Integrated Ph D Programmes

The Institute offers exciting opportunities to motivated and talented Bachelor’s degree holders with a keen sense of scientific enquiry for pursuing advanced research in frontier areas of Biological, Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences leading to a Ph D degree. Experience shows that students entering this program save nearly a year compared to those who go for a 2 year Master’s degree program elsewhere and then join the Institute for a Ph D program.  Each year, the Institute admits 70 to 90  students (15 to 23 in the Biological Sciences, 15 to 23 in the Chemical Sciences, 15 to 23 in the Physical Sciences and 15 to 23 in the Mathematical Sciences) under this program.  The program consists of flexible course work, an internship-type laboratory training (wherein ample opportunities exist for the candidate to acquire basic experimental skills and familiarity with advanced techniques for research), a research project to demonstrate the  attainment of a high degree of scientific ability followed by advanced research leading to a Ph D thesis on a specific topic.


Eligibility, Selection Procedure, Online Application Instructions Please click here

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences

Department/Centre/Unit: Biochemistry, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics, Molecular Biophysics, Microbiology & Cell Biology, and Centre for Neuroscience (BS).

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: First Class in Bachelor’s or an equivalent degree in Physical, Chemical or Biological Sciences, B.Tech in Biotechnology (including Bachelor’s in Pharmaceutical, Veterinary Sciences and Agricultural Sciences).

Areas of Research: Biomembranes – Physical and Physiological Studies; Structure-Function of Nucleic Acids; Gene Structure and Function in Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes; Microbial and Human Genetics; Recombinant DNA Technology; Molecular Virology and Mechanisms of Disease Processes; Enzymology, Protein Chemistry and Engineering; Cellular and Applied Immunology; Molecular Endocrinology and Reproductive Biology; Conformation of Biomolecules and Biopolymers; Protein and Virus Crystallography; Structural Biology; Mathematical Ecology; Human Ecology; Behaviour and Sociobiology; Conservation Ecology; Evolutionary Biology, Ecophysiology, Plant Molecular Biology and Development, Imprinting, Molecular Oncology, Cell Biology. Neurobiology of diseases, Nervous System Development; Learning and Memory and Synaptic Physiology; Cognitive Neuroscience and Computation in visual and motor systems.

Department/Centre/Unit:Organic Chemistry, Inorganic & Physical Chemistry, Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit and Materials Research Centre (CS).

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: First Class in B Sc or an equivalent degree with Chemistry as one of the main subjects with Mathematics at the PUC or Plus 2 level.

Areas of Research: Ultrafast Chemical Dynamics; Theoretical Chemistry; Statistical Phenomena; Surface Chemistry and Catalysis; Chemical Kinetics; Solid State Materials Chemistry; Amorphous Materials; Nanomaterials; Ceramics; Super-Conductors; Biomaterials; Synthetic Organic, Physical Organic and Organometallic Chemistry; Chemistry of Transition & Non-Transition Metals; Bioorganic Chemistry; Chemical Biology;  Biomaterials and Biological Processes at Materials Interface; Supramolecular Chemistry and  Applications; Chemistry and Applications of Polymers; Electrochemistry: Principles, Electrochemical Energy Storage and Generation, Electrochemical Devices; Thin film devices;Molecular and Van der Walls Spectroscopy; Development of NMR Methodologies and Applications.

Department/Centre/Unit:Physics and Centre for High Energy Physics (PS).

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: First Class in B Sc or an equivalent degree with Physics as one of the main subjects.

Areas of Research: (A) Experimental Studies: (I) Condensed Matter Physics (Ii) Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and (Iii) X-Ray Crystallography of Bio-Molecular Structures. Specific Areas Include: Raman and Other Spectroscopies; Fast Ionic Conductivity; Manipulation of Matter By Light, Laser Cooling and Trapping of Atoms, Ion Trapping, Precision Laser Spectroscopy; Magnetism, Spintronics, Magnetic Thin Films, Magnetotransport; Quantum Transport in Low-Dimensional and Disordered Materials, The Metal-Insulator Transition; Magnetic Resonance Phenomena; NMR Spectroscopy; Nanoscience and Nanomaterials; Superconductivity in Bulk as well as Thin Films; Semiconductors; Ferroelectricity, Crystal Growth Studies, Nonlinear Optical Materials, Multiferroics; Phase Transition Studies, High Pressure and Low Temperature Studies, Study of Low Dimensional Materials, Amorphous Materials, Novel Glasses and Nanocomposites; Soft Condensed Matter: Colloids, Surfactants and Biological Material; Peptide and Protein Crystallography, Complexation Studies and Drug-Nucleic Acid Interactions, Molecular Modeling, Database Analysis; Polymer Physics, Surface X-Ray Scattering, Surface Phase Transitions. (B)Theoretical Studies On a Variety of Aspects of Condensed Matter Physics, in Particular: Strongly Correlated Systems, Quantum Many-Body Theory and Magnetism, Exotic Order and Quantum Criticality; Phase Transitions, Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Physics; Disordered and Amorphous Systems, The Glass Transition, Neural Networks; Spatiotemporal Chaos and Turbulence in Fluids, Plasmas and Cardiac Tissue; Soft Condensed Matter: Colloids, Surfactants, Membranes, Liquid Crystals, Vortex Lattices; Biological Physics: The Mechanics of Living Matter; Molecular Modeling of Soft and Bio-Materials. (C) High Energy Physics: Quantum Field Theory, The Standard Model of Particle Physics and Beyond, Physics of and At High Energy Particle Colliders, Field Theory in Non-Commutative Space Time, Quantum Computation, Applications of Quantum Field Theory To Condensed Matter Systems, String Theory. High Energy Physics; Experiment. CMS Experiment at CERN; Large Hadron Collider. (D) Theoretical Astrophysics: Cosmology, Dark Energy. Physics Around Black Holes, Nuclear Astrophysics, Galactic Astronomy, Interstellar Matter. Plasma Astrophysics, Solar Physics.

Department/Centre/Unit:Mathematics (MS)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: First Class in B Sc or equivalent degree with Mathematics as one of the subjects or BE/ B Tech or equivalent degree.

Areas of Research: Numerical Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Controllability, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Probability Theory, Random Matrix Theory and Random Analytic Functions, Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes, Stochastic Control, Stochastic Dynamic Games, Stochastic Geometry, Interacting Particle Systems,, Time Series Analysis with Applications to Neuroscience, Mathematical Finance, Functional Analysis, Harmonic Analysis, Several Complex Variables, Operator Theory, Algebraic Topology, Geometric Topology, Combinatorial Topology, Commutative Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, Differential Geometry, Representation Theory, Non-commutative Geometry, Combinatorics, Mathematical Physics, Experimental Mathematics, Modular Forms, Analytic Number Theory.

  • Eligibility
  • Selection Procedure
  • Online Application Instructions

Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Biotechnology/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Mathematics/ Pharmacy/ Veterinary Sciences/ Agriculture as applicable to individual disciplines, under the 10+2+3/4 system, are eligible to apply to this program.

Candidates with BE/ B Tech degrees who  qualify in the Mathematics/ Mathematical Statistics paper in JAM are eligible to apply for the Mathematical Sciences.

Candidates with BE/ B Tech degrees who qualify in the Biotechnology paper in JAM are eligible to apply to the  Biological Sciences.

Candidates who seek admission to the Integrated Ph D programmes at IISc should qualify in JAM 2020 and must submit the IISc online application during February/March 2020. The JAM result must be updated online in the Applicant’s Interface immediately after the JAM results are announced. 

Candidates who have cleared JEST 2020 and seek admission to the Integrated Ph D programme in the Physical Sciences are also eligible to apply.

Additional notes

(a)   The minimum requirement for admission to the Integrated Ph D program is a FIRST CLASS or equivalent Grade in the Bachelor’s degree (as declared by the University) as indicated against each department.

(b)   The minimum requirement of a FIRST CLASS in the qualifying examination is relaxed to PASS CLASS for SC/ST candidates. 

(c)   Some departments have specific requirements of subjects at the Bachelor’s or 10+2 levels. Candidates have to ensure that they meet these requirements.

(d)   Those in the final year of their qualifying examination and awaiting results are also eligible to apply. However, they should have completed all the requirements for the award of the qualifying degree, including all examinations, dissertation projects, viva-voce, etc., by the time of joining, i.e., by the end of July 2020.

Integrated Ph D Programmes – The disciplines, minimum qualifications and areas of research are listed in the table given below.  Candidates can choose to apply to a maximum of 2 disciplines.

The short-listing of candidates for interview is done based on the performance in JAM 2020. Short listing for Physical Sciences is also done based on JEST 2020.  Interviews are held during 26 to 28 May 2020.

Selection – For Biological, Physical and Mathematical Sciences selection will be based on the combined performance in the Test and in Interview. For Chemical Sciences, selection will be based only on the performance in the Interview.

Candidates written the following papers in JAM are eligible for the discipline(s) to which they seek admission.

Eligible Discipline(s)JAM paper answered
Physical SciencesPhysics (PH) (also those who clear JEST)
Chemical SciencesChemistry (CY) or Physics (PH)
Biological SciencesBiotechnology (BT) or Chemistry (CY) or Mathematics (MA) or Physics (PH)
Mathematical SciencesMathematics (MA) , Mathematical Statistics (MS)


(a) The interview letters for the short-listed candidates will be sent by email at least 2 weeks in advance. Such candidates shall make necessary arrangements for attending the interview. No separate communication will be sent by post. TA (second class sleeper class train fare) will be paid to all the candidates who attend the interview. The SC/ST candidates are invited to come to the Institute one week before the interview date and interact with the faculty members of the Institute.

(b) Candidates called for an interview have to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation etc.

(c) Candidates called for an interview should bring with them attested copies of all the transcripts (marks cards from SSLC or equivalent onwards, degree certificates of the qualifying examination, etc.) and produce them before the interview committee, failing which, they will not be interviewed.

(d) Candidates belonging to the SC/ST category should bring the original caste/tribe certificates, issued by competent authorities for purposes of verification.

(e) If you belong to Economically Weaker Section (EWS) – you must produce the original Income and Asset Certificate issued by the competent authority.

(f) Candidate belonging to PwD (person-with-disability), KM (Kashmiri-Migrant) categories should produce the originals of the appropriate certificates, issued as per Government of India rules, and Kashmiri Pandit/Kashmiri Hindu Family living in Kashmiri valley should produce Kashmiri valley domicle certificate.

(g) The offer letter for the selected candidates will be posted on IISc website  during the second week of June. They can download the offer letter and make necessary arrangements including payment of fees etc. No separate communication will be sent by post.

(h) The candidates admitted to the Integrated Ph D programmes should report to the Institute for completing admission formalities on 23.07.2020.

(i) At the time of joining, candidates should have completed all the requirements for the award of the qualifying degree including all examinations, dissertation projects, viva-voce, etc.

(j) Only candidates who produce all the mark sheets and degree certificates (original or provisional) issued by the University Authority will be given regular admission.

(k) Candidates who are awaiting results but have completed all formalities for the award of a degree should produce at the time of joining, a Course-Completion Certificate, issued by the Head of the institution (The Principal/Registrar). Such candidates will be given only provisional admission, which will be regularized on their producing all the marks sheets and degree certificates (original, or provisional) etc., issued by the University Authority on or before 31 October 2020, failing which, the provisional admission stands cancelled.

(l) Candidates who are given provisional admission are eligible for a scholarship only on regularisation of admission (on production of the required documents). They will be paid a scholarship with retrospective effect, i.e., from the date of joining.

Step 1: Register with your e-mail (preferably gmail) address and a password to start the online application process by creating a new user account.  (New user to register click here). Email ID used to register cannot be changed later.

Registration form for IISc Online Application

  1. Name of the candidate: Enter your name as it appears in your degree certificate. It cannot be altered at a later stage.
  2. Password: Choose password of your choice.
  3. Date of Birth: Enter your date of birth as it appears in your degree certificate.
  4. Email Address: Enter your e-mail address.
  5. Category: Select your category, make sure you click on the right category, later it cannot be changed (except General category, all others must upload the scanned copy of the caste certificate).
  6. Security Question: Select any one security questions like “What is your mother’s maiden name” for your password retrieval purpose.
  7. Security Answer: Enter the answer for the question you have chosen above

When you submit the registration form, you will receive an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address by clicking on a link.

After the e-mail address is verified, your registration is complete.

Step 2: Log in to the website to fill the application form. You will need information about / from the following documents, so have them handy.


  • Certificate / Mark sheets of: 10th Std, 12th Std/ UG Degree.
  • Details (Registration/Roll Numbers, Paper Code and Score etc.) of JAM and or JEST (as applicable).
  • Payment Option : Decide on the mode of payment you prefer towards the application fee. Mode of payment available are Online Net banking, Visa Card/Master Card, Debit/Credit Cards.  Application fee is Rs 800 for GN/OBC & Rs.400 for SC/ST/PwD candidates, bank charges extra.
  • A scanned image of your passport size photograph (to be uploaded).
  • A scanned image of your signature (to be uploaded).
  • A scanned pdf file of your caste certificate: Click on the space provided and upload your SC/ ST/ OBC/ EWS/ PwD / KM certificate as applicable / Kashmiri Pandit/Kashmiri Hindu Family living in Kashmir valley should upload Kashmir valley domicle certificate.

The Application Form is divided into five sections, each appearing inside a separate tab (see the screenshot below)

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  • You have to fill all the details (especially mandatory fields) within a given tab, click on “Save & Proceed” button to proceed to the next tab.
  • Unless you fill the mandatory fields in a tab you will not be allowed to move to the next tab.
  • On clicking the “Save & Proceed” button, if the browser does not take you to the next tab, it means some mandatory fields have not been filled (correctly), if this happens look for error messages which are displayed in red.
  • Detailed instructions for the fields in each tab are given below.

TAB 1: Personal Details

  1. Name of the candidate: has been taken from your Registration form. You cannot edit/change it now.
  2. Date of Birth: has been taken from your Registration form. You cannot edit/change it now.
  3. Email Address: has been taken from your Registration form. You cannot edit/change it now.
  4. Gender: Choose your gender by clicking on appropriate radio button.
  5. Nationality: Choose your nationality by clicking any of the radio buttons.
  6. State of domicile: will appear if you are Indian. Select state of domicile in the dropdown menu.
  7. Country: will appear if you are non Indian. Select the country in the dropdown menu.
  8. Category: chose your category by clicking on the appropriate radio button.
  9. OBC – Sub-Classification: will appear if you choose other backward class. Again select from one of those radio buttons. Candidates must ensure that they appear in the Central List.
  1. Sub category: choose one from the radio button.
  1. Contact Details: Provide your contact details by filling the text boxes and making the choice from the dropdown menu for ‘State’.
  2. Are you currently employed: Please select from the radio buttons, if you click “yes”, please provide Name of the company, Designation, office address and experience.
  3. Passport size photograph: Click on the space provided and upload your photograph in jpeg, gif, tiff, png formats (Note: it should not exceed 1 Mb).
  4. Scanned image of your signature: Click on the space provided and upload your signature in jpeg, gif, tiff, or png formats.
  5. Scanned pdf file of your caste certificate: Click on the space provided and upload your SC/ ST/ OBC/ EWS/ PwD / KM certificate as applicable / Kashmiri Pandit/Kashmiri Hindu Family living in Kashmir valley should upload Kashmir valley domicle certificate.

On clicking the “Save & Proceed” button, if the browser does not take you to the next tab, it means some mandatory fields have not been filled (correctly), if this happens look for error messages which are displayed in red.

TAB 2: Preference of Disciplines

  1. Qualifying Degree: Select your Qualifying degree from the drop-down menu.
  1. Branch/Specialization: Select your branch in your qualifying degree from the drop-down menu. If you have studied branch in:
  • Any of the biological science fields like biology, microbiology, zoology, genetics, Biotechnology etc., you should select “Biological Sciences” as your branch.
  • Any of the chemical science fields like chemistry, organic chemistry, applied chemistry, inorganic chemistry etc., you should select “Chemical Sciences” as your branch.
  • Any of the physical science fields like physics, applied physics, radio physics, geophysics etc., you should select “Physical Sciences” as your branch.
  • Any of the mathematical science fields like mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics etc., you should select “Mathematical Sciences” as your branch.
  • If qualified in subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM), Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB), Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science (PCMC), you need not fill all the subjects in the branch column. You must select only one of the major subject like “Physical Sciences if applying for Physical Sciences discipline” or Chemical Sciences if applying for Chemical Sciences discipline” or Mathematical Sciences if applying for Mathematical Sciences discipline”.                    

Please note that based on the particulars filled in the columns 1 and 2 (Degree and Branch), list of disciplines you are eligible will be listed in the preferences columns.

  1. Status: choose appropriate status from the radio buttons.
  2. Class: choose the class from the dropdown menu (if your university does not announce the class leave it blank)
  3. Preferences of Departments: Give your choices by selecting from the dropdown menu. Maximum of 2 disciplines are allowed. If applying to only one discipline, leave the remaining column blank.

TAB 3: Details of qualification

In this tab you will provide details of marks/grades you obtained in examinations: 10th Std*, 12th Std*, and Undergraduate*.

Each of these exam is to be selected from the dropdown menu in item 1, for example you choose 10th std from the dropdown menu: after entering all the details, you press the “SAVE” button. In the right side bar entitles “Entry Status” you will see a green (tick mark) against 10th Std.

Now select the next exam under item 1 and fill the details.

The right side bar entitled “Entry Status” (see the picture) provides visual feedback to you about the details of what you have filled.

  1. Qualification: choose from the dropdown menu, 10th and 12th std , Undergraduate or Post-Graduate
  2. SSLC/10th Standard: Select the year of passing from the popup menu. Fill in the school nameand place; select the board you studied from the popup menu. Enter the aggregate percentageof marks and the main subjects you studied.


  1. II PUC/12th Standard: Same as above.


  1. Undergraduate:
  1. Degree: Select your degree you are studying or completed.
  2. Branch / Specialization: Select your branch / Specialization. Year of passing: Selectfrom the drop down menu.
  3. Fill in the institution/college name and place.
  4. University: Select from the drop down menu. If not listed in the dropdown, choose “others” and specify below.
  5. List Key Subjects: Fill the key subjects you have studied separated by comma. (Max 250 characters).
  6. Rank: Fill if you have any.
  7. Class: Choose the class from the dropdown menu (if your university does not announce the class, leave it blank.
  8. Semester-wise Marks:
  9. Percentage / GPA: Select appropriately. If GPA, then specify “out of”
  10. Enter the percentage of marks obtained semester wise in the semester columns if in semester pattern OR otherwise if you are under annual pattern fill the marks of 1st ,2nd 3rd and 4th year in the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th semester columns for 1st,2nd,3rd,4th year marks respectively. If you are in the final year and do not have the marks of the 7th and 8th semester, fill in up to the 6th semester and leave the other columns blank.

Your Undergraduate degree must match with the ‘Qualifying Degree’ that you entered in ‘Preference of Discipline(s)’ page.

TAB 4: JAM/JEST Details

In this TAB provide the “JAM or JEST ” Roll Number and Score obtained.  If the result is not announced at the time of applying,  you should update once it is declared by logging into the Applicant’s interface and update the Marks / Score  by clicking on ‘Update your National Entrance Test result” link.

TAB 4: Application Fees


  1. Fee Amount: Will display automatically as per your category. (Rs 800 for GN/OB & Rs.400 for SC/ST candidates).
  2. Mode of Payment: Decide the mode of payment you would prefer towards the application fees. The options available are Online  Net banking, Visa Card/Master Card, Debit/Credit Cards.
  1. Online payment made using – Net banking, Visa Card/Master Card, Debit/Credit Cards the link will take you to your banker’s website and after the transaction is complete it must get back to the IISc online application page to “Submit” the online form.

For some reason if the link did not get back to the IISc online application page, you need to wait for 24 hours from the date and time of the transaction for us to update the link.  NEVER MAKE SECOND TIME PAYMENT. If you got a transaction ID for having payment made, just check the application status after 24 hours.

After 24 hours you must login to Online Applicant Interface and edit the application by clicking on the application “Number”  then click on the “National Entrance Test Details” tab then again click on the “Next Screen” button which will take you to the “Application Fee” screen with the “Proceed” button enabled.  Click on the “Proceed” button and submit the application form.

When you have completed the application you will see the following screen,


Please preview your application for by clicking the ‘Preview your Application form’ button.

On clicking the “Preview your Application form”  button you will get a PDF of preview copy of your Application form, go through it carefully  to verify all the details, if you find any errors go back to the online Application form by clicking ‘EDIT’ button and correct them. Preview this version again; to ensure all the corrections have been incorporated.

Repeat this process until your Application form is completely and correctly filled.

Be careful you” CANNOT” edit/change the application form (except for entrance test details etc) after you SUBMIT the application form.

After satisfying yourself about the correctness of the application form, press “CONFIRM TO SUBMIT”Button.

This will give you the PDF of your application, store it carefully for your records.