IISc Bangalore PG and Research Regular, External Registrations Programs 2023 admissions open


Looking for admission to a Ph.D. or M.Tech. or M.Des. or Management program at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru? This article provides complete information on the postgraduate programs at IISc Bangalore, including the external registration programs (ERPs), the eligibility criteria for each, the application procedure, etc.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore has released the admission notification for research programs, postgraduate course programs, integrated Ph.D. programs, and external registration programs (ERPs) for the academic year 2023. You are welcome to apply for more than one program, but a separate application should be submitted for each individual program, and only one application can be submitted for each degree program. In case you apply more than once for the same program, all the applications will be rejected.



Brief profile of IISc Bangalore

Established in 1909, initially with just two Departments, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore has grown exponentially, offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. More importantly, its continued thrust on research has played a major role in projects related to electronic technology, engineering, sciences, hypersonics, brain research, etc and highly eminent scientists and other professionals are on the alumni rolls.

It is interesting to note that students are awarded scholarships/Fellowships at the start itself, on joining IISc, Bangalore for some of the programs, namely, Ph.D., Bachelor of Science (Research), M.Tech (Research), M.Tech./M.Des., and Integrated Ph.D. programs. Meritorious students may also receive scholarships that are awarded by prestigious companies like Microsoft, Infosys, etc and by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DietY), Govt. of India. Another wonderful feature is the opportunity for students of other colleges and universities to visit the campus, including specific departments, with a prior intimation of at least two weeks through their official authorities. Students can apply summer internship programs as well.

The IISc Bangalore campus has excellent infrastructure, with not only labs, libraries, hostels, canteens, sports and recreational facilities, and research centres, but thoughtful facilities like a taxi-hire service and a crèche for babies.

IISc Bangalore Programs and Eligibility requirements

For all programs the selection process includes interviews and, for some programs, an entrance test (JAM) and an aptitude test as well. Students are advised to check the official admission notification for details and check for which GATE/CAT/GMAT or other test scores are mandatory.

M.Tech. programs

Eligibility: A minimum of Second Class or equivalent in a bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of Engineering/ Technology or a B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.-equivalent exam of Professional Societies (should be enrolled up to 31st May 2013), recognized by the MoE/UPSC/AICTE or a Master's degree in Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics, Geology, Instrumentation, Electronics, Computer Applications as applicable to individual departments/programs with a valid GATE 2021/2022/2023 score are eligible to apply.

Master of Design (M.Des.) program in Product Design and Engineering

Eligibility: You should have a minimum of a second class in a Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology Design/Architecture with a valid GATE-2021/2022/2023 or CEED 2023 score as on 1st August 2023. Learn more about M.Des. courses in India.

Master of Management (M.Mgt.) program

Eligibility: You should have a minimum of a first class or equivalent in Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology or equivalent with a valid GATE-2021/ 2022/2023 or CAT 2022 or GMAT scores as on 1st August 2023.

M.Sc. programs

Eligibility for M.Sc. in Life Sciences: 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 a minimum of first class or equivalent in B.E./B.Tech. degree.

Eligibility for M.Sc. in Chemical Sciences: A minimum of a first class in B.Sc. or an equivalent degree with Chemistry as one of the main subjects with Maths at the PUC or Plus 2 level.



Ph.D. and M.Tech. (Research) programs

  1. Ph.D. in Science

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

  3. Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary areas

Eligibility: Any of these is acceptable-
(i) A Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology/4-year Bachelor of Science.
(ii) A Master's degree in Science/Master's degree in Economics, Geography, Psychology, Management, Commerce, Operations Research, Computer Science/Application.
(iii) A Master's degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Agriculture/Pharmacy/Veterinary Sciences.
(iv) MS/MBA (post B.E./B.Tech./M.Sc.) – (this is applicable for the Dept. of Management Studies/Ecological Sciences). (v) Graduates of any course with a minimum duration of 4 years, from any Centrally Funded Technical Institution (CFTI), including IIITs in PPP mode have a minimum CGPA of 8 out of 10 or its equivalent (this is applicable for Ph.D. only).
(v) M.B.B.S./M.D./M.D.S./Pharm D.
(vi) B. Pharm.
(vii) A B.E./B.Tech.-equivalent exam of Professional Societies, recognized by the MoE/UPSC/AICTE (such as the AMIE by Institutions of Engineers). Note: Candidates enrolled up to 31st May 2013 with professional societies that are recognized by the MoE are only eligible to apply.

Additionally, for some of the programs, GATE/GPAT/NET JRF/other National entrance test passing certificate/score card is mandatory, and this should be valid as of 1st August 2023.

Integrated Ph.D. programs

Eligibility for Ph.D. in Biological Sciences: A minimum of first class or equivalent in the Bachelor's exam or an equivalent degree in Physical, Chemical or Biological Sciences (including Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Veterinary Sciences and Agricultural Sciences) or a minimum of first class or equivalent in B.E./B.Tech. degree.

Eligibility for Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences: A minimum of first class in B.Sc. or an equivalent degree with Chemistry as one of the main subjects with Maths at the PUC or Plus 2 level.

Eligibility for Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences: A minimum of first class or equivalent in B.Sc. or an equivalent degree with Maths as one of the subjects or B.E./B.Tech. or equivalent degree.

Eligibility for Ph.D. in Physical Sciences: A minimum of first class or equivalent in B.Sc. or an equivalent degree with Physics as one of the main subjects or B.E./B.Tech. or equivalent in any discipline.

Note- For all the above Ph.D. programs, it is also necessary to appear for JAM 2023 in the relevant subject. Explore more Ph.D. programs in India

External Registration Programs (ERP)

These are offered for Ph.D. and M.Tech. (Research) programs only.

Who can apply: (i) You should be a professional from an R&D organization/Industry; and (ii) A faculty member from an engineering, agricultural, pharmaceutical, veterinary, or medical college/university that is recognized by the appropriate Govt. authority.

Eligibility: (i) You should have the requisite educational qualifications that are for regular candidates. While qualifying any of the national entrance tests like CSIR-UGC NET for JRF, UGC-NET for JRF, DBT JRF, ICMR JRF, GATE, NBHM is ideal, it is not mandatory. (ii) You should have completed at least 2 years of full-time employment in the current organization after acquiring the relevant Degree. Further, you must be officially sponsored by the organization where you are working and must submit an online application form as well as the printed version, in duplicate, on or before 29th March 2023 [refer to the official website for complete details].

IISc Bangalore Application Fee for Admissions

The application fee for each online admissions application form is- Rs. 800/- for candidates applying in the General/OBC/EWS categories; Rs. 400/- for candidates applying in the SC/ST/PwD categories, Rs. 2000 for ERP candidates (all categories); and Rs. 800/- for Govt.-sponsored and PSU-sponsored candidates.

The application fee has to be paid in online mode only through Net banking, or with a Debit card or Visa/Master Credit card.

IISc Bangalore Application procedure

You have to register and submit applications in online mode only at the official IISc Bangalore admissions portal. Before doing so, it is advisable to check the eligibility criteria for the program to which you are seeking admission, the program fees, etc. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) candidates can also apply in Category-1 or Category-2 as applicable (refer to the official notification for details), but note that there are no NRI quotas.

Ensure that you keep all the required mark sheets, certificates, etc ready to enter the details. You will be required to upload an image of your signature and your passport-size photo, the relevant reserved category certificate if applicable, and other documents as mentioned in the application guidelines.

Key Dates

Online submission of applications are already open and will close on 23rd March 2023.

The last date for the receipt of the printed version of Sponsored/ERP applications is 31st March 2023 up to 5.30 p.m.

The interview schedule for the various programs is shown in the image below-
IISc Bangalore Interview Schedule 2023
[Image source: IISc Bangalore official website]

For the regular programs, the selected candidates have to report at IISc Bangalore on 17th-18th July 2023.

For the research programs, Integrated Ph.D. programs sponsored M.Tech. programs, and ERP programs, the selected candidates have to report at IISc Bangalore on 19th-21st July 2023.

All academic classes will begin on 1st August 2023.



Contact information

Assistant Registrar (Academic)
Admissions Unit
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore – 560 012
Contact Ph. for PG/Ph.D. programs: 080-2293-3726/2210/2977 (Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.) Email: admission.acad@iisc.ac.in
Website: https://iisc.ac.in/admissions/

Useful resources-
1. Fee Structure and Scholarships/Fellowships: https://iisc.ac.in/admissions/fees-and-scholarships/
2. Contact details of each Department: https://iisc.ac.in/admissions/overview/department-contact-details/
3. The list of Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTI): https://iisc.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/CFTI-list-Feb2022.pdf
4. Instructions to apply: https://iisc.ac.in/admissions/instructions/
5. Information for international and OCI students: https://oir.iisc.ac.in/ (this portal was under maintenance at the time of posting this article, so please check back later).

Important: It is advisable to regularly visit the official website to get updates about the admission process, and changes, if any, in the schedule for applying. Students should also visit the specific department's section to know about details related to that department's admission guidelines and other aspects of the program.


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