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NEST 2018 Syllabus

Last Updated - June 02, 2018

NEST 2018 Syllabus consists of 5 sections - General Ability, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Biology. The Exam Pattern of NEST 2018 are mainly based on NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of class XI and XII.

  • The examination will be organized at multiple centres (major towns or cities) all over India on June 2, 2018 (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM).
  • Questions are designed to test the candidate’s knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, computer science and environment.
  • There will be some other questions which are designed to test the mathematics up to 10th standard.
  • There is no negative marking in General section. However, a negative marking is applied in the subject section. 
  • Candidates should check out the syllabus mentioned and keep in mind while preparing for the upcoming NEST Exam.

Check NEST Previous Question Paper

NEST 2018 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 2018 Physics Syllabus
General Physics
Sound and mechanical waves
Thermal physics
Electricity and magnetism
Modern physics

NEST 2018 Chemistry Syllabus

Chemistry Section of NEST 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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.

NEST 2018 Mathematics Syllabus
Analytical geometry
Differential calculus
Integral calculus

NEST 2018 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

Check NEST Exam Pattern 2018

NEST 2018 Paper Pattern

The following is the exam pattern for NEST 2018:

  • 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.



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