I want to be Astrophysicist?

I'm a Std VIII student with a keen interest in physics and space science. I am thinking of pursuing Astrophysics. What subjects should I take in Std XI? Which institutes provide courses for this field?

Astrophysics is one field where aptitude is as important as or perhaps more than academic prowess. The primary requirement is to have a scientific bent of mind and the desire to explore. To study this field, take science in 10+2, followed by B.Sc. in Physics. Then you can apply for M.Sc. in Astrophysics.

Specialized institutes in this field include: Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore , Raman Research Institute, Bangalore,  Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune,  National Centre for Radio Astronomy, Pune.

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I'm interested in Astronomy

I'm interested in Astronomy and would like to know about career options in this field.

Astronomers work in observatories and planetariums, and in universities or space research organisations. This is a small but popular field, so only those with quality education, ability and passion for the subject are likely to find a good position.

To pursue a career in astronomy, you should first go for B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics after 10+2 with science subjects. Then go for post-graduation in Physics/ Astrophysics/Astronomy. Most of the universities all over India offer these courses and the admission is usually on percentage basis.

Those with only a bachelor's degree in Physics or Astronomy are not qualified to enter most physicist or astronomer jobs; you need to study beyond a master's degree to work in applied research and development. It is common for astronomers to spend from three to six years in post-doctoral positions.

The study of astronomy is perfect for those who are inquisitive, like to ask why (for example, why we see things in the sky, why stars evolve) and have sound research skills. They need to have a good eye for detail, computer skills and excellent problem-solving skills.

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