NEST Syllabus 2019
Sherin Tressa, 07 Jan 2019, #NEST

NEST Syllabus 2019 - National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) has released the NEST 2019 syllabus along with the NEST admission notification. The syllabus of NEST 2019 contains the different topics which candidates need to prepare in order to appear for NEST 2019.  NEST syllabus 2019 will help candidates prepare themselves for the entrance examination which will be conducted on June 1, 2019. National Entrance Screening Test  will be conducted in the computer based mode across 91 cities in the country. Candidates have to answer a total of 180 multiple choice questions in a duration of three hours. The questions will be divided into 5 sections where in candidates have to answer section one and choose from among sections 2 to 5. The merit list for NEST 2019 will be calculated based on the scores of the candidates in NEST 2019. Read more to check the complete NEST 2019 syllabus along with preparation tips for the examination and the examination pattern for NEST 2019

NEST Syllabus 2019 - Important Topics

NEST 2019 Syllabus - Section 1: General Section

Questions will be asked in light of testing the general awareness of the candidates. Along with an awareness about major historical milestones in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, computer science and environment. Questions in Mathematics will be asked from class 10 level. Candidates will also be tested on their  general ability to comprehend qualitative and quantitative aspects of a given scientific passage. Questions will also be asked to find whether the candidates can interpret graphical or tabular representation of information.

NEST Syllabus 2019 - Section 2: Biology

Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Ecology, Humans and Environment, Biology of Animal systems- Digestive System, Circulatory System, Excretory System, Nervous System, Reproductive System, Developmental Biology, Immunology, Biology of Plant systems, Systematics 

NEST 2019 Syllabus - Section 3: Chemistry

Physical Chemistry - Measurements in chemistry, Mole concept, Gaseous and liquid states, Thermodynamics, 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

Organic Chemistry - Basic concepts, Reactive intermediates, 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, Polymers

NEST Syllabus 2019 - Section 4: Mathematics

Algebra - Algebra of complex numbers, Quadratic equations with real coefficients, Arithmetic, Permutations and combinations, Binomial theorem for positive integral index, relations between roots and coefficients, Matrices as a rectangular array of real numbers,  properties of these matrix operations, Addition and multiplication rules of probability

Trigonometry - Trigonometric functions, Relations between sides and angles of a triangle, general solution of trigonometric equations

Analytical geometry - Two dimensions,  Equation of a straight line in various forms, angle between two lines, Lines through the point of intersection of two given lines, equation of the bisector of the angle between two lines, Equation of a circle in various forms, Parametric equations of a circle, equation of a circle through the points of intersection of two circles and those of a circle and a straight line

Differential calculus - Real valued functions of a real variable,  rational, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, Limit and continuity of a function, limit and continuity of the sum, inverse of a function, Derivative of a function, derivative of the sum, difference, product and quotient of two functions, Derivatives of implicit functions

Integral calculus - Integration as the inverse process of differentiation, Integration by parts, integration by the methods of substitution and partial fractions, Formation of ordinary differential equations

Vectors - Addition of vectors, scalar multiplication, dot and cross products, scalar triple products and their geometrical interpretations

NEST 2019 Syllabus - Section 5: Physics

General - Units and dimensions, dimensional analysis, least count, Design of some simple experiments, Graphical representation and interpretation of data

Mechanics - Kinematics in one and two dimensions,  Newton’s laws of motion, Linear and circular simple harmonic motion, Systems of particles, Centripetal acceleration and centrifugal force, Rigid body, moment of inertia, parallel and perpendicular axes theorems, Hooke’s law and stress – strain relations. Elastic limit, plastic deformation. Young’s modulus, bulk and shear moduli, Pressure in a fluid, Pascal’s law, Buoyancy, Surface energy and surface tension, capillary rise

Sound and mechanical waves - Plane wave motion, longitudinal and transverse waves, superposition of waves

Thermal physics - Thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gases. Calorimetry, latent heat. Heat conduction in one dimension, First and second law of thermodynamics and its applications

Electricity and magnetism -  Coulomb’s law, Electric field and potential, Electrical potential energy of a system of point charges and of electrical dipoles in a uniform electrostatic field

Capacitance - Calculation of capacitance with and without dielectrics. Capacitors in series and parallel. Energy stored in a capacitor, 

Electromagnetic induction - Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law, Self and mutual inductance, RC, LR and LC circuits with and A.C sources

Optics - Rectilinear propagation of light, Reflection and refraction at plane and spherical surfaces, Deviation and dispersion of light by a prism

Modern physics - Atomic nucleus. Alpha, beta and gamma radiations. Law of radioactive decay, Photoelectric effect, Bohr’s theory of hydrogen like atoms, Characteristic and continuous X–rays, Moseley’s law.

NEST Syllabus 2019 - Candidates can check below to know the details syllabus of NEST -

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NEST 2019 Syllabus - Exam Pattern


3.5 hours

Types of questions

Multiple Choice



Sectional Marks

Section I - 30 Marks

Section II-V - 50 Marks each 

Total Marks


Marking Scheme

No negative marking will be applied for Section I

NEST Syllabus 2019 - Preparation Tips

  • NEST 2019 will be conducted in the computer based mode on June 1, 2019. Candidates appearing for the different programmes must make sure to check the syllabus while preparing for the examination. 

  • Prepare a timetable keeping in mind the different subjects and topics to be prepared.  Set equal amount of time for each of the subjects. 

  • Since candidates have a choice to attempt any sections between 2 and 5 it is advised that candidates prepare their strongest subjects thoroughly. 

  • Solving question papers from the previous years will also give candidates an idea of the question paper pattern and the types of questions to attempt. 

  • The question papers from the previous years is available online along with the solutions. Towards the last few weeks before the examination candidates must make sure to check out more sample question papers and also revise the topics rather than starting something new. 

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