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CSIR-UGC NET (Physical Sciences)
Official Syllabus 2019

I. Mathematical Methods of Physics

Dimensional analysis. Vector algebra and vector calculus. Linear algebra, matrices,
Cayley-Hamilton Theorem. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Linear ordinary differential
equations of first and second order, Special functions (Hermite, Bessel, Laguerre and
Legendre functions). Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace transforms. Elements of
complex analysis, analytic functions; Taylor and Laurent series; poles, residues and
evaluation of integrals. Elementary probability theory, random variables, binomial,
Poisson and normal distributions. Central limit theorem.

II. Classical Mechanics

Newton’s laws. Dynamical systems, Phase space dynamics, stability analysis. Central
force motions. Two body Collisions - scattering in laboratory and Centre of mass frames.
Rigid body dynamics-moment of inertia tensor. Non-inertial frames and pseudoforces.
Variational principle. Generalized coordinates. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism
and equations of motion. Conservation laws and cyclic coordinates. Periodic motion:
small oscillations, normal modes. Special theory of relativity-Lorentz transformations,
relativistic kinematics and mass–energy equivalence.

III. Electromagnetic Theory

Electrostatics: Gauss’s law and its applications, Laplace and Poisson equations,
boundary value problems. Magnetostatics: Biot-Savart law, Ampere’s theorem.
Electromagnetic induction. Maxwell’s equations in free space and linear isotropic
media; boundary conditions on the fields at interfaces. Scalar and vector potentials,
gauge invariance. Electromagnetic waves in free space. Dielectrics and conductors.
Reflection and refraction, polarization, Fresnel’s law, interference, coherence, and
diffraction. Dynamics of charged particles in static and uniform electromagnetic fields.

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IV. Quantum Mechanics

Wave-particle duality. Schrödinger equation (time-dependent and time-independent).

Eigenvalue problems (particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, etc.). Tunneling through
a barrier. Wave-function in coordinate and momentum representations. Commutators
and Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Dirac notation for state vectors. Motion in a
central potential: orbital angular momentum, angular momentum algebra, spin, addition
of angular momenta; Hydrogen atom. Stern-Gerlach experiment. Timeindependent
perturbation theory and applications. Variational method. Time dependent perturbation
theory and Fermi’s golden rule, selection rules. Identical particles, Pauli exclusion
principle, spin-statistics connection.

V. Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics

Laws of thermodynamics and their consequences. Thermodynamic potentials, Maxwell

relations, chemical potential, phase equilibria. Phase space, micro- and macro-states.
Micro-canonical, canonical and grand-canonical ensembles and partition functions.
Free energy and its connection with thermodynamic quantities. Classical and quantum
statistics. Ideal Bose and Fermi gases. Principle of detailed balance. Blackbody
radiation and Planck’s distribution law.

VI. Electronics and Experimental Methods

Semiconductor devices (diodes, junctions, transistors, field effect devices, homo- and
hetero-junction devices), device structure, device characteristics, frequency dependence
and applications. Opto-electronic devices (solar cells, photo-detectors, LEDs).
Operational amplifiers and their applications. Digital techniques and applications
(registers, counters, comparators and similar circuits). A/D and D/A converters.
Microprocessor and microcontroller basics.
Data interpretation and analysis. Precision and accuracy. Error analysis,
propagation of errors. Least squares fitting.

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CSIR-UGC NET (Physical Sciences)
Official Syllabus 2019

I. Mathematical Methods of Physics

Green’s function. Partial differential equations (Laplace, wave and heat equations in
two and three dimensions). Elements of computational techniques: root of functions,
interpolation, extrapolation, integration by trapezoid and Simpson’s rule, Solution of
first order differential equation using RungeKutta method. Finite difference methods.
Tensors. Introductory group theory: SU(2), O(3).

II. Classical Mechanics

Dynamical systems, Phase space dynamics, stability analysis. Poisson brackets and
canonical transformations. Symmetry, invariance and Noether’s theorem. Hamilton-
Jacobi theory.

III. Electromagnetic Theory

Dispersion relations in plasma. Lorentz invariance of Maxwell’s equation. Transmission

lines and wave guides. Radiation- from moving charges and dipoles and retarded

IV. Quantum Mechanics

Spin-orbit coupling, fine structure. WKB approximation. Elementary theory of scattering:

phase shifts, partial waves, Born approximation. Relativistic quantum mechanics:
Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations. Semi-classical theory of radiation.

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V. Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics

First- and second-order phase transitions. Diamagnetism, paramagnetism, and

ferromagnetism. Ising model. Bose-Einstein condensation. Diffusion equation. Random
walk and Brownian motion. Introduction to nonequilibrium processes.

VI. Electronics and Experimental Methods

Linear and nonlinear curve fitting, chi-square test. Transducers (temperature, pressure/
vacuum, magnetic fields, vibration, optical, and particle detectors). Measurement and
control. Signal conditioning and recovery. Impedance matching, amplification (Op-
amp based, instrumentation amp, feedback), filtering and noise reduction, shielding
and grounding. Fourier transforms, lock-in detector, box-car integrator, modulation
techniques. High frequency devices (including generators and detectors).

VII. Atomic and Molecular Physics

Quantum states of an electron in an atom. Electron spin. Spectrum of helium and

alkali atom. Relativistic corrections for energy levels of hydrogen atom, hyperfine
structure and isotopic shift, width of spectrum lines, LS and JJ couplings. Zeeman,
Paschen-Bach and Stark effects. Electron spin resonance. Nuclear magnetic resonance,
chemical shift. Frank-Condon principle. Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Electronic,
rotational, vibrational and Raman spectra of diatomic molecules, selection rules.
Lasers: spontaneous and stimulated emission, Einstein A and B coefficients. Optical
pumping, population inversion, rate equation. Modes of resonators and coherence

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VIII. Condensed Matter Physics

Bravais lattices. Reciprocal lattice. Diffraction and the structure factor. Bonding of
solids. Elastic properties, phonons, lattice specific heat. Free electron theory and
electronic specific heat. Response and relaxation phenomena. Drude model of
electrical and thermal conductivity. Hall effect and thermoelectric power. Electron
motion in a periodic potential, band theory of solids: metals, insulators and
semiconductors. Superconductivity: type-I and type-II superconductors. Josephson
junctions. Superfluidity. Defects and dislocations. Ordered phases of matter:
translational and orientational order, kinds of liquid crystalline order. Quasi crystals.

IX. Nuclear and Particle Physics

Basic nuclear properties: size, shape and charge distribution, spin and parity. Binding
energy, semiempirical mass formula, liquid drop model. Nature of the nuclear force,
form of nucleon-nucleon potential, charge-independence and charge-symmetry of
nuclear forces. Deuteron problem. Evidence of shell structure, single-particle shell
model, its validity and limitations. Rotational spectra. Elementary ideas of alpha, beta
and gamma decays and their selection rules. Fission and fusion. Nuclear reactions,
reaction mechanism, compound nuclei and direct reactions.
Classification of fundamental forces. Elementary particles and their quantum
numbers (charge, spin, parity, isospin, strangeness, etc.). Gellmann-Nishijima formula.
Quark model, baryons and mesons. C, P, and T invariance. Application of symmetry
arguments to particle reactions. Parity non-conservation in weak interaction.
Relativistic kinematics.

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Exam Details

What is CSIR UGC NET ?

CSIR UGC NET is a national level entrance examination for Junior Research Fellowship
(JRF) and Eligibility for Lectureship (LS), Conducted Twice an Year by Council of
Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the field of Science.
CSIR NET exam is conducted for science streams: Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences,
Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences.

About CSIR-UGC Fellowship

Ÿ CSIR & UGC provide Research Fellowships to bright young men and women for
training in methods of research under expert guidance of faculty members/scientists
working in University Department/National Laboratories and Institutions in various
fields of Science. Only bonafide Indian citizens are eligible for this test.
Ÿ Junior Research Fellowship Stipend

Ÿ The stipend of a JRF selected through CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) will be
Rs.25,000/ p.m. for the first two years.
Ÿ In addition, annual contingency grant of Rs.20000/- per fellow will be provided to the
University / Institution. The Fellowship will be governed by terms and conditions of
CSIR, UGC or Research Scheme, as applicable.
Ÿ On Completion of two years as JRF and if the Fellow is registered for PhD, the
Fellowship will be upgraded to SRF (NET) and the stipend will be increased to
Rs.28,000/- p.m. for the 3rd and subsequent years, on the basis of assessment of
Fellows' research progress/ achievements through interview by an Expert Committee
consisting of the Guide, Head of the Department and External Member from outside
the University/ Institution who is an expert in the relevant field, not below the rank of
Professor/ Associate Professor.

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CSIR UGC NET Physical Sciences
Exam Pattern Highlights

CSIR Physical Sciences paper has a Total of 75 Objective

Type questions (question to attempt 55) carrying Maximum
of 200 marks. The entire question paper is divided into
Three Parts A, B and C. All Parts are compulsory.
Part-A for General Aptitude, Part - B and C for Physical
Sciences. Duration of Exam is 3 hours

CSIR UGC NET Physical Sciences Marking Scheme

No. of Marks
No. of Total Negative
Section Compulsory per
Questions Marks Marking
Questions Question

Part A
(General 20 (1-20) 15 2 30 -0.5

Part B 25 (21-45) 20 3.5 70 -0.88

Part C 30 (46-75) 20 5 100 -1.25

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Minimum Cut-off Percentage
for JRF & LS in Different Categories in Dec., 2018 Exam

Junior Research Fellowship (NET)

Subject Unreserved OBC SC ST PWD

Physical Sciences 53.31% 45.88% 37.19% 29.19% 25.00%

Lectureship (NET)

Subject Unreserved OBC SC ST PWD

Physical Sciences 47.98% 41.29% 33.47% 26.27% 25.00%

Total No. of Qualified Candidates in

CSIR NET JRF Dec. 2018 Exam

JRF Qualified Lecturer-ship Qualified

Candidates Candidates

3536 3989
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CSIR Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), established in 1942, is an

autonomous body and the largest research and development (R&D) organisation in India. It
runs 37 laboratories and 39 field stations or extention centres spread across the nation. As
we know CSIR NET Exam is one of the tought Exam. It is golden path for the candidates who
qualifiy the NET Exam. After qualifying the CSIR NET, selected candidates have
opportunity to go for Junior Research Fellowship/Lectureship.

Why One should Appear for CSIR NET

ü Opportunity to Join CSIR’s Owned 37 research labs and 39 Fields Stations to Satisfy
you Research Appetite.
ü Opportunity to Pursue Research/Ph.D Prgram at Best Sciences Research Institutes
in India.
ü Handsome Stipend payout while pursuing Research.
ü Travel assistant to any deserving researcher working in Research Institute in India
participating in Conferences, Seminar etc.
ü Opportunity to Upskill yourself with Practical Learning!
ü Eligible to Apply for Assitant Professor in Any Govt. College.

Career Options after CSIR NET

ü Option to join as an Assistant Professor to any college if Qualified in LS or JRF-LS
ü Particularly in Government Sector, one can also join - EARC, IGCAR and ISRO as
Technical Staff/Junior Scientist (B grade).
ü Besides the labs of CSIR, one can also join the labs of DRDO about 47 labs across
ü Opportunity to Join private firms as lot many hire students who are NET qualified,
for Research and Innovation purpose.
ü One can also plan to establish his/her own Research Lab, after getting due
permission from the Government authorities.

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