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 MScPhD students. The salary and contingency of the student leaving with an MSc degree will be reverted back to the first year levels (16K per month, and 20k 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 a 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 gave an interview at ICTS based on my score in the TIFR-GS exam, but I was not offered admission. Can I apply for a second interview again based on my JEST rank?
    No. If you have been interviewed once at ICTS, you cannot apply for a second interview. However, if for some reason you were called for an interview in March and were not able to attend that interview, then you may come for the JEST-stream interviews in May/June.
  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.