Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the last date for the Referees to submit their assessment form online?

Answer :   The last date for the referees to fill in their assessment form online is [To be announced].


Question : Am I eligible for the RAWSC ?

Answer : The winter school is largely meant for under-graduate and graduate students in Science pursuing B.Sc. (Physics/Electronics/Astronomy) and Engineering (B.E./B.Tech.). Bright and highly motivated high school/junior college students involved in amateur astronomy, are also encouraged to apply. Students in the final year of B.E./B.Tech. are not eligible to apply.


Question : Do we need to send hard copies of the application/mark sheet after applying ? 

Answer : Only online applications and referee reports will be accepted; we will not accept postal or e-mail applications.

Question : Whom should I choose as a referee ?

Answer : A referee is a member of the academic community who can provide a fair assessment of your academic career. The best referees are typically supervisors on previous research projects, teachers at your academic institution, and faculty members with whom you have discussed science issues. Do not choose family members or fellow students as referees.

Question : Will my application be considered for screening without referee reports ?

Answer : It will not be possible to screen your application without at least one and preferably two referee reports.

Question : Can I update/modify my application details once they have been submitted ?

Answer : Yes. You can update your application until the application deadline, using your Online ID and Password.

Question : My semester dates clash with the RAWSC 2013 dates; can the RAWSC dates be shifted?

Answer : It is unfortunate that the RAWSC 2013 ( December 17-27, 2013  clashes with your examinations. However, this period is chosen considering several factors, and it will not be possible to shift the dates. 

Question : Will I be provided with accommodation during the RAWSC?

Answer : Yes. All students selected for the RAWSC will be provided with accommodation during the RAWSC. 


Question : Will I be provided with Travel Support during the RAWSC?

Answer : Yes. All students selected for the RAWSC will be provided with second class (non-ac) to and fro train fare from their place of correspondence to Pune and back, for the RAWSC.

Question : My referees have not gotten the e-mail asking them for the confidential assessment.

Answer : There are two likely reasons for your referees not receiving our e-mail: (1) you have entered an incorrect e-mail address in your online application, and (2) our mail has, for some reason, been placed in the SPAM folder of your referee's mailbox. If your referees have not received our e-mail within a day of your submitting the application form, check that their e-mail addresses in the online application form are correct; if theres an error here, correct the addresses and re-submit the application form. If the addresses are correct, ask your referees to check their SPAM folders. If neither of these solves the problem, click the button to re-send the e-mails to the referee. Note that our referee e-mails are sent by an automatic procedure and we have tested the system extensively to make sure that it works. Occasional failures are certainly possible, but these should be solved by simply clicking the button to re-send the referee e-mails.

Question : My referee has received his/her ID and password, but is unable to log in.

Answer : The most likely cause is that the candidate has updated his/her application form with changed referee details (e.g. different name or e-mail address), but has not send password to the updated e-mail ID of the referee. This registered e-mail ID is used for logging in to the confidential assessment form. In this situation, the referee will be unable to log in to the referee page. If you change any of referee details, please be sure to send password to the referee using 'Send Password' utility which you can access after logging in to your profile with your OnlineID and Password.

Question : I am a foreign student (studying either in India or outside India). Am I eligible for the RAWSC?

Answer : Yes, you are eligible for the RAWSC , with the same eligibility criteria as for Indian students. However, all foreigners require clearance from the Indian government to visit NCRA-TIFR. Selection for the RAWSC will hence be subject to this clearance.

Question : RAWSC  application form asks for percentage in UG degree, but some colleges dont have any percentage system.

Answer : If your College/University follows a grading system but without a standard formula to convert the grade into a percentage, please enter your grade in the "Grade" column and enter 100 x (your_grade/maximum_grade) in the percentage column. We will then only use the grade during the evaluation.


Question : I received my password but I didnt receive any online ID for filling up the form so how to apply using Candidate account ?

Answer : You should use the 'Apply' button just below the Register button to Apply. It asks for your e-mail id and password that is mailed, which are contained in the Registration mail you received. Online Id is needed when you Click on the 'Candidate account'. However, this link is only needed when you have already submitted an application and you want to modify that before the Deadline.

Note that you will receive one more e-mail that will contain your Online-id after successful submission of application. 


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