GATE Physics Overview
Physics is core Science subject.You have studied it in class eight or before that as well. If you love it then you can go for GATE Physics paper and dive deep into the subject.This paper is gateway to higher studies in this subject.
You can read my article on GATE Exams for more details.That article discusses eligibility criteria, format of exams and other important things you must be aware of. You can also post your questions there.
In this article I will share preparation materials that will help you crack GATE Physics paper with ease.Below are list of things we will cover in this article.
- Paper Statistics
- Free Online tests
- Recommended Books
- Detailed Syllabus
- Free Android App
GATE Physics Statistics
Below are some interesting facts about this paper
- Number of candidates registered for the exam – 12,000 (approx)
- Number of candidates appeared for the exam – 10,000 (approx)
- Number of qualified candidates – 2140
- Percentage of candidates qualified – 21% (approx)
- Maximum marks out of 100 – 79
- Minimum marks out of 100 – 24.33
- Average marks – 41.87
- Standard Deviation – 8.14
As per above data the pass percentage of this paper is just above average of other papers. This means chances of clearing GATE with this paper is better than most of the other papers. The highest marks and lowest marks are at par with other papers.
The average marks is above 40 which is also par with other papers. You need to score more than 60 marks to get good rank in this paper.Note as average is around 40 majority of marks lies between 35 and 55. So you should score more than the majority candidates.
Below preparation material will help you in your preparation. As per the above statistics you can plan the sections to prepare well and sections to leave alone.You should not try to score 100%.
GATE Physics Online Tests
Physics is considered by some as difficult subject.Some love Physics.Whether you love or hate Physics GATE exams can be difficult.To prepare for GATE exams you should focus and plan.We have also come up with online tests to help you in preparation.These tests include questions important for upcoming GATE exams.
You should practice all the tests.Each of them have unique set of questions.Below are the links to GATE Physics online tests
These online tests have optimal combination of previous year GATE questions and sample questions important for this year GATE exams.
GATE Physics recommended books
Along with above online tests you can use below book.There are few books in market for Physics exams.I have selected below book because it is highly rated by students.It is also very popular among students.There are couple of more books which are more popular than the one I suggested.But this one is found more useful by students.The syllabus coverage by this book is also good.
It is written exclusively for GATE Physics paper. There is lack o books which are specially written for this paper.You can buy the book with discount from below link
GATE Physics Syllabus
Physics is one subject which every science graduate studies.You have studied it from class eleventh onwards.The GATE Physics syllabus pretty much covers topics you have studied during your Graduation journey.There may be subjects which you have studied but may not be in GATE exams.So you can skip those subjects.Below syllabus is taken from official website of GATE exams so it totally authentic and updated.(link)
Section 1: Mathematical Physics
Linear vector space: basis, orthogonality and completeness; matrices; vector calculus; linear differential equations; elements of complex analysis: Cauchy-Riemann conditions, Cauchy’s theorems, singularities, residue theorem and applications; Laplace transforms, Fourier analysis; elementary ideas about tensors: covariant and contravariant tensor, Levi-Civita and Christoffel symbols.
Section 2: Classical Mechanics
D’Alembert’s principle, cyclic coordinates, variational principle, Lagrange’s equation of motion, central force and scattering problems, rigid body motion; small oscillations, Hamilton’s formalisms; Poisson bracket; special theory of
relativity: Lorentz transformations, relativistic kinematics, mass‐energy equivalence.
Section 3: Electromagnetic Theory
Solutions of electrostatic and magnetostatic problems including boundary value problems; dielectrics and conductors; Maxwell’s equations; scalar and vector potentials; Coulomb and Lorentz gauges; Electromagnetic waves and their
reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction and polarization; Poynting vector, Poynting theorem, energy and momentum of electromagnetic waves; radiation from a moving charge.
Section 4: Quantum Mechanics
Postulates of quantum mechanics; uncertainty principle; Schrodinger equation;one-, two- and three-dimensional potential problems; particle in a box, transmission through one dimensional potential barriers, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom; linear vectors and operators in Hilbert space; angular momentum and spin; addition of angular momenta; time independent perturbation theory; elementary scattering theory.
Section 5: Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
Laws of thermodynamics; macrostates and microstates; phase space; ensembles;partition function, free energy, calculation of thermodynamic quantities; classical and quantum statistics; degenerate Fermi gas; black body radiation and Planck’s distribution law; Bose‐Einstein condensation; first and second order phase transitions, phase equilibria, critical point.
Section 6: Atomic and Molecular Physics
Spectra of one‐ and many‐electron atoms; LS and jj coupling; hyperfine structure;Zeeman and Stark effects; electric dipole transitions and selection rules; rotational and vibrational spectra of diatomic molecules; electronic transition in diatomic molecules, Franck‐Condon principle; Raman effect; NMR, ESR, X-ray spectra; lasers: Einstein coefficients, population inversion, two and three level systems.
Section 7: Solid State Physics & Electronics
Elements of crystallography; diffraction methods for structure determination;bonding in solids; lattice vibrations and thermal properties of solids; free electron theory; band theory of solids: nearly free electron and tight binding models; metals, semiconductors and insulators; conductivity, mobility and effective mass; optical,
dielectric and magnetic properties of solids; elements of superconductivity: Type-I and Type II superconductors, Meissner effect, London equation.
Semiconductor devices: diodes, Bipolar Junction Transistors, Field Effect Transistors; operational amplifiers: negative feedback circuits, active filters and oscillators; regulated power supplies; basic digital logic circuits, sequential circuits, flip‐flops, counters, registers, A/D and D/A conversion.
Section 8: Nuclear and Particle Physics
Nuclear radii and charge distributions, nuclear binding energy, Electric and magnetic moments; nuclear models, liquid drop model: semi‐empirical mass formula, Fermi gas model of nucleus, nuclear shell model; nuclear force and two nucleon problem; alpha decay, beta‐decay, electromagnetic transitions in nuclei; Rutherford scattering, nuclear reactions, conservation laws; fission and fusion; particle accelerators and detectors; elementary particles, photons, baryons, mesons and leptons; quark model.
Physics can be easy as well as tough subject.If you understood the concepts then it is easy else it becomes very difficult.I have included resources above to help you in preparation.In case you have any questions feel free to share.Consider sharing this post in case you found this useful.
Remember I mentioned that I will be sharing Android App link as well. I have created free Android App. The APp has questions along with answer. You can install it for free and prepare for the exams on go. Below link provides you details of the App and instruction how to find it in Google Play