CSIR NET Syllabus

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CSIR NET Syllabus

CSIR NET Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is India’s most prestigious entrance test for those who aspire to make their career in Academics or field of research and development. It provides opportunities like Lectureship, Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor with the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Senior Research Fellowship (SRF).  The test is conducted through an online medium by the National Testing Agency. CSIR NET  Syllabus is designed by HRDG and the course curriculum consists of five fundamental subjects like Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences. It is a national level entrance exam conducted twice in a year (June and December) and is considered as one of the toughest exams in India. Here is the extensive blog that explains the  CSIR NET syllabus in detail.  

CSIR NET Syllabus Highlights 

Name of the Exam CSIR UGC NET
Exam Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Purpose of Exam For Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) & Lectureship (LR)
Mode of Examination Computer Based Test (CBT)
Exam Sections 3 Parts – Part A, Part B and Part C
Exam Duration 3 Hours 

CSIR NET Eligibility 2021

The basic eligibility criteria that candidates must fulfill are: 

  • Candidates should obtain a degree in Btech/BE/BPharma/MBBS/BS (4 years)/Integrated BS-MS/MSc with a minimum of 55 percent marks. 
  • To apply for JRF, candidates should be maximum of 28 years of age as of December 1, 2019
  • There is no upper age limit to apply for the post of lectureship

Exam Pattern

The CSIR NET exam is divided into three parts. Paper A is compulsory for all candidates appearing in the exam while paper B and C is subject-specific and tests the subject knowledge of candidates. Here is the CSIR Net syllabus for each paper: 

Part A
This part is the first stage of the CSIR NET examination which is common for all five subjects. This part contains 20 questions of General Aptitude. The candidates shall be asked to respond to any 15 questions of 2 marks each. 

Part B
This section includes subject-oriented conventional  Multiple Choice Questions which evaluate your research acumen for the subject. This particular section carries 70 marks out of 200 and the maximum number of questions to be attempted shall be on the scale of 20-35.

Part C
This section is considered as an application-centric test because the questions asked to test the candidate’s knowledge are related to scientific concepts and their application in the real world. The pattern of questions is analytical in nature, which needs a much deeper understanding of scientific concepts to formulate a scientific problem. The section holds a weightage of 100 marks and there is negative marking for wrong answers.

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CSIR NET Syllabus [Subject-Wise] 

The CSIR NET Syllabus for 5 subjects – Chemical Science, Earth Science, Life Science, Mathematical Science, and Physical Science is given below:

Subjects CSIR NET Syllabus 
Chemical Sciences Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Chemistry in Nanoscience and Technology
Medicinal Chemistry
Supramolecular Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Catalysis and Green Chemistry 
Earth Sciences The Earth and the Solar System
Mineralogy and Petrology Signal Processing
Climatology
Interior of the Earth, Deformation and Tectonics 
Oceans and Atmosphere Numerical analysis and inversion
Gravity and Magnetic fields of the earth
General Circulation and Climate Modelling
Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods
Quaternary geologyAviation Meteorology
Dynamic Meteorology
Marine geology and Paleoceanography
Palaeontology and Its Application
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)
Numerical Analysis
Calculus of Variations
Linear Integral Equations
Classical Mechanics
Physical Science Mathematical Methods of Physics 
Classical Mechanics
Electromagnetic Theory 
Quantum Mechanics
Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics
Electronics and Experimental Methods
Mathematical Methods of Physics
 Classical Mechanics
Electromagnetic Theory 
Quantum Mechanics 
Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics
Electronics and Experimental Methods
Atomic & Molecular Physics
Condensed Matter Physics
Nuclear and Particle Physics

Subject – Wise Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme 2021 

Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences

Section Part A Part B Part C Total
Total Questions 20 50 80  150
Attempted Questions 15 35 25 75
Maximum Marks 30 70 100 200
Section Part A Part B Part C
Correct Answer Marks 2 2 4
Negative Marking 0.5 0.5 1.32

Chemical Sciences 

Section Part A Part B Part C Total
Total Questions 20 40 60 120
Attempted Questions 15 35 25 75
Maximum Marks 30 70 100 200
Section Part A Part B Part C
Correct Answer Marks 2 2 4
Negative Marking 0.5 0.5 1

Mathematical Sciences 

Section Part A Part B Part C Total
Total Questions 20 40 60 120
Attempted Questions 15 35 25 75
Maximum Marks 30 70 100 200
Section Part A Part B Part C
Correct Answer Marks 2 3 4.75
Negative Marking 0.5 0.75 0

Life Sciences

Section Part A Part B Part C Total
Total Questions 20 50 75 145
Attempted Questions 15 35 25 75
Maximum Marks 30 70 100 200
Section Part A Part B Part C
Correct Answer Marks 2 2 4
Negative Marking 0.5 0.5 1

Physical Sciences

Section Part A Part B Part C Total
Total Questions 20 40 60 120
Attempted Questions 15 35 25 75
Maximum Marks 30 70 100 200
Section Part A Part B Part C
Correct Answer Marks 2 3.5 5
Negative Marking 0.5 0.875 1.25

Subject Codes  

Subjects for which CSIR UGC NET is conducted include: 

CSIR Subjects CSIR NET Subject Codes
Chemical Sciences 701
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences 702
Life Sciences 703
Mathematical Sciences 704
Physical Sciences 705

CSIR NET JRF Fellowship Amount

Now that you know about the CSIR NET syllabus, have a look at the JRF fellowship amount:

Description Amount
Junior Research Fellow  (JRF) Rs. 31,000/- for 2 years
Senior Research Fellow (SRF) Rs. 35,000/- for the next 3 years
Contingency amount 20,000/- P.A
HRA The amount can vary from one university to another

Exam Day Guidelines 2021

Some of the important points that candidates should keep in mind on the day of the exam are: 

Documents to carry

  • Print out the CSIR NET admit card
  • One passport-size photograph
  • A valid and original government photo ID
  • Persons with Disability certificate, if applicable 

Documents not to carry

  • Any textual or study materials (printed or written)
  • Any electronic item such as calculator, electronic watch, mobile, BlueTooth, etc
  • Eatables or drinks like tea, coffee, cold drink  

FAQs

What are some of the important topics of Mathematics in CSIR NET Syllabus 2021?

Some of the important topics are – Complex analysis, Linear Algebra, Integral equations

What are some of the important topics of Life Sciences? 

Some of the important topics are – Cellular Organization, Fundamental Processes, Diversity of Life forms Applied Biology. 

Is section A of the CSIR NET exam common for all the candidates?

Yes, section A is common for all the candidates. 

What is the negative marking for part A?

For every wrong answer, you get 0.5 marks. 

How many marks are allotted to CSIR NET Exam? 

A total of 200 marks are allotted to the CSIR NET written exam. 

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