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Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Examination- M.SC. Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

  • The question paper will contain multiple choice questions with negative marks for wrong answers (total marks:100)

  • The test is based on essay-type questions.

  • The question paper will consist of two parts.

Part A: All the questions shall be of objective multiple choice type of 10+2 science standard.

Part B: All the questions shall be of multiple choice type of B.Sc. standard from the subjects of Botany, Mathematics,Zoology, Chemistry, Physics and other related subjects.

Test duration- 180 minutes

Marking System – There is negative marking for wrong answers.


Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 3
No. Of Unit 64
No. Of Chapter 239
  1. Ordinary Differential Equations
  2. Solution Of Differential Equations
  3. Homogeneous And Linear Differential Equations
  1. Measures Of Dispersion
  2. Standard Deviation
  3. probability
  1. Principle Of Counting, Permutation
  1. Application of definite integrals
  2. Definite integrals and their properties
  3. Methods of integration
  4. Integration as the inverse process of differentiation
  1. Mathematical Induction And Applications
  1. Complex Numbers
  2. Algebra Of Complex Numbers
  3. Quadratic Equations
  1. Sets And Their Representation
  2. Equivalence Relations, Functions
  1. Statements
  2. Logical Operations
  3. Contradiction
  4. Converse And Contrapositive
  1. Inverse Trigonometric function
  2. Solution of Triangle
  3. Measurement of angles
  1. Co-ordinate axes and co-ordinate planes
  2. Angle between two lines
  3. Equation of a plane
  1. Binomial Theorem For Integral Index
  1. Transformations
  2. Inverse of A Square Matrix
  3. Determinants
  4. Matrices & Determinants
  1. Real – Valued Functions
  2. Algebra Of Functions
  3. Polynomials
  4. Rational, Trigonometric
  5. Inverse Functions
  6. Rolle’s And Lagrange’s Mean Value Theorems
  7. Applications Of Derivatives
  8. logarithmic and exponential function
  1. Cartesian System Of Rectangular Co-Ordinates
  2. Straight Lines
  3. Circles, Conic Sections
  1. Vectors And Scalars, Products
  1. Arithmetic and geometric progressions
  2. Special Series
  3. Geometric Progression
  1. Solid state
  2. Liquid state
  3. Gaseous state
  4. Chemical reactions
  5. Measurement
  1. Morden Peirodic Law of Periodic table
  1. Alkali and Alkaline
  2. Earth Metals
  1. Alcohols
  2. Phenols
  3. Ethers
  4. Aldehyde and Ketones
  5. Carboxylic Acids
  1. Organic Compound hydroxyl
  2. Inorganic Compound
  3. Titrinilide Excerises
  1. Adsorption
  2. Colloidal State
  3. Enzyme catalysis
  1. Aspects of Kinetics
  2. Factor Affecting the Rate of the Reactions
  3. Mechanism of Reaction
  4. Surface Chemistry Adsorption
  1. Mole Concentration
  2. Chemical Solutions
  3. Physical Equilibrium
  4. Chemical Equilibria
  5. Ionic Equilibria
  6. Factors Affecting Equilibria
  1. Purification – Crystallization
  2. Quantitative Analysis
  3. Qualitative analysis
  1. Chemicals In Medicines
  2. Chemicals In Food
  3. Cleansing agents
  1. Group 13 elements
  2. Group 14 elements
  3. Group 15 elements
  4. Group 16 elements
  5. Group 17 elements
  6. Group 18 elements
  1. Amines
  2. Diazoniums salts
  1. General Introduction of biomolecules
  1. Halogens Reactions
  2. Environmental Effects Of Chloroform & Iodoform
  1. Valence electrons, Ionic Bond
  2. Molecular Structure
  3. Covalent Bond
  4. Metallic Bond
  5. Intermolecular Forces
  1. Introduction To Co-Ordination Compounds,
  1. Redox Reactions
  2. Electrolytic Conduction
  1. Proteins
  2. Pollution
  3. Polymers
  4. Chemicals in medicine, health-care and food
  5. Vitamins
  6. Nucleic Acids
  7. Carbohydrates
  8. The Biological Cell
  1. Alkanes
  2. Alkenes
  3. Alkynes
  4. Aromatic Hydrocarbons
  1. Transition elements
  2. Actinoids
  3. Lanthanoids
  1. General Introduction and classification of polymers
  1. Atomic Introduction
  2. Quantum mechanics
  3. Electron atoms
  4. Periodicity
  1. Common types of organics Reactions
  2. Nomenclature (Trivial and IUPAC)
  3. Classification of Organic Chemistry
  4. Electronic displacement in a covalent bond
  1. Dalton’s atomic theory
  2. Mole concept and molar mass
  3. Atomic And Molecular Masses
  4. Laws Of Chemical Combination
  5. General introduction
  1. Different Concentration Of Solution
  2. Vapour Pressure Of Solutions And Raoult’s Law
  3. Ideal And Non-Ideal Solutions
  1. Principles and Methods of Extraction
  1. Hydrogen as a fuel
  2. Hydrogen in periodic table
  3. Physical and Chemical Properties of water
  1. Rolling motion
  2. Conservation of angular momentum
  3. Moment of inertia
  4. Torque and angular momentum
  5. Rotational motion
  6. Description of rotation velocity
  1. Bio-Savert’s law and its applications
  2. Ampere’s law and its applications
  3. Lorentz force Law
  4. Force in Uniform Magnetic Field
  5. Magnetic moment of a current loop
  1. Force and Inertia
  2. Newton’s laws
  3. Circular motion
  4. Statics and Kinetics friction
  5. Dynamics of uniform circular motion
  1. Newton’s law of gravitation
  2. Gravitational potential energy
  3. Motion of planets
  1. Law Of Equipartition Of Energy
  2. Application Of Specific Heat Capacities
  1. Coulomb’s law
  2. Electric field
  3. Electrostatic potential and Electrostatic potential energy
  4. Gauss’ law and its applications
  5. Electric dipole
  6. Capacitance and dielectrics
  1. Dual Nature Of Radiation
  2. Hertz And Lenard’s Observations
  3. Photoelectric Effect
  4. Einstein’s Photoelectric Equation
  5. Particle Nature Of Light
  6. Matter Waves-Wave Nature Of Particle
  7. De Broglie Relation
  8. Davisson-Germer Experiment
  1. Logic gates
  2. Junction transistor
  3. Semiconductor diode
  4. Energy bands in solids
  1. Heat, Work and Internal Energy
  2. Second Law of thermodynamics, Carnot engine
  3. Specific heat, Heat Transfer
  4. Thermal equilibrium and temperature
  1. Ohm’s law, Joule heating
  2. Electric Cell and Internal Resistance
  3. kirchhof's Law
  1. Laws Of Reflection And Refraction
  2. Lenses and mirrors
  3. Interference
  4. Interference in thin films
  5. Optical instruments
  6. Diffraction due to a single slit
  7. Polarization
  8. Electromagnetic waves
  1. Progressive sinusoidal waves
  2. Standing waves in strings and pipes
  3. Superposition of waves, beats
  4. Doppler Effect
  1. Work done by a force
  2. Kinetic energy and work-energy theorem
  3. Power
  4. Conservative forces and potential energy
  5. Conservation of mechanical energy
  1. Units Different systems of units, SI units
  2. Dimensional Analysis
  3. Precision and significant figures
  4. Fundamental measurements in Physic
  1. Properties of vectors
  2. Position, velocity and acceleration vectors
  3. Motion with constant acceleration
  4. Projectile motion
  5. Uniform circular motion
  6. Relative motion
  1. Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law, eddy currents
  2. Self and mutual inductance
  3. Transformers and generators
  4. Alternating current
  5. AC circuits, LCR circuits
  1. Kinematics Of Periodic motion
  2. Spring mass system, simple and compound pendulum
  3. Forced & damped oscillations
  1. Electromagnetic Waves Characteristics
  2. Electromagnetic Spectrum
  1. Propagation Of Electromagnetic Waves
  2. Bandwidth Of Transmission Medium
  3. Basic Elements Of A Communication System
  1. Pressure, density and Archimedes’ principle
  2. Elasticity
  3. Viscosity and Surface Tension
  4. Bernoulli’s theorem
  1. Rutherford’s model of atom
  2. Bohr Model, Energy Levels
  3. Alpha-Particle Scattering Experiment
  4. Composition and size of nucleus
  5. Hydrogen Spectrum
  6. Isotones
  7. Radioactivity-Alpha
  8. Beta And Gamma
  9. Radioactive Decay Law
  10. Mass-Energy Relation And Defect
  11. Binding Energy Per Nucleon
  12. Nuclear Fission And Fusion

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a timetable and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

Concept clarity rather than rotes learning

It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basics and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important to make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Seek guidance

It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.

Sample Papers

Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers of Science exams. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.

Mock tests

The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.

Time management

Time management can be learned through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Negative marking

Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.

Duration : 3 Hours

Important Instructions

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