Exam Pattern & Syllabus for APPSC Chemistry subject Degree Lecturers 2022

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Scheme of Exam: Exam Pattern & Syllabus for APPSC Chemistry subject Degree Lecturers

PapersNo. of   Questions Duration   (Minutes) Maximum   Marks
PART-A: Written ‘Examination (Objective Type)
Paper-1: General Studies & Mental Ability150150150
Paper-2:  Chemistry subject150150300
PART-B: Interview (Oral Test)  50

As per G.O.Ms. No.235, Finance (HRI, Plg & Policy) Dept., Dt.06/12/2016, for each wrong answer will be penalized with 1/3rd of the marks prescribed for the question.

CHEMISTRY Subject Syllabus: Exam Pattern & Syllabus for APPSC Chemistry subject Degree Lecturers


1. Atomic structure and chemical bonding – structure and bonding in homo and heteronuclear molecules. Applications of VSEPR, Valence Bond and Molecular orbital theories in explaining the structures of simple molecules.

2. Transition elements and coordination compounds – physical and chemical characteristics of transition elements – Bonding theories – crystal field theory – crystal field splitting patterns in various geometries. Calculation of CFSE – Jahn-Teller effect – Application of MO theory to octahedral and square planar complexes – Electronic spectra of complexes – Russell Saunders coupling – term symbols – spectra of octahedral and tetrahedral complexes – charge transfer spectra – magnetic properties of complex compounds.

3. Metal – ligand equilibria in solution – stepwise and overall stability constants – factors affecting the stability of metal complexes – Pearson’s theory of hard and soft acids and bases (HSAB) – Chelate effect.

4. Reaction mechanisms in complexes – Inert and level complexes – Ligand substitution reactions of octahedral complexes – acid hydrolysis, base hydrolysis – conjugate base mechanism – Anation reactions – substitution reactions of square planar complexes – Trans effect – Electron transfer reactions – Inner and outer sphere mechanisms.

5. Metal complexes – EAN rule – structure and bonding of metal carbonyls of Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni – Metal nitrosyls – structure and bonding.
6. Cages and ring compounds – preparation, structure, and reactions of boranes and carboranes – Boron-nitrogen and Sulfur-nitrogen cyclic compounds.

7. Metal clusters – factors favoring M-M bonds – Structure and bonding in Re2Cl8, 4+ 2+ 3-Mo6Cl8, Nb6X12, Re3Cl9 and Re3Cl12.
8. Bio-inorganic chemistry – metal complexes as oxygen carriers – hemoglobin and myoglobin – oxygen transport – nonheme proteins – hemerythrin and hemocyanin.
9. Analytical chemistry – chromatography – general principles involved in separations by paper, thin layer and column chromatography – GC and HPLC.

Physical Chemistry: Exam Pattern & Syllabus for APPSC Chemistry subject Degree Lecturers

1. Thermodynamics

A brief review of the concepts of I and II laws of thermodynamics. Concept of entropy. Entropy as a state function. Calculation of entropy changes in various processes. Entropy changes in an ideal gas. Entropy changes in the mixing of ideal gases. Entropy as a function of V and T. Entropy as a function of P and T. Entropy change in isolated systems- Clausius inequality. Entropy change as a criterion for spontaneity and equilibrium.

Third law of thermodynamics. Evaluation of absolute entropies from heat capacity data for solids, liquids, and gases. Standard entropies and entropy changes in chemical reactions. Helmholtz and Gibbs free energies (A and G). A and G as a criterion for equilibrium and spontaneity. The physical significance of A and G. Driving force for chemical reactions- relative signs of ∆H and ∆S. Thermodynamic relations. Gibbs equations. Maxwell relations.

Temperature dependence of G. Gibbs- Helmholtz equation. Pressure dependence of G. Chemical potential: Gibbs equations for non-equilibrium systems. Material equilibrium. Phase equilibrium. Clapeyron equation and Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Conditions for equilibrium in a closed system. The chemical potential of ideal gases. Ideal-gas reaction equilibrium-derivation of equilibrium constant. Temperature dependence of
equilibrium constant-the van’t Hoff equation.

Solutions: Specifying the Solution composition. Partial molar properties-significance. The relation between solution volume and partial molar volume. Measurement of partial molar volumes- slope and intercept methods. The chemical potential. Variation of chemical potential with T and P. Gibbs-Duhem equation-derivation and significance Ideal solutions. Thermodynamic properties of ideal solutions. Mixing quantities. Vapour pressure-Raoult’s law. Thermodynamic properties of ideally dilute solutions. Vapour pressure- Henry’s law.

Nonideal systems. Concept of fugacity, fugacity coefficients. Determination of fugacity. Nonideal solutions. Activities and activity coefficients. Standard-state conventions for nonideal solutions. Determination of activity coefficients from vapor pressure measurements. Activity coefficients of nonvolatile solutes using the Gibbs-Duhem equation. Multicomponent phase equilibrium: Vapour pressure lowering, freezing point depression, and boiling point elevation

2. Statistical Thermodynamics

Concepts of distribution and probability. Estimation of probability and the most probable distribution. Systems composed of noninteracting particles. Derivation of Boltzmann distribution law. The molecular partition function. Systems composed of interacting particles. The concept of ensemble and canonical ensemble. Canonical partition function and its relation to the molecular partition function. The factorization of molecular partition function – translational, rotational, vibrational and electronic partition functions. Derivation of expressions for translational, rotational (diatomic) and vibrational partition functions.

Relationship between partition functions and thermodynamic functions.
The relationship between partition functions and thermodynamic functions. Specific heats of solids – Einstein equation of heat capacity of solids – derivation. Explanation of heat capacity at very low and very high temperatures – Dulong and Petits Law. Debye theory. The entropy of a monoatomic ideal gas. The Sackur-Tetrode equation- derivation. Mean translational and vibrational energies.

3. Electrochemistry

Electrochemical Cells: Derivation of Nernst equation – problems. Chemical and concentration cells (with and without transference). Liquid junction potential – derivation of the expression for LJP – its determination and elimination. Applications of EMF measurements: Solubility product, potentiometric titrations, determination of transport numbers, equilibrium constant measurements.

Decomposition potential and its significance. Electrode polarization – its causes and elimination. Concentration overpotential. Concept of activity and activity coefficients in electrolytic solutions. The mean ionic activity coefficient. Debye-Huckel theory of electrolytic solutions. Debye-Huckel limiting law (derivation not required). Calculation of mean ionic activity coefficient. Limitations of Debye-Huckel theory. Extended Debye-Huckel law. Theory of electrolytic conductance. Derivation of Debye-Huckel-Onsager equation – its validity and limitations. Concept of ion association – Bjerrum theory of ion association (elementary treatment) – ion association constant – Debye-Huckel-Bjerrum equation.


Black body radiation-Planck’s concept of quantization-Planck’s equation, the average energy of an oscillator (derivation not required). Wave-particle duality and uncertain principle- the significance of these for microscopic entities. The emergence of quantum mechanics. Wave mechanics and Schroedinger wave equation. Operators-operator algebra. Commutation of operators, linear operators.Complex functions. Hermitian operators. Operators

2. Eigenfunctions and eigenvalues. Degeneracy. Linear combination of eigenfunctions of an operator. Well behaved functions. Normalized and orthogonal functions. Postulates of quantum mechanics. The physical interpretation of wave function. Observables and operators. Measurability of operators. Average values of observables. The time-dependent Schrodinger equation. Separation of variables and the time-
independent Schrodinger equation.

Theorems of quantum mechanics. Real nature of the eigenvalues of a Hermitian operator-significance. Orthogonal nature of the eigenvalues of a Hermitian operator- the significance of orthogonality. Expansion of a function in terms of eigenvalues. Eigenfunctions of commuting operators-significance. Simultaneous measurement of properties and the uncertainty principle. Particle in a box- one dimensional and three dimensional. Plots of and 2-discussion. Degeneracy of energy levels. Comparison of classical and quantum mechanical particles.

Calculations using wave functions of the particle in a box-orthogonality, measurability of energy, position, and momentum, average values, and probabilities. Application to the spectra of conjugated molecules.
Cartesian, Polar and spherical polar coordinates and their interrelations
Schrodinger equation for the hydrogen atom- separation into three equations. Hydrogen like wave functions. Radial and angular functions. Quantum numbers n, l and m, and their importance. The radial distribution functions. Hydrogen like orbitals and their representation. Polar plots, contour plots, and boundary diagrams.

Many electron systems. Approximate methods. The variation method-variation theorem and it’s proof. Trial variation function and variation integral. Examples of variational calculations. Particle in a box. Construction of trial function by the method of linear combinations. Variation parameters. Secular equations and secular determinant.
Bonding in molecules. Molecular orbital theory-basic ideas. Construction of MOs by LCAO, H +ion. The variation integral for H +ion. Detailed calculation of Wave functions and energies for the bonding and antibonding MOs. The physical picture of bonding and antibonding wave functions. Energy diagram. The MO and VB wave functions for H2 molecule and their comparison

 5.Chemical Kinetics

Theories of reaction rates: Collision theory, steric factor. Transition state theory. The reaction coordinates the activated complex and the transition state. Thermodynamic formulation of transition state theory. Unimolecular reactions and Lindamann’s theory. Complex reactions- Opposing reactions, parallel reactions and consecutive reactions(all first-order type). Chain reactions-general characteristics, steady-state treatment. Example- H2-Br2 reaction. Derivation of rate law.

Effect of structure on reactivity- Linear free energy relationships. Hammett and Taft equations-substituent and reaction are constant with examples.
Factors affecting reaction rates in solution. Diffusion controller actions. Influence of dielectric constant and ionic strength on ion-ion, ion-dipole, and dipole-dipole reactions. Primary and secondary salt effects. Kinetic isotope effects: Primary and secondary isotope effects. Solvent isotope effects.

Enzyme catalysis: Chemical catalysis and enzyme catalysis – distinction – energy considerations and rate accelerations – examples.
Michaelis-Menten mechanisms of enzyme-catalyzed reactions involving one and two intermediates. Steady-sate approximation. Derivation of kinetic equations. Evaluation of kinetic parameters. Enzyme-substrate complex: Fischer’s lock and key and Koshland’s induced fit hypotheses. The specificity of enzyme-catalyzed reactions. Discussion of the various types of forces involved in the formation of the E-S complex. pH dependence of enzyme-catalyzed reactions – the kinetics and the equations involved.

6. Photochemistry

Electronic transitions in molecules. The Franck Condon principle. Electronically excited molecules- singlet and triplet states. Radiative lifetimes of excited states-theoretical treatment. Measured lifetimes. Quantum yield and its determination. Actinomety- ferrioxalate and uranyl oxalate actinometers-problems. Derivation of fluorescence and phosphorescence quantum yields. E-type delayed fluorescence- evaluation of triplet energy splitting(∆EST).

Photophysical processes- photophysical kinetics of unimolecular reactions. Calculation of rate constants of various photophysical processes-problems, State diagrams Photochemical primary processes. Types of photochemical reactions- electron transfer, photodissociation, addition, abstraction, oxidation and isomerization reactions with examples. Effect of light intensity on the rates of photochemical reactions. Photosensitization. Quenching-Stern Volmer equation. Experimental set up of a photochemical reaction. Introduction to fast reactions- Principle of flash photolysis

7. Solid-state chemistry

Magnetic properties of solids- classification of magnetic materials, Magnetic susceptibility, Langevin diamagnetism, Weiss theory of paramagnetism
Electronic properties of metals, insulators, and semiconductors: Electronic structure of solids, Band theory, the band structure of metals, insulators, and semiconductors. Electrons, holes, and Excitons.

The temperature dependence of the conductivity of extrinsic semiconductors. Photoconductivity and photovoltaic effect-p-n junctions.
Superconductivity. The occurrence of superconductivity. Destruction of superconductivity by the magnetic fields-Meisner effect. Types of superconductors. Theories of superconductivity- BCS theory.


1. IUPAC nomenclature of organic molecules including structural, positional, functional, regio- and stereoisomers.

2. Molecular representations: Wedge, Fischer, Newman and Saw-horse formulae, their description and interconversions. Stereoisomers-classification-configuration –R,S- nomenclature- Criteria for Chirality. Axially chiral allenes, spiranes, alkylidene cycloalkanes, chiral biaryls, atropisomerism. Planar chiral ansa compounds and trans- cyclooctene. Helically chiral compounds, Determination of absolute configuration by
chemical correlation methods. Determination of configuration in E,Z-nomenclature: Spectral and Chemical methods of configuration determination of E,Z isomers. Determination of configuration in aldoximes and ketoximes.

3. Nature of Bonding in Organic Molecules and Aromaticity, Delocalized chemical bonding-conjugation, cross conjugation, resonance, hyperconjugation, tautomerism, Huckle’s rule and the concept of aromaticity, aromaticity in benzenoid and non-benzenoid compounds, alternant and non-alternant hydrocarbons, metallocenes- Ferrocene, Azulenes, Fulvenes, Annulenes, anti-aromaticity, pseudo-aromaticity, homo-aromaticity.

4. Reactive intermediates and Molecular rearrangements. Reactive Intermediates: Generation, detection, structure, stability, and reactions of carbocations, carbanions, carbenes, nitrenes, and free radicals. Molecular rearrangements: Definition and classification. Molecular rearrangements involving
1) electron-deficient carbon: Wagner- Meerwein, Pinacol-Pinacolone, Allylic, and Wolf rearrangement.
2) electron-deficient
Nitrogen: Hofmann, Lossen, Curtius, Schmidt and Beckmann rearrangements
3) electron-deficient Oxygen: Baeyer-Villiger oxidation.
4) Base catalyzed rearrangements: Benzilic acid, Favourski, Transannular, Sommlett-Hauser, and Smiles rearrangement

5. Organic Reaction mechanism-I Electrophilic addition to carbon-carbon double bond: Stereoselective addition to carbon-carbon double bond; anti addition- Bromination and epoxidation followed by ring-opening. Syn addition of OsO4 and KMnO4. Hydroboration. Michael reaction. Elimination reactions E2, E1, E1CB mechanisms. Orientation and stereoselectivity in E2 eliminations. Pyrolytic syn elimination and α- elimination, elimination Vs substitution. Determination of reaction mechanism: Energy profiles of addition and elimination reactions, transition states, product isolation and
structure of intermediates, use of isotopes, chemical trapping, crossover experiments.

6. Importance of heterocyclic compounds as drugs. Nomenclature of heterocyclic systems based on ring size, number, and nature of heteroatoms. Synthesis and reactivity of pyrrole, furan, thiophene, pyridine, indole, benzofuran, benzothiophene, quinoline, isoquinoline.

7. Alkaloids and terpenoids- Importance of natural products as drugs. Isolation of natural products by steam distillation, solvent extraction and chemical methods. Structure determination and synthesis of papaverine, nicotine and quinine-General methods in the structure determination of terpenes. Isoprene rule, structure determination, and synthesis of α-terpineol and camphor.

8. Organic Photochemistry, Photochemical energy, Frank-Condon principles, Jablonski diagram, singlet and triplet states, dissipation of photochemical energy, photosensitization, quenching, quantum efficiency and quantum yield. Photochemistry of carbonyl compounds – n* and * transitions. Norrish type-I and Norrish type-II cleavages. Paterno-Buchi reactions, Photoreduction, photochemistry of enones – hydrogen abstraction, rearrangements of ,- unsaturated ketones and cyclohexadiene, photochemistry of p-benzoquinones. Dienes – photochemistry of 1,3- butadienes, (2+2) additions leading to cage structures, photochemistry of cyclohexadiene, photochemistry of aromatic compounds, an excited state of benzene and its 1,2-, 1,4- additions

9. Pericyclic Reactions Molecular orbital symmetry, Frontier orbitals of ethylene, 1,3 butadiene, 1,3,5 hexatriene, and allyl system. Classification of pericyclic reactions. Woodward – Hoffmann correlation diagrams. FMO and PMO (Mobius Huckel) approaches. Electrocyclic reactions-Conrotatory and disrotatory. 4n, 4n+2 and allyl systems. Cycloadditions-antarafacial and suprafacial additions, 4n and 4n+2 systems, 2+2 addition of ketene, 1,3 dipolar cycloadditions Sigmatropic rearrangements – Suprafacial and antarafacial shifts of H, Sigmatropic shifts involving carbon moieties, 3,3
and 5,5 sigmatropic rearrangements.

10. Structure determination of organic compounds by UV IR, NMR and Mass Various electronic transitions, Beer-Lambert’s law, the effect of solvent on electronic transitions, ultraviolet bands for carbonyl compounds, unsaturated carbonyl Compounds, dienes, conjugated polyenes, Effect of hydrogen bonding and solvent effects-NMR-Shielding mechanism, mechanism of measurement, chemical shift values, chemical exchange, complex spin-spin interaction, 13C NMR spectroscopy, chemical shift-Mass spectral fragmentation of organic compounds, common functional groups, molecular-ion peak, metastable peak,

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