NEST Syllabus 2024: Updated Syllabus for NEST Exam

Hafsha Qureshi
Hafsha Qureshi

Updated on - Jan 20, 2024

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NEST syllabus 2024 helps the aspirants to prepare for the exam without wasting time browsing all over the internet and looking for tips and tricks on how to qualify NEST 2024. In this section, we have covered the syllabus, which will immensely help the candidates to qualify for the exam. Candidates are advised to go through the article thoroughly to know the details about NEST 2024 Exam Syllabus.

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NEST Exam Syllabus 2024

The question paper will contain questions from 5 sections namely General Ability, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For a better result, preparation of NEST 2024 syllabus is a must.

NEST exam syllabus of all five sections is given below.

NEST Exam Syllabus 2024 for General Ability

There is no specific syllabus for the General Ability section. The aim is to test candidates' qualitative and quantitative aptitude for a career in Science.

NEST Exam Syllabus 2024 for Physics

Following are some of the important topics for the Physics section of NEST 2024 syllabus.

  • Units and Dimensions
  • Young's Modulus
  • Ohm's Law
  • Kinematics
  • Projectile Motion
  • Laws of Motion
  • Friction
  • Work, Energy and Momentum
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • System of Particles
  • Law of Gravitation
  • Conservation of Angular Momentum
  • Collisions
  • Hooke's Law and Stress-Strain Relations
  • Pascal's Law
  • Viscosity
  • Bernoulli's Theorem
  • Sound and Mechanical Waves
  • Thermal Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Capacitance
  • Electric Current
  • Biot - Savart's Law and Ampere's Law 
  • Magnetic Moment
  • Electromagnetic Induction
  • Optics
  • Modern Physics
  • Photoelectric Effect.

NEST Exam Syllabus 2024 for Chemistry

The important topics and contents for the Chemistry section syllabus for NEST 2024 exam are as tabulated below.

NEST Exam Syllabus 2024 for Chemistry
Topics Contents
Physical Chemistry Measurements in Chemistry
Mole Concept
Gaseous and Liquid States
Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding
Chemical Equilibrium
Ionic Equilibrium
Chemical Kinetics
Solid State
Surface Chemistry Adsorption
Colloidal State
Inorganic Chemistry Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
s-Block Elements
p-Block Elements
d-Block Elements
f-Block Elements
Coordination Compounds
Metal and Metallurgy
Organic Chemistry Basic Concepts
Reactive Intermediates
Alkenes and Alkynes
Aromatic Compounds
Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides)
Aldehydes and Ketones
Carboxylic Acids
Amino acids and Proteins

NEST Exam Syllabus 2024 for Mathematics

NEST 2024 syllabus for Mathematics is as listed below.

  • Algebra
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic Progression
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Probability
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytical Geometry
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus
  • Vectors.

NEST Exam Syllabus 2024 for Biology

The important topics for the Biology section for NEST 2024 exam are as given below.

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

NEST Exam Pattern 2024

The question paper will consist of 5 sections of objective type questions.

  • Section 1 is the General section and consists of 30 marks.
  • Section 2 to section 5 each consists of 50 marks and will contain questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.  

NEST exam 2024 will be a computer-based test (CBT). There will be no negative marking in the General section. There will be negative marking for incorrect answers in the subject sections for specific questions. Some questions may have one or more correct answers, for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers.

Read More: NEST Exam Pattern 2024

NEST 2024 Best Books

Candidates can check for the list of best books for each subject for the preparation for NEST 2024 is given below.

Physics Books

A few important books in Physics are given below.

  • Optics and Modern Physics by DC Pandey
  • Concepts of Physics – Volume 1 and Volume 2 by H.C. Verma
  • Practice problems in Physics for Engineering Examinations by S.Mishra
  • Concepts of Physics by HC Verma
  • Objective Physics by Mahesh Jain
  • MCQ Question Bank by D Mukherjee

Chemistry Books

A few important books in Chemistry are given below.

  • IIT Chemistry by O.P Agarwal
  • Organic Chemistry by NCERT
  • Textbook of Chemistry for Class 11th and 12th by NCERT
  • A Textbook of Organic Chemistry for IIT JEE by R.K Gupta
  • Entrance Chemistry by Bhakta

Mathematics Books

A few important books in Mathematics are given below.

  • Plane Trigonometry by S.L. Loney
  • Arihant Series by Dr. SK Goyal
  • IIT Mathematics by R.D Sharma
  • Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight
  • Senior Secondary School Mathematics for Class 12 by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Objective Mathematics Part 1 and Part 2 (NCERT difficulty) by RD Sharma

Biology Books

A few important books in Biology are given below.

  • A Class Book of Botany by A.C Dutta
  • Elementary Biology for Class 12 by K.N Bhatia
  • Textbook of Biology by NCERT
  • Biology Guide by Pradeep
  • Textbook of Biology by S.C Verma



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