Information on Admission to the Regular and Integrated PhD Programmes

This page provides quick information regarding admission to the PhD programmes at MRC department and is meant to supplement the information given in IISc’s main admission site. The important dates are given here.

NOTE: All applications must be submitted only through the portal at IISc’s admission site (link above).

Regular PhD and Integrated PhD programmes

The MRC department accepts students into two PhD programmes, viz. regular and integrated PhD programmes.

The Regular PhD programme is a post-Master’s degree programme, and has a typical duration of 5 years. Once the admitted students join a research group, they begin their work under the guidance of their research advisor. They also undergo several courses as part of their research training programme

Research Fields

The research groups of the MRC department work in a wide variety of areas. Please click here to visit the faculty pages.

Required Qualifications

Regular PhD Candidates

Master’s degree in Science with Second Class or higher in any discipline.


Master’s degree in Engineering with Second Class or higher in one of the following disciplines: Chemical Engg., Materials Engg., Biomaterials Engg., Biotechnology or Nanotechnology.

Note: The Second Class requirement applies to candidates in the General / OBC category. It is relaxed to Pass Class for SC / ST candidates.

List of valid examinations:
Valid GATE (Chemistry), Joint CSIR-UGC NET for JRF, CSIR NET for JRF, JEST (Physics) qualification certificate, valid INSPIRE Fellowship.

Integrated PhD Candidates

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Valid JAM qualification certificate in the Chemistry paper.

Application, Interview, and Selection Process

Regular PhD Candidates

  • Candidates must submit their application only via the online form at the main IISc admission’s website. See the top of this webpage for the link to the site.
  • At the time of the application, the candidate must choose to apply to the IPC department. Two other departments in IISc may also be given as a choice.
  • Candidates will be invited to an interview in the IPC department based on a cut-off mark/rank in the qualifying examination. See the Required Qualifications section of this page for the list of examinations.
  • The interview is mandatory. Candidates who do not attend the interview automatically forfeit their chance for admission.
  • The interviews for August term admissions typically take place between mid May or early June. Interviews for the January term (mid-year) admissions, if conducted, typically take place in the second half of November.

Offer of Admission

  • Candidates to whom admission is offered would be notified by email/post by the Institute within a few weeks after all interviews are complete.

Contact regarding admissions

If you have specific queries, please write to:

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