GATE  PH Physics Exam Pattern
Exam Pattern
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) PH :Physics? has 3 hours duration.

The question paper will consist of both Multiple choice questions (MCQ) and Numerical answer type (NAT) questions.

In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA).

In the papers bearing the codes PH :Physics?, The Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen.

The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled).

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)  PH :Physics? would contain questions of two different types in various papers:
(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).
(ii) Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 (an integer only).
General Aptitude (GA) Questions
In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1mark each (subtotal 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2marks each (subtotal 10 marks).
Paper  General Aptitude (GA) Questions  Subject Marks  Total Marks  Total Time 
PH:Physics?  15  85  100  3 hours 
Test duration 3 hours
Total Marks 15+85= 100
Total Question 65
Marking System – For 1mark multiplechoice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2mark multiplechoice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.
Syllabus Summary
No. Of Subject  9 

No. Of Unit  17 
No. Of Chapter  87 
 Laws Of Thermodynamics
 Macrostates And Microstates
 Classical And Quantum Statistics
 Black Body Radiation
 Planck’s Distribution Law
 Bose Einstein Condensation
 First And Second Order Phase Transitions
 Metals, Semiconductors And Insulators
 Conductivity, Mobility And Effective Mass
 Optical, Dielectric And Magnetic Properties Of Solids
 TypeI And Type Ii Superconductors
 Meissner Effect
 London Equation
 Diodes
 Bipolar Junction Transistors
 Field Effect Transistors
 Active Filters And Oscillators
 Regulated Power Supplies
 Basic Digital Logic Circuits
 A/D And D/A Conversion
 Elements Of Crystallography
 Diffraction Methods For Structure Determination
 Free Electron Theory
 Ls And Jj Coupling
 Zeeman And Stark Effects
 Rotational And Vibrational Spectra
 Franck Condon Principle
 Raman Effect
 Nmr, Esr, XRay Spectra
 Postulates Of Quantum Mechanics
 Schrodinger Equation
 Harmonic Oscillator
 Linear Vectors And Operators In Hilbert Space
 Angular Momentum And Spin
 Addition Of Angular Momenta
 Time Independent Perturbation Theory
 Elementary Scattering Theory
 Solutions Of Electrostatic And Magnetostatic Problems
 Dielectrics And Conductors
 Maxwell’s Equations
 Scalar And Vector Potentials
 Coulomb And Lorentz Gauges
 Electromagnetic Waves
 Radiation From A Moving Charge
 Nuclear Radii And Charge Distributions
 Nuclear Binding Energy
 Electric And Magnetic Moments
 Nuclear Models
 Fermi Gas Model Of Nucleus
 Alpha Decay, Beta?Decay
 Electromagnetic Transitions In Nuclei
 Rutherford Scattering
 Fission And Fusion
 Particle Accelerators And Detectors
 Quark Model
 Cauchy Riemann Conditions
 Cauchy’s Theorems
 Residue Theorem And Applications
 Laplace Transforms
 Fourier Analysis
 Covariant And Contravariant Tensor
 LeviCivita And Christoffel Symbols
 Orthogonality And Completeness
 Matrices
 Vector Calculus
 Linear Differential Equations
 Numerical computation
 Numerical Estimation
 Numerical Reasoning
 Data Interpretation
 English grammar
 Sentence Completion
 Verbal Analogies
 Word Groups
 Instructions
 Critical Reasoning
 Verbal Deduction
 Lorentz Transformations
 Relativistic Kinematics
 Mass Energy Equivalence
 D’alembert’s Principle
 Lagrange’s Equation Of Motion
 Central Force And Scattering Problems
 Rigid Body Motion
 Small Oscillations
 Hamilton’s Formalisms
 Poisson Bracket
How to prepare
Preparation Strategy
Make a proper Time Table
It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams. Try to build up an Engineering Entrance Exam Test Prep MCQ Question Bank
Time management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.
Negative marking
Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.
Important Instructions
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