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IISER Thiruvananthapuram PhD Admission 2018

IISER TVM Admissions January 2018


Applications are invited from highly motivated students for admission to the PhD Programme of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research - Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM), starting January 2018


Research Areas in School of Biology open for PhD students

i. Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (Group1, Group2)

ii. Bacterial Genetics and Cell Biology

iii. Cellular Plasticity and Reprogramming in Plants

iv. Drosophila Development and Energy Homeostasis

v. Genome Stability

vi. Immune Cell Biology

vii. Molecular Genetics

viii. Plant Molecular Genetics

ix. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

x. Structural Molecular Biology


Research Areas in School of Chemistry open for PhD students

i. Inorganic and organometallic chemistry

ii. Organic synthesis, Medicinal chemistry, Carbohydrate chemistry, Chemical Biology

iii. Organic Synthesis/DNA Nanotechnology/Supramolecular Chemistry

iv. Protein structure determination through NMR spectroscopy

v. Inorganic & Materials Chemistry

vi. Development of new synthetic strategies, C–H activations and Asymmetric catalysis

vii. Planar pi-conjugated and extended macrocyclic systems

viii. Photochemistry, Photophysics, Nanomaterials

ix. Biomass conversion

x. Theoretical Chemistry

xi. Ultrafast Spectroscopy

xii. Asymmetric synthesis and Catalysis


Eligibility Criteria

Biological Sciences: Master’s degree (A five-year degree after +2 level) in Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences/Physical Sciences/ Mathematics/ Bioinformatics/ Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Medicine (MBBS)


The qualifying degree should have been obtained within 5 years as on 01st January 2018


The applicant must have a minimum of 60% marks or CGPA 6.5 on a scale of 10, or equivalent. According to your mark list if your CGPA is not calculated on a scale of 10, please convert the CGPA to a scale of 10 and enter in the space provided


Qualification in one of the following national level tests, with validity as on 01st January 2018: CSIR-UGC-JRF/DBT-JRF (Category I)*/ ICMR-JRF*/ Ranks 1 to 90 in GATE (Ecology and Evolution)/JGEEBILS (GS-2017) or; the candidate should be eligible for DST-Inspire PhD fellowship


Only candidates whose ranks make them eligible to avail Category 1 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) qualified candidates are eligible only for Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour. GATE exam scores for other subjects will not be considered for PhD admissions to IISER-TVM


Candidates who appeared for the JGEEBILS 2017 test are eligible to apply. JGEEBILS candidates will be shortlisted based on the marks provided by the JGEEBILS examination organizers


Chemical Sciences: The candidate must have a Master’s degree in Chemical Sciences with 60% marks or equivalent; the candidate must have qualified CSIR-UGC-JRF/GATE examinations valid as on 01st January 2018 or DST INSPIRE PhD Fellowship


Physical Sciences: Master’s degree in Physical Sciences, Materials Science, Engineering (Biomedical, Instrumentation, Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering), in areas closely related to the interests of the physics faculty at IISER TVM; 60% marks or equivalent is desirable


Qualifying in one of the following National Level Exam with validity as on 01st January 2018: GATE#/CSIR-UGC-JRF/JEST-2017/INSPIRE PhD Fellowship


Note: Applicants with M. Tech need a GATE score valid as of 01st Jan 2017


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



Applicants should complete the online application form in the URL


Before proceeding with the application please goes through the required documents list, which is to be made ready (Only Properly submitted applications would be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Do not forget to click the "Submit Application" button after completing your application]


GE/OBC [SC/ST/PH] applicants are required to make a payment of Rs.200/- [Rs.100/-] as processing fee through the Power jyoti Account


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


Applicants should provide Name/Affiliation/Contact number and Email address of two referees in the application form


In case of any application related queries, please contact by email, addressed to the PhD coordinator ([email protected]); any other mode of communication will not be entertained


Application Fee

For GE/OBC [SC/ST] applicants are required to make a payment of Rs.200/- (Rs.100/-) as processing fee through the Power Jyoti Account


Important Dates


Start date of Online Application from: 09th September 2017


Last Date of Receipt of the Application Form: 10th October 2017


Announcement of shortlisted Candidates: 20th October 2017


Interview for the short-listed candidates Biological/Chemical/Physical Sciences: 20th to 24th November 2017


For more details, visit the website:


IISER-TVM Thiruvananthapuram

Computer Science Building, College of Engineering Trivandrum Campus, Trivandrum-695016 Kerala, Tel: 0471-2597459, Email: [email protected], Website


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