Electromagnetic Theory

By Prof. Pradeep Kumar   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 3072
Electromagnetic theory is a core course in Electrical Engineering curriculum. The course covers static and dynamic electric and magnetic fields and their interaction. Major topics include Electromagnetic Waves, Transmission Lines, Waveguides, and Antenna fundamentals. In addition, quasi-static analysis and numerical methods are also discussed. Successful completion of the course will allow students to take up Microwave Engg, Antennas, and Optics for future studies.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: The course is an integral part of EE curriculum. Students after completing this course can take up courses in Microwave Engg, Optics, Antennas etc.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT:  This is a undergraduate core course required as a foundation to other courses in Microwave, Optical, and Antenna engineering.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  :  Coulomb's law and electric fields
Week 2  :  Gauss's law, potential and energy, conductors and dielectrics
Week 3  :  Laplace and Poisson equations, solution methods, and capacitance
Week 4  :  Biot-Savart and Ampere's laws, inductance calculation
Week 5  :  Magnetic materials, Faraday's law and quasi-static analysis
Week 6  :  Maxwell equations and uniform plane waves
Week 7  :  Wave propagation in dielectrics and conductors, skin effect, normal incidence
Week 8  :  Oblique incidence, Snell's law, and total internal reflection
Week 9  :   Transmission lines, Smith chart, impedance matching
Week 10  :  Transients and pulse propagation on transmission line
Week 11  :  Waveguides: Metallic and Dielectric
Week 12  :  Antenna fundamentals

Books and references

  1.   Engineering Electromagnetics, W. H. Hayt and J. A. Buck, 7th edition, Tata McGraw Hill
  2.   Electromagnetics with applications, J. D. Kraus and Fleisch, Tata McGraw-Hill
  3.   Principles of Electromagnetics, M. O. Sadiku, Oxford University Press
  4.   Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics, S. Ramo, J. R. Whinnery, and T. Van Duzer, Wiley

Instructor bio

Prof. Pradeep Kumar

IIT Kanpur
Dr. Pradeep Kumar K. obtained his PhD from IIT Madras specializing in quantum cryptography. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Kanpur in 2009. He is also associated with the Centre for Lasers & Photonics. At IIT Kanpur he and his students work in the fields of quantum key distribution, nonlinear fiber optics for signal processing, mitigation of linear and nonlinear impairments in coherent optical communications, mode locked fiber lasers and chaos, fiber-optic sensors for undersea applications, and fiber-optic modeling. He is also actively involved in the LIGO-India effort under IndiGO umbrella. His lab develops single-photon detectors, single- and subcarrier RF transceivers, and is currently working on true random number generators. He has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He also holds three patents (one granted and two pending). His MOOC courses on NPTEL has been very popular with more than 15000 enrollments from across the country.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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