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# GATE 2018 Physics Syllabus

Last Updated - February 01, 2018

GATE Physics syllabus will have core physics and general aptitude topics. Mainly the questions are asked from core Physics and rest of the questions are asked from general aptitude topics. Physics is one of the most competitive exam for GATE aspirants. GATE exam for Physics will be of 100 marks. The duration for the exam is three hours. In this article, we are providing the complete syllabus for GATE Physics.

### GATE Syllabus for Physics

Candidates can check the following points to know the GATE Syllabus for physics which are given below:

• Mathematical Physics
• Classical Mechanics
• Electromagnetic Theory
• Quantum Mechanics
• Thermodynamics and Statistics Physics
• Atomic and Molecular Physics
• Solid State Physics & Electronics
• Nuclear and Particle Physics

#### 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

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.

sumit kumar

I m expecting 52 in gate 2018 civil and m belong to sc category.. Can I get any PSU?

15 Mar, 2018 10:56
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sumit, You get information about the GATE Cutoff list through this link: PSU Cutoff List.

21 Mar, 2018 12:12
Prashant kumar

Sir my gate marks 65 in gate 2018 in civil engineering can I get it Delhi?

14 Mar, 2018 02:37
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Prashant, Please check the Cutoff list of Delhi through this link: GATE Delhi Cutoff

17 Mar, 2018 11:20
Avinash Chauhan

I m expecting 32 number in gate 2018 mechanical and belong to sc category can i get admisiion in dtu??

09 Mar, 2018 00:22
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Avinash, I am giving you the Cutoff list of DTU college please check the list through this link: GATE Cutoff List.

09 Mar, 2018 12:58
sama raju

what is the expected cut off marks for physics ( OBC Category)

23 Feb, 2018 13:53
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sama, To get information about the Cutoff by this link: GATE Cutoff List

23 Feb, 2018 16:04

how much mark is required to get admission in iit kharakpur..

16 Feb, 2018 21:16
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Arvind, I am giving you the Cutoff list of IIT Kharagpur please check the list through this link: Gate Cutoff List

17 Feb, 2018 15:19
abhishek sharma

I am from commerce background and I have done MBA with specialization in hr can I eligible for filling the form for the post of personal and hr pls rep me fast

30 Jan, 2018 11:05
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Abhishek, GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level test for admission to M.Tech/ Ph.D. and other Government Scholarships/Assistantships in the field of engineering and technology. So you can not fill this exam for MBA. But you can apply for MBA by filling the CAT, XAT, CMAT, GMAT entrance exam.

15 Feb, 2018 16:34
suraj rohila

how to prepare for gate and when we will get the forms of gate exam and now a i am in fourth year

15 Jun, 2017 00:20
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Suraj, The GATE 2018 Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website opens from September 01, 2017. You can check form status from the official website. For know about the preparing tips, please check this link Prepare for GATE

01 Sep, 2017 18:24
NIKHIL SAHU

about nsr round in ccmt 2017

12 Apr, 2017 00:20

Hi Nikhil, to get details on GATE counseling and its rounds, please find the link http://exams.collegedunia.com/gate/counselling

12 Apr, 2017 17:03
Sumitra chakraborty

plz tell me gate exam 2017 when will be held

24 Mar, 2017 11:06

Hi Sumitra, GATE 2017 Examination has been completed, you may apply for GATE 2018.To get details on GATE 2018, please find the link http://exams.collegedunia.com/news/e-60-gate-2018

24 Mar, 2017 11:19
kanivarshini

GATE exam updtes and cut off for colleges in Tamilnadu

06 Mar, 2017 11:59
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