The syllabus consist of two papers as follows : RPSC Chemistry Lecturer Exam Paper is Objective type. Paper I and Paper I will be of 3 hours duration, respectively. Paper I will be of 75 marks and Paper II will be of 75 marks. In Exam there will be 150 questions each of Chemistry Paper I & II. All Questions carry equal marks. There will be no negative marking


Chemical periodicity

Periodic properties and group trends.

Theories of chemical bonding

VSEPR theory


types of molecular orbitals

molecular orbital diagrams of homo and heteronuclear (diatomic and polyatomic) molecules.

Acid and Bases

Concepts of acids and bases

hard and soft acid base concepts.

Transition metal chemistry

Electronic configuration, variable oxidation states, magnetic properties, charge transfer spectra, metal atom clusters, stereochemistry of co-ordination compounds, their IUPAC names, metal-ligand bonding

ligand field theory of complexes, high and low spin complexes, CFSE, Jahn-Teller effect, spectral and magnetic properties of complexes.


IUPAC nomenclature of organic compounds.

Electronic displacements and aromaticity

Inductive, electromeric, mesomeric and hyperconjugative effects, electrophiles, nucleophiles, free radicals

Resonance and its applications to organic compounds

Effect of structure on the dissociation constants of organic acids and bases

Hydrogen bond and its effects on the properties of organic compounds

Aromaticity, Huckel’s rule and its applications

Annulenes and heteroannulenes.

Reaction mechanisms

Addition, substitution, elimination and rearrangements (carbon to carbon, carbon to nitrogen)

Reactive intermediates like benzynes, carbenes and nitrenes

Non-classical carbonium ion, neighbouring group participation

Some name reactions: Aldol,Cannizaro’s, Perkin, Stobbe, Dieckmann condensations, Hoffmann, Schmidt, Lossen, Curtius, Beckmann and Fries rearrangement

Reformatsky, Wittig, Favorskii, Shapiro and Baeyer- Villiger reaction, Michael addition.

Aromatics, heteroaromatics and dyes

Synthesis and important reactions of anthracene, phenanthrene, biphenyl, furan, thiophene, pyrrole, pyridine, quinoline, isoquinoline and indole

Modern theories of colour and constitution

chemistry of indigo and alizarin.

Stereochemistry and conformational analysis

Elements of symmetry

Optical and geometrical isomerism

E,Z and R,S notations, Conformations of alkanes and cycloalkanes and their effect on reactivity

Asymmetric synthesis, stereoselective and stereospecific synthesis.


Rotational and vibrational spectra of diatomic molecules , selection rules

Principles and applications of electronic, IR, NMR and Mass spectroscopy and their combined applications for structural elucidation of organic compounds

ESR, Raman, photoacoustic and photoelectron spectroscopy.

Nuclear chemistry

Radioactive decay

mass defect and binding energy

nuclear reactions

nuclear transformation

fission and fusion

neutron activation analysis

applications of isotopes.

Chemical kinetics

Rates of chemical reactions

methods of determining rate laws

Arrhenius equation

collision theory of reaction rates

steric factor

theory of absolute reaction rates

theory of unimolecular reactions

salt effect

kinetics of photochemical reactions.


First law, relation between Cp and Cv, enthalpies of physical and chemical changes, temperature dependence of enthalpies, second law, entropy, Gibbs and Helmholtz functions, evaluation of entropy and Gibbs function, Gibbs-Helmholtz equation, Maxwell relations

Thermodynamics of ideal and non-ideal gases and solutions

Third law of thermodynamics.

Electrochemistry and ionic equilibria

Theory of strong electrolytes

equilibria in electrochemical cells

cell reactions

Nernst equation

applications of cells

e.m.f. measurements

concentration cells

fuel cells


corrosion and its prevention.

Environmental Chemistry

Atmospheric layers

Vertical temperature profile,heat/radiation budget of the earth atmospheric systems, lapse rate

Temperature inversion

Pressure variation in atmosphere and scale height

Sources of nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon oxides, chloroflurocarbon, methane and other hydrocarbons in atmosphere, air pollution

Mechanism of photochemical decomposition of NO2 and formation of ozone, hydroperoxy and organic radicals

Reactions of hydroxyl radical with methane, SO2 and NO2

Photochemical smog

Stratospheric ozone depletion, Green house effect.


Mathematical Methods of Physics

Dimensional analysis

Vector algebra and vector calculus

Linear algebra, matrices, Cayley Hamilton theorem, eigenvalue problems

Linear differential equations

Special functions (Hermite, Bessel, Laguerre and Legendre)

Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace transforms

Elements of complex analysis

Elementary ideas about tensors

Introductory group theory

Elements of computational techniques: roots of functions, interpolation, extrapolation, integration by trapezoid and Simpson’s rule, solution of first order differential equations using Runge-Kutta method

Finite difference methods

Elementary probability theory, random variables, binomial, Poisson and normal distributions.

Classical Mechanics

Newton’s laws

Phase space dynamics, stability analysis

Central-force motion

Two-body collisions, scattering in laboratory and centre-of-mass frames

Rigid body dynamics, moment of inertia tensor, non-inertial frames and pseudoforces

Variational principle, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms and equations of motion

Poisson brackets and canonical transformations

Symmetry, invariance and conservation laws, cyclic coordinates

Periodic motion, small oscillations and normal modes

Special theory of relativity, Lorentz transformations, relativistic kinematics and mass–energy equivalence.

Quantum Mechanics

Wave-particle duality

Wave functions in coordinate and momentum representations

Commutators and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle

Matrix representation

Dirac’s bra and ket notation

Schroedinger equation (timedependent and time-independent)

Eigenvalue problems such as particle-in-abox, harmonic oscillator, etc.

Tunneling through a barrier

Motion in a central potential

Orbital angular momentum, Angular momentum algebra, spin

Addition of angular momenta

Hydrogen atom, spin-orbit coupling, fine structure

Time-independent perturbation theory and applications

Variational method

WKB approximation

Time dependent perturbation theory and Fermi's Golden Rule

Selection rules

Semi-classical theory of radiation

Elementary theory of scattering, phase shifts, partial waves, Born approximation

Identical particles, Pauli's exclusion principle, spin-statistics connection

Relativistic quantum mechanics: Klein Gordon and Dirac equations.

Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics

Laws of thermodynamics and their consequences

Thermodynamic potentials, Maxwell relations

Chemical potential, phase equilibria

Phase space, microand macrostates

Microcanonical, canonical and grand-canonical ensembles and partition functions

Free Energy and connection with thermodynamic quantities

First- and second-order phase transitions

Classical and quantum statistics, ideal Fermi and Bose gases

Principle of detailed balance

Blackbody radiation and Planck's distribution law

Bose-Einstein condensation

Random walk and Brownian motion

Introduction to nonequilibrium processes

Diffusion equation.

Nuclear and Particle Physics

Basic nuclear properties: size, shape, charge distribution, spin and parity

Binding energy, semi-empirical mass formula

Liquid drop model

Fission and fusion

Nature of the nuclear force, form of nucleon-nucleon potential

Chargeindependence and charge-symmetry of nuclear forces


Deuteron problem

Evidence of shell structure, single- particle shell model, its validity and limitations

Rotational spectra

Elementary ideas of alpha, beta and gamma decays and their selection rules

Nuclear reactions, reaction mechanisms, compound nuclei and direct reactions

Classification of fundamental forces

Elementary particles (quarks, baryons, mesons, leptons)

Spin and parity assignments, isospin, strangeness

Gell-Mann-Nishijima formula

C, P, and T invariance and applications of symmetry arguments to particle reactions, parity non-conservation in weak interaction

Relativistic kinematics.