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TIFR - Entrance Examination for Ph D & I - Ph D

India's premier institute, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) invites application for Ph.D., Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. (M.Sc. degree in Biology)

Important Dates

Nationwide Entrance Examination: Sunday, March 7, 2021

Online application starts: January 4, 2021

Last date for application: January 31, 2021

Subjects - Programmes

Chemistry Ph.D. ( 5 years) and Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programs ( 6 years) are at Department of Chemical Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai and TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad (TIFR-H)

Other subjects Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communications Machine Learning) Science Education (Ph.D. Programme only)

Test will be conducted at selected cities in India on Sunday, March 7, 2021 and presently Cochin is the only centre at Kerala, other nearby centres are Bengaluru Chennai and Madurai

Morning Session (09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) is for Physics,

Chemistry and Computer & Systems Sciences


Afternoon Session (02:30 p.m. to 04:30 p.m.) is for Biology and Mathematics (02:30 p.m. to 05:30 p.m.)

Eligibility for Chemistry:

For Ph.D.: M.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./M.Pharm. or equivalent degree. For I-Ph.D.: B.Sc./B.Pharm./B.S. degree or equivalent degree.

Candidates with B.E./B.Tech, enrolled in the Ph.D. programme can optionally get an M.Sc. degree by fulfilling additional requirements.

Candidates in the final year of qualifying degree can also apply for I-Ph D and M Sc.

Results of the entrance examination will be announced on end-February, 2021 and students shortlisted for interview will be intimated by email.

All participating institutions (ACTREC - Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer, Mumbai,Ashoka University Bose Institute, Kolkata, CCMB - Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, CDFD - Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, IISER-K, Kolkata, IISER-P, Pune, IISER-TVM, Thiruvananthapuram, IISER-T, Tirupati, IMSc: Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai InStem: Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine, Bengaluru MSLS Manipal School of Life Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal NBRC - National Brain Research Centre, Manesar NCCS: National Centre for Cell Science, Pune, NIBMG: National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani NII-National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi NISER-National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar RCB: Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad SINP: Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata DBS-TIFR: ICTS-TIFR: NCBS-TIFR: TIFR-H ( use the result from this examination as a part of their admission process. Students need to apply separately to each participating institution.

Engineering students with exceptional performance in GATE examination of 2019-2021 in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Mathematics may apply for the Ph.D. program without appearing for the TIFR Entrance Test. The link for GATE score based applications will be made available on website from January 31, 2021.

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