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Astrophysics Institutes in India: Our List of Top 10 Colleges (2020)

Opting for a career in Astronomy and Astrophysics is not a very usual scenario in India. It might be one of the reasons why there is very little guidance available for the same. However, some premier institutes in India offer programmes in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Doctoral). Here in this article, we have listed the 10 Best Astrophysics institutes in India; you can look up to pursue your dream. The programmes offered by various institutes, their eligibility criteria, and the channels to enter the programme are all explained systematically.

1) INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ASTROPHYSICS

Programme:

1) Integrated M.Tech-PhD programme in astronomical instrumentation: The University of Calcutta (CU) conducts a degree programme in M.Tech is for two years, followed by a PhD programme typically lasting for four years.

Eligibility

students satisfying either of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

1)   Three years of B.Tech degree in either of the following:

  1. Optics and optoelectronics,
  2. Radiophysics and electronics

from the University of Calcutta.

2)  BE/B.Tech degree in either of the following:

  1. Electrical engineering
  2. Instrumentation
  3. Electronics and communication
  4. Computer science
  5. Mechanical engineering

from an institution recognized by AICTE.

3)  M.Sc degree in either of the following:

  1. Physics
  2. Electronic Science
  3. Applied mathematics
  4. Applied physics

from a UGC recognized institution.

Selection process

An entrance exam (IIAST) conducted in December to shortlist students, followed by an interview in May.

Programme:

2) PhD programme: Full-time research programme in which students work towards their PhD degree.

Eligibility

students satisfying either of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

1) M.Sc or integrated M.Sc in either of the following:

  1. Physics
  2. Applied physics
  3. Engineering physics
  4. Applied mathematics
  5. Astronomy
  6. Electronics
  7. Photonics
  8. Optics

2) ME/M.Tech or Integrated ME/M.Tech in either of the following:

  1. Applied physics
  2. Engineering physics
  3. Computer science
  4. Electrical
  5. Electronics
  6. Instrumentation
  7. Photonics
  8. Optics
  9. Optoelectronics
  10. Radiophysics and electronics

3) M.Phil in either of the following:

  1. Applied physics
  2. Instrumentation
  3. Photonics
  4. Optics
  5. Physics

Selection process

1) Selection through entrance exam (IIAST) held in December followed by an interview in January.

2) Students passing JEST can also admit by going through an interview conducted in May/June.

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2) INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Programme

IISc is one of the best astrophysics institutes in India that offer research-oriented programmes. You can go for B.Sc in physics in this institute after which you can pursue M.Sc in physics and opt for a PhD in a subject related to astrophysics.

Eligibility

Eligibility for this B.Sc programme is (10 + 2) Science.

Selection process

The following exams help screen the students:

  1. KVPY
  2. IITJEE

3) RAMAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Programme

If you have completed your B.Sc and M.Sc in physics, then you can opt for a PhD programme in this institute which is called PhD in astronomy and astrophysics.

4) INTER-UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS-PUNE

Programme

IUCAA PhD Programme

Eligibility

Students satisfying either of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

1. B.Sc in either of the following:

  • Physics
  • Electronics
  • Astronomy
  • Applied mathematics

2. Integrated M.Sc

3. BE/B.Tech or ME/M.Tech degree in any branch.

Selection process

Following are the two channels to select the students

  1. IUCAA National Admission Test (INAI): This test and subsequent interviews are generally conducted in the first week of December every year.
  2. JEST: Students can also be selected through Joint Entrance Screening Test.

5) PUNE UNIVERSITY

Doing M.Sc in physics here can be a good move too. In the programme of M.Sc in physics here, Astronomy and Astrophysics are optional subjects.

6) NATIONAL CENTER FOR RADIO ASTROPHYSICS: TATA INSTITUTE OF FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH

Programme

PhD PROGRAMME: NCRA-TIFR conducts a regular doctoral research programme for the students interested in pursuing a career in research in astronomy and radio instrumentation.

Eligibility

Students satisfying the following criteria are eligible to apply:

1) M.Sc in either of the following:

  • Physics
  • Electronics
  • Astronomy
  • Applied mathematics

2) Integrated PhD programme: Students having a B.Sc or B.Tech degree are eligible to apply for this programme.

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7) ARYABHATTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF OBSERVATIONAL SCIENCES

Programme

PhD programme: This premier institute offers a PhD programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Atmospheric Science.

Students satisfying one of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

1) M.Sc in either

  1. Physics
  2. Astrophysics

2) JEST Physics qualified

3) CSIR-NET qualified in either:

  1. Physics
  2. Earth, atmospheric, ocean and planetary Science.

4) GATE qualified in either:

  1. Physics
  2. Atmospheric and oceanic Science

8) HARISH-CHANDRA RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Programme

M.Sc in physics

Eligibility

Bachelors degree in physics or engineering

Selection process

Students first have to clear the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST). The selected students then appear for a written test. An interview is conducted for the students who pass the written test. And the students who ace the interview are offered admissions at Harish-Chandra Research Institute.

9) INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SPACE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

If you come from an engineering background and would like to work in that regime, you can opt for the B.Tech in Aerospace engineering programme in this institute.

The seats are not much, and they select aspirants through IIT JEE.

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10) INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

There is also an opportunity of a BS-MS dual degree programme in Earth & Climate Sciences/Earth & Environmental Sciences in IISERs. It is a five-year dual degree programme for science students.

These are the best ways you can follow your dream to pursue a career in astrophysics. You can search further (through the links provided) for more details regarding the institutes and the programmes.

Written By – Mayank Dadge