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How to Prepare UPSC Mains Physics Paper 2019

Today we are providing UPSC Civil Services  Physics Paper preparation tips & strategies. Now we will teach you strategy of “How to Prepare UPSC Civil Services Physics Paper 2019“. This post is aimed to help you in forming your strategy for Physics optional for Civil Services Exam, considering its various aspects.

How to Prepare UPSC Mains Physics Paper 2019

UPSC Mains Physics is the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. The subject matter of physics includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms.

To Prepare UPSC Civil Services Physics Paper for 2019, you need to follow below given steps.

Step 1 : Know the Syllabus – Physics Paper

UPSC MAINS PHYSICS SYLLABUS 2019. Get UPSC Mains Physics Syllabus, Paper structure & Applicable Topics covered in UPSC Mains Physics Syllabus. Earlier we’ve provided UPSC Mains Exam Pattern & Structure for 2018 & 2019 exams .

Read : UPSC Civil Services Physics Syllabus 2019

Step 2 : Select the Best Reference Books for Physics Paper

Civil Services Physics part (As part of GS or as optional) requires vast but focused reading. Apart from the IAS Books for Physics – Civil Services Prelims Exam, the below mentioned books can help.

Physics is getting very popular as an optional subject these days. Only four to five standard books are more than enough to prepare Physics optional in depth. If you have even a moderate interest in Physics, try to go through some books of university level. If you can develop logic, see your understanding going in any direction and it does not bore you, it’s for you. Once you begin understanding Physics, you have the chances that you can exploit it at any level.

Books for Physics Optional

  • Thermal Physics – P.K Chakraborty – Satya Prakash, Singhal & Agarawal
  • Thermal Physics – Singal, Agarwal & Prakash, B.S. Agarwal, Shah & Srivastava
  • Statistical Physics -B.B laud
  • Quantum Physics- Resnick & Eisberg
  • Concept of Mordern Physics – Arthut Bevser
  • Quantum Mechanics -Ghatak & Loknathan/Chatwal & Anand/Satya Prakash
  • Atomic Physics – J. B. Rajan
  • Atomic & Molecular Spectra -Rajkumar
  • Nuclear Physics -S.B Patel
  • Nuclear Physics – D.C. Tayal
  • Solid State Physics -Kittel
  • Electronics -Allon Mottershed
  • Electronics – Milman & Halkias, S. Ramnam, Ryder or Bolstead, Malvina

Step 3 : Prepare Important Topics

The preparation for Mains must be over before you start with Preliminary preparation, as the Main exam syllabus covers nearly 75% of the requirements of the Preliminary examination.

If a student has not done graduation with Physics, the suggested strategy would be as follows.

(1) Surveying the syllabus of Physics carefully and identifying the completely unfamiliar areas.

(2)  Doing a careful survey of the past 5 years’ Main Examination Question Papers and identifying the areas of significance.

(3)  Identifying the most fruitful areas:

(4)  If we see the Main Examination paper of last few years, then it is obvious that the UPSC can ask even a short note on a topic which is otherwise quite long in coverage.

How to Study Physics for IAS Mains

Study approach for Physics

This optional is meant for Patience and Calmness. We need to make different strategies for both paper.

Physics Paper 1

Section A has three important areas: Classical Mechanics, Special Relativity, Waves and Geometrical Optics and Physical Optics. Since all these three sections give compulsory questions, it’s best not to avoid any one. Yet, if you are hard pressed for time, you can be selective about any one section. But it’s important that before getting selective you have identified the essential areas based on past trend analysis.

It’s best not to be selective at all in Classical Mechanics. Moreover, there is no dearth of good material on this section. Most of the students find this section rather simple to handle. In Special Relativity, the older topics are more important than the newly added ones. So, the students should design the preparation strategy accordingly. In the Waves section, Damped and Forced Vibrations, Phase and Group Velocity should be given priority.

Section B contains: Electricity and Magnetism, EM Theory and Black Body radiation and Thermal and Statistical Physics. All the above three sections carry compulsory questions, hence none can be completely ignored. Questions which come on EM Theory are very simple and quite s c o r i n g . Hence this a re a should be well prepared and the students must not miss the question on this area.

Physics Paper 2

All of the second paper except Electronics can be prepared from two sources, i.e. Quantum Physics by Resnick and Eisberg, and Modern Physics by Arthur Beiser. For value addition, you may require to undertake some extra reading from other standard books.

Electronics is now a prominent part in the course. Students coming from non-electronics background must make some extra effort to master this section thoroughly. Once prepared well, this part is scoring.

Answer writing

  1. For Long answers-Introduction can be either indirect through some lines or quotes or direct with general explanation followed by exact definition.
  2. Thereafter topic need to be explained in short followed by establishing links with other chapters and focusing on the question again. Here give a pause,read the question again & think again. Diagrams can be used effectively.
  3. Ending of the answers should always be visionary/positive and solution based with example if needed or with some lines.
  4. There should be mixed use of paras and points. Examples should be quoted wherever possible but refrain from using one enterprise again & again.
  5. For short answers, write the basic definition and then directly hit the core.
  6. Ending should be solution based. For merit/demerit/feature use diagram or points.
  7. Test series can be joined for practice.

Step 4 : Prepare Previous Question papers

How much time it takes to prepare?

4-5 months, if you study Physics 12-15 hours per week. This should be enough. Also, it depends on how much can you recall your graduation concepts.