I am trying to prepare chapters in my thesis as par the following requirements

  1. Chapter number (in Arabic) shall appear as right justified at the top of the page in Candara 27 pt in italic face, and title using first letter capitals. No vertical gap shall be left between Chapter number and Chapter title. A gap of 5 lines (of 11pt thickness) should be used between Chapter heading and first paragraph.

  2. A chapter can be divided into Sections, Sub­sections, and Sub-subsections so as to present different concepts separately. Sections and sub­sections can be numbered using decimal, e.g., 2.2 for the second section in Chapter 2 and 2.3.4 for the fourth sub­section in the third Section of Chapter 2. The Sub-subsections shall be numbered as “(a)”, “(b)”, ... No further sub-sectioning shall be done beyond this third level. Chapters, Sections, and Sub­sections shall be included in the contents with page numbers flushed to the right; the inner subsections shall not be included in the contents.

  3. Chapter number should be started from 1.

I have prepared a main.tex file where I am including all my chapters one by one. A part of my code is as follows:

\documentclass[twoside, 11pt]{book}
\usepackage[top = 1.25cm, bottom = 1.25cm, left = 3.5cm, right = 1.25cm]{geometry}
\usepackage{palatino, amsmath, amssymb, amsthm, bookmark}







Chapter 2 begins with:

\chapter{Review of Literature} 

\section{Preliminaries of Graph theory}

    A graph $G = (V(G), E(G))$ is a

I am facing the following problems.

  1. It does not generate the chapter number above the title.

  2. Chapter numbering starts with 0.

Can you help me to fix them accordingly?

  • That's normal: \chapter* (with a star) is for unnumbered chapters. For the first point, as I understand the specifications you mention, the chapter number should be on the left of the chapter title?
    – Bernard
    Apr 23, 2017 at 14:35
  • Removing '*' generates an error in the log: "Use of \@chapter doesn't match its definition".
    – Supriyo
    Apr 23, 2017 at 15:38
  • Remove also the flushright environment from the chapter title. You should take a look at the titlesec package documentation: it is devoted to customising all section-like titles.
    – Bernard
    Apr 23, 2017 at 15:43
  • I am looking at the user manual of titlesec package. I got an output. "Chapter number" and "chapter name" are coming at the left of the page. I need "number" and "chapter name" at the right top.
    – Supriyo
    Apr 23, 2017 at 15:59
  • Could you post the code you used?
    – Bernard
    Apr 23, 2017 at 16:00

1 Answer 1


Here is a first draft. I had to replace Candara by another font, as there's no package to use it with pdflatex (however, it can be used with fontspec and xe/lualatex):

\documentclass[twoside, 11pt]{book}
\usepackage[vmargin= 1.25cm, left = 3.5cm, right = 1.25cm, showframe]{geometry}
\setcounter{secnumdepth} {3}
\usepackage{amsmath, amsthm, bookmark}%
\usepackage{newpxtext, newpxmath}
\titleformat{name=\chapter, numberless}[block]{\fontfamily{verdana}\fontsize{27pt}{34pt}\selectfont\filleft}{}{0em}{#1}
\titlespacing{\chapter}{0pt}{12pt plus 2pt minus 2pt}{36pt}

\titleformat{name=\section, numberless}{\fontfamily{verdana}\Large}{}{0em}{\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{#1}#1}

 \titleformat{name=\subsection, numberless}{\fontfamily{verdana}\large}{}{0em}{\addcontentsline{toc}{subsection}{#1}#1}


\titlecontents{chapter} [0em] %
{\bigskip\fontfamily{verdana}\selectfont \bfseries}
{}% numberless
{\hfill\contentspage}[\smallskip] %

\titlecontents{section} [1.667em] %

\titlecontents{subsection} [3.76em] %



\chapter{Review of Literature}

\section{Preliminaries of Graph theory}

    A graph $G = (V(G), E(G))$ is a

\section*{An unnumbered section}

\subsection{Different Kinds of Graphs}

\subsection*{Other Kinds of Graphs}

\subsubsection{A test subsub}


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  • @Gutta: Note the palatino package is obsolete, you should replace it with newpxtext, newpxmath, based on the palatino clone TeX Gyre Pagella. Also, do you want the table of contents to be typed with Candara?
    – Bernard
    Apr 23, 2017 at 19:33
  • Yes, how to do it? Is it possible to do in pdflatex?
    – Supriyo
    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:13
  • @Dutta: I've added a code for the table of contents (including unnumbered chapters,sections and subsections).
    – Bernard
    Apr 24, 2017 at 21:10
  • Thank you very much. Your help will be really beneficial for me.
    – Supriyo
    Apr 25, 2017 at 5:30

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