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The Integrated Ph.D. Programme

See also: The Ph.D. Programme

The Department of Mathematics, through its Integrated Ph.D. programme, offers exciting opportunities to talented students holding a Bachelor's degree for acquiring a rigorous and modern education in mathematics, and for pursuing research in both pure and applied mathematics.

Admission to the Integrated Ph.D. (Int. Ph.D.) Programme in the Mathematical Sciences is through the Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) followed by an interview (of those candidates who are short-listed) at IISc.

Click here and follow the link that says Information Brochure for the syllabi for the relevant JAM examinations

SEVERAL CHANGES HAVE OCCURRED in the admissions process to the Int. Ph.D. programme in the Mathematical Sciences at IISc. Please read what follows CAREFULLY!


  • PLEASE NOTE: You will not see the Int. Ph.D. programme in the Mathematical Sciences listed in any of the eligibility-criteria tables in any of the documents posted at the JAM 2016 website! Instead please read the following points.

  • Aspirants for the Int. Ph.D. in the Mathematical Sciences must write the JAM 2016 examination. However, an aspirant who has qualified in JAM 2016 will need to apply separately to IISc through our admissions portal (see below). Additionally, THE NEXT THREE POINTS SHALL BE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS for the Int. Ph.D. in the Mathematical Sciences.

  • First Class or equivalent grade in:
    • B.Sc. or equivalent degree with Mathematics as one of the subjects (this includes the B.Stat. degree, and a B.A. degree with Mathematics as one of the subjects); OR

    • B.E./B.Tech. or equivalent degree

  • Please note that candidates with higher qualifications are not eligible.

  • Candidates can appear for either the Mathematics (MA) or the Mathematical Statistics (MS) JAM paper.

  • A short-list of candidates who have applied to the IISc, and determined by the JAM 2016 score, will be drawn up. The short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview at IISc. The interview short-list and any subsequent offer of admission will be totally independent of the candidate's preferences (for any other programmes) made via JAM 2016.

Candidates who are yet to complete their examinations for the eligible degree and expect to complete all the requirements for their degree (including all examinations, project dissertations, viva voce, etc.) before July 31, 2016, are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Please refer to the following web page for further information on the JAM 2016 application process:

As regards the separate application to IISc: The IISc online portal for 2016 admissions is NOW OPEN. Visit this page for information and instructions on how to access the online admission portal.

Important Dates

Dates pertaining to JAM 2016    See
Deadline for submitting IISc application    March 21, 2016
Interviews at IISc    To be announced


Students admitted to the Integrated Ph.D. programme need to complete 57 credits of course work (typically, a course is worth 3 credits) and 7 credits of project work by the end of the fourth semester of their joining the programme. (View the webpage Courses for more information.)

Employment Opportunities after Ph.D.

Visit the webpage Career in Mathematics.

Other Relevant Material

Question papers of past IISc Int. Ph.D. entrance examinations. NOTE: The IISc entrance examinations have been discontinued. These question papers are only indicative of the problems you might have to solve in the JAM Mathematics (MA) paper.

JAM 2013 question papers

JAM 2014 question papers

JAM 2015 question papers



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