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Admissions for PhD Programme in Chemistry - January 2022 

Candidates selected for the Ph.D. programme (Chemistry) January 2022 session

The list of candidates selected for the Ph.D. programme (Chemistry) commencing from January 2022.



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 theoretical, computational as well as experimental fields to approach and solve the research problems. The broad research disciplines and the list of faculty members with different research expertise having vacancy in their labs are given below.

Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic and Material Chemistry, Energy Harvesting, Redox Chemistry and Synthesis of Porphyrinoids, Organometallic Chemistry, Metal-Organic framework, Transition Metal Based Homogeneous Catalysis etc, Thin films of metal-organic.

  • V.G. Anand
  • Moumita Majumdar
  • Shabana Khan
  • Nirmalya Ballav
  • Sujit Ghosh
  • Ramanathan Vaidhyanathan

Organic Chemistry

 Organic synthesis and Chemical Biology, Bio-functional molecular design, Peptides and applications, Chemical probing of biological processes (lipid signaling & metabolism), Carbohydrates and Glycomics, Protein Engineering Chemical Biology of Microbes etc.

  • Pinaki Talukdar
  • H.N. Gopi
  • S. Britto
  • R. Kikerri
  • Amrita Hazra
  • Siddhesh Kamat
  • Harinath Chakrapani

Physical Chemistry Experimental and Spectroscopy

NMR Spectroscopy, Understanding Protein-RNA interactions, Gas Phase Laser Spectroscopy, Tera-Hertz Spectroscopy, Electrochemical Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Batteries, Biophysics-Protein folding, Functional Nano-materials. Protein Biophysics.

  • Aloke Das
  • Pramod Pillai
  • Jeetender Chug
  • Nirmalya Ballav
  • M. Musthafa

Theoretical and Computational Physical Chemistry

Computer Simulations of Battery Electrolytes and Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells, Chemical Physics (analytical theory), Polymer physics (simulations, Computational Material Science) etc.

  • Arun Venkatnathan

Admission Procedure

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

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 PD/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.


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

(a) National Eligibility Test (NET) with VALID CSIR-JRF/UGC-JRF#†
(b) INSPIRE-Ph.D. fellowship (Should be in possession of INSPIRE Fellowship Provisional Selection Letter at the time of Interview)
#Applicants with valid UGC/CSIR-JRF, 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 >= 8.0

Above scores/ranks/fellowships MUST be valid at least till February 2022.

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 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.

Admissions for the August 2021 batch of Integrated PhD Programme students are now complete.
Information on the next round of applications will be placed here soon after it becomes available. 

Admissions for Integrated PhD Programme in Chemistry - August 2021 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Students with minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in majoring subject) or equivalent C.G.P.A on a 10-point scale (55% or equivalent C.G.P.A in aggregate for SC/ST and PD candidates) in B.Sc. (General / B.Sc. majoring in Chemistry, Physics & Biology) and qualifying additional criteria as given below can apply for Integrated PhD Programme in Chemistry starting August 2021.
    Candidates who are in the final year of qualifying degree, who have appeared/about to appear for the final exams can also apply for Integrated PhD programme. If selected for admission to the programme, the candidate will be given provisional admission subjected to completing the qualifying degree, as per the criteria specified above, before August 1, 2021.
  2. Candidates with JAM (Chemistry 2021) rank 800 or less (960 or less for reserved category candidates) can apply for the Integrated PhD programme in Chemistry.


Final selection to the programme will be based on performance of the shortlisted candidates in a personal interview to be held at IISER Pune (in case of any unexpected circumstances not permitting an in-person interview, on-line interviews will be conducted) in June 2021. Based on application form and the above listed criteria, applicants will be shortlisted for an interview. Candidates shortlisted for the interview will receive a separate email to appear for the interview at the IISER Pune campus. If the number of eligible applicants is more than what can be interviewed, additional cut off criteria may be used to shortlist from within the list of eligible applicants.


Applying to Integrated PhD programme in Chemistry does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be shortlisted for the interview. The department may use additional criteria in order to shortlist candidates for interviews depending on the number of applications received (e.g., JAM ranking).

Important Dates:
1. Opening date of online application form: April 30, 2021
2. Last date of online application form: May 25, 2021
3. Date of interviews. June 21-24, 2021

Candidates selected for admission to the programme