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The Story so far...

The Inception
The 'Physics after Engineering' blog was incepted. A month later a WhatsApp group of the followers of the blog was created.
3rd March 2018
First sucess
JAM results were released and 17 of our Engineers made it to MSc Physics in IITs. These are the first generation members. Some of them were selected to ICTS, TIFR, HRI, IISERs etc.. Their success not only gave us inspiration but also gave us a first glimpse at the potential the community holds.
20th March, 2019
The good coming back
Those that scored good in the exams and got into top institutes started giving back to the community by writing blogposts about their preparation, interview experiences and motivational personal stories etc... These have immensely useful for exam prep and have inspired the next-gen PAE members and this happened....
March-April 2019
A massive feat!
4 out of top 5 in JEST & 8 out of top 25 in JAM are engineers from PAE community. A guy Rishabh Kaushik, secured AIR 1 in both JAM & JEST. Of course as per the tradition, many of them have written blogposts sharing their knowledge & experience.
March 2020
A Problem
Nakul Aggarwal, an engineer from PAE, despite having AIR-55 in JAM wasn't given admission in any of the IITs. IITs had a eligibility criteria of 4 sems of Physics in UG for MSc Physics programmes, owing to which many engineers were worried about their eligibility. While some were relegated to IITs lower in their preference order despite stupendous ranks. Some like Nakul were denied admission. So, we detailing all our problems(even made a brochure). and started mailing the IITs and approaching different people in IITs and eminent scientists like Dr.H C Verma (The mail in our homepage is during these conversations) requesting a change in policy.
July 2020
An unbelievable reform by IITs (thanks to PAE?)
A momentous day in the history of COS community, in a historic move, all the IITs have made all engineers patently eligible for MSc Physics programs! Although there was no official statement mentioning that our mails have had an impact, we believe the timing can't be a coincidence. (full details are below)
1st September 2020
Citizens of Science
Symbolising the Silver-lining that our work has been, at the end of 2020, the worst year for our generation, the 'Citizens of Science' website was officially launched merging the PAE & MAE blogs into it.
31st December 2020
The Inception
3rd March 2018: The 'Physics after Engineering' blog was incepted. A month later a WhatsApp group of the followers of the blog was created.
3rd March 2018
First sucess
20th March, 2019: JAM results were released and 17 of our Engineers made it to MSc Physics in IITs. These are the first generation members. Some of them were selected to ICTS, TIFR, HRI, IISERs etc.. Their success not only gave us inspiration but also gave us a first glimpse at the potential the community holds.
20th March, 2019
The good coming back
March-April 2019: Those that scored good in the exams and got into top institutes started giving back to the community by writing blogposts about their preparation, interview experiences and motivational personal stories etc... These have immensely useful for exam prep and have inspired the next-gen PAE members and this happened....
March-April 2019
A massive feat!
March 2020: 4 out of top 5 in JEST & 8 out of top 25 in JAM are engineers from PAE community. A guy Rishabh Kaushik, secured AIR 1 in both JAM & JEST. Of course as per the tradition, many of them have written blogposts sharing their knowledge & experience.
March 2020
A Problem
July 2020: Nakul Aggarwal, an engineer from PAE, despite having AIR-55 in JAM wasn't given admission in any of the IITs. IITs had a eligibility criteria of 4 sems of Physics in UG for MSc Physics programmes, owing to which many engineers were worried about their eligibility. While some were relegated to IITs lower in their preference order despite stupendous ranks,. Some like Nakul were denied admission. So, we detailing all our problems(even made a brochure). and started mailing the IITs and approaching different people in IITs and eminent scientists like Dr.H C Verma (The mail in our homepage is during these conversations.) requesting a change in policy.
July 2020
An unbelievable reform by IITs (thanks to PAE?)
1st September 2020: A momentous day in the history of COS community, in a historic move, all the IITs have made all engineers patently eligible for MSc Physics programs! Although there was no official statement mentioning that our mails have had an impact, we believe the timing can't be a coincidence. (full details are below)
1st September 2020
Citizens of Science
31st December 2020: Symbolising the Silver-lining that our work has been, at the end of 2020, the worst year for our generation, the 'Citizens of Science' website was officially launched merging the PAE & MAE blogs into it.
31st December 2020

For more details, read the story of the origin of 'Citizens of Science' as narrated by a member of our community

There comes a time in life where you start questioning the path you are traveling. Be it after your Pre-university, after Graduation, after your master’s, or after your first job. You start questioning your education, your values, your passion, your career stream. More often, this is late because of how the education system has been designed and also socio-cultural pressures that induce a wrong value of what success, money, fame is all about and what terms dictate your life.

Our founder, Dushyanth Edadasula, though always loved Physics, due to lack of awareness, took engineering. One year after he graduated due to various circumstances he thought of switching to Physics, there was little information about that available anywhere, but due to misguidance and lack of awareness of opportunities, he ended up spending one year preparing for the wrong exams. Although he applied to JAM, he didn’t realise that he was eligible for admission until one month before the exam. As a result, he couldn’t get a good enough rank for making it to IITs. Albeit, the rank was good enough to enter any NIT of choice, due to his engineering background, he was ineligible for admission in any of the NITs despite the rank. So, 2 years after graduation he got no where and now have to spend one more year preparing for the exams(actually he didn’t have to do that as he got into an institute the same year).  

Frustrated, he decided to write out the information he has gained and keep people like him from wasting their valuable time. After going through the websites of almost every other university, college & Research Institute in the country, he started a blog Physics after Engineering, for all those Married to Engineering, Romancing Physics. The blog does not ‘teach’ physics, It’s purpose is to make people aware of the channels in which an engineer can become a physicist.

Little did anyone know this small initiative would grow into this huge self-help community. Today, the blog gets 10,000+ views monthly, there are more than 1500 Physics loving engineers in our WhatsApp and Telegram groups, and the strength is growing exponentially. Groups are flooding and WhatsApp isn’t enough. 

A significant milestone also a revelation of the potential of Physics after Engineering(PAE from here on) would be in 2019 when JAM results were declared. Around 17 engineers from PAE Community made it to IITs. This was truly a triumphant moment for us. 

The community contributes to the blog by writing blog posts on their journey, exam preparation strategies, and interview experiences, internship opportunities, exam dates and criteria, and eligibility criteria of institutes, virtually a gold mine of information for a Physics student. These posts continue to inspire the generations to come and encourage those who want to switch streams.

After the results, those that topped the exams started writing content for the aspirants which served as an inspiration & guiding light for the next-gen PAE members. In the year 2020, 8 out of the top 25 in JAM Physics are from PAE community and in the JEST, hold your breath, 4 out of the top 5 rankers, (Yeah you read that right!) are engineers from our community. (Details here

Slowly, separate groups for each objective were established, for ex: A group for sharing Pop-Sci knowledge, a group of students solving numerics, a group for advisories, etc. Recently, there has been an extension to separate branches like Quantum Computing and Astrophysics where webinars and quizzes are conducted by members to engage and educate & guide the other members. We have our own Philosophy club and Chess club too. Help is always provided in this community when asked, whether it’s about abroad studies or mind-boggling theories to debate on, or internships/projects, which colleges to pick for which field, etc. You name it.

Despite such stupendous performance in entrance exams, IITs had a bar for the eligibility criteria. A student had to have a minimum of 4 subjects physics in their undergraduate to qualify for the masters despite a good rank in JAM examination. PAE members started persistently mailing and calls to various professors at the IITs which we think led to a revolutionary change in IITs Rule Book. On 1st Sep 2020, all the engineers were patently made eligible for the MSc physics course in IITs. KUDOS to the community! (Detailed story here)

PAE has branched into MAE(Mathematics), which and has got a great response and we have 250+ members already and some of them made it to IITs, TIFR, ISI, etc… It’s basically heading the same direction as PAE, and it is only imminent that it’ll be becoming a rich source of information like PAE. With this success, it occurred to us that we can do the same with all kinds of fields like chemistry, biology, economics, or even less know fields in humanities & arts even. This initiative “Citizens of Science” is for actuating the same. We are planning on branching to all kinds of streams and replicate the PAE model. Now you know, It’s not just a community loving physics or mathematics, it’s a platform with a lovely community that gives courage and help to those people who are in search of it.

We are hoping to help many more people pursue their passion in the fields of their choice.

Excerpt by 

Pavithra Sridhar,

A member of PAE.