Photo of a portion of the periodic table showing elements

Department of

Admissions to the MSc Programme in Chemistry- August 2023

The department of Chemistry at IISER Pune invites applications from highly-motivated students for admissions to Master of Science (MSc) programme for the session August-2023.

Areas of study:

Chemical Biology, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Main group Chemistry, Transition metal Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Computational Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, etc.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

A. Students with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in majoring subject) or an equivalent C.G.P.A on a 10-point scale (55% or an equivalent C.G.P.A on a 10-point scale in aggregate for SC, ST, and PwD candidates) in BSc or an equivalent degree with Chemistry as one of the main subjects.


B. Qualified JAM 2023 (Chemistry). The rank must be valid at the time of admission. Candidates will be shortlisted based on JAM rank.

Candidates in the final year of their Bachelor's degree are also eligible to apply. However, their final selection is subject to their successful completion of the Bachelor's degree with the above-mentioned requirements at the time of admission.

Application Process:

1. Only online applications will be accepted. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

2. The candidates must carefully fill and submit the online application form on or before April 30, 2023.

After the last date, all applications will be screened and the list of candidates selected for the programme will be released.

Please Note:

1. All communication with candidates will be by email only, on the respective email ID given below. Kindly check this website for periodic updates.

2. In case of any application-related queries, please contact with your application number mentioned in the subject line.

3. Relaxation of eligibility criteria for reserved category applicants will be as per Government of India norms. Candidates belonging to the reserved category will have to submit relevant certificates, if selected.

4. Applying does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be selected. Depending upon the  number of applications received, the department may apply additional criteria to select the students.

Admissions to the PhD programme in Chemistry – August 2023

List of candidates selected for PhD Programme in Chemistry commencing from 2023 August Semester

The Department of Chemistry at IISER Pune encompasses diverse research areas of interest. There are many exciting research fields including inter-disciplinary research areas to explore. There are opportunities to work in experimental fields as well as theoretical, computational fields to solve the research problems.

The following faculty members have vacancies in the upcoming PhD Admission: August 2023.

Inorganic Chemistry Fields:  Porphyrinoids, Molecular recognition, Organometallic Chemistry, Metal-Organic framework, Inorganic and Material Chemistry, Transition Metal Based Homogeneous Catalysis, Chemistry of Main Group Elements, Thin films of Metal-organic, Metallo Enzymes and Fe/S Proteins etc. 

  • V. G. Anand
  • R. Boomi Shankar
  • Sujit Ghosh
  • Nirmalya Ballav
  • Shabana Khan
  • Moumita Majumdar
  • Debangsu Sil

Organic Chemistry:  Organic synthesis and Chemical Biology, Supramolecular Chemistry, Peptides and Applications, Polymers & Biomaterials, Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Biophysics, Asymmetric Synthesis, etc.

  • R. G. Bhat
  • H. N. Gopi 
  • M. Jayakannan
  • Pinaki Talukdar
  • S. G. Srivatsan
  • Harinath Chakrapani

Physical Chemistry Experimental and Spectroscopy:  Spectroscopy of Materials, Photophysics, Gas Phase Laser Spectroscopy, Optoelectronic Properties of Perovskite Semiconductors, Tera-Hertz Spectroscopy, Electrochemical Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Batteries, Functional Nano-Materials, Understanding Protein-RNA Interactions etc. 

  • Aloke Das
  • Partha Hazra
  • Nirmalya Ballav
  • Pramod Pillai
  • M. Musthafa   
  • Jeetender Chugh
  • Sunil S. Bhagwat

Theoretical and Computational Physical Chemistry:  Computational Chemistry and Computational Biophysics, Chemical Physics (Analytical Theory), Polymer Physics (Simulations, Computational Material Science), Computational Heterogeneous Catalysis.

  • Arnab Mukherjee
  • Srabanti Chaudhury
  • Prasenjit Ghosh

Admission Procedure:

For admission to the PhD Programme, interested candidates with good academic track record satisfying the below eligibility criteria can apply.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

1A. Minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in the majoring subject) or an equivalent C.G.P.A on 10-point scale (55% or an equivalent C.G.P.A in aggregate for SC, ST and Specially abled candidates PwD/VH) in Masters' Degree in any branch of Science: Chemistry/ Physics/ Mathematics/ Biology or equivalent.  Candidates with Integrated BS-MS degree/ B.E./ B. Tech./ B. Pharm./ ME/ M. Tech./ M. Pharm. degree satisfying the above criteria of marks can also apply.

Students whose final results in Master's 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 at the time of admission.


1B. In addition to the above criteria, the candidate MUST have qualified at least any ONE of the following exams:

(a) National Eligibility Test (NET) with VALID CSIR-JRF#/UGC-JRF#

(b) INSPIRE-PhD fellowship
(Should be in possession of INSPIRE Fellowship Provisional Selection Letter at the time of Interview)



#Applicants with valid CSIR/UGC-JRF,  CSIR/UGC NET-LS and GATE will be further screened based on the ranks/score for their eligibility set by the Institute/Department committee.

†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.


2. IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) Dual Degree students with CGPA greater or equal to 8.0

Above scores/ranks/fellowships MUST be valid at least till 31st August, 2023.

Selection Procedure:

Based on application forms received and the above listed criteria, applicants will be further shortlisted for the interview based on additional criteria set by the Department. All the candidates selected for the interview will receive a separate email to appear for the in-person interview. Shortlisted candidates will be selected for admission to the PhD programme through a rigorous evaluation process that includes an interview by a selection committee.

The mere application/shortlisting does not guarantee admission into the PhD programme.

The department of Chemistry, IISER Pune is not offering the Integrated PhD programme for the session commencing from August 2023.