IUCAA - NCRA
ADMISSION TEST (INAT)
For a Research Scholarship towards a Ph. D.
in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Physics
Please click here for applying online for the forthcoming INAT.
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 August with 55% marks or more. 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 a research scholarship towards a Ph.D. at IUCAA for Physics, or Astronomy and Astrophysics. 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 also eligible to apply. Students who have already completed any of the above degrees are also eligible.
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, 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 are short-listed and invited to take the written test. Candidates with 55% or more marks in the qualifying examination can also walk-in for the written test by producing a valid photo identification and a copy of their most recent marksheet. The final selection to the research scholarship is based on the results of the written test and two interviews. Note that, the selection through INAT is in addition to the selection through the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST).
Nature of the Written Test:
The test is of TWO hours duration. The question paper has two parts, A and B. Part A contains twenty objective-type questions on basic Mathematics, Physics and Electronics. Part B contains another twenty objective-type questions from advanced Physics, Mathematics and Electronics/Engineering. For each question, candidates have to identify and mark the correct answer from the given four answers. For a correct answer, there the candidate is awarded +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 are invited for two interviews, which is usually conducted on the same day of the written test and/or on the next day. The final selection is based on the scores in the written test and interviews. Selected candidates are expected to join in August (except for pre-selected candidates), after satisfactory completion of their qualifying examination.
Travel and Stay:
Outstation candidates are paid one and one-third times the train/bus fare by second-class sleeper (NOT air-conditioned) from their place of residence (as given in the INAT Application Form) to Pune and back by the shortest route, as well as a halting allowance (as per the prevailing rules) for each day of stay for the interviews. Outstation walk-in candidates who are shortlisted for the interviews will also be paid travel support as above.
Limited accommodation, restricted to candidates who will appear for the written Admission Test, may be available on the IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR campuses at a nominal charge.
The best mode of transport between IUCAA or NCRA-TIFR and the Pune railway station or bus stand is autorickshaw. The fare is as per the tariff card with the driver. During the day, the autorickshaw fare from Pune railway station to IUCAA or NCRA-TIFR will be about Rs. 100/-.
What to bring (and what NOT to bring) :
All the candidates who are invited to take the IUCAA-NCRA Admission Test should bring the Admit Letter. For the written test, the candidates should bring a pen, a pencil (HB), an eraser, and a simple mathematical calculator. At the time of interviews, the candidates should also bring all original mark sheets (starting from Class X) and any other relevant certificates. Mobile phones, digital diaries, laptops, etc. are NOT allowed in the test and interview halls.