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I want to be an astrophysicist

I want to be an astrophysicist. What should I do after Std X? I will be giving my Std X exams this year. Which colleges will be good for admission?
Vineet Anand Gandhi

The study of Astrophysics requires a strong background in Physics and Maths. After 10+2, go for B.Sc. with PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Maths) or B.Tech. After completing these courses go for postgraduation and later Ph.D.

There are some specialized institutes for such research work. Some of these are: Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore (iiap.res.in); Institute of Physics (IOP), Bhubhaneswar (iopb.res.in); Inter-University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune (iucaa.ernet.in); Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore (tifr.res.in); Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (iisc.ernet.in); National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune (ncra.tifr.res.in).

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Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.

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Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.