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How To Become A Space Scientist In ISRO

Sashikanth Yechuri

India will surely appreciate the efforts made by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) despite the loss of communication with Chandrayaan-2's Vikram. Still, its a proud moment for India because ISRO is very close to land a spacecraft on the Moon's surface because the lander performed well until 2.1 km altitude above the surface which is not easy. ISRO will learn from their failure in the maiden attempt and come strong in the coming days to place India besides a few countries in the world who have operating rovers on the Moon.

The space agency is also putting its best foot forward for various space mission which requires a large team of space scientists. This will surely inspire youngsters to start drafting their career in space science in India. If you are aspiring to build the future with the mysteries of space or aiming to be a part of India's space programmes, you should read how to become a space scientist in ISRO. To assist you better in achieving your space science dream, we have touched the areas of ISRO jobs, courses in space science after 12th and space science colleges in India.

Who Is A Space Scientist?

Space science is a field where scientists research the Universe. In this field, it consists of two kinds of space scientists - Physicists and Astronomers. Physicists focus on the theoretical areas of the field and laboratory equipment. They are responsible for how things function in space, while, Astronomers will do their study on stars, planets, galaxies, etc. Despite the field you choose, all roads lead to a career in space science.

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How To Become A Space Scientist In ISRO?

To become a space scientist, one should possess relevant education in pure science or engineering disciplines. ISRO recruit candidates with PhD in Astronomy, Physics and Mathematics along with engineers in disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, electronics and computer science. Candidates who are aiming for ISRO jobs should pursue their bachelors' degree in the above-described disciplines or related to space technology and physics.

How To Plan A Career In Space Science After 12th?

If you've decided to take up a career in space science, it is advised to start early after Class 10. Candidates should choose PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) at Class 12 and B.Tech/B.E. in disciplines such as Electronics, Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Science. One can also take up a science degree such as bachelors' in Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy and should go for a masters degree in the discipline. A PhD in Physics and Mathematics is an added advantage.

How To Get ISRO Jobs?

The recruitment to ISRO is conducted by a Centralised Recruitment Board. Candidates can find ISRO jobs under the 'Careers' tab on the ISRO official website. One who meets the eligibility conditions set by ISRO can apply for jobs. The selection will be made through a written examination and an interview. ISRO also recruits candidates directly through campus placements from pioneer institutes in the country such as the IITs and IISc, to name a few.

Courses In Space Science After 12th

  • B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering
  • B.Tech in Avionics Engineering
  • B.Tech+M.S./M.Tech (B.Tech. in Engineering
  • Physics + M.S. in Solid State Physics, Astronomy, Earth System Science/ M.Tech. in Optical Engineering)
  • M.Tech in Electronics, Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Science
  • PhD in relevant disciplines

Top Space Science Colleges In India

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are at the top when it comes to offering bachelors' degrees in engineering. Some of the top IITs also offer Masters in Astrophysics. Top institutes that offer courses related to pursuing a career in space science are listed below.

  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
    Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER-TVM)
  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Kerala
  • Centre for Earth and Space Sciences, (University of Hyderabad)
  • Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital
  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
  • Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune
  • National Centre for Radio Astronomy, Pune
  • Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
  • Radio Astronomy Center, Ooty
  • Raman Research Institute, Bangalore

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