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About Us

“Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.” ~Plato Astronomy is a natural science that studies celestial objects and phenomena. It applies mathematics, physics, and chemistry, in an effort to explain the origin of those objects and phenomena and their evolution. Astronomy is one of the few sciences where amateurs still play an active role, especially in the discovery and observation of transient phenomena. Amateur astronomers have made and contributed to many important astronomical discoveries, such as finding new comets.

Career Way

M.Sc. (Astronomy)
Level Post-Graduate
Duration 2 years
Eligibility Graduation with Physics
Entrance Exam Colleges entrance exams
Specialization --
Average Course Fee ₹1,30,000 to ₹3,00,000
Mode Regular
Goal Project Assistant, Assistant Professor


Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital
Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune
M. P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore
National Center for Radio Astrophysics, Pune
Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Key Skills

Mathematical Aptitude
Observation skills
Problem Solving

Career Prospectous

Research Scientist


Like in any other field the remuneration in this field depends on qualification, experience, and area in which one works. One could get an initial pay of ₹25,000 to ₹50,000 per month.

Role Models

  • Kalpana Chawla

    role-model-image Kalpana Chawla Kalpana Chawla- She was an American astronaut and the first woman of Indian origin in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the craft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Chawla was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and several streets, universities, and institutions have been named in her honor. The Kalpana Chawla Award was instituted by the Government of Karnataka in 2004 to recognize young women scientists.

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