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BITSAT 2009 Mathematics Syllabus
1. Complex numbers, addition, multiplication, conjugation, polar
representation, properties of modulus and principal argument, triangle
inequality, roots of complex numbers, geometric interpretations.
2. Theory of Quadratic equations, quadratic equations in real and complex
number system and their solutions, relation between roots and coefficients,
nature of roots, equations reducible to quadratic equations.
3. Logarithms and their properties.
4. Arithmetic, geometric and harmonic progressions, arithmetic, geometric and
harmonic means, arithmetico-geometric series, sums of finite arithmetic and
geometric progressions, infinite geometric series, sums of squares and cubes of
the first n natural numbers.
5. Exponential series.
6. Permutations and combinations, Permutations as an arrangement and
combination as selection, simple applications.
7. Binomial theorem for a positive integral index, properties of binomial
8.Matrices and determinants of order two or three, properties and evaluation
of determinants, addition and multiplication of matrices, adjoint and inverse of
matrices, Solutions of simultaneous linear equations in two or three variables.
9. Sets, Relations and Functions, algebra of sets applications, equivalence
relations, mappings, one-one, into and onto mappings, composition of mappings.
10. Mathematical Induction
11. Linear Inequalities, solution of linear inequalities in one and two
1. Trigonometric ratios, functions and identities.
2. Solution of trigonometric equations.
3. Properties of triangles and solutions of triangles
4. Inverse trigonometric functions
5. Heights and distances
3. Two-dimensional Coordinate Geometry
1. Cartesian coordinates, distance between two points, section formulae,
shift of origin.
2. Straight lines and pair of straight lines: Equation of straight lines in
various forms, angle between two lines, distance of a point from a line, lines
through the point of intersection of two given lines, equation of the bisector
of the angle between two lines, concurrent lines.
3. Circles and family of circles : Equation of circle in various form,
equation of tangent, normal & chords, parametric equations of a circle ,
intersection of a circle with a straight line or a circle, equation of circle
through point of intersection of two circles, conditions for two intersecting
circles to be orthogonal.
4. Conic sections: parabola, ellipse and hyperbola their eccentricity,
directrices & foci, parametric forms, equations of tangent & normal,
conditions for y=mx+c to be a tangent and point of tangency.
4. Three dimensional Coordinate Geometry
1. Direction cosines and direction ratios, equation of a straight line in
space and skew lines.
2. Angle between two lines whose direction ratios are given
3. Equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane, condition for
coplanarity of three lines.
5. Differential calculus
1. Domain and range of a real valued function, Limits and Continuity of the
sum, difference, product and quotient of two functions, Differentiability.
2. Derivative of different types of functions (polynomial, rational,
trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, implicit
functions), derivative of the sum, difference, product and quotient of two
functions, chain rule.
3. Geometric interpretation of derivative, Tangents and Normals.
4. Increasing and decreasing functions, Maxima and minima of a function.
5. Rolle’s Theorem, Mean Value Theorem and Intermediate Value Theorem.
6. Integral calculus
1. Integration as the inverse process of differentiation, indefinite
integrals of standard functions.
2. Methods of integration: Integration by substitution, Integration by parts,
integration by partial fractions, and integration by trigonometric identities.
3. Definite integrals and their properties, Fundamental Theorem of Integral
Calculus and its applications.
4. Application of definite integrals to the determination of areas of regions
bounded by simple curves.
7. Ordinary Differential Equations
1. Variables separable method.
2. Solution of homogeneous differential equations.
3. Linear first order differential equations
1. Addition and multiplication rules of probability.
2. Conditional probability
3. Independent events
4. Discrete random variables and distributions
1. Addition of vectors, scalar multiplication.
2. Dot and cross products of two vectors.
3. Scalar triple products and their geometrical interpretations.
1. Measures of dispersion
2. Measures of skewness and Central Tendency
11. Linear Programming
1. Formulation of linear Programming
2. Solution of linear Programming, using graphical method.
BITSAT 2009 Physics Syllabus
1. Units & Measurement
1. Units (Different systems of units, SI units, fundamental and derived
2. Dimensional Analysis
3. Precision and significant figures
4. Fundamental measurements in Physics (Vernier calipers, screw gauge,
Physical balance etc)
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
3. Newton’s Laws of Motion
1. Newton’s laws (free body diagram, resolution of forces)
2. Motion on an inclined plane
3. Motion of blocks with pulley systems
4. Circular motion - centripetal force
5. Inertial and non-inertial frames
4. Impulse and Momentum
1. Definition of impulse and momentum
2. Conservation of momentum
4. Momentum of a system of particles
5. Center of mass
5. Work and Energy
1. Work done by a force
2. Kinetic energy and work-energy theorem
4. Conservative forces and potential energy
5. Conservation of mechanical energy
6. Rotational Motion
1. Description of rotation (angular displacement, angular velocity and
2. Rotational motion with constant angular acceleration
3. Moment of inertia, Parallel and perpendicular axes theorems, rotational
kinetic energy6.4 Torque and angular momentum
4. Conservation of angular momentum
5. Rolling motion
1. Newton’s law of gravitation
2. Gravitational potential energy, Escape velocity
3. Motion of planets - Kepler’s laws, satellite motion
8. Mechanics of Solids and Fluids
2. Pressure, density and Archimedes’ principle
3. Viscosity and Surface Tension
4. Bernoulli’s theorem
1. Kinematics of simple harmonic motion
2. Spring mass system, simple and compound pendulum
3. Forced & damped oscillations, resonance
1. Progressive sinusoidal waves
2. Standing waves in strings and pipes
3. Superposition of waves beats
11. Heat and Thermodynamics
1. Kinetic theory of gases
2. Thermal equilibrium and temperature
3. Specific heat
4. Work, heat and first law of thermodynamics
5. 2nd law of thermodynamics, Carnot engine - Efficiency and Coefficient of
1. Coulomb’s law
2. Electric field (discrete and continuous charge distributions)
3. Electrostatic potential and Electrostatic potential energy
4. Gauss’ law and its applications
5. Electric dipole
6. Capacitance and dielectrics (parallel plate capacitor, capacitors in
series and parallel)
13. Current Electricity
1. Ohm’s law, Joule heating
2. D.C circuits - Resistors and cells in series and parallel, Kirchoff’s
laws, potentiometer and Wheatstone bridge,
3. Electrical Resistance (Resistivity, origin and temperature dependence of
14. Magnetic Effect of Current
1. Biot-Savart’s law and its applications
2. Ampere’s law and its applications
3. Lorentz force, force on current carrying conductors in a magnetic field
4. Magnetic moment of a current loop, torque on a current loop, Galvanometer
and its conversion to voltmeter and ammeter
15. Electromagnetic Induction
1. Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law, eddy currents
2. Self and mutual inductance
3. Transformers and generators
4. Alternating current (peak and rms value)
5. AC circuits, LCR circuits
1. Laws of reflection and refraction
2. Lenses and mirrors
3. Optical instruments - telescope and microscope
4. Interference - Huygen’s principle, Young’s double slit
5. Interference in thin films
6. Diffraction due to a single slit
7. Electromagnetic waves and their characteristics (only qualitative
ideas), Electromagnetic spectrum
8. Polarization - states of polarization, Malus’ law, Brewster’s law
17. Modern Physics
1. Dual nature of light and matter - Photoelectric effect. De Broglie
2. Atomic models - Rutherford’s experiment, Bohr’s atomic model
3. Hydrogen atom spectrum
5. Nuclear reactions: Fission and fusion, binding energy
BITSAT 2009 Chemistry Syllabus
1. States of Matter
1. Measurement: Physical quantities and SI units, Dimensional analysis,
Precision, Significant figures.
2. Chemical reactions: Laws of chemical combination, Dalton’s atomic
theory; Mole concept; Atomic, molecular and molar masses; Percentage composition
& molecular formula; Balanced chemical equations & stoichiometry
3. Gaseous state: Kinetic theory - Maxwell distribution of velocities,
Average, root mean square and most probable velocities and relation to
temperature, Diffusion; Deviation from ideal behaviour - Critical temperature,
Liquefaction of gases, van der Waals equation.
4. Liquid state: Vapour pressure, surface tension, viscosity.
5. Solid state: Classification; Space lattices & crystal systems; Unit
cell - Cubic & hexagonal systems; Close packing; Crystal structures: Simple
AB and AB2 type ionic crystals, covalent crystals - diamond & graphite,
metals. Imperfections- Point defects, non-stoichiometric crystals; Electrical,
magnetic and dielectric properties; Amorphous solids - qualitative description.
2. Atomic Structure
1. Introduction: Subatomic particles; Rutherford’s picture of atom;
Hydrogen atom spectrum and Bohr model.
2. Quantum mechanics: Wave-particle duality - de Broglie relation,
Uncertainty principle; Hydrogen atom: Quantum numbers and wavefunctions, atomic
orbitals and their shapes (s, p, and d), Spin quantum number.
3. Many electron atoms: Pauli exclusion principle; Aufbau principle and the
electronic configuration of atoms, Hund’s rule.
4. Periodicity: Periodic law and the modern periodic table; Types of
elements: s, p, d, and f blocks; Periodic trends: ionization energy, atomic and
ionic radii, electron affinity, and valency.
5. Nucleus: Natural and artificial radioactivity; Nuclear reactions,
Artificial transmutation ofelements.
3. Chemical Bonding & Molecular Structure
1. Ionic Bond: Lattice Energy and Born-Haber cycle
2. Molecular Structure: Lewis picture & resonance structures, VSEPR model
& molecular shapes
3. Covalent Bond: Valence Bond Theory- Orbital overlap, Directionality of
bonds & hybridistaion (s & p orbitals only), Resonance; Molecular
orbital theory- Methodology, Orbital energy level diagram, Bond order, Magnetic
properties for homonuclear diatomic species.
4. Metallic Bond: Qualitative description.
5. Intermolecular Forces: Polarity; Dipole moments; Hydrogen Bond.
1. Basic Concepts: Systems and surroundings; State functions; Intensive &
Extensive Properties; Zeroth Law and Temperature
2. First Law of Thermodynamics: Work, internal energy, heat, enthalpy, heat
capacities; Enthalpies of formation, phase transformation, ionization, electron
gain; Thermochemistry; Hess’s Law.
3. Second and Third Laws: Spontaneous and reversible processes; entropy;
Gibbs free energy related to spontaneity and non-mechanical work; Standard free
energies of formation, free energy change and chemical equilibrium; Third Law
and Absolute Entropies.
5. Physical and Chemical Equilibria
1. Concentration Units: Mole Fraction, Molarity, and Molality
2. Solutions: Solubility of solids and gases in liquids, Vapour Pressure,
Raoult’s law, Relative lowering of vapour pressure, depression in freezing
point; elevation in boiling point; osmotic pressure, determination of molecular
3. Physical Equilibrium: Equilibria involving physical changes (solid-liquid,
liquid-gas, solid-gas), Adsorption, Physical and Chemical adsorption, Langmuir
4. Chemical Equilibria: Equilibrium constants (KP, KC), Le-Chatelier’s
5. Ionic Equilibria: Strong and Weak electrolytes, Acids and Bases (Arrhenius,
Lewis, Lowry and Bronsted) and their dissociation; Ionization of Water; pH;
Buffer solutions; Acid-base titrations; Hydrolysis; Solubility Product of
Sparingly Soluble Salts; Common Ion Effect.
6. Factors Affecting Equilibria: Concentration, Temperature, Pressure,
Catalysts, Significance of DG and DG0 in Chemical Equilibria.
1. Redox Reactions: Oxidation-reduction reactions (electron transfer
concept); Oxidation number; Balancing of redox reactions; Electrochemical cells
and cell reactions; Electrode potentials; EMF of Galvanic cells; Nernst
equation; Gibbs energy change and cell potential; Concentration cells; Secondary
cells; Fuel cells; Corrosion and its prevention.
2. Electrolytic Conduction: Electrolytic Conductance; Specific,
equivalent and molar conductivities; Kolhrausch’s Law and its application,
Faraday’s laws of electrolysis; Electrode potential and electrolysis,
Commercial production of the chemicals, NaOH, Na, Al, C12, & F2
7. Chemical Kinetics
1. Aspects of Kinetics: Rate and Rate expression of a reaction; Rate
constant; Order of reaction; Integrated rate expressions for zero and first
order reactions; Half-life; Determination of rate constant and order of reaction
2. Factor Affecting the Rate of the Reactions: Temperature dependence of rate
constant; Activation energy; Catalysis, Surface catalysis, enzymes, zeolites;
Factors affecting rate of collisions between molecules; Effect of light.
3. Mechanism of Reaction: Elementary reactions; Complex reactions; Reactions
involving two/three steps only; Photochemical reactions; Concept of fast
4. Radioactive isotopes: Half-life period; Radiochemical dating.
8. Hydrogen and s-block elements
1. Hydrogen: Element: unique position in periodic table, occurrence,
isotopes; Dihydrogen: preparation, properties, reactions, and uses; Molecular,
saline, interstitial hydrides; Water: Properties; Structure and aggregation of
water molecules; Hard and soft water; Heavy water; Hydrogen peroxide.
2. s-block elements: Abundance and occurrence; Anomalous properties of the
first elements in each group; diagonal relationships.
3. Alkali metals: Lithium, sodium and potassium: occurrence, extraction,
reactivity, and electrode potentials; Reactions with oxygen, hydrogen, halogens
and liquid ammonia; Basic nature of oxides and hydroxides; Halides; Properties
and uses of compounds such as NaCl, Na2CO3, NaHCO3, NaOH, KCl, and KOH.
4. Alkaline earth metals: Magnesium and calcium: Occurrence, extraction,
reactivity and electrode potentials; Reactions with non-metals; Solubility and
thermal stability of oxo salts; Properties and uses of important compounds such
as CaO, Ca(OH)2, plaster of Paris, MgSO4, MgCl2, CaCO3, and CaSO4; Lime and
9. p- d- and f-block elements
1. General: Abundance, distribution, physical and chemical properties,
isolation and uses of elements; Trends in chemical reactivity of elements of a
group; Extraction and refining of metals.
2. Group 13 elements: Boron; Properties and uses of borax, boric acid, boron
hydrides & halides. Reaction of aluminum with acids and alkalis;
3. Group 14 elements: Carbon: Uses, Allotropes (graphite, diamond, fullerenes),
oxides, halides and sulphides, carbides; Silicon: Silica, silicates, silicones;
Tin and lead: Extraction, halides and oxides.
4. Group 15 elements: Dinitrogen; Reactivity and uses of nitrogen and its
compounds; Industrial and biological nitrogen fixation; Ammonia: Haber’s
process, properties and reactions; Oxides of nitrogen and their structures;
Ostwald’s process of nitric acid production; Fertilizers - NPK type;
Production of phosphorus; Allotropes of phosphorus; Preparation, structure and
properties of hydrides, oxides, oxoacids and halides of phosphorus.
5. Group 16 elements: Isolation and chemical reactivity of dioxygen; Acidic,
basic and amphoteric oxides; Preparation, structure and properties of ozone;
Allotropes of sulphur; Production of sulphur and sulphuric acid; Structure and
properties of oxides, oxoacids, hydrides and halides of sulphur.
6. Group 17 and group 18 elements: Structure and properties of hydrides,
oxides, oxoacids of chlorine; Inter halogen compounds; Bleaching Powder;
Preparation, structure and reactions of xenon fluorides, oxides, and oxoacids.
7. d-block elements: General trends in the chemistry of first row transition
elements; Metallic character; Oxidation state; Ionic radii; Catalytic
properties; Magnetic properties; Interstitial compounds; Occurrence and
extraction of iron, copper, silver, zinc, and mercury; Alloy formation; Steel
and some important alloys; preparation and properties of CuSO4, K2Cr2O7, KMnO4,
Mercury halides; Silver nitrate and silver halides; Photography.
8. f-block elements: Lanthanides and actinides; Oxidation states and chemical
reactivity of lanthanide compounds; Lanthanide contraction; Comparison of
actinides and lanthanides.
9. Coordination Compounds: Coordination number; Ligands; Werner’s
coordination theory; IUPAC nomenclature; Application and importance of
coordination compounds (in qualitative analysis, extraction of metals and
biological systems e.g. chlorophyll, vitamin B12, and hemoglobin); Bonding:
Valence-bond approach, Crystal field theory (qualitative); Stability constants;
Shapes, color and magnetic properties; Isomerism including stereoisomerisms;
10. Principles of Organic Chemistry and Hydrocarbons
1. Classification: Based on functional groups, trivial and IUPAC
2 Electronic displacement in a covalent bond: Inductive, resonance
effects, and hyperconjugation; free radicals; carbocations, carbanion,
nucleophile and electrophile; types of reactions.
3. Alkanes and cycloalkanes: Structural isomerism and general
4. Alkenes and alkynes: General methods of preparation and reactions,
physical properties, electrophilic and free radical additions, acidic character
of alkynes and (1,2 and 1,4) addition to dienes.
5. Aromatic hydrocarbons: Sources; Properties; Isomerism; Resonance
delocalization; polynuclear hydrocarbons; mechanism of electrophilic
substitution reaction, directive influence and effect of substituents on
6. Haloalkanes and haloarenes: Physical properties, chemical reactions.
7. Petroleum: Composition and refining, uses of petrochemicals.
1. Introduction: Chiral molecules; Optical activity; Polarimetry; R,S and D,L
configurations; Fischer projections; Enantiomerism; Racemates; Diastereomerism
and meso structures.
2. Conformations: Ethane, propane, n-butane and cyclohexane conformations;
Newman and sawhorse projections.
3. Geometrical isomerism in alkenes
12. Organic Compounds with Functional Groups Containing Oxygen and
1. General: Electronic structure, important methods of preparation, important
reactions and physical properties of alcohols, phenols, ethers, aldehydes,
ketones, carboxylic acids, nitro compounds, amines, diazonium salts, cyanides
2. Specific: Effect of substituents on alpha-carbon on acid strength,
comparative reactivity of acid derivatives, basic character of amines and their
separation, importance of diazonium salts in synthetic organic chemistry
13. Biological, Industrial and Environmental chemistry
1. The Cell: Concept of cell and energy cycle.
2. Carbohydrates: Classification; Monosaccharides; Structures of pentoses and
hexoses; Anomeric carbon; Mutarotation; Simple chemical reactions of glucose,
Disaccharides: reducing and non-reducing sugars – sucrose, maltose and
lactose; Polysaccharides: elementary idea of structures of starch and cellulose.
3. Proteins: Amino acids; Peptide bond; Polypeptides; Primary structure of
proteins; Simple idea of secondary , tertiary and quarternary structures of
proteins; Denaturation of proteins and enzymes.
4. Nucleic Acids: Types of nucleic acids; Primary building blocks of nucleic
acids (chemical composition of DNA & RNA); Primary structure of DNA and its
double helix; Replication; Transcription and protein synthesis; Genetic code.
5. Lipids, Hormones, Vitamins: Classification, structure, functions in
6. Polymers: Classification of polymers; General methods of polymerization;
Molecular mass of polymers; Biopolymers and biodegradable polymers; Free
radical, cationic and anionic addition polymerizations; Copolymerization:
Natural rubber; Vulcanization of rubber; Synthetic rubbers. Condensation
7. Pollution: Environmental pollutants; soil, water and air pollution;
Chemical reactions in atmosphere; Smog; Major atmospheric pollutants; Acid rain;
Ozone and its reactions; Depletion of ozone layer and its effects; Industrial
air pollution; Green house effect and global warming; Green Chemistry.
8. Chemicals in medicine, health-care and food: Analgesics, Tranquilizers,
antiseptics, disinfectants, anti-microbials, anti-fertility drugs,
antihistamines, antibiotics, antacids; Cosmetics: Creams, perfumes, talcum
powder, deodorants; Preservatives, artificial sweetening agents, antioxidants,
and edible colours.
9. Other Industrial Chemicals: Dyes: Classification with examples – Indigo,
methyl orange, aniline yellow, alizarin, malachite green; Advanced materials:
Carbon fibers, ceramics, micro alloys; Detergents; Insect repellents,
pheromones, sex attractants; Rocket Propellants.
14. Theoretical Principles of Experimental Chemistry
1. Volumetric Analysis: Principles; Standard solutions of sodium carbonate
and oxalic acid; Acid-base titrations; Redox reactions involving KI, H2SO4,
Na2SO3, Na2S2O3and H2S; Potassium permanganate in acidic, basic and neutral
media; Titrations of oxalic acid, ferrous ammonium sulphate with KMnO4, K2
2. Qualitative analysis of Inorganic Salts: Principles in the determination
of the cations Pb2+, Cu2+, As3+, Mn2+, Zn2+, Co2+, Ca2+, Sr2+, Ba2+, Mg2+, NH4+,
Fe3+, Ni2+ and the anions CO32-, S2-, SO42-, SO32-, NO2-, NO3-, Cl-, Br-, I-,
PO43-, CH3COO-, C2O42-.
3. Physical Chemistry Experiments: crystallization of alum, copper sulphate,
ferrous sulphate, double salt of alum and ferrous sulphate, potassium ferric
sulphate; Temperature vs. solubility; pH measurements; Lyophilic and lyophobic
sols; Dialysis; Role of emulsifying agents in emulsification. Equilibrium
studies involving (i) ferric and thiocyanate ions (ii) [Co(H2O)6]2+ and
chloride ions; Enthalpy determination for (i) strong acid vs. strong base
neutralization reaction (ii) hydrogen bonding interaction between acetone and
chloroform; Rates of the reaction between (i) sodium thiosulphate and
hydrochloric acid, (ii) potassium iodate and sodium sulphite (iii) iodide vs.
hydrogen peroxide, concentration and temperature effects in these
4. Purification Methods: Filtration, crystallization, sublimation,
distillation, differential extraction, and chromatography. Principles of melting
point and boiling point determination; principles of paper chromatographic
separation – Rf values.
5. Qualitative Analysis of Organic Compounds: Detection of nitrogen, sulphur,
phosphorous and halogens; Detection of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in
foodstuff; Detection of alcoholic, phenolic, aldehydic, ketonic, carboxylic,
amino groups and unsaturation.
6. Quantitative Analysis of Organic Compounds: Basic principles for the
quantitative estimation of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, halogen, sulphur and
phosphorous; Molecular mass determination by silver salt and chloroplatinate
salt methods; Elementary idea of mass spectrometer for accurate molecular mass
determination; Calculations of empirical and molecular formulae.
7. Principles of Organic Chemistry Experiments: Preparation of iodoform,
acetanilide, p-nitro acetanilide, di-benzyl acetone, aniline yellow, beta-naphthol;
Preparation of acetylene and study of its acidic character.
BITSAT 2009 Biology Syllabus
1. Diversity in Living World
1. Biology - its meaning and relevance to mankind
2. What is living; Taxonomic categories and aids; Systematics and Binomial
system of nomenclature.
3. Introductory classification of living organisms (Two-kingdom system,
4. Plant kingdom - Salient features of major groups (Algae to Angiosperms);
5. Animal kingdom - Salient features of Nonchordates up to phylum, and
Chordates up to class level.
2. Cell: The Unit of Life; Structure and Function
1. Cell wall; Cell membrane; Endomembrane system (ER, Golgi apparatus/Dictyosome,
Lysosomes, Vacuoles); Mitochondria; Plastids; Ribosomes; Cytoskeleton; Cilia and
Flagella; Centrosome and Centriole; Nucleus; Microbodies.
2. Structural differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic, and
between plant and animal cells.
3. Cell cycle (various phases); Mitosis; Meiosis.
4. Biomolecules - Structure and function of Carbohydrates, Proteins,
Lipids, and Nucleic acids.
5. Enzymes - Chemical nature, types, properties and mechanism of action.
3. Genetics and Evolution
1. Mendelian inheritance; Chromosome theory of inheritance; Gene
interaction; Incomplete dominance; Co-dominance; Complementary genes; Multiple
2. Linkage and Crossing over; Inheritance patterns of hemophilia and blood
groups in humans.
3. DNA -its organization and replication; Transcription and
4. Gene expression and regulation; DNA fingerprinting.
5. Theories and evidences of evolution, including modern Darwinism.
4. Structure and Function - Plants
1. Morphology of a flowering plant; Tissues and tissue systems in
plants; Anatomy and function of root, stem (including modifications), leaf,
inflorescence, flower (including position and arrangement of different whorls,
placentation), fruit and seed; Types of fruit; Secondary growth;
2. Absorption and movement of water (including diffusion, osmosis and water
relations of cell) and of nutrients; Translocation of food; Transpiration and
gaseous exchange; Mechanism of stomatal movement.
3. Mineral nutrition - Macro- and micro-nutrients in plants including
deficiency disorders; Biological nitrogen fixation mechanism.
4. Photosynthesis - Light reaction, cyclic and non-cyclic
photophosphorylation; various pathways of carbon dioxide fixation;
Photorespiration; Limiting factors.
5. Respiration - Anaerobic, Fermentation, Aerobic; Glycolysis, TCA cycle;
Electron transport system; Energy relations.
5. Structure and Function - Animals
1. Human Physiology - Digestive system - organs, digestion and absorption;
Respiratory system - organs, breathing and exchange and transport of gases.
2. Body fluids and circulation - Blood, lymph, double circulation, regulation
of cardiac activity; Hypertension, Coronary artery diseases.
3. Excretion system - Urine formation, regulation of kidney function
4. Locomotion and movement - Skeletal system, joints, muscles, types of
5. Control and co-ordination - Central and peripheral nervous systems,
structure and function of neuron, reflex action and sensory reception; Role of
various types of endocrine glands; Mechanism of hormone action.
6. Reproduction, Growth and Movement in Plants
1. Asexual methods of reproduction;
2. Sexual Reproduction - Development of male and female gametophytes;
Pollination (Types and agents); Fertilization; Development of embryo, endosperm,
seed and fruit (including parthenocarpy and elminth).
3. Growth and Movement - Growth phases; Types of growth regulators and their
role in seed dormancy, germination and movement;
4. Apical dominance; Senescence; Abscission; Photo- periodism; Vernalisation;
5. Various types of movements.
7. Reproduction and Development in Humans
1. Male and female reproductive systems;
2. Menstrual cycle; Gamete production; Fertilisation; Implantation;
3. Embryo development;
4. Pregnancy and parturition;
5. Birth control and contraception.
8. Ecology and Environment
1. Meaning of ecology, environment, habitat and niche.
2. Ecological levels of organization (organism to biosphere); Characteristics
of Species, Population, Biotic Community and Ecosystem; Succession and Climax.
Ecosystem - Biotic and abiotic components; Ecological pyramids; Food chain and
3. Energy flow; Major types of ecosystems including agroecosystem.
4. Ecological adaptations - Structural and physiological features in plants
and animals of aquatic and desert habitats.
5. Biodiversity and Environmental Issues - Meaning, types and conservation
strategies (Biosphere reserves, National parks and Sanctuaries), Air and Water
Pollution (sources and major pollutants); Global warming and Climate change;
Ozone depletion; Noise pollution; Radioactive pollution; Methods of pollution
control (including an idea of bioremediation); Deforestation; Extinction of
species (Hot Spots).
9. Biology and Human Welfare
1. Animal husbandry - Livestock, Poultry, Fisheries; Major animal diseases
and their control. Pathogens of major communicable diseases of humans caused by
fungi, bacteria, viruses, protozoans and elminthes, and their control.
2. Cancer; AIDS.
3. Adolescence and drug/alcohol abuse;
4. Basic concepts of immunology.
5. Plant Breeding and Tissue Culture in crop improvement.
10. Biotechnology and its Applications
1. Microbes as ideal system for biotechnology;
2. Microbial technology in food processing, industrial production (alcohol,
acids, enzymes, antibiotics), sewage treatment and energy generation.
3. Steps in recombinant DNA technology - restriction enzymes, NA insertion by
vectors and other methods, regeneration of recombinants
4. Applications of R-DNA technology in human health -Production of Insulin,
Vaccines and Growth hormones, Organ transplant, Gene therapy.
5. Applications in Industry and Agriculture - Production of expensive
enzymes, strain improvement to scale up bioprocesses, GM crops by transfer of
genes for nitrogen fixation, herbicide-resistance and pest-resistance including
English Proficiency and Logical Reasoning
This test is designed to assess the test takers’ general proficiency in the
use of English language as a means of self-expression in real life situations
and specifically to test the test takers’ knowledge of basic grammar, their
vocabulary, their ability to read fast and comprehend, and also their ability to
apply the elements of effective writing.
1. Agreement, Time and Tense, Parallel construction, Relative pronouns
2. Determiners, Prepositions, Modals, Adjectives
3. Voice, Transformation
4. Question tags, Phrasal verbs
1. Synonyms, Antonyms, Odd Word, One Word, Jumbled letters,
2. Contextual meaning.
3. Reading Comprehension
5. Reconstruction (rewording)
2. Paragraph Unity
The test is given to the candidates to judge their power of reasoning spread
in verbal and nonverbal areas. The candidates should be able to think logically
so that they perceive the data accurately, understand the relationships
correctly, figure out the missing numbers or words, and to apply rules to new
and different contexts. These indicators are measured through performance on
such tasks as detecting missing links,
following directions, classifying words, establishing sequences, and completing
Analogy means correspondence. In the questions based on analogy, a particular
relationship is given and another similar relationship has to be identified from
the alternatives provided.
Classification means to assort the items of a given group on the basis of
certain common quality they possess and then spot the odd option out.
3. Series Completion
Here series of numbers or letters are given and one is asked to either
complete the series or find out the wrong part in the series.
4. Logical Deduction – Reading Passage
Here a brief passage is given and based on the passage the candidate is
required to identify the correct or incorrect logical conclusions.
5. Chart Logic
Here a chart or a table is given that is partially filled in and asks to
complete it in accordance with the information given either in the chart / table
or in the question.
6. Nonverbal Reasoning
1. Pattern Perception
Here a certain pattern is given and generally a quarter is left blank. The
candidate is required to identify the correct quarter from the given four
2. Figure Formation and Analysis
The candidate is required to analyze and form a figure from various given
3. Paper Cutting
It involves the analysis of a pattern that is formed when a folded piece of
paper is cut into a definite design.
4. Figure Matrix
In this more than one set of figures is given in the form of a matrix, all of
them following the same rule. The candidate is required to follow the rule and
identify the missing figure.
5. Rule Detection
Here a particular rule is given and it is required to select from the given
sets of figures, a set of figures, which obeys the rule and forms the correct