1. What is the total duration of Ph.D. & Integrated Ph.D. Program?
    The ideal duration is 5 years for Ph.D. and 6 years for Integrated Ph.D. from the date of joining.
  2. If I join the Integrated Ph.D. Program, can I leave with an M.Sc degree after two years?
    The Subject Board for Physics has the provision for an exit M.Sc. degree after the end of 3 years, for the Integrated MSc PhD students. The salary and contingency of the student leaving with an MSc degree will be reverted back to the first-year levels (21K per month, and 25k per year, respectively). A student who wishes to leave with an M.Sc. must declare this before the completion of two years and must register for one yearlong M.Sc. project during the third and final year.
  3. Is there an age limit for doing Ph.D. or Integrated Ph.D.?
    No, as long as you meet the qualifying criteria, you are eligible to apply.
  4. What is the cutoff marks for shortlisting?
    This will vary from year to year. Shortlisted candidates from the TIFR test will be contacted directly. The required JEST/ GATE/ CSIR UGC NET rank score will be advertised each year.
  5. How will I know that I have been selected/not for the Interview?
    We will display the names of shortlisted candidates on the website or will send the call letters.
  6. Is there a midterm/ mid-year admissions for Ph.D. &  Integrated Ph.D.?
  7. I have cleared JEST-TCS. Am I eligible to apply?
    No. Only JEST-Physics candidates can apply.
  8. I appeared for the selection process at ICTS based on my score in the TIFR-GS exam, but I was not offered admission. Can I apply for a second selection process again based on my JEST rank?
    No. If you have appeared for the selection process once at ICTS, you cannot apply for a second selection process again in the same year. However, if you were called for the selection process via TIFR-GS and were not able to attend that selection process, then you may attend the selection process via JEST-stream.
  9. Do students have to choose advisors only from within the ICTS faculty?
    In general, it is possible for students at ICTS to conduct their work with faculty members in neighbouring scientific institutes such as NCBS, TIFR-CAM and IISc. However, their official advisor must be an ICTS faculty member, and this advisor will be responsible for monitoring the progress of the PhD.