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CSIR UGC NET Syllabus for Chemical Sciences

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Mar 26, 2020

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CSIR UGC NET is a national level offline test conducted every year in 2 sessions- June and December. The exam is a portal for candidates seeking admission to the post of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor. CSIR UGC NET syllabus will be of graduation level.

The exam paper for Chemical Sciences consists of 3 Parts- A, B, C and have 20, 40 and 60 questions wherein candidates have to attempt a maximum of 15, 35 and 25 questions respectively.  All the questions are objective type questions (MCQs) and negative marking will be applicable.  Check CSIR NET Exam Pattern

The main topics of CSIR UGC NET Syllabus for Chemical Sciences are-

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

The below article contains all the information related to CSIR UGC NET Syllabus for Chemical Sciences and sample questions for each section.

Part A Syllabus

CSIR UGC NET Chemical Sciences – Part A Syllabus

This section is designed to test the applicant’s general aptitude. Questions pertaining to general science, quantitative reasoning as also analyze and research aptitude will be asked. The syllabus for this section has not been changed and is same as it was for the previous years. The highlights of CSIR UGC NET Syllabus for Part A are mentioned below-

  • Part A will be common to all 5 streams of studies.
  • It will comprise of 20 objective type questions.
  • Applicants will have to answer any 15 out of these 20 questions.
  • The maximum marks a student can score in this section are 30.
  • Each correct answer will be awarded +2 marks while 0.5 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer.

Important topics under this section and some sample questions are given below.

SSC CGL Syllabus for Chemical Sciences

Recommended Books for Chemical Science – Part A

Good reference books and study material are key to success in any top-notch entrance exam. CSIR UGC NET is the premier national level entrance exam for the position of Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship. Mentioned below are some good books you can rely on –

Section Book name Author/ Publisher
General Science CSIR UG NET- for Part A (Quant Master Series) Paperback Sudesh Sharma
CSIR UGC NET (Science) Paper I Guide Karan Deo
CSIR UGC NET Compulsory Paper- Part A General Science Ramesh Publishing House

Sample Questions

Ques. A sphere of radius 4 cm is carved from a homogeneous sphere of radius 8 cm and mass 160 g. The mass of the smaller sphere is

1. 80 g.

2. 60 g.

3. 40 g.

4. 20 g.

Ques. A person buys a shirt with marked price Rs.300/- at a discount of 20%. In order to make a profit of 20% the person should sell the shirt for

1. Rs.288/-

2. Rs.300/-

3. Rs.240/-

4. Rs.360/-

Ques. In a bag containing only blue, red and green marbles, all but 15 are blue, all but 13 are red and all but 12 are green. How many are red?

1. 13

2. 7

3. 25

4. 20

CSIR UGC NET Chemical Science - Part A Tips

This is a scoring section and so candidates must prepare well for it. A few preparation tips are mentioned below-

  • Students must make it a habit to solve at least 20 questions after studying a topic. This habit will help them in understanding the concepts better and they will also be able to solve different types of questions based on this topic.
  • Do not refer to many books. Instead, refer to a small number of books and master them.
  • Candidates must focus on graph related and numerical based problems as these are asked many times in the exam.

They must devise some easy tricks to solve questions and to save time.

Also Check CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern

Part B & C Syllabus

CSIR UGC NET Chemical Sciences – Part B & C Syllabus

These sections will evaluate the candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts for topics given in the syllabus. Aspirants must answer conceptual as also application-based questions. The questions will be of analytical nature where a student will be expected to apply scientific concepts to arrive at the solution to the given problem. The highlights of CSIR UGC NET for Part B and Part C are given below-

  • Part B, and C will have 40 and 60 questions wherein candidates have to attempt a maximum of 35 and 25 questions respectively. 
  • Each question will have four alternatives or responses, only one of them will be the correct answer.
  • Questions in Part B and C will carry 2 and 4 marks respectively. 
  • There is a negative marking of one-fourth marks for incorrect answers.

Important topics under both sections and some sample questions are given below:

Topic Sub-Topic
Inorganic Chemistry

Chemical periodicity

Structure and bonding in homo- and heteronuclear molecules

Concepts of acids and bases

Main group elements and their compounds

Transition elements and coordination compounds

Inner transition elements

Organometallic compounds

Cages and metal clusters.

Analytical chemistry

Bioinorganic chemistry

Characterization of inorganic compounds

Nuclear chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Basic principles of quantum mechanics

Approximate methods of quantum mechanics

Atomic structure and spectroscopy

Chemical bonding in diatomic

Chemical applications of group theory

Molecular spectroscopy.

Chemical thermodynamics

Statistical thermodynamics


Chemical kinetics

Colloids and surfaces.

Solid state

Polymer chemistry

Data analysis

Organic Chemistry

IUPAC nomenclature of organic molecules

Principles of stereochemistry


Organic reactive intermediates

Organic reaction mechanisms

Common named reactions and rearrangements

Organic transformations and reagents

Concepts in organic synthesis

Asymmetric synthesis

Pericyclic reactions

Chemistry involved in natural products

Structure determination of organic compounds

Interdisciplinary topics

Catalysis and green chemistry.

Medicinal chemistry.

Chemistry in nanoscience and technology.

Environmental chemistry

Supramolecular chemistry

Recommended Books

Recommended Books for Chemical Sciences – Part B & C

Some good reference books are discussed below to help individuals study well for these 2 sections.

Topic Book name Author/ Publisher
Physical Chemistry Thermodynamics Thomas Engel & Philip Reid
Quantum Chemistry Donald A. McQuarrie
Organic Chemistry Principles of Stereochemistry P.S Kalsi
Organic Reaction Mechanism Peter Sykes
Pericyclic Reactions R T Morrison, R N Boyd
Inorganic Chemistry Chemical Bonding and Shapes of Compounds J. E Huheey
Transition Metals and Co-ordination compounds (d- block) Bodie Douglas

Sample Questions for Part B

Ques. The only molecule having bridging oxygen is

1. Phosphorus trioxide

2. Phosphorus pentoxide

3. Cyclic tetra phosphate

4. Pyrophosphate

Ques. The absorbance of solution having 20% transmittance is

1. 0.301

2. 0.699

3. 1.301

4. 1.699

Ques. Using phenolphthalein as the indicator, which of the following titration is possible:

1. acetic acid with pyridine

2. oxalic acid with sodium hydroxide

3. hydrochloric acid with aniline

4. sulphuric acid with aqueous ammonia

Sample Questions for Part C

Ques. 4-tert-Butylcyclohexanoneon reduction gives two isomeric alcohols which are

1. Enantiomers

2. Diastereomers

3. Rotamers

4. Homomers

Ques. Hemocyanin contains

1. A dinuclear copper core and binds dioxygen in the cuprous state.

2. A dinuclear copper core and binds dioxygen in the cupric state.

3. A mononuclear copper core and binds dioxygen in the cuprous state

4. A mononuclear copper core and binds dioxygen in the cupric state.

Ques. Unlike d-d transitions, the f-f transitions

1. Does not change much with change in ligand

2. Change significantly with change in ligand

3. Appear at low energies i.e. at the near-IR region

4. Appear as broad bands

CSIR UGC NET Chemical Science - Part B & C Tips

These sections have the maximum weightage and so students must prepare well for it. A few preparation tips are mentioned below-

  • Study all the topics thoroughly. Do not leave out any topic as questions from each topic are equally likely to be asked in the exam.
  • Candidates must study and revise mechanisms of reactions and various reagents regularly. These mechanisms can be used to carry out reactions even if applicants do not know the reactions.
  • They must solve previous years’ question papers and mock tests regularly. This will help them to understand the pattern of the exam better as also the kind of questions asked.
  • Aspirants should only attempt those questions which they are confident about as negative marking will be applicable.

CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern

CSIR UGC NET is conducted for the Science stream in the fields of Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The question paper will be divided into 3 sections all of which are compulsory. Part A will be common for all the streams while questions in Part B and C will be asked from the particular field. The details regarding the exam pattern are mentioned below-

Mode of CSIR UGC NET Offline
Number of sections 3
Marks for Correct Answer Part A and B: +2 Part C: +4
Negative Marking Part A and B: -0.5 Part C: -1
Duration of exam 3 hours

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