Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Graduate School Admissions (TIFR GS)
Exam Date: 07/03/2021 Exam State: All India Last Date: 01/02/2021

Exam Details

TIFR GS is a nationwide entrance exam conducted by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, admissions to TIFR Deemed University, stationed at TCIS Hyderabad for PhD and Integrated M.Sc.-PhD Degree Programs under the Subject Board of Physics.

About the Instiute:

The Institute runs a graduate program leading to the award of Ph.D, Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D as well as M.Sc. Degree in certain subjects. 

The Graduate Program at TIFR is classified into the following Subjects - Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability) and Science Education. It is conducted at the Mumbai campus and various National Centres of TIFR.

About Subjects - Programs:  

Mathematics- Ph.D and Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D Programs:

  • School of Mathematics, TIFR Mumbai - http://www.math.tifr.res.in 
  • Centre for Applicable Mathematics (CAM), Bengaluru - http://math.tifrbng.res.in 
  • Internatonal Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bengaluru - http://www.icts.res.in (Only Ph.D. program). 

Physics- Ph.D and Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D Programs:

  • Department of Astronomy & Astrophysic  
  • Department of Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science  
  • Department of High Energy Physics  
  • Department of Nuclear & Atomic Physics  
  • Department of Theoretical Physics
  • All above at TIFR, Mumbai Campus - http://www.tifr.res.in/~sbp  
  • National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune - http://www.ncra.tifr.res.in  
  • TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad - (http://www.tifrh.res.in) : Theoretical and experimental activities in physical, chemical, biological and engineering sciences within and across disciplines.
  • International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (http://www.icts.res.in).

Students applying for Physics also have the option to be considered for the Graduate Training Programme (GTP) of the India-based Nueutrino Observatory (INO). This option can be indicated at the time of registration of application.  

Chemistry- Ph.D and Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D Programs:

  • Department of Chemical Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai - http://www.tifr.res.in/~dcs
  • TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad - http://www.tifrh.res.in

Biology- Ph.D, Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D and M.Sc. Programs:

  • Department of Biological Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai - http://www.tifr.res.in/~dbs
  • National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru  (http://www.ncbs.res.in) - Ph.D. and Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. programs only.  M.Sc. (Wildlife Biology & Conservation) are conducted every other year - No admissions for GS2019.
  • TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad (http://www.tifrh.res.in) - Ph.D. and Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. programs only.

Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability)-Ph.D Program: 

  • School of Technology & Computer Science (STCS), TIFR, Mumbai - http://www.tcs.tifr.res.in 

Science Education- Ph.D Program:

  • Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai.  For admission procedure, see http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in

Course Duration:

  • Ph.D Program: 5 Years
  • Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D Program: 6 Years
  • M.Sc. - Check details in respective Program



Examination Date:  07 March 2021 (Sunday) 

Morning Session: 09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer & Systems Sciences  

Afternoon Session: 

Biology: 02:30 p.m. to 04:30 p.m. 

Mathematics: 02:30 p.m. to 05:30 p.m.


Candidates in the final year of qualifying Degree can also apply. 


For Ph.D: M.A/ M.Sc./ M.Tech.

For I-Ph.D: B.A/ B.Sc./ B.E/ B.Tech (Students already having/completing an M.Sc. Degree are not eligible for I-Ph.D). 


For Ph.D: M.Sc./ M.S. in Physics, or equivalent, on completion of programs (s) of duration not less than 5 years in total.

For I-Ph.D: M.E./ M.Tech/ B.Sc./ B.S./ B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Chem. in Physics, Engineering Physics, or equivalent Degree, on completion of programme(s) of duration not less than 3 years in total. 

In addition, I-Ph.D candidates with not less than four or more years of university education who clear the written test may be considered by TCIS for their Ph.D. program.


For Ph.D: M.Sc./ B.E/ B.Tech/ M.Pharm or equivalent Degree.

For I-Ph.D: B.Sc./ B.Pharm./ B.S. Degree or equivalent Degree.

Candidates with B.E/ B.Tech Degrees can optionally get an M.Sc. Degree by fulfilling necessary requirements.  


Candidates will be shortlisted for interview based on written test marks, CV and Scientific Write-up. 

For Ph.D: Master's  Degree in Basic Science (M.Sc. Physics/Chemistry/Any branch of Biology) or any professional Master's Degree (M.Pharma./M.Tech.), or a  4 year Degree program (e.g. MBBS, BDS). 

For I-Ph.D/ M.Sc.: Bachelor's Degree in any Basic Science (Physics/Chemistry/Any branch of Biology) OR any 4-year degree program that awards a "Bachelor's degree" including B.Tech., B.E, B.V.Sc., B.Pharma (4 year course).

Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability):

For Ph.D: B.Tech/ B.E/ M.Tech/ M.E/ MCA/ M.Sc. or equivalent Degree in Computer Science / Electronics & Communications Engineering / Electrical Engineering or related branches. Exceptionally well qualified students with B.Tech/ B.E/ M.Tech/ M.E/ M.Sc. Degrees in other disciplines may also be considered. Exceptionally well qualified students with a three year Degree in related subjects may be considered for I-Ph.D.






Computer & Systems Sciences


Application Fee (Non-Refundable):

Male Candidates: Rs. 1200/-

Female Candidates: Rs. 600/- 

Others: Rs. 600/-

Application fee can only be paid online through Internet banking/ Debit/ Credit Card/ UPI or other modes as available on payment gateway.

Admission process

Visit http://univ.tifr.res.in/gs2021/Apply_Online/Apply_Online.htm

Please click "Go to Application" link on the right-top corner of the page and complete the full application.

Before start filling form following things should be ready

1. Scanned image/electronic copy of your Passport size photograph (preferably a jpg file below 80 kb in size).  Applications with personal photos (selfies) or edited photos uploaded will be rejected.

2. Scanned copy of signature (preferably a jpg file below 80 kb in size).

3. If  applying under the Fee Waiver category, the scanned copy of the recommendation letter from the Principal/ HOD of your college.

4. If  applying under the disability category,  need to upload the scanned copy of the disability certificate.

Admit Card

Candidate can download hall ticket from the official website.

Date of downloading hall ticket will be intimated by email, only after receipt of application fee.

Test Centres

There will be examination centres in the following cities. Exact location / venue of the examination will be available on the downloaded hall ticket: 

Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh 

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 

Guwahati, Assam 

Patna, Bihar 

Bhillai, Chattisgarh 


Ahmedabad, Gujarat 

Mandi, Himachal Pradesh 

Jammu, J&K 

Jamshedpur, Jharkhand 

Bengaluru, Karnataka 

Mangalore, Karnataka 

Cochin, Kerala 

Kozhikode, Kerala 

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 

Indore, Madhya Pradesh 

Mumbai, Maharashtra 

Nagpur, Maharashtra 

Pune, Maharashtra 

Bhubaneshwar, Odisha 

Chandigarh, Punjab 

Jalandhar, Punjab 

Jaipur, Rajasthan 

Chennai, Tamil Nadu 

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 

Madurai, Tamil Nadu 

Hyderabad, Telangana 

Agartala, Tripura 

Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 

Haldwani, Uttarakhand 

Burdwan, West Bengal 

Kharagpur, West Bengal 

Kolkata, West Bengal

Important Dates

TIFR GS 2021 Dates

Exam (TIFR GS 2021)

7 March 2021 (Sunday)

Online application starts

04 January 2021

Last date to submit application form

01 February 2021


Will be announced soon

 GATE Scored based applications to Systems Science (including Communications and Applied Probability):

  • Opens: 31 January 2021
  • Closes: will be a nnounced


Fellowhip for Students:

Ph.D. Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs. 31,000/- enhanced to Rs. 35,000/- after registration.

I-Ph.D Student: I-Ph.D Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs. 21,000/- for the first year. At the end of the first year, upon satisfactory performance, the fellowship is enhanced to Rs. 31,000/- per month (further raised to Rs. 35,000/- after registration for Ph.D). 

M.Sc. (Biology) Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs. 16,000/- (+HRA as applicable)

Graduate School Admissions (GS 2021)
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research(Deemed to be University)
Website: http://univ.tifr.res.in