Admissions 2024

The Ph.D program at TIFR Hyderabad aims to foster an interdisciplinary approach toward answering scientific question. The department-less structure, an open-lab culture, a flexible course selection and the freedom to join any lab in the institute, combined with world-class facilities and cutting-edge research, creates a stimulating research environment and enables students to pursue interdisciplinary research. Students are admitted through either of the following three subject boards: Physics-oriented, Chemistry-oriented, or Biology-oriented. The choice of the subject board depends on the student’s previous degree and his/her research interests.

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria for the Ph.D and integrated M.Sc–Ph.D programmes under the Physics-oriented, Chemistry-oriented, and Biology-oriented subject boards are listed below.


Subject Board:
Physics-oriented
Subject Board:
Chemistry-oriented
Subject Board:
Biology-oriented
Ph.D: M.Sc (Physics) or a B.Tech/B.E/ degree in Engineering Physics, which requires four or more years of university training.

Integrated M.Sc–Ph.D: B.Sc/ B.E./ B.Tech/ B.Pharma or equivalent Science/Engineering/Medical degree/M.Sc (other than Physics)/M.Tech/M. Pharm/MBBS or equivalent Science/Engineering/Medical Master’s degree..

In addition, the candidate must have qualified in any of the following examinations in Physical Sciences/ Engineering:
  • The written test of TIFR (2024)
  • GATE (minimum valid score of 595 in 2022, 2023 or 2024)
  • JEST 2024 (minimum rank of 100)
  • CSIR UGC NET 2022 or 2023 (JRF eligible)

Candidates with M.Tech/M.E/M.S (Engg.) can submit their earlier scores of GATE/equivalent.
Ph.D: MSc/MTech/MPharm or equivalent degree in Chemical Sciences
OR
4-year degree holders (e.g. BE/BTech/BPharm or equivalent) may be permitted to join as PhD students if they fulfill the criterionof a minimum aggregate score of 75%/GPA 7.5 in their Bachelors’ degree.

Integrated M.Sc–Ph.D: 3-year BSc/BS or equivalent degree
OR
4-year degree holders (e.g. BE/BTech/BPharm or equivalent) may join as I-PhD students if they wish to obtain an MSc in addition to the PhD.

In addition, the candidate must have qualified in any of the following examinations in the Chemical Sciences/Engineering:
  • The written test of TIFR (2024)
  • GATE (minimum valid score of 450 in 2022, 2023 or 2024)
  • JAM 2024 (Only for integrated M.Sc–Ph.D, minimum rank of 400)
  • CSIR UGC NET 2022 or 2023 (JRF eligible)
Ph.D: M.Sc (Physics/Chemistry/Any branch of Biology) or any professional Master’s degree (M.Pharma./M.Tech.), or a degree that requires four or more years of university training (e.g., MBBS, BDS).

In addition, the candidate must have qualified in any of the following examinations in the Biological Sciences/Engineering:

JGEEBILS 2024
CSIR UGC NET 2024 (JRF eligible)
DBT BET 2024 (JRF eligible)

Candidates will be shortlisted for interview based on the results of the above mentioned examinations and the applications material.

How to Apply

Subject Board:
Physics-oriented
Subject Board:
Chemistry-oriented
Subject Board:
Biology-oriented
Apply Online
Through TIFR Entrance Exam (GS 2024): Based on the academic performance and the results of GS TIFR entrance exam, shortlisted candidates will be invited for the interview. TIFRH Physics interviews will be conducted during 1-3 Apr 2024 for candidates shortlisted through TIFR Entrance exam.


GATE/JEST/CSIR-UGC NET: Candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria should apply through our online portal. Interviews will be held tentatively in May–June 2024 for candidates qualified through GATE/JEST/CSIR UGC NET.

The exact dates for the on-campus interview will be mentioned in the call letter.

If you have any other queries, please write to gsadmissions@tifrh.res.in with ‘Inquiry: Graduate School Admissions 2024’ as the subject of the email.
Apply Online
Through TIFR Entrance Exam (GS 2024): Based on the academic performance and the results of GS TIFR entrance exam, shortlisted candidates will be invited for the interview. TIFRH Chemistry interviews will be conducted tentatively during Apr 2024 for candidates shortlisted through TIFR Entrance exam.

Through GATE/JAM/CSIR–UGC NET: Candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria should apply through our online portal. Interviews will be conducted tentatively in May–June 2024 for candidates qualified through GATE/JAM/CSIR UGC NET.

The exact dates for the on-campus interview will be mentioned in the call letter.

If you have any other queries, please write to gsadmissions@tifrh.res.in with ‘Inquiry: Graduate School Admissions 2024’ as the subject of the email.



NOTE: If you are not able to apply online, please click here to download the application form, print, fill and mail it in an envelope superscribed 'GS-2024 Interviews – (Subject and Program)' to the following address:

Academic Co-ordinator
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

36/P, Gopanpally Village, Serilingampally Mandal,
Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad 500046
+91 40 2020 3028/3001
Please note that if you have already filled the online application, you are not required to send a hard copy to us.

Study at TIFR Hyderabad

The academics at TIFRH is a holistic experience where students go beyond the textbook and their lab, to work together with students of other disciplines, and attend seminars, conferences, and symposiums. The full calendar of events at TIFRH also includes cultural activities and community outreach programmes.

While TIFRH’s fluid structure of learning encourages students to be creative and innovative, the intensive academic requirements also ensure that they acquire the highest levels of theoretical knowledge and practical skill. Further, they have the scope to gain practical and field experiences through collaborations with other institutions, research organisations, and industry players across Hyderabad. They can also take advantage of the ecosystem of translational research and entrepreneurship in the city.

Courses offered

The structure at TIFRH is such that students may take up courses from other subject boards other than the board they are enrolled under, and proceed to fulfill the credit requirements. Students can choose from an extensive array of subjects provided in our course list which is available here. The allocation of credits for these courses will be done as per the subject board guidelines under which the student is admitted. The course work for registration must be done by students as per the requirements of their respective subject boards.

Ph.D

  • Duration: 5 years
  • Coursework must be completed within a maximum period of 2 years or as per the respective subject board guidelines.
  • The student must register for their Ph.D research at the end of 2 years.
  • A residency period of 2 years after joining TIFRH is mandatory for submitting the thesis.
  • Timely disbursement of monthly scholarship: ₹37,000/- (enhanced to ₹42,000/- after registration for Ph.D research)
  • Annual contingency grant: ₹40,000/-


Integrated M.Sc-Ph.D
  • Duration: 6 years
  • Coursework must be completed within a maximum period of 3 years as per the respective subject board guidelines.
  • The student must register for a Ph.D at the end of 3 years.
  • Requirements for their M.Sc degree must be completed by the end of 3 years as per the respective subject board guidelines. This will be awarded along with the Ph.D degree at the end of their programme term.
  • A residency period of 1 year for M.Sc and 2 years for Ph.D after joining TIFRH is mandatory for submitting the thesis.
  • Timely disbursement of monthly scholarship: ₹21,000/-; ₹37,000/- from second year (enhanced to ₹42,000/- after registration for Ph.D)
  • Annual contingency grant: ₹25,000/- (enhanced to ₹40,000/- from second year onwards)


Accommodation is provided to Ph.D and Integrated M.Sc-Ph.D students at a nominal cost.