(Notification) Graduate School Admissions (GS-2017) at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)

(Notification) Graduate School Admissions (GS-2017) at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)

About Course:

The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research is India's premier institution for advanced research in fundamental sciences. The Institute runs a graduate programme leading to the award of Ph.D., Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. as well as M.Sc. degreee in certain subjects. With its distinguished faculty, world class facilities and stimulating research environment, it is an ideal place for aspiring scientists to initiate their career.

The Graduate Programme at TIFR is classified into the following Subjects - Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability) and Science Education. It is conducted at the Mumbai campus and various National Centres of TIFR.


For Ph.D. and I-Ph.D. programmes, the academic year starts from August 1, every year. The academic year for M.Sc. programme begins from July 1, every year.

Ph.D. Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 25,000/- (enhanced to Rs 28,000/- after registration).

I-Ph.D. Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 16,000/- for the first year. At the end of the first year, upon satisfactory performance, the fellowship is enhanced to Rs 25,000/- per month (further raised to Rs 28,000/- after registration for Ph.D.).

M.Sc. (Biology ) Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 12000/-.

Accommodation is provided to Ph.D. and I-Ph.D. students only, at a nominal cost.



  • For Ph.D. : M.A./M.Sc./M.Tech.
  • For I-Ph.D. : B.A./B.Sc./B.E./B.Tech. (Students already having/completing an M.Sc. degree by July 2017 are not eligible).


  • For Ph.D.: M.Sc./M.S. in Physics, or equivalent, on completion of programmes(s) of duration not less than 5 years in total.

For I-Ph.D.:

  • M.E./M.Tech./B.Sc./B.S./B.E./ B.Tech./B.Chem. in Physics, Engineering Physics, or equivalent degree, on completion of programme(s) of duration not less than 3 years in total.
  • Any other degree in Science / Engineering / Medicine, or equivalent, on completion of programme(s) of duration not less than 3 years in total.

In addition,

  • I-Ph.D. candidates with not less than four or more years of university education who clear the written test may be considered by TCIS for their Ph.D. program.


  • For Ph.D.: M.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./M.Pharm.
  • For I-Ph.D.: B.Sc./B.Pharm.
  • Candidates with B.E./B.Tech degrees can optionally get an M.Sc. degree by fulfilling necessary requirements.


For Ph.D.: Masters in Basic Science or Bachelors in Applied Science. These include, M.Sc.(Ag.), B.Tech., B.E., B.V.Sc., B.Pharma. (4 years course), MBBS, BDS, M.Pharma. Candidates will be short-listed for interview based on written test marks, CV and Scientific Writeup.

For I-Ph.D./M.Sc.: Bachelors in any Basic Science.

For Ph.D. Program in TCIS: M.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry or Biology.

Computer & System Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability):

For Ph.D. : B.E./B.Tech./M.E./M.Tech./M.C.A./M.Sc. degree holders in Computer Science / Information Technology / Electronics & Communications Engineering / Electrical Engineering. Exceptionally well qualified students with B.E./B.Tech./M.E./ M.Tech./M.Sc./B.Sc. or equivalent degrees in other disciplines may also be considered.

Exceptionally well qualified students with B. Sc. degree in computer science and related subjects may be considered for I-Phd.

Candidates not holding a Master's degree and admitted to a Ph.D./Int. Ph.D. program can receive an M.Sc. degree in some subjects by fulfilling prescribed requirements (see http://www.tifr.res.in/~gsoffice for details).

Admission Procedure:

The admissions procedure (in all subjects, except Science Education) consists of a written test at one of the several nationwide centres, followed by interviews of shortlisted candidates.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews to be held during end-February to early-April, 2017. Exact dates would be announced later.

Results of the entrance examination will be announced on January 31, 2017 and students shortlisted for interview will be intimated by email.

Subjects - Programs:

Mathematics (Ph.d. and Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programs)

  • School of Mathematics, TIFR Mumbai - http://www.math.tifr.res.in
  • Centre for Applicable Mathematics (CAM), Bengaluru - http://math.tifrbng.res.in
  • Internatonal Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bengaluru - http://www.icts.res.in (Only Ph.D. program).

Physics (Ph.d. and Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programs)

  • Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Department of Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science
  • Department of High Energy Physics
  • Department of Nuclear & Atomic Physics
  • Department of Theoretical Physics
  • All above at TIFR, Mumbai Campus - http://www.tifr.res.in/~sbp
  • National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune - http://ncra.tifr.res.in
  • TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad - (http://www.tifrh.res.in) : Theoretical and experimental activities in physical, chemical, biological and engineering sciences within and across disciplines.

International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (http://www.icts.res.in).

In addition to the admissions through this nationwide examination in December, some admissions in Physics based on GATE / NET / JEST scores are also possible. Details of these admission procedures will be available on the websites of TIFR Mumbai, ICTS, TCIS and NCRA, separately at appropriate times.

Students applying for Physics also have the option to be considered for the Graduate Training Programme (GTP) of the India-based Nueutrino Observatory (INO).

For more details on INO please see http://www.ino.tifr.res.in

The option can be indicated at the time of registration of application.

Chemistry (Ph.D. and Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programs)

  • Department of Chemical Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai - http://www.tifr.res.in/~dcs
  • TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad - http://www.tifrh.res.in

Biology (Ph.D., Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. and M.Sc.)

  • Department of Biological Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai - http://www.tifr.res.in/~dbs
  • National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru (http://www.ncbs.res.in).
  • TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad (http://www.tifrh.res.in)

Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communcations and Applied Probability) - Ph.D. program

School of Technology & Computer Science (STCS), TIFR, Mumbai - http://www.tcs.tifr.res.in

Science Education (Ph.D. Program)

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai. For admission procedure, see http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in


  • Ph.D. Program : 5 Years
  • Integrated Ph.D. Program : 6 Years
  • M.Sc. - See details in respective programme.

Application Fee:

Application Fee (Non-Refundable):

  • Male Candidates : Rs 600/- for online applications and Rs 650/- for manual applications.
  • Female Candidates : Rs 100/- for online and manual applications.

Application fee can be paid online through internet banking or by Debit/Credit Card or by sending Demand Draft.

How to Apply:

Before you start filling up the complete application form make sure the following are ready with you :

1. A scanned image/electronic copy of your Passport size photograph (preferably a jpg file below 100kb in size). Applications with personal photos or edited photos uploaded will be rejected.
2. Demand Draft details (DD number, Bank, etc.) or Credit / Debit Card details for online payment of application fee.
3. Academic details.

Important Dates:

  • Nationwide Entrance Examination: Sunday, December 11, 2016
  • Last date for application: OCTOBER 10, 2016
  • Online payment link will be active upto October 17, 2016
  • DDs sent by post/courier will be accepted upto October 17, 2016
  • Hall Ticket download link will be active from : November 10, 2016

GATE Scored based applications to Systems Science (including Communications and Applied Probability):

  • Opens : February 3, 2017
  • Closes : Two weeks after GATE2017 results declared.

Results of the Nationwide Entrance Examination (shortlist for interviews) : January 31, 2017

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Courtesy: TIFR

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