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  • Astrophysics career guidance and which is better for higher studies

    Planning to take up studies in astrophysics? confused between choosing BSc or BTech for this stream? Find advice from our experts here and plan which course ot opt for.

    I am a 12th passed student and confused to choose between B.Sc. or B.Tech. for higher education. I am very much interested in astrophysics and want to do higher study in the same course.

    Can you suggest me whether I should choose B.Sc. or B.Tech.?
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  • To make a career in astrophysics, first of all, you have to make good command of physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Astrophysics is a branch of space science, which studies the nature of universal objects with the help of the laws of physics and chemistry. That is, in astrophysics, the birth, life, and death of the sun, moons, stars, planets, and galaxies are studied.

    Important facts to make a career in Astronomy are -

    If you want to step into the mysterious and exciting world of space, then you can take the course of Astronomy. Even after passing graduation in Physics or Mathematics, you can take admission in the course of theoretical astronomy.
    For admission in Instrumentation/Experimental Astronomy, you must have a BE (Bachelor of Electronics/Electrical) degree.
    In the future, if you want to take admission in Ph.D. courses (Physics, Theoretical and Observational Astronomy, Atmospheric and Space Science, etc.), then you have to appear for Joint Entrance Screening Test-JEST and for this exam you have to have a Master's degree in Physics or Then it is necessary to have a bachelor's degree in engineering.

    Some of the best colleges in the country from where you can get the details of the course -1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
    2. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
    3. Birla Planetarium, Kolkata
    4. Osmania University, Hyderabad
    5. JNTU College of Engineering, Hyderabad
    6. Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
    7. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada and Panjab University, Aurangabad

  • Astrophysics is a branch of space science. This subject will apply the laws of physics and chemistry to explain the birth, life and death of stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and other objects in the universe.
    To become a good astrophysicist one should have a master degree or doctorate in astrophysics. I suggest you go for B.Sc in Physics. Mathematics and chemistry. Then you study M.Sc astrophysics. The admission for PG in astrophysics will be based on the marks in the qualifying examination or the rank obtained in the entrance test based on the college you select for your PG.
    Once you complete your PhD in astrophysics you can have many options to have a good career as a university professor or a full-time researcher at an observatory or a full-time scientist in any space research centre like NASA or ISRO, or scientific journalist or aerospace engineer.
    You will have a chance to work in the following organisations.
    1, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC),
    2. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune
    3. National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune
    4. Technology Information Forecasting & Assessment Control (TIFAC)
    5. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
    6. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram
    7. The Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIAP), Bangalore
    8. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
    9. NASA
    To do your PG and PhD there are many institutes in India. Some good colleges are
    1. Andhra University, Visakhapatnam AP
    2. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore,
    3. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
    4. Punjab University, Patiala.
    5. Pune University, Pune.

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  • Astrophysics is known as a branch of space science in which the laws of physics and chemistry are applied to explain the birth, life and death of stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and other objects in the universe. If you want to make career in this field you should go for higher studies PG and phD. Before that, you should do B. Sc in physics,chemistry and mathematics. For taking admission into PG, you will have to appear in entrance examination. On the basis of obtained marks, you will get admission.
    Some of the reputed institute from where you can take admission in B. Sc in astrophysics are as follows:-
    I. JNTU College of Engineering, Hyderabad
    2. Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
    3.Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
    4.Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
    5. Osmania University, Hyderabad

  • Candidate must posses
    ->Advance problem solving skills abilities and
    ->How to logically think during a complex situations ,
    ->High level of mathematical ability ,
    ->Computer knowledge and good communication skills.

    Astrophysics is basically a course which introduces the student to the
    =>Basics of physics and teaches them how to apply physics in the field of astronomy. And is =>Introduced to range of physic subjects math courses quantum mechanics

    Career Options
    2.Stellar Astronomers
    3.Observational Astronomers
    5.Research Assistants

  • If you have interest in Astrophysics and you want to make a career in it then it does not matter much whether you pursue it through B.Sc. route or B.Tech. route. In any case you will have to go for Masters in Astrophysics and may be followed by a PhD and then try a career for becoming a scientist in space or space research organisations like ISRO, India or European Space Agency, or even NASA, USA. Please note that Astrophysics is a very interesting area and there is a lot of scope for the ambitious students in it. Only thing is that the student has to do commensurate hard work and preparations for making a career in it.

    If you have interest in this area then I will also suggest you to develop an interest in amateur astronomy also as a hobby and believe me it is just like the younger brother of Astrophysics and is very fascinating as a hobby and many such hobbyist have a very basic understanding of Astrophysical concepts. Many phenomenons and basic ideas can be understood by astronomical observations also even without using a telescope. Our ancient scholars in India had made so many observations of the heavenly bodies and stars that they even evolved a calendar based on it which is still being used by the people in India for following their festivals and other rituals. So my point is that when you have interest in some area then there is no harm in going through its offshoots which help us in understanding it in a more rudimentary manner. Astrophysics study will require a good foundation in Mathematics also and that point is to be kept in view while pursuing this niche stream. It uses concepts of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy.

    You have to try to get admission in B.Tech or B.Sc. in Astrophysics in some reputed institute so that later you can get a good chance of continuing there itself for your PhD in case you wished to go ahead for the dream of becoming a professional Astronomer. However one should note that the admissions to the PhD are generally based on the result of GATE / UGC NET / JEST etc. Just to guide you in the matter I am mentioning some of the reputed institutes which you can consider for your aspirations. In most of the institutions the eligibility for admission to UG course in Astrophysics is at least 50% marks in 10+2 and in some of then entrance test may also be there -

    1. Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIAP), Bangalore.
    2. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
    3. Raman Research Institute, Bangalore.
    4. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.
    5. Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad.
    6. The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune.
    7. The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune.
    8. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram.
    9. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.
    10. Osmania University, Hyderabad.
    11. Institute of Fundamental Research, Ooty, Tamil Nadu.

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