Astronomy is a combination of physics, chemistry
and mathematical principles/rules. Astrophysics
can be called its offshoot. It deals with detailed
study of the physical, chemical and dynamic
properties of celestial objects. It also deals with
the phenomena over and above Earth’s
atmosphere. There is associated study of
calculations of orbits, gravitational forces,
satellites, meteors, galaxies, comets, stars,
planetary objects, planets, satellites etc. In
Astrophysics, we explore and ensure
properties/nature of the astronomical objects
with the help of laws of physics and chemistry.
There is also the field of Cosmology which studies
the origin and evolution of the universe.


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Entrance Tests (PhD from IUCAA):
1. IUCAA-NCRA Admission Test (INAT) Link
Details: http://inat.ncra.tifr.res.in/inat
2. Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)
Details: http://www.jest.org.in/
3. CSIR-UGC NET for JRF (Physics)

1. University of Delhi, Delhi
2. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
3. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
4. Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
5. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and
Astrophysics (IUCAA) – Pune
6. National Centre for Radio Astronomy – Tata
Fundamental Research Institute – Pune.
7. Aryabhatta Research Institute of
Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital
8. Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI),
9. Osmania University, Hyderabad
10. Madras University, Chennai

1. M.Sc. /M. Phil PhD (Physics)
2. M.Sc. Astronomy,
3. M.Sc. – Astrophysics
4. Integrated M. Tech- Ph. D (Tech.)
programme in Astronomical
Instrumentation (Eligibility-B. Tech / BE
degree in Electrical/ Instrumentation/
Electronics and Communications
/Computer Science/Mechanical
Engineering or M. Sc degree in Physics
/ Electronic Science / Astrophysics/
Applied Mathematics /Applied Physics
are also eligible to apply)
5. Ph. D Astrophysics/Astronomy

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