INAT Exam Date 2017

IUCAA INAT Entrance Exam 2017

Inter – University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics National Centre for Radio Astrophysics Admission Test ( INAT – 2017 ) is being conducted to select candidates for a research scholarship towards a Ph.D. at either IUCAA or NCRA – TIFR.

INAT 2017 Eligibility

Applications are invited from students who expect to complete their M.Sc., Integrated M.Sc. or B.E./B.Tech./M.E./M.Tech. degrees by August with 55% marks or more. In addition, talented final-year B.Sc., 1st year M.Sc., 4th year Integrated 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. 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 also eligible to apply. Students who have already completed any of the above degrees are also eligible.

IUCAA NCRA INAT 2017 Exam Pattern

The test is of TWO hours duration. The question paper has two parts, A and B. Part A contains twenty objective-type questions on basic Mathematics, Physics and Electronics. Part B contains another twenty objective-type questions from advanced Physics, Mathematics and Electronics/Engineering. For each question, candidates have to identify and mark the correct answer from the given four answers. For a correct answer, there the candidate is awarded +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 are invited for two interviews, which is usually conducted on the same day of the written test and/or on the next day. The final selection is based on the scores in the written test and interviews. Selected candidates are expected to join in August (except for pre-selected candidates), after satisfactory completion of their qualifying examination.

IUCAA NCRA 2017 Selection Procedure

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, 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 are short-listed and invited to take the written test. Candidates with 55% or more marks in the qualifying examination can also walk-in for the written test by producing a valid photo identification and a copy of their most recent marksheet. The final selection to the research scholarship is based on the results of the written test and two interviews. Note that, the selection through INAT is in addition to the selection through the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST).

IUCAA NCRA 2017 Exam Center

Chandrasekhar Auditorium, IUCAA,
Pune University Campus, Ganeshkhind,
Pune – 411007, Maharashtra.


INAT Application Form 2017

IUCAA NCRA 2017 Application Form

There are TWO steps in the application procedure. Candidates must first register by entering their name and valid 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; both of these must 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 Assessment Form.

Note that each applicant must submit his / her Application Form before the referee fills the Assessment Form. Please e-mail The Co – ordinator at 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 8th December, 2017. 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. Also bring with you a copy of your most recent marksheet. You should report at the Chandrasekhar Auditorium, IUCAA by 9:00 A.M. for verification of these documents, to ensure that there are no logistical problems.

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.

Step 1 :

Please register yourself as a candidate for INAT 2017. If you have already registered and have received your Online ID, you can proceed to fill the Online Application Form.

Step 2 :

Supported Browsers :

Before filling in the Online Application Form, please make sure that your browser’s JavaScript is not turned OFF. We have tested that the web – based forms can be filled without problems with a range of web browsers, including Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and Chromium. Windows users are advised to either use Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 9. In case of problems, please check that you are using one of the recommended browsers and note that the forms are not compatible with Internet Explorer 7 and earlier versions.

IUCAA NCRA INAT 2017 Important Dates

  • Last date for online submission of IUCAA NCRA applications : 15th September, 2017.
  • Last date for IUCAA NCRA online submission of Assessment Forms : 18th September, 2017
  • The selection for the research scholarship will be through a written test on 10th December, 2017, and two interviews on 10th December, 2017 and / or 11th December, 2017, both to be held at IUCAA, Pune.


Contact Details

Inter – University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics ( IUCAA ),
Post Bag 4, Ganeshkhind,
Pune – 411 007, Maharashtra, INDIA,
Phone No. : ( 020 ) 2560 4203,
Fax : +91 20 2571 9000 / 2571 9111,
Email :,
Website :

4 thoughts on “IUCAA NCRA Admission Test – INAT 2017

  1. I am immensely interested in the IUCAA NCRA Admission Test-INAT 2013. The reason behind is that astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology (which as a matter of fact remained to be my special paper during M.Sc. Sem. IV) is the area of my greatest interest in the vast arena of physics. So this entrance examination is an opportunity to me to continue further study in these areas. Further, from this examination I can have an opportunity to enter one of the finest institution for astrophysics in India.

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