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Ph.D. Admissions – August 2020 @ Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram (IISER TVM)


Ph.D. Admissions – August 2020

Applications are invited from highly motivated students for admission to the Ph.D. 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 August 2020, i.e., Varsha 2020 semester. Candidates are required to apply through the online portal only. The online application portal will be open from 01/03/2020 at


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 August 2020. 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

Biological SciencesBiological Sciences/ Mathematics/ Bioinformatics/Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Medicine (MBBS)Eligibility Criteria 1
Eligibility Criteria 2
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 (EY, XL and BT only)
Note: GATE (EY) qualified candidates will be considered only for Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour. GATE (XL) or GATE (BT) qualified candidates will be considered only for Bioinformatics.
Note: Candidates who have appeared for the JGEEBILS 2020 test can apply.

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

Chemical SciencesChemical SciencesEligibility Criteria 1
Eligibility Criteria 2
Mathematical SciencesMathematics, Statistics, Engineering/ Technology in a relevant area.Eligibility Criteria 1
Eligibility Criteria 2
Qualified NBHM JRF Scholarship Written Exam 2020 and have received the NBHM interview call letter.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology with a minimum CPI of 8.0 (or 75% Marks), and a CSIR-UGC-JRF/NBHM JRF(or qualified NBHM JRF Scholarship Written Exam 2020 and have received the NBHM interview call letter)/ GATE- Fellowship valid as on 01 August 2020.
Physical SciencesPhysical Sciences/Material Science/ Engineering areas (closely related to the research areas of IISER TVM)Eligibility Criteria 1
Eligibility Criteria 2
JEST 2020 (Physics)

In situations where no University declaration exists about first class, UGC regulations on eligibility criteria will be followed.


Research Areas

Biological SciencesBioinformatics
Cell Biology
Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour
Molecular Biology
Structural Molecular Biology
Mammalian Cell Division
Chemical SciencesMain Group Chemistry
Macrocycles/Planar Antiaromatic and Extended Pi-Conjugated Systems
Bioinspired Coordination Chemistry and Metal-free Small Molecule Activation
Inorganic-Organic Hybrid, Metal Nanocluster and Catalysis
Inorganic and Hybrid Materials Chemistry/Energy Storage-Batteries-Supercapacitors/Porous Materials-Gas Separation-Membranes
Synthesis and operation of molecular switches and machines
Synthesis of artificial foldamers and their applications.
Designing out of equilibrium self-assembled system and their application
Synthetic Methods for Organic Synthesis, Asymmetric Catalysis, and C–H Activation/ Functionalization
Target-Oriented Organic Synthesis via (Asymmetric) Transition Metal Catalysis
Insight-Driven Implementation of Radical Chemistry in Advanced Organic Chemistry
Synthesis, Characterization and Application of (Chiral)Nanomaterial heterogeneous Catalysts in Sustainable Organic Synthesis
Asymmetric Total Synthesis, Asymmetric Catalysis, Development of New Methodologies and Medicinal Chemistry
Asymmetric Catalysis and Cross-Coupling Reactions
Development of new synthetic methodologies driven by visible light photoredox catalysis, Metallo-photoredox catalysis in organic synthesis.
Supramolecular Chemistry and DNA Nanotechnology
Supramolecular Chemistry, Organic Synthesis and Chemical Biology
Photochemistry and Photophysics and Light-Matters Interaction at Nanoscale
Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Physical Organic Chemistry and Biophysical Chemistry
Mathematical SciencesAlgebra, Number Theory & Geometry
Applied Analysis
Computational Sciences
Physical SciencesMagnetic and Superconducting Materials
Light Sheet Microscopy (LSM) or Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM)
Nonlinear Dynamics: Cooperative Phenomena in Complex Networks
Condensed Matter Theory: High Performance Thermoelectric Materials, Topological phases of matter, Machine Learning many body wavefunctions
2-Dimensional Layered Nanostructures for Energy Applications
Terahertz Spectroscopy of Condensed Matter Systems
2D Electronics & Neuromorphic Devices
Organic, Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Semiconductors and Devices, Especially Solar Cells
Infrared Plasmonics of Conducting Oxides
Semiconductor qubits, Quantum-transport
van der Waals materials for gas sensors
String Theory, Supergravity
Foundations of quantum theory and applications in device independent technology. Enhanced communication through quantum technology
Beyond the Standard Model Phenomenology

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. be two rounds of interviews. In case of a high turnout of candidate


Important Dates

Opening of online application portal01 March 2020
Last date for receipt of online applications30 April 2020
Tentative Interview Dates
Biological Sciences15 – 17 June 2020
Chemical Sciences11 – 12 June 2020
Mathematical Sciences08 – 09 June 2020
Physical Sciences01 – 02 June 2020
Reporting time for all candidates8.30 AM on the first day of the interview
VenueIISER TVM, Vithura Campus

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


Application Procedure

Applicants should complete the online application form at the url:
Only applications complete in all respects would be considered. Do not forget to click the “Submit” button after completing your application.
Applicants will also be prompted to upload all the supporting documents online.
Applicants should provide Name/Affiliation/Contact number and Email addresses of two referees in the application form.
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:
On submission of the online application form, the applicants will receive an acknowledgment email with a unique application number.
Applicants are NOT required to post a hard copy of the application to IISER TVM.
In case of any application-related queries, please contact the Ph.D. coordinator by email at: Any other mode of communication will not be entertained.
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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. program. The admission shall be cancelled, if the candidate cannot submit necessary documents for INSPIRE Ph.D. fellowship at the time of registration.

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