CSIR NET - ACHIEVER - Earth Sciences (December 17)


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          The Curriculum Section of this Course covers the following Content :

  • 25 Units of Theory [PART A, B & C (10+15 respectively)]
  • 25 Topic wise Unit Solved Papers (USPs) [PART A, B & C (10+15 respectively)]
  • 8 Volume Solved Papers (VSPs) [PART A, B & C (3+5 respectively)]
  • 5 Model Solved Papers (MSPs) [PART A, B & C]
  • 3 Previous Year Solved Papers (DEC 2015, JUNE 2016, DEC 2016) (PSPs) [PART A, B & C]

Module: CSIR - NET THEORETICAL COURSE with Part A (Earth Sciences)

  • Subject: Earth Sciences
    • Section 1: General Aptitude - Part A
    • Section 2: Part B and C

        Lecture 1: Milky Way and the Solar System

        Lecture 2: The Modern Solar System

        Lecture 3: Modern Theories on the Origin of the Earth and Other Planetary Bodies

        Lecture 4: Earth’s Orbital Parameters

        Lecture 5: Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion

        Lecture 6: Geological Time Scale

        Lecture 7: Atmosphere and Oceans

        Lecture 8: Basic Principles of Stratigraphy

        Lecture 9: Radioactive Isotopes

        Lecture 10: Theories About the Origin of Life and the Nature of Fossil Record

        Lecture 11: Earth’s Gravity and Magnetic Fields and its Thermal Structure


        Lecture 1: Rocks

        Lecture 2: Classification and Properties of Rocks

        Lecture 3: Nature and Distribution of Rocks

        Lecture 4: Nature and Distribution of Minerals

        Lecture 5: Deformation of Rocks

        Lecture 6: Physiography of Earth

        Lecture 7: Weathering & Erosion

        Lecture 8: Transportation and Deposition

        Lecture 9: Soil Formation

        Lecture 10: Sedimentary Rock Formation

        Lecture 11: Energy Balance of Earth’s Surface Processes

        Lecture 12: Physical Features of India

        Lecture 13: River Basins in India


        Lecture 1: Basic Concepts of Seismology

        Lecture 2: Internal Structure of the Earth

        Lecture 3: Physico-Chemical and Seismic Properties of Earth’s Interior

        Lecture 4: Concepts of Stress and Strain

        Lecture 5: Behaviour of Rocks Under Stress

        Lecture 6: Folds, Joints and Faults

        Lecture 7: Earthquakes – Their Causes and Measurement

        Lecture 8: Interplate and Intraplate Seismicity

        Lecture 9: Paleomagnetism

        Lecture 10: Seafloor Spreading

        Lecture 11: Plate Tectonics

        Lecture 12: Hypsography of the Continents and Ocean Floor – Continental Shelf, Slope, Rise and Abyssal Plains

        Lecture 13: Physical and Chemical Properties of Sea Water and their Spatial Variations

        Lecture 14: Residence Time of Elements in Sea-Water

        Lecture 15: Ocean Currents, Waves and Tides

        Lecture 16: Thermohaline Circulation and the Oceanic Conveyor Belt

        Lecture 17: Water Masses

        Lecture 18: Biological Productivity in the Oceans

        Lecture 19: Atmospheric Turbulence and Boundary Layer

        Lecture 20: Structure and Chemical Composition of the Atmosphere

        Lecture 21: Lapse Rate and Stability

        Lecture 22: Scale Height

        Lecture 23: Geopotential

        Lecture 24: Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming

        Lecture 25: Cloud Formation and Precipitation Processes

        Lecture 26: Air - Sea Interaction

        Lecture 27: Insolation and Heat Budget

        Lecture 28: General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Ocean

        Lecture 29: Climatic and Sea Level Changes on Different Time Scales

        Lecture 30: Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere System and El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO)

        Lecture 31: General Weather Systems of India

        Lecture 32: Cyclone

        Lecture 33: Jet Stream

        Lecture 34: Western Disturbance

        Lecture 35: Marine and Atmospheric Pollution

        Lecture 36: Ozone Depletion


        Lecture 1: Properties of Water

        Lecture 2: The Hydrological Cycle or The Water Cycle

        Lecture 3: Water Resources and Management

        Lecture 4: Energy Resources

        Lecture 5: Ecology and Biodiversity

        Lecture 6: Impact of Use of Energy and Land on the Environment

        Lecture 7: Exploitation and Conservation of Mineral and Other Natural Resources

        Lecture 8: Natural Hazards

        Lecture 9: Elements of Remote Sensing


        Lecture 1: Concept of Group

        Lecture 2: Reciprocal Lattice and Diffraction Imaging

        Lecture 3: Concepts of Crystal Field Theory and Mineralogical Spectroscopy

        Lecture 4: Lattice Defects

        Lecture 5: Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties of Minerals

        Lecture 6: Bonding and Crystal Structures of Common Oxides, Sulphides, and Silicates

        Lecture 7: Transformation of Minerals – Polymorphism and Polytypism

        Lecture 8: Solid Solution and Exsolution

        Lecture 9: Steady - State Geotherms

        Lecture 10: Genesis, Properties, Emplacement and Crystallization of Magmas

        Lecture 11: Phase Equilibrium Studies of Simple Systems

        Lecture 12: Effect of Volatiles on Melt Equilibria

        Lecture 13: Magma-Mixing, Mingling and Immiscibility

        Lecture 14: Metamorphic Structures and Textures

        Lecture 15: Isograds and Facies

        Lecture 16: Metamorphic Reactions

        Lecture 17: Thermobarometry

        Lecture 18: Metamorphism of Pelites, Mafic-Ultra Mafic rocks

        Lecture 19: Pressure-Temperature-time (P-T-t) paths

        Lecture 20: Plate Tectonics and Metamorphism

        Lecture 21: Anorthosites, Carbonatites, Charnockites

        Lecture 22: Kimberlites and Ophiolites

        Lecture 23: Theory of Stress and Strain

        Lecture 24: Behaviour of Rock Under Stress

        Lecture 25: Mohr Circle

        Lecture 26: Different Types of Failure and Fracture Mechanics

        Lecture 27: Finite Strain Ellipsoid

        Lecture 28: L-, L-S-, and S-tectonic Fabrics

        Lecture 29: Deformation Mechanism

        Lecture 30: Brittle and Ductile Fractures

        Lecture 31: Sheath Folds

        Lecture 32: Fold

        Lecture 33: Boudins, Foliations and Lineations

        Lecture 34: Mantle Plumes


        Lecture 1: Theories on Origin of Life

        Lecture 2: Organic Evolution – Punctuated Equilibrium and Phyletic Gradualism Models

        Lecture 3: Mass Extinctions and Their Causes

        Lecture 4: Application of Fossils in Age Determination and Correlation

        Lecture 5: Paleoecology

        Lecture 6: Life Habitats and Various Ecosystems

        Lecture 7: Paliobiogeography

        Lecture 8: Taphonomy

        Lecture 9: Modes of Preservation of Fossils

        Lecture 10: Microfossils

        Lecture 11: Environmental Significance of Fossils and Trace Fossils

        Lecture 12: Carbon Isotopes of Individual Microfossils

        Lecture 13: Plant Fossils –Paleobotany

        Lecture 14: Clastic Sedimentary Rocks

        Lecture 15: Chemical Sedimentary Rocks

        Lecture 16: Conglomerate

        Lecture 17: Flow Regimes and Processes of Sediment Transport

        Lecture 18: Sedimentary Textures and Structures

        Lecture 19: Sedimentary Facies and Environments

        Lecture 20: Reconstruction of Paleoenvironments

        Lecture 21: Formation and Evolution of Sedimentary Basins

        Lecture 22: Diagenesis of Siliciclastic and Carbonate Rocks

        Lecture 23: Stratigraphic Classification

        Lecture 24: Code of Stratigraphic Nomenclature

        Lecture 25: Global Boundary Stratotype Sections and Points (GSSP)

        Lecture 26: Lithostratigraphic, Chronostratigraphic and Biostratigraphic Subdivisions

        Lecture 27: Methods of Startigraphic Correlation Including Shaw’s Graphic Correlation

        Lecture 28: Concept of Sequence Stratigraphy

        Lecture 29: Rates of Sediment Accumulation, Unconformities

        Lecture 30: Facies Concept in Stratigraphy – Walther’s Law

        Lecture 31: Methods for Paleogeographic Reconstruction

        Lecture 32: Earth’s Climatic History

        Lecture 33: Phanerozoic Stratigraphy of India


        Lecture 1: Morphology of the Ocean Floor

        Lecture 2: Structure and Composition of Oceanic Crust

        Lecture 3: Hydrothermal Vents

        Lecture 4: Ocean Margins

        Lecture 5: Ocean Circulation

        Lecture 6: Coriolis Effect and Ekman Spiral

        Lecture 7: Convergence, Divergence, Upwelling and El-Nino

        Lecture 8: Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD)

        Lecture 9: Thermohaline Circulation and Oceanic Conveyor Belt

        Lecture 10: Formation of Bottom Waters

        Lecture 11: Oceanic Sediments

        Lecture 12: Tectonic Evolution of the Ocean Basins

        Lecture 13: Mineral Resources

        Lecture 14: Paleoceanography

        Lecture 15: Reconstruction of Monsoon Variability by Using Marine Proxy Records

        Lecture 16: Opening and Closing of Ocean Gateways and Their Effect on Circulation and Climate During the Cenozoic

        Lecture 17: Sea Level Processes and Sea Level Changes

        Lecture 18: Sea Surface Temperature


        Lecture 1: Atomic Structure and Properties of Elements

        Lecture 2: The Periodic Table

        Lecture 3: Ionic Substitution in Minerals

        Lecture 4: Phase Rule and Thermodynamics of Reactions

        Lecture 5: Ideal and Non-Ideal Solutions, and Fluids

        Lecture 6: Equilibrium and Distribution Coefficients

        Lecture 7: Redox Reactions and Eh-pH Diagrams and Their Applications

        Lecture 8: Geochemical Studies of Aerosols, Surface, Marine, and Ground Waters

        Lecture 9: Radioactive Decay Schemes and Their Applications

        Lecture 10: Stable Isotopes and Their Applications to Earth System Processes

        Lecture 11: Geochemical Cycles

        Lecture 12: Ore Formation

        Lecture 13: Metallogeny and its Relation to Crustal Evolution

        Lecture 14: Fluid Inclusions and Isotopic Systematics

        Lecture 15: Ores and Metamorphism-Cause and Effect Relationships

        Lecture 16: Geological Setting

        Lecture 17: Base and Noble Metals

        Lecture 18: Origin and Migration of Petroleum

        Lecture 19: Properties of Source and Reservoir Rocks

        Lecture 20: Structural, Stratigraphic and Combination Traps

        Lecture 21: Methods of Petroleum Exploration

        Lecture 22: Concepts of Petrophysics

        Lecture 23: Petroliferous Basins of India

        Lecture 24: Origin of Peat, Lignite, Bitumen and Anthracite

        Lecture 25: Classification, Rank and Grading of Coal

        Lecture 26: Coal Petrography and Resources

        Lecture 27: Gas Hydrates and Coal Bed Methane

        Lecture 28: Nuclear and Non-Conventional Energy Resources


        Lecture 1: Evolution of Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, Biosphere, and Cryosphere

        Lecture 2: Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Granite

        Lecture 3: Greenstone Belts

        Lecture 4: Mobile Belts and Proterozoic Sedimentary Basins of India

        Lecture 5: Life in Precambrian

        Lecture 6: The Quaternary Period and Quaternary Stratigraphy

        Lecture 7: Quaternary Climates

        Lecture 8: Eustatic Sea Level Changes

        Lecture 9: Proxy Indicators of Paleoenvironmental / Paleoclimatic Changes

        Lecture 10: Quaternary Dating Methods

        Lecture 11: Quaternary Stratigraphy of India

        Lecture 12: Evolution of Man and Stone Age Cultures

        Lecture 13: Plant and Animal Life in Relation to Glacial and Interglacial Cycles During Quaternary

        Lecture 14: Tectonic Geomorphology, Neotectonics, Active Tectonics and Their Applications to Natural Hazard Assessment

      • Unit 10: APPLIED GEOLOGY

        Lecture 1: Remote Sensing and GIS : Photogrammetry

        Lecture 2: Photo-Interpretation

        Lecture 3: The Electromagnetic Spectrum

        Lecture 4: Emission Range

        Lecture 5: Sensors

        Lecture 6: Geological Interpretations of Air Photos and Imageries

        Lecture 7: Global Positioning Systems

        Lecture 8: GIS - Data Structure

        Lecture 9: Engineering Properties of Rocks and Physical Characteristics of Building Stones

        Lecture 10: Concretes and Other Aggregates

        Lecture 11: Geological Investigations for Construction of Dams, Bridges, Highways and Tunnels

        Lecture 12: Mass Movements with Special Emphasis on Landslides and Causes of Hill Slope Instability

        Lecture 13: Seismic Design of Buildings

        Lecture 14: Geochemical and Geobotanical Methods of Surface and Sub-Surface Exploration on Different Scales

        Lecture 15: Assaying and Evaluation of Mineral Deposits

        Lecture 16: Ground and Hydrological Cycle

        Lecture 17: Precipitation

        Lecture 18: Evapotranspiration and Infiltration Processes, Darcy’s Law

        Lecture 19: Groundwater Exploration and Water Pollution

        Lecture 20: Groundwater Regimes in India


        Lecture 1: Concepts in Geomorphology

        Lecture 2: Landforms in Relation to Climate

        Lecture 3: Geomorphic Processes

        Lecture 4: Geomorphic Processes and Landforms

        Lecture 5: River Forms and Processes

        Lecture 6: Submarine Relief

        Lecture 7: Geomorphology and Topographic Analysis Including DEM

        Lecture 8: Climatology

        Lecture 9: Latitudinal and Seasonal Variation of Insolation

        Lecture 10: ENSO

        Lecture 11: Classification of Climates

        Lecture 12: Climate Change

        Lecture 13: Bio-Geography

        Lecture 14: Environment, Habitat, Plant-Animal Association

        Lecture 15: Zoo - Geography of India

        Lecture 16: Biomes

        Lecture 17: Plant Geography

        Lecture 18: Distribution of Forests and Major Plant Communities

        Lecture 19: Conservation of Forests

        Lecture 20: Wildlife Sanctuaries and Parks

        Lecture 21: Environmental Geography : Man - Land Relationship

        Lecture 22: Resources

        Lecture 23: Natural and Man - Made Hazards

        Lecture 24: Ecological Balance

        Lecture 25: Environmental Pollution and Deterioration

        Lecture 26: Geography of India

        Lecture 27: Indian Climatology and Climate Zones of India

        Lecture 28: Agricultural Geography of India

        Lecture 29: Population, Urbanization and Migration

        Lecture 30: Environmental Problems and Issues

      • Unit 12: GEOPHYSICS

        Lecture 1: Signal Processing

        Lecture 2: Field Theory

        Lecture 3: Numerical Analysis and Inversion

        Lecture 4: Gravity and Magnetic Fields of the Earth

        Lecture 5: Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics

        Lecture 6: Seismology Elastic Theory

        Lecture 7: Gravity and Magnetic Methods

        Lecture 8: Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods

        Lecture 9: Seismic Methods

        Lecture 10: Well Logging

      • Unit 13: METEOROLOGY - I

        Lecture 1: Climatology

        Lecture 2: Physical Meteorology

        Lecture 3: Atmospheric Electricity

        Lecture 4: Cloud Physics

        Lecture 5: Dynamic Meteorology

      • Unit 14: METEOROLOGY - II

        Lecture 1: Numerical Weather Prediction

        Lecture 2: General Circulation and Climate Modelling

        Lecture 3: Synoptic Meteorology

        Lecture 4: Aviation Meteorology

        Lecture 5: Satellite Meteorology

      • Unit 15: OCEAN SCIENCE

        Lecture 1: Physical Oceanography

        Lecture 2: Chemical Oceanography

        Lecture 3: Geological Oceanography

        Lecture 4: Biological Oceanography

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