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CSIR UGC NET Exam Pattern & Syllabus


The exam pattern for the CSIR UGC NET 2014 will be as follows: It will be a 200-mark Single Paper Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) test of three hours duration and will be divided into three parts:


Part A:

This section contains a maximum of 20 General Aptitude questions. You will be required to answer any 15 of the 20 questions. A total of 30 marks is allocated to this section. This section is common to all subject papers.

The questions will pertain to the areas of General Science, Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis, and Research Aptitude.


Part B:

This section contains subject-specific MCQs. A total of 70 marks is allotted to this section and you should attempt between 20-35 questions. The number of questions varies as per the subject paper.

Part C:

This section contains higher-order questions which test your knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of these concepts. The questions will be analytic in nature and a total of 100 marks is allotted to this section.

Wrong answers will be awarded a negative mark.

In all the subject areas of the NET, the number of questions asked and to be attempted will vary from exam to exam.


The syllabus for the various subjects for which CSIR NET is available:

Chemical Sciences

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Nanoscience and Technology
  • Catalysis and Green Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry

Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences

  • The Earth and The Solar System
  • Earth Materials, Surface Features and Processes
  • Interior of the Earth, Deformation and Tectonics
  • Oceans and Atmospheres
  • Environmental Earth Sciences
  • Geology
    • Mineralogy and Petrology
    • Structural Geology and Geotectonics
    • Palaeontology and Its Applications
    • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
    • Marine Geology and Paleoceanography
    • Geochemistry
    • Economic Geology
    • Percambrian Geology and Crustal Evolution
    • Quaternary Geology
    • Applied Geology
    • Physical Geography
    • Geophysics
    • Meteorology
    • Ocean Sciences

Life Sciences

  • Molecules and their Interaction Relevant to Biology
  • Cellular Organization
  • Fundamental Processes
  • Cell Communication and Cell Signaling
  • Developmental Biology
  • System Physiology – Plant
  • System Physiology – Animal
  • Inheritance Biology
  • Diversity of Life Forms
  • Ecological Principles
  • Evolution and Behavior
  • Applied Biology
  • Methods in Biology

Mathematical Sciences

  • Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Complex Analysis
  • Algebra
  • Topology
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs)
  • Partial Differential Equations (PDEs)
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Calculus of Variations
  • Linear Integral Equations
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Descriptive Statistics, Exploratory Data Analysis

Physical Sciences

  • Mathematical Methods of Physics (Core and Advanced)
  • Classical Mechanics (Core and Advanced)
  • Electromagnetic Theory (Core and Advanced)
  • Quantum Mechanics (Core and Advanced)
  • Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics (Core and Advanced)
  • Electronics and Experimental Methods (Core and Advanced)
  • Atomic & Molecular Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

Engineering Sciences

  • Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Electrical Science
  • Electronics
  • Materials Science
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics

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