Integrated PhD Programme

IISER Kolkata invites applications from motivated students for admission to the Integrated PhD programme for the Autumn 2018.
New: Click here for the list of Selected Candidates

Eligibility: Students with a B.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./M.B.B.S. or an equivalent degree from any recognized University/Institute/College can apply for the Integrated PhD Programme in Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences.
BS/B Sc.(Statistics) may apply for Integrated PhD in Mathematics provided they also clear JAM(Mathematics).

Candidates need to secure a minimum of 60% marks/equivalent grades in Honours/Major (if applicable), or 60% marks/equivalent grades in Aggregate (if Honours/Major is not applicable). Those who are appearing in the final examination of their degree course can also apply; for them, the eligibility marks are 60% based on the marks obtained in the undergraduate examinations held so far. The qualifying marks for SC/ST/OBC candidates are 50% as per Central Government relaxation policy.

Please note that applicants who have qualified in nationwide aptitude tests:
For Biological Sciences: JAM (Biology and Biotechnology) / JGEEBILS
For Chemical Sciences: JAM (Chemistry)
For Earth Sciences: JAM (Geology)
For Mathematical Sciences: JAM (Mathematics)
For Physical Sciences: JAM (Physics)/JEST (Physics)
JAM/JEST should be qualified in the current year, i.e. in 2018.

Students applying for the Integrated PhD Programme are required to have the following subject(s) in the undergraduate courses:
Integrated-Ph.D Programme Major Subjects Supporting Subjects
Biological Sciences Any branch of Biological Sciences Chemistry at undergraduate level, and Mathematics in plus II or a course in mathematics AND/OR statistics at undergraduate level 
Chemical Sciences Chemistry Physics and Mathematics
Earth Sciences Any branch of Earth Sciences/Environmental Science/Environmental Engineering
Students with major in Chemistry may also apply if they are interested in research in environmental science
Physics/Chemistry and Mathematics
Mathematics/Statistics Mathematics  
Physical Sciences Physics Mathematics

When to apply: For the Autumn Session (starts from the end of July, 2018), candidates should apply online latest by 10 May 2018.

How to apply: The applicants should open the link at the bottom of this page (Submit New Application) and properly fill the application form as instructed and submit. Applicants should save the properly filled application form and take a print as the hard copy of the application.
Names of candidates shortlisted for interview for Integrated PhD programme for the year 2018-19 will be published in IISER Kolkata website by May 2018.The interview will be conducted during the week from 18 June 2018 to 30 June 2018.

Documents required: Selected candidates for interview should bring a printout of application form along with the required documents listed below at the time of interview:
1. Attested copies of mark sheets and certificates of all examinations starting from secondary examination.
2. Original/Self Attested copy of the qualifying examination certificate
3. Confidential recommendation letters of assessment (signed hardcopy) of the applicant from two teachers who have taught courses and would be able to evaluate the student as a potential research worker. The teachers should seal the envelopes and sign across the flaps.
4. Proof of qualification in nationwide aptitude tests
5. Photo identity
6. Proof of age
7. Statement of Purpose mentioning research interest and potential supervisors (if any)

Selection procedure: Institute-level committee(s) will scrutinize all the applications, and prepare a shortlist of candidates, who will be called for an interview. The Institute will finally declare the list of selected candidates on the Institute website. Students will be given a monthly fellowship. For candidates whose final examination marks are not available at the time of interview, admission to the programme will be provisional.

They must produce their final mark sheet to Academic Cell showing that they have secured a minimum of 60% marks/equivalent grades in Honours/Major (if applicable), or 60% marks/equivalent grades in Aggregate (if Honours/Major is not applicable) within 60 days of their admission.

Queries: All queries (but not application forms) may be sent by e-mail to
Enquiries sent to any other person or e-mail address may not be entertained. Please do not send direct queries to the Director, Deans, Heads of the Departments, or Registrar unless you fail to get a response through
Online portal for fresh IPhD applications will remain open till 10 May 2018
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)