Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research
Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram
Autonomous institutions under MHRD, Govt. of India
Admissions to 5 year BS-MS Dual degree Program 2014

FAQ - IISER Admissions 2014

Q1: I am a class XII science student, what course can I apply for at IISERs?

Five year BS-MS dual degree programme.

Q2: How do I get admission to the BS-MS dual degree program in IISERs?

Students will be admitted to the Five Year BS-MS Dual Degree programme beginning August 2014 through the following channels

tick1 Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Basic Science Stream: Students qualifying in SA (2012)/SX (2013)/SB (2013)
tick1 Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) 2014: Students obtaining a minimum of 60% marks in class XII and securing a place in the Rank List of Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) 2014 for the admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)
tick1 State and Central Boards: Students passed class XII in 2013 or appearing in 2014 in science stream with either
  • Marks above or equal to the cut-off percentage declared by DST ( as eligibility for INSPIRE fellowship. For OBC (Non-Creamy layer)/PD category candidates, there is a 5% relaxation in the DST cut-off. The cut-off for SC/ST candidates is 55% in class XII for all boards

  • Advisory note for the eligibility for Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) under INSPIRE scheme based only on the performance in class XII board examination

Students applying through State and Central Boards channel will be required to appear and qualify the IISER Aptitude Test.

(*) Aggregate marks = (Total marks obtained in all subjects x 100) / Maximum marks.

Q3: Do I need to apply separately for different IISERs?

No. All five IISERs admit students through a common application and counseling process. One application form is valid for all IISERs.

Q4: What is the intake of students in IISERs for BS-MS dual degree programme in 2013?

Total of 950 students in all IISERs

Q5: What is the intake through different channels?

tick1 Up to 25% seats in each category (General/SC/ST/OBC Non-creamy) through KVPY channel.
tick1 Up to 50% seats in each category (General/SC/ST/OBC Non-creamy) from KVPY + JEE (Advanced) channels.
tick1 Remaining seats in each category through State and Central Boards channel based on an Aptitude Test conducted by IISERs.

Q6: Can I apply through more than one channel?


Q7: Do I need to apply separately for each channel?

You may apply to IISERs through multiple channels provided you meet the eligibility criteria for each of the channels you want to apply through. It requires separate application and payment of application fee for each channel.

Q8: Does reservation of seats apply for admission?

Yes, as per Government of India rules.

Q9: How do I apply?

Application has to be done on-line only at our admission portal The details of the application procedure will be announced on this web-site in due course.

Q10: When should I apply?

Please refer to Q20 for details.

Q11: Is there an application fee?

There is a non-refundable application fee of Rs. 600/- (Rs. 300/- for candidates applying under SC/ST category).

Q12: Is there any financial support for students admitted at IISERs?

Yes. All BS-MS students are eligible for a monthly scholarship of Rs. 5000/- awarded by KVPY/INSPIRE scheme.

Q13: What is the fee structure for BS-MS programme at IISERs?

The information regarding the fee structure of individual IISERs is available at the web-sites of respective IISERs.

Q14: Can I be a day-scholar at IISERs?

No. IISERs are fully residential campuses and students are required to stay in campus hostels.

Q15: Are all candidates satisfying the eligibility criteria admitted to IISERs?

No. Admission to IISERs is based on the total number of available seats as per

(1) Ranking in KVPY.
(2) Ranking in JEE (Advanced) 2014
(3) Merit in the Aptitude test conducted by IISERs

Q16: How do I make my choice of IISER?

You will be asked to give your preferences in the online application form. The details of the application procedure will be announced on this web-site in due course.

Q17: Do I get the IISER of my choice?

The allotment is purely on the basis of the applicant's preferences and the ranks as mentioned in Q15.

Q18: Can I transfer my admission from one IISER to another at any time?

No. Allotment to an IISER is final. No application/request for transfer to another IISER will be entertained.

Q19: Is there a fee for counseling?

There is a non-refundable fee of Rs. 1200/- (Rs. 600/- for candidates applying under SC/ST category).

Q20: When and where will the counseling be held?

You can choose any one of the IISERs for counseling while applying. Regarding the counseling dates, please see below:

KVPY JEE (Advanced) State and Central Boards
Receiving online applications 7th June - 7th July 2014 23rd June - 7th July 2014 15th June - 10th July 2014
Counseling/Aptitude Test 10th July 2014 10th July 2014 20th July 2014
Last date for receiving admission fees 17th July 2014 17th July 2014 29th July 2014

Q21: Will all applicants be called for counseling?

No. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for counseling.

Q22: Is there an interview at the time of counseling?


Q23: What is the curriculum structure for BS-MS dual degree programme?

For the first four semesters, all students will take common courses in all disciplines (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics & Humanities). From the fifth semester onwards, the student may opt for courses in one or more areas. The final year will be devoted to a research project.

Q24: What is the syllabus for the IISER Aptitude Test for the candidates applying through State and Central Boards channel?

The syllabus for the Aptitude test is available at

Q25: What is the format of the Aptitude Test?

The format of the Aptitude Test is as follows

tick1 Multiple-choice questions in four subjects – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics

tick1 15 questions in each subject (total: 60)

tick1 Duration: 180 minutes

tick1 Score: +3 (correct response), 0 (no response), -1 (wrong response)

Q26: Can I have model questions for the Aptitude Test?

The model questions for the Aptitude test are available at

Q27: Is the IISER Aptitude Test on-line?


Q28: Where is the IISER Aptitude Test conducted?

KVPY and IIT JEE (Advanced) channel candidates may appear for counseling at any one of the five IISERs. State and Central Boards channel candidates can appear for Aptitude Test and counseling at any one of the places given on the Home Page. The choice of IISER where a candidate wants to appear for Aptitude Test and counseling needs to be indicated at the time of filling on-line application form.

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