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If I Want to become a Scientist what should I do ?

I am currently in class 10. I want to become a scientist in Physics Sector. What should I do after 10th. Some people say that do IIT and AIEEE some say do plain B.Sc and then M.Sc and ultimately P.Hd. But I am a lot confused between these options. Most of my interests are in Astronomy, General Physics and Computers. I am currently in India. Please Help.. Suggest the options available in India! Please make your answer as clear it could be. Thank You !!

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  • Sep 8 2011: I feel a lot of similarity with you. I am starting my undergraduate studies this fall in a Mathematics degree (if my parents agree and don't push me into Electrical Engineering). I did not get financial aid for an excellent Physics program in Pakistan so I decided to pursue Mathematics(that's the closest to Physics I can get). I, maybe partially like you, am a perfect score, Physics Olymiader blah blah. I am aspiring to be a Theoretical Physicist. I'm just 18. But I did not get into the university of my choice(MIT, joking) I am narrating all this to convey to you that life is unpredictable. Still unpredictabler are the University admissions(specially undergraduate admissions). Listen to James Watson's talk on how he discovered DNA. He was rejected by Caltech graduate school.
    But the main thing is perseverance. No matter where you go, follow your passion, work really, really, really, really(no need to stress further) hard, and work even harder on developing the creative, individual attitude and way of looking. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. That's all you can do for the long term.
    For the short term(next 2-3 years), you could do the following:
    1) Get good grades in all subjects, specially sciences, at school.
    2) Think. Never stop questioning and discussing with your teachers and peers. Never be afraid to make stupid guesses and dumb explanations of questions. Always ask why is this topic the way it is? Delve as much deep as you can. You would find that there are some topics/subjects that you can think about easily( think and study them further)
    3) I like your projects. Similarly explore further any topic in the sciences that interests you(e.g genetics, applications of calculus, entropy in physics, rates of reactions e.t.c) I would recommend Halliday Resnick for Physics study. Consult some experts for university level books on bio,chem and math also that you can use as a reference.
    (To be continued)

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