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Sample Paper for class 12 Physics
Session 2017-2018

General Instructions

  • All questions are compulsory. There are 26 questions in all.
  • This question paper has five sections: Section A, Section B, Section C, Section D and Section E.
  • Section A contains five questions of one mark each, Section B contains five questions of two marks each, Section C contains twelve questions of three marks each, Section D contains one value based question of four marks and Section E contains three questions of five marks each.
  • There is no overall choice. However, an internal choice has been provided in one question of two marks, one question of three marks and all the three questions of five marks weightage. You have to attempt only one of the choices in such questions.
  • You may use the following values of physical constants wherever necessary.

c = 3 × 108 m/s
h = 6.63 × 10-34 Js
e = 1.6 × 10-19 C
µo = 4 × 10-7 T m A-1
{tex}{\varepsilon _0}{/tex} = 8.854 × 10-12 C2 N-1 m-2
{tex}\frac{1}{{4\pi {\varepsilon _0}}}{/tex}= 9 × 109 N m2 C-2
me = 9.1 × 10-31 kg
mass of neutron = 1.675 × 10-27 kg
mass of proton = 1.673 × 10-27 kg
Avogadro’s number = 6.023 × 1023 per gram mole
Boltzmann constant = 1.38 × 10-23 JK-1

Section – A

1. In the given figure, charge +Q is placed at the centre of a dotted circle. Work done in taking another charge +q from A to B is W1 and from B to C is W2. Which one of the following is correct: W1 > W2, W1=W2 and W1 < W2?

2. Plot a graph showing the variation of current ‘I’ versus resistance ‘R’, connected to a cell of emf E and internal resistance ‘r’.

3. State the factors on which the refractive index of a material medium for a given wavelength depends

4. Sketch the emergent wavefront

5. In the wave picture of light, intensity of light is determined by square of the amplitude of wave. What determines the intensity of light in the photon picture of light?

Section – B

6. (a) An alternating voltage E = Eosinωt is applied to a circuit containing a resistor R connected in series with a black box. The current in the circuit is found to be {tex}I{\text{ }} = {I_o}sin{\text{ }}\left( {\omega t{\text{ }} + {\text{ }}\frac{\pi }{4}} \right){/tex}.
Sample paper for class 12 Physics

(i) State whether the element in the black box is a capacitor or inductor.
(ii) Draw the corresponding phasor diagram and find the impedance in terms of R.

7. The magnetic field in a plane electromagnetic wave is given by:
By = 12 × 10-8 sin (1.20 × 107 z + 3.60 × 1015 t) T.
Calculate the
(i) Energy density associated with the Electromagnetic wave
(ii) Speed of the wave

8. A spherical convex surface of radius of curvature 20 cm, made of glass (µ = 1.5) is placed in air. Find the position of the image formed, if a point object is placed at 30 cm in front of the convex surface on the principal axis.

9. Name the optoelectronic device used for detecting optical signals and mention the biasing in which it is operated. Draw its I- V characteristics.

10.Give reason, why high frequency carrier waves are needed for effective transmission of information signals.


What is the range of frequencies used for T.V. transmission? State two factors by which the range of TV signals can be increased.

Section – C

11.(a)How many electrons must be added to one plate and removed from the other so as
to store 25.0 J of energy in a 5.0 nF parallel plate capacitor?
(b) How would you modify this capacitor so that it can store 50.0 J of energy without changing the charge on its plates?

12. A point charge +Q is placed at the centre O of an uncharged hollow spherical conductor
of inner radius ‘a’ and outer radius ‘b’. Find the following:
(a) The magnitude and sign of the charge induced on the inner and outer surface of the conducting shell.
(b) The magnitude of electric field vector at a distance
(i) {tex}r = \frac{a}{2}{/tex} and
(ii) r = 2b, from the centre of the shell.

13.The following table gives the length of three copper wires, their diameters, and the applied potential difference across their ends. Arrange the wires in increasing order according to the following:
(a) The magnitude of the electric field within them,
(b) The drift speed of electrons through them, and
(c) The current density within them.

Wire no.LengthDiameterPotential Difference

14.A multirange voltmeter can be constructed by using a galvanometer circuit as shown in the figure. We want to construct a voltmeter that can measure 2V, 20V and 200V using a galvanometer of resistance 10Ω and that produces maximum deflection for current of 1 mA. Find the value of R1, R2 and R3 that have to be used

15. Figure shows a metal rod PQ of length l, resting on the smooth horizontal rails AB positioned between the poles of a permanent magnet. The rails, rod and the magnetic field B are in three mutually perpendicular directions. A galvanometer G connects the rails through a key ‘k’. Assume the magnetic field to be uniform. Given the resistance of the closed loop containing the rod is R.
(i) Suppose K is open and the rod is moved with a speed v in the direction shown. Find the polarity and the magnitude of induced emf.
(ii) With K open and the rod moving uniformly, there is no net force on the electrons  in the rod PQ even though they do experience magnetic force due to the motion of the rod. Explain.
(iii) What is the induced emf in the moving rod if the magnetic field is parallel to the rails instead of being perpendicular?

16.With the help of a diagram, explain the principle of a device which changes a low voltage into a high voltage but does not violate the law of conservation of energy. Give any one reason why the device may not be 100% efficient.

17. In a double slit experiment, the distance between the slits is 3 mm and the slits are 2 m away from the screen. Two interference patterns can be seen on the screen one due to light with wavelength 480 nm, and the other due to light with wavelength 600 nm. What is the separation on the screen between the fifth order bright fringes of the two interference patterns?

18. What do you understand by the statement ‘Light from the sun is unpolarised’. Explain how does sunlight gets polarized by the process of scattering?

19. Explain how does
(i) photoelectric current and
(ii) kinetic energy of the photoelectrons emitted in a photocell vary if the frequency of incident radiation is doubled, but keeping the intensity same? Show the graphical variation in the above two cases.


(i) Name the experiment which confirms the existence of wave nature of electrons. Derive the expression for de-Broglie wavelength of an electron moving under a potential difference of V volts.
(ii) An electron and a proton have the same Kinetic Energy. Which of these particles has the shorter de-Broglie wavelength?

20. The energy levels of an atom of element X are shown in the diagram. Which one of the level transitions will result in the emission of photons of wavelength 620 nm? Support your answer with mathematical calculations.

21. Draw a graph showing the variation of binding energy per nucleon versus the mass number A. Explain with the help of this graph, the release of energy in the process of nuclear fission and fusion.

22. A message signal of frequency 20 KHz and peak voltage of 20 volts is used to modulate a carrier signal of frequency 2 MHz and peak voltage of 40 volts. Determine
(i) modulation index,
(ii) the side bands produced. Draw the corresponding frequency spectrum of amplitude modulated signal.

Section – D

23. When Deepak studied the electrical circuits and the current flowing through them, he became curious about the range of the currents we come across in daily life. He collected the data and presented in a tabular form as shown below. He then studied the instruments used to detect and measure current, however could not understand the difference between an ammeter and an ideal ammeter and thus went to his teacher for the explanation.


S.No.DescriptionMagnitude of current
1Domestic ApplianceFew amperes
2LightningTen thousand amperes
3Nervous systemmicroamperes
4GalvanometerFew milliamperes
5SemiconductorsFew milliamperes

(i) What values did Deepak have?
(ii) As domestic appliances carry electric current of the order of few amperes, write one safety precaution we should take while working with them.
(iii) An ammeter of resistance RA is connected in series with a resistor R and a battery of emf E and internal resistance r. The current flowing through this circuit is IA. What will be the current flowing through the circuit if the given ammeter is replaced by an ideal ammeter and find the percentage error in measuring the current through an ammeter?

Section – E

24. (a) A particle of charge q is moving with velocity v in the presence of crossed Electric field E and Magnetic field B as shown. Write the condition under which the particle will continue moving along x- axis. How would the trajectory of the particle be affected if the electric field is switched off?

(b) A horizontal wire AB of length ‘l’ and mass ‘m’ carries a steady current I1, free to move in vertical plane is in equilibrium at a height of ‘h’ over another parallel long wire CD carrying a steady current I2, which is fixed in a horizontal plane as shown. Derive the expression for the force acting per unit length on the wire AB and write the condition for which wire AB is in equilibrium


a) An electron in the ground state of Hydrogen atom is revolving in a circular orbit of radius R. Obtain the expression for the orbital magnetic moment of the electron in terms of fundamental constants
b) Draw the magnetic field lines for a current carrying solenoid when a rod made of
(i) copper,
(ii) aluminium and
(iii) iron are inserted within the solenoid as shown.

25. (a) Draw a ray diagram of compound microscope for the final image formed at least distance of distinct vision?
(b) An angular magnification of 30X is desired using an objective of focal length 1.25 cm and an eye piece of focal length 5 cm. How will you set up the compound microscope for the final image formed at least distance of distinct vision?


(a) Draw a ray diagram of an astronomical telescope for the final image formed at least distance of distinct vision?
(b) An astronomical telescope has an angular magnification of magnitude  for distant objects. The separation between the objective and an eye piece is 36 cm and the final image is formed at infinity. Calculate the focal length of the objective and the focal length of the eye piece?

26.(a) With proper diagram, explain the movement of charge carriers through different
parts of the transistor and hence show that {tex}{{\mathbf{I}}_{\mathbf{E}}} = {\text{ }}{{\mathbf{I}}_{\mathbf{B}}} + {\text{ }}{{\mathbf{I}}_{\mathbf{C}}}.{/tex}
(b) Identify the logic operation carried out by the circuit shown below and write its truth table.

Draw a circuit diagram to study the input and output characteristics of an n-p-n transistor in its common emitter configuration. Draw the typical input and output characteristics and explain how these graphs are used to calculate current amplification factor of the transistor.

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Marking Scheme for Class 12 Board exam

SubjectBoard MarksPractical or internal Marks
English100 MarksZERO Marks
Hindi100 MarksZERO Marks
Mathematics100 MarksZERO Marks
Chemistry70 Marks30 Marks
Physics70 Marks30 Marks
Biology70 Marks30 Marks
Computer Science70 Marks30 Marks
Informatics Practices70 Marks30 Marks
Accountancy80 Marks20 Marks
Business Studies80 Marks30 Marks
Economics80 Marks20 Marks
History80 Marks20 Marks
Political Science100 MarksZERO Marks
Geography70 Marks30 Marks
Sociology80 Marks20 Marks
Physical Education70 Marks30 Marks
Home Science70 Marks30 Marks

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