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IISER Berhampur – PhD Programme in Biological Sciences

Applications are invited for admission to Ph.D. programme in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics from the citizens of India for the semester commencing August 2017.

Research Areas:

Biological Sciences


  1. M.Sc./M.Tech. Degree in the relevant discipline with a minimum of 60% marks or CGPA/CPI of 7.0 on a 10 point scale. (overall percentage/CGPA/CPI; not only in majoring subject)

    If the transcript/grade sheet issued by the Institute/University reports:

    1. Only marks, percentage will be considered.

    2. Only grades, CGPA/CPI will be considered. If CGPA/CPI is reported on any scale other than 10 (eg. 4 point/ 8 point scale), an equivalent CGPA/CPI will be calculated as per the following formula:
      CGPA/CPI in a 10 point scale = (CGPA/CPI Obtained×10)/PS
      PS = Point scale used by the Institute/University.

    3. Both marks and CGPA/CPI
      i. Percentage equivalent of CGPA/CPI, as indicated on the transcript/gradesheet, will be considered, if absolute grading was followed.
      ii. CGPA/CPI ONLY will be considered, if relative grading was followed.

  2. Exceptionally brilliant candidates with B.Tech./MBBS/MCA also apply for Ph.D. programme in Biological Sciences.

  3. Additionally, a National level examination like National Eligibilitiy Test (NET)/GATE/UGC-JRF/CSIR-JRF/DBT (JRF A category)/ICMR (JRF category I)/NET-LS/INSPIRE-Ph.D./Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship/JGEEBILS or any other recognized score is mandatory. The certificate/fellowship MUST be valid at the time of admission.

    Students whose results for CSIR-UGC NET Fellowship or ICMR-JRF category-I or DBT-JRF A category or Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship or INSPIRE-Ph.D. or any other equivalent fellowship are awaited may also apply with their roll number(s) mentioned in the application. Such candidates may walk-in for the interview provided they have qualified examination for any of the above fellowship before the interview date. Such candidates will not be sent a call letter for the interview. However, they should write to the Convener, PhD Admissions committee at admission.biophd@iiserb.ac.in and inform if they will attend the interview.

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A relaxation of 5% of marks, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, will be allowed for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PD categories.

Mere fulfilling the eligibility criterion does not entitle a candidate to be called for the test and interview.

Age: Preferably not more than 28 years as on August 01, 2017. Age relaxation of 3 years will be given for OBC (Non Creamy Layer) and 5 years for SC/ST/PD/Female applicants.

Please Note:

  1. All communication with candidates will be by e-mail only.

  2. Kindly check this website for periodic updates.

  3. In case of any application-related queries, your application number must be mentioned in the subject line.

  4. Candidates who are appearing or are about to appear for final examinations of the qualifying degree programme are eligible to apply for Ph.D. programme. However, if selected, admission to the Ph.D. programme would be conditional upon their completing the qualifying degree with the defined marks criteria, before August 1, 2017.

  5. Selection will be based on interviews of the short-listed candidates.

  6. Relaxation of eligibility criteria for SC/ST and PD applicants will be as per Government of India norms. Candidates belonging to reserved category will have to submit relevant certificates, if selected.

  7. Applying does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be shortlisted for interview. The respective departments may use additional criteria (based on academic performance and/or performance in the national level tests) in order to shortlist candidates for interviews depending on the number of applications received.

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Application Procedure:

Please Download the Application Form and format of Recommendation Letter.

The hardcopy of your application form must reach the below mentioned address on or before April 3, 2017 (Monday).

The Coordinator, Academic Affairs
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Berhampur
Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Berhampur Engineering School Road,
Berhampur – 760 010, Ganjam District, Odisha, India

Please use Indian Postal Services for sending your application form.

In addition, please retain a copy of the application form submitted by you. You must carry the same to IISER Berhampur, if shortlisted and called for interview.

After the last date, all applications will be screened and candidates selected for interviews will be intimated by email.

Fellowship: All selected candidates will be eligible for either Institute fellowship of Rs. 25,000/- per month or fellowship as per the norms of the funding agency, in vogue, subject to satisfactory performance in their course work.

Contact Information:

Coordinator, Academic Affairs
Queries will be entertained on the above mentioned e-mail only. Please mention the name of the Department being applied to in the ‘Subject’ of the mail.

Notice for Admission to the Ph.D. Programme.

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