How to become a Physicist after Engineering?

You often see questions like "How to study Theoretical Physics after engineering?"  "How to do masters in physics after mechanical engineering?"  "Can I study Physics after engineering?"  "How do I do Ph.D. in Physics after Engineering?" To all those questions, the answer is,"Yes!! you can study Physics after engineering in India""and there are plenty of ways too!!"

Hello, fellow Physics enthusiasts!!!                    Hey fellow Engineer!!!  If you're an engineering student or graduate and are aspiring to have a career in Physics after engineering, you're in the right place. At this point in your career, you must be wondering if there are any ways to do that... We completely understand your dilemma cause we all have been through the exact same situation before we took the leap of faith with the little information we had at that moment. All for the love of physics😇. Don't worry, it won't be the same for you,…

Popular Science Books

Some Popular Science Books:-

1) A brief history of time by Stephen Hawkin
2) The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
3) Love with Physics by Walter Lewin
4) Nature's third cycle Arnab Rai Chowdhary
5) Feynman's lecture of Physics
6) The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter
Book by Katherine Freese
7) Physics of Impossible by Michio Kaku
8) Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
9) The grand design by Stephen Hawkin
10) Cosmos by Carl Sagan
11) Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
12) Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics by Richard Feynman
13) Physics of the future by Michio Kaku
14) Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein
15) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

These books will inspire you to become a great scientist in the future:-

1) One two three infinity by George Gamow
2) You must be  joking Mr. Feynman
3) Double Helix by Watson
4) Subtle is the Lord by Abraham Pais
5) You and your research - Hamming
6) Advice to a young s…

Interesting blogs & websites to help you become a great Physicist!!

If you want to learn more about the world of physics, improve your skills and find internships & fellowships, then you will find these blogs very useful.

How to become a GOOD Theoretical Physicist- A blog by Gerard 't Hooft (ext. link)
This blog explains how you can become a Nobel Prize-winning scientist. Also, the books you should read for that.

CafePhysics by Prof. Ananda Das Gupta
The blog was written by one of my Professor whom not only I but the whole IISER Kolkata respects a lot for his best teaching. He has explained some of the difficult concepts of physics like tensor very well.

Tips for scientific soft skills
Here you can find helpful tips to improve scientific soft skills and it also provides tips for your journey before Ph.D., during Ph.D., and after Ph.D.

Go for science
This website you will find useful for summer internships, institutes, and fellowships.

So You Want To Become a Physicist?
I love this post on FB. It provides links to so many resources available over t…

A Journey to Space Science after Engineering

This post is for those who are passionate about research in Astronomy & Astrophysics.

I will try to answer the following questions that come to the mind when you are pursuing your graduation:

What type of work is done in Space Science? What background is required for research in this field?
How do I get into this field?
Do I really want to do research in this field or I should do something else? Which books should I read as a beginner in this field?
First of all, let's talk about what is Astrophysics & Astronomy and what do we really do in this field? In Astrophysics & Astronomy (let me call it Astro) we study the universe outside our earth. To do that we make use of information that reaches us from outer space. This information comes in the form of light (when I say light it means all electromagnetic waves) mostly and some other forms like gravitational waves, neutrinos etc. So light is an electromagnetic wave and it has specific features like wavelength, polarization, in…

Are Engineers eligible for MSc Physics in IITs through JAM?

Firstly I'd like to state with full clarity that there is no clarity about this Eligibility criteria and even after reading this entire post you'll probably be left with no definite answer but hopefully a little less confused. It is Because of this uncertainty I suppose, almost every new member in our WhatsApp group starts with the question like
I'm from XYZ branch of engineering, am I eligible for admission in IITs through JAM?

I have checked the Eligibility criteria of IITs, they are asking for 4 sems of Physics in bachelor's. What does it mean?
So, to address all those queries once and for all, I am putting up all the information we have about it.

What's the Eligibility criteria of IITs?Who decides if a subject in my coursework is a Physics one or not? Who takes the final decision?What subjects can be expected to be considered Physics?Will mailing the IIT help?
Eligibility criteria

In the JAM broucher (of 2019) it's mentioned that for admission in MSc Ph…

Pursue Bachelor's in Physics after 12th class/Intermediate/HSC

Almost all of the blog readers are Engineering grads or students who are looking to turn to physicists and most of them repent choosing engineering for their undergrad. Be it because of financial reasons, family, peer pressure, engineering fad or just us being naive or uninformed for whatever reason - we did that- And because of which, our options of studying physics have been narrowed down drastically. So I thought it'd be a good thing if we let those currently studying or completed 12th class recently know of all the options available to study physics from undergrad itself. Based on the information I've gathered from friends and internet I have put up the names of some of the good institutes that (We felt)are worth spending 3 years in, to study Physics. Types of courses: Firstly these are the types of courses that are present: Bachelors of sciencesHonors in physicsMajor in physicsGeneral B.ScThe first two are considered equal but Honours degree has a slight edge because more f…

MS/MSc (Master's) in physics after engineering: India or Abroad?

After a degree in engineering, if you are interested in switching to physics, you often face the dilemma of whether to look for a master's degree in physics and whether you should do it in India or abroad. In this article, I would try to mention a few advantages and disadvantages of going for these the options.

Going for a terminal Master's Degree (MS/MSc) I did mechanical engineering in my undergrad and shifted to physics by first getting a master's degree in physics, MSc physics from IIT Bombay. So unsurprisingly, I would vouch for this option. 
The key advantage this option offers is that you can basically try out physics for two years. It allows you to study advanced level physics and get a feel for whether you truly like the subject or you are just fascinated by popular science stuff shown on television shows. Believe me, real physics research vastly differs from what you see in Discovery or Nat Geo shows (and it has more than astrophysics). And if you don'…

All about the CSIR NET physics exam: Preparation and Advantages

After an M.Sc in physics, one needs to look for various opportunities to get into a PhD program in physics to kick start his/her career in physics. In that pursuit, one often overlooked but important and extremely useful path is the CSIR NET exam in physics. This National Eligibility Test (NET) is administered by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research under the govt. of India. Clearing this exam can open more avenues than you think if you intend to do a PhD in India, or if you want to gain some research experience in India by being a project student. It is extremely vital for engineers going into physics who are looking for positions and need monetary support with recognition from the government.

What are the opportunities offered by this exam?  Teaching career: First of all, clearing the NET exam makes you eligible for teaching in a lot of universities all over India. Those students who do not want to go for PhD and instead want a university/college l…