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Astronomy, the oldest and the most fascinating science, deals with all the celestial bodies and the material universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere. It is the science of the Universe which includes the study of motion, nature, law, constitution, history and possible future developments of heavenly bodies like the sun, planets, stars, comets, meteors, galaxies, satellites etc.


Course Name Duration Eligibility
Master of Sciences
2 Yrs.
B.Sc. with Physics / B.Tech. with Electrical & Electronics / Electronics and Communications.

Personality Traits

i. Curiosity, enthusiasm and greater concentration.
ii. Above overage intelligence, high imagination and analytical skills
iii. Lords of patience and problem solving skills.
iv. Capable of explaining scientific phenomena and conveying the information in an easily absorbed format and language.
v. Mathematical and computer skills.

Employment Avenues

After completion of a course in Astronomy, one can find placement as a Research Scientist with several research institutes and big Government organizations like the Indian Space Research Organization (DRDO) . Employment opportunities exist in organizations such as the TIFR (Government of India’s National Centre for Nuclear Science and Mathematics), the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune and Ooty, the IIS, Bangalore, the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, UP State Observatory at Nainital, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bangalore, Astronomical Society of India, Udaipur Solar Observatory, and the CSIR. Some researchers also go on to work at leading observatories and institutes in the USA.

Pay Package

  1. Rs. 4,00,000-6,00,000/Per Year. (MSc)

Admission Process

No Entrance Exam / Institute Exam.

Entrance Exam

No Entrance Exam/ Institute Exam.

List Of Institutions

  1. Mahatma Gandhi University.Kottayam Kerala.
  2. MP Birla Planetarium 96, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd Kolkatta .
  3. Center for Advanced Study in Astronomy Osmania University Hyderabad






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  1. How much mathematics do astronomers need to know?

    You need algebra and calculus...complete mastery not just the BELIEF that you know this material...for every area of astronomy. For theoretical work you need even more mathematics including Tensor Analysis if you are going into cosmology or general relativity among other topics. You may not need these every day if you are an observational astronomer working with taking data and analyzing it, but knowledge of calculus HAS to be right there at your finger tips because there are times when you need to use it for calibration work and comparing your data with theoretical expectations. Algebra is a work horse because you are never really very far from having to manipulate quantities in a way that you learned in algebra.

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