Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) is the first academy in India to offer undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral programs in space science and technology. The institute is reputed for research facilities, infrastructure international level curriculum.

Name of the Institution Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)
Type of Institution Space Science and Technology Educational Institute
Location/Contact Details Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology

Valiamala P.O.,

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 547, Kerala


Phone: 0471-256-8462

Fax: 0471-256-8406


Ownership/Accreditation Autonomous body, under Department of Space (Government of India)

Registered as society under Travancore, Cochin Societies Regulations Act, 1955

Deemed to be University under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956

UGC recognized

Courses Offered Undergraduate Courses:

  • Sciences
  • B.Tech Avionics
  • B.Tech Aerospace
  • B.Tech Physical
  • Engineering

Postgraduate Courses:

  • M.Tech in RF and Microwave Communication
  • M.Tech in Softcomputing and Machine Learning
  • M.Tech in Chemical Systems
  • M.Tech in Applied and Adaptive Optics

Research Programs:

  • Postdoctoral Programs



Departments Physics

Aerospace Engineering




Earth & Space Sciences


Admission Procedure/Eligibility Criteria Undergraduate Courses:

The eligibility criterion for the 4-year undergraduate courses is completing higher secondary (10+2) with physics, chemistry and mathematics as compulsory subjects. Eligible candidates need to qualify in an All India Entrance Examination, conducted by the IIST, known as ISAT.

Research Programs:

Ph.D: Applicants need to have a first class masters degree in the relevant subject. However, admission is also offered to candidates having outstanding performance in bachelor of engineering program, along with an aptitude for research. Candidates who have master’s degree in basic humanities or science need to be NET qualified. On the basis of academic records, National Eligibility Test, and research experience. Candidates have to qualify in a written examination followed by a personal interview.

The upper age limit for general category candidates is 28 years. Candidates of special categories have age relaxation as per the Government of India rules.

Post Doctoral Fellowship Program: Admission to this program is offered to candidates having Ph.D in the relevant subject along with a first class masters degree. The upper age limit is 31 years for candidates belonging to general category. Applicants can pursue postdoctoral research in the following areas:

Star Formation

Delay Tolerant Networking

Theoretical Molecular Physics

Hyper spectral Remote Sensing

Development of Electro active polymers for space applications

Shortlisted candidates need to present a seminar on the research topic, followed by discussion. As per recommendation of a specialist committee, the candidates will be selected.

Fellowship Research Programs:


on the basis of their qualifications, selected candidates for Ph.D programs will receive fellowship of INR 16,000 to INR 18,000 for the first 2 years. After completion of 2 years, on the basis of their performance, the fellowship amount may get increased to INR 18,000 to INR 20,000.


Selected candidates will receive fellowship of INR 40,000

Established in the Year 2007

After completion of B.Tech, students get a chance to implement their knowledge at the following centers/institutes:

  • ISRO Satellite Tracking Centre, Bangalore
  • Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
  • ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore
  • Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Mahendragiri
  • Space Application Centre, Ahmadabad
  • National Aerospace laboratories (NAL)
  • Sathish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR
  • Master Control facility, Hassan
  • Bharat Electronics Ltd.(BEL)
  • Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad
  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore
  • National Remote sensing centre, Hyderabad
  • Inter University Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai
  • Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore
  • National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad
  • Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun
  • National Center for Radio Astronomy (NCRA), Pune
  • Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad
  • North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Shillong
  • Space Physics Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
  • National Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, New Delhi
  • Indian National Center for Ocean Information System, Hyderabad
  • Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CERI), Karaikudi
  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
  • National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) , Trivandrum
  • National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune