Indian Institute of Astrophysics Screening Test (IIAST) for Academic Programmes 2012

This is an excellent opportunity for motivated and talented youngsters to enter the exciting field of research in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Selected candidates will be provided studentship/fellowship, annual book grant, accommodation, and medical facilities.


Applications are invited from the motivated candidates with outstanding academic credentials, having either completed their degree or completing by July 2012. For details follow this link.

Selection Procedure

The selection procedure will involve: a screening test, and personal interview at IIA, Bangalore for those candidates shortlisted in the screening test. Candidates qualified in Physics subject in JEST scoring 96 percentile and above, and/or Physics subject in GATE scoring 96 percentile and above, and/or UGC-CSIR-NET for Junior Research Fellowship will be exempted from the screening test.

1) The interview letter will be sent in the next few days.

2) The interview for IIA-PU Ph.D programmewill be held during 12-13 January 2012.

3) The interview for IIA-IGNOU integrated M.Sc-Ph.D programme will be held
on 31st January 2012 and 1st February 2012.

4) The interview for IIA-CU integrated M.Tech-Ph.D programme will be held
during 3-4 February 2012.

5) All candidates appearing for the personal interview MUST bring two recommendation
letters as was mentioned in the ONLINE application form for IIAST. The letters should
be in a sealed envelope addressed to:

Board of Graduate Studies
Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Bangalore 560 034

6) Recommendation letter format.

Sample Paper

Find sample paper for the screening test here.

How to apply

Candidates should apply online (Deadline - 6 November 2011).

Details of the screening test

Date: 10 December 2011, Saturday
Time: 10:00 am
Duration: 3 hours
Venue: Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kodaikanal, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Varanasi and Udaipur.

The screening test will consist of multiple-choice questions on basic Mathematics & Physics and Advanced Physics (M. Sc. Physics syllabus), engineering subjects. Candidates selected to participate in the screening test will receive an admit card from the institute. To participate in the screening test, candidates will have to bring (1) admit card and (2) HB pencil for marking the OMR Answer Sheet. Based on the test results, candidates will be called for interviews at IIA, Bangalore.

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Last updated 01.06.2012