IUCAA Ph.D. Programme

We have now stopped accepting applications for IUCAA's Ph.D. Programme 2021.

We are now accepting applications for IUCAA's Ph.D. Programme 2021 through INAT-2021, JEST-2021 and CSIR-UGC NET/JRF. Please see below.


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

  1. IUCAA National Admission Test (INAT)
    INAT-2020 is yet to be announced, please watch this page.
    INAT will not be conducted in January 2021, and it has been postponed until further notice.
    This test and the subsequent interviews are generally conducted in the first week of January every year at IUCAA Pune.
    • Link to apply online for INAT-2021: https://inat.iucaa.in/INAT2021
    • Application deadline: August 24, 2021
    • Last date for online submission of Assessment forms: August 31, 2021
    • Online test: September 10, 2021
    • Online Interviews on: September 27 - 29, 2021

  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/

    Link to apply online for IUCAA's Ph.D. programme through JEST-2021: http://www.iucaa.in/iucaa/jsp/IRS/WEB_IRS_APP_MST_FY_2021 Application deadline: August 27, 2021
    Online Interviews: 16 - 18 September 2021

  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.

    Link to apply online for IUCAA's Ph.D. programme through CSIR-UGC NET/JRF:
    http://www.iucaa.in/iucaa/jsp/IRS/WEB_IRS_APP_MST_FY_2021
    Application deadline: August 27, 2021
    Online Interviews: 16 - 18 September 2021

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 Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) 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 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 onlineapply 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 onlineapply 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.