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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram
Online Application for the Admission to PhD Programme

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Ph.D. Admissions - January 2020

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Applications are invited from highly motivated students for admission to the Ph.D. programme of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram (IISER TVM) in Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Physical Sciences for the session starting from January 2020, i.e., Vasanth 2020 semester. Candidates are required to apply through online portal only.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. First class or equivalent at Master’s-level (a five-year degree after +2 level).
  2. The candidate must have qualified either of the following examinations: CSIR-UGC, UGC-NET-JRF and GATE with validity as of January 2020. Candidates with DST-INSPIRE fellowship or fellowship through any other national-level examinations as mentioned.
School Relevant Areas Eligibility Requirement
Biological Sciences Biological / Mathematics / Bioinformatics / Agricultural Sciences / Veterinary Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Medicine (MBBS)
  • Eligibility Criteria 1
  • Eligibility Criteria 2
  • DBT-JRF (Category I), ICMR-JRF
    Note: Only candidates whose ranks make them eligible to avail Category I DBT-Junior Research Fellowships tenable at any university/institution in India. Fellowships restricted to join DBT or ICMR-sponsored projects are not eligible.
  • GATE (EY, XL and BT only)
    Note: GATE (EY) qualified candidates will be considered only for Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour. GATE (XL) or GATE (BT) qualified candidates will be considered only for Bioinformatics.
  • JGEEBILS (GS-2019)
    Note: Candidates who have appeared for the JGEEBILS 2019 test can apply.
#JGEEBILS and GATE (EY, XL and BT only) candidates may be further shortlisted by IISER TVM Ph.D. applications shortlisting committee based on the marks/score.
Chemical Sciences Chemical Sciences
  • Eligibility Criteria 1
  • Eligibility Criteria 2
Physical Sciences Physical Sciences/Material Science/ Engineering areas (closely related to the research areas of IISER TVM)
  • Eligibility Criteria 1
  • Eligibility Criteria 2
  • JEST 2019
    Note: Candidates who have passed/cleared the JEST 2019 test can apply (with validity as of January 2020).

Research Areas

School Areas
Biological Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Physical Sciences

Selection Procedure

The shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a written test/interview at IISER TVM. The final selection of the candidates will solely be based on the performance in the interview.

In School of Biology, there will be two rounds of interviews. In case of a high turnout of candidates, an entrance exam will be conducted (based on Master’s-level Biology questions for 70% marks and 12th-level Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry questions for 30%) on the first day of interviews.

Important Dates

Opening of online application portal 25 September 2019
Last date for receipt of online applications 15 October 2019
School of Biology (Interview) 02 - 04 December 2019
School of Chemistry (Interview) 15 - 16 November 2019
School of Physics (Interview) 09 December 2019
Reporting time for all candidates 8.30 AM on the first day of the interview
Venue IISER TVM, Vithura Campus

NB: Hostel accommodation will be available in the campus for candidates only on request in advance.

Application Procedure

  1. Applicants should complete the online application form at the url:
  2. Only applications complete in all respects would be considered. Do not forget to click the “Submit” button after completing your application.
  3. Applicants will also be prompted to upload all the supporting documents online.
  4. Applicants should provide Name/Affiliation/Contact number and Email addresses of two referees in the application form.
  5. Applicants belonging to GE/OBC and SC/ST/PH categories are required to make a payment of Rs. 500/- and Rs. 250/-, respectively, as a processing fee online at:
  6. On submission of the online application form, the applicants will receive an acknowledgment email with a unique application number.
  7. Applicants are NOT required to post hard copy of the application to IISER TVM.
  8. In case of any application-related queries, please contact the Ph.D. coordinator by email at: Any other mode of communication will not be entertained.
  9. Mere fulfillment of the eligibility criteria does not entitle a candidate to be called for the written test and/or interview.

For School of Biology, it is mandatory for all the candidates to submit a short research proposal of 300-400 words, which should clearly state a research problem you find interesting to address and how you approach towards solving this. While applying online, please upload this proposal under the section "Statement of Purpose". Please note the proposal does not need to be related to the research ongoing at the School of Biology, IISER TVM. The proposal will be used to evaluate your scientific aptitude and will be a major criterion for short-listing candidates for the interview.

Important points

  1. Relaxation for reserved categories to the eligibility criteria will be applicable as per Government of India rules.
  2. Candidates who meet minimum eligibility criteria for obtaining INSPIRE Ph.D. fellowship as per the DST guidelines can also apply. In the event of being shortlisted, and successfully cleared in the interview, the candidate shall be provisionally admitted for the Ph.D. program. The admission shall be cancelled, if the candidate cannot submit necessary documents for INSPIRE Ph.D. fellowship at the time of registration.
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