Section A has three important areas:
Classical Mechanics, Special Relativity, Waves and Geometrical Optics and
Physical Optics. Since all these three sections give compulsory questions,
it's best not to avoid any one. Yet, if you are hard pressed for time, you can
be selective about any one section. But it's important that before getting
selective you have identified the essential areas based on past trend analysis.
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It's best not to be selective at all in Classical Mechanics. Moreover,
there is no dearth of good material on this section. Most of the students find
this section rather simple to handle. In Special Relativity, the older
topics are more important than the newly added ones. So, the students should
design the preparation strategy accordingly. In the Waves section, Damped
and Forced Vibrations, Phase and Group Velocity should be given priority.
Section B contains: Electricity and Magnetism, EM Theory and Black
Body radiation and Thermal and Statistical Physics. All the above three
sections carry compulsory questions, hence none can be completely ignored.
Questions which come on EM Theory are very simple and quite s c o r i n g .
Hence this a re a should be well prepared and the students must not miss the
question on this area.
All of the second paper except Electronics can be
prepared from two sources, i.e. Quantum Physics by Resnick and Eisberg,
and Modern Physics by Arthur Beiser. For value addition, you may require
to undertake some extra reading from other standard books.
Electronics is now a prominent part in the course. Students coming from
non-electronics background must make some extra effort to master this section
thoroughly. Once prepared well, this part is scoring.
Do not leave any part of the course
completely, be only smartly selective
Thoroughly analyze the past trends before
you decide on your focus areas
There is no need to give derivation of
equation, until you are specifically asked for it. It does not fetch you any
Read the question carefully, identify
focus area and answer to the point
Clearly explain the units and terms used
in the formula
Finally, practice a lot of problems before
going to the examination hall.