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Astrophysics Career Information

What an Astrophysics does

Abilities & Traits Required


You need to have a sound knowledge of physics, mathematics and engineering techniques in general. Students generally require a BE or B.Sc degree in physics / electronics, etc.

If you want to opt for theoretical astronomy, you can pursue a bachelor’s in Science in physics and / or mathematics. If it is experimental astronomy that you are interested in, you can opt for a Bachelor’s in Engineering in electrical / electronics / electrical communication, after ten plus two.

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is the selection test for those who want to pursue a PhD in physics, including theoretical and observational astronomy, astrophysics, atmospheric and space science and other related subjects.

If you hold a postgraduate degree in physics or master’s in technology in engineering or a bachelor ‘s degree in engineering, you are eligible to appear for JEST. The question paper consists of multiple-choice objective questions that cover general areas in the field of physics. The test will check your analytical skills. You will receive research fellowship from the respective institutions based on your scores in JEST.


As a Junior Research Scientist, you can expect a monthly stipend of Rs.15000. You can expect an increment of Rs 3000 when you become a Senior Research Scientist. Besides, you will get other benefits like annual book grant.

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