NEET Chemistry syllabus 2021 will be based on the topics studied in class XI and XII. MoE has also released the notice stating that the syllabus will remain unchanged and will cover the full syllabus of NCERT for 2021 session.
NEET Chemistry syllabus is divided it into 3 parts i.e. Physical, Organic, and Inorganic Chemistry. In NEET, a total of 45 questions are asked from chemistry. All candidates are advised to go through the exam pattern. Check NEET Chemistry Exam Pattern
NEET Latest Updates:
- April 26: NEET 2021 is scheduled to be held on August 1 in pen-paper mode. Check Here
- April 24: As per the test takers of previous year, the difficulty level of Chemistry section was moderate. Check Here
To help candidates in their preparations, we are providing the unit-wise detailed syllabus of chemistry for both class XI and XII. Along with the syllabus, we have also provided the weightage of questions, the difficulty level of questions, and much more.
NEET Chemistry Syllabus Highlights
|Total weightage||25% of NEET|
|Subcategory||Physical, Organic, and Inorganic Chemistry|
|Number of questions asked||45|
|Marks allotted for each question||4 marks for correct answer|
|Negative marking||1 marks will be reduced for wrong answer|
|Total marks for Biology||180 out of 720 marks|
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NEET Chemistry Syllabus from Class XI
|CONTENTS OF CLASS XI SYLLABUS|
|UNIT I||Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry||General Introduction: Important and scope of chemistry Laws of chemical combination, Dalton’s atomic theory: concept of elements, atoms and molecules Atomic and molecular masses: Mole concept and molar mass; percentage composition and empirical and molecular formula; chemical reactions, stoichiometry and calculations based on stoichiometry|
|UNIT II||Structure of Atom||Atomic number, isotopes and isobars Concept of shells and subshells, dual nature of matter and light de Broglie’s relationship Heisenberg uncertainty principle Concept of orbital, quantum numbers Shapes of s,p and d orbitals Rules for filling electrons in orbitals- Aufbau principle, Pauli exclusion principles and Hund’s rule, electronic configuration of atoms, stability of half filled and completely filled orbitals|
|UNIT III||Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties||Modern periodic law and long form of periodic table Periodic trends in properties of elements atomic radii, ionic radii, ionization enthalpy, electron gain enthalpy, electrone gativity, valence|
|UNIT IV||Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure||Valence electrons, ionic bond, covalent bond, bond parameters Lewis structure, polar character of covalent bond, valence bond theory, resonance, geometry of molecules VSEPR theory, concept of hybridization involving s, p and d orbitals and shapes of some simple molecules Molecular orbital theory of homonuclear diatomic molecules (qualitative idea only) Hydrogen bond|
|UNIT V||States of Matter: Gases and Liquids||Three states of matter, intermolecular interactions, types of bonding, melting and boiling points, role of gas laws of elucidating the concept of the molecule Boyle’s law, Charle’s law, Gay Lussac’s law, Avogadro’s law Ideal behaviour of gases, empirical derivation of gas equation Avogadro number, ideal gas equation, Kinetic energy and molecular speeds (elementary idea), deviation from ideal behaviour, liquefaction of gases, critical temperature Liquid State - Vapour pressure, viscosity and surface tension (qualitative idea only, no mathematical derivations)|
|UNIT VI||Thermodynamics||First law of thermodynamics-internal energy and enthalpy, heat capacity and specific heat, measurement of U and H, Hess’s law of constant heat summation, enthalpy of : bond dissociation, combustion, formation, atomization, sublimation, phase transition, ionization, solution and dilution Introduction of entropy as state function, Second law of thermodynamics, Gibbs energy change for spontaneous and non-spontaneous process, criteria for equilibrium and spontaneity Third law of thermodynamics- Brief introduction|
|UNIT VII||Equilibrium||Equilibrium in physical and chemical processes, dynamic nature of equilibrium Law of chemical equilibrium, equilibrium constant, factors affecting equilibrium- Le Chatelier’s principle; ionic equilibrium- ionization of acids and bases, strong and weak electrolytes, degree of ionization, ionization of polybasic acids, acid strength, concept of pH., Hydrolysis of salts (elementary idea) Buffer solutions, Henderson equation, solubility product, common ion effect (with illustrative examples)|
|UNIT VIII||Redox Reactions||Concept of oxidation and oxidation and reduction, redox reactions oxidation number, balancing redox reactions in terms of loss and gain of electron and change in oxidation numbers|
|UNIT IX||Hydrogen||Occurrence, isotopes, preparation, properties and uses of hydrogen; hydridesionic, covalent and interstitial; physical and chemical properties of water, heavy water; hydrogen peroxide-preparation, reactions, uses and structure|
|UNIT X||s-Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)||Group I and group 2 element General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence, anomalous properties of the first element of each group, diagonal relationship, trends in the variation of properties (such as ionization enthalpy, atomic and ionic radii), trends in chemical reactivity with oxygen, water, hydrogen and halogens; uses Preparation and Properties of Some important Compounds Sodium carbonate, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide and sodium hydrogencarbonate, biological importance of sodium and potassium Industrial use of lime and limestone, biological importance of Mg and Ca|
|UNIT XI||Some p-Block Elements||General Introduction to p-Block Elements Group 13 elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence, variation of properties, oxidation states, trends in chemical reactivity, anomalous properties of first element of the group; Boron, some important compounds: borax, boric acids, boron hydrides. Aluminium: uses, reactions with acids and alkalies General 14 elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence, variation of properties, oxidation states, trends in chemical reactivity, anomalous behaviour of first element. Carbon, allotropic forms, physical and chemical properties: uses of some important compounds: oxides Important compounds of silicon and a few uses: silicon tetrachloride, silicones, silicates and zeolites, their uses|
|UNIT XII||Organic Chemistry- Some Basic Principles and Techniques||General introduction, methods of purification qualitative and quantitative analysis, classification and IUPAC nomenclature of organic compounds Electronic displacements in a covalent bond: inductive effect, electromeric effect, resonance and hyper conjugation Homolytic and heterolytic fission of a covalent bond: free radials, carbocations, carbanions; electrophiles and nucleophiles, types of organic reactions|
|UNIT XIII||Hydrocarbons||Alkanes- Nomenclature, isomerism, conformations (ethane only), physical properties, chemical reactions including free radical mechanism of halogenation, combustion and pyrolysis Alkanes-Nomenclature, structure of double bond (ethene), geometrical isomerism, physical properties, methods of preparation: chemical reactions: addition of hydrogen, halogen, water, hydrogen halides (Markovnikov’s addition and peroxide effect), ozonolysis, oxidation, mechanism of electrophilic addition Alkynes-Nomenclature, structure of triple bond (ethyne), physical properties, methods of preparation, chemical reactions: acidic character of alkynes, addition reaction of- hydrogen, halogens, hydrogen halides and water Aromatic hydrocarbons- Introduction, IUPAC nomenclature; Benzene; resonance, aromaticity; chemical properties: mechanism of electrophilic substitution-Nitration sulphonation, halogenation, Friedel Craft’s alkylation and acylation; directive influence of functional group in mono-substituted benzene; carcinogenicity and toxicity|
|UNIT XIV||Environmental Chemistry||Environmental pollution: Air, water and soil pollution, chemical reactions in atmosphere, smogs, major atmospheric pollutants; acid rain ozone and its reactions, effects of depletion of ozone layer, greenhouse effect and global warming-pollution due to industrial wastes; green chemistry as an alternative tool for reducing pollution, strategy for control of environmental pollution|
NEET Chemistry Syllabus from Class XII
|CONTENTS OF CLASS XII SYLLABUS|
|UNIT I||Solid State||Classification of solids based on different binding forces; molecular, ionic covalent and metallic solids, amorphous and crystalline solids (elementary idea), unit cell in two dimensional and three dimensional lattices, calculation of density of unit cell, packing in solids, packing efficiency, voids, number of atoms per unit cell in a cubic unit cell, point defects, electrical and magnetic properties, Band theory of metals, conductors, semiconductors and insulators|
|UNIT II||Solutions||Types of solutions, expression of concentration of solutions of solids in liquids, solubility of gases in liquids, solid solutions, colligative properties- relative lowering of vapour pressure, Raoult’s law, elevation of boiling point, depression of freezing point, osmotic pressure, determination of molecular masses using colligative properties abnormal molecular mass. Van Hoff factor.|
|UNIT III||Electrochemistry||Redox reactions, conductance in electrolytic solutions, specific and molar conductivity variation of conductivity with concentration, kohlrausch’s Law, electrolysis and Laws of electrolysis (elementary idea), dry cell- electrolytic cells and Galvanic cells; lead accumulator, EMF of a cell, standard electrode potential, Relation between Gibbs energy change and EMF of a cell, fuel cells; corrosion|
|UNIT IV||Chemical Kinetics||Rate of a reaction (average and instantaneous), factors affecting rates of reaction; concentration, temperature, catalyst; order and molecularity of a reaction; rate law and specific rate constant, integrated rate equations and half life (only for zero and first order reactions); concept of collision theory ( elementary idea, no mathematical treatment). Activation energy, Arrhenious equation|
|UNIT V||Surface Chemistry||Adsorption-physisorption and chemisorption; factors affecting adsorption of gases on solids, catalysis homogeneous and heterogeneous, activity and selectivity: enzyme catalysis; colloidal state: distinction between true solutions, colloids and suspensions; lyophillic, lyophobic multimolecular and macromolecular colloids; properties of colloids; Tyndall effect, Brownian movement, electrophoresis, coagulation; emulsions- types of emulsions|
|UNIT VI||General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements||Principles and methods of extraction- concentration, oxidation, reduction electrolytic method and refining; occurrence and principles of extraction of aluminium, copper, zinc and iron|
|UNIT VII||p- Block Elements||Group 15 elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence, oxidation states, trends in physical and chemical properties; preparation and properties of ammonia and nitric acid, oxides of nitrogen (structure only); Phosphorous- allotropic forms; compounds of phosphorous: preparation and properties of phosphine, halides (PCI3, PCI5) and oxoacids (elementary idea only) Group 16 elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, oxidation states, occurrence, trends in physical and chemical properties; dioxygen: preparation, properties and uses; classification of oxides; ozone. Sulphur – allotropic forms; compounds of sulphur: preparation, preparation, properties and uses of sulphur dioxide; sulphuric acid: industrial process of manufacture, properties and uses, oxoacids of sulphur (structures only) Group 17 elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, oxidation states, occurrence, trends in physical and chemical properties; compounds of halogens: preparation, properties and uses of chlorine and hydrochloric acid, interhalogen compounds oxoacids of halogens (structures only) Group 18 elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence, trends in physical and chemical properties, uses|
|UNIT VIII||d and f Block Elements||General introduction, electronic configuration, characteristics of transition metals, general trends in properties of the first row transition metals- metallic character, ionization enthalpy, oxidation states, ionic radii, colour, catalytic property, magnetic properties, interstitial compounds, alloy formation. Preparation and properties of K2Cr2O7 and KMnO4 Lanthanoids- electronic configuration, oxidation states, chemical reactivity, and lanthanoid contraction and its consequences Actinoids: Electronic configuration, oxidation states and comparison with lanthanoids|
|UNIT IX||Coordination Compounds||Coordination compounds: Introduction, ligands, coordination number, colour, magnetic properties and shapes, IUPAC nomenclature of mononuclear coordination compounds, isomerism (structural and stereo) bonding, Werner’s theory VBT,CFT; importance of coordination compounds (in qualitative analysis, biological systems)|
|UNIT X||Haloalkanes and Haloarenes||Haloalkanes: Nomenclature, nature of C –X bond, physical and chemical properties, mechanism of substitution reactions. Optical rotation Haloarenes: Nature of C-X bond, substitution reactions (directive influence of halogen for monosubstituted compounds only) Uses and environment effects of – dichloromethane, trichloromethane, tetrachloromethane, iodoform, freons, DDT|
|UNIT XI||Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers||Alcohols: Nomenclature, methods of preparation, physical and chemical properties (of primary alcohols only); identification of primary, secondary and tertiary alcohols; mechanism of dehydration, uses with special reference to methanol and ethanol Phenols: Nomenclature, methods of preparation, physical and chemical properties, acidic nature of phenol, electrophillic substitution reactions, uses of phenols Ethers: Nomenclature, methods of preparation, physical and chemical properties uses|
|UNIT XII||Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids||Aldehydes and Ketones: Nomenclature, nature of carbonyl group, methods of preparation, physical and chemical properties; and mechanism of nucleophilic addition, reactivity of alpha hydrogen in aldehydes; uses Carboxylic Acids: Nomenclature, acidic nature, methods of preparation, physical and chemical properties; uses|
|UNIT XIII||Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen||Amines: Nomenclature, classification, structure, methods of preparation, physical and chemical properties, uses, identification of primary secondary and tertiary amines. Cyanides and Isocyanides- will be mentioned at relevant places. Diazonium salts: Preparation, chemical reactions and importance in synthetic organic chemistry|
|UNIT XIV||Biomolecules||Carbohydrates- Classification (aldoses and ketoses), monosaccharide (glucose and fructose), D.L. configuration, oligosaccharides (sucrose, lactose, maltose), polysaccharides (starch, cellulose, glycogen): importance. Proteins- Elementary idea of – amino acids, peptide bond, polypeptides, proteins, primary structure, secondary structure, tertiary structure and quaternary structure (qualitative idea only), denaturation of proteins; enzymes. Hormones- Elementary idea (excluding structure). Vitamins- Classification and function. Nucleic Acids: DNA and RNA|
|UNIT XV||Polymers||Classification- Natural and synthetic, methods of polymerization (addition and condensation), copolymerization. Some important polymers: natural and synthetic like polyesters, bakelite; rubber, Biodegradable and non-biodegradable polymers|
|UNIT XVI||Chemistry in Everyday Life||Chemicals in medicines- analgesics, tranquilizers, antiseptics, disinfectants, antimicrobials, antifertility drugs, antibiotics, antacids, antihistamines. Chemicals in food- preservatives, artificial sweetening agents, elementary idea of antioxidants. Cleansing agents- soaps and detergents, cleansing action|
NEET Study Notes for Chemistry
|NEET Chemistry Important Topics|
NEET Chemistry Syllabus - Weightage of Important Topics
In NEET, there will be a total of 45 questions. Moreover, chemistry is divided into 3 parts that is inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The weightage of these 3 sections in the paper is almost the same. Candidates can refer to the table below to know the weightage of topics from these 3 sections:
Inorganic Chemistry: The major topics in this section are Hydrogen elements, p, d, and f block elements, Periodic table, Periodicity, etc. The approximate weightage of total number of questions asked from this section is 34%.
|Topic||Number of Questions|
|Periodic Table & Periodicity in Properties||2|
|d-block & f-block Elements||2|
Organic Chemistry: Organic chemistry is a branch of chemistry that studies the structure, properties and reactions of organic compounds. The major topics from this section are Hydrocarbons, Haloalkane, etc. The weightage of questions asked from organic chemistry is around 34%. Candidates can check the topic wise number questions asked from this section in previous year below:
|Topic||Number of Questions|
|IUPAC & Isomerism||2|
|Chemistry in Everyday Life||2|
|Organic Compounds containing nitrogen||2|
|Alkyl Halide, Alcohol & Ether||2|
|Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids||2|
|General Organic Chemistry||2|
|Haloalkane & Polymer||2|
|Environmental chemistry & Practical Organic Chemistry||2|
Physical Chemistry: Physical chemistry includes the study of macroscopic objects, concepts of physics such as energy, motion, force, time, etc. Some of the important topics are Ionic Equilibrium, Chemical Kinetics, Solutions, etc. The weightage of questions asked from this section is 32%.
|Topic||Number of Questions|
|Solution & Colligative Properties||2|
|Thermodynamics and Thermochemistry||1|
|Atomic Structure & Nuclear Chemistry||1|
Difficulty Level of Questions in NEET
|Section/Difficulty Level||Number of Easy Questions||Number of Moderate Questions||Number of Difficult Questions|
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Content Based Lectures by NTA for Chemistry
NTA has provided the facility to prepare for NEET with the video lectures from Subject Experts. Candidates can access these videos by following these simple steps:
- Visit the official website of NTA i.e. nta.ac.in.
- Click on the “Students” tab/button.
- There you can see one option of “Content Based Lectures”. Click on that option.
- You will be redirected to a new page where you can see subject-wise options for video lectures.
- Choose the subject of your choice to take the benefit of video lectures from experts.
NEET Chemistry Syllabus Mock Test
The official mock test of NEET can be accessed by visiting the official website of NEET i.e. nta.ac.in.
- Mock tests are available in online mode.
- Candidates have to register in order to take these mock tests.
- Candidates can also download the mock tests.
With the help of NEET mock test candidates can improve their speed and accuracy level of answering the questions. These mock tests will also help you in getting a fair idea about the type of questions asked, difficulty level of questions, exam pattern, marking scheme etc. Candidates are advised to analyse their performance very carefully so that you can work on your weaknesses.
How to Access NEET Chemistry syllabus Mock Tests?
Follow the steps provided below to access the mock tests:
- Visit the official website of NTA i.e. nta.nc.in.
- Click on the “Students” tab/button.
- There you can see 2 options - Mock Tests and Download Mock Test.
- To take the online mock test you have to click on that option and register yourself.
- In the second option you can directly download the mock tests by clicking on the link.
Best Books for NEET Chemistry Syllabus
There is no doubt that NCERT books of class XI and XII are the best source or medium to prepare for the examination but still, we have provided some of the best references for the preparation of the chemistry syllabus:
|O.P. Tandon||Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry|
|Seema Saini and K.S. Saini||Bull’s Eye Chemistry NEET Edition 2020|
|Sudhanshu Thakur||40 Days Chemistry for NEET|
|R.K. Gupta||Objective Chemistry for NEET Vol. 1&2|
|Morrison and Boyd||Organic Chemistry|
Preparation Tips for NEET Chemistry Paper
If we go through the paper analysis of previous year NEET chemistry paper then most of the test takers rated the subject to be easy in terms of difficulty. If a candidates is well prepared for all the 3 sections i.e. Organic, Inorganic, and Physical section of chemistry then he/she can score very well in this section. Here are some of the preparation tips for candidates who planning to appear for NEET 2021:
Tip 1: Practice Papers and Mock Tests:
- With the help of practice papers or mock tests you can work on the speed and accuracy of answering the questions.
- Candidates are advised to focus on accuracy first and then on speed.
- By taking mock tests you can judge your performance level and work on your weaker areas or topics.
Tip 2: Preparing Notes for Revision:
- Candidates should prepare handwritten notes for revision.
- Revision will help you in memorizing the topics for a longer period of time.
- You must note down all the important formulas, facts etc and revise them daily.
Tip 3: Managing your Time:
- Prepare a proper plan or time table and only follow that plan. Do not come under peer pressure and focus on your preparations.
- Your time table should include frequent breaks so that you can relax your body and mind.
- Set some monthly or weekly goals so that you can complete your syllabus on time. For example, you can divide 8 topics into 2 topics a week. But in order to achieve these goals you have to stick to your time table.
Tip 4: Divide syllabus based on Difficulty Level:
Candidates can divide the sections or topics for preparation based on the difficulty level or number of questions asked from that particular section.
- High Priority Topics - Around 20 to 25 questions can be asked from these topics: General Organic Chemistry, Hydrocarbons, Alcohol, Aldehyde, Amines, Periodic Table, Metallurgy, Hydrogen, s, p, d, f-block, Surface Chemistry.
- Medium Importance - Around 10 to 15 questions can be asked from these topics: Chemistry in everyday life, Environmental chemistry, Polymers, Some basic concepts, Solid states, Coordination.
- A Few Questions - Around 1 to 5 questions can be asked from these topics: Thermodynamics, Chemical kinetics, Equilibrium, States of matter, Electrochemistry, Solution.
NEET Chemistry Syllabus 2021 FAQs
Question: Are there any changes in the syllabus of chemistry for NEET 2021?
Question: Should I give importance and more preparation time to class XI chemistry syllabus or not?
Question: What is the weightage of chemistry in NEET 2021?
Question: What are the best books to prepare for chemistry?
- Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry - By O.P Tandon
- 40 Days Chemistry for NEET - By Sudhanshu Thakur
Question: What will be the distribution of NEET Chemistry Syllabus?
Ans. NEET Chemistry Syllabus will be based on your class 11 and 12 syllabus. There will be a total of 14 units from class 11 and 16 units from class 12 that a candidate needs to cover while preparing for NEET 2021.
Question: CBSE board and various other state boards have reduced the syllabus of class 12. Will there be any reduction in NEET chemistry syllabus 2021?
Ans. No. There will be no reduction in NEET Chemistry Syllabus. MoE has already released the notice stating that there will be no reduction in the syllabus of the examination and the questions will be asked from the whole syllabus.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.