# CSS Physics Syllabus

PAPER: PHYSICS (200 MARKS)

Revised Scheme and Syllabus for CSS Competitive Examination-2016

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.

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.

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.