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The Ph.D. Programme

See also: The Integrated Ph.D. Degree Programme

The Department of Mathematics offers excellent opportunities for research in both pure and applied mathematics. Visit this page to get a sense of the research interests of the faculty in the department.

The written test conducted by IISc for entrance to the Ph.D. programme has been discontinued as of 2013. Students will be selected through the examinations listed below, followed by an interview at IISc.


  • Minimum second-class or equivalent grade in the qualifying examination/degree (which is relaxed to a "pass class" for SC/ST candidates). See below for degrees that qualify.

  • Master's degree in the Mathematical or Physical Sciences, or B.E./B.Tech. (or equivalent degree) in an appropriate field of Engineering or Technology.

  • The candidate should also have passed one of the following entrance tests: CSIR-UGC NET for JRF, or UGC-NET for JRF, or GATE (all of these to be valid as of August 1, 2015), or the NBHM 2015 Screening Test; or must hold an INSPIRE Ph.D. fellowship.

  • Concerning candidates who have passed one of the above examinations: only eligible candidates who have been short-listed on the basis of their scores in one of the above examinations will be called for the interview.

    Note: the short-list for NBHM 2015 will be based only on the NBHM 2015 screening test.

    Selection to the Ph.D. programme will be based on performance in the interview.

Candidates who are yet to complete their examinations for the eligible degree and expect to complete all the requirements for their degree (including all examinations, project dissertations, viva voce, etc.) before July 31, 2015, are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online through the admissions site

Important Dates

Last dates for online submission of applications 
  Sponsored candidates March 22, 2015
  Regular candidates March 22, 2015
Interviews at IISc June 1–5, 2015


Students admitted to the Ph.D. programme need to take a minimum of 12 credits to complete the course requirement. Each course carries 3 credits. (View the webpage Courses for more information.)

Employment Opportunities after Ph.D.

Visit the webpage Career in Mathematics.

Other Relevant Material

NBHM Ph.D. Screening Test: past question papers & answer keys

1. June 2005   : Key June 2005
2. February 2006   : Key Feb. 2006
3. January 2007   : Key Jan. 2007
4. February 2008   : Key Feb. 2008
5. January 2009   : Key Jan. 2009
6. January 2010   : Key Jan. 2010
7. January 2011   : Key Jan. 2011
8. January 2012   : Key Jan. 2012
9. January 2013   : Key Jan. 2013



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