IUCAA-NCRA PhD Admission Test 2016, INAT 2016, INAT 2016 for research scholarship

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IUCAA INAT 2016 | IUCAA PhD entrance test 2016 notification and dates

IUCAA INAT 2016  - Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCA)-NCRA Admission Test (INAT) 2016

Applications are invited from highly motivated students for a research scholarship to do a PhD at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune or the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)

Important Dates

Last Date for the Online Submission of INAT-2016 Applications is 15th September 2016

The Last Date for the Online Submission of the Assessment Forms is 19th September 2016

The Selection for the Research Scholarship will be through a Written Test on 08th December 2016 (at 09.00 am)

Short-listed Candidates will be interviewed on 08th and 09th December 2016 (Thursday & Friday), both to be held at IUCAA, Pune


The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune (an autonomous institution of the UGC), and the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics of the NCRA-TIFR, Pune, are two leading centres of research in a wide range of areas in Physics, and Astronomy and Astrophysics

IUCAA offers challenging opportunities to young researchers in theory, observation, and instrumentation in Astronomy and Astrophysics

IUCAA-NCRA Admission Test (INAT-2016):

The IUCAA-NCRA Admission Test (INAT-2016) is being conducted to select candidates for a research scholarship towards a Ph.D. at either IUCAA or NCRA-TIFR


Applications are invited from students who expect to complete their M.Sc., Integrated M.Sc., B.Sc., or B.E./B. Tech./M.E./M. Tech. degrees by July 2017 with 55% marks or more

Students in any branch of the B.E., B. Tech., M.E. or M. Tech. degrees, or in the Physics, Electronics, Astronomy or Applied Mathematics branches of the B.Sc. or M.Sc. degrees, are eligible to apply for INAT-2016. Students who have already completed any of the above degrees are also eligible

In addition, talented final-year B.Sc., 1st year M.Sc., 4th year Integrated M.Sc. and 2nd/3rd year B.E./B. Tech students may also apply to be pre-selected for the PhD programme at IUCAA

Students who complete their M.Sc./Integrated M.Sc./M.E./M. Tech degrees by July 2017 will be eligible for selection to the PhD Programme of both IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR; students who complete their B.E./B. Tech degrees by July 2017 are eligible for selection to the Ph.D. programme at IUCAA and to the Integrated Ph.D. programme at NCRA-TIFR (except for Engineering Physics students, who will be eligible for selection to the Ph.D. programme at NCRA-TIFR). Students who complete their B.Sc. degrees by July 2017 will be eligible for selection to the Integrated PhD Programme at NCRA-TIFR and for pre-selection to the PhD programme at IUCAA

Selection Procedure:

We are looking for highly motivated students with a consistently good academic record. While we strongly encourage students from engineering backgrounds to apply for INAT-2016, we emphasize that we are looking for students who are interested in carrying out doctoral research in Physics, or Astronomy and Astrophysics. We hence expect prospective candidates to have a good understanding of basic Physics

Based on the applications and referee assessments, a subset of the candidates will be short-listed and invited to take the written test, to be held in Pune on 08th December 2016

Candidates with 55% or more marks in the qualifying examination may walk-in for the written test by producing a valid photo identification and a copy of their most recent marksheet. They should report at the Chandrasekhar Auditorium, IUCAA by 09:00 am for verification of these documents, to ensure that there are no logistical problems

The final selection to the research scholarship will be based on the results of the written test (on 08th December 2016) and two interviews (on Thursday, December 8, and/or Friday, December 09, 2016), both to be held in Pune

Note that, for both IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR, the selection through INAT is in addition to the selection through the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)

Nature of the Written Test

The test will be of 2 hours duration. The question paper will have two parts, A and B

Part A will contain twenty objective-type questions on basic Mathematics, Physics and Electronics

Part B will contain another twenty objective-type questions from advanced Physics, Mathematics and Electronics/Engineering. For each question, candidates will have to identify and mark the correct answer from the given four answers

For a correct answer, there will be +3 (plus three) marks, and for a wrong answer, there will be -1 (minus one) mark. Based on their performance in the written test, a limited number of candidates will be invited for 2 interviews, which will be conducted on 08th-09th December 2016

The final selection will be based on the scores in the written test and interviews. Candidates selected by either IUCAA or NCRA-TIFR are expected to join in August 2017 (except for pre-selected candidates), after satisfactory completion of their qualifying exam

How to Apply

Candidates should apply online at https://inat.ncra.tifr.res.in/INAT2016. More details, including eligibility for selection to the different programmes at IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR as well as information for walk-in candidates, are available at the same URL

Candidates must first register by entering their name and valid e-mail address in the appropriate registration boxes below. An application password will then be automatically sent to the candidates' e-mail address; the e-mail address and the password must be entered in order to fill out the Online Application Form

The Application Form also requires the names and e-mail addresses of two referees

When the form is submitted, the candidate will receive an e-mail containing his/her Online ID, an account password, and confirmation that s/he has applied for INAT-2016

Please e-mail the coordinator at inat@ncra.tifr.res.in in case of any problems with the online forms

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