ICTS invites applications from highly motivated candidates interested in pursuing doctoral research in the theoretical and mathematical sciences. ICTS has world-class research groups in astrophysical relativity, fluid dynamics and turbulence, mathematics, physical biology, statistical physics and condensed matter, string theory and quantum gravity. More details of research at ICTS can be found here.

ADMISSIONS

All applicants are required to appear for national/ international level entrance tests (TIFR graduate studies admission test, JEST, GATE, UGC/CSIR test for JRF or GRE) conducted at different centers nationally/ internationally. These entrance tests will cover basic topics in physics, mathematics or engineering. Top candidates from these tests can apply to appear in the next phase of the selection process. Performance in the national/ international level entrance test, along with the additional information requested in the online application form will be used to short list candidates for interviews conducted at ICTS.

Overseas applicants those who are currently pursuing their education abroad and hence are unable to appear for the entrance exams in India can apply to ICTS through a valid GRE score.

Students selected for Integrated PhD (BSc/ BTech/ MTech/ BS graduates) need to complete the coursework requirements and register for PhD within 3 years of joining. For regular PhD students (MSc/ MS) the coursework requirement and PhD registration should be completed within 2 years from joining. The coursework includes, core (both theory and experiment) and elective/reading courses as well as research projects. At the end of the coursework, the student needs to pass a comprehensive exam after which he/she can register for PhD. The details of graduate course work can be found here. Successful candidates will receive a degree through the Physics Subject Board of the TIFR Graduate School.

 

Eligibility

For the PhD program

  • MSc / MS in Physics, or equivalent, on completion of undergraduate/masters program(s) of duration not less than 5 years in total.

For Integrated PhD program

  • ME / MTech/ BSc / BS / BE / BTech / BChem or any other degree in Science, Engineering or Medicine. The applicant should have completed an undergraduate/masters program of duration not less than 3 years. 

 

Admission tests

The first level of selection to the ICTS graduate program is performed using results from the following national exams:

Candidates with M.Tech. / M.E. / M.S. (Engg.) can submit their earlier scores (valid) of GATE / equivalent. The dates and centers of all the tests are advertised in major national newspapers.

The eligibility criteria for application in 2019 are:

JEST: Rank between 1 to 110

GATE: 90 percentile and above

CSIR UGC NET (JRF Qualified): Rank between 1 to 50

GRE (for overseas candidates): 90 percentile and above

Applicants qualified in the written tests should apply online for being considered for further selection.

 

Interviews

Performance in the national/ international exam, along with the additional information requested in the online application form will be used to shortlist candidates for further selection process including a written test (test in problem solving) and oral interview at ICTS, Bangalore. The final selection is based on the written test and oral interview conducted at ICTS.

Except for overseas candidates all shortlisted applicants need to appear in person at ICTS, Bangalore for the final selection process. Overseas candidates, once shortlisted for interviews, should contact the ICTS graduate studies regarding the same.

Online application form

Eligible candidate can apply to ICTS graduate program by completing the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. You will need to upload the score card from the admissions test (JEST/GATE/UGC-CSIR/GRE; this is not required for the TIFR test) electronic copies of your score transcripts, a statement of purpose, and contact details of two referees.

 

Admission Calendar

TIFR entrance exam – Check TIFR GS Admissions page for details

Interviews for GS shortlisted candidates at ICTS

March/April

Interview result announcement (First list)

March/April

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)/ GATE/ CSIR UGC NET/ GRE

Online application opens in ICTS

March

Last date for receipt of online applications

April

Interviews

May/June

Result announcement (First list)

June

Result announcement for waiting list

June

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

All the selected students receive a graduate scholarship from ICTS. The current scholarship amounts are given below.

 

PhD

PhD pre-registration

Fellowship

Contingency grant

Rs. 25,000/- p.m

Rs. 32,000/- p.a.

PhD post-registration

(max 5 years from date of joining)

Fellowship

Contingency grant

Rs. 28,000/- p.m

Rs. 32,000/- p.a.

PhD post-registration

(beyond 5 years upto a max of 1 year)

Fellowship

Rs. 14,000/- p.m

 

Integrated PhD

1st year

Fellowship

Book allowance

Rs. 16,000/- p.m

Rs. 20,000/- p.a.

2nd year

Fellowship

Contingency grant

Rs. 25,000/- p.m

Rs. 32,000/- p.a.

I-PhD post-registration

(max 6 years from date of joining)

Fellowship

Contingency grant

Rs. 28,000/- p.m

Rs. 32,000/- p.a.

I-PhD post-registration

(beyond 6 years upto a max of 1 year)

Fellowship

Rs. 14,000/- p.m

Accommodation is provided to PhD and Integrated PhD students at a nominal cost.

CONTACT:

Academic Co­ordinator
International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS),
Survey No. 151, Shivakote,
Hesaraghatta Hobli, Bengaluru North - 560 089, India.
Tel: +91 - 80 - 4653 6000Email : gs @ icts . res . in
Website : www.icts.res.in

Updated: 27/03/2019