GSET Chemical Science Syllabus

GSET Chemical Science Syllabus

Brief Information: GSET (Gujarat State Eligibility Test) is exam conducted for Associate Professor by Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. It is conducted once a a year. The Syllabus for Chemical Science and books are given below. You can also download the pdf of syllabus by clicking the link given below.

Syllabus for Chemical Science

Inorganic Chemistry

  1. Chemical periodicity
  2. Structure and bonding in homo- and heteronuclear molecules, including shapes of molecules (VSEPR Theory)
  3. Concepts of acids and bases, Hard-Soft acid base concept, Non-aqueous solvents.
  4. Main group elements and their compounds: Allotropy, synthesis, structure and bonding, industrial importance of the compounds.
  5. Transition elements and coordination compounds: structure, bonding theories, spectral and magnetic properties, reaction mechanisms.
  6. Inner transition elements: spectral and magnetic properties, redox chemistry, analytical applications.
  7. Organometallic compounds: synthesis, bonding and structure, and reactivity. Organometallics in homogeneous catalysis.
  8. Cages and metalclusters.
  9. Analytical chemistry- separation, spectroscopic, electro- and thermoanalytical methods.
  10. Bioinorganic chemistry: photosystems, porphyrins, metalloenzymes, oxygen transport, electron- transfer reactions; nitrogen fixation, metal complexes in medicine.
  11. Characterisation of inorganic compounds by IR, Raman, NMR, EPR, Mössbauer, UV-vis, NQR, MS, electron spectroscopy and microscopictechniques.
  12. Nuclear chemistry: nuclear reactions, fission and fusion, radio-analytical techniques and activation analysis.


Physical Chemistry:

  1. Basic principles of quantum mechanics: Postulates; operator algebra; exactly- solvable systems: particle-in-a-box, harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom, including shapes of atomic orbitals; orbital and spin angular momenta;tunneling.
  2. Approximate methods of quantum mechanics: Variational principle;perturbation theory up to second order in energy;applications.
  3. Atomic structure and spectroscopy; term symbols; many-electron systems and anti-symmetry principle.
  4. Chemical bonding in diatomics; elementary concepts of MO and VBtheories; Huckel theory for conjugated π-electronsystems.
  5. Chemical applications of group theory; symmetry elements; point groups; character tables; selection rules.
  6. Molecular spectroscopy: Rotational and vibrational spectra of diatomic molecules; electronic spectra; IR and Raman activities – selection rules; basic principles of magneticresonance.
  7. Chemical thermodynamics: Laws, state and path functions and theirapplications; thermodynamic description of various types of processes; Maxwell’s relations; spontaneity and equilibria; temperature and pressure dependence of thermodynamic quantities;LeChatelier principle; elementary description of phase transitions; phase equilibria and phase rule; thermodynamics of ideal and non-ideal gases, andsolutions.
  8. Statistical thermodynamics: Boltzmann distribution; kinetic theory of gases; partition functions and their relation to thermodynamic quantities – calculations for modelsystems.
  9. Electrochemistry: Nernst equation, redox systems, electrochemical cells; Debye- Huckel theory; electrolytic conductance – Kohlrausch’s law and its applications; ionic equilibria; conductometric and potentiometrictitrations.
  10. Chemical kinetics: Empirical rate laws and temperature dependence; complex reactions; steady state approximation; determination of reaction mechanisms; collision and transition state theories of rate constants; unimolecular reactions; enzyme kinetics; salt effects; homogeneous catalysis; photochemicalreactions.
  11. Colloids and surfaces: Stability and properties of colloids; isotherms andsurface area; heterogeneouscatalysis.
  12. Solid state: Crystal structures; Bragg’s law and applications; band structureof solids.
  13. Polymer chemistry: Molar masses; kinetics ofpolymerization.
  14. Data analysis: Mean and standard deviation; absolute and relative errors;linear regression; covariance and correlation coefficient.


Organic Chemistry

  1. IUPAC nomenclature of organic molecules including regio- andstereoisomers.
  2. Principles of stereochemistry: Configurational and conformational isomerism in acyclic and cyclic compounds; stereogenicity, stereo-selectivity ,enantio-selectivity, diastereo-selectivity and asymmetricinduction.
  3. Aromaticity: Benzenoid and non-benzenoid compounds – generationand reactions.
  4. Organic reactive intermediates: Generation, stability and reactivity of carbocations, carbanions, free radicals, carbenes, benzynes andnitrenes.
  5. Organic reaction mechanisms involving addition, elimination and substitution reactions with electrophilic, nucleophilic or radical species. Determination of reaction pathways.
  6. Common named reactions and rearrangements – applications in organicsynthesis.
  7. Organic transformations and reagents: Functional group interconversion including oxidations and reductions; common catalysts and reagents (organic, inorganic, organometallic and enzymatic). Chemo, regio and stereo-selective transformations.
  8. Concepts in organic synthesis: Retrosynthesis, disconnection, synthons, linearand convergent synthesis, umpolung of reactivity and protectinggroups.
  9. Asymmetric synthesis: Chiral auxiliaries, methods of asymmetric induction – substrate, reagent and catalyst controlled reactions; determination ofenantiomeric and diastereomeric excess; enantio-discrimination. Resolution – optical and kinetic.
  10. Pericyclic reactions – electrocyclisation, cycloaddition, sigmatropic rearrangements and other related concerted reactions. Principles andapplications of photochemical reactions in organicchemistry.
  11. Synthesis and reactivity of common heterocyclic compounds containing oneor two heteroatoms (O, N,S).
  12. Chemistry of natural products: Carbohydrates, proteins and peptides, fattyacids, nucleic acids, terpenes, steroids and alkaloids. Biogenesis of terpenoids and alkaloids.
  13. Structure determination of organic compounds by IR,UV-Vis, 1H & 13C NMR and Mass spectroscopic techniques.


Interdisciplinary topics

  1. Chemistry in nanoscience andtechnology.
  2. Catalysis and greenchemistry.
  3. Medicinal chemistry.
  4. Supramolecular chemistry.
  5. Environmental chemistry.
GSET Chemical Science Syllabus
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