How to take admission in IISER

In this article, I will explain the admission procedure of IISER. IISERs were established to boost up the research facilities in India. I have also explained the various channels through which candidates can apply and the preparation strategy.


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISERs) are a group of premier public research institutions in India. The institutes were established by the Government of India through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to provide quality collegiate education in basic sciences coupled with cutting-edge research facilities at the undergraduate level. These institutes were formally established by the Parliament of India through the National Institute of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Act, 2010. Seven IISERs have been established across the country, namely IISER Pune (Maharashtra), IISER Kolkata (West Bengal), IISER Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), IISER Mohali (Punjab), IISER Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), IISER Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), and IISER Berhampur (Odisha). All IISERs were declared as Institutes of National Importance< by the Parliament of India in 2012, to promote them as leading institutions in the country in the field of basic sciences.

Admission Through Different Channels

There are three ways to get admission in any of these seven IISERs i.e. JEE Advanced, KVPY, and State and Central Boards (SCB) Channel. A candidate can apply through more than one channel.

JEE Advanced

Candidates securing a rank within 10000 in the Common Rank List (CRL) of JEE Advanced are eligible to apply.


Candidates having a valid KVPY fellowship are eligible to apply for admission. A maximum of 25% of the seats will be allocated through KVPY and JEE Advanced channels. The remaining seats are filled through SCB Channels. Candidates must visit the official website for updates.

SCB Channels

Candidates applying through this channel must have their marks within the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. In addition to this, they need to qualify for an entrance test which is the IISER Aptitude Test (IAT).

IISER Aptitude Test

IAT is an entrance test conducted annually by IISERs to select brilliant minds into their prestigious institution. It is a computer-based test that is conducted online conducted across the country.

It is a 3-hour long examination which contains four sections namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. Each section contains 15 questions and the entire paper has 60 questions. The marking scheme of this examination is a very common one i.e. for each correct answer candidate is awarded 3 marks and for each wrong response, 1 mark is deducted from the total score. Questions asked are based on the grade 11th and 12th curriculum.

Qualifying Score

There is no certain qualifying score in this exam as IISER does not disclose marks in their merit list. However, it is often seen that candidates having marks around 100 out of 180 get a seat in any of seven IISERs. So, to be on the safer side candidate must aim 100+ marks to get a sure shot.

Preparation Strategy

IAT is a very competitive examination, only the best of the crowd would make it through. Candidates must bring their best to be able to compete at this level. They can follow these tips to get a better result-
  • Candidates must be very thorough with their subjects and revise them properly.

  • To get the feel of the examination, candidates must practice a sufficient amount of mock tests in a time-bound manner.

  • Candidates must understand the concepts rather than merely mugging them up as a better understanding will help them to retain the concepts longer.

  • It is a very popular saying "Healthy Mind Lives In Healthy Body" so candidates must take good care of their body. They must exercise daily and take proper rest.

Be stress-free and go with full confidence for the IAT!


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