NATIONAL CENTRE FOR RADIO ASTROPHYSICS, PUNE
IUCAA-NCRA ADMISSION TEST [INAT] - 2011
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, and the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (NCRA-TIFR), Pune, are two leading centres of research in a wide range of areas in Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics. IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR are located on neighbouring campuses in the Pune University Campus.
IUCAA offers challenging opportunities to young researchers in theory, observation, and instrumentation in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Recently, IUCAA has acquired a share in the 10-m Southern African Large Telescope; it also operates the IUCAA Girawali Observatory with a 2-m optical telescope. Both these telescopes have imaging, spectroscopic and polarimetric capabilities. IUCAA also has a high-performance computational facility and a good library.
NCRA-TIFR offers exciting opportunities for research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and instrumentation, with an emphasis on radio astronomy. NCRA-TIFR has built and operates the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope, which is located near Pune, and is the biggest and most powerful radio telescope in the world at low radio frequencies. It has been used internationally and has led to several significant discoveries. NCRA-TIFR also operates the Ooty Radio Telescope (ORT), which is located near Oodhagamandalam. Both the telescopes have led to several significant discoveries. NCRA-TIFR has modern computing facilities and a well-stocked library.
IUCAA-NCRA Admission Test (INAT-2011):
The IUCAA-NCRA Admission Test (INAT-2011) is being conducted to select candidates for a research scholarship towards a Ph.D. at either IUCAA or NCRA-TIFR.
Applications are invited from students who expect to complete their M.Sc. or B.E./B.Tech./M.E./M.Tech. degrees by August 2012 with more than 55% marks. In addition, talented final-year B.Sc., 1st year 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 or at NCRA-TIFR for 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 eligible to apply for INAT-2011. Students who have already completed any of the above degrees are also eligible.
Students in the final year of the B.Sc. or the first year of the M.Sc. degrees (in the above branches) may also apply for selection to NCRA's integrated Ph.D. programme. Such students would attend one year of courses (taught in collaboration with IISER-Pune) before joining the IUCAA-NCRA graduate school.
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-2011, 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 will be short-listed and invited to take the written test, to be held in Pune on January 5, 2012. Candidates with more than 55% in the qualifying examination may walk-in for the written test by producing a valid photo identification. The final selection to the research scholarship will be based on the results of the written test (on Thursday, January 5, 2012) and two interviews (on Thursday, January 5, and Friday, January 6, 2012), both to be held in Pune. Note that, for both IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR, the selection through INAT is in addition to the selection through the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST).
Nature of the Written Test:
The test will be of TWO hours duration. The question paper will contain objective-type questions in Basic Mathematics and Physics, Electronics and Advanced Physics; candidates are expected to be able to answer about two-thirds (roughly 30) of the questions. For each question, candidates will have to choose from four answers, one of which will be correct. For a correct answer, there will be +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 will be invited for interviews, which will be conducted on January 5 and/or 6, 2012. The final selection will be based on the scores in the written test and interviews. Candidates selected by either IUCAA or NCRA are expected to join in August 2012, after satisfactory completion of their qualifying examination.
Travel and Stay:
Outstation candidates will be 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-2011 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. Those who wish to avail of this accommodation should send an e-mail request to the Academic Co-ordinator, NCRA-TIFR, at the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org , before December 1, 2011.
Accompanying persons will have to find accommodation elsewhere; a list of lodges and hotels located close to IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR is given below, with approximate charges. Candidates (and accompanying persons) may have meals on payment in the IUCAA or NCRA-TIFR canteens on the days of the written test and interviews.
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 are requested to 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.
Last date to apply online Saturday, 15 October 2011
The Admission (written) test will be held on Thursday, 5 January 2012
Short-listed candidates will be interviewed on Thursday & Friday, 5 & 6 January 2012
There are TWO steps in the application procedure. Candidates must first register by entering their name and e-mail address in the appropriate registration boxes below. An Online ID number and a password will then be automatically sent to the candidates e-mail address; these must both be entered in order to fill out the Online Application Form. The Application Form also requires the names and e-mail addresses of two referees. When the form is submitted, e-mails will be automatically sent to the two referees requesting them to fill and submit the online Confidential Assessment Form. The candidates should inform their referees about the Confidential Assessment Form. Note that each applicant must submit his/her Application Form before the referee fills the Confidential Assessment Form. Please e-mail The Co-ordinator at email@example.com in case of any problems with the online forms.
Based on the applications and referee assessments, a subset of the candidates will be short-listed and invited to take the written test, to be held in Pune on January 5, 2012. All outstation candidates who are invited to take the test will be paid travel support as per the prevailing rules. Candidates with more than 55% in the qualifying examination may walk-in for the written test by producing a valid photo identification. In the case of walk-in candidates, travel support will be paid as per rules only to those candidates who qualify for the interviews. Based on the marks in the written test, a further subset of the candidates will be invited to attend two interviews, by two different committees. The final selection will be based on a combination of the marks obtained in the written test and the interviews.
Please register yourself as a candidate for INAT-2011. If you have already registered and have received your Online ID, you can proceed to fill the Online Application Form below.
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