What is the CSIR UGC NET 2020 Syllabus and Exam Pattern?

CSIR UGC NET is a national level examination, conducted by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) every year. However, the CSIR has recently entrusted the responsibility of conducting the CSIR UGC NET exam in the CBT mode to the National Testing Agency (NTA). The objective of this exam is to check the eligibility of the candidate for applying for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and/or Lectureship (LS). A candidate appearing for the CSIR UGC NET exam can qualify as a role of an Assistant Professor at various places listed as follows, after clearing his/her exam – IITs, Universities, Post-Graduate Colleges, CSIR Research Laboratories and Government Research Establishments. The top rankers are awarded scholarships based on their ranks.

The online applications for the NET/JRF exam are kept open twice each year on an All-India basis. This year, the online application form submission dates for CSIR NET – June

2020 has been extended from 16th March, 2020 to 15th May, 2020, due to the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

CSIR UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern

CSIR-UGC (NET) Exam held for Science stream is conducted by the CSIR in the following areas –

  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

The CSIR-UGC (NET) exam pattern will be a Single Paper MCQ test for each of the above subjects.

  • The MCQ test paper for each subject carries a maximum of 200 marks.
  • The exam shall be conducted for a duration of 3 hours.
  • Each MCQ test paper is divided into 3 parts

Part A

This is common to all the subjects and contains a maximum of 20 questions on General Aptitude. The candidate is required to answer any 15 answers, each carrying 2 marks. The total marks allocated to Part A would be 30 out of 200.

Part B

This section contains conventional MCQs based on the particular subject. The maximum number of questions that a candidate needs to attempt ranges between 20-35. The total marks allotted to this section would be 70 out of 200.

Part C

This section shall have higher value questions designed to test the examinee’s knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts, and/or its application in real-life scientific situations. All the questions in this section shall be of an analytical nature. The total marks allocated in Part C would be 100 out of 200.

Negative marking would be given in case of each wrong answer.

Syllabus for Each Subject in the CSIR-UGC (NET) Exam

The subject papers of CSIR UGC NET 2020 exam would cover the following areas –

●    Chemical Sciences

CSIR NET Chemical Science Syllabus includes 3 primary sections –

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry.

The Interdisciplinary topics include –

  • Chemistry in nanoscience and technology
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Catalysis and green chemistry
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Environmental chemistry

●    Earth Sciences

  • Paper 1 (Part B)
    1. The Earth and the Solar System
    2. Earth Materials, Surface Features and Processes
  • Interior of the Earth, Deformation and Tectonics
  1. Oceans and Atmosphere
  2. Environmental Earth Sciences
  • Paper 2 (Part C)
    1. Geology
    2. Physical Geography
  • Geo-Physics
  1. Meteorology
  2. Ocean Sciences

●    Life Sciences

CSIR NET Life Science Syllabus would cover areas like –

  • 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

  • Unit-1
    1. Analysis
    2. Linear Algebra
  • Unit-2
    1. Complex Analysis
    2. Algebra
  • Topology
  • Unit-3
    1. Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs)
    2. Partial Differential Equations (PDEs)
  • Numerical Analysis
  1. Calculus of Variations
  2. Linear Integral Equations
  3. Classical Mechanics
  • Unit-4
    • Descriptive statistics, exploratory data analysis

●    Physical Sciences

  • Part ‘A’ Core
    1. Mathematical Methods of Physics
    2. Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  1. Quantum Mechanics
  2. Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics
  3. Electronics and Experimental Methods
  • Part ‘B’ Advanced
    1. Mathematical Methods of Physics
    2. Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  1. Quantum Mechanics
  2. Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics
  3. Electronics and Experimental Methods
  • Atomic & Molecular Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  1. Nuclear and Particle Physics

For getting a more detailed CSIR UGC NET 2020 syllabus and exam scheme, visit the official website of CSIR – HRDG.