Physics, the way it is today was not taught in the same way before. According to Pradyumn Kumar, principal of Hindu College, Experiments come before the theory.
He explains that earlier physicists would teach theories that would prove helpful after a decade. Whereas, now, they experiment first and analyse the data.” He expects potential physics students to bring the relevant skills to class.
The analytical and computational skills because every paper includes experiments, a logical mind and good math skills”. He thinks teamwork is important, too, as most experiments these days are collaborative.
This year the highest first cut-off was at Hansraj—97%, and Shyam Lal had the lowest—70%.
Only candidates who’ve done science till Class XII are eligible to apply and the aggregate of marks scored in physics, chemistry and maths (PCM) is considered. Over 20 colleges teach physics.
Discipline I: Students of Physics will have to study a total of 20 papers including one on research methods and another that’ll consist of a dissertation. Students of physics will study mathematical physics-I, mechanics, physics lab-I, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, digital systems and applications, waves and optics, elements of modern physics, quantum mechanics and applications and analog systems and applications.
Discipline II: There are six papers covering thermal physics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, digital and analog circuits and instrumentation, optics and modern physics.
Applied courses: Two papers on computational physics, embedded system: introduction to microcontroller, applied optics.
Road ahead: Kumar demonstrates that there are many opportunities in the field but one has to be a little patient because it takes time to establish one’s self in physics.
Also,The Higgs Boson and CERN experiment have created some excitement. “Students get involved in nanotechnology, nuclear physics—India is investing in nuclear power, space physics which is essentially working on satellites, and material design,” he explains. Students are also absorbed by organizations such as DRDO, CSIR, BARC, TIFR and IISc.