blackcat007 wrote:i thought no of applicants will be in the order of 4000-5000 or even more..
Dude, there aren't that many first year graduate students in the entire United States
, never mind applying to one school!
Keep in mind that only ~5,500
bachelor degrees handed out in the US every year, and under 40%
continue to grad school in physics. International students increase the number of applicants, but to no where near the levels you're thinking of.