PMRF Scheme December 2019
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PMRF Scheme December 2019 – Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship

About PMRF

The Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme is aimed at attracting the talent pool of the country to doctoral (Ph.D.) programmes of Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Central Universities (which are among the top 100 National Institutional Ranking Framework, NIRF ranked universities) for carrying out research in cutting edge science and technology domains, with focus on national priorities.

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Under the PMRF scheme for PMRF December 2019, students who have completed, or are pursuing, the final year of four year undergraduate or five years integrated M.Tech or five year integrated M.Sc. or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programmes or two year M.Sc. programmes in Science and Technology streams from IIEST/IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs and centrally funded IIITs or any other Institute / University recognized in India, are eligible for admission to full time Ph.D. programme in the IISc, IISERs, IITs and a select group of Central Universities provided they fulfil prescribed eligibility criteria and finally get selected after shortlisting/written test/interview. For each hosting institute (IISc, IISERs, IITs and a select group of
Central Universities) the PhD admissions under the PMRF scheme will be supernumerary.

Applicants who fulfil the eligibility criteria, and are finally selected through a selection process, will be offered admission to PhD programme in one of IISc/IISERs/IITs and Central Universities (which are among the top 100 National Institutional Ranking Framework, NIRF ranked universities) with a fellowship of Rs.70,000/- per month for the first two years, Rs.75,000/- per month for the 3rd year, and Rs.80,000/- per month in the 4th and 5th year. Apart from this, a research grant of Rs.2.00 lakh per year will be provided to each of the Fellows for a period of 5 years to cover their academic contingency expenses and for foreign/national travel expenses.

There will be a rigorous review of the performance of Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship holders and continuation of the next year fellowship shall be contingent upon successful review.


Fellowship Details

The following would be the fellowship for the PMRFs:

YearAmount (Rs)
Year 170,000
Year 270,000
Year 375,000
Year 480,000
Year 580,000

 

Apart from this, each Fellow would be eligible for a research grant of Rs. 2 lakhs per year (total Rs. 10 lakh)

The tenure of fellowship will be four years for students from integrated courses and five years for B. Tech (or equivalent) students. The selected students who have completed MTech/MS/ME after completing a qualifying BTech, and join PMRF will get 4 years of fellowship.


Eligibility:

The applicants for the PMRF should:

a. have completed or be pursuing the final year of four (or five) year undergraduate or five years integrated M.Tech or five years integrated M.Sc. or 2-year M.Sc. or five-year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIEST and centrally funded IIITs. These candidates should have secured a CGPA/CPI of at least 8.0 (on a 10-point scale). For applicants in the five year integrated or dual degree programs, if separate CGPAs/CPIs are awarded for UG and PG parts of the programme then the CGPA/CPI of UG part (first four year) will be considered, OR

b. have completed or be pursuing the final year of four (or five) year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech or five years integrated M.Sc. or 2 years M.Sc. or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from any other (not covered in a.) Institute / University recognized in India. These candidates should have secured a CGPA/CPI of at least 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) or equivalent till the last semester and have secured a score of 750 or higher in the respective GATE subject. OR

c. have qualified GATE and be pursuing or have completed M.Tech. / MS by Research at IISc/IITs/IISERs having a minimum CGPA or CPI of 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) at the end of the first semester with a minimum of four courses. Those candidates who are applying after the first semester, the CGPA or CPI requirement of 8.0 will be based on all the courses, labs, thesis that the candidate has completed. This is applicable to above eligible candidates at the time of application.

AND

d. have completed the required academic qualifications in (a), (b) or (c) in the preceding three years from when the application is submitted.


Abstract Submission

  1. The Project abstract should clearly articulate the area of the study and should display keen interest and insight on the subject chosen.
  2. The Project abstract should formulate a problem for the study which would be used for assessing the applicant’s analytical and research skills.
  3. The topic chosen should be in frontier areas of science and technology, preferably, focusing on national priorities.
  4. There should be at least two referee names provided by each applicant for the Selection Committee to seek feedback.

Broad Disciplines & Nodal Institutes

  1. Admission under the PMRF will be made in 19 broad disciplines.
  2. For each broad discipline, one IIT or IISc will coordinate the admission process (review applications, shortlist applicants, constitute selection committees and hold final selections) and will be referred to as the Nodal Institute for that broad discipline.

Selection Process

The selection process for the PMRF will be a rigorous process consisting of Screening by the Reviewers, and final selection by the Selection Committee for each broad discipline to ensure competition, standardization, transparency and selection of the best talent. The process may also include written test and/or discussions, if necessary. The allocation of the Institute shall be done in the following manner:

a. For each broad discipline, the Selection Committee constituted by the NI will conduct the interviews and select candidates.

b. The allocation of the Institute for the doctoral study would be done keeping in view the choices of the selected candidates and the availability of academic and other infrastructure.


Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

The IPR policy shall be as per the Institute’s Policy on IPRs. The IPRs are owned by the Institution where the Fellow has worked.


Monitoring Mechanism

The National Coordination Committee (NCC) will periodically review and monitor the implementation of the scheme. The NCC will report to MHRD the status of the scheme, fund flow and utilization thereof, and policy changes required to make the scheme more effective.

Apart from this, the monitoring will be done in the manner detailed below:

  • There will be internal reviews twice a year.
  • There will be a National Convention every year where all PMRFs will showcase their work. This will be an occasion for the Industry to participate in the Convention.
  • There will be a website set up by the NCC showcasing the areas of work of each PMRF.

Nodal Institutes:

Sr. No.Broad DisciplineNodal Institution
1Aerospace EngineeringIIT Madras
2Agriculture and Food EngineeringIIT Kharagpur
3Architecture and Regional PlanningIIT Kharagpur
4Biological Sciences (e.g. Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biological Engineering, Computational Biology, Chemical Biology, Biotechnology, Bioprocess Engineering, etc.)IIT Bombay
5Biomedical Engineering (e.g. Biosystems Science and Engg., Medical Science and Technology, etc.)IIT Bombay
6Chemical Engineering (includes Biochemical Engineering, Polymer Science & Engineering, Cryogenic Engineering, Energy, Environment, Materials, Systems Engineering etc.)IIT Gandhinagar
7Chemistry (e.g. Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, High pressure chemistry, Surface chemistry, Photochemistry, Solid State and Structural Chemistry, etc.)IIT Bombay
8Civil Engineering (e.g. Environmental Science and Engineering, Earth Sciences, Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, Ecological Sciences, Sustainable Technologies, Atmospheric Sciences, Transportation Research and Injury Prevention, Oceans,Rivers,Atmosphere and Land Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, Mining Engineering, Ocean Engg and Naval Architecture, Water Resources, Building Technology and Construction Management, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Geomatics Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, etc.)IIT Roorkee
9Computer Science (includes Computer Sciences and Automation, Computer and Data Systems, Information Technology, Theoretical Studies, Intelligent Systems and Human Computer Interaction, Systems Engineering, Theoretical Computer Science, etc.)IIT Delhi
10Electrical Engineering (includes ECE and EE, Electronics, Nanoscience and Engineering, Cyber Physical Systems, Applied Research in Electronics, Instrument Design and Development, Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Telecommunication, Nano Science and Technology, Power system, High Voltage, Photonics, Electric Drives & Power Electronics, Instrumentation and Signal Processing, Systems and Control, Communication Systems, R.F. & Microwave Engineering, Microelectronics and VLSI, etc.)IIT Kanpur
11Engineering Design (e.g. Advanced Geometric Computing, Automotive Control, Electromagnetic Research, Rehabilitation Bioengineering, Optomechatronics, etc.)IIT Madras
12Interdisciplinary Programs in Science and Engineering (e.g. Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Computational Science, Nano Science & Nano Technology, Cyber Physical System, Energy, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Environment, Linguistic Science and Technology, Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere & Land Sciences, Railway Research, Cryogenic Engineering, Quality and Reliability, Polymer, BioX ,Alternate Hydro Energy Centre, Transportation Systems, Disaster Mitigation & Management, Pulp & Paper Technology, Water Resource Development & Management, Earthquake Engineering, Alternate Hydro Energy Systems , Environmental Management of Rivers and Lakes, Soil Dynamics, Structural Dynamics, Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Hydrology, Packaging Technology, Irrigation Water Management, Water Resources Development, Infrastructure Systems, Systems and Controls, Urban Science and Engineering, Geo-Informatics and Applications etc.)IISc
13Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering (includes Materials Engineering, Materials Science, etc.)IIT Hyderabad
14MathematicsIIT Kharagpur
15Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Advanced Computational Engineering , Energy Science and Engineering, Micro-Nano and Bio Sciences and Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Product Design and Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Energy, Industrial Tribology, Machine Dynamics and Maintenance Engineering, Advanced Technology Development, Industrial and Systems Engineering, CAD, CAM & Robotics, Machine Design Engineering, Production & Industrial Systems Engineering, Thermal Engineering, Welding Engineering, etc.)IIT Madras
16Mining, Mineral, Coal and Energy sector (e.g. Mining, Mineral, Fuel, Petroleum, Mining Machinery, Renewable Energy, Geological engineering, Geotechnology etc.)IIT (ISM) Dhanbad
17Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture (also includes Petroleum Engineering and Offshore Technology, etc.)IIT Madras
18Physics ( e.g. Biophysics, Astronomy and Astro Physics, High Energy Physics, Instrumentation and Applied Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Low Temperature Physics, Quantum and Statistical Physics, Soft Condensed Matter Physics, Solid State Electronic Materials, Photonics, etc.)IIT Guwahati
19Textile TechnologyIIT Delhi
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PMRF Hosting Institutions:

Central Universities, which are among the top 100 NIRF ranked universities, have been included as host institutions for PMRF December 2019. Please refer the hosting institutions page for the complete list of host institutions.

Aligarh Muslim University

Assam University

Banaras Hindu University

Central University of Punjab

IISc Bangalore

IISER Berhampur

IISER Bhopal

IISER Kolkata

IISER Mohali

IISER Pune

IISER Thiruvananthapuram

IISER Tirupati

IIT Bhilai

IIT BHU

IIT Bhubaneswar

IIT Bombay

IIT Delhi

IIT Dharwad

IIT(ISM) Dhanbad

IIT Gandhinagar

IIT Goa

IIT Guwahati

IIT Hyderabad

IIT Indore

IIT Jodhpur

IIT Kanpur

IIT Kharagpur

IIT Madras

IIT Mandi

IIT Patna

IIT Roorkee

IIT Ropar

IIT Jammu

IIT Palakkad

IIT Tirupati

Jamia Millia Islamia

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Mizoram University

North Eastern Hill University

Pondicherry University

Rajiv Gandhi University

Tezpur University

University of Delhi

University of Hyderabad

Visva Bharati


1. Q. Which students are eligible to apply for the PMRF scheme?
A. a. Have completed or be pursuing the final year of four (or five) year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech or five year integrated M.Sc. or 2 year M.Sc. or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIEST and centrally funded IIITs. These candidates should have secured a CGPA/CPI of at least 8.0 (on a 10-point scale). For applicants in the five year integrated or dual degree programs, if separate CGPAs/CPIs are awarded for UG and PG parts of the program then the CGPA/CPI of UG part (first four years) will be considered, OR

b. have completed or be pursuing the final year of four (or five) year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech or five year integrated M.Sc. or 2 year M.Sc. or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from any other (not covered in a. above) Institute / University recognized in India. These candidates should have secured a CGPA/CPI of at least 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) or equivalent till the last semester AND have secured a score of 750 or higher in the respective GATE subject. OR

c. have qualified GATE and be pursuing or have completed M.Tech. / MS by Research at IISc/IITs/IISERs having a minimum CGPA or CPI of 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) at the end of the first semester with a minimum of four courses. Those candidates who are applying after the first semester, the CGPA or CPI requirement of 8.0 will be based on all the courses, labs, thesis that the candidate has completed. This is applicable to above eligible candidates at the time of application.

AND

d. have completed the required academic qualifications in (a), (b) or (c) in the preceding three years from when the application is submitted.

2. Q. I completed my B.Tech. degree three years ago. Am I eligible to apply for PMRF?
A. Yes. Those who are awarded degree in past three years (i.e. graduated during 2017, 2018 or graduating during 2019 ) are eligible to apply for PMRF 2019 . Each application will be treated as a fresh application.

3. Q. My CGPA until last semester is 8.19, however, I have a backlog. Am I eligible to apply?
A. 
No.

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. Q. I am a final year student and have <8 CGPA until last semester. Should I be provisionally allowed to appear for the selection procedure subject to the condition that I will improve my CGPA at the end of my qualifying Degree?
A.
 No. You will not be considered for this round of PMRF selections. However, you may apply for the next round of PMRF selections. You should secure CGPA of 8 or more at the time of graduation.

5. Q. I am a PhD scholar from a host institute. I graduated from an AICTE recognized Institute and joined the host institute under the Direct PhD programme. Whether existing scholars like me who meet all the eligibility criteria, but have joined already will be eligible to upgrade to PMRF?
A.
 You will have to apply afresh. If you are allotted any institute other than the parent host institute you will have to join as a totally fresh registrant at the new institute. In case, based on your merit position, you are allotted the same host institute where you are currently registered for the PhD program, you may continue the PhD program under the PMRF scheme. In this case you will be eligible for PMRF fellowship for the rest of the PhD tenure. For example, if you have already availed PhD fellowship for two years, you will be entitled for maximum three or two years of PMRF, if you entered the PhD program after B.Tech. or MTech., respectively.

6. Q. I am a third semester M.Tech./MS by research student from one of IISc/IITs/IISERs. My current CGPA is 8.19 (on a 10-point scale) but at the end of first semester my CGPA was 7.98  based on four theory courses. Am I eligible for PMRF selection in Dec 2019?
A.
 No. CGPA of at least eight is required at the end of the first semester as well.

7. Q. I completed my MTech from NIT in June 2016 with a CGPA 8.96. Will I be eligible to apply for 2019 December PMRF?
A.
 No you are not eligible to apply for 2019 December PMRF.

8. Q. I have completed my M.Tech./MS by research in 2018 from one of IISc/IITs/IISERs and cleared GATE in 2016. I have a CGPA of 8.0 or above in M.Tech/MS by research. As per eligibility criteria (d), the required academic qualifications should be in the preceding three years. Am I eligible?
A.
 Yes, you are eligible. Academic Qualification refers to the qualifying degree. You must have a valid GATE score at the time of admission in the M.Tech./MS by research program.

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9. Q. I am a student currently registered for Integrated PhD program. Am I eligible to apply for PMRF Dec 2019?
A. You are eligible to apply for PMRF Dec 2019 selection subject to the following:

a) You should be awarded two separate degrees for (MTech or MSc ) and PhD, and

b) You should be registered in integrated MTech+PhD program at IISc/IITs/IISERs, cleared GATE, and should have CGPA of 8/10 at the end of the first semester with four theory courses. You should have completed the first semester of MTech in  academic year 2016-2017, 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 OR

You should be registered in integrated MSc.+PhD program at IISc/IITs/IISERs/NITs/ centrally funded IIITs and your institute should provide you with a certificate of completion of the two year MSc part of the integrated program with a CGPA of at least 8/10 in academic year 2016-2017, 2017-2018, or 2018-2019 OR

You should be registered in integrated MSc.+PhD program at any recognised  institute in India and your university should provide you with a certificate of completion of the two year MSc part of integrated program with a CGPA of at least 8/10 in academic year 2016-2017, 2017-2018, or 2018-2019 and you must have secured GATE score 750 or higher.

10. Q. I have done M. Pharmacy or 3-Year M.Sc from a recognised institute in India. Am I eligible to apply?
A. No.

11. Q. My qualifying degree is from a IIIT which is not centrally funded (i.e., which is running on PPP mode). Under which eligibility criteria should I apply?
A. You may apply under eligibility criteria ‘b’.

12. Q. I want to apply under eligibility criteria ‘c’? Which courses are considered toward 8.0 CGPA requirement in the first semester? Do I also need to get 8 CGPA at the end of M.Tech/MS by research program?
A. The theory courses that are awarded grades, excluding audit or pass/fail courses, are considered toward meeting 8.0 CGPA requirement in the first semester.

Candidates pursuing M.Tech. /MS by Research must have done a minimum of four theory courses and obtained the minimum CGPA or CPI of 8.0 (on a 10 point scale) at the end of the first semester. Candidates who have completed M.Tech./MS by Research must have done a minimum of four theory courses in first semester and obtained a CGPA or CPI of 8.0 at the end of the first semester as well as overall CGPA or CPI of 8.0 based on all the courses, labs and thesis completed as part of the programme. This is applicable to above eligible candidates at the time of application. For example, a candidate who has done say 5 courses in the first semester, of which 3 (theory courses), 1 (audit or pass/fail course) and 1 (lab course) with CGPA of 8.15, is not eligible due to not meeting the four theory course requirement of the first semester.

13. Q. My university awards only in percentage. The revised guidelines of PMRF December 2019 say the candidates should have secured a CGPA/CPI of at least 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) or equivalent till the last semester. How do I convert the percentage to a CGPA, out of 10, equivalent?
A. You should contact the competent authority (e.g., Controller of Examination) at your University to know the formula for conversion. You will be required to furnish the conversion formula along with certificate issued by the competent authority at the time of application.

14. Q. My institute/university does not offer a conversion formula from percentage to Equivalent CPI/CGPA. How can I know I am eligible to apply for PMRF?
A. If your institute/university does not offer a conversion formula from percentage to Equivalent CPI/CGPA, then please use the method below to convert your percentage marks to Equivalent CPI/CGPA, verify that the Equivalent CPI/CGPA is at least 8.0 and if it is, apply with supporting documents.

Step 1. If P is the percentage of marks secured in the qualifying degree, then your Equivalent CGPA/CPI is given by:

Equivalent CGPA = (P/10) + 0.5

For example, if you have scored 78% in your qualifying degree, then your Equivalent CGPA is (78/10) + 0.5 = 8.3. Since 8.3 is > 8 you are eligible to apply for PMRF.

Please enter the Equivalent CPI/CGPA calculated as per the formula above while filling the application form.

Step 2. Since the above conversion formula is applicable only for those applicants whose institute/university does not offer a conversion formula from percentage to Equivalent CPI/CGPA for the qualifying degree, you need to upload a supporting letter (as a pdf file) given by competent authority which says that the respective institute/university does not offer a conversion formula from percentage to Equivalent CPI/CGPA. If you cannot obtain such a letter in time, you may instead upload a self-declaration to this effect.

15. Q. I wish to apply under eligibility criteria (b), but I do not find my Institute/University name listed under “The above degree is in a Science and Technology stream from:” in Section-1 of the application form.
A. From the options listed under “The above degree is in a Science and Technology stream from:”, please select “Other institutes/universities recognized in India” in Section-1 of the application form and proceed. You can enter your Institute/University name in the “Qualifying Degree, Institute/University” field in Section-2 of the application form.

Application

16. Q.
 Which are the institutes where PMRF Fellows can join to undertake research work as a Ph.D. student?
A. The host institutions are the IISc, IITs, IISERs and Central Universities (which are among the top 100 National Institutional Ranking Framework, NIRF ranked universities). Please refer the hosting institutions page for the complete list of host institutions.

17. Q. 
Can I apply for more than one broad discipline of PMRF December 2019 Selection?
A. Yes. An applicant can apply for a maximum of five broad disciplines of PMRF. She / he will need to individually appear for multiple written tests and/or interviews conducted at the respective nodal institutes.

18. Q. Do I need to submit a project proposal along with my application?
A. You must submit an abstract as described on the PMRF website.

19. Q.
 Does PMRF scheme apply for part-time Ph.D.?
A. No, PMRF is for undertaking full-time Ph.D. program at host institutions.

20. Q. Is it compulsory to submit 5 different abstracts as I want to apply for five broad disciplines?
A. No, submit only one abstract in any of the broad disciplines.

21. Q.
 Is there a word limit for the abstract? Can I upload the proposal in JPEG format?
A. The word limit is 1000 and it must be in PDF format. No other format is acceptable.

22. Q.
 What is expected from the project abstract?
A. The requirement for a project abstract is for assisting the selection committee in assessing the research and analytical capability of the applicant. The originality of the abstract is very important. The abstract will be checked for plagiarism. The project abstract need not necessarily be the topic of PhD research.

23. Q.
 Who can be the referees?
A. The referees should be from among those with whom the applicant has closely interacted during her or his undergraduate or post- graduate programme and who can comment on the applicant’s academic knowledge and research and analytical skills.

24. Q.
 How many times can I apply for fellowship under the PMRF scheme?
A. You can apply two times provided all eligibility criteria are met each time.

25. Q.
 If I am selected for fellowship under the PMRF scheme this year, but do not avail the offer, can I apply once again next year?
A. No. However, you can defer your admission for one year subject to approval of the admitting host institute.

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26. Q. My Institute does not provide semester wise grade cards but I have web-based marks memos. How do I apply?
A. You can apply by submitting in any form of transcript / grade card / consolidated marks memo. You may submit an Electronic copy for the current semester for which you need to produce the original at the of interviews.

27. Q. I am currently studying dual degree programme and my institute/university does not provide the Opt-Out Certificate. Am I eligible to apply?
A. You cannot apply, but you may apply during the final year or after completion of your dual degree programme.

28. Q.
 Is the PMRF scheme the same as the CII-PMF scheme?
A. No, they are different.

Written test and interview

29. Q.
 What will be the syllabus for the written test?
A. The Nodal Institute will define the syllabus for the test. Please frequently visit the PMRF December 2019 website for the latest updates.

30. Q.
 Where will the test centres be located?
A. A single written test and/or interview for each broad discipline will be conducted at the IIT or IISc which is the Nodal Institute for that broad discipline.

31. Q.
 Will the written test/ interview of different disciplines be conducted on the same date.
A. No. The tests will be conducted on different dates with a gap of a day or two so that an applicant may reach from one Nodal Institute to the other Nodal Institute in time.

32. Q.
 Will there be any TA/DA provided for appearing for the test or interview?
A. No TA/DA will be provided to applicant appearing for the written test or interview.

33. Q.
 Will all the eligible applicants be called for the written test and/or interview?
A. Not necessary. In case of a large number of applicants, only shortlisted applicants will be called for the written test and/or interview.

34. Q. I have applied for ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ broad disciplines, but received call letter only for ‘Y’ discipline. Whom should I contact?
A. Please contact the respective Nodal Institute (NI) Coordinator.

35. Q. Interview dates are clashing with my prior commitments.  Is it possible to either postpone interview dates or allow me to attend interviews over Skype?
A. No.

Results

36. Q. I have attended interviews for ‘X’ discipline and going to appear ‘Y’ Discipline next week. May I know Results of ‘X’ discipline now?
A. No. Results will be published on PMRF portal after completion of interviews for all broad disciplines.

Preference, allocation of seats


37. Q.
 How will the institute and discipline be allotted to the selected applicant if the applicant has selected more than one institute?
A. The applicants will be asked at the time of application to give up to five choices for the broad disciplines wherein they would like to appear for interview. The applicants will be asked to provide online their preferences of combinations of institute and discipline only for the broad disciplines for which the candidate is selected. The combination of discipline and the institute will be allotted based on the preference indicated by the applicant and the merit position of the candidate. For example, a candidate who appeared for interview in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Programs in Science and Engineering and is selected for Chemistry, will be able to give preferences only in the Chemistry broad discipline.

38. Q.
 Can I give preference for different disciplines in an IIT?
A. Yes. An applicant will be allowed to give up to 45 preferences (combinations of the institute and discipline) from the discipline/s she/he would have been selected for e.g. an applicant selected for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering can give preference of Chemistry at IISc, Chemical Engineering IIT Bombay, Chemistry at IIT Delhi, etc..

39. Q.
 I have a specific idea for my potential research topic. Will the selection committee consider this while allocating me an institute/discipline if I am selected?
A. The selection committee will take holistic view of the project details, subject knowledge, research & analytical skills, and any other aspect deemed fit in their opinion in making recommendation on suitability of the candidate for PhD program under PMRF scheme.
The selection and allocation are decoupled. Once the candidate is selected for PMRF for one or more disciplines, the allocation for a discipline will be based on an algorithm that will take care of merit position of the selected candidate in the discipline the candidate is selected for and the preference order of the combinations of the institute and discipline the candidate has provided. Once the candidate joins the host institute, she/he may explore with the concerned faculty members about the possibility of the potential research topic. The rules and regulation of the host institute will prevail in selection of research topic and the supervisor.

40. Q. I have cleared PMRF selections and my name is listed on PMRF results page. How can I select a Host Institute for joining?
A. An online Preference Module will be made available to the recommended applicants to indicate preference of Host Institutes.

41. Q. I was selected for ‘X’ Discipline and I have chosen an institute as my host institute. Can I change my discipline from ‘X’ to ‘Y’ at a later stage?
A. No. Change of PMRF Discipline is not permitted.

42. Q. During the allotment process I was allotted ‘Y’ discipline and ‘B’ Host institute, but my first preferred discipline is “X” and host institute is “A”.
A. The seat allotment will be done based on the merit list prepared by nodal institutes, seat availability at various host institutes, and order of broad discipline preferences provided by the recommended candidates. Hence, it cannot be changed.

43. Q. While selecting the host institute on the online preference module, is there any provision to select the department/School/Centre in the particular host institute?
A. Department/School/Centre allocation would happen at a later stage by the admitting host institution based on student interest, background, etc..

Fee Payment


44. Q.
 Is there an application fee, and if yes how can I pay the application fee?
A. Yes, there is an application fee of Rs.1500. The fee can be paid online using the link provided in the application form by selecting the category “PMRF Application Fee for Dec 2019”.

45. Q. I have paid the requisite fee well before the due date, but I do not want submit my application. Can I get my application fees back?
A. No.

46. Q. I have paid less than Rs.1500/- as the application fee by oversight. Am I ineligible?
A. Every applicant has to pay Rs.1500/-. If not received the full fee, then the NCC has the right to reject your application.


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  1. I am pursuing my final year B.Tech Biotechnology in Anna University (BIT Campus) with CGPA Until last semester is 8.0 above. can I apply for this program?

  2. I have completed my M.S.pharma recently 2019 from Niper (National institute of pharmaceutical education and research) with 9.7cgpa.am I eligible for PMRF

  3. I’m having CGPA less then 8 in 1st semester of my Msc. if i improve my CGPA through improvement exams will i be eligible for PMRF?

  4. Hi mam .I completed my MSC 2019 but I got 8.3 GPA in 1 St semester and then 8.1 in 2 nd semester 7.7in 3 Rd sem & 7.9 in 4th semester ..so can I eligible for PMRF scheme ..??? Pls reply as early as possible mam..

  5. We don’t have semester wise exams in our college…..we have percentage system and I have secured 83percent in msc final…..am I eligible

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