SYLLABUS FOR JEST EXAMINATION IN PHYSICS

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The JEST screening test for entrance to the PhD programme in Physics focusses on the following broad areas:
1. Classical Mechanics
2. Electromagnetic Theory and Optics
3. Quantum Mechanics
4. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
5. Mathematical Methods
6. Electronics and Experimental Methods
7. Advanced topics (like Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Physics and very elementary Solid State Physics)


In each of these areas, familiarity with the basics (including the necessary mathematics) is assumed. The test will contain only multiple choice questions. Half the questions would carry ONE POINT and the candidate may have to do a short calculation to get the answer. The rest would be THREE POINT QUESTIONS which will require more detailed problem solving.
It is not essential to read every chapter of all the books. There is no specified syllabus for the test; rather the objective is to check whether the student understands the basic principles of physics and is able to apply them in solving problems.

SYLLABUS FOR TIFR EXAMINATION IN PHYSICS

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In general the syllabus for the Admissions Tests in Physics (Written and Interview) is typically a course of studies in Physics as the main subject in the Undergraduate and Masters levels in an Indian University. The questions in the written test (multiplechoicetype) and the interviews are distributed over the following areas:

1.
Classical Mechanics
2. Mathematics relevant to Physics
3. Electricity and Magnetism
4.
Quantum Mechanics
5.
Heat Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
6. General Physics
7. Modern Physics
8. Electronics and Experimental Physics