IMSc offers PhD and integrated PhD programmes in Mathematics.
Applicants for the PhD programme should have completed a Masters degree in Mathematics or Statistics by the time they actually join the programme.
Applicants for the integrated PhD programme should have completed a Bachelors degree in Mathematics or Statistics by the time they actually join the programme.
Exceptional candidates with a Bachelors or Masters degree in other fields will also be considered for admission to the integrated PhD programme.
How to apply
Candidates aspiring for admission to the IMSc Ph.D/Integ. Ph.D programmes in Mathematics must appear for the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) Ph.D scholarships Screening Test.
The IMSc academic year starts in the month of August. To apply for August of a given year, candidates must write the NBHM exam held in January of that year.
Candidates must apply directly to the NBHM in order to write the screening test. They need not send a separate application to IMSc.
IMSc (and HRI) will get the test scores and copies of the applications directly from the NBHM and will independently send interview call letters to candidates who have passed their screening criteria. Interviews are held in March/April. Final selection of candidates is based on their performance in the interview.
Information about the NBHM Ph.D scholarships test
This test is held around the third week of January each year, and is advertised in leading national newspapers the previous November. The announcement will also appear on the websites of NBHM, IMSc, HRI among others. Sample exams from past years are available here and here.
Updated Nov 18, 2013: This year's exam has just been announced. It will be held on January 25, 2014. The announcement can be found here.
While the NBHM Ph.D. Scholarship examination is the advertised and accepted entrance examination for JRF (Mathematics) positions at IMSc, the Mathematics Faculty of IMSc may, in the case of exceptionally good candidates, under exceptional circumstances, waive the requirement of the entrance examination and directly call them for an interview. Such candidates are required to have passed the CSIR-UGC (JRF) or GATE examinations in that year, Please click here for more information on requesting this waiver.
Stipend and benefits :
A monthly stipend of Rs. 16,000 for the first two years and Rs. 18,000 in subsequent years, together with an annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000 will be provided to all IMSc Ph.D and Integrated Ph.D students (subject to satisfactory performance). In addition, housing and medical facilities will be provided. A House Rent Allowance (equal to 30% of the stipend) is provided for those who do not require Institute accommodation.
Details of our academic programme: More information is available here.
NBHM Coursework at IMSc:
Students who have been selected for the NBHM PhD scholarship can opt for an extra year of course work at an institution of repute before joining an institution for the doctoral programme. NBHM will pay this extra year's scholarship through the host institution. More information is available here.
Students selected for the NBHM PhD scholarship, but not selected at IMSc, may seek permission to do this first year course work at IMSc. For more details on how to apply for NBHM coursework at IMSc, please click here.