I am interested in space science, astronomy and planetary studies



I am in Std VIII. I am interested in space science, astronomy and planetary studies. How can I align my education towards a career in this field?



A career in space sciences is full of glamour and adventure. But in order to establish yourself in the space industry, be prepared to continue studying throughout your work-life.



To enter this field, there are two routes, both of which require 10+2 with PCM. After 10+2

you can go for a four-year B.Tech. in Aerospace Engineering/Avionics/Physical Sciences at the Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology (under Department of Space, Govt. of India) at Thiruvananthapuram. After completion of the course, students are absorbed into Indian Space Research Organisation.



Alternatively, you can go for graduation in Physics followed by M.Sc. in Physics/Astrophysics. Some institutes like the IISER, NISER, Bhubaneswar, National Institute of Technology, Surat, a few IITs offer integrated M.Sc. directly after 10+2.



 



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I want to be an astrophysicist. What should I do after Std X? I will be giving any Std X exams this year. Which colleges will be good for admission?



The study of Astrophysics requires a strong background in Physics and Maths. After 10+2, go for B.Sc. with PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Maths) or B.Tech. After completing these courses go for postgraduation and later Ph.D.



There are some specialized institutes for such research work. Some of these are: Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA); Bangalore; Institute of Physics (IOP), Bhubhaneswar; Inter-University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; National Centre for Radio astrophysics, Pune.



 



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