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Indian Institute of Science (IISC)

The Indian Institute of Science (IISC) was established in 1909, is a Deemed University one of the Centrally Funded Technical Institution functioning under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

The Institute is of higher learning, which pursues excellence in research and education in several fields of Science and Engineering, is perhaps the oldest and the finest centre of its kind in India.

The Institute started functioning in 1911 and has completed 108 years of glorious existence. Bharath Rathna Sir C V Raman, Padma Bhushan Homi Bhabha, Padma Vibhushan Vikram Sarabhai, G N Ramachandran, Padma Vibhushan S Dhawan, Padma Bhushan S Ramaseshan, Bharath Rathna C N R Rao, Padma Vibhushan R Chidambaram and Padma Vibhushan R Narasimha have all been either past students or past faculty of the Institute.


This Institute has a very-very high international rating in the academic world. It provides facilities for post-graduate research and advanced instruction in several important emerging areas of Science and Engineering. The Institute is also providing one of the best computing facilities in the country. The vast beautiful green wooded campus, in which more than forty academic departments and centres are located, provides a stimulating environment.

This Institute has introduced many innovations in research and instructional activities that contribute to the growth of Science and Technology in the country. Five new Masters degree programs, some of them very novel and of current value to the country were introduced recently. Particular mention may be made of the Master’s degree program in Internet Science and Engineering.

The innovative Young Fellowship Program in Science for young students at the +2 level and Young Engineering Fellowship Program for the third year BE Students have received an overwhelming response. Besides these, the Institute has undertaken and completed various challenging tasks.

The Centre for Scientific and Industries Consultancy, the recently founded Society for Innovation and Development, Sir Dorabji Tata Centre for Tropical Diseases and Advanced BioEnergy Technology Society provide an effective interface with industry.

The Institute is aggressively pursuing interaction with Academic Institutions and Universities globally. In the last couple of years, many memoranda of Understanding have been signed with Universities in France, Australia, Germany, Singapore and many others countries, which provide for effective student-faculty interaction in research and training.

The Institute is working in establishing Joint Research Programs between Institutions of higher learning. The Institute has remained relatively small in size (both faculty and students) in spite of its growth in various academic activities over the last nine decades.

UG Courses

Those candidates apply for the UG course, they will be selected on the basis of merit list. The merit list will be based on one of the following national level exams:

  • KVPY-SA [appeared in 2015 and selected for the Fellowship], KVPY-SB [appeared in 2016 and
    selected for the Fellowship], KVPY-SX [appeared in 2016 and selected for the Fellowship], KVPY
    Fellows selected through the Empowerment Initiative for SC/ST candidates [appeared in 2015 for
    SA, 2016 for SB/SX, and selected for the Fellowship].
  • IIT-JEE-Main [appearing in 2017 and securing a minimum of 60% (GEN), 54% (OBC-NCL),
    30% (SC/ST/PWD)].
  • IIT-JEE-Advanced [appearing in 2017 and securing a minimum of 60% (GEN), 54% (OBC-
    NCL), 30% (SC/ST/PWD)].
  • AIPMT [appearing in 2017 and securing a minimum of 60% (GEN), 54% (OBC-NCL), 30%

PG Courses

The candidate who apply for the PG course, they will be also selected from the National level entrance exams.

Research Programmes:
Those candidates want admission in Research programmes, they have to meet the eligibility criteria and qualifying one of the entrance exams: CSIR-UGC NET for JRF/UGC-NET for JRF/DBT JRF/ICMR JRF/JEST 2016/NBHM Screening Test 2016/GATE 2015/2016/2017/INSPIRE Fellows (for Ph D).

M.Tech Programmes:
Selection of the candidates will be based on the GATE 2016/2017 score. Candidates who are selected on the basis of the GATE score, they have to qualify the aptitude test and interview that is organised by the IISC for M.Tech Programmes admission.

Master of Design (M.Des) Programme:
To get admission in M Des programme, candidates have to qualify one of the entrance exams that are GATE/CEED. After passing GATE/CEED, the IISC conducts a Design Aptitude Test and interview. Selection will be based on the performance in the Design Aptitude Test and interview.

Master of Management (M.Mgt) Programme:
Candidate will be shortlisted on the basis of a valid GATE/CAT/GMAT score. The shortlisted candidates have to appear for the group discussion and interview process. On the basis of the performance of the candidate in the group discussion and interview, they will be selected for the M.Mgt programme.

PhD (Integrated) Programmes:
Candidate will be selected on the basis of the JAM 2017/JEST 2017 score followed by an interview.

Note: Those candidates taking Biological Sciences (BL), Biotechnology (BT) paper in JAM 2016, they don’t have to need to fill IISC online application. They must only give the IISc option in the JAM website after the JAM results declaration.

External Registration Programmes (PhD):
Those candidates seeking admission in this programme, they have to meet the eligibility criteria. They also have two years of full-time employment experience. The selection will be based on the performance of the candidate in the interview to be conducted at IISc.

IISc 2017 Dates

IISc invites the admission through application form released in the first week of February every year. No actual dates are released for IISc admission 2017. The tentative dates for the year 2017 areas

UG Courses

Application Form AvailabilityFirst week of February 2017
Last date for submission of UG online applicationsLast week of April 2017

PG Courses

Event Dates
Application Form Availability1st February 2017 (Announced)
Last date for submission of PG online applicationsThird week of March 2017
Last Date Updating NET ResultsThird week of April 2017
Aptitude Test/InterviewThird week of April 2017
Interview for Research ProgrammeLast week of May 2017
Date of ReportingFourth week of July 2017


Aptitude Test/Interview:
M.Tech Programme17th-19th April 2017
M.Des Programme20th-21st April 2017
M Mgt programme (Group discussion and interview)17th-19th April 2017
M Tech programme (sponsored from ISRO; NAL; BARC; etc)17th May 2017
M Tech programme (sponsored from Defence & DRDO)18th-19th May 2017
Interview for Research programmes:
PhD (Integrated) programme31st May to 2nd June 2017
The interdisciplinary programme in Bioengineering; Energy; Mathematical Sciences and Nanoscience & Engineering; Water Research.3rd & 4th June 2017
Research programme5th-9th June 2017
Date of Reporting
Course programmes – M.Tech/M.Des/M.Mgt (Regular and Sponsored)25th July 2017
Research programmes – Ph D/M Tech(Research)26th July 2017
Ph D (Integrated) programmes and ERP27th July 2017
Commencement of Classes1st August 2017


The candidates who qualify in JAM 2017 shall have to fulfil the following Eligibility Requirement (ER) for admissions in IISc and IITs.

  • All candidates admitted through JAM should have a Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least 55% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and Subsidiaries, all years combined) for General/OBC-NCL Category Candidates and at least 50% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and Subsidiaries, all years combined) for SC/ST and PWD Category Candidates in the qualifying degree.
  • For Candidates with letter grades/CGPA (instead of a percentage of marks), the equivalence in percentage of marks will be decided by the Admitting Institute(s).

Proof of having passed the Qualifying Degree with the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ) as specified by the admitting institute should be submitted by September 30, 2017.
At the time of admission, all admitted candidates will have to submit a physical fitness certificate from a registered medical practitioner in the prescribed form. At the time of admission, the admitted candidates may also have to undergo a physical fitness test by a medical board constituted by the Admitting Institute.

In case a candidate is not found physically fit to pursue his/her chosen course of study, his/her admission is liable to be cancelled.
(a) It will entirely be the responsibility of the Candidate to prove that he/she satisfies the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) and Eligibility Requirements (ERs) for Admissions.
(b) The Admitting Institute has the right to cancel, at any stage, the admission of a candidate who is found to have been admitted to a course to which he/she is not entitled, being unqualified or ineligible in accordance with the rules and regulations in force.

IISc Application Form 2017

IISc Application Form 2017 for UG and PG courses will be available through online process. The application form will be provided on the official site of IISc. The application form for PG programmes will be available from 1st February 2017.

The last date to submit the application form will be the third week of March 2017 (tentative). Candidates who apply for the IISc UG courses, they will submit the form till last week of April 2017 (tentative).

Sponsored candidates from Defence, DRDO, BARC, ISRO, NAL, KSRTC, BMTC, BDA, PWD and CPRI, those will be applying for the Sponsored courses, they have to submit the print copy of the online application form on or before the last week of March 2017 (tentative).

Application Fee:

Candidates can deposit the application fee through online (Net-banking, Visa Card/ Master Card, Debit/Credit Cards) or offline mode (Challan). The fee can be paid in any branches of the SBI. The fee is non-refundable.

General / OBC800
SC / ST / PWD (person with disability)400


ERP candidates (All categories)2000

IISC Placement

The individual should be energetic, proactive, and a good communicator; excellent written and oral communication skills in English; ability to effectively use modern computing, document preparation, data analysis, and networking applications and tools; strong analytical abilities, in order to analyse data as dealt with in science administration, provide visualization of the data, and draw inferences.

Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills are essential. Experience in organising national and international scientific meetings and in advising students at graduate and undergraduate level will be distinct advantages. The Placement Officer is expected to work in consultation with a committee of professors in the Office of Career Counselling and Placement at IISc.


Ph D in Science Faculty: Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Ecological Sciences, High Energy Physics, Inorganic & Physical Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematics, Microbiology & Cell Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics, Neurosciences, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Solid State & Structural Chemistry.

M Tech (Research) and Ph D in Engineering Faculty: Aerospace Engineering, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Automation, Earth Sciences, Electrical Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Systems Engineering, Instrumentation, Management Studies, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nano Science and Engineering, Product Design & Manufacturing, Sustainable Technologies, and Computational and Data Sciences – (Computational Science Stream and Computer Data Systems Stream).

Ph D in Interdisciplinary areas: BioSystems Science and Engineering (offered by Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering), Energy (offered by Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research), Mathematical Sciences (offered by National Mathematics Initiative), Nanoscience and Engineering (offered by the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering), Water Research (offered by Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research), Cyber-Physical Systems (offered by Robert Bosch Centre for Physical Systems).

Note: Applicants can search for details of a particular department (such as eligibility, qualifications, areas of research) by entering shortcodes given within brackets in the “Departments offering Ph D/M Tech (Research) programme” (e.g., for Electrical Communication Engineering –enter (EC) in the search column provided under “Programmes in the Faculty of Science/Engineering” – the details pertaining to Electrical Communication Engineering only will appear on the screen.)

Eligibility for IISC PhD

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/ Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science.
  • Master’s degree in Science / Master’s degree in Economics, Geography, Social Work, Psychology, Management,
  • Commerce, Operations Research, Computer Science/ Application.
  • Master’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Agriculture/ Pharmacy/ Veterinary Sciences
  • MS/MBA (post BE/B Tech) – (applicable for the department of Management Studies/Ecological Sciences)
  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in Engineering/ Technology from any centrally funded technical
    institutions, with a minimum CGPA of 8.5 out of 10 or its equivalent either of the seventh semester or at the end of the eighth semester.

The GATE score should be valid as on August 1, 2017. Candidates securing the valid GATE score for the years 2015/2016/2017 may apply.
NET JRF includes – CSIR-UGC NET for JRF; UGC-NET for JRF; DBT JRF; ICMR JRF; JEST; NBHM Screening Test 2017; INSPIRE.

Short-listing is based either on national entrance tests performance or on the academic performance in the qualifying degree examination as per the table above. The final selection is based on the performance at an interview.

Scholarships: All the regular students (except M.Mgt) who join the Institute are eligible for a scholarship from CSIR/ UGC/ ICMR/ DBT/AICTE/ DAE (NBHM) depending upon their mode of entry. IISc provides MHRD scholarship for selected students whose mode of entry is not through any of the above agencies.

Scholarships from many Indian and multinational agencies and business houses are also available for meritorious students.

It is desirable that the applicants consult the department websites to obtain further information regarding the research activities of the individual departments/centres/units.

IISC Bangalore

The Indian Institute of Science, a leading institution of higher learning with a strong tradition of research, offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme which is designed as a balanced blend of core science and interdisciplinary topics to serve as a platform for attractive career opportunities in academia and industry.

Students who complete the requirements for the award of the Bachelor of Science (Research) degree will have the option of getting a Master of Science degree by studying at the Institute for a fifth year. Applications are invited for admission to the four-year undergraduate programme at the Institute.

IISC Bangalore Eligibility

  • Candidates who have completed their II PUC / 12th Standard in 2016 and those who are expecting to complete their II PUC / 12th Standard in 2017 are eligible to apply.
  • The candidates must have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as main subjects during their II PUC / 12th Standard. Candidates who have studied Biology, Statistics, Electronics, Computer Science, etc., in addition to Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are also eligible to apply.
  • The candidates must have secured a first class or 60% or equivalent grade (relaxed to pass class for SC/ST candidates) in the II PUC / 12th Standard examination.


  • Based on the merit list of one of the following national examinations: KVPY-SA [appeared in 2015 and selected for the Fellowship], KVPY-SB [appeared in 2016 and selected for the Fellowship].
  • KVPY-SX [appeared in 2016 and selected for the Fellowship], KVPY-SA and SX Fellows selected through the Empowerment Initiative for SC/ST candidates, IIT-JEE-Main [appearing in 2017 and securing a minimum of 60% (GN), 54% (OBC-NCL), 30% (SC/ST/PWD)].
  • IIT-JEE-Advanced [appearing in 2017 and securing a minimum of 60% (GN), 54% (OBC-NCL), 30% (SC/ST/PWD)], and NEET-UG [appearing in 2017 and securing a minimum of 60% (GN), 54% (OBC-NCL), 30% (SC/ST/PWD)].

Reservation for SC/ST/OBC/Person with disability (PWD) and Kashmiri-Migrant (KM) candidates: As per Government of India regulations.

How to Apply

  • Application Forms (available only online): The on-line application may be prepared and submitted by accessing the IISc website www.iisc.ernet.in/ug with effect from 01.02.2017.
  • The application fee is Rs. 500/- for GN/OBC/KM candidates and Rs. 250/- for SC/ST/PWD categories.
  • The fee is non-refundable; any bank or payment gateway service charges must be borne by the applicant).
  •  Payment of the Application Fee: Payment option: On-line Payment – Net-banking, Visa Card/ Master Card, Debit/Credit Cards.



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