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National Entrance Screening Test 2020

Exam Date: 29 Sep 2020

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NEST Syllabus 2020: Check Section-Wise syllabus, Preparation Tips

Updated On - July 15 2020 by Latika Kalra

NEST 2020 Syllabus consists of five sections - General Ability, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Biology. NEST syllabus includes topics and units based on which the paper for the entrance test will be set. Candidates must go through the syllabus and familiarize themselves with the syllabus so that they know what are the subjects and topics they need to cover. 

NEST 2020 Syllabus

The collaborating conducting body- National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai has not prescribed any syllabus for General section. The aim of the NEST 2020 exam is to check the candidate's aptitude for a career in science. Candidates can check the detailed syllabus for every section from below:

NEST Syllabus 2020 – Biology

Given below are the syllabus for Biology section in NEST 2020:

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

NEST Syllabus 2020 – Chemistry

Given below are the topics from which questions are asked in the Chemistry section of NEST 2020.

NEST Physical Chemistry Syllabus
  • Measurements in chemistry
  • Mole concept
  • Gaseous and liquid states
  • Atomic structure and chemical bonding
  • Thermodynamics – Thermodynamic states
  • Chemical equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Solid-state
  • Solutions
NEST Surface Chemistry Syllabus
  • Adsorption
  • Colloidal state
NEST Inorganic Chemistry Syllabus
  • 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
  • Basic concepts
  • Reactive intermediates
  • Isomerism
  • 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
  • Polymer

NEST Syllabus 2020 – Mathematics

Given below are the topics from which questions are generally asked in the Mathematics section of NEST 2020.

  • Algebra
  • Logarithms and their properties.
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytical geometry
  • Differential calculus
  • Integral calculus
  • Vectors

NEST Syllabus 2020 – Physics

Given below are the topics from which questions are mostly asked in the Physics section of NEST 2020.

  • General
  • Sound and mechanical waves
  • Thermal physics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Optics
  • Modern physic

NEST Syllabus 2020 – General Ability

Candidates can go through the following points to know the syllabus for General section of NEST 2020 exam. NEST exam pattern indicates that 10 Questions are generally asked from this section.

  • There is no specific syllabus set for the General section by the authority.
  • Questions are generally to test the candidate’s knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, computer science and environmental studies.
  • Questions can be designed to test the knowledge of test-takers in mathematics up to class 10 syllabus and application capabilities of the same to simple problems.
  • Some questions in the general section are designed to check the candidate’s general ability on the behalf of qualitative and quantitative aspects of a given scientific passage. This is done through passage on some scientific topic and questions based on the concepts.
  • Some questions aim to find whether the candidates can interpret graphical and/or tabular representation of information.

Candidates must chose some standard NEST preparation books for covering the above syllabus topics.

How to Prepare for NEST 2020 Syllabus?

Candidates are advised to follow the given below points in order to cover the syllabus of NEST 2020 exam.

  • Candidates must cover the complete syllabus of NEST 2020 as per the exam pattern to know the important subjects and topics.

  • Try to study as per the timetable where an equal amount of time should be given to each subject. 

  • Try to make notes of the topics while studying. As this plays a very important role during the time of revision.

  • It must be noted that NEST 2020 merit list will be designed on the basis of best three subjects sections along with the general section.

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