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Chemical Sciences: A Manual for CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test for Lectureship and JRF/Book outline

  1. 1.General information on Science and its interface with society to test the candidate’s awareness of science, aptitude of scientific and quantitative reasoning. Questions would be so designed to judge the creativity, analytical ability and research aptitude of a candidate.

The questions would be setup in each of the subject areas of NET , viz., Chemical Sciences; Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences. 2.COMMON ELEMENTRY COMPUTER SCIENCE:(Applicable to all candidates offering any subject area; A few questions dealing with basic computer awareness and uses.) (i)PROGRAMMING INSTRUCTIONS (ii)SIMPLE ALGORITHMS AND COMMPUTATIONAL METHODS

  1. Basic principles and applications of quantum mechanics – hydrogen atom, angular momentum.
  2. Variational and perturbational methods.
  3. Basics of atomic structure, Chemical Sciences: A Manual for CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test for Lectureship and JRF/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 mechanisms, 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, electrical and magnetic properties
  16. Collids and surface phenomena.
  17. Data analysis.
  18. Chemical periodicity
  19. Structure and bonding in homo- and heteronuclear molecules, including shapes of molecules
  20. Concepts of acids and bases
  21. Chemistry of the main group elements and their compounds Allotropy, synthesis, bonding and structure.
  22. Chemistry of transition elements and coordination compounds – bonding theories, spectral and magnetic properties, reaction mechanisms.
  23. Inner transition elements – spectral and magnetic properties, analytical applications
  24. Organometallic compounds - synthesis, bonding and structure, and reactivity. Organometallics in homogenous catalysis
  25. Cages and metal clusters
  26. Analytical chemistry- separation techniques Spectroscopic electro- and thermoanalytical methods
  27. Bioinorganic chemistry – photosystems, porphyrines, metalloenzymes, oxygen transport, electron- transfer reactions, nitrogen fixation
  28. Physical characterisation of inorganic compounds by IR, Raman, NMR, EPR, Mössbauer, UV-, NQR, MS, electron spectroscopy and microscopic techniques
  29. Nuclear chemistry – nuclear reactions, fission and fusion, radio-analytical techniques and activation analysis/]]
  30. IUPAC nomenclature of organic compounds.
  31. Principles of stereochemistry, conformational analysis, isomerism and chirality.
  32. Reactive intermediates and organic reaction mechanisms.
  33. Concepts of aromaticity.
  34. Pericyclic reactions.
  35. Named reactions.
  36. Common reagents in organic synthesis(organic, inorganic and organometallic).
  37. Transformations and rearrangements.
  38. Principles and applications of organic photochemistry. Free radical reactions.
  39. Reactions involving nucleophotic carbon intermediates.
  40. Oxidation and reduction of functional groups.
  41. Chemistry of natural products such as steroids, alkaloids, terpenes, peptides, carbohydrates, nucleic acids and lipids.
  42. Selective organic transformations – chemoselectivity, regioselectivity, stereoselectivity, enantioselectivity. Protecting groups.
  43. Chemistry of aromatic and aliphatic heterocyclic compounds.
  44. Physical characterisation of organic compounds by IR, UV-, MS, and NMR.
  45. Chemistry in nanoscience and technology.
  46. Catalysis and green chemistry.
  47. Medicinal chemistry.
  48. Supramolecular chemistry.
  49. Environmental chemistry.