IISER, PUNE – PhD Admission

PhD program in Biology – August 2018

Online applications are invited for the PhD program in Biology at IISER Pune for the August 2018 session. The eligibility criteria and a link to list of candidates who qualify to apply are given below.

IISER Pune hosts a diverse group of researchers working in various areas. Given the broad scope of the research done at IISER Pune, we are also open to applicants who have specialized in areas other than Biology. Candidates who have not appeared for or did not qualify the JGEEBILS entrance exam, a pre-requisite to apply to the PhD program in Biology, may choose to apply to the Ecology and Evolution stream or the Quantitative Biology stream provided they satisfy the eligibility criteria for the respective stream (see below). Candidates applying through these streams will only be eligible to work with faculty specializing in Ecology and Evolution or Quantitative Biology.

Candidates in the final year of their qualifying degree, who have appeared or are about to appear for their final exam, can also apply for the PhD program. If selected, admission to the program will be provisional, subject to completing the qualifying degree before August 1, 2018, as per the criteria specified below

Please note: Applying does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be shortlisted for the interview. The department may use additional criteria in order to shortlist candidates for interviews depending on the number of applications received.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. A qualifying score in the JGEEBILS exam conducted in December 2017. (Candidates who qualify to apply based on their JGEEBILS score)

2. 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 Masters’ Degree in any branch of Science: Physics / Chemistry / Mathematics / Biological Sciences / Ecology & Environmental Sciences / Biodiversity / Psychology or equivalent. BE / B.Tech / M.Tech or MBBS degree holders may also apply.

3. In addition to the above criteria, the candidate MUST have qualified any ONE of the following exams:

           (a) National Eligibility Test (NET) with VALID* CSIR-JRF / UGC-JRF
           (b) DBT-JRF-A / ICMR-JRF / DBT-BINC
           (c) CSIR/UGC NET-LS# or DAE-JEST$or GATE or GPAT$ or NBHM in last twoyears (2016-2018).
           (d) INSPIRE-PhD fellowship (Should be in possession of Provisional Selection Letter at the time of Interview)
           (e) IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) Dual degree students (CGPA >= 7.0)
            * The scores/ranks MUST be valid at least till August 01, 2018.
            # CSIR-LS rank-holders, up to rank 200 are eligible.
            $  DAE-JEST/GPAT rank-holders, up to rank 500 are eligible.
Opening of online application: February 15, 2018
Eligible applicants will receive an email with instructions on how to apply. If you are listed among the candidates who qualify to apply for the PhD program, but do not receive an email from us with further instructions before February 15th, 2018, please let us know by sending an email to [email protected]
Tentative dates of Interview: March 26-28, 2018

Please email [email protected] for queries.

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