TIFR

About TIFR

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, TIFR is the foremost institution for advanced research in foundational sciences based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The institute offers a master’s course, an integrated M.Sc and Ph.D. course and a Ph.D. degree in different science fields. One can get admission into this institute by clearing the TIFR Entrance Exam. It is a perfect place for pioneering scientists to commence their careers.

Entrance Information

TIFR (Mathematics) is a time bound Two year (Four-semester) course.
The selection of the students is based on a written test in  First Weak of December.
The aspiring students with Bachelor’s or equivalent degree thereof with minimum of 55% are eligible. (This apart, candidates appearing for Bachelor’s degree can also apply).
Everywhere, there is a paucity of admissible seats, owing to high-caliber competitions. Hence, mainly those students who figure out in the topmost priorities are able to procure the assured seats.

The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research is a National Centre of the Government of India, under the umbrella of the Department of Atomic Energy, as well as a deemed University awarding degrees for master’s and doctoral programs. At TIFR, basic research in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science and science education are carried out. TIFR main campus is located in Mumbai, but has additional campuses in Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

TIFR GS Entrance Exam Pattern

Part Type of Questions Number of Questions
A MCQ 20
B Objective (True/ False) 20
Total 40

The time duration of the Exam is 3 hours in total.

*This is the latest exam pattern followed in 2020 paper and patterns may change.

Selection Procedure

The selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of the Graduate School (GS) exam. A list of selected candidates will be published on the official website, on the basis of which, interview round will take place. This interview will be conducted by the university.

TIFR Eligibility Criteria

For Integrated Ph.D. (Bangalore) : B.A./B.Sc./B.E./B.Tech. degree holders.

Students applying for Ph.D. Mumbai and who are eligible for Integrated Ph.D. programme at Bangalore can indicate their preference in the application form for being considered for Int. Ph.D. Bangalore.

Similarly students applying for Int. Ph.D. Bangalore and who wish to be considered for Ph.D. Mumbai can indicate their preference in the application form.

Final year students with consistently good academic record and knowledge of advanced topics may also apply for the relevant subjects.

Candidates not holding a Master’s degree and admitted to a Ph.D. programme can receive an M.Sc. degree by fulfilling prescribed requirements.

General Guidelines for Application Procedure

Students can apply online. Please follow appropriate link on this website for filling up the application form. Read the instructions carefully before you start filling up the online application form.

Students from remote areas who do not have access to internet may apply manually. They may send a request for application form (without DD) along with a self-addressed stamped (Rs 20/-) envelope (size 25cm x 17cm) superscribed “GS-2012 (Subject)” to :

For Biology and M.Sc. Wildlife Biology & Conservation: Admissions Section, NCBS, Bangalore.

For other subjects, except Science Education: Asstt. Registrar (Academic), TIFR, Mumbai.

The filled-in application form should be sent along with DD and two passport size photographs (one pasted on the application and one stapled to it).

Students may appear for the written test in multiple subjects if the timings do not clash. Please send a separate application (including Demand Draft) for each subject. In case of online applicants, students will have to re-register with a different email id.

Students who wish to apply online and make payment by Demand Draft may send the Demand Draft with their name, reference code and telephone number written behind it. Alternately, students can make online payment by Debit/Credit Card.

Application Fees

Rs. 500 for the online candidates.
Rs. 550 for the candidate who sent through post

Payment can be made by debit/credit card or demand draft drawn on state bank of India.
Female candidate are exempted to pay application fees.

Candidates can secure the admission in the following colleges:

  • TIFR, Mumbai
  • CAM, Bengaluru
  • HBCSE, Mumbai
  • ICTS, Bengaluru
  • NCRA, Pune
  • NCBS, Bengaluru
  • TIFR, Hyderabad

*For more information, Visit the official Site of TIFR

                                                                                                                        Syllabus
Mathematics

The screening test is mainly based on mathematics covered in a reason able B.Sc. course.
The interview need not be confined to this.

Algebra

Definitions and examples of groups (finite and infinite, commutative and non-commutative), cyclic groups, subgroups, homomorphism, quotients. Definitions and examples of rings and fields. Basic facts about finite dimensional vector spaces, matrices, determinants, and ranks of linear trans formations. Integers and their basic properties. Polynomials with real or complex coefficients in 1 variable.
Analysis

Basic facts about real and complex numbers, convergence of sequences and series of real and complex numbers, continuity, differentiability and Riemann integration of real valued functions defined on an interval (finite or infinite), elementary functions (polynomial functions. rational functions. exponential and log, trigonometric functions).

Geometry/Topology

Elementary geometric properties of common shapes and figures in 2 and 3 dimensional Euclidean spaces (e.g. triangles, circles, discs, spheres, etc.). Plane analytic geometry (= coordinate geometry) and trigonometry. Definition and basic properties of metric spaces, examples of subsets of Euclidean spaces (of any dimension), connectedness, compactness. Convergence in metric spaces, continuity of functions between metric spaces.

General

Pigeonhole principle (box principle), induction, elementary properties of divisibility, elementary combinatorics (permutations and combinations, binomial coefficients), elementary reasoning with graphs.

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