33 comments on “Resigning ISRO!!! Crazy?

  1. Resigning is a better option for a few centers in ISRO.

    People who are selected dont have any option for his interest. He can be posted any where, even stores. More often majority of new engineers will be transporting materials from one center to another and vice versa, Saturday and Sunday will be utilized for their journey.

    Engineers have no Overtime. They have to work even at Saturday and Sunday (usually known as STAYBACK). Engineers will be working more than 8 hrs each day in average. You lunch break is 30mins only. Technical Asst will get 12rs/hour for staying back for the first 8 years, after that no overtime will be paid. For technicians same as Rs 12/hour will be paid as overtime for his entire life time until ISRO raise the sum from 12 rupees.

    You will be forced to carry USB devices even it is illegal. You should carry you pending work and finish it at you home (weekends, holidays etc..) before coming to next working days.

    What will happen if you fail to do the above ?? There is a annual performance report for each person. It contain scores like A++, A+, A, B+, B-, C etc.. Your future depends on these scores which is evaluated by your boss.

    Be frank, People who are very sincere and dedicated to work !! Please don’t join here. If you are sincere, you will be dumped with more and more work until you become lazy fellow. Or you will automatically learn and tune with that culture and by the time your character will be totally ruined.

    At last !! What ever happen in your office will indirectly affect you life (parents,wife,kids..) also…. believe me…

    What ever i have mentioned above is from my true personal experience only and i am over 30yrs now and its hard to get another job now.

  2. Dear sir
    i want to ask that if we are unable to crack gate exam then should we join isro or start doing m.tech as part time with some job of leturer..plz reply….& thnx for such useful information provided here.

    • Joining ISRO, in my opinion, is by far better than joining as a lecturer in some XYZ college. Job itself is prestigious and so is the designation, job profile is good. Let me stress that the post of Scientist/Engineer – SC (‘SC’ stands here for Scientist, Grade C) is a post of Class A gazetted officer. But if someone has other preference, e.g. hometown sickness, alternative future, he/she may think of some other way in that case. Also work pressure is moderate/manageable compared to average IT industry (I have that experience either) so that you can plan your future well. Like I did, you can think of writing GATE once more, too.

  3. @Rajni

    In response to your post below,
    Thnx for the advice sir….but sir what if we join some college like pec in chd for m.tech as they have some seats spare for non gate students. Sir actually the problem is not home sickness it is that if at a longer run you have to join teaching as its a stable job then why not at initial stage & sir do it matters whether we do m.tech as parttime/ regular as we are getting experience of job along with it…of some telecomm company/ teaching in a polytechnic college….

    What I’d like to say is, as far as stability is concerned, a Central Govt. job should not be a headache. I don’t find these part time M.Tech. programs from a non-branded university of much use, personally. But opinions and perspectives of people may vary. If earning money is the sole concern, then B.Tech. and switching jobs across companies followed by an “onsite” is good enough. Unless your M.Tech. neither opens up an opportunity, be it professional or academic, nor gives you a brand, then I consider it as a sheer waste of time, money and energy.

  4. hey, i m selected for scientist/engineer ‘SC’ post from cse, currently i m pursuing my mtech from IIIT hyderabad n i m in 2nd sem right now n have got the joining 7th april, i want to know if u hav any info abt Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram, i mean what is the nature of work assigned to cse candidates n is it worth leaving mtech n joining ISRO…..thanks in advance 🙂

  5. Hi Ritika,

    In 2012, two of my friends, Sharmistha and Ritesh joined LPSC’s Computer Division. I don’t have any info about the lady, but Ritesh resigned ISRO last year around the same time I resigned, got an AIR 63 and joined IITK. Naturally, I guess the nature of work, according to him, was not “that” rewarding compared to pursuing M.Tech. @IIT. But, here’s you have one ‘I’ extra. So, the decision may vary. You have to weigh your options on the basis of ISRO’s brand value as compared to M.Tech. @IIIT. The decision depends on what exactly you expect from your employer. Should you need to talk to Ritesh, please let me know.

  6. ok 🙂 ……there a few questions that i would like to ask about LPSC as i need to be aware about what i would be doing there and as far as m.tech is concerned i am more than happy with IIIT and hence the confusion.It would be great if i can ask few questions from Ritesh….thanks a lot for the timely response 🙂

  7. Hi, this is Sayak. I have been selected for the post of Scientist/Engineer ‘SC’ in CSE and given posting at ISTRAC, bangalore. Can anybody tell me about the nature of work at istrac for cse people? thanx in advance

  8. Hello Dipanjan, I read your posts on blog, very useful information. I have been selected for the post of Scientist/Engineer ‘SC’ in CSE and got posting at Space Application Center (SAC), Ahmedabad. My joining date was 7th April, But I got extension (Because of my internship). I am studying in NITIE, Mumbai (B School ) and from 13th June I will be starting my 2nd year in NITIE. Would you please comment over the kind of work that I may get in SAC. AS I have already completed my 1 year in NITIE, leaving course from half is getting bit difficult for me. Would you please give your opinion over this situation, it would be of great help. Thanking you in anticipation.

    • Hi Anita,

      How many days of extension have you been granted? Whether you should be discontinuing MBA@NITIE is hard to comment on. I was at VSSC, so I don’t have much idea about the nature of work at SAC. But I know one of my colleagues who has joined IIT Madras as a sponsored candidate. He is from SAC. If you want, I may try you to connect with him so that you can ask him directly. NITIE being a prestigious institute, my personal opinion is NOT to discontinue your studies. After one year, you’ll be having a degree, think of it. If you are too passionate about ISRO, write the exam next year and crack it once again.

  9. Thanks Dipanjan, I am also thinking about degree and not to leave college. But for reference, If I get your SAC friend’s contact, It would be of great help. Thanks

  10. I an workng in NEW ISRO. The NEW ISRO is different from old one. Here are the pros and cons…


    1) Good career growth if you are in the right division.
    2) Initially good salary, high grade pay.
    3) Transport service.
    4) Work upto 60 years.
    5) Secure job.
    6) Good Medical facility.
    7) Good canteen facility.
    8) Good Library (If you get spare time)
    9) Will get transport service for overtime.


    1) No statutory pension, No provident fund.
    2) Since higher grade pay initially, you cannot apply or appear for any interview/written test for other government jobs.
    3) No Money for Overtime.
    4) Gazetted and Non gazetted officers may get work on holidays too.
    5) You may get call and sms at any time from your reporting officer(official mobile phone) and you may reply back from your personal phone.
    6) Working hours extends from 8hrs to 12hrs average for technical staffs.
    7) No internet facility for non gazetted employees (except some centers).
    8) Not good for non gazetted technical staffs in all respect.
    9) Your work experience is limited only and not sufficient for other jobs.
    10) Its compulsory to be present at office on hartal / strike days.
    11) Women who takes maternity leave more than 6 months may suffer during promotion periods.
    12) 100 achievements by you.. wont get recognized, but 1 mistake.. make you famous.
    13) Cannot survey without telling lies.

  11. I have resigned from LPSC, Valiamala. After long struggling, they had credited my last month salary. But they didnt credited my Earned leave salary. I have total of ~120days Earned leave. They said they will credit it and told me not to call them every month asking for salary. They already released office order to release my salary and EL. I was shocked that only 50% EL will be paid by ISRO. This is ISRO Norms.
    Now 2 months is over ( My 60 days EL+salary slip+form 16 is still pending).

    • Hi Arun,

      It’s true that ISRO (possibly the rule of Central Govt.) encashes only 50% of the EL in case of resignation. And yes, once you come out of the organization, it’s insanely difficult to carry out any further communication. I, too, felt such troubles. They don’t have any mail ID to write to. Every time I called, I had to explain the person from scratch. Such a pain.

      By the way, have you enquired about the fate of the amount held in NPS?

      • Hi Dipanjan
        I hate ISRO. These people dont allow us to take EL leave nor credit it (even after resignation). Anyway leave it.

        Regarding NPS…
        I quested about NPS. There is only two option. Either cancel your NPS (20% will be credited and rest 80% will be intact until u reach 60 years old) or just simply keep it until you reach 60. In both cases NPS(rest amount:- our contribution+govt contribution) will be credited each month only after 60 years. NPS interest is lesser than than what you get in a BANK.
        OR u can continue your NPS with any other PVT/Gov industry where ever u join.

          • Hi Dipanjan

            After fighting for 5 months, finally they credited my EL leaves. I got around 75000.

          • Yes. NPS cannot be withdrawn. Its with CRA.
            If i cancel NPS, they will give only 20%. So i left it as such.
            I can access it through CRA site to know my current balance. It had got no relation with the old employer. If required, i can continue the same scheme in any other firm.
            Now private industry and NRI peoples can also opt for the same NPS schemes.
            Doestnt make sense. Even normal Fixed deposit would give more output than NPS for the same input.

          • Hi Arun,

            I don’t think you need to cancel NPS to get back 20%. It’s like you can withdraw at most 20%, keeping remaining 805 held by them. A few months back I called VSSC Accounts. What they told me to submit the original NPS card with the application form (102 – Premature Withdrawal Form). I didn’t feel it safe to courier the card to them. I was there at Chennai at that time. Then I moved to Mumbai, then to Kolkata, then to Singapore. I was too occupied to pursue this matter any further. The whole idea of NPS seems to be a crap to me.

  12. Hi Dipanjan,
    Requesting your opinion on my situation. I have close to 6.5 years of Work experience. I have worked for Motorola, LG, Robert Bosch, Mercedes-Benz and now General Electric. I also have lot of International Experience. Is it a good idea to attempt ISRO ICRB Recruitment. Of Course I have interest in ISRO. Also from the blog I understood the pros and cons. But still couldnt decide clearly on it.

  13. Hi bro,i seen ur blog.Its impressive.Iam Mahesh(2015 passout) currently working in TCS(like u) and got 18th rank cse-sc exam of ISRO. Also preparing for gate. Dont know how the Gate result would be!. So how will be the ISRO interview (Iam bad at english fluency so will it effect?) , also share some tips for the interview and GATE.

  14. Hi.Dipanjan..is it good option to go for ISRO SC post who is doing Ph.D who will complete within next two years of time. and if after completion of that going to academic side is better or apply for ISRO is better..plz clarify my doubt..

    • Hi Rajasekhar,

      It all depends on the quality of PhD you are finishing, honestly. For a high quality PhD with a good number of top-tier publications, I assume that joining ISRO is an “underuse” (if not waste) of your potential. In that case, academia is a better option in the sense you’d be able to serve a number of students in your tenure as a professor. Even you can consider joining a research lab, e.g. MSR, IRL etc. Otherwise, joining ISRO is the third best option which will offer you an assumed salary combined with slow yet sustained growth.

  15. does any one know whether NRSC (hyderabad) is having good groups for CSE branch students to work.?
    i am already an SO in BARC but i want to stay near to my home town so again i am preparing for ISRO.so it is important to know whether GOOD GROUPS are there or not.
    i don’t know any one who is working in ISRO.if you have any idea please answer.
    (may be this question is not related to above discussion sorry )

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