Do you know the job profile and Salary of ISRO Scientist/ Engineer ‘SC’

Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) has made India  Proud, a hundred times by  implementing its vision,  “ to harness  the space technology for the nation’s development.” Recently it made a world record by launching 104 satellites through the PSLV. If you want to work for this great organization, as a Scientist you may want to know the opportunities offered by ISRO. In this article, we discuss the career of Scientist in ISRO.

ISRO Scientist Job profile

Scientists’ Work is closely related to design, material selection, design review, and assessment, development, and Testing of various assemblies and systems used in ongoing and futuristic space technology projects. Freshers recruited as Scientists, undergo an induction training for two month period.

Based on the academic specialization the scientist has opportunities to develop innovative technologies, and help develop new infrastructure.  He/ she assists the development of cutting-edge technologies needed for space flight projects.

As computer engineers, they maintain databases and high-end computing systems. In the aerospace field, they work on the algorithm for flight dynamics, analysis of geometries and design of trajectories.

As electrical engineers, they develop high-performance DC to DC converters, superior  power electronics devices, electrical systems,  and   solar panels for the spacecraft,

How to become a scientist in ISRO

There are three sources through which technical talent is sourced by ISRO:

  • Some B Tech graduates   from IIST, Thiruvananthapuram,  get directly placed as Scientist-engineers
  • ISRO also visits IITs and NITs to select and recruit Scientists from campuses.
  • Recruitment through  ICRB.

As a candidate  for  ISRO jobs, you have to follow the instructions given in the official ISRO website.

Centralized recruitment against the vacancies is conducted by  ISRO Centralized Recruitment Board (ICRB).

Read: ISRO Recruitment 2018

Candidates having the required qualifications,  have to apply online for the vacancy of Scientist and obtain Registration number of the application. The application fee may be paid through internet banking.

Post Status:  It is a Group A gazette post, Equivalent to an  IAS, IPS officer. The only difference is that in ISRO Engineers job is purely technical whereas IAS, IPS, Engineering services work profile is administrative in nature. So candidate interest matters.

You can check here the IAS Officer Salary, IPS Officer Salary in Hand and IES Salary in Hand, job profile, career growth etc by following the links.

Academic Qualification

Candidate must have passed B Tech in the Civil, Electrical, electronics, Refrigeration  & Air conditioning, or Architecture disciplines with a minimum of  65% marks(CGPA of 6.84 in section B, for those who have passed AMIE or IETEgraduation).

Age: Should not exceed  35 years. (Relaxation  available for Ex-Servicemen and disabled persons according to Govt rules)

Selection procedure

Written test: written test will be conducted at different centers in the country. Marks obtained in the written test will be used for shortlisting the candidates for the interview.

The questions are objective type.  It is a screening type of test and does not carry weightage for final selection. The candidates who secure at least 60% marks in interview will be placed in a panel in the order of merit for filling of vacancies.

ISRO Scientist Salary after 7th CPC

Indian Space Research Organization follows the CDA scale of patterns for scientists scales which is applicable to most of the central government department. But the career growth and promotions are faster than other government organizations. And it is really needed to keep the Scientist motivated. Here are the short details of the salary structure for Scientist in ISRO:

ISRO Scientist Salary after 7th CPC
Post NameRevised Basic PayMinimum Gross Salary Per Month RsMinimum residency period for the promotion in next post (Years)
Sci/Engr-SC56,10078,000BE/BTech- 4 Years
ME/MTech- 2 Years
Sci/Engr-SD67,70095,0004 Years
Sci/Engr-SE78,8001,11,0004 Years
Sci/Engr-SF1,18,5001,65,0005 Years
Sci/Engr-SG1,31,1001,83,0005 Years
Sci/Engr-G1,44,2002,01,0003 Years
Sci/Engr-H1,48,2002,08,0003 Years

A fresh recruited ISRO Scientist get the initial basic pay of 56100 from the date of appointment. The gross salary for this basic pay comes around the minimum 70000 per month. The Mtech holders get the advantage of qualification as they get eligible for first promotion in just 2 years whereas the normal B.Tech. holder has to wait for 4 years from the date of appointment.


Apart from the salary, the Scientist will be paid

  • Transport allowance, (for those who do not use the transport facility)
  • House rent allowance (for those who do not avail the housing accommodation of ISRO)
  • Medical for dependents as well as for the self
  • Advance for  building a house
  • Subsidized food at the canteen
  • Pension according to NPS
  • Employee Group insurance scheme
  • Paid holidays and earned leave and CL and study leave  as applicable to central Govt employees

10 thoughts on “Do you know the job profile and Salary of ISRO Scientist/ Engineer ‘SC’”

    • You please check the eligibility for the ISRO scientist and acquire the necessary qualification. Then apply for the ISRO Scientist ‘SC’ through their official website.

  1. Sir I have passed class 12 with 91.4% in pcm. How can I get admission in into. I am very eager to work for isro and country INDIA.

    • If you want to become a Scientist in ISRO, first complete the engineering from a reputed College, if possible from IIT or NIT, and then after Engineering, you need to appear for the ISRO recruitment exam and interview.

  2. sir i am a btech graduate and i have less percentage around 67.07 and have studied in local college …rather than IIT ..if i score better rank in GATE…can i get a job in ISRO as scientist grade..???

  3. Sir I passed 12th with 86.6% marks in PCM 2018 up board.I want to become a space scientist in isro and support india.what can I do for it. Please give me suggestions.

    • Rahul you have 2 options.
      1 clear jee advance and get admission into IIST. You will be directly selected to isro after completing course( if you got 7.5 cgpa).
      2 Do btech of respective field from general colleges like iits nits and clear campus selection or give entrance test of isro.

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