A scientist is a professional who ever engages in the experimental, logical and theoretical pursuits of scientific knowledge, which is concerned to understand the laws that make up the physical universe and examining the various theories of change.
To be a scientist, one needs the ability to apply experimentally tested scientific research in practical situations to build upon existing knowledge. Skill required includes creative open thinking, sound scientific base and the flexibility to integrate new scientific information as it becomes available.
Science is more of an aptitude than an academic stream. The seeds of this aptitude must be germinated at early standards of schooling to reap its fruit later. As logical and analytical based thinking not only excels academically but build and improve on the existing knowledge. To become a scientist one must pass intermediate (12th) with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as core subjects. You can also take up Biology as an elective core subjects.Persuasion of graduation must be done in streams that one finds oneself to be comfortable with. After graduation, committing masters in the subject of one choice will affirm ones base for path ahead.
Now comes various options to setup ones start line. One can either prepare for NET (National Eligibility Test) or get ones JRF (Junior Research Fellow) to start your research. The other options include enrolling in a PhD program in your university and apply for grants in institutes. Appearing in GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) allows one to enroll for doctoral programs in various branches of science with government scholarships. One can get ones doctoral degree after 5 years of extensive research.
Research in itself is a full-time occupation and a person after acquiring one’s own Phd. can continue with the research work and go about inventing new things and theories. One can also work in Research and Development Laboratories of :-