CSIR NET Paper 1 Syllabus: CSIR NET General Aptitude Syllabus

CSIR NET Paper 1 Syllabus: CSIR NET is conducted for 5 subjects i.e. Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematica Sciences,l, and Physical Sciences. Each paper will comprise three parts i.e. Part A, B, and C. CSIR NET Syllabus and exam pattern for all the subjects are different. One thing that is common in all the subjects is the CSIR NET syllabus of Part 1. 

CSIR NET 2020 is scheduled to be held on June 21, 2020. Candidates aspiring to take the exam in any of the subjects mentioned above have to prepare for Part 1 in common. The authority has made the number of questions asked in the exam also common i.e. 20. 

In this article, we will discuss the important topics that you should prepare to score well in Part 1 of the CSIR NET exam as well as the study material that will help you to ace the exam. 

CSIR NET General Aptitude Exam Pattern


180 Minutes

Number of Questions


Type of Questions


Total Marks


Negative Marking 


Major Subjects

General Science, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, Research Aptitude

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CSIR NET General Aptitude Syllabus

The course of the general aptitude section is quite vast. Important topics that the candidates should prepare mandatorily to score in the exam are given below. 

General Reasoning

General Aptitude

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Syllogisms
  • Analogies
  • Directions
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Classification
  • Alphabet Series
  • Symbols and Notations
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Number Series
  • Blood Relationships
  • Arrangements
  • Statements
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Non-verbal Reasoning
  • Visual Ability
  • Graphical Analysis
  • Data Analysis
  • Simplifications
  • Number System
  • Average
  • Algebra
  • PercentageTime & Work
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Time & Speed
  • HCF, LCM Problems
  • Area
  • Profit & Loss
  • Bar Graph, Pictorial Graph, Pie Chart
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Permutation & Combination

Important Books for General Aptitude Preparation

A lot of books are available in the market for preparing a general aptitude syllabus for any of the exams. Among all the books, there are a few universal books that will help you through the course of preparation. Below you will find the important books for CSIR NET preparation. 



NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF - Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude


Trueman's UGC NET/SET General Paper I - Teaching & Research Aptitude 2020 Edition


UGC-NET/JRF/APE Exam Conducted by NTA Paper-I 25 Practice Sets


CSIR NET General Aptitude -  UGC NET /JRF /SET Practice Sets Teaching And Research Aptitude (General Paper-I) Revised Edition

Dr. K. Kautilya

CSIR NET General Aptitude -  U.G.C.-NET/J.R.F./SET शिक्षण एवं शोध अभियोग्यता (अनिवार्य प्रश्न पत्र)

Dr. K. Kautilya

CSIR NET General Aptitude -  U.G.C.-NET/JRF/SET Teaching & Research Aptitude (General Paper-1)

Upkar Prakashan

CSIR NET General Aptitude -  UGC-NET / JRF / SET Teaching And Research Aptitude (General Paper - I)

Vikas Experts

CSIR NET General Aptitude -  Research Methodology

Arvind Shende And Vijay Upagade

Important Preparation Tips for CSIR NET Exam

Candidates preparing for the exam must have a clear understanding of the exam pattern and syllabus of the CSIR NET exam. A proper strategic plan will help you to crack the exam easily. Below given are certain important tips that the candidate should keep in mind while preparing for the exam. 

  • Go thoroughly with the exam pattern and syllabus of all the subjects of the exam
  • Solve as many mock tests as possible
  • Make short notes of formulae and important concepts and revise them daily
  • Work on the weaker area 
  • Solve previous year question papers 

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