Syllabus and Reference Books for JEST Physics Exam


Electronics, Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, etc are some of the topics covered under JEST Physics Exam. The exam is carried out to select eligible candidates for Ph.D program in Physics. Preparation for the exam can be made with the help of reference books, competition guides, education web portals, etc.

Main Topics Covered Under JEST Physics Exam

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electronics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Atomic & Molecular Physics Spectroscopy

Detailed Syllabus of JEST Physics Exam

Classical Mechanics

  • Constrained Motion
  • Lagrangian formulation
  • Hamilton’s formulation
  • Variation Principle
  • Canonical Transformations
  • Poisson Brackets
  • Rotational Motion
  • Central Force


  • Operational Applications of Operational Amplifiers
  • Active filters
  • Power Supply
  • Combinational Logic
  • Logic Identities
  • Minimization and Karnaugh map
  • Combinational functions available as ICs.
  • Sequential Logic
  • Special Function IC
  • Data Converter

Quantum Mechanics

  • Angular Momentum
  • Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
  • Application of Schrodinger Equation


  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Electromagnetic wave equations
  • Inhomogeneous wave equations
  • Relativistic Kinematics
  • Covariance and Relativistic Mechanics
  • Covariant formulation of electrodynamics

Statistical Mechanics

  • System of Particles
  • Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Classical Statistical Mechanics
  • Applications of Statistical Mechanics
  • Quantum Statistics of Ideal Gases
  • Ideal Bose System
  • Ideal Fermi System

Atomic & Molecular Physics Spectroscopy

  • Atomic Physics
  • Microwave and near Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Raman Spectra
  • Electronic Spectra
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy
  • X-rays and X-ray Spectra

Reference Books for JEST Physics Exam

Reference Books for Electronics

  • Digital Principles and Applications by Leach and Malvino
  • Op-amps and Linear Integrated circuits by Gayakwad (Prentice Hall)
  • Electronic Principles by Malvino
  • Integrated circuits by Botkar
  • Linear Integrated circuits by D.Roy Choudhury, Shail Jain
  • Operational Amplifiers by Subrahmanyam
  • Operational Amplifiers Applications by G.B.Clayton
  • Power Electronics by P.C.Sen
  • SMPS Inverters Converters by Gottlib

Reference Books for Classical Mechanics

  • Classical Mechanics by H.Goldstein
  • Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems by Marion and Thomtron
  • Classical Mechanics by P.V.Panat
  • Classical Mechanics by N.C.Rana and P.S.Joag
  • Introduction to Classical Mechanics by R.G.Takawale and P.S.Puranik
  • Classical Mechanics by J.C.Upadhyaya

Reference Books for Quantum mechanics

  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by by David J.Griffiths
  • Quantum Mechanics by L.I.Schiff
  • Quantum mechanics by A.Ghatak and S.Lokanathan
  • Modern Quantum mechanics by J.J.Sakurai
  • Quantum Physics by R. Eisberg and R.Resnick
  • Introductory Quantum mechanics by Granier

Reference Books for Electrodynamics

  • Classical electricity & Magnetism, by Panofsky and Phillips
  • Foundations of Electromagnetic theory, by Reitz & Milford
  • Classical Electrodynamics, by J.D.Jackson
  • Special theory of Relativity, by Robert Resnick
  • Electromagnetics by B.B.Laud
  • Matrices and Tensors in Physics by A. W. Joshi
  • Introductory Quantum Mechanics by Li boff

Reference Books for Statistical Mechanics

  • Statistical Mechanics by R.K.Pathria, Bufferworgh Heinemann
  • Statistical Mechanics, by K.Huang
  • Statistical Mechanics, by Satya Prakash
  • Statistical Mechanics by Loknathan and Gambhir

Reference Books for Atomic & Molecular Physics Spectroscopy

  • Introduction to Atomic Spectra by H.E. White
  • Fundamentals of Molecular Spectroscopy by C.B. Banwell
  • Spectroscopy Vol.I, II, III by Walker and Straughen.
  • Introduction to Molecular Spectroscopy by G.M. Barrow
  • Elements of Spectroscopy by Gupta, Kumar, Sharma

Reference books can be purchased directly from book stores or it can be purchased from online portals. Popular online portals offering such services are flipkart, books4u,  etc. The aspirants can also refer relevant materials directly from online portals.



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