Notice for Admission to the Ph.D. Programme

IISER Bhopal offers Ph.D. programme in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics and Physics. Applications are invited from the citizens of India for the semester commencing August 2016 in Department of Biological Sciences,Department of Chemistry, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Department of Physics.

  • Nationality: Indian
  • Minimum Qualification:
  1. M.Sc./M.Tech. Degree in the relevant discipline with a minimum of 60% marks or CGPA/CPI of 7.0 on a 10 point scale.
    If the transcript/grade sheet issued by the Institute/University reports:
  • Only marks, percentage will be considered.
  • Only grades, CGPA/CPI will be considered. If CGPA/CPI is reported on any scale other than 10 (eg. 4 point/ 8 point scale), an equivalent CGPA/CPI will be calculated as per the following formula:
    CGPA/CPI in a 10 point scale = (CGPA/CPI Obtained×10)/PS
    PS = Point scale used by the Institute/University.
  • Both marks and CGPA/CPI
  • Percentage equivalent of CGPA/CPI, as indicated on the transcript/gradesheet, will be considered, if absolute grading was followed.
  • CGPA/CPI ONLY will be considered, if relative grading was followed.
  1. Exceptionally brilliant B.Tech./MBBS/MCA can also apply (For Biological Sciences only)
    Exceptionally brilliant B.Tech. in Chemical and Environmental engineering can also apply (For Earth and Environmental Sciences only)
  2. Additionally, a valid GATE/UGC/CSIR/JEST/ICMR (JRF category I)/DBT (JRF A category)/NBHM/JGEEBILS or any other recognized score is mandatory. The certificate/fellowship MUST be valid at the time of admission.
  3. Students whose results for CSIR-UGC NET Fellowship or ICMR-JRF category-I or DBT-JRF A category or Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship or INSPIRE-Ph.D. or any other equivalent fellowship are awaited may also apply with their roll number(s) mentioned in the application. Such candidates may walk in for the interview provided they have qualified examination for any of the above fellowship before the interview date.

Age : Preferably not more than 28 years as on August 01, 2016. Age relaxation of 3 years will be given for OBC (Non Creamy Layer) and 5 years for SC/ST/PH/Female applicants.

Application Procedure:
  • Online module for submission of application opens on: March 24, 2016, Closes on: April 12, 2016.
  • Last date for submission of online application form is April 12, 2016 (Tuesday).
  • Please retain a printout of the PDF of the online form submitted by you. You are required to bring and submit the same in original to IISER Bhopal, if short-listed and called for interview at a later date.

All selected candidates will be eligible for either Institute fellowship of Rs. 25,000/- or as per existing funding agency norms, subject to satisfactory performance in their course work.

Biological Science

Broad Research Areas:

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Epigenetics, Plant Cell and Developmental Biology, Metagenomics, Systems Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Molecular Systematics.

Minimum Qualifications:

In addition to the minimum qualifications prescribed by the Institute a candidate with MBBS/MCA can also apply for Ph.D. programme in Biological Sciences.

The applicant MUST have qualified National level examinations including but not limited to National Eligibility Test (NET) with a valid CSIR-JRF / UGC-JRF / DBT-JRF A category / ICMR-JRF category-I / NET-LS / INSPIRE-Ph.D. / Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship / GATE / JGEEBILS. The certificate/fellowship MUST be valid at the time of admission.

Selection Procedure:

The selection procedure for admission into the Ph.D. programs will be based on the performance of the candidate in the interviews which will be conducted in two rounds (Rounds I and II). Candidates shortlisted from Round I, will have the option to interact with faculty members in the department following which Round II of the interviews will be conducted for the final selection. During the interviews, the candidate will be evaluated for their conceptual knowledge and the research aptitude in the field of general and Biological sciences.

Important Dates:
  • Second Week of May 2016: Announcement of short-listed Candidates for the Interview.
  • June 29-30, 2016 (Wednesday – Thursday): Date of Interview.
  • June 30, 2016 (Thursday): Date for Announcement of Interview Results.
  • August 1, 2016 (Monday): Date of Registration for the Ph.D. Programme.
Contact Information:

Emails will be entertained only to the following admissions email address:

Department of Biological Sciences
Dr. R. S. Tomar
Head, Department of Biological Sciences
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Vikas Jain
Convener, Departmental Post-Graduate Committee
Email: [email protected]

Chemical Science

Broad Research Areas:

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Supramolecular Chemistry; Crystallography; Transition Metal Coordination Chemistry; Molecular Materials; Organometallic Chemistry; Organometallic Materials; Organic Materials; Macrocycles; Bio-inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry; Natural Products; Organometallic Chemistry; Asymmetric Catalysis; Chemical Biology; Molecular Biology; Polymers; Biomaterials

Physical Chemistry

  • Electrochemistry : supercapacitors and electrocatalysis; Bionanotechnology; Biophysics; Polymers; Functional Nanomaterials; Ultrafast Spectroscopy; Biophysical Chemistry; Theoretical and Computational Chemistry; Ab Initio Theory of Material.

Minimum Qualifications:

M.Sc./M.Tech. Degree with a minimum of 60% marks or CGPA 7.0. Mathematics in the 10+2 level is desirable.

The applicant must have qualified any of the National level examinations including but not limited to GATE/UGC/CSIR/JEST. The certificate must be valid at the time of admission. NET-LS qualified candidates may also apply.

Selection Procedure:

Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. Date of interview will be communicated to shortlisted candidates by email and postal mail and the same will be available on the Institute website. TA will be paid to SC/ST candidates appearing for the interview as per Govt. of India norms.

Contact Information:

Emails will be entertained only to the following admissions email address:

Department of Chemistry
Dr. Sanjit Konar
Head, Department of Chemistry
Email: [email protected]

Dr. J. Sankar
Convener, Departmental Post-Graduate Committee
Email: [email protected]

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