JAM 2018 - How to prepare for Physics

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How to prepare for IIT JAM Physics 2018 - Are you preparing for JAM 2018 Physics paper? Confused on how to prepare for JAM Physics? What if the exam experts and toppers guide you in JAM preparation for Physics paper through their tips and tricks? The experts suggest that a strategic planning may help in better preparation of physics paper for JAM. The toppers’ tips shared on JAM preparation 2018 may help you in fetching more marks than other JAM takers. Careers360 with an objective to help JAM 2018 aspirants like you brings ‘How to prepare for IIT JAM Physics Paper 2018’. The advisory piece on JAM 2018 preparation includes the advices of toppers and exam experts. Candidates preparing for the IIT Bombay administered Joint Admission Test can also know the recommended books for Physics paper and also identify the important topics in each sections of JAM 2018 Physics paper. The online admission test for M.Sc Physics, JAM 2018 is scheduled for February 11, 2018 and candidates can check here the list of topics in each section namely Mathematical Methods, Mechanics and General Properties of Matter, Oscillations, Waves and Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, Kinetic Theory and Thermodynamics, Modern Physics and Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics. Moreover, the candidates can improve their weaker topics of the science paper for JAM 2018 through ‘How to prepare for Physics’.


IIT JAM Preparation Tips 2018 for Physics: Syllabus


While beginning JAM preparation JAM 2018, the foremost step for any aspirant would be checking JAM 2018 Physics syllabus. Exam experts point out that efforts of candidates put in to prepare for JAM 2018 Physics paper would go futile, if they are unaware of the syllabus. The Physics syllabus will be helpful for aspirants preparing for JAM 2018 as the syllabus details the chapter. Further, JAM syllabus for Physics paper will guide candidates with what to study and how much to study. The JAM aspirants can check syllabus of JAM 2018 for Physics  in the table below.


IIT JAM Physics Syllabus


Topic Details

Mathematical Methods

Calculus of single and multiple variables, partial derivatives, Jacobian imperfect and perfect differentials, Taylor expansion, Fourier series. Vector algebra, Vector Calculus, Multiple integrals, Divergence theorem, Green’s theorem, Stokes’ theorem. First order equations and linear second order differential equations with constant coefficients. Matrices and determinants, Algebra of complex numbers

Mechanics and General Properties of Matter

Newton’s laws of motion and applications, Velocity and acceleration in Cartesian, polar and cylindrical coordinate systems, uniformly rotating frame, centrifugal and Coriolis forces, Motion under a central force, Kepler’s laws, Gravitational Law and field, Conservative and non-conservative forces. System of particles, Center of mass, equation of motion of the CM, conservation of linear and angular momentum, conservation of energy, variable mass systems. Elastic and inelastic collisions. Rigid body motion, fixed axis rotations, rotation and translation, moments of Inertia and products of Inertia, parallel and perpendicular axes theorem. Principal moments and axes. Kinematics of moving fluids, equation of continuity, Euler’s equation, Bernoulli’s theorem

Oscillations, Waves and Optics

Differential equation for simple harmonic oscillator and its general solution. Super position of two or more simple harmonic oscillators. Lissajous figures. Damped and forced oscillators, resonance. Wave equation, traveling and standing waves in one-dimension. Energy density and energy transmission in waves. Group velocity and phase velocity. Sound waves in media. Doppler Effect. Fermat’s Principle. General theory of image formation. Thick lens, thin lens and lens combinations. Interference of light, optical path retardation. Fraunhofer diffraction. Rayleigh criterion and resolving power. Diffraction gratings. Polarization: linear, circular and elliptic polarization. Double refraction and optical rotation

Electricity and Magnetism

Coulomb’s law, Gauss’s law. Electric field and potential. Electrostatic boundary conditions, Solution of Laplace’s equation for simple cases. Conductors, capacitors, dielectrics, dielectric polarization, volume and surface charges, electrostatic energy. Biot-Savart law, Ampere’s law, Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction, Self and mutual inductance. Alternating currents. Simple DC and AC circuits with R, L and C components. Displacement current, Maxwell’s equations and plane electromagnetic waves, Poynting’s theorem, reflection and refraction at a dielectric interface, transmission and reflection coefficients (normal incidence only). Lorentz Force and motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields

Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics

Elements of Kinetic theory of gases. Velocity distribution and Equi-partition of energy. Specific heat of Mono-, di- and tri-atomic gases. Ideal gas, van-der-Waals gas and equation of state. Mean free path. Laws of thermodynamics. Zeroth law and concept of thermal equilibrium. First law and its consequences. Isothermal and adiabatic processes. Reversible, irreversible and quasi-static processes. Second law and entropy. Carnot cycle. Maxwell’s thermodynamic relations and simple applications. Thermodynamic potentials and their applications. Phase transitions and Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Ideas of ensembles, Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions

Modern Physics

Inertial frames and Galilean invariance. Postulates of special relativity. Lorentz transformations. Length contraction, time dilation. Relativistic velocity addition theorem, mass energy equivalence. Blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Bohr’s atomic model, X-rays. Wave-particle duality, Uncertainty principle, the superposition principle, calculation of expectation values, Schrodinger equation and its solution for one, two and three dimensional boxes. Solution of Schrodinger equation for the one dimensional harmonic oscillator. Reflection and transmission at a step potential, Pauli exclusion principle. Structure of atomic nucleus, mass and binding energy. Radioactivity and its applications. Laws of radioactive decay

Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics

Crystal structure, Bravais lattices and basis. Miller indices. X-ray diffraction and Bragg's law; Intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, variation of resistivity with temperature. Fermi level. p-n junction diode, I-V characteristics, Zener diode and its applications, BJT: characteristics in CB, CE, CC modes. Single stage amplifier, two stage R-C coupled amplifiers. Simple Oscillators: Barkhausen condition, sinusoidal oscillators. OPAMP and applications: Inverting and non-inverting amplifier. Boolean algebra: Binary number systems; conversion from one system to another system; binary addition and subtraction. Logic Gates-AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR exclusive OR; Truth tables; Combination of gates; De Morgan’s theorem


IIT JAM Preparation Tips 2018 for Physics: Important Books


Needless to say, books significantly help aspirants for JAM 2018 preparation. Books are repository of abundant knowledge for the online admission test. However, there are a few books that exam experts and toppers follow. The experts share that not all books can be referred for JAM preparation. Candidates can check the table below for recommended books of JAM 2018 for Physics paper.


IIT JAM Physics Important Books


Books and Authors

Mathematical Methods

Schaum's Outlines series
Mathematical Methods for Physics & Engineering: Riley, Hobson & Bence

Mechanics and General Properties of Matter

Quantum Mechanics - By Zetili / Griffith / Schaums Series
Quantum Mechanics - MC Jain
Classical Mechanics- Kepler or Berclays, and HJ Pain

Oscillations, Waves and Optics

Optics - By Ghatak/ Brijlal and Subhramanyam

Electricity and Magnetism

Introduction to Electrodynamics: David J. Griffiths
Electricity & Magnetism: B.Ghosh

Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics

Thermodyanmics- Zemanski Dittman, Saha Srivastava/ F. W. Sears and G. L. Salinger

Modern Physics

Molecular and Atomic Physics - By Rajkumar / White

Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics

Solid State Physics - By Kittel / M A Omar / S O Pillai
Semiconductor and Electronics - By Boylested /Gaekwad


IIT JAM Preparation Tips 2018 for Physics: Sample Papers


Once the candidates have prepared for IIT JAM 2018, there arises a need to check the preparation level. Candidates can check their preparation level for the M.Sc admission test through solving sample papers of JAM 2018. The candidates through solving sample papers during their JAM preparation of Physics paper will be able to know the questions and topics on which they will need to focus more and improve further to increase their marks in the actual JAM 2018. Further, the skill of time management can be honed while practicing with JAM sample papers. Candidates can also improve their question solving speed for the IIT-JAM by solving JAM sample papers for Physics paper.


Download JAM sample papers for Physics below with the Answer key


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IIT JAM Preparation Tips 2018 for Physics: Important Guidelines

  1. Timetable – A timetable that incorporates study hours, practice tests, relaxation allows clear and proper study scheduling but it must be diligently followed by candidates to taste success.

  2. Test, Analyse and Revise– This is one of the success mantras for JAM aspirants. It’ll help in gauging where the strength and weaknesses lay. Revision will help in plugging the weaknesses and improve better.

  3. Hard Work– This is not enough. Smart work is the ideal thing to do. Students who approach any exam with a thorough plan and single minded approach are known to taste success.

  4. Analyse your preparation– It is highly important that each practice test be reviewed as if it is the actual exam. This allows for better practice and a confident approach to the actual exam.

All the best for IIT JAM 2018!


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First Published On : 29 Aug 2017 05:57 PM IST
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