CSS Physics Syllabus

PAPER: PHYSICS (200 MARKS)
Revised Scheme and Syllabus for CSS Competitive Examination-2016
Physics Paper 1 Syllabus (Marks-100)
I. Mechanics
Vectors—Dots, Cross and triple products, Gradient, divergence and applications.
Newtonian laws of motion; calculus based approach to kinematics, forces and
dynamics, conservation law of energy; conservation of linear and angular
momentum; Dynamics of rigid body; spin and precession; gyroscope;
Gravitation; planetary motion and satellites; Kepler's laws; centripetal forces
Special theory of relativity. Mischelson—Morley experiment and Einstein’s
postulates; Lorentz transformation; time dilation and length contraction;
equivalence of mass and energy.
II. Fluid Mechanics
Surface tension; Viscosity; Elasticity; fluid motion and Bernoulli’s theorem.
III. Waves and Oscillation
Free oscillation with one and two degrees of freedom; forced and damped
oscillations and phenomenon of resonance. Simple harmonic motion. Traveling
waves and transmission of energy; Phase and Group velocity; standing waves.
Basics of sound waves.
Reflection, Refraction, Interference, Diffraction and Polarization of waves;
interfero-meter and Newton’s rings; Diffraction Gratings and their resolving power;
spectro-meters. Electromagnetic wave equation; normal and anamolous
dispersion; coherence, lasers and applications.
IV. Heat and Thermodynamics
Perfect gas and Van der Waals equation; Three Laws of
Thermodynamics, internal energy, temperature, entropy. Thermal properties of
Simple system production and measurement of low temperatures; kinetic
theory of gases; Maxwellian distribution of molecular velocities; Brownian
motion; Transport phenomena. Classical Maxwell-Boltzmann Statistics and its
application; Quantum Bose—Einstein and Fermi—Dirac Statistics.

Physics Paper 2 Syllabus (Marks - 100)
I. Electricity and Magnetism
Electric field due to point charges, Gauss’ law Electric potential and Poisson and
Laplace’s equation Dielectric medium and Polarization; Capacitance;
Moving charges and resulting magnetic field; Ampere’s law; Vector potential;
Magnetic properties of matter; Transient current; Faraday’s law of
electromagnetic induction; Alternating current and LRO circuit. Maxwell’s
equations; Poynting theorem and Poynting Vector. Maxwell's equations in integral
and differential form.
II. Modern and Quantum Physics
Operators and quantum states, observables, time dependent and independent
Schrodinger equation, angular momentum, spin-1/2 particle in a magnetic field,
wave mechanics, particle in a box, tunneling, one-dimensional harmonic oscillator,
Heisenber's uncertainty relationship and indeterminacy based on commutation
properties of operators, Bohr theory and quantum numbers including electron
spin; Pauli’s exclusion principle; Spectra of simple systems with one or two
valence electrons. Photo electric effect Compton scattering; pair
production; Lande’s g factor and Zeeman effect. Raman effect; Waves and
particles and De Broglie’s Hypothesis.
III. Solid State Physics
Crystal lattice and structure, Bravais lattice, free electron model, Band theory and
electron in a periodic potential, Fermi energy and density of states, n and p type
semiconductors, physics of the transistor and MOSFET, dielectric properties,
magnetic properties and origin of magnetism.
IV. Nuclear Physics
Structure of Nuclei; Radioactivity, and decay. Methods of detection, Mass
Sepectrometer. Accelerators. Phenomenon of fission; reactor and nuclear
power, nuclear fusion and its application, Elementary particles and their
properties.