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Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai MSc PhD Entrance Test 2013

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Exam State Exam Date Last Date
All India 09 Dec 2012 26 Oct 2012

Exam Details:

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

A Deemed University
Homi Bhabha Road
, Colaba, Mumbai-400005, Tel 022-22804555

Ph.D, Integrated Ph.D, M.Sc Programmes Admission-2013

Research opportunities for exceptionally talented and strongly motivated students

Ph.D (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer and Systems Sciences, Science Education)

Integrated Ph.D (Mathematics (Bengaluru), Physics, Biology)

M.Sc (Biology)

The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research invites applications for admission to its graduate programs leading to M.Sc, Ph.D and the Integrated Ph.D (I-Ph.D) degrees

Mathematics (Ph.D, I-Ph.D); School of Mathematics, Mumbai ( only Ph.D program; Centre for applicable Mathematics (CAM), Bengaluru ( Ph.D, I-Ph.D programs in Applicable Mathematics

Physics (Ph.D, I-Ph.D); Dept of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dept of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, Dept of High Energy Physics, Dept of Nuclear and Atomic Physics, Dept of Theoretical Physics (all at Mumbai campus) (; National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune (; TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad ( only Ph.D program; International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bengaluru ( only Ph.D program in Theoretical Sciences

Chemistry (Ph.D); Dept of Chemical Science, Mumbai (; TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad (

Biology (Ph.D, I-Ph.D, M.Sc); Dept of Biological Sciences, Mumbai (; National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru ( only Ph.D program

Computer and Systems Sciences (Ph.D) including Communication and Math Finance; School of Technology and Computer Science (STCS), Mumbai (

Science Education (Ph.D); Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai

Graduate School (GS-2013): The academic year starts from 01st August, 2013

Stipend: Ph.D and Integrated Ph.D students receive a monthly scholarship of Rs 16,000/- enhanced to Rs 18,000/- after registration

M.Sc students receive a monthly scholarship of Rs 12000/-

Duration: Ph.D program 5 years; Integrated Ph.D program 6 years; M.Sc program 3 years


Candidates in the final year of qualifying degree can also apply

Mathematics: For Ph.D (Mumbai); M.Sc/B.E./B.Tech/M.Tech/M.A./ B.A./B.Sc

For Ph.D (Bengaluru); M.A./M.Sc

For I-Ph.D (Bengaluru); B.A./B.Sc/B.E./B.Tech degree holders (M.Sc candidates are not eligible)

Physics: For Ph.D; M.Sc (Physics)/B.Tech (Engineering Physics)

For I-Ph.D; B.Sc/B.E./M.E./M.Tech/B.Tech/B.Chem or equivalent, M.Sc/B.Tech, (not in Physics/ Engineering Physics)

For Ph.D in TCIS; M.Sc in Physics, Chemistry or Biology; B.Tech (Engineering Physics)

For Ph.D in ICTS; M.Sc in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics; B.Tech (Engineering Physics)

Chemistry: For Ph.D; M.Sc/B.E./B.Tech/M.Tech/B.Pharm/M.Pharm, B.Sc candidates with advanced knowledge of the discipline are also eligible to apply

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

Biology: For Ph.D; Masters in Basic Science or Bachelors in Applied Science

These include M.Sc (Agriculture), B.Tech, B.E., B.V.Sc, B.Pharma (4 year), MBBS, BDS, M.Pharma Candidates will be shortlisted for interview based on written test marks, CV and Scientific write up

For Integrated Ph.D/M.Sc; Bachelors in any Basic Science

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

Computer and Systems Sciences (including Communications and Math Finance): For Ph.D; B.E./ B.Tech/ M.E./ M.Tech/MCA/ M.Sc degree holders in Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Electronics and Communications Engineering/ Electrical Engineering

Exceptionally well qualified students with B.E./B.Tech/M.E./M.Tech/M.Sc or equivalent degrees in other disciplines may also be considered

Candidates not holding a Master’s degree and admitted to a Ph.D/Int Ph.D program can receive M.Sc degree by fulfilling prescribed requirements (see for details)

Students who wish to apply for the Ph.D programme at CAM, Bengaluru will have to select Ph.D Mumbai in the application form

Further, in the application, they can indicate their preference for being considered for Ph.D programme Bengaluru

Students applying for Ph.D Mumbai and who are eligible for Integrated Ph.D programme at Bangalore can indicate their preference in the application form for being considered for Int Ph.D Bengaluru

Similarly students applying for Int Ph.D Bangalore and who wish to be considered for Ph.D Mumbai can indicate their preference in the application form

Biology: The TIFR Nationwide Entrance Examination (GS-2013) for Biology is also called the Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS)

Participating Institutions; Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad (; Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad (; National Brain Research Centre, Manesar (; National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru (; National Centre for Cell Science, Pune (; Department of Biological Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai (

Each participating institution has its own admission procedure, and only the test scores of the TIFR exam (JGEEBILS) are common

Students need to apply separately to the concerned institution, indicating the TIFR entrance test reference code

Please refer to the individual websites of participating institutions for details of their admissions process

Results of the TIFR entrance test for Biology (JGEEBILS) will be shared by all participating institutions

Systems Science: GATE score based applications in Systems Science (including Communications and Math Finance)

Students with exceptional performance in GATE examination of 2012/2013 in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering may apply for the Ph.D program without appearing for the TIFR entrance test

The link for GATE score based applications will be made available on website on 01st February, 2013

Last date for applying will be 25th March, 2013

In case a student takes the TIFR entrance test and also submits a GATE score based application, the better of the two performances will be considered

Overseas Students (Physics): An overseas applicant can write to the Admissions Co-ordinator, subject board of physics, ( with his/her curriculum vitae, academic records, publications if any, and ask 3 referees to write about the aptitude and qualifications of the candidate to pursue graduate studies at TIFR

The referees should be teachers of the candidate in undergraduate and/or M.Sc levels in relevant subjects

If on the basis of material provided, the application is found to be promising, a written test may be arranged at a foreign university where we have faculty contacts or at an Indian embassy abroad

At present, TIFR has only a Ph.D programme with full time study in Physics and no separate M.Sc programme in this subject

Exam Centres:  Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Haldwani, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kanpur, Kolkata, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Srinagar, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam

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, 2013

Exact dates would be announced later

Results of the entrance examination will be announced on 15th January, 2013 and students shortlisted for interview will be intimated by email

How To Apply:

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.
Students from remote areas who do not have access to internet may apply manually. They may send a request for application form (without DD) along with a self-addressed stamped (Rs 20/-) envelope (size 25cm x 17cm) superscribed "GS-2012 (Subject)" to:

For Biology and M.Sc. Wildlife Biology & Conservation: 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).

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. Female candidates are exempted from payment of application fee. Rs 800/- for students taking the test as walk-in candidates

Demand Draft:

Biology and Wildlife Biology & Conservation: 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.

Contact Details

Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400005

Tel: 022-22782629/ 22782241 / 25580036/ 25567711
Email:, Email:

Important Dates:

Publication of notification: 24th September, 2012

Last date for application: 26th October, 2012

Online payment link will be active upto: 02nd November, 2012

Demand draft sent by post/courier will be accepted upto: 02nd November, 2012

Nationwide entrance examination: 09th December, 2012, Sunday

Physics, Chemistry, Computer and Systems Sciences: 09.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Mathematics, Biology: 02.30 p.m. to 04.30 p.m.

Results of the nationwide entrance examination: 15th January, 2013

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