If you choose CSIR NET Earth Science (Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences) as your career, then you must be passionate about:

  • The Earth that you see, you can’t see and how it goes over the longest division of geological time.
  • The environment, its changing nature, and reasons behind the changes.
  • Managing energy, mineral resources, and water.
  • Researches about mountains, deserts, oceans etc.

CSIR UGC NET will comprise 3 papers which consists of objective type multiple choice questions. While paper A is common to all subjects and comprises 20 questions on general aptitude; paper B and C consists of subject-related conventional MCQs wherein paper C will have analytical questions of higher value that may test the candidate’s knowledge and application of scientific concepts.

CSIR UGC NET Earth Science – Part A Syllabus

The questions in this section will evaluate the student’s general aptitude. Aspirants must possess knowledge of general science, quantitative reasoning and also analysis and research aptitude to be able to answer these questions. The syllabus for the Part A section has not been changed and is similar to the syllabus for the previous academic year of 2017-18. The highlights of CSIR UGC NET Syllabus for Part A as stated below-

  • Part A will be common to all 5 fields of studies of the exam.
  • A total of 20 objective type questions will be asked in this section out of which candidates must answer any 15.
  • The maximum marks an individual can score in this section are 30.
  • Every correct answer will be awarded +2 marks while 0.5 marks will be deducted for an inaccurate response.

Important topics under this section and some sample questions are given below.


CSIR UGC NET Earth Science – Part B & C Syllabus

These sections are designed to assess the individual’s understanding of scientific concepts for topics given in the syllabus. Candidates will be required to answer conceptual as also application based questions. The nature of questions will be analytical wherein an applicant must apply scientific concepts to arrive at the solution to a given problem. The highlights of CSIR UGC NET for Part B and Part C are as stated below-

  • Part B and Part C will also consist of MCQs.
  • A total of 50 questions will be asked in Part B out of which it is mandatory for students to attempt 35. Each correct response will be awarded +2 marks while 0.5 marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer.
  • The maximum obtainable marks of Part B are 70.
  • In Part C, students have to answer any 25 questions out of the given 80 questions. Each accurate answer will carry +4 marks while -1.32 will be deducted for a wrong answer.
  • The maximum marks for Part C will be 100.
  • The first 35 questions (Part B) and 25 questions (Part C) will be evaluated only irrespective of the number of questions an aspirant attempt.

The main topics for these sections and some sample questions are given below:

Section Topic
Part B
  • The Earth and the Solar System:
  • Earth Materials, Surface Features and Processes
  • Interior of the Earth, Deformation and Tectonics
  • Oceans and Atmosphere
  • Environmental Earth Sciences
Section Topic Sub-topics
Part C Geology
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Structural Geology and Geotectonics
  • Paleontology and its applications
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Marine Geology and Paleoceanography
  • Geochemistry
  • Economics Geology.
  • Precambrian Geology and Crustal Evolution
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Applied Geology
Physical Geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Bio-Geography
  • Environmental Geography
  • Geography of India
  • Signal Processing
  • Field theory
  • Numerical analysis and inversion
  • Gravity and Magnetic fields of the earth
  • Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics
  • Seismology Elastic theory
  • Gravity and Magnetic Methods
  • Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods
  • Seismic Methods
  • Well logging
  • Climatology
  • Physical Meteorology
  • Atmospheric Electricity
  • Cloud Physics
  • Dynamic Meteorology
  • Numerical Weather Prediction
  • General Circulation and Climate Modelling
  • Synoptic Meteorology
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • Satellite Meteorology
Ocean Sciences
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Geological Oceanography
  • Biological Oceanography