VITEEE Syllabus

Before commencing the preparation for any competitive examination, it is necessary to understand the syllabus completely. Know the complete syllabus of VITEEE 2023 given below. The examination has five sections, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English and Aptitude.

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In Physics, these are the various topics that students must go through.

1. Laws of Motion & Work, Energy and Power

Static and kinetic friction – laws of friction – rolling friction, Law of conservation of linear momentum and its applications. Conservative forces: conservation of mechanical energy (kinetic and potential energies) – non-conservative forces: motion in a vertical circle – elastic and inelastic collisions. Work done by a constant force and a variable force; kinetic energy – work-energy theorem – power.

2. Properties of Matter

Viscosity – Stokes’ law – terminal velocity – streamline and turbulent flow – critical velocity. Bernoulli’s theorem and its applications. Elastic behaviour – Stress-strain relationship – Hooke’s law – Young’s modulus – bulk modulus – shear modulus of rigidity – Poisson’s ratio – elastic energy.

Qualitative ideas of Blackbody radiation: Wein’s displacement Law – Stefan’s law. Heat – temperature – thermal expansion: thermal expansion of solids – specific heat capacity: Cp, Cv – latent heat capacity.

3. Electrostatics

Charges and their conservation; Coulomb’s law -superposition principle. Electric field – electric field due to a point charge, electric field lines; electric dipole, electric field intensity due to a dipole – behaviour of a dipole in a uniform electric field. Electric potential – potential difference-electric potential due to a point charge and dipole- equipotential surfaces – electrical potential energy of a system of two point charges.

Electric flux-Gauss’s theorem and its applications. Electrostatic induction-capacitor and capacitance – dielectric and electric polarisation – parallel plate capacitor with and without dielectric medium – applications of capacitor – energy stored in a capacitor – Capacitors in series and in parallel – Van de Graaff generator.

4. Current Electricity

Electric Current – drift velocity and mobility and their relation with electric current. Ohm’s law, electrical resistance – V-I characteristics – electrical resistivity and conductivity-classification of materials in terms of conductivity – Carbon resistors – colour code for carbon resistors – combination of resistors – series and parallel – temperature dependence of resistance – internal resistance of a cell – potential difference and emf of a cell – combinations of cells in series and in parallel.

Kirchoff’s law – Wheatstone’s Bridge and its application – Metre Bridge – special case of Wheatstone bridge – Potentiometer principle – comparing the emf of two cells.

5. Magnetic Effects of Electric Current

Magnetic effect of electric current – Concept of magnetic field – Oersted’s experiment – Biot-Savart law- Magnetic field due to an infinitely long current carrying straight wire and circular coil – Tangent galvanometer – Bar magnet as an equivalent solenoid – magnetic field lines.

Ampere’s circuital law and its application. Force on a moving charge in uniform magnetic field and electric field – cyclotron – Force on current carrying conductor in a uniform magnetic field – Forces between two parallel current carrying conductors – definition of ampere.

Torque experienced by a current loop in a uniform magnetic field – moving coil galvanometer – conversion to ammeter and voltmeter – current loop as a magnetic dipole – Magnetic dipole moment of a revolving electron.

6. Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current

Electromagnetic induction – Faraday’s law – induced emf and current – Lenz’s law. Self induction – Mutual induction – self inductance of a long solenoid – mutual inductance of two long solenoids. Methods of inducing emf – (i) by changing magnetic induction (ii) by changing area enclosed by the coil and (iii) by changing the orientation of the coil.

AC generator -(Single phase, three phase). Eddy current – applications – transformer – Alternating current – AC circuit with resistance – AC circuit with inductor – AC circuit with capacitor – LCR series circuit – Resonance and Q – factor – power in AC circuits.

7. Optics

Reflection of light, spherical mirrors, mirror formula. Refraction of light, total internal reflection and its applications, refraction at spherical surfaces, lenses, thin lens formula, lens maker’s formula. Magnification, power of a lens, combination of thin lenses in contact, combination of a lens and a mirror. Refraction and dispersion of light through a prism.

Wavefront and Huygens’s principle – Reflection, total internal reflection and refraction of plane wave at a plane surface using wavefronts. Interference – Young’s double slit experiment and expression for fringe width – coherent source – interference of light – Formation of colours in thin films – Newton’s rings. Diffraction – differences between interference and diffraction of light. Polarisation of light waves – polarisation by reflection – Brewster’s law – double refraction – nicol prism – uses of plane polarised light.

8. Dual Nature of Radiation and Atomic Physics

Electromagnetic waves and their characteristics – Electromagnetic spectrum – Photoelectric effect – Light waves and photons – particle nature of light – photocells and their applications.

Atomic structure – discovery of the electron – specific charge (Thomson’s method) and charge of the electron (Millikan’s oil drop method) – alpha scattering – Rutherford’s atom model.

9. Nuclear Physics

Nuclear properties – nuclear radii, masses, binding energy, density, charge – isotopes, isobars and isotones – nuclear mass defect – binding energy – stability of nuclei

Nature of nuclear forces – Radioactivity – alpha, beta and gamma radiations and their properties – Radioactive decay law – half life – mean life – artificial radioactivity – radioisotopes – effects and uses. Radiocarbon dating. Nuclear fission – chain reaction – atom bomb – nuclear reactor – nuclear fusion.

10. Semiconductor Devices and their Applications

Semiconductor basics – energy band in solids: difference between metals, insulators and semiconductors – semiconductor doping – Intrinsic and Extrinsic semiconductors. Formation of P-N Junction – Barrier potential and depletion layer-P-N Junction diode – Forward and reverse bias characteristics – diode as a rectifier – Zener diode- LED. Junction transistors – characteristics – transistor as a switch – transistor as an amplifier – transistor as an oscillator.

Logic gates – NOT, OR, AND, XOR using discrete components – NAND and NOR gates as universal gates – De Morgan’s theorem – Laws and theorems of Boolean algebra.

You need to know these topics thoroughly in chemistry.

1. Atomic Structure

Bohr’s atomic model-Sommerfeld’s extension of atomic structure; Electronic configuration and Quantum numbers; Shapes of s, p, d, f orbitals – Pauli’s exclusion principle – Hund’s Rule of maximum multiplicity- Aufbau principle. Emission and absorption spectra, line and band spectra; Hydrogen spectrum – Lyman, Balmer, Paschen, Brackett and Pfund series; de Broglie’s theory; Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle – wave nature of electron – Schrodinger wave equation (No derivation). Eigen values and eigen functions. Hybridization of atomic orbitals involving s, p and d orbitals.

2. s, p, d and f – Block Elements

The s-block elements – properties and chemical reactivity of alkali and alkaline earth metals; p-block elements – Phosphorus compounds; PCl3, PCl5 – Oxides. Hydrogen halides, Interhalogen compounds. Xenon fluoride compounds. General Characteristics of d – block elements – Electronic Configuration – Oxidation states of first row transition elements and their colours. Occurrence and principles of extraction: Copper, Silver, Gold and Zinc. Preparation and properties of CuSO4, AgNO3 and K2Cr2O7. Lanthanides – Introduction, electronic configuration, general characteristics, oxidation state – lanthanide contraction, uses, brief comparison of Lanthanides and Actinides.

3. Coordination Chemistry and Solid-State Chemistry

Introduction – Terminology in coordination chemistry – IUPAC nomenclature of mononuclear coordination compounds. Isomerism, Geometrical isomerism in 4-coordinate, 6-coordinate complexes. Theories on coordination compounds – Werner’s theory (brief), Valence Bond theory. Uses of coordination compounds. Bioinorganic compounds (Haemoglobin and chlorophyll).

Lattice – unit cell, systems, types of crystals, packing in solids; Ionic crystals – Imperfections in solids – point defects. X-Ray diffraction – Electrical Property, Amorphous solids (elementary ideas only).

4. Thermodynamics, Chemical Equilibrium and Chemical Kinetics

I and II Laws of thermodynamics – spontaneous and non-spontaneous processes, entropy, Gibbs free energy – Free energy change and chemical equilibrium – significance of entropy.Law of mass action – Le Chatelier’s principle, applications of chemical equilibrium. Rate expression, order, and molecularity of reactions, zero order, first order and pseudo first order reaction – half-life period. Determination of rate constant and order of reaction. Temperature dependence of rate constant – Arrhenius equation and activation energy.

5. Electrochemistry

Theory of electrical conductance; metallic and electrolytic conductance. Faraday’s laws – theory of strong electrolytes – Specific resistance, specific conductance, equivalent and molar conductance – Variation of conductance with dilution – Kohlrausch’s Law – Ionic product of water, pH, and pH– buffer solutions – use of pH values. Cells – Electrodes and electrode potentials – construction of cell and EMF values, Fuel cells, Corrosion, and its prevention.

6. Isomerism in Organic Compounds

Definition, Classification – structural isomerism, stereo isomerism – geometrical and optical isomerism. Optical activity- chirality – compounds containing chiral centres – R, S notation, D, L notation.

7. Alcohols and Ethers

Nomenclature of alcohols – Classification of alcohols – distinction between 1°, 2°and 3° alcohols – General methods of preparation of primary alcohols, properties. Methods of preparation of dihydric alcohols: Glycol – Properties – Uses. Methods of preparation of trihydric alcohols – Properties – Uses. Aromatic alcohols – preparation and properties of phenols and benzyl alcohol.

Ethers – Nomenclature of ethers – general methods of preparation of aliphatic ethers – Properties – Uses. Aromatic ethers – Preparation of Anisole – Uses.

8. Carbonyl Compounds

Nomenclature of carbonyl compounds – Comparison of aldehydes and ketones. General methods of preparation of aldehydes – Properties – Uses. Aromatic aldehydes – Preparation of benzaldehyde – Properties and Uses. Ketones – general methods of preparation of aliphatic ketones (acetone) – Properties – Uses. Aromatic ketones – preparation of acetophenone – Properties – Uses, preparation of benzophenone – Properties. Name reactions; Clemmensen reduction, Wolff – Kishner reduction, Cannizzaro reaction, Claisen Schmidt reaction, Benzoin Condensation, Aldol Condensation. Preparation and applications of Grignard reagents.

9. Carboxylic Acids and their derivatives

Nomenclature – Preparation of aliphatic monocarboxylic acids – formic acid – Properties – Uses. Monohydroxy mono carboxylic acids; Lactic acid – Synthesis of lactic acid. Aliphatic dicarboxylic acids; Preparation of oxalic and succinic acids. Aromatic acids: Benzoic and Salicylic acids – Properties – Uses. Derivatives of carboxylic acids; acetyl chloride (CH3COCl) – Preparation – Properties – Uses. Preparation of acetamide, Properties – acetic anhydride – Preparation, Properties. Preparation of esters – methyl acetate – Properties.

10. Organic Nitrogen Compounds and Biomolecules

Aliphatic nitro compounds – Preparation of aliphatic nitroalkanes – Properties – Uses. Aromatic nitro compounds – Preparation – Properties – Uses. Distinction between aliphatic and aromatic nitro compounds. Amines; aliphatic amines – General methods of preparation – Properties – Distinction between 1°, 2° and 3° amines. Aromatic amines – Synthesis of benzylamine – Properties, Aniline – Preparation – Properties – Uses. Differences between aliphatic and aromatic amines. Aliphatic nitriles – Preparation – properties – Uses. Diazonium salts – Preparation of benzene diazonium chloride – Properties.

Carbohydrates – Distinction between sugars and non-sugars, structural formula of glucose, fructose, and sucrose, with their linkages, invert sugar – definition, examples of oligo and polysaccharides, Amino acids – Classification with examples, Peptides-properties of peptide bond, Lipids – Definition, classification with examples, difference between fats, oils, and waxes.

These are topics to be studied under Mathematics.

1. Matrices and their Applications

Determinants and its properties- Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix using

determinants and elementary transformations-Rank, Test of consistency and solution of

simultaneous linear equations-Solution of Linear Programing problem in two


2. Trigonometry and Complex Numbers

Fundamentals of Trigonometry, Trigonometric, inverse Trigonometric functions and

their properties, heights and distances.

Complex number system – conjugate, properties, ordered pair representation. Argand

diagram, Algebra of complex numbers, modulus and argument (or polar form) of a

complex number, solutions of polynomial equations – De Moivre’s theorem and its

applications. Roots of a complex number – Cube and fourth roots.

3. Analytical Geometry of two dimensions

Definition of a conic – general equation of a conic, classification with respect to the

general equation of a conic and eccentricity. Equations of conic sections (parabola,

ellipse and hyperbola) in standard forms and general forms- Directrix, Focus and Latusrectum – parametric form of conics and chords. – Tangents and normals – Cartesian

form and parametric form- equation of chord of contact of tangents.

4. Vector Algebra

Scalar Product and Vector product of two Vectors, properties and applications – Scalar

and Vector triple product – properties.

5. Analytical Geometry of Three Dimensions

Coordinates of a point in space, the distance between two points, section formula,

directions ratios and direction cosines, the angle between two intersecting lines. Skew

lines, the shortest distance between them and its equation. Equations of a line and a

plane in different forms, the intersection of a line and a plane, coplanar lines.

6. Differential Calculus

Limits, continuity and differentiability of functions – applications, tangent, normal and

angle between curves.

Mean value theorem – Rolle’s Theorem, Lagrange Mean Value Theorem, Taylor’s and

Maclaurin’s series, stationary points, increasing, decreasing, maxima, minima,

concavity and points of inflexion-Errors and approximations.

7. Integral Calculus and its Applications

Simple definite integrals – fundamental theorems of calculus, properties of definite

integrals, Reduction formulae – Area of bounded regions, length of the curves.

8. Differential Equations

Differential equations – formation, order and degree. Solution of first order differential

equations: Variables separable, Homogeneous, Linear equations and applications.

9. Probability and Distributions

Basics of Probability – Axioms – Addition law – Conditional probability –

Multiplicative law – Bayes Theorem.

Random variable – probability density function, distribution function, mathematical

expectation, variance – Theoretical discrete distributions: Binomial and Poisson.

10. Discrete Mathematics

Sets–Relations-Functions–Sequence and series (AP, GP, HP) – Binomial Theorem Counting Techniques.

Mathematical logic – logical statements, connectives, truth tables, logical equivalence,

tautology, contradiction.

Biology opting students should go through these topics for appearing for VITEEE 2023.

1. Taxonomy

Need for classification; three domains of life. Linnaean, Whittaker, Bentham and Hooker

systems of classification. Salient features and classification of non-chordates up to phyla levels

and chordates up to class levels. Morphology and anatomy of flowering plants. Structural

organisation in insects (cockroach)

2. Cell and Molecular Biology

Cell theory. Prokaryotic cell and its ultrastructure. Eukaryotic cell- cell wall, cell membrane,

cytoskeleton, nucleus, chloroplast, mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi bodies,

ribosomes, lysosomes, vacuoles and centrosomes. Cell cycle and division – amitosis, mitosis and meiosis. Search for genetic material; structure of DNA and RNA; replication, transcription,

genetic code, translation, splicing, gene expression and regulation (lac operon) and DNA repair.

3. Reproduction

Asexual reproduction – binary fission, sporulation, budding, gemmule formation and

fragmentation. Vegetative propagation in plants, sexual reproduction in flowering plants and

structure of flowers. Pollination, fertilisation, development of seeds and fruits, seed dispersal,

apomixis, parthenocarpy and poly-embryony. Human reproductive system. Gametogenesis,

menstrual cycle, fertilisation, implantation, embryo development upto blastocyst formation,

pregnancy, parturition and lactation. Assisted reproductive technologies.

4. Genetics and evolution

Darwinism, neo Darwinism, Hardy and Weinberg’s principle and factors affecting the equilibrium: selection, mutation, migration and random genetic drift. Mendelian inheritance, chromosomal theory of inheritance, deviation from Mendelian ratio (incomplete dominance, co-dominance, multiple allelism, pleiotrophy), sex linked inheritance and sex determination in humans. Chromosomes – structure and types, linkage and crossing over, recombination of chromosomes, mutation and chromosomal aberrations.

5. Human health and diseases

Pathogens, parasites causing human diseases (malaria, dengue, chikungunya, filariasis,

ascariasis, typhoid, pneumonia, common cold, amoebiasis, ringworm) and their control. Basic

concepts of immunology, vaccines, antibiotics, cancer, HIV and AIDS. Adolescence, drug and

alcohol abuse.

6. Biochemistry

Structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Enzymes – types, properties and

enzyme action. Metabolism – glycolysis, fermentation and Krebs cycle.

7. Plant physiology

Movement of water, food, nutrients, gases and minerals. Passive diffusion, facilitated diffusion,

and active transport. Imbibition, osmosis, apoplast and symplast transport and guttation. Macro

and micronutrients and their deficiency symptoms. Transpiration, photosynthesis (light and dark

reactions) and electron transport chain. Hormones and growth regulators, photo- periodism and

vernalization. Nitrogen cycle and biological nitrogen fixation.

8. Human physiology

Digestion and absorption, breathing and respiration, body fluids and circulation, excretory

system, endocrine system, nervous system, skeletal and muscular systems. Locomotion and

movement, growth, ageing and death. Hormones – types of hormones, functions and disorders.

9. Biotechnology and its applications

Recombinant DNA technology, applications in health, agriculture and industries; genetically

modified organisms; Human insulin, vaccine and antibiotic production. Stem cell technology

and gene therapy. Apiculture and animal husbandry. Plant breeding, tissue culture, single cell

protein, fortification, Bt crops and transgenic animals. Microbes in food processing, sewage

treatment, waste management and energy generation. Biocontrol agents and biofertilizers. Biosafety issues, biopiracy and patents. Human and rice genome projects. DNA fingerprinting.

10. Biodiversity, ecology and environment

Ecosystems: components, types, pyramids, nutrient cycles (carbon and phosphorous), ecological succession and energy flow in an ecosystem; Biodiversity – concepts, patterns, importance, conservation, hot spots, endangered organisms, extinction, Red data book, botanical gardens, national parks, sanctuaries, museums, biosphere reserves and Ramsar sites. Environmental issues: pollution and its control. Solid and radioactive waste management. Climate change impact and its mitigation. Population attributes – growth, birth and death rate and age distribution.

Multiple Choice Questions are given in the English exam. Passages, lines of poems, dialogues, grammar and pronunciation are to be concentrated. The aptitude section contains assessments under the following topics. 1. Data Interpretation 2. Data Sufficiency 3. Syllogism 4. Number Series, Coding and Decoding 5. Clocks, Calendars and Directions.

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Frequently Asked Questions on VITEEE Syllabus


What is the duration of the exam?

The duration of the examination will be 2 hours and 30 minutes.


How many questions will appear in VITEEE 2023?

125 MCQ questions are expected in VITEEE 2023.


What are the five sections of the VITEEE exam?

Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English and Aptitude are the five sections of the VITEEE exam.


When is the VITEEE 2023 being conducted?

It is conducted from April 17th to April 23rd.


Is the mock test released by VIT University?

Yes, the mock tests are released by VIT University.


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