FORMAT
Points

Minutes 
Questions 
200–800

60

75 Multiple Choice 
• Offered in Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, May and June
• Calculator use not permitted
• Problemsolving requires simple numerical calculations
• Measurements are expressed in the metric system
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SYLLABUS
Content 
Approximate % of Test

Mechanics 
36%42% 
* Kinematics, such as velocity, acceleration, motion in one dimension, and motion of projectiles 

Dynamics, such as force, Newton’s laws, statics, and friction 

Energy and Momentum, such as potential and kinetic energy, work, power, impulse, and conservation laws 

Circular Motion, such as uniform circular motion and centripetal force 

Simple Harmonic Motion, such as mass on a spring and the pendulum 

Gravity, such as the law of gravitation, orbits, and Kepler’s laws 

Electricity and magnetism

18%–24% 
* Electric Fields, Forces, and Potentials, such as Coulomb’s law, induced charge, field and potential of groups of point charges, and charged particles in electric fields


Capacitance, such as parallelplate capacitors and timevarying behavior in charging/ discharging 

Circuit Elements and DC Circuits, such as resistors, light bulbs, series and parallel networks, Ohm’s law, and Joule’s law 

Magnetism, such as permanent magnets, fields caused by currents, particles in magnetic fields, Faraday’s law, and Lenz’s law 

Waves and optics 
15%–19% 
* General Wave Properties, such as wave speed, frequency, wavelength, superposition, standing wave diffraction, and Doppler effect


* Reflection and Refraction, such as Snell’s law and changes in wavelength and speed


* Ray Optics, such as image formation using pinholes, mirrors, and lenses 

Physical Optics, such as singleslit diffraction, doubleslit interference, polarization, and color 

Heat and thermodynamics

6%–11% 
* Thermal Properties, such as temperature, heat transfer, specific and latent heats, and thermal expansion


Laws of Thermodynamics, such as first and second laws, internal energy, entropy, and heat engine efficiency 

Modern physics 
6%–11% 
Quantum Phenomena, such as photons and photoelectric effect 

Atomic, such as the Rutherford and Bohr models, atomic energy levels, and atomic spectra 

Nuclear and Particle Physics, such as radioactivity, nuclear reactions, and fundamental particles 

Relativity, such as time dilation, length contraction, and massenergy equivalence 

Miscellaneous 
4%–9% 
General, such as history of physics and general questions that overlap several major topics 

Analytical Skills, such as graphical analysis, measurement, and math skills 

Contemporary Physics, such as astrophysics, superconductivity, and chaos theory 

