How To Build A Career With ISRO

The world is still rushing towards its barbaric and ancient nature of materialistic tendency. Teens, who are blinded by the society into following a monotonous cycle of 9-to-5 jobs, packaged as a good life. They have yet to discover the serenity of science, the fulfillment of doing something meaningful, something wonderful, something to inspire the next generation.

The Indian Space Research Organisation is the space agency of the Government of India headquartered in the city of Bengaluru. Its vision is to “harness space technology for national development while pursuing space science research and planetary exploration.” Formed in 1969, ISRO superseded the erstwhile Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) established in 1962 by the efforts of independent India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and his close aide and scientist Vikram Sarabhai. The establishment of ISRO thus institutionalized space activities in India. It is managed by the Department of Space, which reports to the Prime Minister of The Republic of India.

The prime objective of ISRO is to develop space technology and its application to various national tasks.The Indian space programme was driven by the vision of Vikram Sarabhai, considered the father of the Indian Space Programme. India’s economic progress has made its space program more visible and active as the country aims for greater self-reliance in space technology. In 2008 India launched as many as 11 satellites, including nine from other countries and went on to become the first nation to launch 10 satellites on one rocket.” ISRO has successfully put into operation two major satellite systems: Indian National Satellites (INSAT) for communication services and Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites for management of natural resources.

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ISRO has a repute for achieving wonders within its constraint of a budget, which is quite exemplary for the Space Mission of a developing country. Yet, most of us sellout to the corporate industry, where the sharpest minds are trapped in hum-drum jobs which could be done by a bot written by such a mind! And for what! In the name of financial security and social stigma. ISRO is a place for the pepole who want to make a difference.

How do I get into ISRO?

Its simple! IIST is a very reputable institute for technical and scientific degrees. If you have a general inclination towards science, then I’ll advise against joining it and if you are deeply fascinated by the slight nuances of theories and inquisitive about each aspect of everyday life, then it’s a place for you. If you opt for any course and graduate with flying colors, then you are automatically enlisted as a Junior Engineer/Scientist at ISRO.

Yes! In my opinion, a questionnaire will be better!

Which course is best for joining ISRO? In which stream should I do a B.Tech (CSE, IT, CE, ETC, EEE, ECE, or Mechanical)?

If you are doing B.Tech from a college other than Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology(IIST), then you can join ISRO by giving ISRO exam for Scientist/Engineer ‘SC’. The exam is conducted for the Mechanical, Electronics and Computer Sciences departments, out of these this year there were 42 seats in Electronics, 36 in Mechanical and 9 in Computer Sciences.

So, these three branches would be much better !

How is a typical day in the life of an ISRO scientist/engineer?

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Infographic – A typical day in the life of an ISRO scientist

I want to work at ISRO. What can I do to pursue my dream?

You have 2-3 options to follow up your dream:
1) Complete your B. Tech in Computer Science and join ISRO as a computer engineer by qualifying the recruitment exam.
2) If you don’t want to join as computer engineer, drop your B. Tech and do engineering from desired stream, then qualify the recruitment exam.
3) If you are a fresher, give JEE again in next year, score good, study in IIST and complete B. Tech with good CGPA, Become a scientist in ISRO.

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What qualities should I improve to become a scientist in ISRO?

As far as my knowledge about ISRO goes, it is one of the very few (could be the only one) PSUs, which recruit based on your skills and aptitude and not your past circumstances. Hence, qualities you must develop are a highly positive attitude towards finding solutions to problems, being able to think on your feet, perseverance and dedication to do your work as perfectly as you can and the most important of all to let go of your ego. In something as complex as a space mission, one must realise that the project is much more important than the individual, but at the same time the project will go as perfectly as planned, only if the individual tasks are done as perfectly as possible. At the end of the day, it is the team which will bring about the success, not any particular individual.

Does ISRO recruit mechanical engineers?

Yes! They conduct An examination every year! The difficulty level of the exam is like gate. Syllabus is also same. A B.tech graduate can apply. Based on score they will call you for interview. If you can clear the interview. You’ll be selected as Junior Scientist.

From what college will ISRO take for intership?

ISRO may not provide the internships as per my acknowledgmentIf in any case it accepts internships, it will prioritize  the premium institutions like IIT’s and NIT’s and some other deemed universities but requirement drive is common and everyone can appear for the requirement as per ISRO selections.

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To sum it all up, pursuing a career at ISRO requires great zeal of enthusiasm and love for the subject you major in. It is one of the most reputed institution to work in and contribute to the extremely competitive space race India is participating in. Hope all of this info helps you out to plan your future. Good luck!

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