Can I come to ISRO after MSC Physics?

Can I do an M.Sc in Physics to become an astronomer after I get a B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering?

It is good to see that you became interested in astrophysics from a young age. Not a problem if you make the BE stereotype that everyone in India is forced to use. You can still do a PhD in astrophysics.

Your 4 years of B.Tech Aviation will be tough, so be prepared for it. In the meantime, with your goal of becoming an astrophysicist in mind, prepare yourself for programming languages, especially Python / C ++. The reason I'm saying this is that You don't have to have much astronomical background to do M.Sc Astronomy but you have to in any case have a good knowledge of a programming language.

There are websites like Course Era or EdX and a lot more on the internet that can help you learn Python / C ++ in an interactive way. Do it and trust me it will help you a lot.

As a last year PhD student doing a PhD in Astrophysics (from India) I want to share with you the information I have received over the years.

Regarding the Master / PhD in Astronomy / Astrophysics, the procedure is very different in different countries.


Procedure within India

There are many universities in India that offer you a Masters Degree in Astrophysics.

Almost all of the required details are neatly summarized on THIS PAGE so I won't go through the list of required things.


Procedure for Europe

You would need:

  1. All of your original grade sheets that have been certified by college / university (Bachelor, Master, etc.)
  2. Two / three letters of recommendation, and the number of letters depends on the university you are applying to.
  3. A fully completed application form.
  4. IELTS points (depending on the country)
  5. Indication of the purpose of why you would like to take the course.

That's pretty much all you need for Europe. For certain universities, you may have a Skype interview that may ask for the information you know.


Procedure for USA:

When it comes to the US, things get pretty complicated!

You will need:

  1. All of your original grade sheets that have been certified by college / university (Bachelor, Master, etc.)
  2. Two / three letters of recommendation, and the number of letters depends on the university you are applying to. Most universities are online forms that your professor must fill out after receiving the email.
  3. A fully completed application form. This will cost you anywhere from $ 50 to $ 80, depending on the university.
  4. GRE scores (both general GRE and subject (physics, chemistry, etc) GRE) that you can send to university directly online by paying cash ($ 25 for each university). Only a few universities accept you without a subject GRE.
  5. IELTS / TOEFL results. TOEFL results can be sent online. However, if you are taking IELTS you will need to contact the British Council and have it sent to you.
  6. Indication of the purpose of why you would like to take the course.

So it depends on where you want to apply. I would recommend you apply to both of them to increase your chances. For Europehangs the likelihood that you will get through, depending on the country in which You apply. For the USAhang the chances that you will get through solely on your GRE results. It doesn't matter if you are gold medalists with your bachelors, it all boils down to GRE. If you fail there, your entry into the US will be difficult.

One advantage of Europe is that the doctorate usually only lasts for 3/4 years, depending on the country. While in the USA the student is required to write exams in the first year, to teach / be a research assistant in the second year and to start the doctoral project only in the third year.


Finding PhD students in astrophysics depends on the country you are applying for. But to start with, you can take a look at http://jobregister.aas.org/. Doctoral, internship, post-doctoral positions etc. related to astrophysics published here at the beginning of each month.


Regarding your question

Can I do aeronautical engineering in order to even be employed at ISRO?

Yes, you definitely can. ISRO not only employs aerospace engineers, but also people who have completed their BE in electrical engineering and electronics as well as computer science.

Please visit THE CAREERS OF ISRO WEBSITE for more information.


Good luck with your future!