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Q - i am a class 10 student. i want to pursue my career as a astrophysicist and i would like to work in usa. how can i achieve my objective?

- Sambit


To pursue a career as astrophysicist, you will have to study science with physics and maths for 10+2 studies. Thereafter, go for:
Bachelor degree in Physics;
Master degree in Astrophysics, Astronomy & Astrophysics;
Ph.D. in a field related to Astrophysics

A large number of colleges offer bachelor degree in physics and you should opt for a good college which can help you build a strong foundation in physics and mathematics. Indian Institute of Science offers a unique 4 year Bachelor of Science(Research) programme in various fields of specialisation including Physics. Some institutes even offer Bachelor degree in Astrophysics. But if you take Physics instead, a wider range of options will remain open for higher studies including astrophysics.
For Ph.D., you will have to appear in entrance test and interview. After qualifying you can apply in prominent research institutes.
Some institutes offer research opportunities to exceptional engineers with BTech/BE degree and a good background in physics.

Leading astrophysics/research institutes in India include:
Indian Institute of Astrophysics (Bangalore)
Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore)
Raman Research Institute (Bangalore)
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (Pune)
National Centre for Radio Astronomy (Pune)
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (TIFR)

You can apply to US colleges- Department of Astrophysical Sciences for graduate and Ph.D. studies once you finish school/college. For eligibility requirements, you can go through online admission forms and contact college admission authorities via phone or email. Numerous US agencies offer Fellowship and Internship Programs, including the NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. So, you can explore research and work options there by contacting these agencies.

Astrophysics is a very unique specialised field. There are limited no. of opportunities in academics and government sector and a very few in industrial sector. In some cases, it may not be very rewarding financially. But if you like science and really interested in astrophysics career, it is one of the most exciting and ambitious careers.   

[Answered on January 20, 2015]

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