PhD Admissions August 2014

PhD Admissions August 2014

Online Application will be available at from 5th April 2014.

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), starting August 2014.

Biological Sciences: Applicants must satisfy the following criteria (except for Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (EEB)). For details refer point 2 and 3 of the selection procedure.

  1. Master’s degree in Biological/ Chemical/ Physical/ Mathematical/ Bioinformatics/ Agricultural/ Veterinary/ Allied Medical Sciences or a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine with a minimum of 60% marks or CGPA 6.5 on a scale of 10, or equivalent is desirable
  2. Qualifying in one of the following national level tests, with validity as on 1st August 2014, CSIR-UGC-JRF/DBT-JRF*/DST-INSPIRE for Ph.D./ICAR-JRF* /ICMR JRF*/GATE (Ecology) /JGEEBILS#
  3. *Only candidates whose ranks make them eligible to draw fellowships in Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) institutions, qualify under criteria 2

    # JGEEBILS qualified candidates will be shortlisted based on their rank and may apply ONLY after receiving an e-mail confirmation from IISER-TVM.

Selection procedure:

  1. Candidates who satisfy criteria 1 and 2 above, if shortlisted, will have to appear for interviews conducted at IISER-TVM.
  2. For being considered for the Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (EEB) laboratories, a written test will be conducted at IISER-TVM for candidates who meet Criteria 1 but not Criteria 2 above. The written test will consist of multiple choice questions at Masters level including topics in ecology, evolution, behavior, general biology as well as reasoning and analytical questions. Candidates will be shortlisted for interview based on their performance in the written test. Those candidates who meet criteria 1 and 2 above need not appear for this written test.
  3. No written test will be conducted for admission to research areas other than EEB.
  4. The final selection of candidates will solely be based on performance in interviews.

Research Areas:

Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour Patterning, stem cells and regeneration of plants
Eukaryotic cell Biology Prokaryotic Cell Biology, Microbiology,
Molecular Structural Biology, Centromere and chromosome biology,
Genetics and Genomics, Developmental Biology and Neurobiology
Cell signaling, Immunologym

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Chemical Sciences: Applicants must satisfy the following criteria.

  1. The candidate must have a Master’s degree in Chemical Sciences with 60% marks or equivalent.
  2. The candidate must have qualified CSIR-UGC-JRF/GATE examinations valid as on 1st August 2014 or INSPIRE Ph. D. fellowship for Ph.D.
  3. Previous research experience and quality publications will be considered as an added qualification.

Selection procedure:

The shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview at IISER-TVM. The selection of the candidate will be based on the performance in the interview.

Research Areas:

Inorganic and organometallic chemistry, Photochemistry, Photophysics, Nanomaterials,
Organic synthesis, Medicinal chemistry, Carbohydrate chemistry, Chemical Biology Biomass conversion
Organic Synthesis/DNA Nanotechnology/Supramolecular Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry
Protein structure determination through NMR spectroscopy, Ultrafast Spectroscopy
Inorganic – Organic Hybrid Materials chemistry

Mathematical Sciences: Applicants must satisfy any one of the following criteria

  1. Master’s degree in Mathematics / Statistics / in a relevant area of science with a minimum CPI of 6.5 (or 60% of marks) and
    1. Qualified for CSIR/UGC-JRF/GATE/INSPIRE Ph.D. Fellowship/NBHM PhD Fellowship, valid as on 01 August 2014.
    2. OR

    3. Qualified NBHM PhD Fellowship Test 2014 with a score of 20 or above.
  2. Master’s degree in Engineering / Technology in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 (or 60% of marks) with valid GATE score as on 01 August 2013.
  3. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 7.0 (or 65% of marks), an appearance in the Indian National Math Olympiad (INMO) in class XI or XII, and a valid CSIR-UGC-JRF/NBHM/GATE as on 01 August 2014.

Selection procedure:

Applicants satisfying the above eligibility criteria will be called for a written test and interview. The selection will be based on the performance in the written test as well as the interview.

Download the PDF file containing the syllabus for the written test.

All eligible NBHM candidates need not appear for the written test and may directly appear for the interview.

Research Areas:

(1) Functional Analysis (2) Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) (3) Control Theory (4) Mathematical Fluid Dynamics (5) Image Processing using PDEs (6) Stochastic Processes (7) Group Theory (8) Commutative Algebra (9) Homological Algebra (10) Mathematical Finance (11) Financial Engineering (12) Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing (13) Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Physical Sciences: Applicants must satisfy the following criteria

  1. Master’s degree in Physical Sciences, Materials Science, Engineering or Technology, in areas closely related to the interests of the physics faculty at IISER TVM. 60% marks or equivalent is desirable.
  2. Qualifying in one of the following national level examination with validity as on 1st August 2014: GATE#/CSIR-UGC-JRF/JEST-2014*/INSPIRE Ph.D. Fellowship

    # Applicants with M. Tech need a GATE score valid as of 1st August 2013.

    * JEST 2014 qualified candidates eligible to apply to the programme have already been informed individually and need NOT apply through this portal.

Research Areas:

  1. Two-dimensional layered nanostructures
  2. Quantum electrical amplifiers; Topological spintronic devies
  3. Photonics, thermoelectrics, plastic electronics and semiconductor physics, solar cells
  4. Electrical transport in nanoscale Schottky Junctions
  5. Optical properties of 2-D layered materials
  6. Non-linear Optical Phenomena
  7. Point Contact spectroscopy
  8. Superconductivity and Magnetism
  1. Quantum Information theory and open quantum systems
  2. Topological Insulators, Fracntional Chern Insulators
  3. Gravitational wave detection from compact binaries
  4. Higher Spin Holography
  5. Statistical Field theory

Application Procedure

  1. Applicants should complete the online application form by going to the following URL:
  2. Applicants will also be prompted to upload all the supporting documents, like photograph, signature, community certificate and national level examination (CSIR/NBHM/Inspire etc) online.
  3. Applicants should provide Name/Affiliation/Contact number and Email address of two referees in the application form.
  4. Applicants should download the Referee Report Form here and forward them to the concerned referees. The completed reports should be obtained in sealed envelopes and be submitted by the candidates, directly while attending the selection interviews.
  5. GE/OBC [SC/ST/PH] applicants are required to make a payment of Rs. 200/- [Rs. 100/-] as processing fee through the Powerjyoti Account.
  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.

Important Dates

Online Application will be available at from 5 April, 2014
Last date of receipt of the application form 2 May, 2014
Announcement of shortlisted candidates on the Institute’s website 3-7 May, 2014
Interview and Written Test (EEB) for the short-listed candidates in Biological Sciences 3-5 June 2014
Interview for the short-listed candidates in Chemical Sciences 24-25 May, 2014
Written test and Interview for the short-listed candidates in Mathematical Sciences 21-22 May, 2014
Interview for the short-listed candidates in Physical sciences 16-17 June, 2014

Mere fulfilling the eligibility criterion does not entitle a candidate to be called for the test and interview