IUCAA Ph.D. Programme

The intake of students into IUCAA's Ph.D. Programme is through:

  1. IUCAA-NCRA Admission Test (INAT)
    INAT is conducted jointly by Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune. This test is usually held in the first week of December every year in Pune.
    • Link to apply online for INAT-2018: http://inat.ncra.tifr.res.in/inat
    • Application deadline: September 21, 2018
    • Last date for online submission of Assessment forms: September 25, 2018
    • Written test: December 13, 2018
    • Interviews on: December 13 and/or 14, 2018

  2. Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)
    This test is usually conducted at IUCAA, Pune, and at other centres in India on the third Sunday of February every year. For more details about JEST, test syllabus, sample question papers, etc. please visit http://www.jest.org.in/

  3. CSIR-UGC NET for JRF (Physics)
    Only those who have qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in the previous two years are eligible to apply. Those who have qualified for only Lecturership are NOT ELIGIBLE.

Click here to apply online for INAT 2016.
[Last date for submission of applications: September 15, 2016]


Eligibility:

The academic year at IUCAA begins in August every year. Students, who expect to complete their M.Sc. (in Physics / Electronics / Astronomy / Applied Mathematics) or Integreted M.Sc. or B.E. / B.Tech. / M.E. / M.Tech. degree (any branch) by August are eligible to apply. In addition, talented final year B.Sc., 1st year M.Sc. (in Physics / Electronics / Astronomy / Applied Mathematics), 2nd / 3rd year Integreted M.Sc. and 2nd / 3rd year B.E. / B.Tech. (any branch) students can also apply to be PRE-SELECTED for research scholarship (to do Ph.D.) at IUCAA.

We are looking for highly motivated students with consistently good academic record. Students who have already completed the above degrees can also apply. Selection to research scholarship is through a written test and interviews.

There is no M.Sc. or B.Sc. programme at IUCAA. However, the University of Pune does offer optional courses in astronomy and astrophysics under their M.Sc. programme in physics. These courses are often taught by IUCAA faculty.

Application procedure, shortlisting of candidates and interviews:

  1. INAT: The application procedure is completely online. Offline applications are not accepted. No fees is charged for applying. Screening committees involving IUCAA and NCRA faculty members evaluate the applications and shortlist students for the written test. All such shortlisted students are informed by email. Interviews are conducted immediately after the written test and during the next couple of days, depending on the total number of students to be interviewed.

  2. JEST: The application procedure is completely online. Offline applications are not accepted. An application fee is charged, details of which are available at http://www.jest.org.in/ This test is conducted at various cities throughout India.
    After the declaration of JEST results, students are required to apply online. Screening committees involving IUCAA faculty members evaluate the applications and shortlist students for interviews. All such shortlisted students are informed by email. Interviews are conducted either during May or June every year.

  3. CSIR-UGC NET for JRF (Physics)
    Students are required to apply online. Screening committees involving IUCAA faculty members evaluate the applications and shortlist students for interviews. All such shortlisted students are informed by email. Interviews are conducted either during May or June every year. Please note that the student has to produce a letter from the CSIR-UGC informing qualification as JRF at the time of interview.