Frequently Asked Questions

Answer : The winter school is largely meant for 2rd-year and 3rd-year undergraduate students in Science or the students in 2rd-year and 3rd-year of Engineering (B.E./B.Tech.). Students in the 1st and 2nd year of M. Sc. are not eligible to apply. Participants should have a strong interest in Astronomy and Astrophysics theory, observations or instrumentation.

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

Answer : This year school will be held online due to the pandemic situation.

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

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 earlier 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; such referee reports will be ignored and will adversely affect your application.

Answer : While your application will be screened without referee reports, it will be given a lower weight than other applications. Not having any referee report will definitely hinder your chances of getting selected for the RAWSC-2020 programme.

Answer : Yes. You can update your application until the application deadline, using your Online ID and Password. We will begin screening applications after the deadline to submit referee report. However, as lot of students try to apply on the last day, the server may become extremely slow in responding. Therfore, we suggest you to complete this process a few days before the deadline.

Answer : It is unfortunate that the RAWSC 2020 clashes with your examinations. However, the period is chosen considering several factors, and it will not be possible to shift the dates.

Answer : This year school will be held online due to the pandemic situation.

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 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 there is an error, correct the addresses and re-submit the application form. If the addresses are correct, ask your referees to check their SPAM folder. 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 to make sure that it works. Individual failures are certainly possible, but these should be solved by simply clicking the button to re-send the referee e-mails.

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.

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.

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.