How to Get Admission in IISc Bangalore – UG, PG & PhD Courses

How to Get Admission in IISC Bangalore  Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research Courses



Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has made the cut among top 20 varsities in BRICS countries, according to the latest QS University Rankings 2018. IISC is a public research institute located in Karnataka, India. Founded in 1909 to improve career scope in Pure Sciences, IISC adopts a research-oriented methodology and has stressed on laboratory and applied science in its academics.


After getting admission in IISc, the hostel, academics, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, events, and fests makes it, a fantastic place to spend splendid academic years of your life.


QS World Ranking: 10th Among BRICS Countries.


NIRF 2018 Ranking: 1st in India.


Founded in: 1909


Founders: Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the Government of India, and the Maharaja of Mysore.


Type of Institute: Co-Education Public Research Institute


Address: Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru




Phone: +91 80 2293 2228



Apart from the international repute of the institute, research productivity of IISC is also one of its strengths. Here are some surprising facts that you need to know about IISc Bangalore.


1. IISc has a beautiful university campus in the area of 400 acres at Bangalore. Another 1500-acre campus is in Challakere.


IISC Greenary



2. IISc is known among the residents as the “Tata Institute”. Very few people know the name IISC. So, if you visit the institute make sure you tell the cab driver to drop you at the Tata institute or else he might get confused.


3. The SERC department of IISc houses the fastest supercomputer in India, Sahasra-T (Cray XC-40).


4. The J.R.D. Tata Memorial Library is one of the largest libraries in the country.


5. The laboratories are open 24×7 in IISc. You can find students performing experiments in the lab at quite late hours.


6. There is no department for Humanities in IISC.


7. Jamshetji Tata donated his one-third wealth to establish Indian Institute of Science.


Jamsetji Tata took Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. as the model of IISc. Johns Hopkins had the distinction of being the first in the world to be founded as a Post-Graduate institution. Hence, IISc is greatly known for its excellence in Post Graduate Degrees and Research.




IISc Eligibility Criteria to Get Admission in Various Courses



IISc Admission Eligibility Criteria can be subdivided into qualification, percentage requirement along with essential subjects studied by candidate. We have listed these criterion in the table:



Course Eligibility Criteria Qualifying Exam Seat Intake
Undergraduate Bachelor of Science Qualification: II PUC / 12th Standard in 2017 or 2018 KVPY, IIT JEE, NEET UG 120
Essential Subjects at 10+2 Level: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
Percentage: First class or 60% or equivalent grade.
M.Tech. Qualification: BE / B Tech or equivalent degree. Master’s degree holders in Science including Physics with Electronics/ Instrumentation/Geology/ Computer Applications/ Physical Sciences/ Mathematical Sciences. GATE 400
Essential Subjects in GATE Paper: As per the course you have applied for.
Percentage: Second class or equivalent grade in bachelor’s degree.
M.Des. Qualification: BE / B Tech or bachelor’s degree holders in Architecture/Design or equivalent degree. GATE or CEED 25
Essential Subjects: As per the course you have applied for.
Percentage: Second class or equivalent grade in bachelor’s degree.
M.Sc. or Integrated Ph.D. Qualification: Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent degree. Check Detailed Eligibility Criteria IIT JAM 2019 or JEST 20
Essential Subjects at Graduation Level: As per the course you have applied for.
Percentage: First class or equivalent grade in bachelor’s degree.
M.Tech. Research Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science. MBBS/B Pharm/MD GATE or NET JRF The Institute awards about 250 Ph.D. and M.Tech. (Research) degrees, every year.
An applicant may choose to apply for a maximum of 3 Departments.
Percentage: Second class or equivalent grade in bachelor’s degree.


Note: The minimum requirement of percentage is relaxed for SC/ST candidates.




How to Get Admission in IISc | Entry Modes into IISc



To get admission in IISc, you need to qualify some exams. From Undergraduate to PhD courses, there are entrance exams for each course. These entrance exams include NET, IIT JAM, JEST, CEED, GATE, JEE, KVPY, NEET UG etc.


What are the programs available at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore? How can I get into IISc? In the given infographics, you can check various entry modes to get admission in IISc:


Entry Modes in IISC

Courses in IISc After 12th

 IISc PG Courses

 IISc Research Courses

 Courses for Working Professionals in IISc



IISC Bangalore Courses: Complete List of UG, PG and Ph.D. Courses



IISC offers a great variety of Science and Technology related courses. To be exact, there are total 1068 courses in this institute.


While we can not mention all the 1000+ IISC Courses in this blog, we made sure that all the major IISC Courses are listed below:




Courses in IISC after 12th:



IISC Under-Graduate Courses are offered to 12th Pass candidates, who are willing to gear their careers towards research and science study. The available courses are listed below.


There is only one major IISC UG Course, namely Bachelor of Science (Research) under this category. The B.S. Undergraduate programme is available for the subjects Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Material, Mathematics, and Physics.


A complete B.S. training prepares the Science graduates for exhilarating careers in the academia and industry. This B.S. course includes Engineering and Humanities as a part of its curriculum to ensure the student is exposed to various Engineering and Humanities discipline along with Science studies.


Selection procedure: Click Here


Dates to Apply Online: 1st Feb to 30th April 2018.




IISC Courses PG (Post Graduate):



The IISC PG Course list is relatively longer and wider than the undergraduate courses that we discussed in the previous section. The Institute offers course programmes for Master of Technology (M.Tech.), Master of Design (M.Des.) and Master of Management (M.Mgt).



M.Tech and M.Des. Courses:


There are total 18 disciplines for the M.Tech programme:


Aerospace Engineering (AE) Instrumentation (IN)
Chemical Engineering (CH) Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering (TI)
Civil Engineering (CE) Electronic Systems Engineering (ED)
Mechanical Engineering (ME) Computational and Data Science (CP)
Materials Engineering (MT) Climate Science (CL)
Computer Science & Engineering (CS) Earth Science (ER)
Microelectronic Systems (MI) Electrical Engineering (EE)
Signal Processing (SP) Communication & Networks (CN)
Systems Engineering (SE) Nano Science and Engineering (NA)



Selection Procedure: Click here for M.Tech.


Important Dates: Candidates should have qualified and hold valid GATE score card as on 1st August 2018.




M.Des. (Master of Design Courses in IISC)


For M.Des., there is a course under Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (PD). This course is available for Engineering, Architecture and Design graduates.


Selection Procedure: Click here for M.Des. 


Dates to Apply Online: Candidates should have qualified and hold valid GATE or CEED score card as on 1st August 2018.




M.Mgt: Master of Management Programme in IISC


Management Studies(MG) in Business Analytics and Technology Management is also offered by Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.



Selection Procedure: Admission process for M.Mgt.


Dates to Apply Online: Candidates with a BE/ B.Tech. degree, with a First Class, and must have qualified in GATE  2016/2017/2018 and hold a valid GATE score card, or CAT 2018 or GMAT with a valid score card having validity as on 1st August 2018.



The Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process for each program will be discussed further in this blog.




IISC PG Research Courses:



As you would have noticed in the previous section, there were no PG courses for M.Sc. and Ph.D. IISc has a separate list of Research courses which includes following courses:


1. Integrated Ph.D. in Biological Science, Chemical Science, Physical Science, Mathematical Science is available.


2. The Institute awards about 250 Ph.D. and M.Tech. (Research) degrees, every year. The departments offering M.Tech Research Degrees are given below:



Biochemistry (BC) Nanoscience and Engineering (NE)
Molecular Reproduction; Development and Genetics (MD) Aerospace Engineering (AE)
Ecological Sciences (ES) Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AS)
Microbiology and Cell Biology (MC) Chemical Engineering (CH)
Molecular Biophysics (MB) Civil Engineering (CE)
Neuroscience (NS) Earth Sciences (ER)
Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (IP) Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Materials Research (MR) Product Design and Manufacturing (PD)
Organic Chemistry (OC) Materials Engineering (MT)
Solid State and Structural Chemistry (SS) Sustainable Technology (ST)
Astronomy and Astrophysics (AP) Management Studies (MG)
Mathematics (MA) Instrumentation and Applied Physics (IN)
Physics (PH) Biosystems Science and Engineering (BE)
High Energy Physics (HE) Energy (EN)
Computer Science and Automation (CS) Mathematical Sciences (MS)
Electrical Communication Engineering (EC) Nanoscience and Engineering (NA)
Electrical Engineering (EE) Water Research (WR)
Electronic Systems Engineering (ED) Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
Computational and Data Sciences – Computational Science (CD-CP) Climate Change (CC)

Computational and Data Sciences – Computer and Data Systems (CD-CS)



Selection Procedure: Click here for M.Tech. Research Admission Process.


Interview Dates: 19th & 20th October 2018. (Mid year admissions)




IISc Bangalore Courses for Working Professionals:



IISc offers a wonderful Ph.D. External Registration Programme (ERP) to individuals working in various R & D or Academics Institutes. The admission process is discussed below.


Selection Procedure: Click here for Working Professional Research Admission Process.


Interview Dates: 21st and 25th May 2018.



Apart from these popular courses, IISc offers a list of new and in-demand programs in Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Statistics, Bioinformatics etc. The details of admission to remaining short term, certification and part-time courses is on the official website.


Let’s discuss the eligibility criteria and entrance exams to get admission into IISc Bangalore.




IISc Bangalore Fee Structure for Admission to UG, PG, PhD Courses:



With a vision to become world’s foremost academic institutions, through the research excellence and innovation, IISc provides higher education at a nominal fee amount.


The fee structure is given below for UG, PG and Research courses:




IISc BS Fee Structure 2018



IISc Bangalore Fee Details Amount
Tuition Fee (Annual) INR 10,000
Gymkhana Fee (Annual) INR 1,200
Other Academic Fees (Annual) INR 3,700
Student Emergency Fees (Annual) INR 300
Statutory Deposit (Refundable)* INR 7,500
Library Deposit (Refundable)* INR 7,500
Total INR 30,200




IISC Fee Structure 2018 for M.Tech., Ph.D., Integrated M.Sc. and Ph.D., M.Mgt



  Regular Students Sponsored Students
IISc Fee Details Ph.D. M.Tech. (Res) Int. Ph.D. M.Tech./ M.Des. M.Mgt. M.Tech
Tuition Fee (Annual) 15,000 9,000 9,000 9,000 1,00,000 14,000
Gymkhana Fee (Annual) 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,200
Other Academic Fees (Annual) 3,700 3,700 3,700 3,700 50,000 3,700
Statutory Deposit (Refundable)* 7,500 7,500 7,500 7,500 7,500 7,500
Library Deposit (Refundable)* 7,500 7,500 7,500 7,500 7,500 7,500
Students Emergency Fund (Annual) 300 300 300 300 300 300
Total 35,200 29,200 29,200** 29,200 166,500 34,200



Note: the given fee structure is to be paid in the first year only for General/OBC students.


IISc awards scholarships and fellowships for following programs. The amount awarded per month for students enrolled in different programs of the Institute is as given below.


Ph.D. –  INR 25000/28000


M.Tech. (Research) – INR 12400


M.Tech./M.Des. – INR 12400


Integrated Ph.D. –  INR 16000/25000/28000



There are thousands of colleges and universities in India to choose from, IISc is one of the best institutes which provide quality education in India. The basic difference between studying at a top ranked college and low ranked college can be explained with the learning opportunities and level of education offered at that institute.


At IISc, the level of thinking, work ethic, teaching, student-led research, excellence, has simply a bit higher quality.  With the information available in this blog, it will help you to take an informed decision on getting admission in IISc or any other institute.


Finally, if you liked what you read about IISc in this blog, share this with your friends. Do not hesitate to ask your questions about IISc Bangalore, drop us a comment and we’ll answer it at the earliest. Suggestions, queries, comments, compliments and even criticism are welcome as it helps us make Eduncle more career-friendly on an ongoing basis.




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5 thoughts on “How to Get Admission in IISc Bangalore – UG, PG & PhD Courses

  1. S G Smruti pradhan

    is there only 20 seats in M.Sc.? If it is so then how the selection process carried out and what is the rank in IIT-jam to achieve for take admission in IIsc. please elaborate. i will eagerly wait for your replay….

    please replay soon….

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Smruti,
      The Cut off is sky high for IISC Admissions. As per the previous trend, only top 5 AIR holder(IIT JAM Score Card) are considered eligible for IISc admission.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  2. Tushar

    I want to know that if I can get admission in IISc through KVPY?
    I want to pursue aeronautical engineering.
    Will I get that after 12th only if a qualify KVPY?
    Pls provide me with all the information regarding my career and the subject.
    Thank U.

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