CSIR UGC NET (Council of scientific and industrial research) is a national eligibility test conducted by the CSIR. The primary purpose of the test is to select the candidates for the posts of lectureship and junior research fellowship in CSIR institutes over the country. The frequency of the exam is twice a year. The question paper of CSIR UGC NET is divided into 3 parts named A, B, and C.

Section A included the common subjects like general aptitude, which checks the aptitude level of the candidate, and sections B and C have subject-specific questions. Throughout the article, we will see the subject list of the CSIR UGC NET subject list and also the syllabus for each subject.

CSIR UGC NET Examination: Subjects

CSIR NET examination will be conducted for the 5 essential subjects, which are listed below. Candidates have to choose any one subject of their choice at the time of an application filling. The time duration of the exam is three hours only, and you have to complete your exam within the given time duration.

  • Chemical Science
  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • Mathematical Science
  • Physical Science

CSIR UGC NET Examination: Chemical Science

In the Chemical Science paper, there are a total of 120 questions given in the paper, and candidates have to attempt at least 75 questions. Section A, B, and C contains 20,40 and 60 questions, respectively, in the paper. Also, keep in mind that there is a negative marking of 1/4th for each wrong question.

The syllabus for the chemical science subject is divided into four sections which are listed below.

CSIR UGC NET Examination: Earth science

In the CSIR UGC NET Earth Science paper section A, B and C contains 20,50 and 80 questions and candidates have to attempt at least 15,35 and 25 questions out of each respective section. Questions in sections A and B contain two marks each, and for each wrong question, the candidate will lose 0.5 marks as negative marking. While Section C has each question of 4 marks and candidates will lose 1.32 marks for each wrong question.

The syllabus for the earth science subject is listed below.

  • Applied geology
  • Physical geography
  • Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Ocean science
  • Geophysics

CSIR UGC NET Examination: Life science

In the CSIR UGC NET Life Science, section A, B and C contains 20, 50 and 75 questions respectively, but out of it, candidates have to attempt only 15, 35 and 25 questions from respective sections.

  • The negative marking in all the sections is of ¼ the mark per question.
  • There are mainly 13 subjects under the life science examination, and the detailed topic-wise syllabus is listed below.
Methods in Biology Applied biology
 

 

Ecological Principles

Photosynthesis, Respiration And Photorespiration, Secondary Metabolites And Stress Physiology, Solute Transport And Photoassimilate Translocation, Sensory Photobiology, Plant Hormones, Nitrogen Metabolism
Diversity  of Life Forms Evolution and Behaviour
Inheritance Biology System Physiology Plant
Fundamental Process System Physiology Animals
Cell Communication And Cell Signaling Developmental Biology
Molecules and their interaction Cellular organization

CSIR UGC NET Examination: Mathematical Science

CSIR UGC NET Mathematical Science exam paper contains 20, 40 and 60 questions respectively in sections A, B, and C. Candidates are supposed to attempt at least 15, 5 and 20 questions from the respective section.

There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for wrong answers is applied on two sections, A and B only. While in section C, there is no negative marking system. The syllabus of the mathematical science subject is divided into four units which are mentioned below.

Unit 1 Analysis of linear algebra
Unit 2 Topology, Algebra, and complex analysis
Unit 3 Ordinary differential equation, partial differential equation, Calculus of variations, Numerical analysis, Linear integral equations and classical mechanics
Unit 4 Statistic and exploratory data analysis

CSIR UGC NET Examination: Physical Science

CSIR UGC NET Physical Science exam paper contains 20, 25 and 30 questions in sections A, B, and C, respectively. Out of it, candidates have to attempt at least 15, 20, and 20 questions from respective sections. And there is a 25% negative marking applied on all the sections.

Basically, the Physical Science subject is divided into two levels named core level and advanced level.

Core Level Electronic and Experimental methods, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Classical Mechanics, Mathematical methods of Physics
Advanced Level Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Atomic and Molecular Analysis, Electronic and Experimental Methods, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Classical Mechanics, Mathematical Methods of Physics

Recommended CSIR UGC NET Books

After getting to know the syllabus, now the thing is to implement it. So, for that purpose, there are some excellent books which are really helpful in the preparation, and also they contain a vast number of practice questions and in-depth explanations of concepts. So, the subject-wise list of books is shown below.

  • Chemical Science: UGC CSIR JRF/NET Chemical Science (Chemistry) by Trueman
  • Earth Science: Joint CSIR UGC NET Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Science by R. Gupta
  • Life Science: UGC CSIR NET/SET(JRF & LS) Life Science by Arihant Publication
  • Mathematical Science by Khanna Publications.

So, students planning for this exam need not to worry much as we have shared all relevant information here for them to prepare. For more information on such topics, stay tuned to our articles

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