IISER Thiruvananthapuram releases PhD Admission notification for January 2018

Thiruvananthapuram: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM) has invited applications from eligible candidates for PhD Programmes starting January 2018. The PhD programmes are available in the following disciplines: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Chemical Sciences.

Key Dates: The online application has opened from 9 September 2017. The closing last date of receipt of the application form is 10 October 2017. Announcement of shortlisted candidates on the Institute’s website http://www.iisertvm.ac.in is 20 October 2017. The interview for the short-listed candidates in Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences/Physical Sciences  will be held during 20– 24th November 2017.


Application Fees:  General/OBC applicants are required to make a payment of Rs. 200/- and SC/ST/PH candidates need to pay Rs. 100/- as processing fee through the Powerjyoti Account.

Eligibility Conditions:

Biological Sciences:

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria.

Master’s degree (A five-year degree after +2 level) in Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences/Physical Sciences/ Mathematics/ Bioinformatics/ Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Medicine (MBBS). The qualifying degree should have been obtained within 5 years as on January 1st, 2018.

The applicant must have a minimum of 60% marks or CGPA 6.5 on a scale of 10, or equivalent. According to your mark list if your CGPA is not calculated on a scale of 10, please convert the CGPA to a scale of 10 and enter in the space provided. Please mention this in the remarks column [See point-1 under the heading “Important Points” below for relaxation in the eligibility criteria].

Qualification in one of the following national level tests, with validity as on 1st January 2018: CSIR-UGC-JRF/ DBT-JRF (Category I)/ ICMR-JRF/ Ranks 1 to 90 in GATE (Ecology and Evolution) /JGEEBILS (GS-2017). Or the candidate should be eligible for DST-Inspire PhD Fellowship [See point-2 under the heading “Important Points” below for INSPIRE Ph. D Fellowship].

Only candidates whose ranks make them eligible to avail Category 1 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) qualified candidates are eligible only for Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour. GATE exam scores for other subjects will not be considered for PhD admissions to IISER-TVM.

Candidates who appeared for the JGEEBILS 2017 test are eligible to apply. JGEEBILS candidates will be shortlisted based on the marks provided by the JGEEBILS examination organizers.

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: This 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. Your application will be treated as incomplete if you do not submit the short research proposal.

Chemical Sciences:

The candidate must have a Master’s degree in Chemical Sciences with 60% marks or equivalent (See point-1 under the heading “Important Points” below for relaxation in the eligibility criteria).

The candidate must have qualified CSIR-UGC-JRF/GATE examinations valid as on 1st January 2018 or DST INSPIRE Ph. D. fellowship [See point-2 under the heading “Important Points” below for INSPIRE Ph. D Fellowship).

Physical Sciences:

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria

Master’s degree in Physics, Materials Science, Engineering (Biomedical, Instrumentation, Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering), in areas closely related to the interests of the physics faculty at IISER TVM. 60% marks or equivalent is mandatory.

Qualifying in one of the following national level examination with validity as on 1st January 2018: GATE#/CSIR-UGC-JRF/JEST-2017/INSPIRE Ph.D. Fellowship.

Applicants with M. Tech need a GATE score valid as of 1st January 2017.

For exact qualification, how to apply and other details, interested candidates should refer Recruitment Notification, which are uploaded on the official website of IISER Thiruvananthapuram.


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