Can PCB student become space scientist ?

At least once in our life we all dreamt to become a scientist and wanted to explore more about this universe and world but after selecting Biology stream after class 10th many of us wonder whether we can still pursue this dream of becoming a scientist ? Because we all know that we can become a scientist after PCM what about PCB students? A short answer would be yes but the path can be a little different. 
Yes, a PCB student can become a space scientist and get into the research field after specializing in a specific subject. Space research consists of many things such as astrophysics, astrobiologist and there are things to take care of to pursue a career as a space scientist successfully. 

This article is about pursuing a career as a space scientist and what things you need to do to become one if you are a biology student and of PCB background instead of PCM. 

Space scientist for PCB students:

You can get into research and become a space scientist even though you are from a biology background because biology also plays an important role in understanding space and its ecosystem but there are some things you need to take care of to become a space scientist and get into the research field. 

Career path:

Now, not having maths as the subject can be a disadvantage if you are going for space research and if you are targeting to get into any space research organization like ISRO so you don’t have many options to get into ISRO. 

Here in this article, I have already talked about how to get into ISRO as a space scientist and if you read that article, you will know that there are only two ways to become a space scientist and get into ISRO. 

The first one being, studying a particular subject and get specialized in it and the second one is to get into IIST and study engineering. As IIST is run by ISRO itself, they directly recruit students from IIST into space research. 

Now the second option is not for you as in order to get into IIST you will have to give JEE mains and advance where maths is required as the subject in class 12th but this doesn’t mean you can’t get into space research as there is still one option left. 

After completing class 12th with PCB background, you can either continue your study in biology for example BSc in Biology, and after that go for higher studies like MSc and Ph.D. in any particular subject to research in it. Don’t worry we will talk about this later in the article as well.

Apart from continuing your studies you still have Physics and Chemistry as your subjects where you can study further but if you are thinking to pursue your career in space research with physics then you will need to know maths at least till class 12th else in chemistry you only need a basic understanding of maths. 

Different career for PCB students as scientist:

Now, not having maths can be a disadvantage but it’s not the end. You can still pursue your interest in research and become a space scientist. 


Space research has many areas such as astrophysics, astrobiology and astrochemistry. For astrophysics, maths is required but for astrobiology and astrochemistry, basic knowledge of maths is enough. 

You can pursue your career in astrobiology, astrochemistry, biotechnology, or even biomedical engineering. 

Basic knowledge of maths is necessary but not having maths as a subject cannot stop you to pursue your interest in space or becoming a scientist. 

As a scientist, you need to have good observation skills and after completing PhD you will be specialized in any one subject and field where you can research on your own and can become a researcher. 


Getting into the research field can be tough in countries like India, as there is no specific pathway to get into it to become a scientist but with the growth of ISRO space research will be a rising career opportunity in the next few decades.

If you are interested in space and want to get into the research field with a PCB background, getting specialized in one particular subject is the best way to get into it especially if you are doing your Masters and Ph.D. from any of the reputed universities or I would recommend to complete it from abroad as this career is well known there compare to India. 

Now there are some disadvantages of getting into space science in India as this not so well known career in India as of now, job opportunities are less and pay is also not much if you are just starting out. 

So keep this in mind and if you are not sure whether you want to get into research only and want to know more about other career option available after PCB then here is the link of another article about high pay career options after class 12th PCB which you can read and select suited to you. 

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17 thoughts on “Can PCB student become space scientist ?

  1. Yes you can get into Astrobiology after completing BSc Zoology Hons. For that you have to enroll for MSc in Astrobiology after completing your bachelors. When it comes to ISRO, astrobiology has not much scope here in India as of now because in my research I couldn't find any research ISRO does which includes Astrobiology. For that you can look for NASA or European space agenicies unlike ISRO they have a specific department for astrobiology

  2. Can Neet only qualify need or with a better rank?
    And provide me full fees after 12 PCB TO astrobiology degree from India as well as from abroad ASAP

    1. Hello Ibrahim,

      To become a astrobiologist, you will need to start with a BSc degree in Biology. Getting admission in BSc in Biology don’t require to have a good rank in NEET. You can get admission in BSc courses basis on your Class 12th result and merit only.

      About the total cost it can take to become a Astrobiologist is another topic. I will write a blog post about this soon, discussing it in much more detail. As soon as that blog post will be out, I will notify you about the same.

  3. I am a class 12th PCB student, i am confused what should i do, for what exam i should prepare, is astrobiology worth it in India? Shall i need to go abroad to study and get a job as astrobiologist? If i go to get a job in nasa i should have a us citizenship? Is board exams all needed or should score good marks in neet too? Is astrobiology worth all that or i should run for mbbs? Please reply ASAP i am confused am i going in the right direction

    1. Hello Aryan,

      You know what ? We all have been through this phase and I can totally understand the confusion state you are in. To put things simply, I would advice you 2 things :

      1. Every path has scope so follow only if you are curious about the field.
      2. If you are confuse between MBBS and Astrobiology, Ask yourself these question: “Why I want to do MBBS ? Is it because everyone is going for it and is more stable career according to society norms ? or I am curious about learning Human body and help patient with there problems ” and then ask yourself “Why I want to go for astrobiology ? Is it because this field sounds interesting ? or I am curious about the field and research aspect of it.”

      Asking yourself these question should give you much more clarity on the topic, if you have still any query please feel free to reply in the comment below or connect with us directly on instagram @thestudentbaba.

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