Exam Pattern and Reference Books for CSIR - UGC NET (Physical Sciences)


CSIR - UGC NET (Physical Sciences) exam is carried out as single paper test, having three different sections. First section is based on general aptitude, where as questions from second and third sections are based on subject related topics. Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, etc some of subject related topics covered under UGC NET (Physical Sciences) exam.

Exam Pattern for CSIR - UGC NET (Physical Sciences)

The written exam is carried out as a single paper with duration of 3 hours. There will be three parts in this objective model test, Part A, Part B, and Part C. Maximum marks awarded for the test is 200. Negative marking is there for wrong answers.

In part A there will be 20 questions related to General Aptitude. Logical Reasoning, Numerical Aptitude, Series, Analytical Ability, etc are the main topics covered in this section. Out of 20 questions, candidate has the choice to answer any 15 questions. Each question carries 2 marks.

There will be 25 questions in Part B. Candidates are required to attend any of the 20 questions. Each question in the section carries 3.5 marks to make a total of 70 marks.

The candidate has to answer any 20 questions out of a total of 30 questions in Part C. Each question carries 5 marks to make a total of 100 marks for the section.

Reference Books for Part A of CSIR - UGC NET (Physical Sciences)

  • A Fresh Approach to Reasoning Tests by Dr. Lal and Maurya
  • All about Reasoning (Verbal) by Anjani A Gupta
  • Quantitative Aptitude by Rita Mishra
  • Upkar’s High Speed System of Basic Arithmetic
  • Logical and Analytical Reasoning by A. K. Gupta
  • Reasoning Test (Verbal & Non-Verbal) by Dr. M.B.Lal & A.K.Singh

Reference Books for Part B & Part C of CSIR - UGC NET (Physical Sciences)

  • Foundations of Electromagnetic theory, by Reitz & Milford
  • Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems by Marion and Thomtron
  • Classical Mechanics by H.Goldstein
  • Classical Mechanics by J.C.Upadhyaya
  • Electromagnetics by B.B.Laud
  • Electronic Principles by Malvino
  • Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics, - F.Reif
  • Mathematical methods for Physicists – Arfken & Weber
  • Mathematical Methods in Physics – Butkov
  • Mathematics for Physical Sciences – Mary Boas, John Wiley & Sons
  • Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems by Marion and Thomtron
  • Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy by G.Aruldas
  • Power Electronics by P.C.Sen
  • Quantum Mechanics by A.Ghatak and S.Lokanathan
  • Quantum Physics by R.Eisberg and R.Resnick

Other than text books mentioned here, one can also refer books prescribed for master level courses in Physical Sciences. Candidates can also refer journals and education related portals containing the necessary study materials.



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