CSIR NET Chemical Sciences: Syllabus, Study Material and Preparation Tips

CSIR NET Chemical Sciences
CSIR NET Chemical Sciences

CSIR NET Chemical Sciences – We will discuss in this page about CSIR NET Chemical Sciences syllabus, exam pattern, books and preparation tips.

About CSIR NET Exam

CSIR-UGC NET Exam is a national level examination being conducted to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for Lectureship (LS) /Assistant Professor in Indian universities /colleges subject to the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC.

Generally CSIR NET exam is conducted in the month of June and December.

Earlier the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was conducting the CSIR NET exam. Now they have given the responsibility of conducting CSIR NET to NTA (National Testing Agency).

NTA will conduct Computer Based Test (CBT) for following subjects:

  • Chemical Sciences (Chemistry)
  • Physical Sciences (Physics)
  • Life Sciences
  • Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences

The aspirants who are wishing to pursue their career as a Researcher or Lecturer in Chemical Sciences or related fields may appear in the CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Exam. 

Please read the complete article for detailed information of CSIR NET Chemical Sciences which will be helpful in your preparation for this Exam.

Career Scope after qualifying CSIR NET Chemical Sciences

Various scopes after you qualify the CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Exam.


After qualifying the Cut off for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Exam you can apply for PhD Admission or Research Fellows in different institutes/ Universities / Labs.

  • Researcher in CSIR Labs
  • PhD from IISc Bangalore
  • PhD from IITs
  • PhD from IISER
  • PhD from Central Universities
  • PhD from State Universities
  • Join Any CSIR or DST Funded Project
  • Get Direct Appointment in BARC/DRDO/ISRO/ONGC

Lectureship (LS)/Assistant Professor

After qualifying the Cut off for Lectureship (LS) of CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Exam you can apply for Lectureship in different institutes/ Universities.

CSIR NET Chemical Science Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the exam make sure that you fulfill all the required conditions for appearing in the exam.

Essential Educational Qualifications

Qualifying degrees and marks for appearing in CSIR NET is as follows –

Qualifying Degrees

  • M.Sc.
  • Integrated BS-MS
  • BS-4 Years
  • B.Tech
  • B.Pharma
  • MBBS or Equivalent

Qualifying Marks

Candidate should qualified the above degrees with at least 55% aggregate marks for General (UR)/General-EWS and OBC candidates and 50% for Persons with SC/ST, Disability (PwD) candidates.

Age Limit

For JRF – 28 Years ( relaxable up to 5 years in case of SC/ST/Persons with Disability(PwD)/ female applicants and 03 years in case of OBC (Non Creamy Layer) applicants)

For LS – No Age Limit

To know the dates and application process – CSIR NET

CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Exam Pattern

Before starting your exam preparation you must know the Exam Pattern.

CSIR NET Chemical Science question paper will consist of three parts –

  • Part A
  • Part B
  • Part C

Part A comprises the questions from General Aptitude and General Science.

Part B and Part C will be based on the questions from CSIR NET Chemical Science Syllabus.

Table for CSIR NET Chemistry Exam Details –

Mode of ExamOnline
Total Marks200
Time3 Hours
Total Number of Questions120
Number of Questions to be Attempted75

Check out the below table for CSIR NET Chemical Science Exam Pattern (Section Wise)–

SectionsNo. of Ques. GivenNo. of Ques. to be AttemptedMarks for Correct AnswerMarksNegative Marking (1/4)

CSIR NET Chemical Science Cutoff Marks

There will be separate Cutoff for JRF and LS in CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Exam.

Cutoff will be for overall marks obtained in three sections and there is no sectional Cutoff.

To check the previous year’s Cutoff marks visit – CSIR NET Cutoff

CSIR NET General Aptitude Syllabus

Syllabus for General Aptitude section is common for all subjects of CSIR NET Exam.

This section contains questions from General ScienceQuantitative Reasoning & Analysis and Research Aptitude.

For complete details of this section and syllabus pdf visit – CSIR NET General Aptitude Syllabus, Study Plan

CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Syllabus

Structure of CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Syllabus

Inorganic chemistry
Physical chemistry
Organic Chemistry 
Interdisciplinary topics

Important Topics for Inorganic Chemistry

  • Periodicity, Structure & Bonding, Acids & Bases
  • Main group elements & their compounds
  • Transition Metals & Coordination Compounds
  • Inner Transition Elements
  • Organometallic Compounds
  • Cages & Metal Clusters
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Characterization of Inorganic Compounds
  • Nuclear Chemistry

Important Topics for Physical Chemistry

  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Atomic Structure & Spectroscopy
  • Chemical Bonding in diatomics, Group Theory Chemical Applications
  • Molecular spectroscopy
  • Chemical thermodynamics & Statistical thermodynamics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Colloids and surfaces
  • Solid state
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Data analysis

Important Topics for Organic Chemistry

  • IUPAC nomenclature
  • Principles of stereochemistry
  • Aromaticity
  • Organic reactive intermediates
  • Common named reactions and rearrangements
  • Organic transformations and reagents
  • Organic synthesis
  • Asymmetric synthesis
  • Pericyclic reactions
  • Heterocyclic compounds
  • Chemistry of natural products
  • Structure determination of organic compounds

Interdisciplinary topics

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

For detailed syllabus visit – CSIR NET Chemical Sciences Syllabus

CSIR NET Chemical Science Books and Study Material

Choose best Study Material and Books which will be very useful for you in qualifying the exam.

Check Books for CSIR NET Chemical Science Preparation & Study Material

CSIR NET Chemical Science Previous Years Question Paper PDF

Previous years questions papers will be very useful for understanding the exam pattern, finding important topics and for practice.

Here at Zero Vigyan Chemistry we provide the previous year’s question papers of CSIR NET Chemical Science and Mock Test Papers.

Check here the CSIR NET Chemistry Previous Years Question Papers