NEST 2020 Syllabus

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    NEST 2020 Syllabus consists of 5 sections - General Ability, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Biology. The Exam Pattern of NEST are mainly based on NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of class XI and XII.

    • This year, NEST 2020 will be organized at multiple centres (major towns or cities) all over India on June 1, 2020.
    • Questions are designed to test the candidate’s knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, computer science and environment
    • There is no negative marking in General section. However, a negative marking is applied in the subject section. Check Here NEST Exam Pattern
    • Candidates can check out the syllabus and for the better preparation using papers or previous year papers. Download Now! 

    NEST 2020 Physics Syllabus

    Physics Section of NEST is majorly divided among the following 7 topics. The Questions from the following chapters hold the maximum weightage of the section. While the questions that come range from moderate to difficult, candidates could find the questions hard as they involve a lot of basic concepts.

    NEST 2020 Physics Syllabus
    General Physics
    Sound and mechanical waves
    Thermal physics
    Electricity and magnetism
    Modern physics

    NEST 2020 Chemistry Syllabus

    Chemistry Section of NEST 2020 will comprise questions from all the three sub branches of Chemistry viz. Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry. The topics hold equal weightage in the section. 

    Chemistry SectionsNEST 2020 Chemistry Syllabus
    Physical ChemistryMeasurements in chemistry
    Mole concept
    Gaseous and liquid states
    Atomic structure and chemical bonding:
    Chemical equilibrium
    Chemical kinetics
    Solid state
    Surface chemistry
    Basic Concepts
    Organic Chemistry
    Reactive intermediates
    Alkenes and Alkynes
    Aromatic compounds
    Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides)
    Aldehydes and Ketones
    Carboxylic acids
    Amino acids and proteins
    Inorganic ChemistryClassification of elements and periodicity in properties
    s- Block elements
    p- Block elements
    d-Block elements
    f- Block elements
    Coordination compounds
    Metals and metallurgy

    NEST 2020 Mathematics Syllabus

    Mathematics is one of the most tough section. The Questions asked range from the following topics. Knowledge and application of basic concepts and formulae is necessary while solving the problems from the Mathematics Section.

    • Algebra:  Algebra of complex numbers, addition, multiplication, conjugation, polar representation, properties of modulus and principal argument, triangle inequality, cube roots of unity, geometric interpretations.  
    • Quadratic equations with real coefficients, Logarithms and their properties, computation of probability of events using permutations and combinations, formation of quadratic equations with given roots, relations between roots and coefficients solutions of simultaneous linear equations in two or three variables , symmetric functions of roots.  
    • Arithmetic, Permutations and combinations, geometric and harmonic progressions, arithmetic, geometric and harmonic means, sums of finite arithmetic and geometric progressions, infinite geometric series.
    • Probability: Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability, Bayes Theorem, symmetric and skew-symmetric matrices and their properties, independence of events.
    • Binomial theorem for positive integral index, properties of binomial coefficients.
    • Matrices as a rectangular array of real numbers, equality of matrices, addition, multiplication by a scalar and product of matrices, transpose of a matrix, determinant of a square matrix of order up to three.

    NEST 2020 Biology Syllabus

    There are total seven topics from which the questions will be asked in the Biology section of NEST paper. The Topics along with their sub topics are given below in the table.

    Cell Biology
    Genetics and Evolution
    Humans and Environment
    Biology of Animal systems
    Biology of Plant systems

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    NEST 2020 Paper Pattern

    The following is the exam pattern for NEST 2020:

    • Sections: The exam is divided into five sections with 50 marks each.The five sections are General Aptitude, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
    • The first section is compulsory to attend.
    • Section 2 to 5 is for the subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.
    • Candidates can choose any section.
    • Calculation: The merit will be calculated on the basis of three highest scored sections including the first one.
    • Total Marks: The question paper will aggregate to 200 marks.
    • Language: The mode of language is English.
    • Question Type: The question paper will comprise objective type questions.
    • Marking Scheme: Negative marking will be done for subject sections only.
    • Paper Pattern: The question paper will be in OMR pattern.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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