IISER-Thiruvananthapuram PhD admissions January 2021

Are you looking for admission in a PhD programme at a reputed institute? The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM) has released an official notification for PhD admission 2021. Interested and eligible candidates can get all the details on the PhD programmes, the fees, and the application procedure in this article.


The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram (IISER TVM) is a premier institute and known for research and education in science. The education is of international standards at IISER-TVM. IISER-TVM was established in 2008 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The institute endeavours to provide high-quality modern science education and support students in research. Institute offers PhD programmes in science and engineering. Besides, it also offers a five-year BS-MS programme. IISER-TVM has invited applications from highly motivated students for admission to the PhD programme in various streams for the January session 2021(Varsha semester 2021).

Why study at IISER-TVM?

IISER-TVM is in a beautiful location at the foothills of Ponmudi in Vithura. The campus is rich in greenery and has an eco-friendly environment. Further, IISER-TVM has several facilities and offer benefits to the candidates:

Hostel Facility: Separate hostel facilities for boys and girls are available at IISER-TVM. A fully functional, multi-cuisine mess is also available, which is managed by the student committee.

Teaching Assistantship: At IISEM-TVM, students get an opportunity to students takes part in teaching assistant duties as assigned by the respective schools.

Fellowship: A monthly fellowship will be awarded to the PhD scholars is at par with the CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellowship.

PhD programmes offered at IISER-TVM

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram (IISER TVM) is offering admission to the PhD programme for the session starting from January 2021(Varsha 2021) in following branches of Science:
Duration: Duration of the PhD programme will be approximately 10 semesters, including the course work.

Fee: Fee for the PhD programme admission 2020 can be checked on the official website.

Eligibility criteria for PhD admissions

  1. The candidate must have a Master's degree in relevant subject from any recognised university and scored 7.5 CGPA in 10-point scale or first-class equivalent.
  2. The candidate must have qualified any of the national level examinations such as UGC-CSIR, UGC-NET-JRF, GATE, DST-INSPIRE etc. with validity as of January 2021. However, the BS-MS students from any of the IISERs with CGPA 8 or above on a 10 point scale are exempted from national level eligibility exam.
  3. Relaxation will be given to the candidate belonging to the reserved categories as per Government of India rules.

Department-wise Details

A. School of Biology (SoB)

Relevant Subject Areas: The candidates must have a Master's degree in any of the following: Biological Sciences/ Mathematics/ Bioinformatics/Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Medicine (MBBS)

Eligibility requirement For SoB

  1. The candidate must fulfil Eligibility Criteria 1 i.e. He/she must possess a Master's degree in any of the relevant subject areas with 7.5 CGPA in 10-point scale or first-class equivalent.
  2. He /she must fulfil Eligibility Criteria 2 (mentioned above) OR must have passed any of the exams such as DBT-JRF (Category I), ICMR-JRF.
    GATE (XL and BT only): These candidates will be considered only for Bioinformatics.
    JGEEBILS (GS-2020)
Note: JGEEBILS and GATE (XL and BT only) candidates may be further shortlisted by IISER TVM PhD applications short-listing committee based on the marks/score.

PhD Research areas at SoB
  • Biophysics
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Stem cell and Developmental Biology
  • Structural Molecular Biology
  • Virology

B. School of Chemistry (SoC)

Relevant Subject Areas: The candidates must have a Master's degree in Chemical Sciences.

Eligibility requirement for SoC

  1. The candidate must fulfil Eligibility Criteria 1 i.e. he/she must possess a Master's degree in the relevant subject area with 7.5 CGPA in 10-point scale or first-class equivalent.
  2. He /she must fulfil Eligibility Criteria 2 (mentioned above)

PhD Research Areas at SoC

Image Source: Official Website of IISER-TVM

C. School of Physics (SoP)

Relevant Subject Areas: The candidates must have a Master's degree in Physical Sciences/Material Science and closely related areas or BE/B.Tech.

Eligibility requirement for SoP

  1. The candidate must fulfil Eligibility Criteria 1 i.e. he/she must possess a Master's degree in the relevant subject area with 7.5 CGPA in 10-point scale or first-class equivalent.
  2. He /she must fulfil Eligibility Criteria 2 (mentioned above) OR JEST 2020 (Physics) exam.

PhD Research Areas at SoP

Image Source: Official Website of IISER-TVM

Note: For asterisk (*) marked research areas, the students having BE/B.Tech with 7.5 CGPA or first-class degree is also admissible.

How to apply

  1. Applicants must check the official notification by visiting the official website before applying and read the instruction carefully.
  2. Application form is available at the URL: http://appserv.iisertvm.ac.in/phd.
  3. The candidates are required to apply through the online portal only. Applications submitted through another mode will not be considered. Also, there is no need to send a hard copy of the application form to IISER-TVM.
  4. Applicants must fill all the requisite details in the application form like name, contact number, email ID, affiliation details, and email Ids of two referees.
  5. After filling online application, the applicants will have to submit an application processing fee. Details of application fee are as follows:
    For General or OBC category Candidates: Rs.500/-
    For SC or ST or PH category Candidates: Rs.250/-
    The application fee can be paid online at:
  6. Applicants must upload all the supporting documents online.
  7. The candidates applying for the admission in the School of Biology must submit a short research proposal (300-400 words). In this short research proposal, the following details must be mentioned:
    • What is the research problem?
    • How will you address it?
    • How you approach towards solving this?
    The research proposal must be uploaded under the section "Statement of Purpose" while applying online.
  8. The scientific aptitude of the candidate will be evaluated based on this research proposal submitted by the candidate, and shortlisting will be done for the interview.
  9. Candidate must ensure that all the details are filled properly, and no column is left blank. The application must be submitted by clicking on the submit button.
  10. Upon successful submission of the online application form, an acknowledgement email containing a unique application number will be received on the applicant's registered email ID.
  11. Applications complete in all respects would be considered in the selection process.
  12. In case of any application query, the candidate may contact the PhD coordinator on the email:

Selection procedure

Selection of the candidates will be done based on the written test or an interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for a written test or an interview at IISER-TVM. For the School of Biology, the written test or entrance test will be conducted only in case of a high number of applicants. In the entrance test, the question will be asked based on the post-graduate level Biology (70% marks) and 10+2 level Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry (30% marks). The entrance test will be conducted on the first day of the interview.

Important dates

Commencement of online application submission: November 01, 2020
Closing date of receipt of online applications: November 20, 2020
Interview Schedule (Tentative)
Biological Sciences: December 09-11, 2020
Chemical Sciences: 10–11 December 2020
Physical Sciences: 07–08 December 2020
Reporting time for Interview: 8.30 AM on the first day of the interview
Venue: IISER TVM, Vithura Campus OR Online Mode.
Note: Candidates may send a request for hostel accommodation for attending the interview/written test in advance.

Contact details

Maruthamala PO, Vithura,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695551,
Kerala, India.
Phone: 0471-2778009, 8044, 8028
Email: registrar@iisertvm.ac.in

Important Links:
Official Website: http://www.iisertvm.ac.in/
Official Notification: http://www.iisertvm.ac.in/pages/phd_admissions
PhD Guidebook: http://www.iisertvm.ac.in/files/read/phd_regulations-2020-2021
Fee Details: http://www.iisertvm.ac.in/files/read/varsha_2020_fee_structure_202008050937
Online Application Portal: http://appserv.iisertvm.ac.in/phd/

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