Thanks a lot "twinb87" and "coffeecoffeecoffee" for such encouraging advice!
I decided to drop a year and strengthen my application. So far its been decent. My EPL paper got accepted (
) , and so did other two AIP conference proceedings (PRL got trashed (
)). I appeared for GRE and got 560/800 in English, 800/800 in maths, and 3/6 in writing (
). TOEFL was also okay with 99/120. I am preparing for PGRE. Also, In the last semester, I got 9.6/10 (got As in two research level courses). I passed out with 7.4/10 (5 year avg.) but 8.5/10 in the last two years.
Any update on which schools I can hope for (computational astrophysics/geophysics)? Right now, I am thinking about Utexas (ICES), JHU (planetary), Ucolorado (astro), UCLA (planetary), UCSC (planetary), Uminnesota (planetary), Ohiostate (astro), and Utoronto (Physics, but with geophysics interest). Is this too high?
I have read other threads regarding this (above mentioned schools does seem rather lofty), but I just wanted some second opinion from the good folks on PGRE forum (