Admission to the MS by Research Programme

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The Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India (CESSI) at IISER Kolkata invites applications from students with background in Physics and Engineering who are highly motivated to pursue a research career in areas related to space science. CESSI is a multi-institutional Center established at IISER Kolkata by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and its research focus includes solar physics, space weather, gravitational wave astrophysics, computational astrophysics and space- and ground-based instrumentation support and development.


The Masters program offered by CESSI is a unique blend of thematic courses and a research project allowing integration of fundamental knowledge while developing proficiency in astrophysics and space science research.


Further details about CESSI and its research focus are available at:


Minimum Eligibility Criterion


Recent Bachelor degree in Engineering or Physics with first class or equivalent grade point average and qualification in either GATE or any other national eligibility test such as JEST. Candidates from allied engineering sciences such as Instrumentation, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Computer Science / Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Optical and Optoelectronics Engineering, and Engineering Physics with interest in instrumentation, control, and computational modelling related to astrophysical space sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

International students may apply as per relevant Government of India or Institutional guidelines that may be determined from time-to-time.


Selection Process


Based on the evaluation of the applications, some candidates will be short-listed and are for interview. Recommendation letters may be sought for short-listed candidates. Final selection is based on the basis of performance in the interview, academic background of the candidate and any other criterion determined by the selection committee. No candidate may be selected if suitable candidates of sufficient quality are not found.


Duration of Program: 2 years (4 semesters)


Fellowship: As per Government norms


Application Deadline: 18 May, 2020


Interview Dates: Will be notified on the website and short-listed candidates will be informed by email. It is expected that the interviews and selection process will be completed by June, 2019.
In view of the unforeseen national level COVID 19 measures, the institute may be compelled to further postpone the interviews and/or may consider conducting interviews online using Skype/Zoom. Students are, therefore, advised to be prepared with devices for video conferencing (phone/computer) if need arises. Any such change to the Date or Mode of Interview will be notified.

Important Dates:

  • Application portal opens 20th April 2020
  • Application portal closes 18th May 2020
  • Publication of shortlist for interview : 25th May 2020

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