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Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Announces PhD & Integrated PhD Admission via GS 2021 Exam on 07 March

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Mumbai, 02 January 2021: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), India’s premier institution for advanced research in fundamental sciences, has announced Admission to PhD and Integrated MSc-PhD Progarmmes for 2021.  TIFR will conduct Entrance Test for Graduate School Admissions (GS-2021) on 07 March 2021 (Sunday). The application portal opens on 04 January 2021.

The Institute runs a graduate programme leading to the award of PhD, Integrated MSc-PhD as well as MSc degree in certain subjects.  The Graduate Programme at TIFR is classified into the following Subjects – Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability) and Science Education. It is conducted at the Mumbai campus and various National Centres of TIFR.

Key Dates:

The application portal starts from 04 January 2021.

The closing date for submission of application is 31 January 2021.

Nationwide Entrance Examination – 07 March 2021.

Application Fee (Non-Refundable):

Male Candidates     : Rs 1200/-

Female Candidates : Rs 600/-

Others : Rs 600/-

Various Programmes Offered by TIFR under Graduate School Admissions

Mathematics PhD and Integrated MSc-PhD Programmes

  • School of Mathematics, TIFR Mumbai
  • Centre for Applicable Mathematics (CAM), Bengaluru
  • Internatonal Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bengaluru (Only Ph.D. program).

Physics PhD and Integrated MSc-PhD Programmes:

  • Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Department of Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science
  • Department of High Energy Physics
  • Department of Nuclear & Atomic Physics
  • Department of Theoretical Physics

All above at TIFR, Mumbai Campus

  • National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune
  • TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad (TIFR-H) –
  • International Centre for Theoretical Sciences

Chemistry PhD and Integrated MSc-PhD Programs

  • Department of Chemical Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai
  • TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad (TIFR-H)

Biology PhD, Integrated MSc-PhD and MSc Programmes

Department of Biological Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai

National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru) – PhD,  Integrated MSc-PhD, and MSc (Wildlife Biology & Conservation) programmes.

TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad  – PhD and Integrated MSc-PhD programs only.

Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability) PhD Programme only.

  • School of Technology & Computer Science (STCS), TIFR, Mumbai

Science Education – PhD Programme

  • Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai.


For PhD and I-PhD programmes, the academic year starts from August 1, every year.  The academic year for MSc programme begins from July 1, every year.

PhD Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 31,000/- enhanced to Rs 35,000/- after registration.

I-PhD  Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 21,000/- for the first year. At the end of the first year, upon satisfactory performance, the fellowship is enhanced to Rs 31,000/- per month (further raised to Rs 35,000/- after registration for Ph.D.).

MSc (Biology) Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 16,000/- (+HRA as applicable).

MSc (Wildlife Biology & Conservation) Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 12,000/- (fixed).

Typical Course Duration:

PhD Programme: 5 Years

Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programme: 6 Years

MScProgramme:  See details in respective programme.

Selection Procedure:  The admissions procedure (in all subjects, except Science Education) consists of an online test at one of the several nationwide centres, followed by interviews of shortlisted candidates.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews to be held during April-May 2021.  Exact dates would be announced later.

Exam Centres: TIFR will conduct online examination in the examination centres in the following cities but the exact location / venue of the examination will be available on the downloaded hall ticket,

Centres in more cities are likely to be added. 

List of Cities where Online Exam will be held:


























Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GS-2021 exam is being delayed.

For further details about eligibility conditions, how to apply and other details, the candidates should refer the official website of  Graduate School Admissions of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.


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