NEST Syllabus 2018

Last Updated - February 26 2018

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

  • Aspirants should check out the syllabus mentioned and keep in mind while preparing for the upcoming NEST Exam.
  • The examination will be conducted at multiple centers (major towns or cities) all over India on June 2, 2018 (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM). Fill NEST 2018 Application Form 
  • There will be some other questions which are designed to test the mathematics up to 10th standard. Check NEST Earlier Question Paper
  • There is no negative marking in General section. However, a negative marking is applied in the subject section. Check NEST 2018 Exam Format 
  • Questions are designed to test the aspirantโ€™s knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, computer science and environment.

NEST 2018 Syllabus for Physics

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

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

NEST 2018 Syllabus for Chemistry

Chemistry Section of NEST 2018 will include questions from all the three sub-disciplines of Chemistry viz. Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry. The topics hold equal weight in the section. 

Chemistry SectionsNEST 2018 Chemistry Syllabus
Physical ChemistryMeasurements in chemistry
Mole concept
Gaseous and liquid states
Atomic structure and chemical bonding:
Thermodynamics
Chemical equilibrium
Electrochemistry
Chemical kinetics
Solid state
Solutions
Surface chemistry
Basic Concepts
Organic Chemistry
Reactive Intermediates
Isomerism
Nomenclature
Alkanes
Alkenes and Alkynes
Aromatic compounds
Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides)
Haloarenes
Alcohols
Polymers
Phenols
Ethers
Aldehydes and Ketones
Carboxylic acids
Amines
Carbohydrate
Amino acids and proteins
Inorganic ChemistryClassification of elements and periodicity in properties
Hydrogen
s- Block elements
p- Block elements
d-Block elements
f- Block elements
Coordination compounds
Metals and metallurgy

NEST 2018 Syllabus for Mathematics

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

NEST 2018 Mathematics Syllabus
Algebra
Trigonometry
Analytical geometry
Differential calculus
Integral calculus
Vectors

NEST 2018 Syllabus for Biology

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

Topic
Cell Biology
Genetics and Evolution
Ecology
Humans and Environment
Biotechnology
Biology of Animal systems
Biology of Plant systems

Paper Format for NEST 2018

The following is the exam format for NEST 2018:

  • Section 2 to 5 is for the subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.
  • Aspirants can choose any section. Check NEST Exam Format 2018
  • Marking Scheme: Negative marking will be done for subject sections only.
  • Paper Format: The question paper will be in OMR format.
  • Language: The method of language is English.
  • Calculation: The merit will be calculated on the basis of three highest scored sections including the first one.
  • Sections: The exam is divided into five sections with 50 marks each.The five sections are General Aptitude, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • Question Type: The question paper will include objective type questions.
  • Total Marks: The question paper will aggregate to 200 marks.
  • The first section is mandatory to attend.

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