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NEST Syllabus 2021

It is very important for candidates to know the syllabus of the exam they are appearing for. A syllabus contains a reading list of relevant books and topics that a students is required to read. NEST syllabus will include topics and units based on which the paper for the entrance test will be set. It is important for the candidates to go through the syllabus and familiarize themselves with the syllabus so that they can get clarity of what all subjects they need to cover. NEST 2021 is conducted for 5 sections General Section, Physiics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Candidates can read the article to know more about NEST 2021 syllabus.

There is no prescribed syllabus for the General section. The aim of the exam is to test candidates aptitude for a career in science. Candidates can check below the detailed syllabus for every section.

NEST Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics:- Click Here to download the complete syllabus for NEST 2021.

You can also check the entire syllabus of NEST 2021 from below.

NEST Syllabus 2021 – Biology

Candidates can check below the syllabus for Biology section in NEST 2020

  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Humans and Environment
  • Biology of Plant systems
  • Biotechnology
  • Biology of Animal systems
  • Developmental Biology
  • Immunology
  • Biology of Plant systems
  • Systematics

NEST Syllabus 2021 – Chemistry

Candidates can check below the syllabus for Chemistry section in NEST 2020.

Physical Chemistry

  • Measurements in chemistry
  • Mole concept
  • Gaseous and liquid states
  • Atomic structure and chemical bonding
  • Thermodynamics – Thermodynamic states
  • Chemical equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Solid state
  • Solutions

Surface Chemistry

  • Adsorption
  • Colloidal state

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Classification of elements and periodicity in properties
  • Hydrogen
  • s– Block elements
  • p– Block elements
  • d–Block elements
  • f–Block elements
  • Coordination compounds
  • Metals and metallurgy
  • Basic concepts
  • Reactive intermediates
  • Isomerism
  • Nomenclature
  • Alkanes
  • Alkenes and Alkynes
  • Aromatic compounds
  • Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides)
  • Haloarenes
  • Alcohols
  • Phenols
  • Ethers
  • Aldehydes and Ketones
  • Carboxylic acids
  • Amines
  • Carbohydrate
  • Amino acids and proteins
  • Polymer

NEST Syllabus 2021 – Mathematics

Candidates can check below the syllabus of Mathematics in NEST 2020.

  • Algebra
  • Logarithms and their properties.
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytical geometry
  • Differential calculus
  • Integral calculus
  • Vectors

NEST Syllabus 2021 – Physics

Candidates can check below the syllabus for Physics in NEST 2020.

  • General
  • Sound and mechanical waves
  • Thermal physics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Optics
  • Modern physic

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Weightage of Topics from NEST 2021 syllabus

Candidates can check below the exam pattern and weightage of topics form NEST 2021 syllabus.

  • Mode of Examination – Computer Based Exam
  • Duration of Examination – 3 hours 30 min
  • Type of Question – Multiple Choice Type Questions
  • Number of Sections in Exam – 4 section
  • In each section, for certain questions, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • Some questions may have one or more correct answers for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers and no wrong answer.

The distribution of question in each of these sections is as follows:

Total marks200

Books to cover NEST 2021 Syllabus

Candidates can check below the list of books for different sections that will help the student to completete their NEST syllabus 2021.

Books for Physics 

Name of the BookAuthor/ PublisherBuy Here
Principles of Physics, 10ed, ISVResnick and HallidayClick Here to buy
Problems in general physicsI.E IrodovClick Here to buy
An Introduction to Mechanics (SIE)Kleppner and KolenkowClick Here to buy
Introduction to electrodynamics (relevant chapters only)David J. GriffithsClick Here to buy

Books for Chemistry 

Name of the BookAuthor/ PublisherBuy Here
Problems inorganic chemistryHimanshu PandeyClick Here to buy
Inorganic ChemistryR. L. Dutta & G.S. DeClick Here to buy

About NEST 2021

There are two participating institutes in NEST 2021 – National Institute of Science Education and Research and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences Candidates who take admission in NISER or UM-DAE CEBS through NEST exam 2021 are eligible for a scholarship through INSPIRE program of Dept of Science and Technology, or DISHA of Dept of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences. Those who get scholarship shall also get a grant of Rs 20,000 per annum for a summer internship. Know more details regarding the events of NEST 2021 from here – Answer Key, Result, Cut Off, Merit List, and NEST Counselling and process.

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Is the syllabus provided officially for NEST?

Yes the syllabus of NEST 2021 is provided officially.

What are the subjects asked in NEST 2021?

The candidates have to prepare Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology for NEST.

Is NEST an online exam?

Yes, NEST is a computer based test

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