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    Medium Of InstructionsMode Of LearningMode Of Delivery
    EnglishSelf StudyVideo and Text Based

    Course Overview

    The Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry program aims to make the participants comfortable in two important advanced organic chemistry topics: organic photochemistry and organic reactions. It will cover all the major topics in both the sections using video lectures, assignments, and tutorial sections.

    The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) has crafted the syllabus for the Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry certification. NPTEL is an initiative of seven IITs in the country, whereas Swayam is an online learning platform, an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Government of India. Professor Sankararaman from IIT Madras will be the educator for the course. 

    Moreover, Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry is an online course that provides free course material and an e-certificate for interested participants. It is eight weeks long and a core postgraduate course in chemistry. It is an AICTE-approved FDP course.

    The Highlights

    • IIT Madras educator
    • Core course in chemistry
    • PG-level course
    • Free course material 
    • Books and references
    • 8-weeks program
    • Online learning
    • Tutorials
    • Offline exam
    • Assignments
    • AICTE approved course 
    • NPTEL course

    Programme Offerings

    • tutorials
    • offline exam
    • In-course assignments
    • PG-level course
    • IIT Madras educator
    • Core course in chemistry
    • 8-weeks course

    Courses and Certificate Fees

    Fees InformationsCertificate AvailabilityCertificate Providing Authority
    INR 1000yesIIT Madras
    • Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry training is a free course and does not require any fee to access the course material. However, if a candidate wants to appear for the offline exam, they need to pay Rs. 1,000.

    Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry fee structure

    Course Name


    Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry (Exam Fee)

    Rs. 1,000

    Eligibility Criteria

    Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry program participants must complete an introductory course in organic chemistry, reaction mechanics, and stereochemistry to completely comprehend the course material. 

    Certificate Qualifying Details

    Moreover, the eligibility criteria for the certificate qualification are three-fold. 

    Candidates must submit all eight assignments, of which, the best six assignments will be used and averaged to determine the assignment score. The assignment score carries a 25% weightage in the final score. Candidates must score 10/25 or above to qualify.

    Candidates must also appear for an offline exam. The exam score carries a 75% weightage in the final score. They must secure 30/75 and above for qualification.

    The final score will be determined by adding the exam score and the assignment score. Candidates must score 40/100 or above for certificate qualification. Only individuals who fulfill all three criteria will receive the certificate.

    What you will learn

    Knowledge of Chemistry

    Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry program will cover the following areas: 

    • Different methods of pericyclic reactions analysis along with mechanisms and applications
    • Organic photochemical reactions, their applications, and mechanisms in organic synthesis
    • All major topics concerning organic photochemistry and pericyclic reactions

    Who it is for

    Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry curriculum is designed to keep students of upper-level graduates, core postgraduates,  final year BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. students in mind.

    Admission Details

    • Visit the Swayam platform at and sign in/sign up/login using the necessary details. 
    • Run a search in the search catalog for ‘Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry’.
    • If the enrollment is open for the course, click on join. 
    • For the offline exam takers, complete the online exam form and pay the required exam fee.

    Application Details

    Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry program do not have an enrolment application form. Candidates can join the program by simply signing up or logging into the Swayam website. 

    To sign in, candidates need to enter and verify their email addresses and enter a unique username and password. They can also choose to skip the signup process by logging in using their existing Swayam account or signing in through their Google/Microsoft/Facebook account. 

    The Syllabus

    • General introduction to the course
    • Activation of chemical reactions
    • Thermal and photochemical methods
    • Molecular orbitals of conjugated polyenes and their symmetry properties
    • Definition and classification of pericyclic reactions methods of analyzing pericyclic reactions

    • Electrocyclic reactions – introduction, definition and classification
    • Woodward- Hoffmann rules for electrocyclic reactions
    • Stereochemical aspects and modes of electrocyclic reactions
    • Analysis of electrocyclic reactions by various methods
    • Examples of electrocyclic reactions

    • Electrocyclic (continued)
    • Cycloaddition reactions
    • Woodward- Hoffmann rules for cycloaddition reactions
    • Stereochemical aspects and modes of cycloaddition reactions
    • Analysis of cycloaddition reactions by various methods

    • Examples of thermal and photochemical [2p+2p] cycloaddition reactions
    • Synthesis of cage type compounds using [2p+2p] cycloaddition reactions
    • Diels-Alder reaction and its variants and their syntic utility

    • 1,3-Dipolar cycloaddition reactions
    • Higher order cycloaddition reactions
    • Sigmatropic rearrangements
    • Woodward Hoffmann rules for sigmatropic rearrangements

    • Sigmatropic rearrangements – examples, Claisen and Cope rearrangements
    • [2,3]-sigmatropic rearrangements and higher order rearrangements
    • Chelotropic reactions - introduction, definition and classification, Ene reaction

    • Organic photochemistry – introduction, definitions, importance
    • Electronic excitation and spin configurations – Jabolanski diagram
    • Energy transfer and electron transfer processes – quenching of excited states
    • Photochemistry of carbonyl compounds

    • Photochemistry of olefins
    • Enones and Dienones
    • Photochemistry of aromatic molecules
    • Molecular oxygen and organic photochemistry
    • Supramolecular organic photochemistry

    Evaluation process

    Candidates enrolled in the Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry training have to pay the exam fee of Rs 1,000 and take the offline examination when the course ends. 

    They also need to fill out an online exam form by providing the required details. The offline exam will be held at designated exam centers and will be supervised by a proctor. All the details related to the exam will be given to the students in advance. These details include the assigned exam center, address of the exam center, exam timing, duration, etc.


    IIT Madras Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

    1: Is Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry a long-term course or a short-term course?

    Pericyclic Reactions and Organic Photochemistry has a course duration of eight weeks.

    2: Are there weekly assignments in this course?

    Yes. There will be eight weekly assignments in this course. 

    3: Can I give the proctored exam online?

    No. The exam is offline. However, candidates can choose their nearest exam center to appear for the examination. 

    4: Where can I access the course content?

    Candidates can access the course material on Swayam's online portal at  

    5: How long will the proctored exam be?

    The exam duration is three hours. 


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