Admission open for Ph.D at Indian Institute of Science

The Indian Institute of Science was founded in 1909 as a result of the joint efforts of Jamsetji Nussarwanji Tata, the Government of India and the Maharaja of Mysore.  Tata conceived of a university of science in 1896 that would work for the benefit of India, and in 1898, created an endowment for establishing such an institution.  The Government of India decided to locate the Institute in Bengaluru, where the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, donated over 370 acres of land for this initiative.

Applications are invited for admissions to (i) Research Programmes [Ph D / M Tech (Research)] (ii) Course Programmes [M Tech/M Des/M Mgt], (iii) Ph D (Integrated) Programmes, and (iv) External Registration Programmes (Ph D). Eligibility criteria, specialisations, areas of research and other details are available at separate links on the IISc website.

Candidates who are yet to complete their qualifying examinations, but expect to complete all the requirements for admission eligibility (including all examinations, project dissertation, viva-voce etc.) are also eligible to apply provided they can furnish the necessary certificates by October 31, 2017.

Ph.D in Science Faculty: Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Ecological Sciences, High Energy Physics, Inorganic & Physical Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematics, Microbiology & Cell Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics, Neurosciences, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Solid State & Structural Chemistry.

M.Tech(Research) and Ph.D in Engineering Faculty: Aerospace Engineering, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Automation, Earth Sciences, Electrical Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Systems Engineering, Instrumentation, Management Studies, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nano Science and Engineering, Product Design & Manufacturing, Sustainable Technologies, and Computational and Data Sciences – (Computational Science Stream and Computer Data Systems Stream).


Ph.D in Interdisciplinary areas: BioSystems Science and Engineering (offered by Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering), Energy (offered by Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research), Mathematical Sciences (offered by National Mathematics Initiative), Nanoscience and Engineering (offered by the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering), Water Research (offered by Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research), Cyber Physical Systems (offered by Robert Bosch Centre for Physical Systems).

Note: Applicants can search for details of a particular department (such as eligibility, qualifications, areas of research) by entering short codes given within brackets in the “Departments offering Ph D/M Tech (Research) programme” (e.g., for Electrical Communication Engineering – enter (EC) in the search column provided under “Programmes in the Faculty of Science/Engineering” – the details pertaining to Electrical Communication Engineering
only will appear on the screen.)

Candidates possessing a minimum of second class in the following degrees are eligible to apply:
1. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/ Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science.
2.Master’s degree in Science / Master’s degree in Economics, Geography, Social Work, Psychology, Management, Commerce, Operations Research, Computer Science/ Application
3. Master’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Agriculture/ Pharmacy/ Veterinary Sciences
4.MS/MBA (post BE/B Tech) - (applicable for the department of Management Studies/Ecological Sciences)
5.Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in Engineering/ Technology from any centrally funded technical institutions, with a minimum CGPA of 8.5 out of 10 or its equivalent either of seventh semester or at the end of eighth semester.

*The GATE score should be valid as on August 1, 2017. Candidates securing the valid GATE socre for the years 2015/2016/2017 may apply. ** NET JRF includes - CSIR-UGC NET for JRF; UGC-NET for JRF; DBT JRF; ICMR JRF; JEST; NBHM Screening Test 2017; INSPIRE.

Short-listing is based either on national entrance tests performance or on the academic performance in the qualifying degree examination as per the table above. The final selection is based on the performance at an interview.

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