Ph.D. Admissions - August 2020

Last date for application is extended to 07th June 2020

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 (SoB), Chemical (SoC), Mathematical (SoM), and Physical (SoP) Sciences for the session starting from August 2020, i.e., Varsha 2020 semester. Candidates are required to apply through the online portal only. The online application portal will be open from 01/03/2020 at

Prime Minister Research Fellows (PMRF)

The eligible candidate may also opt for PMRF while submitting the PhD application form. Know More

Eligibility Criteria

  1. 7.5 CGPA in 10-point scale (or first class equivalent) or first class Master’s degree in relevant areas as declared by the respective University.
  2. The candidate must have qualified either of the following examinations: CSIR-UGC, UGC-NET-JRF and GATE with validity as of August 2020. Candidates with DST-INSPIRE fellowship or fellowship through any other national-level examinations as mentioned.

BSMS Students from any of the IISERs with CGPA 8 or above on a 10 point scale are exempted from national level eligibility test

School Relevant Areas Eligibility Requirement
Biological Sciences Biological Sciences/ Mathematics/ Bioinformatics/Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Medicine (MBBS)
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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.


Note: Candidates who have appeared for the JGEEBILS 2020 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
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Mathematical Sciences Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering/ Technology in a relevant area.
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Qualified NBHM JRF Scholarship Written Exam 2020 and have received the NBHM interview call letter.


Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology with a minimum CPI of 8.0 (or 75% Marks), and a CSIR-UGC-JRF/NBHM JRF(or qualified NBHM JRF Scholarship Written Exam 2020 and have received the NBHM interview call letter)/ GATE- Fellowship valid as on 01 August 2020.

Physical Sciences Physical Sciences/Material Science/ Engineering areas (closely related to the research areas of IISER TVM)
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  • Eligibility Criteria 2


  • JEST 2020 (Physics)

In situations where no University declaration exists about first class, UGC regulations on eligibility criteria will be followed.

Research Areas

School Areas
Biological Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Mathematical 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 the 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. be two rounds of interviews. In case of a high turnout of candidate

Important Dates

Opening of online application portal 01 March 2020
Last date for receipt of online applications 07 June 2020
Interview Dates will be announced later.

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

Application Procedure

  • Applicants should complete the online application form at the url:
  • Only applications complete in all respects would be considered. Do not forget to click the “Submit” button after completing your application.
  • Applicants will also be prompted to upload all the supporting documents online.
  • Applicants should provide Name/Affiliation/Contact number and Email addresses of two referees in the application form.
  • 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:
  • On submission of the online application form, the applicants will receive an acknowledgment email with a unique application number.
  • Applicants are NOT required to post a hard copy of the application to IISER TVM.
  • 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.
  • Mere fulfilment of the eligibility criteria does not entitle a candidate to be called for the written test and/or interview.

For the 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.