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Astrophysics (Astrophysics)

Updated By Abhik Das on 25 Nov, 2020
Average Duration
3 years-4 years
Average Fee
20 K-1.5 L INR annual
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About Astrophysics

A course in Astrophysics can be pursued at an undergraduate, postgraduate or diploma level. The program introduces students to the basics of physics and teaches them how to apply physics in the field of astronomy. With various recent astronomical discoveries, astrophysics has become a widely popular course among aspirants these days.

During the program, students are given the knowledge about the various chemical and physical properties of different celestial bodies and are introduced to a wide range of physics subjects, math courses, quantum mechanics and university laboratory work. Students are taught in a combination of classroom teaching, practicals sessions, tutorials, that introduces them to new discoveries and technologies and develops their problem-solving abilities.

Candidates who plan to pursue their career in astrophysics must possess advance problem skills abilities and how to logically think during complex situations. Also, candidates must possess a high level of mathematical ability, computer knowledge and good communication skills for a bright future in the field.

Astrophysics Course Highlights

Some of the major highlights of Astrophysics course are given below:

Name of the Course



Can be pursued at Diploma UG and PG level

Minimum Eligibility

The candidate must have passed class 12th in Science with 50%-60% minimum aggregate.

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Admission Process

Merit-based: Some colleges take admission on the basis of merit obtained in the qualifying exam.

Entrance based: Some colleges take admission on the basis of a national level, Institute level or a state level entrance exam.

Course Fee

Rs. 30,000 to 50,000 (depends on institute)


  • Candidates belonging to reserved categories and economically weaker sections are eligible for state government scholarship schemes. 

  • Deemed or private universities offer merit scholarships  (based on marks in entrance exam or Class 12th)


The scope for internships is less for students pursuing Astrophysics. However, he/ she can immediately get government jobs after graduation if they clear the recruitment exam. 

Average starting salary

Rs. 4 to 10 LPA

Career Options

  • Astrophysicists

  • Stellar Astronomers

  • Observational Astronomers

  • Solar Astronomers

  • Technicians

  • Research Assistants

Astrophysics Eligibility Criteria

In order to pursue the Astrophysics course, the candidates will have to fulfil the given below eligibility criteria:

  • The candidate must have passed class 12th or equivalent from a recognized board.

  • The candidate must have studied Mathematics and Physics as the main subjects in class 12th.

  • The candidate must have acquired a minimum aggregate of 50%-60% in the qualifying examination.

Astrophysics Admission Process

The admission to Astrophysics course is done in two ways: -

Entrance Based: The entrance based admission to the course is done on the basis of score obtained by the candidate at a national level, state level or college level entrance exams. The admission is done through the counselling process.

For Astrophysics, chances of getting direct admission is not possible, as the entrance exam is mandatory.

Astrophysics Syllabus

Popular Subjects:


Properties of Matter



Laboratory Work

Stars & Planets, Galaxies & Universe

Special Relativity

Oscillations and Waves

Practical Laboratory

Quantum MechanicsThermal PhysicsCosmology
Electromagnetism Optics and Quantum Mechanics High Energy Astrophysics 

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Astrophysics Career Options and Job Prospects

A number of students pursue further studies such as M.Sc, Ph.D. and research work in Astrophysics. Ph.D holders can start their own projects or may work under the projects headed by experienced physicists. Aspirants can find lucrative job opportunities in the following organizations:

  • Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO
  • Space Physics Laboratories
  • The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, VSSC
  • Space Applications Centres
  • Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers, ABBA

The entry-level salary of an astrophysicist is Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh, depending upon the type of organization and relevant work experience. Some of the international employers of astrophysics graduates include The Naval Research Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA, Space Telescope Science Institute, etc.

Listed below are some of the popular job roles for successful graduates are: -

  • Astrophysicists
  • Stellar Astronomers
  • Observational Astronomers
  • Solar Astronomers
  • Technicians
  • Research Assistants

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FAQs about Astrophysics

Is there any scholarship available for students enrolled in an Astrophysics course?

Reserved category candidates or candidates under EWS section are eligible for state government scholarship schemes. In private and deemed universities, merit based scholarship is scholarship.

What is the salary offered to Astrophysics graduates in India?

Depending upon the type of organization, the entry-level salary of an astrophysicist in India is Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh,

What is the scope of an Astrophysics course?

A candidate with a degree in Astrophysics can apply at ISRO, Space Physics Laboratories, The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Space Applications Centres, Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers. They can even get an opportunity to work at NASA, Naval Research Laboratory,Space Telescope Science Institute, etc.

What is the eligibility criteria to take admission in an Astrophysics course?

The candidate must have studied Physics and Mathematics in the qualifying exam(12th or graduation) for admission in Astrophysics course.

What are the job roles of a candidate with a degree in Astrophysics?

Astrophysicists, Stellar Astronomers, Solar Astronomers, Observational Astronomers are some of the job roles of a candidate with a degree in Astrophysics.

What is the fee of the Astrophysics course?

Fee depends on the level of programme and the institute. The average fee ranges between Rs. 30,000 to 50,000 per year.

What is the admission procedure for Astrophysics?

Admission in Astrophysics degree programme is considered on the basis of national level or institute level entrance exam.

Which colleges in India offer Astrophysics courses?

A candidate in India can pursue Astrophysics from IIT Indore, Indian Institute Of Space Science & Technology (IIST), BHU, AMU, MGU etc.

What are some of the Astrophysics courses offered in India?

A candidate can pursue M.Sc, B.Tech. + M.S, PhD or M.Sc. + Astrophysics

What is Astrophysics?

Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy that involves the study of physics and chemistry to understand the object of the universe like planets, stars and other celestial bodies.It is the combined study of physics,math, quantum mechanics and university laboratory work.

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