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August 19, 2009

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Nationwide Written Test (NWT-2009) (GS-2009) for Admission (PhD and MSc) Entrance Exam India

Entrance Exam India

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Nationwide Written Test (NWT-2009) (GS-2009) for Admission (PhD and MSc)

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

PhD: Mathematics (TIFR, Mumbai and CAM, Bangalore), Physics, Chemistry, Computer and Systems Sciences, Biology (TIFR, Mumbai and NCBS, Bangalore).

Integrated PhD: Mathematics (CAM, Bangalore), Biology (TIFR, Mumbai and NCBS, Bangalore)

MSc: Biology (TIFR, Mumbai).

MSc (Wildlife Biology and Conservation): Biology (NCBS, Bangalore).

Nationwide Entrance Examination: Sunday, December 13, 2009

Examination Centres

Ahmedabad: St Xavier's College

Bangalore: University of Agricultural Sciences

Bhubaneshwar: Utkal University

Chandigarh: Punjab University

Chennai: Indian Institute of Technology

Cochin: Cochin Univ. of Science & Technology

Delhi: Miranda House, Delhi University

Guwahati: Indian Institute of Technology

Haldwani: Motiram Baburam Govt PG College

Hyderabad: Hyderabad University

Indore: Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya

Jaipur: India International School

Kanpur: Indian Institute of Technology

Kolkata: St. Xavier's College

Madurai: The Madura College

Mangalore: Mangalore University

Mumbai: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Nagpur: Shri Ramdeo Baba Kamla Nehru Eng Coll

Patna: Radiant International School

Pune: Spicer Memorial College

Varanasi: Banaras Hindu University

Visakhapatnam: Andhra University



For PhD: MSc / BE / BTech / MTech / MA / BA / BSc degree holders.

For Integrated PhD: BA / BSc / BE / BTech degree holders. (Master's degree holders are not eligible for this programme)

Physics and Chemistry:

For PhD: MSc / BE / BTech / MTech degree holders.


For PhD: Masters in Basic Science or Bachelors in Applied Science. These include MSc (Agriculture), Tech, BE, BVSc, BPharma (4 year course), MBBS, BDS, MPharma

For Integrated PhD / MSc: Bachelors in any Basic Science. For MSc (Wildlife and Conservation): Degree in any discipline with a strong interest in Wildlife Biology.

Students with training in Physics or Chemistry are also invited to apply for the biology programmes.

Computer and Systems Sciences:

For PhD: BE / BTech / ME / MTech / MCA / MSc (Computer Science / Electrical Engineering / Electronics Engineering / Information Technology) degree holders. Exceptionally well qualified students with BE / BTech / ME / MTech / MSc or equivalent degrees in other disciplines may also be considered.

Final year students with consistently good academic record and knowledge of advanced topics may also apply for the relevant subjects.

Candidates not holding a Master's degree and admitted to a PhD programme can receive an MSc degree by fulfilling prescribed requirements. See for details.

Admission Procedure:

The admissions procedure (in all subjects, except Science Education) consists of a written test at one of the 22 nationwide centres.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews to be held during end-February to early-April, 2010. Exact dates would be announced later.

Results of the entrance examination will be announced on January 15, 2010 on this website and students shortlisted for interview will be intimated by email.


For PhD and Integrated PhD programmes, the academic year starts from August 1, every year. The academic year for MSc programme begins from July 1, every year.

Students receive a monthly scholarship of Rs 12,000/- (enhanced to Rs 14,000/- after registration) and an annual contingency grant of Rs 15,000/-, in addition to a tuition grant covering the annual fees. The annual fee is Rs 4000/-.

Integrated PhD (Biology/Mathematics):-

Students receive a monthly scholarship of Rs 12,000/- (enhanced to Rs 14,000/- from third year onwards, subject to passing the Comprehensive Exam/registration), in addition to tuition grant covering the annual fees.

MSc (Biology):-

Students receive a monthly scholarship of Rs 10,000/- and the annual fee is Rs 2000/-.

Accommodation is provided to Ph.D. and Integrated Ph.D. students only, at a nominal cost.

Application Procedure

Students can apply online. Please follow appropriate link on this website for filling up the application form. Please read the instructions carefully before you start filling up the online application form.

Students who want to apply manually may send a request for application form (without DD) to:

For Biology: Admissions Section, NCBS, Bangalore

For other subjects, except Science Education:

Asstt Registrar (Academic), TIFR, Mumbai.

The filled-in application form should be sent along with DD and two passport size photographs (one pasted on the application and one stapled to it).

Students may appear for the written test in multiple subjects if the timings do not clash. Please send a separate application (including Demand Draft) for each subject. In case of online applicants, students will have to re-register with a different email id.

Students who wish to apply online and make payment by Demand Draft may send the Demand Draft with their name, reference code and telephone number written behind it. Alternately, students can make online payment by Debit/Credit Card.

Application Fee and Payment:

Application Fee (Non-Refundable): Rs 500/- for online applications and Rs 550/- for manual applications. Rs 800/- for students who wish to take the test as walk-in candidates (Please see the walk-ins section on this website).

Application fee can be paid online by Debit/Credit Card or through Demand Draft.

Demand Draft: Biology: DD should be drawn on State Bank of India in favour of "National Centre for Biological Science" payable at Bangalore. Other Subjects: DD should be drawn on State Bank of India in favour of "Tata Institute of Fundamental Research" payable at Mumbai.

For mailing address and contact information, please refer to the Contact link.

Please note:

(a) Instructions for downloading/printing of Hall tickets will be intimated by email only after receipt of application fee/approval of fee waiver.

(b) DDs with wrong denomination will not be returned and hall ticket will not be issued.

Apply Online

Before you start filling up the online application make sure the following are ready with you:

1.A scanned image file (preferably a jpg file) of your Passport size photograph. Applications with personal photos or edited photos uploaded will be rejected

2.Demand Draft details (DD number, bank, etc.) or Credit / Debit Card details for online payment of application fee.

Important Instructions:

Your login account username would be the reference code that will be generated by the system on successful registration. If you intend to apply form multiple subjects, you will have to provide different email id for each application.

Check all the details once again before clicking the registration button.

You may take a print of your application after successful registration or save the same as a pdf file. Applicants wishing to pay by DD may send the DD by writing their reference code, name and telephone number behind it.

Applicants paying the application fee online will be directed to the payment gateway. Follow the instructions and complete the payment transaction.

Students will be able to login to their account and check the status of their application, payment and hall ticket.

Hall tickets will be issued or will be allowed to be generated only after the last date of receipt of applications, subject to receipt of payment. Date will be announced later.

Important Dates:

Publication of Notification:

Employment News: August 22, 2009

University News Journal: August 17, 2009

University Today Journal: August 15, 2009

Current Science Journal: August 25, 2009

National Entrance Examination: Sunday, December 13, 2009

Last date for application: October 16, 2009

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