ADMISSION TO PHD PROGRAM IN JANUARY 2018

The PhD programme at IISER Tirupati was initiated in August 2017. We invite applications from prospective candidates for admission to the programme starting January 2018.

IISER Tirupati admits students to its doctoral programme in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Climate Sciences, and associated inter-disciplinary areas of research. The programme involves a combination of coursework, teaching assistantship along with a major research component.

Students with a Master's degree in Science / Mathematics or a four-year Bachelor degree with at least 60% marks (aggregate) are encouraged to apply to our PhD programme. In addition to the qualifying degree, we expect the students to have qualified a national examination such as CSIR-UGC NET/GATE/JEST/JGEEBILS, etc. depending on their area of research interest. Students will be selected to the PhD programme based on their performance in the interviews, which will be conducted once eligible candidates are shortlisted.

Please note that the precise eligibility criteria for January 2018 admissions may vary from department to department and are announced in the links given below. Information about individual faculty profiles and areas of research can be obtained from the IISER Tirupati website. The broad areas of research in each department includes the following:

Biology:

Broad research area Sub-Areas
Neuroscience Neuritogenesis, Neurodegeneration, cell signalling in brain, brain and metabolic disorder.
Plant biology Molecular plant developmental biology and physiology, Applied genetics, root biology, signal transduction and crostalk in development
Ecology and evolution Biogeography, phylogenetics, bioacoustics, demography, behavoural ecology, climate change, landscape ecology
Cancer biology Metastastis, angiogenesis, signal transduction, Infection and inflammation
Cancer biology & Immunology Signalling networks and gene regulation in cancer, inflammation and immunity
Infectious disease Malaria, Biology of malaria parasites, Host-parasite interactions, Molecular and cellular parasitology, Screening of inhibitor libraries, Molecular microbiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Chemistry:

Broad Areas Sub-Areas
Organic & Biochemistry Asymmetric synthesis, Total Synthesis, Metal catalysis, Chemical Biology, Bio-Organic Chemistry, Disease biochemistry, Microdroplet chemistry, Theoretical/Computational Organic Chemistry, Mechanistic organic chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Nanobiotechnology, Biosensors, Prebiotic chemistry.
Inorganic & Materials Chemistry Main Group Chemistry, Transition Metal Chemistry, Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, Biomimetic Chemistry, Biosensors, Solid State Chemistry, Nano-chemistry, Theoretical/Computational Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Catalysis, Energy Storage Materials, Batteries and Supercapacitors.
Theoretical, Analytical & Physical Chemistry Computational & Quantum Chemistry, Molecular Spectroscopy, Mass Spectrometry, Bio-Physical Chemistry, Electrochemistry.

Earth and Climate Science:

Broad Areas Sub-Areas
Earth Science Igneous Petrology, Mineralogy, Thermodynamic modelling of fluid-rock interactions, Rare Earth Mineralization and Mobility in alkaline/peralkaline system

Physics:

Experimental: Droplet based microfluidic technology for studying single biological cells
Droplet Microfluidics: Exploring Single Cell Secretion
Microfluidic technology deals with fluids in microscale to address interdisciplinary problems in Physics, Engineering and Biology. The PhD student will work in an area involving micro-droplet generation (involves physics) and study of cell secretion (biology). MORE INFO: See the page of Dileep Mampallil.
Theory: Condensed Matter Physics

Application Procedure:

Only online applications will be accepted. Applicants can submit their forms for the respective departments in the following links:
Biology
Chemistry
Earth and Climate Sciences
Physics
The candidates must carefully fill and submit the online application form on or before November 5, 2017.
After the last date, all applications will be screened and candidates selected for interviews will be intimated by email.

Please Note:
All communication with candidates will be by email only.
Kindly check this website for periodic updates.
In case of any application-related queries, please contact the respective departments at:
biophdselection@iisertirupati.ac.in,
chemphdselection@iisertirupati.ac.in
physphdselection@iisertirupati.ac.in
earthphdselection@iisertirupati.ac.in
with your application number mentioned in the subject line.

Selection will be based on interviews of the short-listed candidates.
Relaxation of eligibility criteria for SC/ST and PD applicants will be as per Government of India norms. Candidates belonging to reserved category will have to submit relevant certificates, if selected.
Applying does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be shortlisted for interview. The respective departments may use additional criteria (based on academic performance and/or performance in the national level tests) in order to shortlist candidates for interviews depending on the number of applications received.


Eligibility Criteria for Various Departments:


Biology:

  1. Minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in majoring subject) or CGPA 6 out of 10 point scale (55% or equivalent CGPA in aggregate for SC/ST and PD candidates) in Master's Degree in any branch of Science Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics/Biological Sciences/Ecology & Environmental Sciences/Agricultural Sciences/ Biodiversity/Psychology or equivalent. B.E/B.Tech/M.Tech/M.VSc or MBBS degree holders may also apply.
  2. In addition to the above criteria, the candidate must have qualified any ONE of the following exams:
    1. JGEEBILS exam.
    2. National Eligibility Test (NET) with VALID* CSIR-JRF / UGC-JRF
    3. DBT-JRF-A / ICMR-JRF / DBT-BINC
    4. CSIR/UGC NET-LSa* or DAE-JESTb*or GATEb* or GPATb* or NBHM in last two years
    5. INSPIRE-Ph.D. fellowship (Should be in possession of Provisional Selection Letter at the time of Interview)
    6. IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) Dual degree students and exceptional 4 year BS students (CGPA >= 7.0)
Rank/CGPA cut-offs for some of the aforementioned qualifying exams:
  • a*. For CSIR-LS rank-holders, up to rank 200 are eligible (date of passing should be in the previous two years).
  • b*. For DAE-JEST/GATE/GPAT rank-holders, up to rank 600 (GATE Life Sciences) are eligible. No cut-off for GATE Ecology.
  • * The scores/ranks must be valid at least till January 01 2018. Please note that the admission criteria can change during the next round of admission.

    Chemistry:

    1. Students with minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in majoring subject) or CGPA 6 out of 10 point scale (55% or equivalent CGPA in aggregate for SC/ST and PD candidates) in Master's Degree in any branch of Science: Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics/Biology or equivalent. Candidates with B.E/B.Tech/B.Pharm/M.E/M.Tech/M.Pharm degree satisfying the above criteria of marks can also apply. Additionally, the candidate MUST have qualified any ONE of the following exams:-
      1. Qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) with VALID* CSIR-JRF/UGC-JRF
      2. CSIR/UGC NET-LS (Date of passing should be from Year 2015 / 2016 onwards)
      3. INSPIRE-Ph.D. fellowship (Should possess Provisional Selection Letter at the time of Interview)
      4. JEST/GATE/GPAT qualified*
      * The scores/ranks MUST be valid at least till January 01, 2018
    2. OR
    3. IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) Dual degree students (CGPA >= 7.0)

    Earth and Climate Sciences

    1. Students with minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in majoring subject) or CGPA 6 (in a 10-point scale; 55% or equivalent CGPA in aggregate for SC/ST and PD candidates) with Master's Degree in Earth Sciences/Geology/Applied Geology. Additionally, the candidate MUST have qualified any ONE of the following examinations:
      1. National Eligibility Test (NET) with a VALID* CSIR/UGC-Fellowship
      2. CSIR/UGC NET-LS (Date of passing should be from Year 2016/2017 onwards)
      3. INSPIRE-Ph.D. fellowship (Should possess Provisional Selection Letter at the time of Interview)
      4. GATE* qualified
      * The scores/ranks MUST be valid at least till January 01, 2018
    2. OR
    3. IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) Dual degree students (CGPA >= 7.0)

    Physics

    1. Students with minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in majoring subject) or CGPA 6 out of 10 point scale (55% or equivalent CGPA in aggregate for SC/ST and PD candidates) in Master's Degree in any branch of Science: Physics/Astronomy & Astrophysics/Chemistry/Mathematics/Biology or equivalent. Candidates with B.E/B.Tech/M.E/M.Tech degree satisfying the above criteria of marks can also apply. Additionally, the candidate MUST have qualified any ONE of the following exams:-
      1. Qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) with VALID* CSIR-JRF/UGC-JRF
      2. CSIR/UGC NET-LS (Date of passing should be from Year 2015/ 2016 onwards)
      3. INSPIRE-Ph.D. fellowship (Should possess Provisional Selection Letter at the time of Interview)
      4. JEST* or GATE* qualified
      * The scores/ranks MUST be valid at least till January 01, 2018
    2. OR
    3. IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) Dual degree students (CGPA >= 7.0)

    List of candidates Shortlisted for Ph. D Programme 2018