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CSIR Chemical Sciences Study Materials
PAPER 1 – SECTION A
1. General information on science and its interface with society to
test the candidate’s awareness of science, aptitude of scientific and quantitative reasonsing.
2. COMMON ELEMENTRY COMPUTER SCIENCE ( Applicable to all candidates offering subject areas ).
3. History of development of computers, Mainframe, Mini, Micro’s and Super Computer Systems.
4. General awareness of computer Hardware i..e. CPU and other peripheral devices (
input / output and auxiliary storage devices ).
5. Basic knowledge of computer systems, software and programming languages i.e. Machine language, Assembly language and
higher level language.
6. General awareness of popular commercial software packages like LOTUS, DBASE, WORDSTAR, other Scientific application
PAPER 1 – SECTION B
1. Structure and Bonding : Atomic orbitals, electronic configuration of atoms ( L – S coupling ) and the periodic
properties of elements ; ionic radii, ionization potential, electron affinity, electronegativity; concept of hybridization. Molecular
orbitals and electronic configuration of homonuclear and heteronucelar diatomic molecules. Shapes of polyatomic molecules; VSEPR,
theory. Symmetry elements and point groups for simple molecules. Bond lengths, bond angles, bond order and bond energies. Types
of Chemical Bond ( weak and strong ) intermolecular forces, structure of simple ionic and covalent solids, lattice energy.
2. Acids and Bases : Bronsted and Lewis acids and bases, pH and pKa, acid-based concept in non-acqueous media
; HSAB concept. Buffer solution.
3. Redox Reactions : Oxidation numbers, Redox potential, Electrochemical series, Redox
4. Energetics and Dynamics of Chemical Reactions : Law of
conservation of energy, Energy and entheipy of reactions. Entropy, free-energy, relationship between free energy change and
equilibrium. Rates of chemical reactions (first-and second-order reactions). Arrhenius equation and concept of transition
state. Mechanisms, including SN 1 and SN 2 reactions, electron transfer reactions, catalysis. Coiligative properties of
5. Aspects of s, p, d, f, Block Elements : General characteristics of each block. Chemical principles
involved in extractions and purification of iron, copper, lead, zinc and aluminium. Coordination chemistry; structural aspects, isomerism,
octahedral and tetrahedral crystal – field splitting of dorbitals. CFSE, magnetism end colour of transition metal ions. Sandwich
compounds, metal carbonyis and metal clusters. Rare gas compounds, non-sicichiometric oxides. Radio activity and transmutation of
elements, isotopes and their applications.
6. IUPAC Nomenciature of Simple Organic and Inorganic Compounds.
7. Concept of Chirality : Recognition of symmetry elements and chiral structures; R – S nomenciature,
diastereoisomerism in acyclic and cyclic systers; E – Z isomerisms. Conformational analysis of simple cyclic ( chair and boat cyclo hexanes
) and acyclic systems. Interconversion of Fischer, Newman and Sawhorse projections.
8. Common Organic Reactions and Mechanisms : Reactive
intermediates, Formation and stability of carbonium ions, carbanians, carbenes, nitrenes, radicals and arynes. Nucleophilic, electrophilic,
radical substitution, addition and elimination reactions. Familiar name reactions : Aldol, Perkin, Stobbe, Dieckmann condensations;
Holmann, Schmidt, Lossen, Curtius, Backmann and Fries rearrangements; Reimer – Tiemann, Reformatsky and Grignard reactions. Diels – Aider
reactions; Clasien rearrangements; Friedeal – Crafts reaftions; Witting reactions; and robinson annulation. Routine functional group
transformations and interconversions of simple functionalities. Hydroboration, Oppenaur oxidations; Clemmensen, Wolff-Kishner, Meerwein –
Ponndorf – Veriey and Birch reductions.
9. Elementary principles and applications of electronic, vibrational, NMR, EPR and Mass Spectral techniques to simple
10. Data Analysis : Types of errors, propagation of errors, accuracy and precision, least-squares analysis, average