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IUCAA (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics) - NCRA (National Centre for Radio Astrophysics) Admission Test - INAT 2019
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IUCAA - NCRA Admission Test - INAT 2019

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IUCAA (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics) - NCRA (National Centre for Radio Astrophysics) Admission Test - INAT 2019
Category : Science/ IT Admissions 2020
Published : On August 11, 2019 By Webindia123 Editor

Important Dates

Last date for online submission of application 12th September 2019
Written Test 5th December 2019
Date of interviews (only to selected candidates) 5th,6th and 7th December 2019

Application are invited from highly motivated students for a research scholarship to do a Ph.D at the inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune ( an autonomous institution of the university grants commission) or the National Centre fir Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune ( a centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), a Deemed University), which has built, and operatedm the Gaint Metreware Radio Telescope (GMRT)

IUCAA offers challenging opportunities to young researchers in theory, observation, and instrumentation in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Recently, IUCAA has acquired a share in the 10 m Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), and operates the IUCAA Girawali Observatory (IGO) with 2 m optical telescope. Both the telescopes are with imaging, spectroscopic and polarimetric capabilities. IUCAA has a high performance computational facility, and a good library.

NCRA offers exciting opportunities for research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, as well as instrumentation, with an emphasis on Radio Astronomy. NCRA has built and operates the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope, which is located near Pune, and is the biggest and most powerful radio telescope in the world at low radio frequencies. It has been used internationally and has led to several significant discoveries. NCRA has modern computing facilities and a well-stocked library.

Eligibility : 

Applications are invited from students who expect to complete their M.Sc., Integrated M.Sc. or B.E./B.Tech./M.E./M.Tech. degrees by July 2019 with 55% marks or more. Students in any branch of the B.E., B.Tech., M.E. or M.Tech. degrees, or in the Physics, Electronics, Astronomy or Applied Mathematics branches of the B.Sc. or M.Sc. degrees, are eligible to apply for INAT-2018. Students who have already completed any of the above degrees are also eligible. In addition, talented final-year B.Sc., 1st year M.Sc., 4th year Integrated M.Sc. and 2nd/3rd year B.E./B.Tech. students may also apply to be pre-selected for the Ph.D. programme at IUCAA.

Students who complete their M.Sc./Integrated M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech. degrees by July 2019 will be eligible for selection to the Ph.D. programme of both IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR. Students who complete their B.E./B.Tech. degrees by July 2019 are eligible for selection to the Ph.D. programme at IUCAA and to the Integrated Ph.D. programme at NCRA-TIFR (except for Engineering Physics students, who will be eligible for selection to the Ph.D. programme at NCRA-TIFR). Students who complete their B.Sc. degrees by July 2019 will be eligible for selection to the Integrated Ph.D. programme at NCRA-TIFR and for pre-selection to the Ph.D. programme at IUCAA.

Selection Procedure:

We are looking for highly motivated students with a consistently good academic record. While we strongly encourage students from engineering backgrounds to apply for INAT-2019, we emphasize that we are looking for students who are interested in carrying out doctoral research in Physics, or Astronomy and Astrophysics. We hence expect prospective candidates to have a good understanding of basic Physics.

Based on the applications and referee assessments, a subset of the candidates will be short-listed and invited to take the written test, to be held in Pune on Thursday, December 13, 2019. Candidates with 55% or more marks in the qualifying examination may walk-in for the written test by producing a valid photo identification and a copy of their most recent marksheet. They should report at the Chandrasekhar Auditorium, IUCAA by 9:00 a.m. for verification of these documents, to ensure that there are no logistical problems. The final selection to the research scholarship will be based on the results of the written test (on Thursday, December 13, 2018) and two interviews (on Thursday, December 13, and/or Friday, December 14, 2018), both to be held in Pune. Note that, for both IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR, the selection through INAT is in addition to the selection through the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST).

Nature of the Written Test:

The test will be of 2 hours duration. The question paper will have two parts, A and B. Part A will contain twenty objective-type questions on basic Mathematics, Physics and Electronics. Part B will contain another twenty objective-type questions from advanced Physics, Mathematics and Electronics/Engineering. For each question, candidates will have to identify and mark the correct answer from the given four answers. For a correct answer, there will be +3 (plus three) marks, and for a wrong answer, there will be -1 (minus one) mark.

Based on their performance in the written test, a limited number of candidates will be invited for two interviews, which will be conducted on December 13 and/or 14 201.

The final selection will be based on the scores in the written test and interviews. Candidates selected by either IUCAA or NCRA are expected to join in August 2019 (except for pre-selected candidates), after satisfactory completion of their qualifying examination.

How to apply:

Candidates should fill an online Application Form available at

For more details refer website.

Contact Details
 Address  : The Administrative Officer
(Core Programmes)
Inter-University Centre for
Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA),
Pune University Campus,
Post Bag 4, Ganeshkhind,
Pune 411 007, Maharashtra
 Phone  : (020) 25604100 / 25691414
 Fax  : (020) 25604699
 Mobile  :  
 E-mail  : Contact I
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