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How to apply for IISER BS-MS five year Dual Degree program online admissions 2020


Are you searching for the 2020 admissions notification of Dual Degree BS-MS five year course of Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research? This article provides complete information about IISER BS-MS dual program, including the course features, eligibility requirements, and scholarships for students who do the course, the online application process, etc.

Overview

There are seven Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. These autonomous institutes offer interdisciplinary programs in the field of science education as well as research programs. The admission notification for the BS-MS five year Dual Degree program for the academic session starting in 2020 has now been announced.

IISER BS_MS Dual Degree Program admissions 2020
[Image source: print advt. in Hindustan Times, 29th December 2019.]

All IISERs will grant admission to students through a single, common application process and there is only one application form that will be accepted as valid for all the IISERs. However, those who g0t admission earlier in any of the IISERs are not eligible to apply. It should be noted at the outset that there are a few changes this year for the program. Firstly, it is not necessary to wait for the Class 12 exam results as those applying through the SCB channel (State and Central Board exams channel) can start applying from 23rd March. Secondly, the marks' requirement has been reduced from the top 1 percentile to the top 20 percentile. Thirdly, the entrance test is a computer-based aptitude test to be conducted at multiple d test centres across India.

Foreign students are also welcome to apply. A candidate will be applying as a foreign student if he/she is not a citizen of India by birth or naturalized and does not belong to the PIO/OCI category, and his/her parents are not citizens of India and do not come under the PIO/OCI category at the time of submitting the application.



Features of IISER BS-MS Dual program

The BS-MS dual Degree program is of five years' duration. The students are required to reside on the campus of the IISER where they are pursuing the course. Hostel accommodation with all the requisite medical, sports, and canteen facilities is provided, as also for recreational activities. The campuses are located at Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, and Tirupati. During the course, the curriculum ensures that you will get in-depth knowledge in the fields of sciences, engineering sciences, and economics. However, you are not merely attending lecture sessions in a classroom, but will also be working on exciting research-based projects. There are also unique opportunities for taking up a research internship and you can even do an MS thesis.

You can pursue a program in Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Data Science, Earth and Climate Sciences/Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economic Sciences, Engineering Sciences (Chemical Engineering, Data Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Geological Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences.

Note: IISER Bhopal is the only one where you can pursue a four-year BS program in Engineering Sciences and Economics.

Eligibility requirements for IISER BS-MS program

You can apply for admission to the five-year BS-MS dual program if you have passed the 10+2 exam or any equivalent exam with science stream in 2019 or 2020. You are eligible to apply through any of these three channels:
  1. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY): You must have a valid KVPY fellowship beginning from the 2020-2021 academic session, with additional cut-off criteria for marks obtained in the 10+2 Board exam also applicable.

  2. IIT-JEE Advanced 2020: You should have secured a rank within 10000 in the Common Rank List (CRL) of JEE Advanced 2020 (this is applicable for those applying through the General Category). Those who are applying through a reserved category, namely OBC-NC, SC, ST, and PD should secure a rank within 10000. Additional cut-off criteria for marks obtained in the 10+2 Board exam will also apply.

  3. State and Central Boards (SCB): You should have marks equal or above the cut-off percentage in Class XII Board exam per IISER admission requirements. Those applying through this channel must qualify in the IISER Aptitude Test, which will be conducted at various centres in India tentatively in May 2020. Additional cut-off criteria may be applicable.

Important point to note: You are advised to check (i) the performance criteria in the Class 12 Board exam or the equivalent exam and (ii) the methodology required to calculate marks (out of 500) in Class 12 or the equivalent exam, before applying for admission to the IISER admission-2020. Secondly, you must have at least one of the two subjects Mathematics and Biology at 10+2 level. Also, if you are applying for admission to the BS degree program in Economics and Engineering Sciences at IISER Bhopal, you must have done Mathematics as one of the subjects at the +2 level.

Application fee

Those applying under General, EWS, and OBC-NCL categories have to pay an application fee of Rs.2,000/-. Persons with Disabilities and candidates under SC/ST category have to pay an application fee of Rs.1,000/-. The application fee for foreign nationals is US$100. The application fee has to be made through online mode only.



Scholarships

Students who apply on the basis of KVPY channel can avail of the KVPY scholarship as per KVPY norms. Others who are applying on the basis of JEE or SCB channel are eligible for a limited number of INSPIRE scholarships which are disbursed as per the norms of the Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. Additionally, academic performance throughout may determine eligibility for scholarships.

IISER-2020 Aptitude test

The aptitude test which is mandatory for students applying through the SCB channel is a computer-based one in Hindi and English medium. You can select the choice of the city while filling up the online application. The list of centers can be viewed at http://www.iiseradmission.in/index.php/pages/examcenters. The hall ticket for the test will be available for download on the website a few days before the IISER aptitude test.

The aptitude test will have 15 multiple-choice questions (each with only one correct answer) in each of four subjects, namely Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics with equal weightage (totally 60 questions). The duration of the test is 180 minutes. Three marks will be awarded for each correct response and -1 for each incorrect response. Zero points will be awarded for no response. Model questions are available at the official website. Know the syllabus at http://www.iiseradmission.in/index.php/pages/syllabus.

How to apply for IISER BS-MS program admissions 2020

You must submit your application in online mode only at IISER BS-MS program admissions website. You can give your preference of the IISER where you wish to do the course, in the online application form, but the allotment is based on the availability of seats in the respective IISERs, your rank in the merit list, and your preferences.

Important Dates

Students should check the schedule of the admission process from time to time as these are tentative dates and may change.

Schedule for students applying through KVPY channel

  1. Online application begins: 24th April 2020 at 11 a.m.

  2. Last date to upload Class 12 marks and category certificate: 22nd May 2020, at 5 p.m.

  3. First round of seat allotment SAF with float/freeze: From 1st June 2020 to 5th June 2020, at 5 p.m.

  4. Second round of seat allotment SAF with float/freeze: From 6th June 2020 to 10th June 2020 at 5 p.m.

  5. Withdrawal of SAF closes: 14th July 2020, at 5 p.m.

  6. Reporting at allotted IISER for registration: 29th July 2020.

  7. Tentative date of commencement of classes: 3rd August 2020.

Schedule for students applying through JEE channel

  1. Online application begins: 1st June 2020 at 11 a.m.

  2. Last date to upload Class 12 marks and category certificate. 10th June 2020, at 5 p.m.

  3. First round of seat allotment SAF with float/freeze: From 11th June 2020 to 15th June 2020, at 5 p.m.

  4. Second round of seat allotment SAF with float/freeze: From 16th June 2020 to 20th June 2020 at 5 p.m.

  5. Withdrawal of SAF closes: 14th July 2020, at 5 p.m.

  6. Reporting at allotted IISER for registration: 29th July 2020.

  7. Tentative date of commencement of classes: 3rd August 2020.




Schedule for students applying through SCB channel

  1. Online application begins: 23rd March 2020 at 11 a.m.

  2. Online application closes: 30th April 2020, at 5 p.m.

  3. Downloading the Hall Ticket: 18th May 2020.

  4. Last date to upload Class 12 marks and category certificate: 22nd May 2020, at 5 p.m.

  5. IISER Aptitude Test: 31st May 2020, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

  6. Release of answer key: 1st June 2020.

  7. Response sheet and representation: From 2nd June 2020 at 9 a.m. to 4th June 2020 at 5 p.m.

  8. Revised Answer key released, if there is any change: 8th June 2020, at 5 p.m.

  9. First round of seat allotment SAF with float/freeze: From 22nd June 2020 to 26th June 2020 at 5 p.m.

  10. Second round of seat allotment SAF with float/freeze: From 27th June 2020 to 1st July 2020 at 5 p.m.

  11. Third round of seat allotment SAF with float/freeze: From 2nd July 2020 to 6th July 2020, at 5 p.m.

  12. Fourth round of seat allotment SAF with float/freeze: From 8th July 2020 to 12th July 2020, at 5 p.m.

  13. Withdrawal of SAF closes: 14th July 14 2020 at 5 p.m.

  14. Fifth and Final round of seat allotment SAF with freeze only: 15th July 2020, closes at 5 p.m.

  15. Channel Counselling closes: 19th July 2020.

  16. Reporting at allotted IISER for registration: 29th July 2020.

  17. Tentative date of commencement of classes: 3rd August 2020.

To understand the float and freeze options, check the FAQs: http://www.iiseradmission.in/index.php/pages/faqs

Important forms

Students should note that relevant forms will be attached along with offer letters. In case you do not have the form, you can download them from http://www.iiseradmission.in/index.php/pages/forms.

Contact information

The Chairperson
Joint Admissions Committee 2020
Indian Institute of Science Education & Research Thiruvananthapuram
Maruthamala PO, Vithura,
Thiruvananthapuram- 695551,
Kerala, India.
Email: ask-jac2020@iisertvm.ac.in.
Phone : 0471-2778200 / 0471-2778182.
Website: http://www.iiseradmission.in/.


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