Best colleges for BSc Physics in India

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 a few years in studying Physics.
It'll answer questions like
How to become a Physicist in India?
How to become a Physicist after 12th?
[After you read the article I'd recommend reading this post about how to excel during your Bachelors which you're about to begin. It's basically all the things I extremely regret not knowing or doing during my bachelor degree How to make the most out of your undergraduate days?]

Types of courses:

Firstly these are the types of courses that are present:
  • Bachelors of sciences
    • Honors in physics
    • Major in physics
    • General B.Sc
      • The first two are considered equal but Honors degree has a slight edge because more focus is laid in Physics. Also if you are opting for general B.Sc make sure that you have 4 semesters of physics in your coursework so that you'll be eligible to get admission in IIT through JAM.
  • Integrated M.Sc
    • B.Sc+M.Sc
      • It's a 5-year course after which you will be receiving both Bachelor's and Master's degree in physics.
    • BS-MS
      • This is also a 5-year course similar to above which will be more research focused and the value of the degree is increasing day by day.
      • IISERs, Few IITs and IISC etc offer these programmes.

  • Engineering Physics, Astronomy, space science or related areas
    • Engineering Physics in few IITs
    • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology(IIST)
      • B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering and ECE(With specialization in Avionics)
      • Dual degree B.Tech+ M.Tech/MSC.
      • You can get a job directly in ISRO after completion of degree here.

Integrated Msc and BS-MS programmes

               I'm listing out a few places that are known to us to offer Integrated M.Sc and BS-MS programmes and the corresponding entrance exams that are accepted by the institute to give admission.
  • IISERs - Marks in 12th class(Central or state board), JEE Adv, KVPY. [Intake 1512]
  • IITs: IIT - JEE
  • IISC: JEE-Main, JEE-Advance, KVPY, NEET-UG [Intake 120]
  • NISER Bhuvneshwar - NEST(Intake 200)
  • CBS- Mumbai - NEST [Intake 45]
  • IIST- JEE(Advance) [Intake 60+60+20]
  • University of Hyderabad: BS-MS: (their own entrance exam) 
  • The Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata (Intake:40)
  • BITS: BITSAT(There is B.E+MSc dual degree program and integrated Bsc+MSc program as well )
  • Pondicherry University: (their own entrance exam) 
  • In Kerala:
      • Mahatma Gandhi University: IIRBS
      • Cochin University: CUSAT - CAT ( newly started)

  • IISERs (BS-MS)
            Of all the options mentioned in the post, the BS-MS courses offered by IISERs deserves a special mention for multiple reasons . Firstly, because the intake is Huge, All 7 campuses put together take 1,512 students as of 2k19. So, you'll have a better chance to get admission than in any other institute. I'd recommended applying for this at any cost through their website in all the channels you can. These institutes are established specifically to cultivate and encourage scientific research in the country. You can read the success stories as shared by the former students themselves here in their blog for the Alumni of IISERs. For more reasons read Why join an IISER? by Founding director of one of the IISERs.

A Little background about the Institutes:

             Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISERs) are a group of premier science education and research institutes in India. Though they are rather newly established, they are growing at an incredible pace. The campuses that are established first (Kolkata and Pune in 2006 and Mohali in 2007) have already made it to top tier research institutes in the country and will hopefully turn into Holy grail of Sciences like IITs are to Engineering studies. As of now there are 7 campuses, situated in Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Berhampur respectively. 

Course work:

                The Course work very well designed with lots of choice for the students. Actually it differs from campus to campus but mostly it is like one or two years of common compulsory courses in Basic sciences for all. Once these are completed, the student will have plethora of options to choose from in form of electives, major, minor etc. The best of all, Mohali has 80 electives to choose from. In the last year there will be minimal to zero(as in Pune) course work and sole focus will be on research or project work, which the student can do in any institute in India or even abroad.


Coming to the main part The institutes take students through 3 ways:
  1. SCB-State and Central Boards [ For those who scored good percentage in 12th class ]
  2. IIT-JEE (Advanced)
  3. KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana)
Candidates can apply through more than one or all three channels if she/he wishes to, But have to apply for each channel separately. For the candidates seeking admission through first channel i.e through marks in 12th class, The cut-offs percentage in 12th will vary from Board to Board (which for the year 2019 can be found here in their website) and they will have to give an Aptitude test conducted by IISERs and admission will be based on that score. Do visit their FAQ section for more details.

B.Sc Physics

Here is a list of few good colleges and universities listed state wise

Central Universities/institutes:

             State universities usually have very limited no. of seats for the non-locals so it'll be very difficult for people who don't have good colleges in their home state to get through. But Central Universities/Institutes do not have any such local reservations and are open to all, so it's better to apply to all Central Universities. I'm mentioning a few such institutes which are known to have good Physics Department.
  • Delhi University
  • BHU (Banaras Hindu University)
  • University of Hyderabad
  • Chennai Mathematical Institute(CMI)
State wise

These are the few colleges that are known to have a good physics department
  • West Bengal
    • The Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata
    • Scottish Church College
    • Presidency University
    • Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur (Boys only)
    • St. Xavier's College
    • Ramakrishna mission residential college, Narendrapur(Boys only)
    • Lady Brabourne College (only for girls)
    • Jadavpur University
    • Bethune college (only for girls)
    • Ramakrishna mission, Rahara (only for boys)
  • Delhi
    • University of Delhi
      • It has umpteen number of colleges in campus and you can apply to all of them in a single application. 
    • St. Stephens College (Though affiliated to DU needs to be sent application separately )
    • Ambedkar University
    • Jamia Millia Islamia
  • Maharashtra
    • St.Xaviers college, Mumbai
    • Fergusson College, Pune
    • Ramnraian Ruia college, Mumbai
  • Uttar Pradesh
    • BHU
  • Telangana
    • Hyderabad Central University
  • Tamilnadu
    • Madras University
    • Loyola college
    • Chennai Mathematical Institute
    • Madras Christian College (MCC)
    • Bishop Herber College
    • PSG college
    • Anna University
    • Amritha University
  • Punjab
    • Panjab University
  • Karnataka
    • IISC, Bangalore
    • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Kerala
    • University College, Thiruvananthapuram
    • Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram
    • SH college, Ernakulam

   A Gentle Advice :  Since the 12th pass-outs will be just 17-18 year old and usually not so knowledgeable about how the institutes will be and which is good for them, it's recommended to have some parental guidance or help from teachers or someone who is well educated and is generally experienced in these things.
To get the most accurate first-hand review of an institute it's best to ask the students who are studying there currently or passed out of the college recently, usually, the universities put up the names of the students in their websites along with their email IDs. So, You can mail them or find them on FB by searching the names or looking up in the FB page related to that institute.

[After you read the article I'd recommend reading this post about how to excel during your Bachelors which you're about to begin. It's basically all the things I extremely regret not knowing or doing during my bachelor degree How to make the most out of your undergraduate days?]

Apart from physics there also are many other options available. I request the students to be informed about all options available and sagaciously choose their Undergraduate degree rather than going with the herd. Also during your UG stay with an open mind and keep all options open so that you can switch to any another field if you happen to develop interest in. I'm listing out few such options: Engineering, B.Com, BA(literature, history, mass com, psychology etc), B.Arch, BA-LLB, Prep for IAS, IES, IPS, IFS(UPSC etc), Prep for Defence (CDS, AFCAT etc), Physical education/sports college, Diplomas(commerce/vocational), BCS, BCA, Physiotherapy, Politics, CA, Actuaries, Professional courses, Fine arts, Business, Startup, Investments, Medical.

Note: Most of the information in this post is suggested to me by different people, all of whom I can't thank enough. Finally, I'd like to remind you that the programmes shown above are not the only options available. There are many other options available apart from them. And if you happen to know of any good ones that you think deserve a mention in the list, Pls do inform us either in comment section or directly to me or in our Whatsapp group and we'll add them in the post.


  1. Guys can you please verify and tell me how is bsc in maths and physics at Chennai mathematical institute?and mainly how is their physics department as of 2018? Please it's urgent.

    1. You mean to ask about about the quality of education, twcherte and all? I don't know much about the institute but iveI heard that it's one of the very good institutes in the country, I suggest you to fund contact details of people who graduated from the institute form thr same course (Or ecen others )in their website and ask them get know the first hand experience of it. If yiu have any specific questions in mind you can even mail the profs.

  2. Sir, I have a 76.4% in cbse boards. I appeared for jee mains and i am getting nit raipur and no other nits or other institutions. i will get colleges like government autonomous college rourkela, but they are not as good. i am obsessed to study theoretical physics but i am not getting any institutes. And due to my family financial issues i think i will have to go for nit.
    So, should i study in mediocre college or nit and then pursue theoretical physics. Please do give some suggestions.

    1. Can you mail me on pls. Actually I don't have much knowledge about the IITs and NITs etc. But we've few people who have studied the in our WhatsApp group they'll definitely help first your queries.

  3. I got 91 in physics
    72 in both chemistry and maths
    Isc board overall% 79.75
    Wanna purse reserach colleges or bsc physics Hons. Or most preferably bs-ms course
    Plz suggest some good colleges ASAP

    1. Hyderabad central University is a good University that offers BS-MS. Do consider other options as well.

  4. In the "Gentle Advice" you've mentioned that 12th pass-outs are 15-16 year olds... don't you mean 18 year olds?

  5. HI, I have an aggregate of 91.4 % (93.6 % PCM) in CBSE. I appeared for JEE too, but chemistry screwed me up real bad. I will however attempt to get into an IISER as I always wanted to pursue Physics. But I have noticed that they have been leveling up the difficulty of aptitude test. Can you suggest some good alteratives in case I dont make it into an IISER?

    1. All the options I've mentioned are reportedly worth doing an undergraduate in. But if you want the best research experience then choose a research institute or a central funded institute.

  6. Hey there, I want to do a BSc in physics real bad. But I screwed up my board exams. I got 70% in my CBSE. Can you please suggest any decent colleges?


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