Arnab Dhabal

Department of Astronomy
University of Maryland





Degree(s) Received

  • Master of Science (5 year Integrated MSc) degree in Physics
    from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in May 2012

    (CPI -
    9.1/10 - Link to Transcript)


Recent Scholastic Achievements

  • Academic Excellence Award by IIT Kanpur in 2008 and 2009.

  • Recipient of the KVPY fellowship from Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, since 2008.

  • DAAD Scholarship (German Academic Scholarship) for summer internship in 2010.

  • MITACS-Globalink Scholarship (Canadian Academic Scholarship) for summer internship in 2011.



Courses done at IIT Kanpur

Physics Courses :
Optical Physics
Classical Mechanics
Thermal Physics
Statistical Mechanics
Quantum Physics
Classical Electrodynamics - I and II
Special and General Theories of Relativity
Condensed Matter Physics
Order and Chaos
Quantum Mechanics – I and II
Quantum Field Theory
Introduction to Atomic and Nuclear Physics
Mathematical Methods in Physics – I and II

Lab Courses:
Physics Lab
Chemistry Lab
Optics Laboratory
Modern Physics Laboratory
Experimental Physics - I and II
Experimental Project

Other Basic Science Courses :
Physics – Classical Mechanics, Electrodynamics
Mathematics – Real Analysis, Complex Analysis Differential Equations, Matrices.
Chemistry (Physical, Inorganic and Organic)

Engineering Courses :
Fluid Mechanics and Rate Processes
Numerical Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer
Mechanics of Solids
Finite Element Methods
Engineering Graphics
Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
Introduction to Electronics
Fundamentals of Computing
Quantum Computing

Humanities :
Psychology – Introduction to Psychology;
Psychology of Adjustment
Philosophy – Introduction to Philosophy
Sociology – Population Economy and Society

Previous Scholastic Achievements

Year Board Institute Percentage
2007 Standard 12, ISC Calcutta Boys’ School 94.00 %
2005 Standard 10, ICSE Calcutta Boys’ School 94.17 %

  • Secured an All India Rank of 733 in IITJEE 2007 (99.7 percentile) and All India Rank of 682 in AIEEE 2007 (99.9 percentile).

  • Qualified the Regional Mathematical Olympiad, 2005 and represented the state at the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad, INMO 2006. (99 percentile+)

  • Got selected for the national level of Astronomical Olympiad, INAO 2005 organized by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education.

  • Secured the 3rd rank in a National Level Aptitude Test in 2003 conducted by the CISCE out of about 20000 students.

  • Was honoured by the NCERT for performance in the National Talent Search Examination, 2005.

  • Secured a rank of 56 out of about 100000 candidates in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination for Engineering, 2007.

  • Was awarded a certificate of merit for being placed in the top 1% of the candidates from the state of West Bengal in the National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP).

  • Received High Distinction (99th percentile in India)  in Maths and Science in an examination for International Assessments of Schools organized by The University of New South Wales, Australia in 2001.

  • Received Certificate of Merit for securing the 10th position in a state level Science Talent Search Examination, 2001.

  • Ranked 43rd in Talent Search Institute’s All India Maths Olympiad, 2000.