PhD/Graduate School Admissions at TIFR

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 The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) has invited applications for admission to Its MSc, Integrated MSc-PhD (1-PhD), and PhD Graduate Programs in the subjects given below:

(1) Mathematics (PhD and Integrated MSc-PhD Programs)

School of Mathematics, TIFR Mumbai - - only PhD program.
Centre for Applicable Mathematics (CAM), Bengaluru - - PhD and Integrated PhD programs in Applicable Mathematics.
Internatonal Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bengaluru - (Only PhD program).

(2) Physics (PhD and Integrated MSc-PhD Programs)

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Department of Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science
Department of High Energy Physics
Department of Nuclear & Atomic Physics
Department of Theoretical Physics

All above at TIFR, Mumbai Campus -

National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune -
TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad - ( Theoretical and experimental activities in physical, chemical, biological and engineering sciences within and across disciplines.

International Centre for Theoretical Sciences ( Activities in all theoretical sciences.

Students applying for Physics also have the option to be considered for India-based Nueutrino Observatory (INO).
For more details on INO please see
The option can be indicated at the time of registration of application.

(3) Chemistry (PhD Program)

Department of Chemical Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai -
TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad -

(4) Biology (PhD, Integrated MSc-PhD and MSc)

Department of Biological Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai -
National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru ( only PhD and Integrated MSc-PhD programs.
TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad (

(5) Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communcations and Applied Probability) - PhD program

School of Technology & Computer Science (STCS), TIFR, Mumbai -

(6) Science Education (PhD Program)

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai.

For PhD (Mumbai): MSc / BE / BTech / MTech / MA / BA / BSc
For PhD (Bengaluru): MA / M Sc / MTech
For I-PhD (Bengaluru): BA / BSc / BE / BTech degree holders.

Students who wish to apply for the PhD programme at CAM, Bengaluru will have to select PhD Mumbai in the application form. Further, in the application, they can indicate their preference for being considered for the PhD programme at CAM, Bengaluru.

Students applying for PhD Mumbai and who are eligible for I-PhD programme at Bangalore can indicate their preference in the application form for being considered for the I-PhD program at CAM, Bengaluru.

Similarly students applying for I-PhD Bangalore and who wish to be considered for PhD Mumbai can indicate their preference in the application form.

For PhD: MSc (Physics) / BTech (Engineering Physics)
For I-PhD: BSc / BE / ME / MTech / BChem or equivalent degree in Science / Engineering / Medicine, MSc (not in Physics) / BTech (not in Engineering Physics).
In addition,
I-PhD candidates with four or more years of university education who clear the written test may be considered by TCIS for their PhD program.
I-PhD candidates with an engineering degree who clear the written test may be considered by NCRA for their PhD program.

For PhD: MSc / BE / BTech / MTech / BPharm / MPharm BSc candidates with advanced knowledge of the discipline are also eligible to apply.

For PhD: Masters in Basic Science or Bachelors in Applied Science. These include, MSc(Ag.), BTech, BE, BVSc, BPharma (4 years course), MBBS, BDS, MPharma Candidates will be short-listed for interview based on written test marks, CV and Scientific Write up.
For I-PhD / MSc: Bachelors in any Basic Science.
For PhD Program in TCIS: MSc in Physics, Chemistry or Biology.

Computer & System Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability):
For PhD: BE / BTech / ME / MTech / MCA / MSc / BSc degree holders in Computer Science / Information Technology / Electronics & Communications Engineering / Electrical Engineering. Exceptionally well qualified students with BE / BTech / ME / MTech / MSc / BSc or equivalent degrees in other disciplines may also be considered.

Candidates not holding a Master's degree and admitted to a PhD / Int. PhD program can receive an MSc degree in some subjects by fulfilling prescribed requirements (see for details).

Application Procedure:
Students can apply online at
Please follow appropriate link on this website for filling up the application form. Read the instructions carefully before you start filling up the online application form.

Manual Applications: Students from remote areas who do not have access to internet may apply manually. They may send a request for application form (without DD) along with a self-addressed stamped (Rs 20/-) envelope (size 25cm x 17cm) superscribed "GS-2016 (Subject)" to:

For Biology: Admissions Section, NCBS, Bangalore- 560065.
For other subjects, except Science Education: University Cell, TIFR, Mumbai-400005.

The filled-in application form should be sent along with DD and two passport size photographs (one pasted on the application and one stapled to it).

Students may appear for the written test in multiple subjects if the timings do not clash. Please send separate application (including Demand Draft) for each subject. In case of online applicants, students will have to re-register with a different email id.

Students who wish to apply online and make payment by Demand Draft may send the Demand Draft with their name, reference code and telephone number written behind it. Alternately, students can make online payment through internet banking or by Debit / Credit Card.

Application Fee (Non-Refundable):
Male Candidates: Rs 500/- for online applications and Rs 550/- for manual applications. Rs 800/- for taking the test as walk-in candidate.
Female Candidates: Rs 100/- for online and manual applications. Rs 200/- for taking the test as walk-in candidate.
Application fee can be paid online through internet banking or by Debit / Credit Card or by sending Demand Draft.

Online Payment: After the online payment transaction is successful, please login to your account on our website by using your reference code as your user id and check the payment status of your application. Normally, online payments are received within 2 working days and an auto email is sent by the system acknowledging the payment. If your transaction has been successful and your account has been debited and you do not receive the acknowledgement email within 7 days, neither your payment status is updated in your account, you may write to the email ids as given in "Contact Info" section.

Demand Draft:
Biology: DD should be drawn on State Bank of India in favour of "National Centre for Biological Science" payable at Bangalore.
Other Subjects: DD should be drawn on State Bank of India in favour of "Tata Institute of Fundamental Research" payable at Mumbai.

For mailing address and contact information, please refer to the Contact Info link.
DDs may be sent by speed post / courier with your name, reference code and telephone number written behind it.

Important Dates:

Last date for application: October 7, 2015
Online payment link will be active up to October 14, 2015
DDs sent by post / courier will be accepted up to October 14, 2015
Hall Ticket download link will be active from: November 10, 2015

GATE Scored based applications to Systems Science (including Communications and Applied Probability):
Opens on: February 1, 2016
Closes on: Two weeks after GATE 2016 results are displayed on their website.

Results of the Nationwide Entrance Examination: January 28, 2016

For details, see the link:


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