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GATE PH: Physics Preparation Tips

Last Updated - September 24, 2018

GATE is a national level entrance examination for admissions to PG programs like M.Tech, ME, etc. The scores are accepted by more than 100+ institutes across India. This year, GATE 2019 is scheduled from February 2, 3, 9 and 10 in computer-based mode.

A lot of changes were introduced in GATE exam last year. But, for this year, IIT Madras has introduced Statistics as a new subject. There are three sections in the test viz.

  • General Aptitude
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Physics (PH)
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In this article, we are providing you some important tips to prepare for GATE PH exam i.e. the specific subject being Physics.

Exam Pattern of Physics

  • GATE PH exam will consist of 65 questions of 100 marks spread over the three sections i.e. General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Physics.  
  • The exam will consist of MCQs and NAT (Numerical Aptitude Questions)
  • There is no provision of negative marking in NAT questions.
  • MCQs carrying 1 marks each, 1/3 marks would be deducted as a penalty of marking the wrong answer.
  • For questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks would be deducted for marking an incorrect answer.

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Basic Preparation Tips for Physics

Given below are some basic tips that one should keep in mind before starting and while preparing for the Physics paper:

Know the GATE PH Syllabus

It is very important to know the correct syllabus for the subject you have chosen.  As you must know what you have to study to clear the exam. The syllabus for GATE Physics is as follows-

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and statistical Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Solid State Physics and Electronics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

Choose the correct Books

The second most important thing is to choose the correct books for your preparation for the subject. You should first start with the NCERT books as they form the basis of all the concepts of the subject. After your NCERT books, you can choose some reference books to increase your knowledge. Some of the important books for GATE PH are-

  • Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering by Riley
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics by S Chandra and M K Sharma
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics by Michael T. Vaughan
  • Mathematical Physics   H. K. Dass
  • Gate Guide Physics 2019 by GKP           
  • Mathematical Physics   B.D. Gupta
  • GATE Physics Solved Papers by Upkar Publications
  • Student Solution Manual for Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering by K. F. Riley and M. P. Hobson

Make a proper study Plan

You should make a proper study plan for the subject. Like the previous year GATE PH Papers have seen questions from Quantum Mechanics, EMT and Mathematical Physics, so you can first start with these topics. You should divide your time for each topic and give proper time to each topic. You should try to focus on your weak topics and clear all your doubts.

Solve Previous Year Papers

Previous Year exam papers can prove very beneficial in your preparations. You should practice previous year papers because these give you an idea of the types of questions asked in the exam and the pattern of the exam.

Attempt Mock Tests

Mock tests are best for testing your preparations and moreover, these tests provide you a feel of the real examination. By attempting mock tests, you can know how you are progressing day by day and which topic you are lagging in.


Revision is an important part of any preparation; you must allot proper time for revision in your study plan. You should revise all important formulas in the physics and start your revision topic-wise after that.

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Top 5 Websites to Prepare better for Physics

The following web portals are considered to be the most useful sources to prepare better for Science stream.

  1. MIT Open Courseware

This website is an online publication of all the course content of MIT. It offers video lectures and notes on variety of topics. The notes and content offered here is curated by well-known experts.

  1. The Physics Classroom

The Physics Classroom is another fine website to study Physics online. It is a comprehensive website started by a teacher. The website is solely dedicated to Physics, and thus the quality of the study material on this website is great. There are a lot of GIF animations and Quicktime movies available on the website which are specially designed to demonstrate different principles of Physics in a visual manner. All of these demonstrations and animations are accompanied by links to further information and explanations.

  1. Khan Academy

At the third spot is the website offers free online study material of almost every subject possible and beyond. It offers practice exercises, instructional video and a personalized dashboard for the students that empowers the students to study at their own pace. The websites offer study material and video lectures for every subject at every level. Thus, the website caters to the needs of students of every level and is a very popular online learning website among all the students.

  1. Learn Out Loud

As the name suggests, the website mostly resorts to audio resources. It is a great website for free video and audio lectures. Although the website is mostly about the audio resources, but there are many great video lectures also available on the website. These lectures span over a great variety of subjects and a big array of topics. There are over 100 video and audio lectures available in the science section.

  1. Open Culture

Open Culture is one of the most popular websites available on the web when it comes to free resources. There are more than 750 courses available on the website from many top universities. The highlight of the website is that all the courses that are offered on the website are available in multiple formats. So, the website is fine and plausible for all kinds of students.



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