GATE 2019 Syllabus for Physics(PH)

GATE 2019 Syllabus for Physics(PH) About GATE 2019 – To test the performance and understanding capability of students in their graduate fields, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) which is a national level exam is being conducted. In M.E/M-Tech and other NITs throughout India, this test is useful for the admissions. On behalf of the  National Coordination Board, GATE exam is jointly conducted by the seven IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and IISc (Indian Institute of Science)  – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. In many of the government and private organizations, GATE score is important for the recruitment. GATE score is compulsory for many private organizations


About Physics

 For use in measurements, communications, and data acquisition and to the design of equipment, which includes electronic and electro-mechanical systems, Physics is the application of basic scientific principles. In engineering, by focusing on the scientific method, it seeks ways to apply, design and develop new solutions. In fields such as nuclear science, aerospace, and computing, Students are prepared to solve complex technological problems.


GATE 2019 Syllabus for Physics

Mathematical Physics

Matrices; vector calculus; linear differential equations; elements of complex analysis: Laplace transforms, Fourier analysis; elementary ideas about tensors: covariant and contravariant tensor, Levi-Civita and Christoffel symbols;  Linear  vector  space: basis, orthogonality and completeness; Cauchy-Riemann conditions, Cauchy’s theorems, singularities, residue theorem and applications;


Classical Mechanics

Small oscillations, Hamilton’s formalisms; Poisson bracket; special theory of relativity: Lorentz transformations, relativistic kinematics, mass‐energy equivalence; D’Alembert’s principle, cyclic coordinates, variational principle;  Lagrange’s equation of motion, central force and scattering problems, rigid body motion;


Electromagnetic Theory

Scalar and vector potentials; Coulomb and Lorentz gauges; Radiation from a moving charge. Electromagnetic waves and their reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction and polarization; Solutions of electrostatic and magnetostatic problems including boundary value problems; dielectrics and conductors; Maxwell’s equations; Poynting vector, Poynting theorem, energy and momentum of electromagnetic waves;


Quantum Mechanics

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; Postulates of quantum mechanics; uncertainty principle; particle in a box, transmission through one dimensional potential barriers,  Schrodinger equation; one-, two- and three-dimensional potential problems;


Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Ensembles; partition function, free energy, calculation of thermodynamic quantities; black body radiation and Planck’s distribution law; Bose‐Einstein condensation; first and second order phase transitions, phase equilibria, critical point; classical and quantum statistics; degenerate Fermi gas; Laws of thermodynamics; macrostates and microstates; phase space;


Atomic and Molecular Physics

Spectra of one‐ and many‐electron atoms; LS and JJ coupling 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; ; hyperfine structure; Zeeman and Stark effects; electric dipole transitions and selection rules;


Solid State Physics & Electronics

Elements of crystallography; diffraction methods for structure determination; bonding in 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; lattice vibrations and thermal properties of solids;


Negative feedback circuits, active filters and oscillators; regulated power supplies; Semiconductor devices: diodes, Bipolar Junction Transistors, basic digital logic circuits, sequential circuits, flip‐flops, counters, registers, A/D and D/A conversion; Field Effect Transistors; Operational amplifiers;


Nuclear and Particle Physics

Rutherford scattering, nuclear reactions, conservation laws; fission and fusion; particle accelerators and detectors; Fermi gas model of nucleus, nuclear shell model; nuclear force and two-nucleon problem; alpha decay, beta‐decay, electromagnetic transitions in nuclei; elementary particles, photons, baryons, mesons and leptons; quark model; Nuclear radii and charge distributions, nuclear binding energy, Electric and magnetic moments; nuclear models, liquid drop model: semi‐empirical mass formula;


 Exam Pattern for GATE 2019


Exam Pattern for GATE 2019
Section Question No No of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks
General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5
6 to 10 5 2 10
Technical &  Engineering 1 to 25 25 1 25
Mathematics 26 to 55 30 2 60


Total Questions: 65

Total Marks: 100

Total Duration : 3 hours

Technical Section: 70 marks

General Aptitude: 15 marks

Engineering Mathematics: 15 marks

25 marks to 40 marks will be allotted to Numerical Answer Type Questions


Reference Books for GATE 2019 Syllabus for Physics

  •  Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering by Riley
  • Student Solution Manual for Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering by K. F. Riley and M. P. Hobson
  • Mathematical Physics by H. K. Dass
  • Mathematical Physics by B.D. Gupta
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics by Michael T. Vaughan
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics by S Chandra and M K Sharma
  • Introduction to Classical Mechanics by Takwale, R and Puranik
  • An Introduction to Mechanics (SIE) by David Kleppner and Robert Kolenkow
  • Classical Mechanics by Aruldhas
  • Classical Mechanics by Herbert Goldstein
  • Classical Mechanics by Narayan Rana and Pramod Joag
  • Engineering Electromagnetics (SIE) by William Hayt and John Buck
  • Principles of Electromagnetics by Mathew N.O. Sadiku
  • Electromagnetics (Schaum’s Outline Series) by Joseph Edminister and Vishnu Priye
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Radiating Systems by Jordan and Balmain
  • Electromagnetic Field Theory by S Ghosh and Lipika Datta
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths
  • Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications by NOUREDDINE ZETTILI
  • Quantum Mechanics by Aruldhas G
  • Principles of Quantum Mechanics by R. Shankar
  • Modern Quantum Mechanics: Pine by J.J. Sakurai
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths
  • Quantum Mechanics by Aruldhas G
  • Physics of Atoms and Molecules by B.H. Bransden
  • Atomic Physics (Modern Physics) by S.N. Ghoshal
  • Introduction to Atomic Spectra by Harvey Elliott White
  • Fundamentals for Molecular Spectroscopy by Colin Banwell and Elaine Mccash
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics by Raj Kumar
  • Problems in Atomic and Molecular Physics by D K Dhawan
  • Introduction to Solid State Physics by Charles Kittel
  • Solid State Physics by N. David
  • Elementary Solid State Physics by M. Ali Omar
  • Solid State Physics by R.K. Puri
  • Solid State Physics: Structure and Properties of Materials by M. A. Wahab
  • Introductory Nuclear Physics by Kenneth S. Krane
  • Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics by Verma V.K
  • Nuclear And Particle Physics by Suresh Chandra & Mohit K. Sharma
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics by S.L. Kakani
  • Nuclear Physics by S.N. Ghoshal
  • Introductory Nuclear Physics by Kenneth S. Krane
  • Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics by Verma V.K
  • Nuclear And Particle Physics by Suresh Chandra & Mohit K. Sharma
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics by S.L. Kakani
  • Nuclear Physics by S.N. Ghoshal


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