Indian Institute of Science Bangalore PhD MTech M.Des. M.Mgt admissions

Are you looking for the admission to PG programs at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore? IISc has released the official notification for admission to various postgraduate programs for the academic session 2021. This article provides complete details of the IISc PG courses, including eligibility criteria, the application and selection procedure etc.

About the Programmes

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore has released official notification and invited applications from eligible applicants for admissions to regular PhD /Integrated PhD Programmes, MTech (Research)/ Regular MTech coursesM.Des, M.Mgt programmes for the session 2021. The candidates who possess the required educational qualification including those who are in the final semester/ year of their qualifying examinations are eligible to apply.

Research Areas of PhD/MTech (Research)/ Integrated PhD

1.Ph D in Science

Astronomy & Astrophysics
Development & Genetics
Ecological Sciences
High Energy Physics
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Materials Research
Cell Biology
Molecular Biophysics
Molecular Reproduction
Organic Chemistry
Solid State Chemistry
Structural Chemistry

2. M Tech (Research) and Ph D in Engineering Research Areas (Both)

Aerospace Engineering
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science & Automation
Earth Sciences
Electrical Communication Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Electronic Systems Engineering
Instrumentation and Applied Physics
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Product Design & Manufacturing
Sustainable Technologies
Computational & Data Sciences  
Management Studies (PhD only)  
Nano Science and Engineering (PhD only)  

3. Ph D in Interdisciplinary Research Areas

Bio-Systems Science and Engineering-offered by Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering
Energy-offered by Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research
Mathematical Sciences-offered by IISc Mathematics Initiative
Nanoscience and Engineering-offered by the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
Water Research-offered by Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research
Cyber-Physical Systems-offered by Robert Bosch Centre for Physical Systems
Climate Change-offered by Divecha Centre for Climate Change
Brain and Artificial Intelligence-offered by Brain, Computation, and Data Science group

Courses Offered

1. PhD

Available in all major Science Disciplines, Engineering and other interdisciplinary areas (as mentioned above).
Eligibility: The candidates who wish to get admission in a PhD programme at IISc, Bangalore must have obtained a Master's degree in Science or MA Economics or MA Geography or MA Psychology/MSc Psychology or Master's degree in Management or MCom or Master's degree in Operations Research or Master's degree in Computer Science or Master's degree in Computer Application or Master's degree in Engineering / Technology /Architecture or MA Agriculture or MSc Agriculture or MPharm or M.VSc or MBBS or MD or MS or MBA or Bachelor's degree in Engineering/ Technology or Bachelor of Science (4-years) or B.Pharm or BE/BTech equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MoE/UPSC/AICTE  etc. They must have secured a minimum of 2nd class or equivalent in the qualifying degree. They must have qualified for the GATE/ GPAT/NET JRF/other National entrance exam and must have a valid score as of 02 August 2021. Under NET JRF following exams are included: Joint CSIR-UGC NET- JRF, UGC-NET-JRF, DBT-JRF, ICMR-JRF, JEST,  NBHM Screening Test 2021, INSPIRE etc.
Mode of Selection: Selection of the candidates will be done based on an online test and/or interview. Candidates will be shortlisted based on their performance in the National Level Test and/or the qualifying degree.     

2. MTech/ MDes/ M.Mgt

MTech Courses
Eligibility: For admission in MTech courses,  applicants must have a Master's degree in Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics, Geology, Instrumentation, Electronics, Computer Applications or a bachelor's degree in the field of Engineering /Technology or BE/BTech/BArch or equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MoE/UPSC/AICTE. They must have secured a minimum of Second Class or equivalent in the qualifying degree and have a valid GATE2019 / 2020 / 2021 score. For SC/ST candidates, the minimum class for the qualifying degree exam is "Pass class".
Mode of Selection: Based on GATE score and /or performance in online written test and interview as applicable.

Eligibility: Applicants must possess a  Bachelor's degree in Engineering / Technology Design / Architecture with a minimum of second class (pass class for SC/ST candidates) and with a valid GATE 2019/ 2020/ 2021 or CEED 2021 score as of 02 August 2021.
Mode of Selection: Shortlist and final selection will be based on a design aptitude test and interview based on the GATE/ CEED score. Candidates can check the schedule of the test and interview on the IISc website. The candidates must check the institute website regularly for any update. Selection will be based on 70% GATE / CEED score + 30% performance in online design aptitude test and interview.  

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology or equivalent with a minimum of first-class or equivalent with a valid GATE 2019/ 2020/ 2021 or CAT 2020 or GMAT scores as on 02 August 2021. 
Mode of Selection: Candidates will be selected through an interview. Short-listing of candidates will be done for online interviews based on GATE / CAT / GMAT scores. Selection will be based on 15% (GATE /CAT / GMAT scores) + 15% UG performance + 30% Communication skill + 40% performance in online interview.  

3. Integrated PhD

    Biological Sciences
    Eligibility: A minimum of first-class or equivalent in Bachelor's or an equivalent degree in Physical, Chemical or Biological Sciences including Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Veterinary Sciences and Agricultural Sciences or BE/BTech degree.  They must have qualified for the JAM 2021 exam in biotechnology(BT) or Chemistry (CY) or mathematics (MA) or Physics(PH)Biotechnology (BT).
  1. Chemical Sciences
    Eligibility: A minimum of the first class in BSc or an equivalent degree with Chemistry as one of the main subjects with mathematics at the Plus 2 standard. They must have qualified for the JAM 2021 with chemistry (CY) or physics (PH).
  2. Mathematical Sciences
    Eligibility: A minimum of the first class (pass class in case of SC/ST candidates)or equivalent in BSc or equivalent degree with Mathematics as one of the subjects or BE/BTech or equivalent degree. They must have qualified for the JAM 2021 in mathematics (MA) or mathematical Statistics (MS).
  3. Physical Sciences
    Eligibility: A minimum of first-class or equivalent in BSc or an equivalent degree with Physics or/BTech or equivalent in any discipline. They must have qualified for the JAM 2021 in physics (PH) or JEST 2021.

Selection procedure: Selection of the candidates for admission in integrated PhD courses will be based on the performance in the online interview (Chemical sciences) and combined performance in written test and online interview (Biological, Physical and Mathematical Sciences). Shortlisting of the candidates will be done based on their JAM2021 score (for all four disciplines such as Biological, Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences) and JEST 2021 for Physical Sciences. 

4. PhD under External Registration Programme (ERP)

Eligibility: The educational qualifications for the integrated PhD courses is the same as those for the regular PhD courses. They must or must not have qualified in one of the national entrance tests like CSIR-UGC NET for JRF, UGC-NET for JRF, DBT JRF, ICMR JRF, GATE, NBHM. Further, the candidate should have completed two years of full-time employment in the current organization after completion of degree and must be sponsored by their employing organizations. 
Selection procedure: Selection of the candidates for the PhD programme under ERP will be based on the performance in an online interview. 

Scholarships:All the regular students (except M.Mgt) will be eligible for scholarship from MHRD/ CSIR/ UGC/ ICMR/ DBT/ DST/ AICTE/ DAE (NBHM) depending upon their mode of entry. They can also avail the of scholarships from many Indian as well as multinational agencies and business houses.  

Reservation: There will be a provision of reservation or concession or any relaxation for SC/ST/OBC/ EWS and the Person with disability (PwD) as well as Kashmiri-Migrant (KM), Kashmiri Pandits/Kashmiri Hindu Families(Non-Migrants) living in the Kashmir valley as per Government of India regulations.  

H2>How to ApplyThe candidates who wish to get admission in a PhD programme at IISc, Bangalore should visit the official website of IISc, Bangalore and read the instructions given in the official notification carefully before applying. The candidates can fill and submit their online application form through the Online application form available on the Official Website. To apply online the candidates must visit the "Admissions" page on the IISc Website and click on "Apply Online."

Application Fee

The candidates will have to pay a non-refundable fee also along with the online application form. Application fee can be paid online through net-banking, debit card, visa/master credit card. Details of the application fee are as follows:
  1. General / OBC / EWS (economically weaker section): Rs.800/-
  2. SC / ST / PwD (person with a disability): Rs.400/-
  3. ERP candidates (all categories): Rs.2000/-
  4. Sponsored Candidates: Rs.800/-

Note: It is to be noted that any bank or payment gateway service charges will have to be borne by the applicant. 

Key Dates

Commencement of Online Application Submission: February 22, 2021
Deadline of Online Application Submission: March 31, 2021 at 23.59 hrs.

Contact Details

Assistant Registrar (Academic),
Admissions Unit
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore – 560 012
Phone: +91 80 2293 2228
Official Website:
Online Admission Page: Notification:


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