Ph.D and Integrated Ph.D programmes in Mathematics: Eligibility Requirements and Application Procedures

(This webpage last updated on 4th July 2022.)

For 2022, The IMSc Maths JRF (Ph.D) interviews will be held July 18--23, 2022. Please check this page and the IMSc main News page for further updates.

IMSc offers two doctoral programmes in mathematics - the PhD and integrated PhD. This webpage describes the eligibility requirements and application procedures for admission to the programmes. For all other details of the programmes, please refer this webpage.


Eligibility requirements

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. However, 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) Doctoral Scholarship Written Test.

The IMSc academic year starts in the month of August. To apply for August of a given year, candidates must write the NBHM Doctoral Scholarship Written Test held in January of that year.

Candidates must apply directly to NBHM in order to write the Doctoral Scholarship Written Test. No separate application to IMSc is required.

IMSc will get the test scores and copies of the applications directly from NBHM and will independently send interview call letters to candidates who have passed the IMSc screening criteria. Interviews are held in March/April (for 2022, these may be delayed). Final selection of candidates will be based mainly on their performance in the test and the subsequent interview, but will also take into account their cademic track record.


Information about the NBHM Doctoral Scholarship Written Test.

This test is held around the third week of January each year. It is announced on the NBHM Scholarships webpage and is advertised in leading national newspapers the previous November. The announcement will also appear on the websites of institutions such as IMSc, HRI among others.

Question papers and answer keys from 2005-onwards are available on the NBHM Scholarships webpage.

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