CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) for Junior Research

Fellowship and Lecturer-ship





Physical Chemistry :

1. Basic principles and applications

of quantum mechanics – hydrogen atom,
angular momentum.
2. Variational and perturbational methods.
3. Basics of atomic structure, electronic
configuration, shapes of orbitals, hydrogen
atom spectra.
4. Theoretical treatment of atomic
structures and chemical bonding.
5. Chemical applications of group theory.
6. Basic principles and application of
spectroscopy – rotational, vibrational,
electronic, Raman, ESR, NMR.
7. Chemical thermodynamics.
8. Phase equilibria.
9. Statistical thermodynamics.
10. Chemical equilibria.
11. Electrochemistry – Nernst equation, electrode kinetics, electrical double layer,
Debye-Hückel theory.
12. Chemical kinetics – empirical rate laws,
Arrhenius equation, theories of reaction
rates, determination of reaction mech
anisms, experimental techniques
for fast reactions.
13. Concepts of catalysis.
14. Polymer chemistry. Molecular weights
and their determinations. Kinetics of
chain polymerization.
15. Solids - structural classification of
binary and ternary compounds, diffraction
techniques, bonding, thermal, elect
rical and magnetic properties
16. Collids and surface phenomena.
17. Data analysis.

Inorganic Chemistry :

1. Chemical periodicity

2. Structure and bonding in homo- and heter
onuclear molecules, including shapes of
3. Concepts of acids and bases.
4. Chemistry of the main group elements
and their compounds. A
llotropy, synthesis,
bonding and structure.
5. Chemistry of transition elements and
coordination compounds – bonding theories,
spectral and magnetic properties, reaction mechanisms.
6. Inner transition elements – spectral
and magnetic properties, analytical
7. Organometallic compounds - synthesis,
bonding and structure, and reactivity.
Organometallics in homogenous catalysis.
8. Cages and metal clusters.
9. Analytical chemistry- separation
techniques. Spectroscopic electro- and
thermoanalytical methods.
10. Bioinorganic chemistry – photosystems, porphyrines, metalloenzymes, oxygen
transport, electron- transfer
reactions, nitrogen fixation.
11. Physical characterisation of inorga
nic compounds by IR, Raman, NMR, EPR,
Mössbauer, UV-, NQR, MS, electron spect
roscopy and microscopic techniques.
12. Nuclear chemistry – nuclear reactions
, fission and fusion, radio-analytical
techniques and ac
tivation analysis.

Organic Chemistry :

1. IUPAC nomenclature of organic compounds.

2. Principles of stereochemistry, conforma
tional analysis, isomerism and chirality.
3. Reactive intermediates and
organic reaction mechanisms.
4. Concepts of aromaticity.
5. Pericyclic reactions.
6. Named reactions.
7. Transformations and rearrangements.
8. Principles and applications of orga
nic photochemistry. Free radical reactions.
9. Reactions involving nucle
ophotic carbon intermediates.
10. Oxidation and reduction of functional groups.
11. Common reagents (organic, inorganic a
nd organometallic) in organic synthesis.
12. Chemistry of natural products such as
steroids, alkaloids, terpenes, peptides,
carbohydrates, nucleic acids and lipids.
13. Selective organic transformations
– chemoselectivity, regioselectivity,
stereoselectivity, enantiosele
ctivity. Protecting groups.
14. Chemistry of aromatic and a
liphatic heterocy
clic compounds.
15. Physical characterisation of organic compounds by IR, UV-, MS, and NMR.

Interdisciplinary topics :

1. Chemistry in nanoscience and technology.

2. Catalysis and green chemistry.
3. Medicinal chemistry.
4. Supramolecular chemistry.
5. Environmental chemistry.

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