1. To enable candidates to acquire knowledge and to develop an understanding of the terms, facts, concepts, definitions, fundamental laws, principles and processes in the field of physics.

2. To develop the ability to apply the knowledge and understanding of physics to unfamiliar situations.

3. To develop a scientific attitude through the study of physical sciences

4. To develop skills in –
(a) the practical aspects of handling apparatus, recording observations and
(b) drawing diagrams, graphs, etc.

5. To develop an appreciation of the contribution of physics towards scientific and technological developments and towards human happiness.

6. To develop an interest in the world of physical sciences.


There will be two papers in the subject.

Paper I: Theory – 3 hour … 70 marks
Paper II: Practical – 3 hours … 20 marks
Project Work … 7 marks
Practical File … 3 marks

PAPER I -THEORY – 70 Marks

Paper I shall be of 3 hours duration and be divided into two parts.

Part I (20 marks): This part will consist of compulsory short answer questions, testing knowledge, application and skills relating to elementary/fundamental aspects of the entire syllabus.

Part II (50 marks): This part will be divided into three Sections A, B and C. There shall be six questions in Section A (each carrying 7 marks) and candidates are required to answer four questions from this Section. There shall be three questions in Section B (each carrying 6 marks) and candidates are required to answer two questions from this Section. There shall be three questions in Section C (each carrying 5 marks) and candidates are required to answer two questions from this Section. Therefore, candidates are expected to answer eight questions in Part II.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, only S. I. Units are to be used while teaching and learning, as well as for answering questions.

Section A

1. Role of Physics

(i) Scope of Physics.

Applications of Physics to everyday life. Inter-relation with other science disciplines. Physics learning and phenomena of nature; development of spirit of inquiry, observation, measurement, analysis of data, interpretation of data and scientific temper; appreciation for the beauty of scheme of nature.

(ii) Role of Physics in technology.

Physics as the foundation of all technical advances – examples. Quantitative approach of physics as the beginning of technology. Technology as the extension of applied physics. Growth of technology made possible by advances in physics. Fundamental laws of nature are from physics. Technology is built on the basic laws of physics.

(iii) Impact on society.

Effect of discoveries of laws of nature on the philosophy and culture of people. Effect of growth of physics on our understanding of natural phenomenon like lighting and thunder, weather changes, rain, etc. Effect of study of quantum mechanics, dual nature of matter, nuclear physics and astronomy on the macroscopic and microscopic picture of our universe.

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