CSIR UGC NET Syllabus for Earth Sciences

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Mar 25, 2020

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CSIR UGC NET is a national level offline test held twice a year in June and December. The exam is a portal for candidates seeking admission to the post of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for eligibility of Lectureship. Earth Sciences relate to the study of earth and its changing aspects. It deals with subjects like Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography, and Astronomy. There will be studies regarding climate, elevation, soil, vegetation, population, land use and industries.

CSIR UGC NET online registration is open and candidates can  fill the forms  till April 15, 2020. If you choose CSIR NET Earth Science (Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences) as your career, then you must be passionate about:

  • The Earth that you see, you can’t see and how it goes over the longest division of geological time.
  • The environment, its changing nature, and the reasons behind the changes.
  • Managing energy, mineral resources, and water.
  • Researches about mountains, deserts, oceans, etc.

CSIR UGC NET will comprise 3 papers which consists of objective type multiple-choice questions. While paper A is common to all subjects and comprises 20 questions on general aptitude; paper B and C consists of subject-related conventional MCQs wherein paper C will have analytical questions of a higher value that may test the candidate’s knowledge and application of scientific concepts.

CSIR NET Earth Science Part A

CSIR UGC NET Earth Science – Part A Syllabus

The questions in this section will evaluate the student’s general aptitude. Aspirants must possess knowledge of general science, quantitative reasoning and also analysis and research aptitude to be able to answer these questions. The highlights of CSIR UGC NET Syllabus for Part A as stated below-

  • Part A will be common to all 5 fields of studies of the exam.
  • A total of 20 objective type questions will be asked in this section out of which candidates must answer any 15.
  • The maximum marks an individual can score in this section are 30.
  • Every correct answer will be awarded +2 marks while 0.5 marks will be deducted for an inaccurate response.

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Sample Questions in Part A

Ques. There are k baskets and n balls. The balls are put into the baskets randomly. If k

1. There is no empty basket

2. There are exactly (n- k) baskets with at least one ball

3. There is at least one basket with two or more balls

4. There are (n- k) baskets with exactly two balls 

Ques. A uniform cylindrical container is half filled with water. The height of the cylinder is twice its diameter. The cylinder is gradually tilted until the water touches the brim. At this instant, the container is inclined at

1. 30° to vertical

2. 45° to vertical

3. 60° to vertical

4. 75° to vertical

Ques. 5 kg of adulterated rice has 2% stones in it and the rest is rice. Half of the stone content was removed. Now the percentage of stone content in it is

1. 0.99%

2. 1%

3. 1.1%

4. 1.01%

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How to Prepare for Part A?

Candidates must not be negligent towards this section as it is a scoring section. If they do well in this section, they will score better than their counterparts. A few preparation tips are mentioned below-

  • Aspirants must make it a habit to solve MCQ questions after studying a topic. This habit will help them in understanding the concepts behind each question which can help them to solve different types of questions.
  • They must aim to solve a certain number of questions within a specified time limit so as to improve their speed.
  • Data and graphical interpretation based questions are asked very frequently in the exam and so aspirants must study these topics thoroughly.
  • Students must aim to solve at least 11-13 questions accurately to secure a decent score in this section.

CSIR NET Earth Science Part B, C

CSIR UGC NET Earth Science – Part B & C Syllabus

These sections are designed to assess the individual’s understanding of scientific concepts for topics given in the syllabus. Candidates will be required to answer conceptual as also application based questions. The nature of questions will be analytical wherein an applicant must apply scientific concepts to arrive at the solution to a given problem. The highlights of CSIR UGC NET for Part B and Part C are as stated below-

  • Part B and Part C will also consist of MCQs.
  • A total of 50 questions will be asked in Part B out of which it is mandatory for students to attempt 35. Each correct response will be awarded +2 marks while 0.5 marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer.
  • The maximum obtainable marks of Part B are 70.
  • In Part C, students have to answer any 25 questions out of the given 80 questions. Each accurate answer will carry +4 marks while -1.32 will be deducted for a wrong answer.
  • The maximum marks for Part C will be 100.
  • The first 35 questions (Part B) and 25 questions (Part C) will be evaluated only irrespective of the number of questions an aspirant attempt.

The main topics for these sections and some sample questions are given below:

Section Topic
Part B
  • The Earth and the Solar System:
  • Earth Materials, Surface Features and Processes
  • Interior of the Earth, Deformation and Tectonics
  • Oceans and Atmosphere
  • Environmental Earth Sciences
Section Topic Sub-topics
Part C Geology
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Structural Geology and Geotectonics
  • Paleontology and its applications
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Marine Geology and Paleoceanography
  • Geochemistry
  • Economics Geology.
  • Precambrian Geology and Crustal Evolution
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Applied Geology
Physical Geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Bio-Geography
  • Environmental Geography
  • Geography of India
  • Signal Processing
  • Field theory
  • Numerical analysis and inversion
  • Gravity and Magnetic fields of the earth
  • Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics
  • Seismology Elastic theory
  • Gravity and Magnetic Methods
  • Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods
  • Seismic Methods
  • Well logging
  • Climatology
  • Physical Meteorology
  • Atmospheric Electricity
  • Cloud Physics
  • Dynamic Meteorology
  • Numerical Weather Prediction
  • General Circulation and Climate Modelling
  • Synoptic Meteorology
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • Satellite Meteorology
Ocean Sciences
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Geological Oceanography
  • Biological Oceanography

CSIR NET Important Books

Reference Books for Earth Science – Part B & C

Some good reference books are given below to help applicants score well in these 2 sections.

Topic Book name Author/ Publisher
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Paleontology Arnold
An Introduction to Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology John D. Winter
Physical Geology Miller
Geomorphology and Global Tectonics Summerfield
Fundamentals of Historical Geology and Stratigraphy of India
Applied Geology Hydrogeology Davies and De Weist

Sample Questions for Part B

Ques. Geostrophic wind is a balance between the pressure gradient force and the Coriolis force. In non-geostrophic wind, flow will become circulatory because of

1. Pressure difference term

2. Momentum term

3. Temperature difference term

4. Shear term

Ques. Which one of the following minerals will have no useful nutrient elements for plant life?

1. plagioclase feldspar

2. quartz

3. olivine

4. biotite

Ques. A river will braid irrespective of the fact that it is gravel-bed, sand-bed or silt-bed if

1. sediment supply = sediment transport

2. sediment supply < sediment transport

3. sediment supply > sediment transport

4. sediment supply >> sediment transport

Sample Questions for Part C 

Each question will consist of 3 parts. Aspirants must answer all 3 parts correctly to get all the 4 marks.

Ques. (A) If there is an embayment along the coastline experiencing longshore current, the following combinations of features may ultimately result

1. Spit, bay mouth bar, lagoon

2. Spit, lagoon, wave-cut platform

3. Tombolo, wave-cut platform, arches

4. Spits, pillars, arches, stacks

(B) The stacks and arches are formed due to erosion of headland projecting into the sea under the influence of waves. The waves in such conditions are directed on all sides

1. At right angle, towards the headland

2. At an angle other than right angle, towards the headland

3. Parallel to the headland, towards it

4. Away from the headland

(C) If say, the wave front approaches at an angle to the shoreline and the resulting drift is from north to south. What will happen towards the south of a groin built on the beach?

1. The shore line will accrete

2. The shore line will erode

3. The shore line will neither erode nor accrete

4. Both erosion and accretion will occur

CSIR UGC NET Earth Science – Part B & C Tips

These 2 sections have the maximum weightage and so aspirants must study well for it. A few preparation tips are given as follows-

  • Candidates must study and revise all topics regularly. They must solve questions based on the newly learnt concepts so that they understand its application better.
  • They must solve mock tests and previous years’ question papers as and when possible. This will enable students to understand the pattern of CSIR UGC NET Earth Sciences exam better as also acquaint them with the kind of questions asked.
  • Aspirants should only attempt those questions which they are confident about as only the first few questions will be evaluated

CSIR NET Earth Science Exam Pattern

The syllabus for the exam will be as laid out by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The level of CSIR UGC NET syllabus will be of graduation level.  

  • The exam paper for Earth Sciences will consist of 3 Parts- A, B and C.
  • The question paper will comprise objective type questions (MCQs).
  • The maximum marks for Part A are 30, Part B is 70 and for Part C it is 100.
  • The total obtainable marks in the test will be 200 and negative marking will also be applicable.
  • For Part A and Part B, there will be negative marking of 25% while for Part C it will be of 33%.

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