IISER-TVM PhD Admission 2021

IISER-TVM PhD Admission 2021 – Biological Sciences

IISER-TVM PhD Admission 2021 – Biological Sciences. The notification for the IISER TVM PhD Admissions January 2021 has been released. Interested and eligible can check out all of the details on the course, the fees, the fellowship, the application procedure and apply online link have been given below:

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PhD Admissions – January 2021

Applications are invited from highly motivated students for admission to the PhD programme of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram (IISER TVM) in Biological (SoB), Chemical (SoC), Mathematical (SoM), and Physical (SoP) Sciences for the session starting from January 2021, i.e., Varsha 2021 semester. Candidates are required to apply through the online portal only. The online application portal will be open from 01/11/2020 at http://appserv.iisertvm.ac.in/phd/.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. 7.5 CGPA in 10-point scale (or first-class equivalent) or first-class Master’s degree in relevant areas as declared by the respective University.
  2. The candidate must have qualified either of the following examinations: CSIR-UGC, UGC-NET-JRF and GATE with validity as of January 2021. Candidates with DST-INSPIRE fellowship or fellowship through any other national-level examinations as mentioned.

BSMS students from any of the IISERs with CGPA 8 or above on a 10 point scale are exempted from national level eligibility test

School: Biological Science

Relevant Areas: Biological Sciences/ Mathematics/ Bioinformatics/Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Medicine (MBBS)

Eligibility Requirement:

Eligibility Criteria 1 AND Eligibility Criteria 2 OR 

DBT-JRF (Category I), ICMR-JRF

Note: Only candidates whose ranks make them eligible to avail Category I DBT-Junior Research Fellowships tenable at any university/institution in India. Fellowships restricted to join DBT or ICMR-sponsored projects are not eligible.


GATE (XL and BT only)
Note: GATE (XL) or GATE (BT) qualified candidates will be considered only for Bioinformatics.



#JGEEBILS and GATE (XL and BT only) candidates may be further shortlisted by IISER TVM Ph.D. applications shortlisting committee based on the marks/score.

Relevant Areas: Biological Sciences/ Mathematics/ Bioinformatics/Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Medicine (MBBS)

Research Areas:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Virology
  • Biophysics
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Structural Molecular Biology
  • Stem cell and Developmental Biology
  • Neurobiology

Selection Procedure

The shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a written test/interview at IISER TVM. The final selection of the candidates will solely be based on the performance in the interview.

In the School of Biology, there will be two rounds of interviews. In case of a high turnout of candidates, an entrance exam will be conducted (based on Master’s-level Biology questions for 70% marks and 12th-level Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry questions for 30%) on the first day of interviews.

Application Procedure

  1. Applicants should complete the online application form at the URL: http://appserv.iisertvm.ac.in/phd.
  2. Only applications complete in all respects would be considered. Do not forget to click the “Submit” button after completing your application.
  3. Applicants will also be prompted to upload all the supporting documents online.
  4. Applicants should provide Name/Affiliation/Contact number and Email addresses of two referees in the application form.
  5. Applicants belonging to GE/OBC and SC/ST/PH categories are required to make a payment of Rs. 500/- and Rs. 250/-, respectively, as a processing fee online at https://www.onlinesbi.sbi/sbicollect/icollecthome.htm.
  6. On submission of the online application form, the applicants will receive an acknowledgement email with a unique application number.
  7. Applicants are NOT required to post a hard copy of the application to IISER TVM.
  8. In case of any application-related queries, please contact the PhD coordinator by email at: phdprogramme@iisertvm.ac.in. Any other mode of communication will not be entertained.
  9. Mere fulfilment of the eligibility criteria does not entitle a candidate to be called for the written test and/or interview.

For the School of Biology, it is mandatory for all the candidates to submit a short research proposal of 300-400 words, which should clearly state a research problem you find interesting to address and how you approach towards solving this. While applying online, please upload this proposal under the section “Statement of Purpose”. Please note the proposal does not need to be related to the research ongoing at the School of Biology, IISER TVM. The proposal will be used to evaluate your scientific aptitude and will be a major criterion for short-listing candidates for the interview.

Important Points

  1. Relaxation for reserved categories to the eligibility criteria will be applicable as per Government of India rules.
  2. Candidates who meet minimum eligibility criteria for obtaining INSPIRE PhD fellowship as per the DST guidelines can also apply. In the event of being shortlisted, and successfully cleared in the interview, the candidate shall be provisionally admitted for the PhD program. The admission shall be cancelled if the candidate cannot submit necessary documents to INSPIRE PhD fellowship at the time of registration.

Important Dates

Opening of online application portal 01/11/2020
Last date for receipt of online applications 20/11/2020
Tentative Interview Dates
Biological Sciences 09 – 11 December 2020
Chemical Sciences 10 – 11 December 2020
Physical Sciences 07 – 08 December 2020
Reporting time for all candidates 8.30 AM on the first day of the interview
Venue IISER TVM, Vithura Campus OR
Online Mode.


NB: Hostel accommodation will be available on the campus for candidates only on request in advance.


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