Strategy for Physics

I had no pure background in Physics except the fundamental concepts of senior secondary and few basic courses attended while during engineering. Yet, if there is one subject which I love the most and could study just for the sake of it, then it was Physics only; thus, I chose Physics over any other optional. NOT because it was scoring, or had less syllabus or was easy or whatever. For as every one says that each optional is equally difficult and easy; thus, what matters is personal inclination for a subject and nothing else.

In this examination the physics optional syllabus is midway of BSc and that of MSc hons. in Physics. Thus, in order to cover the syllabus in best suited time and understand the overall demands of the examination, I joined the classroom study program at DIAS under the guidance of DP Vajpeyi Sir. I for one can say that these classes were upto the mark and helped a lot in covering the depth and breath of the whole syllabus in a very holistic manner. Around 60% of final notes got prepared during the classes itself while rest were finalized with self study and topic wise books and Internet.

Following are few sources and links that I followed (in brackets topics are mentioned which I found to be the best)

Paper I

Mechanics:

  • An introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow
  • Mechanics by D S Mathur  (Mechanics of continuous media)
  • Electricity and Magnetism by David J Griffiths (Relativity)

Optics:

  • Optics by Ajoy Ghatak (polarization and LASERS)
  • Optics by Brijlal, Subramaniam (diffraction)

Electricity and Magnetism:

  • Electricity and Magnetism by David J Griffiths (Boundary value problems)

Thermodynamics:

  • Thermodynamics, kinetic theory and statistical thermodynamics by Sears and Salinger
  • Thermal Physics by Garg Bansal Ghosh (very important from exam point of view)

Paper II

Quantum Mechanics:

  • Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths
  • Concepts of Modern Physics by Arthur Beiser
  • Quantum Physics by HC Verma

Atomic Structure:

  • Atomic and Molecular Spectra by  Raj Kumar

Nuclear Physics:

Solid state and Electronics:

  • Solid state physics by Puri and Babbar
  • Internet for learning Logic gates, boolean etc

Other: 

  • Notes of Abhijeet Agrawal and Rishav Gupta: They are largely same as the classroom notes but with some added information and problem questions which help in understanding the concepts in a better way.
  • Previous year questions of IAS and IoFS:  They are very important. By doing them one can observe the pattern  and Sometimes they are repeated in the paper.
  • HC Verma and I.E. Irodov

Test Series:

I joined mains test series at DIAS. These mock tests acted important link in one’s preparation and the final outcome. It not only exposes the weaknesses but also helps in building the examination temperament.

Other useful links:

Concluding words

  • By the end your notes should be such that the whole syllabus can be revised in just 4 hours. (Thus, Flash notes. I would share them in the following posts) ~ topper 1
  • Physics would take time initially but if once prepared well it will be easier and faster only. ~topper 2