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Admissions for PhD programme in Chemistry – January 2023

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 for the upcoming PhD Admission, January 2023.

Inorganic Chemistry:  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, Flow chemistry, Chemical Biology of microbes, Protein Biochemistry etc.

  • Pinaki Talukdar
  • Hosahudya N. Gopi 
  • M. Jayakannan
  • Ramakrishna G. Bhat
  • Boopathy Gnanaprakasam
  • Harinath Chakrapani

Physical Chemistry Experimental and Spectroscopy:  Spectroscopy of Materials, Photophysics, Gas Phase Laser Spectroscopy, Optoelectronic properties of perovskite semiconductors, Electrochemical Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Understanding Protein-RNA interactions etc.

  • Partha Hazra
  • Aloke Das
  • Nirmalya Ballav
  • Angshuman Nag
  • Muhammed Musthafa   
  • Jeetender Chugh  

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), Computational Material Science etc.

  • Arun Venkatnathan
  • Srabanti Chaudhury

Admission Procedure

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

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. A.

Minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in the majoring subject) or an                    equivalent C.G.P.A on a 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.


1. B. 

In addition to the above criteria, the candidate MUST have qualified atleast 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 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.

†Please note that the cut-off/ rank for the reserved category candidates is 1.25 times that of the unreserved category candidates.





 2. IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) dual degree students with CGPA >= 8.0


Please note that above scores/ranks/fellowships MUST be valid at least till 28 February, 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 online 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 to the MSc Programme in Chemistry - August 2022

The admission procedure for the August 2022 batch has been completed.

List of candidates selected for MSc Programme in Chemistry

Areas of study

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

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 2022 (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 Bachelors degree are also eligible to apply. However, their final selection is subject to their successful completion of the Bachelors 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 June 10, 2022.
  3. After the last date, all applications will be screened and the list of candidates 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 SC, ST and PD 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.

The department of Chemistry, IISER Pune is not offering the Integrated PhD programme for the session commencing from August 2022.