SYLLABI FOR ENTRANCE EXAMINATION
M.Sc. Entrance Exam (PHYSICS)
Note: The entrance examination paper shall consist of 100 objective type questions. The
candidate shall be required to attempt all the questions. The syllabus for entrance exam along
with distribution of marks, wherever applicable, is as follows:
MECHANICS & WAVE PHENOMENA (15 Marks)
Multiplication and differentiation of vectors, gradient,divergence and curl of a vector, Gauss and
Stoke's theorems,Centre of mass, Work and energy, Conservative and non Conservative forces.
Law of conservation of energy, Motion in central field, Two particle central force problem and
reduced mass, Compound pendulum, Linear and angular momenta, Torque and angular
momentum. Moment of inertia. Calculation of M.I. of some simple objects, Flywheel. Elastic
constants, Torsion of cylinder, Bending beam, Cantilevers, Viscosity, Poiseuille's formula,
Stoke's law. S.H.M., Differential equation of wave motion, Lissajous figures, Damped and
forced oscillations. Fourier analysis.
OPTICS (15 Marks)
Fermat's principle, Cardinal points, Aberrations, Eyepieces. Interference, Fresnel's biprism,
Interference in thin film, Newton's rings, Michelson Interferometer. Diffractions, Simple theory
of Fresnel diffraction with applications. Fraunhoffer diffraction- single slit, double slit, plan
diffraction grating. Resolution, Rayleigh criteria, Resolving power of prism, Grating and
telescope. Polarisation, Malus law , Brewester's law, Double refraction, Nicol prism, Production
and detection of plane, Circular and elliptically polarised light. Optical rotation.
THERMODYNAMICS (15 Marks)
Kinetic theory of gases, Maxwell's distribution law, Specific heat, Mean free path, Vander-waal's
equation, Critical constants, Ist law of thermodynamics, Isothermal and adiabatic processes,
Reversible and irreversible processes, Carnot's engine and Carnot's theorem, Absolute scale of
temperature, Second law of thermodynamics, Identity of perfect gas scale and absolute scale,
Entropy, Clausius-Clayperon's heat equation, Joule-Thomson effect, Maxwell's thermodynamical
relations, Conductivity, Radiation, Kirchhoff's law, Stefan-Boltzmann law, Energy distribution
in the spectrum of black body.
ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM (15 Marks)
Gauss theorem and its applications, Electric field and electric potential, Electric polarisation of
matter, Polarisation and displacement vectors, Dielectrics, Kirchhoff's laws and their
applications, Biot-Savart law and its applications, Electromagnetic induction, Faraday's law,
Ballistic galvanometer, Growth and decay of currents, A.C. circuits, Transformer, Network
theorems and A.C. bridges, Magnetic permeability and susceptibility, Dia, para and
ferromagnetism, Measurement of susceptibility, Hysteresis loop.
QUANTUM MECHANICS (5 Marks)
Black body radiation, Planck's theory, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Frank-Hertz
experiment, Uncertainty principle, Wave particle duality, deBroglie theory, Davission-Germer
experiment, Schroedinger equation with application to simple potential problems.
ATOMIC PHYSICS (5 Marks)
Bohr, Sommerfield and vector atom model, Electron spin, Pauliexclusion principle, Normal
Zeeman effect, Stern-Garlach experiment, Various coupling schemes.
NUCLEAR PHYSICS (5 Marks)
Binding energy, Nuclear forces, Nuclear spin, Magnetic moment, Liquid drop and shell models,
Fission and fusion, Radioactivity.
PERIODIC SOLIDS (5 Marks)
Space lattice, Unit cell, Miller indices, sc,bcc and fce lattices, Cscl and Nacl structure, Bragg's
law, X-ray diffraction.
RELATIVITY (5 Marks)
Special theory of relativity, Galilion invariance, Michelson- Morley experiment, Lorentz
transformation, Relativistic addition of velocities, Mass variation with velocity, Mass energy
ELECTRONICS (15 Marks)
Thermionic emission, Vacuum diode, triode, tetrode and pentode, Intrinsic and extrinsic
semiconductors, PN junction, Half wave and full wave rectification, Filter circuits, Zener diode,Voltage stabilization, Bipolar Junction Transistor, Transistor biasing, Transistor configurations: CE,CB and CC transistor amplifiers.