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IISER Thiruvananthapuram PhD Admission 2018 – dates, eligibility

IISER-TVM PhD Admission 2018 Notification

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

Research Areas in School of Biology open for PhD students

  • Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (Group1, Group2)
  • Bacterial Genetics and Cell Biology
  • Cellular Plasticity and Reprogramming in Plants
  • Drosophila Development and Energy Homeostasis
  • Genome Stability
  • Immune Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Plant Molecular Genetics
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Structural Molecular Biology

Research Areas in School of Chemistry open for PhD students

  • Inorganic and organometallic chemistry
  • Organic synthesis, Medicinal chemistry, Carbohydrate chemistry, Chemical Biology
  • Organic Synthesis/DNA Nanotechnology/Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Protein structure determination through NMR spectroscopy
  • Inorganic & Materials Chemistry
  • Development of new synthetic strategies, C–H activations and Asymmetric catalysis
  • Planar pi-conjugated and extended macrocyclic systems
  • Photochemistry, Photophysics, Nanomaterials
  • Biomass conversion
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Ultrafast Spectroscopy
  • Asymmetric synthesis and Catalysis


Also See : Admission Notification


Important Dates

Online Application will be available from: 02nd March 2018
Last date of receipt of the application form: 30th April 2018


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 August 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 August 2018: CSIR-UGC-JRF/DBT-JRF (Category I)*/ ICMR-JRF*/ Ranks 1 to 90 in GATE (Ecology and Evolution)/JGEEBILS (GS-2018) 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 2018 test are eligible to apply. JGEEBILS candidates will be shortlisted based on the marks provided by the JGEEBILS exam organizers

Chemical Sciences

  • 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 August 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 August 2018: GATE#/CSIR-UGC-JRF/JEST-2018/INSPIRE PhD Fellowship
  • Applicants with M. Tech need a GATE score valid as of 01st August 2017

Mathematical Science

  • Master's degree in Mathematics/Statistics / in a relevant area of science with a minimum CPI of 6.5 (or 60% of marks) [See point-1 under the heading “Important Points” below for relaxation in the eligibility criteria] and
  • Qualified for CSIR/UGC-JRF/GATE/INSPIRE PhD Fellowship/NBHM JRF Fellowship, valid as on 01 August 2018OR;
  • Qualified NBHM JRF Scholarship Written Exam 2018 and have received the NBHM interview call letter Master's degree Engg./Technology in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 (or 60% of marks) with valid GATE score as on 01st August 2018
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering /Technology in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 7.0 (or 65% of marks), and a CSIR-UGC-JRF/NBHM JRF (or qualified NBHM JRF Scholarship Written Exam 2018 and have received the NBHM interview call letter) /GATE Fellowship valid as on 01st August 2018


Selection Procedure

For Biological Sciences

  • Short-listed candidates will have to appear for interviews conducted at IISER-TVM. There will be two rounds of interviews, conducted over three days. 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, Math, Chemistry questions-together 30%) on the first day of interviews
  • Hence, all the short-listed candidates must report at IISER-TVM on the first day of the interviews
  • Final selection of candidates will solely be based on your performance during the interviews

Chemical Sciences

  • 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.

Physical Sciences

  • Positions are open in the following research areas:Experimental Condensed Matter Physics and Optics

Mathematical Science

  • Applicants satisfying the above eligibility criteria will be shortlisted and be called for a written test followed by an interview
  • Selection will be based on the performance in the written test as well as the interview
  • Candidates with valid NBHM JRF Fellowship or having INSPIRE PhD fellowship or having valid NBHM interview call letter need not appear for the written test and may directly appear for the interview


Application Procedure

  • Applicants should complete the online application form in the website https://appserv.iisertvm.ac.in/phd
  • [Only Properly submitted applications would be considered. Incomplete applications will not 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, 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

Application Fee

  • GE/OBC [SC/ST/PH] applicants are required to make a payment of Rs.500/- [Rs.250/-] as processing fee through the https://www.onlinesbi.com/prelogin/icollecthome.htm
  • Choose Kerala -> Educational Institutions -> IISER Thiruvananthapuram -> PhD Application Fee submission of the online application form, the applicants will receive an acknowledgment email with a unique application number
  • Applicants are NOT required to post hard copy of the application to IISER-TVM
  • In case of any application related queries, please contact by email, addressed to the PhD coordinator [phdprogramme@iisertvm.ac.in]. Other mode of communication will not be entertained
  • Mere fulfilling the eligibility criterion does not entitle a candidate to be called for the test and interview


IISER-TVM Thiruvananthapuram

Tel: 0471-2597459, Email: registrar@iisertvm.ac.in, Website www.iisertvm.ac.in


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