ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research PhD admissions 2020

Do you want to join a PhD program in a science-related field at a reputed institute in India? ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode is offering admissions to PhD programmes under the University of Calicut. In this article, check out all the details on the subjects offered, eligibility, application and selection method, etc.

About the Institute

The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Kozhikode, Kerala was founded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to do exclusive research on spices. In 1971, ICAR founded the All India Coordinated Spices and Cashew Improvement Project (AICSCIP) at CPCRI at Kasaragod, Kerala. Later, during 1975, ICAR established a Regional Station of CPCRI at Kozhikode, Kerala to research on spices only, which was transformed to the National Research Centre for Spices (NRCS) in 1986. In 1996, NRCS was renamed as the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR).

ICAR-IISR offers several programmes like PhD, M.Sc., M.Phil., M.Tech., and post-M.Sc. or M.Tech. training. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode has currently released an official notification vide notice PME/IISR/11(07)2020 dated 14.08.2020 and invited applications from desirous candidates from India who wish to pursue research. PhD degree will be awarded by the University of Calicut.

Subject-wise Intake Capacity

  1. Botany or Biotechnology: 5 seats
  2. Chemistry: 2 seats
  3. Microbiology: 1 seat
  4. Zoology: 1 seat

Programme Fee Details

At ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode, the candidates will have to pay a fee of INR15,000/- per semester for three years from PhD registration and required to be paid in the starting of each semester i.e. Jan & July of each year.

There will be a continuing fee of INR 5000/- per year (Jan-Dec) for the PhD scholars who are continuing PhD after three years.

Educational Requirement:

  • Applicants who wish to get admission in PhD programme must have a Master's degree in Botany or Biotechnology or M.Sc. Chemistry or M.Sc. Microbiology or M.Sc. Zoology from any recognised university.
  • The candidate must have qualified a National level fellowship exam such as JRF/SRF of CSIR, UGC, DBT, KSCSTE, DST-INSPIRE etc.
  • Those applicants who have passed CSIR-UGC (NET)-lectureship only will not be considered.

Age Limit

There will be an upper age limit of 35 years for male candidates and 40 years for female applicants as on 01-07-2020. A relaxation of 5 years will be given to the SC/ST/OBC/ Women/Physically Handicapped candidates as per the Govt. of India rules.

Application Procedure

  1. First, the candidates are advised to visit the official website of IISR and read all the instructions carefully before applying.
  2. The candidate should fill the details like personal details including Name, Gender, Father's Name, Date of Birth in yyyy-mm-dd format, Mobile Number, Email ID, Correspondence Address, etc.
  3. Apart from the personal details, the university and course last studied, subjects and percentage are to be filled in the application.
  4. All fields are mandatory and must be filled carefully as in case of any wrong data submitted, the application will be rejected.
  5. Do not use special symbols and signs like <,&,",# etc. while filling the details.

Application Format (Online)

Source of Image: Official Website of IISR, Kozhikode

Documents to be uploaded

  1. PG certificate
  2. Fellowship certificate
  3. Recommendation letter
All the documents should be clear and readable and in PDF format only having file extension either .pdf or. PDF.Size of PDF file should not exceed 1 MB.

Selection Procedure

  • Selection for admission in PhD programme will be based on the personal interview.
  • Intimation of the interview will be provided separately after the closing of the application submission process.
  • Only eligible applicants will be called for an interview before the selection committee.
  • During the interview, the candidates will have to make a 10-minutes presentation (10-minutes) on any topic of interest in the relevant field of specialization.
  • Please note that no travelling expenses or accommodation will be paid by ICAR-IISR to attend an exam or interview. Candidates will have to make their own arrangements for travel, stay, etc.

Important Notes:
  • Mere fulfilment of the minimum qualifying requirements does not automatically confirm the selection of a candidate. The Director ICAR-IISR's decision will be final.
  • Bringing in any political influence or canvassing in any form will be a disqualification.

Last Day to Apply: Candidates must submit the online application by September 30, 2020.

Contact Information

ICAR–Indian Institute of Spices Research
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Post Bag No: 1701, Marikunnu Post,
Kozhikode -673 012, Kerala, India
Phone: 0495 2731410
E-mail: hrdiisr@gmail.com, HRD.spices@icar.gov.in,

For further details, please visit the following links:
Official notification: http://spices.res.in/sites/default/files/Notification_PhD_2020.pdf
Online portal for application submission:


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