Graduate School Admissions (GS 2018) @ TIFR: 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. degree 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.

Graduate School Admissions (GS 2018) @ TIFR


  • Candidates in the final year of qualifying degree can also apply.


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


Candidates will be shortlisted for interview based on written test marks, CV and Scientific Write-up.

  • For Ph.D.: Masters in Basic Science (M.Sc. Physics/Chemistry/Any branch of Biology) 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.  
  • For I-Ph.D./M.Sc.: Bachelors in any Basic Science (Physics/Chemistry/Any branch of Biology).
  • For M.Sc. Wildlife Biology & Conservation : Indian nationals who have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (with a minimum of 60% in core subjects) and a strong interest in wildlife research and conservation. Graduate nationals for Central, South and Southeast Asian countries, with similar qualifications, are also eligible to apply.

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 for details).

Subjects – Programs

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

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

Science Education (Ph.D. Program)


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

Admission Procedure for Graduate School Admissions (GS 2018) @ TIFR

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

Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews to be held during end-February to early-April, 2018.

Exact dates would be announced later.

Results of the entrance examination will be announced on January 31, 2018 and students shortlisted for interview will be intimated by email.


The TIFR Nationwide Entrance Examination (GS2018) for Biology is also called the Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS).



GATE score based applications in Systems Science (including Communications  and Applied Probability):

Engineering students with exceptional performance in GATE examination of 2016-2018 in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Mathematics 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 our website on February 5, 2018. 

The last date for applying will be two weeks after the GATE 2018 results are displayed on their website.

In case a student takes the Systems Science TIFR Entrance Test and also submits a GATE score based application, the better of the two performances will be considered.


GATE score based applications in Ecology and Evolution: Students with exceptional performance in GATE examination of 2016-2018 in Ecology and Evolution may apply for the Ph.D. program in Biology at the National Centre for Biological Sciences without appearing for the TIFR Entrance Test. The link for GATE score based applications will be made available on the NCBS website on February 5, 2018. 

The last date for applying will be two weeks after the GATE 2018 results are displayed on their website.


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 16000/-.
  • M.Sc. (Wildlife Biology & Conservation) Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 12000/-.

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

Application Procedure

Students can apply online.

  • Please follow appropriate link on this website for filling up the application form.
  • Read the instructions carefully before you start filling up the online application form.

Manual Applications:

  • 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-2018 (Subject)” to:

For Biology:
Admissions Section
National Centre for Biological Sciences
UAS-GKVK Campus, Bellary Road,
Bangalore 560065.

For other subjects, except Science Education:

University Cell, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400005.

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

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 through internet banking or by Debit/Credit Card.

For Science Education:
Please see the HBCSE website for updated notification of their admission procedure in 2018.

Before you choose Ph.D. or Integrated Ph.D. program in the basic registration form, please go through the eligibility criteria carefully.

Click here to go to eligibility page.

Important Dates for Graduate School Admissions (GS 2018) @ TIFR

Nationwide Entrance Examination: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Last date for application: October 12, 2017

  • Online payment link will be active upto October 18, 2017
  • DDs sent by post/courier will be accepted upto October 20, 2017
  • Hall Ticket download link will be active from November 10, 2017

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

  • Opens: February 5, 2018
  • Closes: Two weeks after GATE2018 results declared.

Results of the Nationwide Entrance Examination (shortlist for interviews): January 31, 2018 

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