TIFR GS is supervised by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for Graduate School Admissions. The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research is India’s premier institution for advanced research in fundamental sciences. The Institute runs a graduate programme leading to the award of Ph.D., Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. as well as M.Sc. degree in certain subjects. With its distinguished faculty, world-class facilities and stimulating research environment, it is an ideal place for aspiring scientists to initiate their career.

TIFR GS 2019


The Graduate Programme at TIFR is classified into the following Subjects, like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability) and Science Education. TIFR GS 2019 will be conducted at the Mumbai campus and various National Centres of TIFR. The schedule for TIFR GS 2019 is as given below:

TIFR GS 2019 Dates ( Expected)
Online registration starts from 2nd week of Sep 2018
Last date for application in Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Computer Science 3rd week of Oct 2018
Last for application in Biology and M.Sc. (Wildlife Biology & Conservation) 3rd week of Oct 20178
Issuance of Hall Ticket 2nd week of Nov 2018
Date of Entrance Examination 2nd week Dec 2018
Declaration of Result (shortlist for interview) 3rd week of Jan 2019
GATE Scored based applications to Systems Science
(including Communications and Applied Probability)
Opens: 2nd week of Feb 2019
Closes: Last week of  Mar 2019

TIFR GS 2019, is also known as Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS 2018). Candidates can check more details of TIFR GS 2019 such as how to apply, exam centers, scholarship, fee and previous years question papers are given here.

Exam Pattern for TIFR GS

For Mathematics – The candidates who will be appearing for the admission to the various programs in Mathematics in TIFR, namely the Ph.D. and Integrated Ph.D. programs at TIFR, Mumbai and TIFR CAM, Bengaluru and Ph.D. at ICTS, Bengaluru, there has been a change in the exam pattern. The exam pattern is as follows:

  1. Duration of the exam: 2 hours
  2. Type of Questions: Objective type MCQ
  3. There will be 25 true/false and 15 multiple choice questions.

For Physics

  1. Type of Questions: Objective type MCQ
  2. Standard of the Questions: The questions will be based on the topics studied in the Undergraduate and Masters levels at an Indian University.
  3. Marking Scheme: For every correct answer in Multiple-choice questions, 3 marks will be given. Whereas for the Numerical and Symbolic section, 5 marks will be given for the correct answer.
  4. Negative Marking: There is a negative marking of 1 mark in MCQ section only.
  5. Syllabus: Classical Mechanics; Mathematics relevant to Physics; Electricity and Magnetism; Quantum
    Mechanics; Heat, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics; General Physics; Modern Physics; Electronics and Experimental Physics.

For Chemistry

  1. Type of Questions: Objective type MCQ
  2. Number of Questions: 40
  3. Duration of the exam: 3 hours
  4. Marking Scheme: For each correct answer, 3 marks will be given.
  5. Negative Marking: For every incorrect answer, 1 marks will be deducted.
  6. Syllabus: The syllabus of the written exam is similar to the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree course standard syllabus followed in an Indian University. The candidates can prepare from the topics such as:
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Analytical, electro and quantum chemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Spectroscopy (NMR, fluorescence, IR, UV and X-ray), logic and statistics and mathematical method.

For Biology

  1. Type of Questions: Objective type MCQ
  2. Syllabus: The test will cover basics only in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. 

For Computer & Systems Sciences

The question paper will be divided into three parts. Part A will be common to both the streams, i.e, Computer Science and Systems Science. Part B will be oriented for the Computer Sciences, whereas, Part C will be oriented for the System Sciences.

  1. Duration of the Exam: 3 hours
  2. Type of Questions: MCQ
  3. Negative Marking: There will be a negative marking of 1 mark for every incorect answer.

TIFR GS Examination Centres

The examination centers are as follows:

City Examination centre
Ahmedabad St Xavier’s College
Bangalore University of Agricultural Sciences
Chandigarh Panjab University
Chennai Indian Institute of Technology
Cochin Cochin Univ. of Science & Technology
Delhi S.G.T.B. Khalsa College (Delhi University) / Kendriya Vidyalaya (Pragati Vihar) / Kendriya Vidyalaya (JNU Old Campus) / Kendriya Vidyalaya (R.K. Puram)
Guwahati Indian Institute of Technology
Haldwani Motiram Baburam Govt. P.G. College
Hyderabad Hyderabad University
Indore Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya
Jaipur India International School
Jammu Jammu University
Kanpur Indian Institute of Technology
Kolkata Basanti Devi College / Kendriya Vidyalay (Salt Lake) / Kendriya Vidyalaya (Fort William)
Madurai The Madura College
Mangalore University College, Hampanakatta
Mumbai Kendriya Vidayalaya No. 1, Colaba
Nagpur Shri Ramdeo Baba Kamla Nehru Eng. Coll.
Patna Dr. D.Y. Patil Pushapalata Patil International School
Pune Loyola High School and Junior College.
Varanasi Banaras Hindu University
Visakhapatnam GITAM Institute of Science

TIFR GS Admission Procedure

The admissions procedure (in all subjects, except Science Education) consists of a written test at one of the several nationwide centres, followed by interviews of the shortlisted candidates. Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews to be held during end-February to early-April, 2019.

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