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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Strategy for Chemistry Paper-1 Continued...

Electrchemistry: Main books are PSP, K.L.Kapoor, Atkins, Castellan, Alberty & Silbey …
Other reference books are:
Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications by Bard and Faulkner(2nd edition)
Vogel’s Textbook of Quantitative Chemical Analysis (5th edition)
Fundametntal of Analytical Chemistry by Skoog (8th edition)
Electrochemistry is an important chapter of Physical chemistry and every year 40-80 marks questions are asked from this topic so prepare it in depth covering all the grey areas…for this topic material availability has always been a problem but the books that I have mentioned will be quite useful…
Debye-Huckel theory of strong electrolytes and Debye-Huckel limiting Law for various equilibrium and transport properties: The derivation of Debye-Huckel theory is very lengthy so it can be left ….but prepare the old questions that have come in this topic esp CSE2002 & CSE 2007 question…
Concentration cells: prepare a write up on concentration cells from K.L.Kapoor, PSP, page 392 of Castellan.. Prepare answers to the CSE2001, CSE2003 and IFS 2002 questions on this topic.
Galvanic cells, electrochemical series, measurement of e.m.f. of cells: read from page 216-233 of Atkins, Chapter 17 of Castellan, K.L.Kapoor and PSP…
Fuel cells and batteries: prepare the fuell cells from Alberty & Silbey,page 947 of Atkins batteries from K.L.Kapoor, PSP…
Processes at electrodes; double layer at the interface; rate of charge transfer, current density; over potential: read it from page 932 of Atkins…read it from PSP, K.L.Kapoor, read it from Textbook of Quantitative Chemical Analysis (5th Edition), read double layer at interface from page 432 of Castellan..
Electroanalytical techniques: Polarography, amperometry, ion selective electrodes and their uses: for polarography read it from page 592 Textbook of Quantitative Chemical Analysis by Vogel (5th Edition)… PSP, and chapter-7 of Electrochemical methods by Bard and Faulkner…Do prepare the Ilkovic equation’s derivation and also E1/2 cell derivation….Prepare amperometry from Page 626 of Textbook of Quantitative Chemical Analysis by Vogel (5th Edition)
For Ion-selective Electrodes: Read from page 92 of Electrochemical methods by Bard and Faulkner and also read chapter -21(Potentiometry) from Fundamental of Analytical Chemistry by Skoog (8th edition)

Chemical Kinetics: Main books are Atkins, Alberty & Silbey, Laidler, Castellan, PSP
Differential and integral rate equations for zeroth, first, second and fractional order reactions: read it from PSP, Atkins, Alberty & Silbey
Rate equations involving reverse, parallel, consecutive and chain reactions; branching chain and explosion: Prepare from PSP, Castellan, Atkins
Study of fast reactions by stop-flow and relaxation methods: Prepare it from Atkins, Castellan, Alberty & Silbey..
Collisions and transition state theories: Prepare it from PSP, Atkins...solve all the previously asked questions....

Photochemistry: Main books are PSP, Atkins, Alberty & Silbey, Laidler..
Absorption of light: prepare the quantum yield…and solve numerical that have appeared earlier…go through all the solved examples on Quantum yield from Atkins and Alberty & Silbey….
Decay of excited state by different routes: prepare a write up on different processes…Jablonski diagram is very important…
Photochemical reactions between hydrogen and halogens and their quantum yields: prepare this topic comprehensively and also solve the IFS questions of 2008 and 2009…prepare it from Laidler also….topic of comparison of photochemical reactions of halogens: do it from Laidler…

Surface Phenomena and Catalysis: Main books are PSP, Atkins, Alberty & Silbey, Castellan, K.L.Kapoor, Laidler..
Absorption from gases on solid adsorbents: prepare the basics of adsorption like difference between Physical and Chemical Adsorption, types of adsorption of gases on solids…the factors on which the adsorption depends upon etc…read page 426-432 of Castellan(3rd edition)
Absorption from solutions on solid adsorbents: read chapter 11th from Physical Chemistry of Surfaces (6thEd) by Adamson…Also prepare the Gibbs’ adsorption isotherm and its experimental verification: read page 420-424 of Castellan (3rd edition)

Langmuir and B.E.T. adsorption isotherms: Prepare the kinetic derivation of Langmuir from Alberty & Silbey…prepare the B.E.T derivation from page 428 of Castellan and from chapter 17th of Physical Chemistry of Surfaces (6th Ed) by Adamson…prepare the derivation of Langmuir isotherm from the B.E.T. isotherm…prepare the answer for 2004 CSE question of isosteric enthalpy of adsorption from page 919 of Atkins...
Determination of surface area: Prepare CSE2002 question on determination of Surface area.
Characteristics and mechanism of reaction on heterogeneous catalysts: This had been the most important topic of this chapter so prepare a good writeup on this topic covering all the areas….Assumptions and the basic steps are best given in Brilliant solution of CSE2003….refer Alberty & Silbey for the further derivation…prepare an answer for the CSE2007 question on the Theories of Heterogeneous Catalysis from page 927 of Atkins & also from Laidler.

Bio-inorganic Chemistry:Main books are Cotton & Wilkinson, Huheey, Principles of Bioinorganic Chemistry by Lippard, & Berg, J.D.Lee
Metal ions in biological systems: The material for this topic is scattered so one will have to read different sources and prepare an answer for this topic…the sources are: Inorganic Chemistry by Shriver & Atkins, Cotton and Wilkinson, Lippard & Berg and J.D.Lee…refer to the metal ions which have already been asked in CSE2008 and IFS2006 exams…
Metal ions in biological systems and their role in ion transport across the membranes (molecular mechanism): Prepare the Sodium-Potassium Pump from internet…First explain the structure of the pump and then process..the process can be seen in the given animations:
http://highered.mcgrawhill.com/sites/0072495855/student_view0/chapter2/
animations/ion_pump/ionpump.html
Oxygen-uptake proteins: prepare it from Cotton & Wilkinson and also from Huheey, Puri Sharma & Kalia.
Cytochromes: prepare Cytochromes from Huheey, Cotton & Wilkinson and also from internet…do prepare a write up on Cytochromes-450..
Ferredoxins: prepare it from Huheey, Cotton & Wilkinson and also from internet…prepare answer for IFS2007 question on Redox Interconversion in Ferredoxins(do it from Cotton & Wilkinson)...prepare the role of Ferredoxins in Photosynthesis…

Coordination Compounds: Main books are Puri Sharma & Kalia(PSK), Huheey,
Tuli & Madan, Cotton & Wilkinson, J.D.Lee, Shriver & Atkins, Meissler & Tarr

(i) Valence bond theory, crystal field theory and its modifications: Prepare the theory and examples of VBT from PSK, Tuli & Madan. Try to write an answer for a compulsory question on VBT, asked in CSE2006…Read CFT from PSK, Tuli & Madan, Huheey, J.D.Lee….read its modifications also…A good no of questions were asked from CFT in previous CS exams so try and prepare their write up….a lot of such questions are repeated in the current CS exam..
Applications of theories in the explanation of magnetism and electronic spectra of metal complexes: Read this topic from PSK, Cotton & Wilkinson, and Chapter 11 of Huheey and also from Chapter11 of Meissler & Tarr. Read the electronic spectra of various groups from J.D.Lee..Prepare answers to the questions asked in previous CS examinations..

(ii) Isomerism in coordination compounds: prepare all the types with examples from PSK and Huheey…
IUPAC nomenclature of coordination compounds: prepare the write up regarding the rules for writing IUPAC nomenclature and also solve the previous questions….
Stereochemistry of complexes with 4 and 6 coordination numbers: refer Huheey, Cotton & Wilkinson…
Chelate effect: Prepare it from Tuli & Madan and also from Huheey….
Polynuclear complexes: Prepare it from Huheey, Cotton & Wilkinson, Tuli & Madan..
Trans effect and its theories: Best given in Meissler & Tarr, also refer to Tuli & Madan…
Kinetics of substitution reactions in square-planer complexes: refer Huheey, Cotton & Wilkinson, Shriver & Atkins and also Tuli & Madan….Prepare IFS2007 question on substitution.
Thermodynamic and kinetic stability of complexes: Prepare the write up from Tuli & Madan, Huheey, Cotton & Wilkinson…

(iii) EAN rule: Prepare it from Tuli & Madan….
Synthesis structure and reactivity of metal carbonyls: Prepare it from Tuli & Madan, Huheey. Cotton & Wilkinson, PSK…prepare all the earlier asked questions….
Synthesis structure and reactivity of carboxylate anions, carbonyl hydrides and metal nitrosyl compounds: Prepare it from PSK, Huheey, Cotton & Wilkinson

(iv) Complexes with aromatic systems, synthesis, structure and bonding in metal olefin complexes, alkyne complexes: prepare it from PSK, Huheey, Cotton & Wilkinson…
Cyclopentadienyl complexes: This is a very important topic so prepare it carefully…read from Huheey, prepare the MO diagram of Ferrocene from Cotton & Wilkinson
Coordinative unsaturation, oxidative addition reactions, insertion reactions: Prepare from Huheey, PSK
Fluxional molecules and their characterization: refer Huheey, Cotton & Wilkinson…
Compounds with metal-metal bonds and metal atom clusters: refer PSK, Huheey, Cotton & Wilkinson…Prepare a write up on this topic…

Main Group Chemistry:
I did not prepare this topic at all....but basics can be prepared from Huheey & J.D.Lee

General Chemistry of ‘f’ Block Elements:
Prepare it from Tuli & Madan, J.D.Lee, Huheey, Cotton & Wilkinson…..prepare answers for all the previously asked questions…

Feel Free to ask any doubt regarding Chemistry...please post ur queries related to Chemistry under this topic...

22 comments:

Gokul said...

hello sir
Sorry my query is about physics while the post is on chemistry. Do we have to study power amplifiers in electronics? If yes, can u pls say what all

Mayuresh said...

Hi Abhijeet,

I am appearing for CSE 2011
Plz clear my query regarding economics. . I have visited several blogs for guidance but still disappointed. .

my doubt is regarding dutt and sundaram. .

it is clear that this book is not to be read from cover to cover. Plz tell me the important topics or chapters (preferably chapter titles) which are to be studied from this book. .

My strategy for economics:

NCERT Class XI and XII books
Economic survey. .
PD economics. .
IC Dhingra
Dutt and Sundaram. .

Is this combination enough or anything else is required ?

Please tell me the topics to be studied from Last book. .

Abhijeet Agrawal said...

Hi Mayuresh,
The kind of questions in that are asked under Economics section in G.S. paper, are quite analytical so they require quite extensive preparation...
It would not be possible for me to give detail of specific chapters from dutt and Sundaram...But u please refer the core sectors from that book...
also refer to the notes of Vaji Ram and also Sriram..they might supplement to ur preparation...
once u have thoroughly prepared any topic then also look for the questions that have been asked in G.S. paper & also in Economics mains paper of Civil Services, Indian Economic service Exam on that topic...this will broaden ur perspective about a topic and it will help in shaping the rough edges in ur preparation....

priyank said...

hi abhijeet,
I am Priyank. I passed out in elecrical engg. in 2010 from iit kanpur and got selected in upsc prelims but that too after a preparation of 15-17 days.
Now i had taken chemisry as my other optional. can u send me your contact number to my mail id and also give a list of all books which will be helpful.

Arti said...

Hello Mr. Abhijeet,
Firstly hearty congratulations on your feat.
I have a question... can you please tell me from where can we prepare topics like phase transitions, first order, second order, lambda transitions. I have seen questions from these topics in previous year question papers. It will be of great help if you can guide in this regard.
Thanks and Regards,
Aarti

Abhijeet Agrawal said...

@ Aarti....The question of phase transitions that had appeared in 2001 chemistry mains exam,can be prepared from Physical Chemistry by Atkins, K.L.Kapoor...i also had added a few diagrams from a Physics book named:
Thermodynamics by Garg, Bansal and Ghosh...

Arti said...

Thanks a lot...

ranjan singh said...

hello sir,i am ravi ranjan currently pursuing b.tech 8th sem,i want to opt chemistry and geography is it a right option?? plz advice...
sir i searched previous year solved cse paper for chemistry main bt i didnt find it plz plz help me out so that i can get it.....plz mail me on
(28ranjan.singh@gmail.com).

Pratik Nandoskar said...

Hi sir !!
i'm Doing Computer Engg (FE)
Now i want to start Preparing For UPSC But i'm confused in mains Optional subjects..
I just want to ask which sub suits me according to my Computer engg Knowledge ? or should i go for history or Geography OR physics ??

viney said...

hello sir,i am Viney currently pursuing b.tech 8th sem from nitk surathkal,i want to opt chemistry....
i hav prepared well but the thing is i m unable to find previous year exam papers sp lz help me out.....
can you please send me a link or mail me directly???

(xxxviney@gmail.com)

Abhijeet Agrawal said...

@ Viney....chemistry previous year's papers are not available on internet but u can get it from someone in Delhi...or u can get it through the book post from Jawahar Books, Bersarai,Delhi....
u can get question papers of 2008, 2009 on UPSC website: http://upsc.gov.in/questionpaper/index.htm#PageTop

but other year's papers will not be available on internet...

Vijay said...

Hello Sir,
I wrote IAS mains 2010 with Chemistry and scored 243 (111 + 132). I studied just for 2 months after prelims results. Now i want to know shall i join any coaching or shall i prepare on my own. Till now i was thinking of preparing on my own. If i have to join then which coaching shall i join (Delhi). Also if i prepare by myself then are the coaching notes of any institute available and where. Please help me out. Also it is very tough to follow all the books that you mentioned. Which were your basic books in Mechanisms (SN and E). Please help sir. my number is 9873072224. If you dont mind please share your number. email id - mail.choudhary@gmail.com

shashiketan said...

Hi sir,
i am currently studying in ISM dhanbad in electronics engg. in 3rd year. i have a very keen interest in taking chemistry as my optional subject. i want to know that the chmistry books you referred are the basics or we need to read something else also considering that i have read chemistry quite nicely to enter into IIT. please help me in this regard..

davendra said...

hi abhijeet,
i am taking chemistry and public administration as my optionals. chemistry has a negative impact in relation to finding pre. years paper, books, notes and guidance, but i have consulted DIAS COACHING CENTRE for chem. is it will be good for me to join? plz help me in this matter bcz classes r going to be start on 12 nov. but vajiram classes are starting from 17 oct. and also i have a time clash in my sub. at both coaching centre. it will be too late if i will deposit my fees there. one person in jia sarai told me about ur notes r available on net. thnx for such a valuable help to provide ur best effort for candidates like us.

Abhijeet Agrawal said...

@ davendra
See its up to you to join coaching for Chemistry or not...it depends on ur level of preparation....see it is not something compulsory to join coaching for subject....any way coaching just enforces some discipline....in science subjects you will have to put lot of efforts even after u join coaching...i have also uploaded my notes on my blog so u may get benefited from there......so all the best for preparation....
reg G.S. also you can join Vaji Ram or even Sriram, both are good....

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Wow, theres some nice links there - where do you find them all? I’m going to read all those through in detail and apply a few.. Thanks for sharing!
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Jitesh Gupta said...

Sir,
U have one request that can u please tell me some coaching for chemistry as optionals in delhi.....i know one DIAS, HAUZ KHAS....CAN U plz tell any in karolbagh thats also gud....plz sir help me out

Ashish Kumar said...

Hello sir,
Myself ashish,and am in a dilemma whether to opt for chemistry as an optional subject or not.Am pursuing my hons from chemistry and so far have enjoyed reading it,but lack of good guidance,like the one we have for arts subjects,no correct info about marking pattern in chem,are the reason,putting me into fix.please help sir.

Gaurav Budania said...

hello sir ....want to go for chemistry optional .....no touch with chem after 12 but want to take it ....according to your blog I have purchased the books ....I want to know that should i start from first page or some selected topic ....please help

gazal said...

hi abhishek,
can u plz tell me from where can i get previous year solved papers for mains( chemistry)

Lekhika Naik said...

hello sir
i want to if your hand written
notes covers the complete chemistry syllabus for upsc?????

Pooja Tiwari said...

Hello sir!