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TIFR GS 2018 for PhD & Integrated MSc PhD Admission

TIFR announces Graduate School Admissions (GS-2018)


Tata Institute of Fundamental Research invites applications for admissions to TIFR Deemed University, stationed at TCIS Hyderabad for PhD and Integrated M.Sc.-PhD Degree Programmes under the Subject Board of Physics (academic programmes starting 01st August 2018)


The TIFR national level entrance exam for biology, TIFR GS 2018, is also known as Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS 2018)


About of TIFR GS 2018

Research Opportunities for exceptionally talented and strongly motivated students

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research is India's premier institution for advanced research in fundamental sciences. The Institute runs a graduate programme leading to the award of PhD, Integrated M.Sc.-PhD as well as M.Sc. degree in certain subjects. With its distinguished faculty, world class facilities and stimulating research environment, it is an ideal place for aspiring scientists to initiate their career

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



Subjects - Programs

Mathematics (PhD & Integrated M.Sc.-PhD Programs)

(i) School of Mathematics, TIFR Mumbai (www.math.tifr.res.in); (ii) Centre for Applicable Mathematics (CAM), Bengaluru (http://math.tifrbng.res.in); (3) International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bengaluru www.icts.res.in (Only PhD Program)


Physics (PhD & Integrated M.Sc.-PhD Programs)

Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics; Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science; High Energy Physics; Nuclear & Atomic Physics; Theoretical Physics


All above at TIFR, Mumbai Campus (www.tifr.res.in/~sbp); National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune (www.ncra.tifr.res.in); TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad (www.tifrh.res.in); Theoretical and experimental activities in physical, chemical, biological and engineering sciences within and across disciplines; International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (http://www.icts.res.in)


In addition to the admissions through this nationwide examination in December, some admissions in Physics based on GATE/NET/JEST scores are also possible


Details of these admission procedures will be available on the websites of TIFR Mumbai, ICTS, TCIS and NCRA, separately at appropriate times. Students applying for Physics also have the option to be considered for the Graduate Training Programme (GTP) of the India-based Nueutrino Observatory (INO)


Chemistry (Ph.D. and Integrated M.Sc.-PhD Programs)

Department of Chemical Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai (www.tifr.res.in); TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad (www.tifrh.res.in)


Biology (PhD, Integrated M.Sc.-PhD & M.Sc. Programs)

Dept. of Biological Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai (www.tifr.res.in); NCBS Bengaluru (www.ncbs.res.in) - PhD & Integrated M.Sc.-PhD Programs only


TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad (http://www.tifrh.res.in) - Ph.D. and Integrated M.Sc.-PhD Programs only

FAQ for Ph.D. and Integrated Ph.D. Programs in Biology


Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability) - PhD program

School of Technology & Computer Science (STCS), TIFR, Mumbai (www.tcs.tifr.res.in)


Science Education (Ph.D. Program)

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai.  For admission procedure (www.hbcse.tifr.res.in)


Typical Course Duration

PhD Program: 5 years

Integrated M.Sc.-PhD Program: 6 years

M.Sc. - See details in respective programme



Candidates in the final year of qualifying degree can also apply


For PhD: M.A./M.Sc./M. Tech

For I-PhD: B.A./B.Sc./B.E./B. Tech. (Students already having/completing an M.Sc. degree by July 2018 are not eligible)



For PhD: M.Sc./M.S. in Physics, or equivalent, on completion of programmes(s) of duration not less than 5 years in total

For I-PhD:

M.E. /M. Tech./B.Sc./B.S./B.E./ B.Tech./B. Chem. in Physics, Engineering Physics, or equivalent degree, on completion of programme(s) of duration not less than 3 years in total; any other degree in Science/Engineering/Medicine, or equivalent, on completion of programme(s) of duration not less than 3 years in total


In addition,

I-PhD candidates with not less than four or more years of university education who clear the written test may be considered by TCIS for their PhD Program



For PhD: M.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./M. Pharm or equivalent degree

For I-Ph.D.: B.Sc./B.Pharm./B.S. degree or equivalent degree

Candidates with B.E./B.Tech degrees can optionally get an M.Sc. degree by fulfilling necessary requirements

Biology: Candidates will be shortlisted for interview based on written test marks, CV and Scientific Write-up

For Ph.D.: Masters in Basic Science (M.Sc. Physics/Chemistry/Any branch of Biology) or Bachelors in Applied Science.  These include, M.Sc.(Ag.), B.Tech., B.E., B.V.Sc., B.Pharma. (4 years course), MBBS, BDS, M.Pharma

For I-PhD/M.Sc.: Bachelors in any Basic Science (Physics/Chemistry/Any branch of Biology)

For M.Sc. Wildlife Biology & Conservation: Indian nationals who have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (with a minimum of 60% in core subjects) and a strong interest in wildlife research and conservation; graduate nationals for Central, South and Southeast Asian countries, with similar qualifications, are also eligible to apply


Computer & System Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability):

For PhD:  B. Tech. /B.E./M. Tech./M.E./M.C.A./M.Sc. or equivalent degree in Computer Science / Electronics & Communications Engineering/Electrical Engineering or related branches. Exceptionally well qualified students with B. Tech./B.E./M. Tech./M.E./M.Sc. degrees in other disciplines may also be considered

Exceptionally well qualified students with a three year degree in related subjects may be considered for I-PhD

Candidates not holding a Master's degree and admitted to a PhD/Int. PhD Program can receive an M.Sc. degree in some subjects by fulfilling prescribed requirements (see http://www.tifr.res.in/~gsoffice for details)



For PhD & I-PhD Programmes, the academic year starts from August 1, every year.  The academic year for M.Sc. programme begins from July 1, every year

PhD Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 25,000/- (enhanced to Rs 28,000/- after registration)

I-PhD Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 16000/- for the first year. At the end of the first year, upon satisfactory performance, the fellowship is enhanced to Rs 25000/- per month (further raised to Rs 28,000/- after registration for PhD)

M.Sc. (Biology) Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 16000/-

M.Sc.(Wildlife Biology & Conservation) Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 12000/-


Exam Test Timings:

Morning Session: 09:30 am to 12:30 pm [Physics, Chemistry, Computer & Systems Sciences, M.Sc. (Wildlife Biology & Conservation)]

Afternoon Session:

Biology - 02:30 pm to 04:30 pm

Mathematics - 02:30 pm to 05:30 pm

Examination Centres

Ahmedabad [St Xavier's College]

Bangalore [University of Agricultural Sciences Bhubaneshwar]

Chandigarh [Panjab University]

Chennai [Indian Institute of Technology]

Cochin [ochin Univ. of Science & Technology]

Delhi [SGTB Khalsa College / Kendriya Vidyalaya (Pragati Vihar)/Kendriya Vidyalaya (JNU Old Campus) / Kendriya Vidyalaya (R.K. Puram)]

Guwahati [Indian Institute of Technology]

Haldwani [Indira Priyadarshini Govt. Girls P.G. College of Commerce]

Hyderabad [Hyderabad University]

Indore [Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya]

Jaipur [India International School]

Jammu [Jammu University]

Kanpur [Indian Institute of Technology]

Kolkata [South Calcutta Girls’ College / Basanti Devi College / Kendriya Vidyalay (Salt Lake) / Kendriya Vidyalaya (Fort William)]

Madurai [The Madura College]

Mangalore [University College, Hampanakatta]

Mumbai [Kendriya Vidayalaya No. 1, Colaba]

Nagpur [Shri Ramdeo Baba Kamla Nehru Eng. College]

Patna [Dr. D.Y. Patil Pushapalata Patil International School]

Pune [Loyola High School and Junior College]

Varanasi [Banaras Hindu University]

Visakhapatnam [GITAM Institute of Science]


Application Procedure

Students can apply Online: Please follow appropriate link on this website for filling up the application form. Read the instructions carefully before you start filling up the online application form


Manual Applications: Students from remote areas who do not have access to internet may apply manually. They may send a request for application form (without DD) along with a self-addressed stamped (Rs 20/-) envelope (size 25cm x 17cm) superscribed "GS-2018 (Subject)" to for Biology, Admissions Section, National Centre for Biological Sciences, UAS-GKVK Campus, Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065"


For other subjects, except Science Education: University Cell, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400005

The filled-in application form should be sent along with DD and two passport size photographs (one pasted on the application and one stapled to it). Students may appear for the written test in multiple subjects if the timings do not clash.  Please send separate application (including Demand Draft) for each subject

Students who wish to apply online and make payment by Demand Draft may send the Demand Draft with their name, reference code and telephone number written behind it. Alternately, students can make online payment through internet banking or by Debit/Credit Card

For Science Education: Please see the HBCSE website for updated notification of their admission procedure in 2018


Important Dates for TIFR GS 2018


The online application links will be activated soon


Nationwide Entrance Exam:


NEE Exam Date: 10th December 2017 (Sunday)


Last Date for Receiving Applications: 12th October 2017


Online Payment link will be active upto 18th October 2017


DDs sent by post/courier will be accepted upto 20th October 2017


Hall Ticket download link will be active from 10th November 2017


GATE Scored based applications to Systems Science (including Communications and Applied Probability):


Opens: 05th February 2018


Closes: Two weeks after GATE2018 results declared


Results of the Nationwide Entrance Examination (shortlist for interviews): 31st January 2018


TIRF Academic Co-ordinator

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, 21, Brundavan Colony, Narsingi, Hyderabad-500075, India Ph.: +91 40 2419 5034, Email: gsadmissions@tifrh.res.in, Website http://gsadmissions.tifrh.res.in/


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