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Admissions for Integrated PhD Programme in BIOLOGY - August 2024

Candidates invited to apply for the Integrated PhD programme

The list of candidates invited for applying to the Integrated PhD Program in Biology at IISER Pune is hereby published. This shortlisting has been made based on the marks obtained by the students in the Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS) 2024.

ONLY the candidates who are shortlisted as per the list are requested to apply using the link below. Please check your given e-mails for updates.

There will be two rounds of interviews, which will be conducted in online mode.

Please note that filling out this application form does not guarantee a shortlisting for interviews. IISER Pune reserves the right to apply further criteria for shortlisting.

Ph.D. Programme in Biology – August 2024

IISER Pune hosts a diverse group of researchers working in various areas. Research in Biology at IISER Pune currently encompasses both theoretical and experimental approaches. Fields of research open to application in this round of PhD selections are given below, along with names of faculty members working in the respective fields:

Ecology and Evolution: For students interested in ecology and evolution (both theoretical and empirical).

  • Deepak Barua
  • Ramana Athreya
  • Sagar Pandit 
  • Sutirth Dey


Molecular Biology / Cell Biology / Biochemistry: For students interested in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, cellular biophysics, developmental biology, microbiology, immunology, epigenetics, chromosome biology, and cancer biology.


  • Aurnab Ghose
  • Chaitanya Athale
  • Gayathri Pananghat
  • Girish Ratnaparkhi
  • Jeetender Chugh
  • Krishanpal Karmodiya
  • Kalika Prasad
  • Kundan Sengupta
  • M.S. Madhusudhan
  • Raghav Rajan
  • Richa Rikhy
  • Siddhesh Kamat
  • Sunish Radhakrishnan
  • Thomas Pucadyil

Plant Biology: For students interested in Plant Cell and Developmental Biology, Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Plant Physiology, Plant Ecology, and Plant Chemical Ecology

  • Anjan Banerjee
  • Deepak Barua
  • Sagar Pandit

Theoretical and Computational Biology: For students interested in any branch of theoretical biology including theoretical neuroscience, evolution, bioinformatics and computational cell biology.

  • Collins Assisi
  • Leelavati Narlikar
  • M.S. Madhusudhan
  • Suhita Nadkarni

Note: Only those faculty members whose names are given above will accept students through this round of PhD admissions. Therefore, before applying, students should check this list carefully to ensure that labs of their interest are available for admissions in this particular round.


Application criteria:
All candidates who fulfil criteria A1 and any one of the criteria mentioned in A2, are eligible to apply. Based on the applications received, IISER Pune will create the list of students to be invited for the online interviews.


Eligibility Criteria:

A1. Masters' (or B.E., B.Tech., M.Tech., MBBS) degree holders in any branch of science including physics, chemistry, mathematics, biological sciences, ecology and environmental sciences, biodiversity, psychology or equivalent. Applicants must have a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage and not just in majoring subject) or an equivalent CGPA in the General /OBC/EWS category or minimum 55% marks in aggregate (overall percentage and not just in majoring subject) or an equivalent CGPA in the SC,ST or PwD category. 

If a candidate has successfully completed a 4-year bachelor's degree (e.g., BS, B.Tech), it is appropriate to indicate "Not Applicable" in the Masters field, denoting that the candidate has not pursued a master's degree.

Students whose final results in Masters or equivalent are yet to be declared can also apply. However, if selected, the offer for these students will be provisional, subject to their fulfilling the above criteria.


A2. Applicants must have any one of the following qualifications.

  • Qualified a National Eligibility exam that provides a 5-year Ph.D. fellowship such as CSIR–JRF / UGC–JRF / DBT–JRF–A / ICMR–JRF / DBT–BINC–JRF / Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship / Maulana Azad National Fellowship / National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students by CSIR-UGC / National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students / National Fellowship for OBC Candidates / National Fellowship for persons with disabilities (NFPWD). The fellowships must be valid on August 01, 2024.
  • Qualified JEST* or GPAT or NBHM in the last two years.
  • INSPIRE-PhD fellowship (should be in possession of provisional selection letter at the time of Interview).
  • BS-MS/Masters students from any of the Institutes of National Importance with a CGPA 8 or above on a 10-point scale are exempted from national-level test eligibility related criteria.
  • Qualified GATE exams (GATE Life Sciences, GATE Chemistry, GATE Eco-Evo, GATE Biotechnology, GATE Mathematics) in. The GATE score must be valid on August 01, 2024.
  • Qualified JGEBILS (IISER Pune will shortlist based on the ranks of the students).
  • For all the national eligibility examinations which provide a common rank / score, the cut-off rank / score for shortlisting for the interviews for the reserved categories shall be lowered to 1.25 times the General category rank / score.

Shortlisting and Interview Process:

Meeting the above-mentioned criteria merely makes the candidate eligible for application. IISER Pune reserves the right to use other / more stringent criteria for the purpose of shortlisting for interviews. Specifically, the scores obtained in the “Research Design” and “Design an experiment” can be used for the purpose of shortlisting for interviews. Only shortlisted candidates will be informed. Therefore, all candidates are requested to check this page regularly for updates.