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Do you aspire to be an ISRO astronaut? Here’s how to prepare!

Once you’re selected, you’ll undergo rigorous training programs, including survival training, spacewalk simulations, and spacecraft operations.

Do you aspire to be an ISRO astronaut? Premium
Do you aspire to be an ISRO astronaut?

One of the greatest dreams of children has always been to be an astronaut. However, children need to plan early on to pursue this career. They must prepare academically, physically, mentally, and in many more ways.  

So, if your dream is to be an astronaut, here’s how to plan for success!

1. Follow the Right Academic Steps

To join ISRO, you need to prepare from a very young age and strengthen your knowledge in science subjects. Here’s a little map to follow in your academic life.

  • While you must pay attention to all subjects, always be more attentive in science subjects. Study hard enough so you can qualify for the science stream after your 10th standard exams. [Some schools have streams from 8th and 9th standards. Prepare hard from even earlier in those cases.]
  • Choose physics, chemistry, and mathematics as compulsory subjects in the science stream.
  • After completing 12th standard exams, pursue a bachelor's degree in the same stream. It’s best to choose one of the mentioned subjects in the eligibility criteria.
  • Strive hard for a master’s or doctorate in a recognized university in a relevant subject.
  • Appear for competitive exams conducted by ISRO and NASA. [If you appear in NASA exams as well, you’ll get an idea of diverse questions relevant to the field.

2. Research the Top Indian Universities

Some of the best Indian universities that provide top-notch education and training for students who aim to become astronauts are:

  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani)
  • IITs

3. Know the Eligibility Criteria and Qualifications

All candidates aspiring to be ISRO astronauts must meet certain non-negotiable eligibility criteria like the following:

  • You must be a citizen of India.
  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a well-known college/university in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, computer science, or engineering.  
  • You must possess a doctorate or master’s degree in aerospace engineering or aeronautical engineering. If you are higher qualified in the science stream, it will help you further to reach your goals.
  • You must have an aggregate of 65% or CPI/CGPA grade of at least 6.84 out of 10.
  • Students with technical degrees in computer science engineering, mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, electrical engineering, or electronics engineering are prioritized.
  • You can also pursue subjects other than the mentioned ones, including astrophysics, aeronautics, aerospace, aviation, and other relevant fields during or after graduation.
  • Indian Air Force pilots are also preferred due to their professional aircraft flying experience.
  • You must be between 27 and 37 years old.
  • You must pass all sorts of security clearances. This is important because you may have to access classified information, and they can’t trust individuals with criminal records.
  • You must be proficient in both languages used in ISRO – English and Hindi.

4. Make Sure You’re Fit

Other than academic qualifications, you also need to abide by some fitness measures to be an ISRO astronaut, such as follows:

a. Preferable height-weight ratio

You must be at least 157 cm. If you meet that, check the preferable weight against your height. If your weight is not in the standard range, seek a dietician to follow a healthy diet and work out with expert advice.

b. Healthy blood pressure

If your blood pressure is not in a healthy range, seek a doctor right away to control it.

c. Good eyesight

Astronauts are not allowed to wear any corrective eyewear in the zero-gravity environment. So, make sure you have a 6/6 vision in both eyes. Have a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to maintain eye health.

However, if you have some power or use spectacles or contact lenses, it’s time to get rid of them. Book an appointment at the nearest eye hospital and get an eye check up.

d. Lifestyle

You must have good sleep, exercise, and dietary habits.

e. Physical shape

You must have a robust physical shape to be an astronaut. For this, it’s best to participate in outdoor activities, including hiking, backpacking, jogging, and rock climbing.

f. Psychological fitness

You’ll also undergo several tests to assess your psychological condition. It’s best to seek a psychiatrist or a mental health therapist to ensure you’re psychologically healthy. If there are any issues, get cured.

g. Medical conditions

You must not have any disqualifying medical condition like allergies or other severe medical history.

Note: There might be even more medical checks.

5. Cultivate Important Traits and Skills

You must also be proficient in the following skills and traits to be a desirable candidate for ISRO.

  • Communication skills
  • Coordination skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Observational skills
  • Advanced intelligence
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability
  • Curiosity
  • Multi-tasking
  • Resourcefulness
  • Patience
  • Calmness

6. Take Extra Measures for Selection Tests

Selection tests are extremely rigorous for being an astronaut. So, if possible, enroll in a reputed teaching classes where you can sit for mock exams. Other than testing your language skills, medical examinations, and physical and psychological fitness, here are some other exams you must clear:

a. Written examination

They test your technical subject knowledge on physics, mathematics, engineering, or other specializations, and language proficiency.

b. Interview

Interviews are of two types:

Behavioral – They ask questions about your past and challenging scenarios to test your interpersonal skills, adaptability, problem-solving skills, and teamwork.

Technical – This is to understand your technical knowledge on subjects like space navigation, mission protocols, and spacecraft systems.

c. Group activities

This tests your teamwork and adaptability.

d. Hands-on skill technical assessment

This assesses your technical knowledge right in front of examiners.

Conclusion

Once you’re selected, you’ll undergo rigorous training programs, including survival training, spacewalk simulations, and spacecraft operations. Be ready to take on several challenges head-on. When you complete the training, get prepared to go on space missions!

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Published: 02 Apr 2024, 05:24 PM IST
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