Careers in Pure Science

After a lull of many decades, pure sciences have again started picking up as promising careers. After the establishment of IITs and various other reputed professional institutions, pure sciences at degree level was available only as an ordinary 3 year course which did not attract good talent, and hence the feeling was that studying a B.Sc. does not have good career prospects.

With the coming of the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), the first of which was established in Pune over twenty years back, the scenario has changed. Today we have seven IISERs located at Kolkatta, Mohali(Punjab),Bhopal, Thirvananthapuram, Behrampur, Tirupati and Pune, offering integrated BS + MS in biology, chemistry, math, physics, earth science and inter-disciplinary studies. Students who score above 60% in 12 th standard are eligible to join. Details are available on www.iiser-,,,

What many students are not aware is that you can appear for the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) exam when you are in 11 th standard (Stream SA), and again when you are in 12 th standard (Stream SX).

Even students who have taken admission in pure science degree course can appear for Stream SB. This exam entitles the student for continuous scholarship every year as long as he is studying pure science. Details are on www.kvpu.iisc.ernet. This exam also is one of the eligibility for admission to IISERs and IISc’s 4 year B.S. degree program. Thus clearing the KVPY is an assurance that the student is getting admission in a top institution, and he can get down to his Board exam studies without further stress. Students enrolling in IISERs and other institutions get a monthly stipend of Rs. 5,000/- besides other benefits.

By Ali Khwaja

Career Guidance

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