner transition elements, Organometallic compounds, Cages, and Metal Cluster, Analytical Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Characterisation of inorganic compounds and Nuclear Chemistry.
Physical Chemistry Basic principles of quantum mechanics, Approximate methods of quantum mechanics, Atomic structure and spectroscopy, Chemical bonding in diatomics, Chemical applications of group theory, Molecular spectroscopy, Chemical thermodynamics, Statistical thermodynamics, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Colloids and surfaces, Solid-state, Polymer chemistry, and Data Analysis.
Organic Chemistry IUPAC nomenclature of organic molecules including regio- and stereoisomers, Principles of stereochemistry, Aromaticity, Organic reactive intermediates, Organic transformations and reagents, Concepts in organic synthesis, Asymmetric synthesis, Pericyclic reactions, Chemistry of natural products and Structure determination of organic compounds by IR, UV-Vis, 1H & 13C NMR and Mass spectroscopic techniques. 
Interdisciplinary Topics Chemistry in nanoscience and technology, Catalysis and Green Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, and Environmental Chemistry.

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Earth Sciences

CSIR UGC NET 2021 Syllabus – Earth Sciences

The syllabus is divided into sections so that candidates can easily get an idea about all the important topics of CSIR NET Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Syllabus.

Topics CSIR NET Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Syllabus
Earth Sciences The Earth and the Solar System, Earth Materials, Surface Features and Processes, Interior of Earth, Deformation and Tectonics, Oceans and Atmosphere, and Environmental Earth Sciences.
Geology Mineralogy and Petrology, Structural Geology and Geotectonics, Paleontology and its Applications, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Marine Geology and Paleoceanography, Geochemistry, Economic Geology, Precambrian Geology and Crustal Evolution and Quaternary Geology
Applied Geology Remote sensing and GIS, Engineering Geology, Mineral Exploration, Hydrogeology, 
Physical Geography Geomorphology, Climatology, Bio-geography, Environmental Geography and Geography of India, 
Geophysics Signal Processing, Field theory, Numerical Analysis and Inversion, Gravity and Magnetics fields of the earth, Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics, Seismology Elastic theory, Gravity and Magnetics Methods, Electical and Electromagnetic methods, Seismic methods and Well logging.
Meteorology Climatology, Physical Meteorology, Atmospheric Electricity, Cloud Physics, Dynamic Meteorology, Numerical Weather Prediction, General Circulation and Climate Modelling, Synoptic Meteorology, Aviation Meteorology and Satellite Meteorology.
Ocean Sciences Physical Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Geological Oceanography and Biological Oceanography.

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Life Sciences

CSIR UGC NET 2021 Syllabus – Life Sciences

Life science is one of the major subjects and taken by most of the candidates in the exam. The syllabus of life sciences is lengthy and candidates need to give a good preparation time to this subject. The detailed syllabus is provided below:

Topics CSIR NET Life Sciences Syllabus
Molecules and their Interaction  Structure of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, Composition, structure and function of biomolecules, Stablizing interactions, Principles of biophysical chemistry, Bioenergetics, glycolysis, oxidative phosphorylation, coupled reaction, group  transfer, biological energy transducers, Principles of catalysis, enzymes and enzyme kinetics, enzyme regulation,  mechanism of enzyme catalysis, isozymes, Conformation of proteins, Conformation of nucleic acids, Stability of proteins and nucleic acids, Metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids nucleotides and vitamins. 
Cellular Organization Membrane structure and function, Structural organization and function of intracellular organelles, Organization of genes and chromosomes, Cell division and cell cycle and Microbial Physiology.
Fundamental Processes DNA replication, repair and recombination, RNA synthesis and  processing, Protein synthesis and processing and Control of gene expression at transcription and translation level
Cell Communication and Cell Signaling  Host parasite interaction, Cell signaling, Cellular communication, Cancer and Innate and adaptive immune system
Developmental Biology Basic concepts of development, Gametogenesis, fertilization and early development, Morphogenesis and organogenesis in animals, Morphogenesis and organogenesis in plants and Programmed cell death, aging and senescence.
System Physiology-Plant Photosynthesis, Respiration and photorespiration, Nitrogen metabolism, Plant hormones, Sensory photobiology, Solute transport and photoassimilate translocation, Secondary metabolites and Stress physiology.
System Physiology-Animals Blood and Circulation, Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, Nervous System, Sense Organs, Excretory system, Thermoregulation, Stress and Adaptation, Digestive System, and Endocrinology and Reproduction.
Inheritance Biology Mendelian principles, Concept of Gene, Extensions of Mendelian Principles, Gene mapping methods, Extra chromosomal inheritance, Microbial genetics, Human Genetics, Quantitative Genetics, Mutation, Structural and numerical alterations of chromosomes and Recombination
Diversity of Life Forms Principles & methods of taxonomy, Levels of structural organization, Outline classification of plants, animals & microorganisms, Natural history of Indian subcontinent, Organisms of health & agricultural importance and Organisms of conservation concern
Ecological Principles The Environment, Habitat and Niche, Population Ecology, Species Interactions, Community Ecology, Ecological Succession, Ecosystem Ecology, Biogeography, Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology
Evolution and Behaviour Emergence of evolutionary thoughts, Origin of cells and Unicellular Evolution, Paleontology and Evolutionary History, Molecular Evolution, The Mechanisms, Brain, Behavior and Evolution
Applied Biology Microbial fermentation and production of small and macro molecules, Application of immunological principles, vaccines, diagnostics. Tissue and cell culture methods for plants and animals, Transgenic animals and plants, molecular approaches to diagnosis and strain identification, Genomics and its application to health and agriculture, including gene therapy, Bioresource and uses of biodiversity, Breeding in plants and animals, including marker – assisted selection, Bioremediation and phytoremediation, Biosensors 
Methods in Biology Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA methods, Histochemical and Immunotechniques, Biophysical Method, Statisitcal Methods, Radiolabeling techniques, Microscopic techniques, Electrophysiological methods and Methods in field biology.

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Mathematical Sciences

CSIR UGC NET 2021 Syllabus – Mathematical Sciences

The syllabus of Mathematical Sciences is divided into units. The major topics are analysis, algebra, topology, numerical analysis, descriptive statistics, etc. The detailed syllabus is provided below:

Units CSIR NET Mathematical Sciences Syllabus
Unit 1

Analysis: Elementary set theory, finite, countable and uncountable sets, Real number system as a complete ordered field, Archimedean property, supremum, infimum. Sequences and series, convergence, limsup, liminf. Bolzano Weierstrass theorem, Heine Borel theorem. Continuity, Differentiability, Mean value theorem, Sequences and series. Functions of several variables, Metric spaces, compactness, connectedness. Normed linear Spaces. 

Linear Algebra: Vector spaces, algebra of linear transformations. Algebra of matrices, determinant of matrices, linear equations. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, Cayley-Hamilton theorem. Matrix representation of linear transformations. Change of basis, canonical forms, diagonal forms, triangular forms, Jordan forms.Quadratic forms, reduction and classification of quadratic forms   

Unit 2

Complex Analysis: Algebra of complex numbers, the complex plane, polynomials, power series, transcendental functions such as exponential, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions.   Analytic functions, Cauchy-Riemann equations. Contour integral, Cauchy’s theorem, Cauchy’s integral formula, Liouville’s theorem, Maximum modulus principle, Schwarz lemma, Open mapping theorem.     Taylor series, Laurent series, calculus of residues. Conformal mappings, Mobius transformations.    

Algebra: Permutations, combinations, Fundamental theorem of arithmetic, divisibility in Z, congruences, Chinese Remainder Theorem, Euler’s Ø- function, primitive roots, Cayley’s theorem, Sylow theorems. Rings, ideals, prime and maximal ideals, quotient rings, unique factorization domain, Polynomial rings and irreducibility criteria. Fields, finite fields, field extensions, Galois Theory.    

Topology: basis, dense sets, subspace and product topology, separation axioms, connectedness and compactness. 

Unit 3

Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs): Existence and uniqueness of solutions of initial value problems for first order ordinary differential equations, singular solutions of first order ODEs, system of first order ODEs.  

Partial Differential Equations (PDEs): Lagrange and Charpit methods for solving first order PDEs, Cauchy problem for first order PDEs. Classification of second order PDEs, General solution of higher order PDEs with constant coefficients, Method of separation of variables for Laplace, Heat and Wave equations.    

Numerical Analysis: Numerical solutions of algebraic equations, Method of iteration and Newton-Raphson method, Rate of convergence, 

Calculus of Variations: Variation of a functional, Euler-Lagrange equation, Necessary and sufficient conditions for extrema. Variational methods for boundary value problems in ordinary and partial differential equations.    

Linear Integral Equations: Linear integral equation of the first and second kind of Fredholm and Volterra type, Solutions with separable kernels. Characteristic numbers and eigenfunctions, resolvent kernel.

Classical Mechanics: Generalized coordinates, Lagrange’s equations, Hamilton’s canonical equations, Hamilton’s principle and principle of least action, Two-dimensional motion of rigid bodies, Euler’s dynamical equations for the motion of a rigid body about an axis, theory of small oscillations. 

Unit 4

Descriptive statistics, exploratory data analysis, Sample space, discrete probability, independent events, Bayes theorem. Random variables and distribution functions (univariate and multivariate); expectation and moments. Independent random variables, marginal and conditional distributions.   

Standard discrete and continuous univariate distributions. sampling distributions, standard errors and asymptotic distributions, distribution of order statistics and range.    

Methods of estimation, properties of estimators, confidence intervals. Tests of hypotheses, Gauss-Markov models, estimability of parameters, best linear unbiased estimators, confidence intervals, tests for linear hypotheses. Analysis of variance and covariance. Simple and multiple linear regression, Multivariate normal distribution, Distribution of quadratic forms. 

Data Reduction Techniques: Principle component analysis, Discriminant analysis, Cluster analysis, Canonical correlation.     
Simple random sampling, stratified sampling and systematic sampling. Probability proportional to size sampling.

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Physical Sciences

CSIR UGC NET 2021 Syllabus – Physical Sciences

The syllabus of Physical Sciences is less in comparison to other subjects and divided into 2 levels i.e core and advanced. 

Levels CSIR NET Physical Sciences Syllabus
Core Mathematical Methods of Physics, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics, Electronics and Experimental Methods
Advanced Mathematical Methods of Physics, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics, Electronics and Experimental Methods, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Nuclear and Particle Physics

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CSIR UGC NET 2021 Books

CSIR NET Subject CSIR NET Book Publisher/ Author
Chemical Sciences UGC-CSIR JRF/ NET Chemical Sciences (Chemistry) Trueman’s
Earth Sciences Joint CSIR-UGC NET Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences R. Gupta’s
Life Sciences UGC CSIR NET/ SET (JRF & LS) Life Sciences Arihant
Mathematical Sciences CSIR-UGC NET/ SET (JRF & LS) Mathematical Sciences Khanna Publishers
Physical Science CSIR-UGC NET/ JRF/ SET Physical Sciences Upkar’s


Ques: What are the subjects for which CSIR NET is conducted?

Ans: There are 5 major subjects for which exam is conducted and they are:

  1. Chemical Sciences
  2. Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
  3. Life Sciences
  4. Mathematical Sciences
  5. Physical Sciences

Ques: What are the major topics of Earth Sciences Syllabus for CSIR NET 2021?

Ans: Geology, Applied Geology, Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, Geophysics, Meteorology, Ocean sciences are the major topics for this subject. Part A of the exam is common for all the candidates but Part B and C are as per the subject opted by the candidate. 

Ques: What is the exam pattern for the Mathematical Sciences paper of CSIR UGC NET 2021?

Ans: CSIR NET Mathematical Sciences exam will have 20, 40 and 60 questions,  however, candidates have to attempt only 15, 25 and 20 questions in  Part-A, Part-B and Part-C respectively.

  • Each question will have 4 alternatives, Questions in Part A and Part B will have only one correct answer whereas Part-C questions may have one or more correct answers. 
  • Credit will be given only when exact number of correct answers are marked.
  • There will be a negative marking of 25% in Part A and Part B. However, no negative marking is applicable in Part-C.
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


Can you tell me some good books that needs to be referred while preparing for the CSIR UGC NET exam?
jaya garg

Hi. The list of the books that you need to refer include:
CSIR NET Subject CSIR NET Book Publisher/ Author
Chemical Sciences UGC-CSIR JRF/ NET Chemical Sciences (Chemistry) Trueman’s
Earth Sciences Joint CSIR-UGC NET Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences R. Gupta’s
Life Sciences UGC CSIR NET/ SET (JRF & LS) Life Sciences Arihant

ananya pandey
"Can you tell me important sections asked in Meteorology section?
jaya garg

Hi. Some of the important sections that you need to prepare include Meteorology, Climatology, Physical Meteorology, Atmospheric Electricity, Cloud Physics, Dynamic Meteorology, among many others.

yash raj singh
Is it important to know the updated CSIR NET exam pattern?
jaya garg

Hi. Yes, candidates must stay aware of the latest syllabus for efficient preparation. The syllabus and exam pattern is useful for the candidates to build a good preparation strategy. Detailed CSIR UGC NET subject wise syllabus is here.

ashok yadav
When will the syllabus upload of Geo informatics?
manika gupta

Hi, Geoinformatics is the science and the technology which develops and uses information science infrastructure to address the problems of geography, cartography, geosciences and related branches of science and engineering. The syllabus will be ulpoaded on the official website soon.