I got into isro too. Basically, I am mad about science. And to become a scientist is my child hood dream. I applied on line for this isro Scientist/Engineer SC post on March. I got the notification from job opportunity section of isro web site. Initially, they will conduct a screening based on your bio-data and select people for written test. Then if you clear the written test, they will call you for the interview.
* BE/B.Tech in First Class or equivalent with an aggregate minimum of 65% (average of all semesters for which results are available).
* Candidates who are slated to complete the BE/B.Tech course in the academic year 2007-08 are also eligible to apply provided final Degree is available by 31.08.2008
Pay and Allowances:
They mentioned it is Rs. 8,000-275-13,500. but i calculated the revised salary asper 6th pay commission
as on 1st July 2008
Total Fixed Pay Rs. 20286
Dearness Allowance (@23%)Rs. 4666
HRA : 30% ie. 6202
Transport Allowance : Rs. 3936
I choose trivandrum test center and for joining i preferred Bangalore in online application ( since i am from ECE, and they do most of the electronics work in Bangalore :) )
As expected they called me for the written test. It was on 28 April. For ECE, questions are mainly from basic electronics, micro controllers, LIC, Network theory, and very few questions from OS. Don’t worry, they will ask only very basic questions. Out of 80 I could answer almost 60 questions.
They declared test result in web site within two weeks. My interview date was 27 Th June. One more week passed and I didn’t receive interview call letter. i send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Surprisingly, I got the reply within a day. They gave a link to download the call letter in case of not receiving a hard copy.
prior to Interview:
Some guys who attended the interview said they will ask for your favorite subject. So I prepared communication engineering for that.
I went to Trivandrum a day before the interview so that i can stay with my friend who is working in isro in the same post. According to him following are the pleasant and unpleasant facts about isro.
:) It has got one of the excellent libraries in India.
:) Permanent job, so much freedom.
:) Scope for continuing your studies.
:)no tension. Friendly work environment..
:( If you are planning for an excellent career, isro is not a nice place. It is like any other govt job. you can come to the office, and if you want you can simply sit.
:( isro holds the 7th place among 7 countries who invest in space research.
:( Internal politics.
:( Most of the projects done here is just a copy of what others did.
:( isro cannot prevent brain drain. Many isro people jump to good companies after 4 -5 yrs.
For me, none of these cons are important for selecting my career. So I decided to go ahead.
It took around 20- 25 minutes. The panel is having 9 or 10 scientist. The senior scientist sitting at the middle asked most of the questions. We will be standing in front of a board where we have to draw diagrams if asked. I remember some of the questions.
> Shamsudheen, which subject you have prepared?
He asked many questions from transmission line characteristics, stub matching, wave guides, etc. I said what these things are. But he asked to tell basic concepts like why there is only TE or TM mode in wave guide and not TEM.
I know very little about transmission lines. I asked him to change the topic.
Then they asked questions generally from electronics basics like
> what is modulation?
> different kinds of modulation
> draw the circuit if demodulator
> what is the output of not gate for sine wave input?
> how to shift a sine wave up or down?
> different kinds of modulation
They asked about my project.I did my project in Wipro technologies, Basically it is a java based application to control multi-functional printer networks. Maybe because, it is in java they didn’t ask questions from the project.
Also they asked if I have any other offer and in which company. I said bosch.
I thought I spoiled my interview with that transmission lines part. Still I had some hope. I joined bosch in July and isro published the result in July last week. Woo… I got selected. :)
i saw some people in bosch who jumped from isro. One of my colleague in bosch, Danish also got in to isro this time. He got a mail from one of his friends working in isro regarding the nature of work in isro.Click here to read.