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Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Nationwide Written Test (NWT-2012) (GS-2012) for Admission (PhD and MSc)

Entrance Exam Detail
Entrance Exam Detail

Exam State Exam Date Last Date
All India 13 Dec 2009 16 Oct 2009

Exam Details:

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research


o         PhD: Mathematics (TIFR, Mumbai and CAM, Bangalore), Physics, Chemistry, Computer and Systems Sciences, Biology (TIFR, Mumbai and NCBS, Bangalore).


o         Integrated PhD: Mathematics (CAM, Bangalore), Biology (TIFR, Mumbai and NCBS, Bangalore)



o         MSc: Biology (TIFR, Mumbai).


o         MSc (Wildlife Biology and Conservation): Biology (NCBS, Bangalore).






Biology / Biology (Wildlife & Conservation)

Computer & Systems Sciences

Science Education

For test and admission details please refer the HBCSE website.



                              Nationwide Entrance Examination: Sunday, December 13, 2009


                                                             Test Timings:

Morning Session: 09:30 am to 12:30 pm

Afternoon Session: 02:30 p.m. to 04:30 pm

Computer and Systems Sciences

Wildlife (Biology) and Conservation.  




Examination Centres

Ø        Ahmedabad: St Xavier's College

Ø        Bangalore: University of Agricultural Sciences

Ø        Bhubaneshwar: Utkal University

Ø        Chandigarh: Punjab University

Ø        Chennai: Indian Institute of Technology

Ø        Cochin: Cochin Univ. of Science & Technology

Ø        Delhi: Miranda House, Delhi University

Ø        Guwahati: Indian Institute of Technology

Ø        Haldwani: Motiram Baburam Govt PG College

Ø        Hyderabad: Hyderabad University

Ø        Indore: Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya

Ø        Jaipur: India International School

Ø        Kanpur: Indian Institute of Technology

Ø        Kolkata: St. Xavier's College

Ø        Madurai: The Madura College

Ø        Mangalore: Mangalore University

Ø        Mumbai: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Ø        Nagpur: Shri Ramdeo Baba Kamla Nehru Eng Coll

Ø        Patna: Radiant International School

Ø        Pune: Spicer Memorial College

Ø        Varanasi: Banaras Hindu University

Ø        Visakhapatnam: Andhra University



For PhD: MSc / BE / BTech / MTech / MA / BA / BSc degree holders.

For Integrated PhD: BA / BSc / BE / BTech degree holders. (Master's degree holders are not eligible for this programme)



Physics and Chemistry:

For PhD: MSc / BE / BTech / MTech degree holders.



For PhD: Masters in Basic Science or Bachelors in Applied Science.  These include MSc (Agriculture), Tech, BE, BVSc, BPharma (4 year course), MBBS, BDS, MPharma

For Integrated PhD / MSc: Bachelors in any Basic Science. For MSc (Wildlife and Conservation): Degree in any discipline with a strong interest in Wildlife Biology.


Students with training in Physics or Chemistry are also invited to apply for the biology programmes.

Computer and Systems Sciences:

For PhD: BE / BTech / ME / MTech / MCA / MSc (Computer Science / Electrical Engineering / Electronics Engineering / Information Technology) degree holders.  Exceptionally well qualified students with BE / BTech / ME / MTech / MSc or equivalent degrees in other disciplines may also be considered.


Final year students with consistently good academic record and knowledge of advanced topics may also apply for the relevant subjects.


Candidates not holding a Master's degree and admitted to a PhD programme can receive an MSc degree by fulfilling prescribed requirements. See www.tifr.res.in/~gsoffice for details.


Admission Procedure:

v       The admissions procedure (in all subjects, except Science Education) consists of a written test at one of the 22 nationwide centres.

v       Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews to be held during end-February to early-April, 2010.  Exact dates would be announced later.

v       Results of the entrance examination will be announced on January 15, 2010 on this website and students shortlisted for interview will be intimated by email.


For PhD and Integrated PhD programmes, the academic year starts from August 1, every year.  The academic year for MSc programme begins from July 1, every year.


v       PhD:-
Students receive a monthly scholarship of Rs 12,000/- (enhanced to Rs 14,000/- after registration) and an annual contingency grant of Rs 15,000/-, in addition to a tuition grant covering the annual fees.  The annual fee is Rs 4000/-.

v       Integrated PhD (Biology/Mathematics):-

Students receive a monthly scholarship of Rs 12,000/- (enhanced to Rs 14,000/- from third year onwards, subject to passing the Comprehensive Exam/registration), in addition to tuition grant covering the annual fees. 

v       MSc (Biology):-

Students receive a monthly scholarship of Rs 10,000/- and the annual fee is Rs 2000/-.


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

How To Apply:

Application Procedure

v       Students can apply online.  Please follow appropriate link on this website for filling up the application form.  Please read the instructions carefully before you start filling up the online application form.

v       Students who want to apply manually may send a request for application form (without DD) to:

For Biology: Admissions Section, NCBS, Bangalore 

For other subjects, except Science Education:

Asstt Registrar (Academic), TIFR, Mumbai.

The filled-in application form should be sent along with DD and two passport size photographs (one pasted on the application and one stapled to it).

v       Students may appear for the written test in multiple subjects if the timings do not clash.  Please send a separate application (including Demand Draft) for each subject. In case of online applicants, students will have to re-register with a different email id.

v       Students who wish to apply online and make payment by Demand Draft may send the Demand Draft with their name, reference code and telephone number written behind it.  Alternately, students can make online payment by Debit/Credit Card. 


Application Fee and Payment:

Application Fee (Non-Refundable): Rs 500/- for online applications and Rs 550/- for manual applications.  Rs 800/- for students who wish to take the test as walk-in candidates (Please see the walk-ins section on this website).


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


Demand Draft: Biology: DD should be drawn on State Bank of India in favour of "National Centre for Biological Science" payable at Bangalore.  Other Subjects: DD should be drawn on State Bank of India in favour of "Tata Institute of Fundamental Research" payable at Mumbai.


For mailing address and contact information, please refer to the Contact link.


Please note:


(a)  Instructions for downloading/printing of Hall tickets will be intimated by email only after receipt of application fee/approval of fee waiver.

(b)  DDs with wrong denomination will not be returned and hall ticket will not be issued.


Apply Online

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

1.      A scanned image file (preferably a jpg file) of your Passport size photograph.  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.


Important Instructions:

o         Your login account username would be the reference code that will be generated by the system on successful registration.  If you intend to apply form multiple subjects, you will have to provide different email id for each application.

o         Check all the details once again before clicking the registration button.

o         You may take a print of your application after successful registration or save the same as a pdf file.  Applicants wishing to pay by DD may send the DD  by writing their reference code, name and telephone number behind it. 

o         Applicants paying the application fee online will be directed to the payment gateway.  Follow the instructions and complete the payment transaction. 

o         Students will be able to login to their account and check the status of their application, payment and hall ticket.

o         Hall tickets will be issued or will be allowed to be generated only after the last date of receipt of applications, subject to receipt of payment.   Date will be announced later.


Applying for Mathematics / Physics / Chemistry / Computer and Systems Sciences.  Click here

Applying for Biology / Biology (Wildlife and Conservation).  Click here


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Important Dates:

Important Dates:

Publication of Notification:

Employment News: August 22, 2009

University News Journal: August 17, 2009

University Today Journal: August 15, 2009

Current Science Journal: August 25, 2009

National Entrance Examination: Sunday, December 13, 2009

Last date for application: October 16, 2009


Mailing Address:

For Mathematics / Physics / Chemisty/ Computer andstems Sciences:

For Biology :


For Science Education:


Assistant Registrar (Academic)

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400005. Tel: 022- 2782629 22782241 22782875, Fax: 022-22804555

Email: gsch@tifr.res.in


Admissions Section National Centre for Biological Sciences

UAS-GKVK Campus, Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065. Tel: 080-23666404 Fax: 080-23636662Email: phd@ncbs.res.in


Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education Tata Institute of Fundamental Research VN Purav Marg, MankhurdMumbai 400 088. Te: 022-25580036 / 25567711 / 25554712 / 25555242 Fax: 022-25566803 www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/graduate-school


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