Research Programmes

The Institute offers opportunities for pursuing advanced research in frontier areas of science, engineering and technology to motivated and talented students with a keen sense of scientific inquiry.  Research students constitute the largest group on the campus (more than 70% of the student body).  The Institute awards about 250 Ph D and M Tech (Research) degrees, every year.

The departments offering Ph D/M Tech (Research) are given in the table below:


  • Biochemistry (BC)
  • Molecular Reproduction; Development and Genetics (MD)
  • Ecological Sciences (ES)
  • Microbiology and Cell Biology (MC)
  • Molecular Biophysics (MB)
  • Neuroscience (NS)
  • Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (IP)
  • Materials Research (MR)
  • Organic Chemistry (OC)
  • Solid State and Structural Chemistry (SS)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics (AP)
  • Mathematics (MA)
  • Physics (PH)
  • High Energy Physics (HE)
  • Computer Science and Automation (CS)
  • Electrical Communication Engineering (EC)
  • Electrical Engineering (EE)
  • Electronic Systems Engineering (ED)
  • Computational and Data Sciences - Computational Science (CD-CP)
  • Computational and Data Sciences - Computer and Data Systems (CD-CS)
  • Nanoscience and Engineering (NE)
  • Aerospace Engineering (AE)
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AS)
  • Chemical Engineering (CH)
  • Civil Engineering (CE)
  • Earth Sciences (ER)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  • Product Design and Manufacturing (PD)
  • Materials Engineering (MT)
  • Sustainable Technology (ST)
  • Management Studies (MG)
  • Instrumentation and Applied Physics (IN)
  • Biosystems Science and Engineering (BE)
  • Energy (EN)
  • Mathematical Sciences (MS)
  • Nanoscience and Engineering (NA)
  • Water Research (WR)
  • Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)

Programme: Research (Ph D)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: Master’s or equivalent degree in any branch of Science or Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Medicine/ Engineering/ Technology/ Agriculture/ Veterinary Science/Pharmacy or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Protein structure and function; Enzymology; DNA-Protein Interactions; Genomics and proteomics in different model systems; Bioinformatics; Systems Biology; Biosynthesis of plants and endophytic fungal and secondary metabolites and their bioactivities; Intracellular protein degradation; Molecular Chaperones; Chaperone Mediated Protein Folding in the cell; Mitochondrial Protein Transport; Molecular biology of plant and animal viruses; Immunoendocrinology; Cellular and Viral immunology; Infectious diseases; Parasite biology and Host-pathogen interactions; Chromosome Organization and Function; Regulation of the Cell Cycle; Eukaryotic gene expression; Post-transcriptional gene control; Cancer Genetics; Genomic instability; DNA repair and recombination; Genetic diseases and Drug Discovery.

Programme: Research (Ph D)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: Master’s or equivalent degree in any branch of Science or Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Medicine/ Engineering/ Technology/ Agriculture/ Veterinary Science/Pharmacy or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Gene regulation in prokaryotes & eukaryotes; Host- Pathogen Interactions; Human Genetics; Cell Biology and Signal Transduction; Developmental Biology and Ageing in model organisms; Glycans in Morphogenesis; Early Embryo Development (mouse); Stem Cells and Differentiation; Reproductive Biology; Molecular Endocrinology; Cancer Biology and Cancer Stem Cells; Protein Structure and Function.

Programme: Research (Ph D)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: Masters or equivalent degree in any branch of Science/ Engineering/ Agriculture/ Veterinary Science or MA or equivalent degree in Geography or Psychology or Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Medicine / Engineering / Technology/ Agriculture/ Veterinary Science or Two years full-time Master’s Degree in Management or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Animal Behaviour; Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology; Biodiversity; Biogeography; Community Ecology; Climate Change Research; Conservation Biology; Evolutionary Biology; Forest Ecology and Dynamics; Human and Landscape Ecology; Molecular Ecology; Plant-Animal Interactions; Phylogenetics; Population Ecology; Population Genetics; Sensory Ecology; Wildlife Biology; Spatial Ecology; Behavioral Endocrinology; Theoretical Ecology and Evolution; Ecophysiology.

Programme: Research (Ph D)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: Master’s or equivalent degree in any branch of Science or Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Medicine/ Engineering/ Technology/ Agriculture/ Veterinary Science/Pharmacy or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Molecular Biology (Gene Expression and its Regulation in Eukaryotes and Prokaryotes; RNA Splicing; Post-transcriptional Gene Control; Mechanism of Protein Synthesis; RNA biology); Genetic Engineering; Biotechnology; Microbiology; Molecular Virology; Molecular Biology of Bacterial Pathogenesis; Molecular Basis of Drug Action; Vaccine Development; Molecular Immunology; Cell Biology; Mechanisms of Cell Division; Signal Transduction; Plant Molecular and Developmental Biology; Cancer Biology.

Programme: Research (Ph D) (a) Biological & Chemical Sciences (b) Physical & Chemical Sciences $ option to be specified at the time of interview.

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: Master’s degree in any branch of Science or Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Medicine/ Engineering/ Technology/ Agriculture/ Veterinary Science/Pharmacy or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Structure and Interactions of Biological Molecules; Computer Modeling and Dynamics of Proteins and Nucleic Acids; Macromolecular Crystallography and NMR Mass Spectrometry; Fluorescence and Circular Dichroism of Biological Systems; DNA Structure-Function; Genome Analysis; Transcription Regulation; Peptide Chemical Biology and Drug Design; Protein Chemistry; Folding and Design; Cell Surface; Lectins Structure-Function; Membrane Biophysics and Molecular Neurobiology; Cellular Neurophysiology; Computational Neuroscience; Biochemistry and Biology of Human Malarial Parasite; Bioinformatics.

Programme: Research (Ph D)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: Master’s degree in any branch of Science or Master’s degree in Psychology/ Clinical Psychology/ Optometry or Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Medicine/ Engineering/ Technology/ Agriculture/ Veterinary Science/ Pharmacy or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Developmental Neuroscience; Neurobiology of Disease; Neurobiology of Learning and Memory; Systems; Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience in Visual and Motor systems; Neuroscience of Perception; Attention and Decision making; Molecular Organization of Synapse; Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity.

Programme: Research (Ph D) Streams $ : (a) Inorganic Chemistry (b) Physical Chemistry (c) Theoretical Chemistry $ option to be specified at the time of interview.

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: M Sc or equivalent degree in any branch of Science or Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Medicine / Engineering/ Technology or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Quantum Chemistry; Spectroscopy of Molecular and van der Waals Complexes; Chemical Kinetics & Dynamics; Statistical Mechanics; Polymer Chemistry; Electrochemistry; Nonlinear Optics; Laser Spectroscopy; Biophotonics; Chemistry of Materials; Self Assembly & Nanoparticles; Biophysical Chemistry; Bioinorganic Chemistry; Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry; Non-Metal Chemistry; Electron Transport in Nano junctions; Liquid-Phase Simulations.

Programme: Research (Ph D)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: M Sc or equivalent degree in Materials Science/ Chemistry or Physics or BE/ B Tech or equivalent degree in Materials Science/ Engineering/ Metallurgical/ Electrical/ Electronics/ Ceramic Engineering/Technology or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Preparation of Advanced Materials by Physical; Chemical and Nonequilibrium Routes. Ferroelectric and Semiconducting Thin Films. Functional Ceramics and Glass-Ceramics. Multilayers Coatings. Nanomaterials and Composites. Self Assembly and Nanopatterning. Theoretical and Computational Materials Science; Optical and Electro-Optic Properties of Materials; Crystal Growth. Dielectrics; Non-linear Optics and Quantum dots; Magnetic Materials; Materials for Energy Storage; Biomaterials.

Programme: Research (Ph D)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: M Sc or equivalent degree in any branch of Science with Chemistry as one of the subjects in B Sc or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Asymmetric Catalysis; Bio-organic Chemistry; Carbohydrate Chemistry; Chemical Biology; Chemistry of Materials; Macromolecular Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Nanosciences; Natural Products Chemistry; Organic Synthesis; Organo-metallic Chemistry; Peptides and Peptidomimetics; Physical Organic Chemistry; Synthetic Methodologies; Supramolecular Chemistry; Structural Organic Chemistry.

Programme: Research (Ph D) Streams $ : (a)Theoretical Chemistry (b)Experimental Solid State and Materials Chemistry $ option to be specified at the time of interview.

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: M Sc or equivalent degree in Chemical Sciences/ Physical Sciences: Materials Science (Master:s degree holders in Chemical Sciences must have studied Physics or Mathematics in their B Sc or equivalent course) or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Synthesis; Structure; Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Oxides; X-Ray Diffraction Charge Density Analysis; Organic Solid State and Crystal Engineering; Polymers; Ionic Liquids; Plastic Crystals; Semiconductors; High-Tc Superconductivity; NLO Materials; Nanomaterials; Clusters; Framework Solids; Ionics; Materials Electrochemistry; Renewable Energy Devices; Amorphous Materials; Theory of Organic Nonlinear Optical Materials; Molecular Magnets; Many-body Quantum Chemistry; Chemical Reaction and Dynamics; Statistical Mechanics of Condensed Matter and Biological Systems; Classical and Quantum Simulations; Diffusion in Porous Solids; Parallel Algorithms and Beowulf Clusters; NMR Methodology and Applications.

Programme: Research (Ph D) (A collaborative programme jointly run with IIA: ISRO and RRI)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: Master’s degree in Physical Sciences/ Mathematical Sciences/ Chemical Sciences or BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Electrical/ Electronics/ Electrical Communication Engineering or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Observational Astronomy in Radio; Infrared; Optical; X-Ray and Gamma Ray Wave-Lengths; Plasma Physics; Theoretical Astrophysics; General Relativity and Cosmology and Advanced Instrumentation in Astronomy and Space Science

Programme: Research (Ph D)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: Master’s degree in Mathematical Sciences/ Physical Sciences or BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

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.

Programme: Research (Ph D) Streams $ : (a)Experimental Condensed Matter Physics (b)Condensed Matter Theory (c)Biocrystallo-graphy $ option to be specified at the time of interview.

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: M Sc or equivalent degree in Physical Sciences/ Mathematical Sciences/ Chemical Sciences/ Biotechnology or BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: (A) Experimental Studies; (i) Condensed Matter Physics (ii) Atomic; Molecular and Optical Physics. 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; Metal-Insulator Transition; Magnetic Resonance Phenomena; NMR and EPR Spectroscopies; 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; Polymer Physics; Surface X-Ray Scattering; Surface Phase Transitions; Thermoelectric material and device. Semiconductor nanomaterials and organic composites; their heterostructurs; Low temperature photoluminescence and absorption; Deep Level Transient spectroscopy; Optically induced conductivity modulations. Tomographic image reconstruction; diffuse optical tomography; and ultrasound modulated optical tomography. (B)Theoretical Studies on 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; Spatiotemporal Chaos and Turbulence in Fluids; Plasmas and Cardiac Tissue; Soft Condensed Matter; Colloids; Surfactants; Membranes; Liquid Crystals; Vortex Lattices; Biological Physics; Mechanics of Living Matter; Molecular Modeling of Soft and Bio-Materials.

Programme: Research (Ph D)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: M Sc or equivalent degree in Physical Sciences/ Mathematical Sciences/ Chemical Sciences or BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Quantum Field Theory; The Standard Model of Particle Physics and Beyond; Physics of and at the Next Generation of Particle Colliders; Quantum Chromodynamics; Lattice Gauge Theories; Phase Transitions and Statistical Mechanics; Applications of Quantum Field Theory To Condensed Matter Systems; Quantum Computation; Noncommutative Geometry; Black Hole Physics. Quantum Gravity.

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Computer Science/ Engineering/ Electronics/Electrical Communication/ Electrical Engineering/ Information Science/ Technology or M Sc or equivalent degree in Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Science or Master’s in Computer Applications or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes

Areas of Research: Theoretical Computer Science: Algorithms; Complexity Theory; Combinatorial Optimization; Graph Theory; Information and Coding Theory; Cryptography; Cryptology; Computational Geometry; Computational Topology; Algorithmic Algebra; Computational Biology; Automata Theory; Formal Verification. Computer Systems and Software : Computer Architecture; Multi-Core Computing; Parallel and High Performance Computing; Operating Systems; Storage Systems; Security; Database Systems; Cloud Computing; Distributed Computing; Modeling and Simulation; Compiler Design; Program Analysis; Programming Languages; Software Engineering; Adhoc Mobile and Sensor Networks; Graphics and Visualization. Intelligent Systems: Data Mining; Data Analytics; Deep Learning; Information Retrieval; Machine Learning; Pattern Recognition; Reinforcement Learning; Convex Optimization; Stochastic Control and Optimization; Game Theory; Auctions and Mechanism Design; Electronic Markets; Social Network Analysis; Cognitive Systems; Natural Language Processing.

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Electrical /Electronics Communication/ Telecommunication/ Instrumentation/ Biomedical Engineering/ Computer Science/Engineering/ Electrical Engineering or M Sc in Physics/ Mathematics/ Electronics/ Statistics/ Computer Science/ Photonics or Master’s in Computer Applications or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Communication and Networking; Information Theory; Source Coding; MIMO Systems; Space-Time and LDPC Codes; Coding for Distributed Storage and Coded Modulation; Error-Control Coding; Information Theoretic Security; Wireless Mobile Communication; Multiple Access Protocols; Cellular Mobile Radio; CDMA; Multiuser/MIMO Detection; Large-MIMO Systems; Cooperative Communications; MIMO-OFDM; Spatial Modulation; Communication Networks; Modeling; Analysis; Optimization and Control of the Internet; wireless access networks; wireless ad-hoc Networks; Wireless Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things. Research at the Interfaces of various Networks; Wireless; Social Transportation; Neuronal; etc. Network Management; Multimedia Communication Protocols. Ubiquitous Computing. Cognitive Radio Communication; WDM Optical Networks. Optical Communications. Nanoelectronics and VLSI; Nano-CMOS Technology; Non-Classical Transistor Design; Transistor Variability in Nanoelectronics; Adaptable Circuit Design; Integrated MEMS Sensors; Low Power Techniques in Hardware and Software. Communication Circuits and Architectures. Analog; Mixed-Signal & RF Circuits; Embedded Systems; Cyber Physical Systems. Applied Photonics; Photonic Integrated Circuits; Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS); Photonic Bandgap Structures; Quantum Photonics. Biomedical Optics Biophotonics. Optics and Fluid Dynamics of Nanostructures; Plasmonics. Signal Processing; Spatial Signal Processing; Speech and Audio; Speech Recognition and Enhancement. Music Content Classification; Auditory Model and Hearing Aids. Compressive Sensing. Sparse Signal Recovery. Statistical Signal Processing; Signal Detection and Estimation; Space-Time (MIMO) Signal Processing Algorithms with applications to Wireless Communications; Acoustic Signal Separation using Microphone Arrays; Indoor Positioning and Navigation. Microwave Engineering; Passive and Active Circuits (RF and Microwave). Microwave Imaging Antennas; Fractal Designs in Electromagnetics; MEMS and Micromachining (RF MEMS);Teraherts devices for antennas; scattering and imaging. Composite Materials for Microwave Applications; Computational Electromagnetics

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)] Streams$ : (a) Systems & Signal Processing (b) Power Systems: Power Electronics and High Voltage Engineering $ option to be specified at the time of interview.

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Electrical/ Electrical and Electronics/ Electronics/ Electrical/ Electronics Communication/ Telecommunications/ Instrumentation/ Computer Science/Engineering/ Systems Science & Automation/ Information Technology/ Biomedical Engineering or related disciplines or M Sc or equivalent degree in Physics/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Electronics/ Computer Science or Master’s in Computer Applications or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Systems and Signal Processing; Signal Processing; Speech and Audio; Image Processing; Computer Vision; Multimedia Systems; Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning; Document Image Analysis and OCR; Biomedical-Imaging; Inverse Problems; Biomedical Image and Signal Processing; Embedded Systems. Power Systems; Power Electronics and High Voltage Engineering; Computer-Based (Analysis; Design; Control and) Protection of Power Systems; Energy Systems; Distribution Systems; (Intelligent System Applications to Power Systems). Power Electronics & Electric Drives; Switched Mode Power Supplies; New Power Devices. EHV/UHV Transmission; Electromagnetics; Lightning Protection; Dielectrics and Insulation Engineering; Power Apparatus; Diagnostics and Condition Monitoring; Pulsed Power and Air Pollution Control.

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE/B Tech or equivalent degree in Electronics Communication Engineering/ Electrical Engineering/ Computer Science and Engineering/ Information Science/Technology/ Telecommunication or M Sc or equivalent degree in Physics/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Electronics/ Computer Science or Photonics or Master’s in Computer Applications or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Power Electronics; Multi Level Inverters; PWM Techniques; Alternate Energy Systems – Micro Hydel; Grid Connection; Zero Energy Building; DC and AC Microgrids; Legged Locomotion; Dynamic Magnetics; Bondgraph Modelling. Mechatronics; Intelligent Controlling; Sensors and Actuators based on Smart Materials; Bio-Mechatronics.Communication Networks;Modeling; Analysis and Control of the Internet; Complex networks and network science; Social Networks; Information-Theoretic Security; Cyber-Physical Systems; Energy Harvesting Systems; Wireless Access Networks; Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks; Wireless; Sensor Networks; Data Center Networks; and the Internet of Things; Cloud Computing. Signal and Information Processing;Information Theory; Coding and Signal Processing for Physical Nano-memories; Quantum Information Processing; Mathematical Biology and Applications; VLSI Systems Architecture; Novel Memory Architectures; Algorithms and Architectures for High-Performance; Complex Systems Engineering. Nanoelectronics;Non-classical MOS device design and modeling; Carbon nanotube and Graphene transistor design; manufacturing and testing; Exploration of novel 2D materials (MoS2; WS2; WSe2; etc) for beyond CMOS device options; Device reliability; On-chip Electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection device and circuit design; ESD simulations and device modeling ; Beyond CMOS ESD research; LDMOS and drain extended MOS device design for system on chip applications.Power Semiconductors;High voltage Si MOS device design and modeling; High power RF device-circuit co-design; GaN HEMT device design and manufacturing; Electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for high voltage technologies.

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)] For details visit http://cds.iisc.ac.in/admissions/research-degrees/

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or M Sc or equivalent degree in Mathematical Sciences/ Physical Sciences/ Electronics/ Instrumentation/ Computer Science or Master’s in Computer Application or Four year Bachelors (B.S) degree in any discipline or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes. In all cases: a background in Mathematics and Programming is required

Areas of Research: Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations; Numerical Analysis; Numerical Linear Algebra; Matrix Analysis; Computational Electromagnetics; Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Simulation of Multiphase Flows; Computational Stochastics; Computational Studies of Dynamical Systems; Computational Methods for Physics; Finite Element Analysis; Medical Image Computing; Medical Image Processing; Neuroimaging; Physiological Signal Processing; Experimental Structural Biology and Computing 3D Structures of Protein molecules; Mathematical Software/ Libraries.

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)] For details visit: http://cds.iisc.ac.in/admissions/research-degrees/

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Computer Science/ Engineering/ Information Technology/ Science/ Electronics and Communication Engineering/ Electrical Engineering Statistics; Data Science/ Engineering or Master’s degree in Computer Science/ Computer Application/ Electronics/ Mathematical Sciences/ Statistics or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes. In all cases: a background in Programming is required

Areas of Research: Computer Aided Design; Computer Architecture; Cloud Computing Systems; Distributed Systems; Data Sciences; Big Data Platforms; Computer Vision and Image/Video Analytics; Database Systems; Embedded System-On-Chip Architectures; High Performance Computing Systems; Machine Learning; Natural Language Processing; Deep Learning for Vision and Language; Parallel Computing.

Programme: Research (Ph D)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE./ B Tech or equivalent degree in an Engineering discipline or M Sc or equivalent in any branch of science or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Nanomaterials and Nanostructures; Synthesis and Characterization of Materials for Electronic (Graphene; AIGaN; High-k Dielectrics); Optoelectronic (InGaN); Magnetic (multicomponent magnetic oxides) and Photonic Applications; Synthesis of new Precurors for Chemical Vapor Deposition; Synthesis of Nanoparticles by Microwave Techniques; Thin Film Growth by Pulsed Laser Deposition; Sputtering; Evaporation; Chemical Vapor Deposition and Atomic Layer Deposition; Mechanical Properties of Thin Films; Self-Assembled Monolayers; Polymer Nanocomposites; Nano-propellers for Applications in Soft Matter Physics and Biotechnology; Optics and Acoustics with Nanometer sized Bubbles in Quantum Fluids; MEMS and NEMS Devices. Nanoelectronic Devices; Nonclasical Silicon/Germanium Nanotransistor; Compound Semiconductor Devices; HEMTs; LEDs; Nanotube and Nanowire Transistors; Graphene Transistors; High-K Dielectrics for DRAMs; FeRAM; RRAM; MRAM; Phase Change Memory; Photovoltaics; Fuel Cell; Supercapacitors; Organic/Polymer Devices. Nanosensors; Nano-Biophotonics; Nanophotonics in Metamaterials and Nanostructured thin films; Plasmonics. Sensor Systems; Inertial Sensors; Acoustic Sensors; RF MEMS; Optical Sensors; Power MEMS; Gas Sensors; CMOS-MEMS Integration; Bio Sensors; Label-free Biosensors; Microfluidic Integration; Lab-on-chip Systems; Neural Interface Devices; SoC Architecture Design; Sensor Interface Circuits; Defect Tolerant Architectures. Computational Nanoengineering; Finite Element Modeliing; Multi Scale Modeling; Nonlinear Dynamics; Computational Mechanics; Reduced Order Modeling; Coupled Domain Analysis; Synthesis of Micro/Nanosystems; Meshing Algorithms; Quantum-Continuum Modeling; Energy Disscipation at Nanoscale; Molecular Dynamics Simulation; Nanotransistor Physics Modeling and Simulation; Variability in Nanoelectronics Devices; EDA Tools. Advanced Packaging; 3D packaging; Water level and Die level Packaging; System Integration. Shape Memory Alloys (NiTix; NiMnGa)

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)] Streams$ : (a)Structures (b)Guidance and Control (c)Propulsion (d) Aerodyna-mics $ option to be specified at the time of interview

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Aerospace/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics/ Chemical/ Civil/ Computer Science/ Instrumentation or M Sc or equivalent degree in Physical/ Mathematical Sciences or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Theoretical and Experimental Fluid Mechanics; Applied Aerodynamics; Shock Waves; Flow Lasers; Chemical Kinetics; Hypersonic and High Enthalpy Flows; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Flight Mechanics of Aircraft and Helicopters; Dynamics and Control of Aerospace Vehicles; Orbital Mechanics; Space Robotics; Guidance; Avionics; Radar and Electro-Magnetic Systems; Parallel/ Distributed Processing and Neural Networks Applications; Optimization and Estimation techniques in Aerospace Systems; Aerospace Propulsion; Basic and Applied Combustion; Experimental and Computational Studies on Reactive Flows; Combustion of Propellants; Composite Structures; Smart Structures; Non-Destructive Evaluation; Finite Element Methods; Fracture Mechanics; Structural Integrity and Reliability; Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity; Rotor Craft Dynamics.

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or M Sc or equivalent degree in Physical Sciences/ Mathematical Sciences/ Atmospheric Sciences/ Oceanic Sciences (with Mathematics as a subject at the Bachelor’s level) or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Monsoon Dynamics and Prediction; Tropical Convection; Satellite Meteorology; Dynamics of Oceans; Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Systems; Climate Modeling; Laboratory Modeling; Planetary Boundary Layer; Stochastic Modeling; Aerosol and Climate; Cloud-Aerosol Interaction; Data Assimilation; Carbon Cycle and Land Cover Change Modeling

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree or M Sc or equivalent degree in any branch of Science. (with Mathematics as a subject at the Bachelor’s level.) or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes. Catalyst design and synthesis; Cell membranes and soft interfaces; Computational biology; therapeutic engineering; host-pathogen interactions; and dynamics of infectious diseases; Energy storage in batteries and supercapacitors; gas hydrates; High resolution single molecule techniques to probe nanoscale biosystems; Microfluidics and soft solids; Modelling; optimization and control of bioreactors; Nanotechnology for sensors; actuators; fuel and solar cells; Polymer degradation; Reaction engineering in multifunctional and microreactors; Rheology and dynamics of powders; and suspensions of living and nonliving matter; Water remediation/ purification; activated carbon fabric.

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)] Streams $ : (a) Geotechnical Engineering (b) Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (c) Structural Engineering (d)Transportation Engineering $ option to be specified at the time of interview

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE/ B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or M Sc or equivalent degree (with Mathematics as a subject in Bachelor’s degree) or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Geotechnical Engg; Soil Behavior; Constitutive Modeling of Soils and Rocks; Foundation Engineering; Earth Retaining Structures; Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering; Seismic Microzonation; Geoenvironmental Engineering; Ground Improvement Technology; Geosynthetics; Rock Mechanics; Soil Dynamics; Numerical Modeling; Granular Mechanics; Large Strain Plasticity; Deformation Processing; Reliability of Geotechnical Systems; Railway Geotechnical Engineering; Site Characterization; Subsurface Investigation. Water Resources and Environmental Engg; Water Resource and Environmental System Analysis; Climate Hydrology; Flow Measurements; Surface and Ground Water Hydrology; Stochastic Hydrogeology; Stochastic Hydrology; Urban Storm Water Drainage; Environmental Hydraulics; Watershed Hydrology; Hydro-Bio-Geo Chemistry of Watersheds; Water Quality Modeling; Contaminant Hydrology; Fate and Transport of Pollutants; Design of Water Supply and Sewerage Systems; Remote Sensing and GIS for Water Resources and Environmental Engg. Structural Engg; Structural Mechanics; Computational Mechanics; Finite Element and Meshfree Techniques; Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete and Masonry Structures; Cementitious and Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites; Structural Dynamics and Control; Earthquake Engineering; Structural System Identification; Structural Safety; Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Behaviour of Cementitious Materials and Damage Mechanics; Alternative Building Materials and Techniques. Contact Mechanics; Adhesion; Large Strain Plasticity; Crystal Plasticity/Microstructural Effects.Transportation Engg;Transportation Engineering; Sustainable Transportation Planning; Modeling and Optimization of Transportation Systems; Travel Behaviour; Public Transport and Non-Motorized Transport Planning and Management; Intelligent Transport System (ITS); Traffic Management; Road Safety.

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or M Sc or equivalent degree in any branch of Science or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Paleoclimate reconstruction; Atmospheric and Ocean Chemistry; Application of Major and Trace Element Geochemistry and Traditional and Non-traditional Stable Isotope Geochemistry to Modern-Day and Early Earth Processes. Lithosphere and Mantle Dynamics; Paleotectonics; Metamorphic Processes; Geochronology and Crustal Evolution Planetary Magnetism and Core Dynamics; Seismotectonics and Seismic Hazard; Subduction Zone Earthquakes

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any disciplines or Master’s degree in Science/ Applied Science/ Materials Science/ Engineering Design/ Computer Science or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Solid Mechanics; Experimental Stress Analysis and Fracture Mechanics; Biomechanics; Mechanobiology of cells and tissues; Tribology and Acoustics; Mechanisms; Robotics and CAD; Turbulence and Cavitation; Heat Transfer; Internal Combustion Engines; Refrigeration and Air Conditioning; Metal Casting and Manufacturing. Dynamics; Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS); Structural Optimization and Design; Fluid Mechanics; Energy Systems.

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE/ B Tech or equivalent degree in any disciplines or Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Master’s degree in Computer Science/ Physiology/ Management or Master’s in Computer Application or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: CAE Tools For Product Design; Vehicle Crash Safety; Occupational Health and Safety; Product Safety; Computer Aided Ergonomics; Human Physiology; Digital Human Modeling; Biomechanics; Kinesiology; Biosensors; Computer Aided Fit and Usability Studies; Haptics Integrated Design Interfaces; Knowledge Management; Product Life Cycle Management; Artificial Intelligence in Design; Design For Environment; Design Creativity; Collaborative Design; Design Synthesis Requirements Engineering; Design Methodology

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Metallurgical/ Mineral/ Chemical/ Ceramics/ Mechanical Engineering/ Materials Science/Engineering/ Biotechnology/ Polymer/ Pharmacy/ Electronics or Master’s degree in Physical Sciences/ Chemical Sciences/ Biological Sciences including Pharmacy/ Geology/ Mineral Processing (with Mathematics as a subject in Bachelor’s degree) or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Materials; Structural Alloys (light metal; superalloys; refractory metals); Shape Memory Alloys; Engineering Ceramics; Nanomaterials; Electronic Materials; Ferroelectrics and Multiferroics; Polymer Blends and Nanocomposites; Organic Photovoltaics. Phenomena; Phase Transformations; Rapid Solidification; Mechanical Alloying; Diffusion; Texture and Grain Boundary Engineering; Mechanical Behaviour including Creep; Superplasticity; Fatigue and Fracture; Thin Films and Coatings; Contact Deformation; Tribology; Thermoelectromechanical Phenomena; Biomaterials; Tissue Engineering; Sensors; Mineral Processing; Biohydrometallurgy; Extractive Metallurgy. Computational Modeling of Processes; Alloy Stability; Defects and Transformations.

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE/ B Tech or equivalent degree in Mechanical/ Civil/ Electrical/ Chemical/ Renewable Energy/ Biotechnology/ Environmental Engineering/ Energy Studies) or B Arch or equivalent degree or M Sc or equivalent degree in Environmental Sciences/ Environmental Chemistry/Renewable Energy or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Water quality and supply; Habitats; Design and Architecture; Alternative Building Technologies and Materials; Biomass Combustion; Gasification; Biomethanation; Bio-Fuels; Energy planning; Waste Management; Natural Resources Management; Climate Change Mitigation

Programme: Research (Ph D)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or Master’s degree in Economics/ Commerce/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Psychology/ Social Work/ Operations Research/ Computer Science / Application or MBA or equivalent degree.

Areas of Research: Bayesian Statistics; Energy and Environmental Policy and Management; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Human Resource Management; Industrial Economics; Innovation Management; Knowledge Management; Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Operations Management; Operations Research; Organizational Behaviour; Public Policy; R&D Management; Reliability Theory; Technology Management.

Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Instrumentation/ Electrical/ Electronics Engineering/ Engineering Physics/ Mechanical or M Sc or equivalent degree with specialization in Physics/ Materials Science or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes with Physics/Materials Science.

Areas of Research: Graphene Electronics; Micro and nano systems; Sensors and related Instrumentation; Nanoscale Imaging; Super-Resolution Microscopy and Imaging; Fluorescence Microscopy Precision Motion Control; Microfluidics and Devices;Nano-metrology; Atomic Force Microscopy; Semiconductor Devices and Circuits; Bioinstrumentation; Materials Science;Electrical and Thermal Contact Resistance; Fibre-Bragg Grating Sensors. Phase Change Memories. Energy Systems; Image Processing; Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip; Interferometry; Computational Imaging; Image Processing;Biomedical Instrumentation; Optofluidics and Point-of-Care Diagnostics; Optical metrology; Optical Microscopy.

Programme: Interdisciplinary programme -Research [Ph D] (offered by Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering) Involves participation of two or more departments

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Engineering/Technology or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes or M Sc or equivalent degree in any branch of Science with minimum of two Mathematics courses beyond 12th Standard in B Sc/M Sc or Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Science ( 4 years degree) with minimum of two Mathematics courses beyond 12th Standard or Medical degree at bachelors or master’s level in any specialization; Mathematics in 12th standard is preferred.

Areas of Research: Biodesign; biomechanics; biomaterials; biomedical instruments; biotechnology; biomedical imaging; cell and tissue engineering; computational bioengineering; drug-delivery; immuno-engineering; mechanobiology; medical electronics; neural engineering; systems biology; telemedicine; tissue engineering; and allied topics

Programme: Interdisciplinary programme -Research [Ph D] (offered by Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research) Involves participation of two or more departments (Open to all departments)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Engineering/ Technology or M Sc or equivalent degree in any branch of Science or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: All areas of research in energy science and technology including novel concepts of energy harvesting and efficiency; developments of tools and systems for solar; thermal and other sources of energy. The topics include but not limited to high storage density battery; solar thermal technologies; novel thermodynamic cycles; thermal storage; high power technologies; materials for energy systems; catalysis; corrosion; Thermo electricity; combustion science and technology; green buildings and smart grids and other electrical and electronic systems for harvesting and distribution of energy.

Programme: Interdisciplinary programme -Research [Ph D] (offered by National Mathematics Initiative) Involves participation of two or more departments.(Open to all departments)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: M Sc or equivalent degree in any branch of Mathematical Sciences/ Physical Sciences/ Biological Sciences or BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Numerical Analysis; Computational Fluid Dynamics and Scientific Computation; Wireless Communication and Sensor Networks; Bioinformatics; System Biology; Computational Neuroscience; Computational Biophysics; Computational Biology; Evolutionary Biology; Theoretical Biology; Viral Dynamics; Constrained Biomolecular Dynamics; Mathematical Immunology; Stochastic Optimal Control; Mathematical Finance; Partial Differential (Algebraic) Equations; Optimization; Computational Geometry and Topology; Computational Geometry and Data Visualization; Inverse Boundary Value Problem in The Context of Imaging; Coding Theory and Techniques; Game Theory; Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience; Theoretical Ecology and Evolution; Self-organization in Ecological Systems; Collective Animal Motion.

Programme: Interdisciplinary programme -Research [Ph D] (offered by the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering) Involves participation of two or more departments. (Open to all departments)

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or M Sc or equivalent degree in any Science discipline or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Research Areas Cover a Broad Spectrum of Topics Relevant to the Science and Engineering at the Nanoscale; Synthesis of Nanomaterials and nanoparticles; Properties of Nanomaterials including catalysis; Novel Mateirals; Processes and Structures for Transistors and Memory; Sensors and Actuators; Modeling; Simulation and Development of Nanomaterials; Devices and Systems.

Programme: Interdisciplinary programme -Research [Ph D] (offered by Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research) Involves participation of two or more departments

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any branch of Engineering or M Sc or equivalent degree in Physics/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Environmental Sciences/ Geology/ Hydrogeology/ Atmospheric Sciences/ Agricultural Sciences or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Urban water systems; Urban hydrology/ hydrogeology; Watershed and riverbasin hydrology; Floods and droughts; water management; Agrohydrology; Satellite hydrology; Wetland science;Land-atmosphere interactions; Lake ecosystems; Aquatic geochemistry; Geothermal reservoir modelling; Global water cycle and impacts of climate change; Isotope hydrology; Applications of sensor and satellite technologies; Water and wastewater treatment.

Programme: Interdisciplinary programme -Research [Ph D] (offered by Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems) Involves participation of two or more departments

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any branch of Engineering or M Sc or equivalent degree in Physics/ Mathematics/ Electronics/ Statistics/ Computer Science/ Photonics or Master’s in Computer Applications or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes.

Areas of Research: Fundamentals and applications of cyber physical systems; autonomous systems and robotics; smart grids; transportation; hybrid systems modeling and control; software engineering and formal techniques; and cyber security.

  • Eligibility
  • Selection Procedure
  • Online Application Instructions

The following categories of candidates are eligible to apply for admission to the research programme, subject to satisfying requirements detailed in the subsequent sections:

Candidates possessing a minimum  of second class in the following degrees are eligible to apply:

Qualifying degree Qualifying in national entrance tests1
1 Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science. Valid GATE score* / NET JRF** is mandatory
2 Master’s degree in Science / Master’s degree in Economics, Geography, Social Work, Psychology, Management, Commerce, Operations Research, Computer Science/ Application Valid GATE score / NET JRF is mandatory
3 Master’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Agriculture/ Pharmacy/ Veterinary Sciences Desirable to have valid GATE score / NET JRF.
4 MS/MBA (post BE/B Tech) – (applicable for the department of Management Studies/Ecological Sciences) Desirable to have valid GATE score / NET JRF.
5 Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in Engineering/ Technology from any centrally funded technical institutions, with a minimum CGPA of 8.5 out of 10 or its equivalent either of seventh semester or at the end of eighth semester (eligible for Ph D only). Desirable to have valid GATE score / NET JRF.
6 MBBS/MD Desirable to have valid GATE score / NET JRF.
7  Bachelor’s degree holders in Physics/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Science /Electronics  followed by qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE as being equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.  Valid GATE score / NET JRF is mandatory

*The GATE score should be valid as on August 1, 2017.  Candidates securing the valid GATE score for the years 2015/2016/2017 may apply.

** NET JRF includes – CSIR-UGC NET for JRF; UGC-NET for JRF; DBT JRF; ICMR JRF; JEST; NBHM Screening Test 2017; INSPIRE.

Additional notes

  1. The minimum requirement for admission to the research programme is a SECOND CLASS (as declared by the University) in the qualifying examination as indicated against each department.
  1. Candidates with a B Sc degree followed by a professional Diploma, should have obtained their B.Sc degree in the 10+2+3 system (i.e. 10th Std + 12th Std + 3 years B Sc) and should have obtained at least a SECOND CLASS.
  1. Wherever a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology is prescribed as the minimum eligible qualification for admission, the duration of these degree courses should be atleast 4 years after 10+2 (i.e.10th Std and 12th Std). However, those who have a diploma after the 10thStd and have been exempted for 1 year in the Engineering/Technology are also eligible to apply.
  1. Wherever a Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Administration is prescribed, the minimum duration should be 2 years after 10+2+4 (i.e. 10th Std,12th Std and BE/B Tech). However, Dual B Tech / M Tech degree holders will be treated as M Tech applicants even though the criterion of 2 years after 10+2+4 is not satisfied.
  1. Wherever a Master’s degree in Science is prescribed, the minimum duration should be 2 years after 10+2+3 (i.e.10th Std,12th Std and B Sc). But those who have a BSMS of 5 years after 10+2 (i.e.10th Std and 12th Std) and those who have an MS degree of 1 year (abroad) after 10+2+3 (i.e.10th Std,12th Std and B Sc) are also eligible to apply.
  1. The Master of Computer Science/Application holders should have obtained a B.Sc.  degree with any of the following as major subjects: Physics / Chemistry / Mathematics / Electronics / Computer Science.
  1. The minimum requirement of SECOND CLASS in the qualifying examination is relaxed to PASS CLASS for SC/ST candidates.
  1. Some departments have specific requirements of subjects at the Bachelor’s or 10+2 levels as indicated under each department. Candidates have to ensure that they meet these requirements.
  1. Those in the final year of their qualifying degree and awaiting results may also apply. However, they should have completed all the requirements for the award of their qualifying degree, including all examinations, dissertation projects, viva-voce, etc., by the time of joining, i.e., by the end of July 2017.

Programmes in the Faculty of Science/Engineering

The following table gives the basic qualifications and areas of research pursued in various departments. An  applicant may choose to apply for a maximum of 3 Departments.

The selection of candidates for admission to research programmes is through an interview to be held at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during the period  5th – 9th June 2017 and for interdisciplinary programmes during 3rd & 4th June 2017.

The number of candidates called for an interview will depend on the number of vacancies available in each department.

Short-listing for Interview

For admission to Ph D / M Tech (Research) programmes in the Engineering Faculty

  • For the Ph D programme candidates with ME /M Tech / M Sc(Engg) / MS / MBA (post BE / B Tech / Master’s degrees) will be short-listed for an interview for Ph D programmes based on their academic performance (including their past performance in national tests, in which they have qualified prior to their Master’s degree, and/or the number of Publications they have).

[Note: Applicants must have a strong and consistent academic record and / or noteworthy academic accomplishments (awards, prizes, ranks in national exams, research publications). Thus, the short-listing of applicants for the interview process is based on one or more of the following indicators of academic excellence:

A1. Marks / Grade Point Average in ME/M Tech programmes (or equivalent), or

A2. Marks / Grade Point Average in M Sc (Engg) or equivalent research (masters degree).

B1. Marks / Grade Point Average in BE/B Tech programme (or equivalent), or

B2. Marks / Grade Point Average in B Sc and M Sc programmes(or equivalent)

  1. Marks / Grade Point Average in PUC / Class XII Board Examinations
  2. Marks / Grade Point Average in Class X Board Examinations]
  • Candidates with BE/B Tech from any centrally funded technical institutions (CFTI) with a minimum CGPA of 8.5 out of 10 or equivalent either of seventh semester or at the end of eighth semester.
  • Candidates with a BE/ B Tech/ M Sc/ MA/ MCA or equivalent degree including MBA (post B Sc/ Bachelor’s degree (other than Engineering/Technology)) should qualify in any one of the following appropriate tests given below, from ‘a’ to ‘h’. They will be short-listed for an interview based on their performance in the qualifying test.

For admission to Ph D programmes in the Science Faculty

For a Ph D programme in the Science Faculty candidates with ME /M Tech / M Sc(Engg) / MS / Master’s degree in Pharmacy, Agriculture, or Veterinary Medicine will be short-listed for an interview for Ph D programmes based on their academic performance (including their past performance in the national tests like GATE/ JRF/ GPAT in  which they have qualified prior to their Master’s degree).

Candidates with BE/B Tech from any centrally funded technical institutions (CFTI) with a minimum CGPA of 8.5 out of 10 or equivalent either of seventh semester or at the end of eighth semester

All the candidates other than the group above who apply to Ph D programmes in the Science Faculty should qualify in any one of the following appropriate entrance tests given below from ‘a’ to ‘h’. They will be shortlisted for an interview based on their performance in the qualifying test.

(a)   Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering(GATE) – 2015 or 2016 or 2017

(b) Joint CSIR-UGC NET for JRF (with a valid certificate as on 1st of August 2017)

(c) UGC NET for JRF (with a valid certificate as on 1st of August 2017)

(d) ICMR JRF 2017 (with a valid certificate as on 1st of August 2017) 

(e)  DBT JRF 2017 (with a valid certificate as on 1st of August 2017).

(f) NBHM Screening Test 2017 (with a valid certificate as on 1st of August 2017)- candidates

     who have cleared the screening test are eligible for the department of MA and CS.

(g) JEST 2016for the departments of PH, AP, HE, MB, IP, and SS. JEST (in Theoretical

      Computer Science) for the department of CS.

(h)   INSPIRE FELLOWSHIP – Candidates who have been awarded INSPIRE FELLOWSHIP for doing Ph D (with a valid certificate as on 1st of August 2017)

Notes

(a)   The interview letters for the short-listed candidates will be posted on on Applicant’s interface on IISc website www.iisc.ac.in/admissions under Application Status link at least  2 weeks in advance.  Such candidates can take a print-out of the interview letters from the respective candidate’s LOGIN page and make necessary arrangements for attending  the interview.  No separate communication will be sent by post.

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

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

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

(e)   Candidate belonging to Physically-Handicapped and Kashmiri-Migrant categories should produce the originals of the appropriate certificates, issued as per Government of India rules.

(f)    The offer letter for the selected candidates will be posted on Applicant’s interface on IISc website www.iisc.ac.in/admissions during the third 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.

(g)   Candidates admitted to the Research programme should report to the Institute for completing admission formalities on 27.07.2017.

(h)   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.

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

(j)     Candidates who are awaiting results but have completed all the formalities for the award of a degree should produce at the time of joining, a Course-Completion Certificate, issued by the (The Principal/Registrar). Such candidates will be given only provisional admission, which will be regularized on producing their marks sheets and, degree certificates (original, or provisional) etc., issued by the Head of the Institution/University Authority on or before 31 October 2017, failing which the provisional admission stands cancelled.

(k)     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/Diploma, UG Degree and/or PG Degree.
  • Details (Registration/Roll Numbers, Paper Code and Score etc.) of GATE /  CSIR-UGC-NET for JRF / UGC-NET for JRF / ICMR JRF / DBT JRF / JEST / NBHM.
  • Payment Option : Decide on the mode of payment you prefer towards the application fee. Mode of payment available are  – Net banking, Visa Card/Master Card, Debit/Credit Cards.  Application fee is Rs 800 for GN/OBC & Rs.400 for SC/ST/PH 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 image of your caste certificate (to be uploaded).

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 image of your caste certificate: Click on the space provided and upload your caste / PH / KM certificate in jpeg, gif, tiff, or png formats.
Note:

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 Departments

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  1. Qualifying Degree: Select your qualifying degree from the drop-down menu.
  2. Branch/Specialization: Select your branch in your qualifying degree from the drop-down menu. If your exact branch is not listed in the drop down menu, choose the equivalent branch.

If you still have any queries regarding fill in the application form you may send an email to ar@academic.admin.iisc.ernet.in.

Note:

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

  1. Status: choose appropriate status from the radio buttons
  2. Preferences of Departments: Give your choices by selecting from the dropdown menu. Maximum of 3 departments are allowed. If applying to only one department, leave the remaining columns blank.

TAB 3: Details of qualification

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In this tab you will provide details of marks/grades you obtained in examinations: 10th Std*, 12th Std*/Diploma , Undergraduate* and Post Graduate (if applicable).

Each of these exam is to be selected from the drop down 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 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 drop down 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 name and place; select the board you studied from the popup menu. Enter the aggregate percentage of marks and the main subjects you studied.
  1. II PUC/12th Standard/ Diploma: Same as above. (If qualified in Diploma – should fill all the semester-wise/year-wise details in the columns provided both in 12th and Diploma columns).
  2.  Undergraduate:
  1. Degree: Select your degree you are studying or completed.
  2. Branch / Specialization: Select your branch / Specialization.
  3. Year of passing: Select from the drop down menu.
  4. Fill in the institution/college name and place.
  5. University: Select from the drop down menu. If not listed in the drop down, choose “others” and specify below.
  6. Semester-wise Marks:
    1. Percentage / GPA: Select appropriately. If GPA, then specify “out of” 4 or 8 or 10 appropriately. Those who are opting for “Non-Gate” criteria being obtained 8.5 CGPA from CFTI should enter CGPA in GPA column.
    2. 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.
  7. If you qualified in any one of the following degree, after filling up all the above details, and on clicking “Save” button, you will get next screen where you have to give the details of your BSc degree.
    1. B Sc followed by AMAeSI
    2. B Sc followed by AMIE
    3.  B Sc followed by AMIIChE
    4. B Sc followed by AMIIM
    5. B Sc followed by AMIMechE(I)
    6. B Sc followed by Grad IETE
  8. University Rank: Fill if you have obtained University Rank. (Rank certificate has to be produced for verification at the time of interview).
  9. List Key Subjects: Fill the key subjects you have studied separated by comma. (Max 250 characters).
  1. Post-Graduate:
  1. Degree: Select your degree you are studying or completed.
  2. Branch / Specialization: Select your branch / Specialization.
  3. Year of passing: Select from the drop down menu.
  4. Fill in the institution/college name and place.
  5. University: Select from the drop down menu. If not listed in the drop down, choose “others” and specify below.
  6. Semester-wise Marks:
    1. Percentage / GPA: Select appropriately. If GPA, then specify “out of” 4 or 8 or 10 appropriately.
    2. 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  and 2nd year in the 2nd, 4th semester columns for 1st and 2nd year marks respectively. If you are in the final year and do not have the marks of the 3rd and 4th semester, fill in up to the 2nd semester and leave the other columns blank.
  7. University Rank: Fill if you have obtained University Rank. (Rank certificate has to be produced for verification at the time of interview).
  8. The following information is optional:

In the text box provided, enter your two highest scholastic/academic achievements in less than 300 characters. (These achievements could include Awards, Prizes, Publications, patents etc,. Enter all relevant details for each)

Example 1:  Author 1, Author 2, Journal Name, Volume, Page, Year.

Note: Either your Undergraduate degree or Post-Graduate degree must match with the ‘Qualifying Degree’ that you entered in ‘Preference of Department(s)’ page.

TAB 4: National Entrance Test Details

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In this tab you should provide details of the National Entrance Tests you have qualified/Appeared. Select from the drop down menu and fill appropriate details below.

Note:

  • Candidates with BE/ B Tech/ M Sc or an equivalent degree –  should fill in any one tests given in the list.
  • Candidates with ME / M Tech / M Sc (Engg) / MS / MBA (post BE / B Tech)  – should choose “ME / M Tech / M Sc (Engg) Qualified”  from the list and click “Save & Proceed” button.
  • Candidates with BE/B Tech from any centrally funded technical institutions with a minimum CGPA of 8.5 out of 10 or equivalent either of seventh semester or at the end of eighth semester – should choose “Non-Gate” from the list and click “Save & Proceed” button.

Those who have appeared in GATE and/or any other national entrance test for JRF should give the particulars one after the other by clicking on “Save” button.

The right side bar entitled “Entry Status” provides a visual feedback to you about the tests which you have provided.

  • Select the National entrance test qualified/ appeared, the certificate of such test should have the validity period for seeking admission to Research program as on 1st August 2017.
  • If qualified in GATE 2015/ 2016/ 2017 give the Roll Number, select the GATE Paper from the drop down menu and give the score (out of 1000).
  • If qualified in Joint CSIR-UGC NET for JRF conducted during June/December 2015 / June 2016 select accordingly from the drop down menu and give the Roll Number and Rank. If appeared in December 2016 give the Roll Number. Update the rank online, if qualified, immediately after declaration of the results.
  • If qualified in UGC NET for JRF conducted during June /December 2015/June 2016 select accordingly from the drop down menu and give the Roll Number and give the score out of 350. If appeared in December 2016 give the Roll Number.  Update the score online, if qualified, immediately after declaration of the results.
  • If appeared in DBT JRF 2016 give the Roll Number and if qualified put tick mark under “qualified” and specify whether qualified in “A” Grade.
  • If appeared in ICMR JRF 2016 give the Roll Number and if qualified put tick mark under “qualified”.
  • If qualified in JEST 2017 give the Roll Number and marks (out of 100). Update the marks online, if qualified, immediately after declaration of the results.
  • If qualified in NBHM Screening Test 2017 give the Roll Number and marks (out of 100).Update the marks online, if qualified, immediately after declaration of the results.

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 / Rank by clicking on ‘Update your National Entrance Test result” link.

 

  • TAB 5: Application Fees

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  1. Fee Amount: Will display automatically as per your category. (Rs 800 for GN/OB & Rs.400 for SC/ST/PH candidates).
  2. Mode of Payment: Decide the mode of payment you would prefer towards the application fees. The options available are  – 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,

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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 form, store it carefully for your records.