Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q1: I am a class XII science student. To which programmes can I apply in IISERs?

– Any student who has qualified Class XII (or equivalent) examination in science stream either in the year 2019 or 2020 can apply to the BS (four year) degree / BS- MS (five year) dual degree programmes in IISERs provided he/she meets the eligibility criteria (Please click here to read the eligibility criteria). BS degree programmes are available only at IISER Bhopal. Also, for applying to any of the BS degree programmes, students must have Mathematics as one of the subjects in class XII examinations.

Q2: Who awards the BS-MS degree?

– Each IISER is an autonomous institution. Therefore, the degree is awarded by individual IISERs.

Q3: Who awards the BS degree?

– Currently, only IISER Bhopal is offering and awarding BS degree.

Q4: Do I need to apply separately for different IISERs?

– No. All IISERs admit students through a common application process. One application form is valid for all the IISERs.

Q5: How many seats are available for the admission to the BS-MS dual degree programme in 2020?

– The tentative total number of seats available for BS-MS programme for each IISER (including supernumerary) is 1662 with each IISER having the following number of seats.

Name of the InstituteNo. of Seats
IISER Berhampur185
IISER Bhopal252
IISER Kolkata233
IISER Mohali239
IISER Pune280
IISER Thiruvananthapuram280
IISER Tirupati193

Q6: How many seats are available for the admission to the BS degree programme in 2020?

– Currently, only IISER Bhopal is offering BS degree programmes. The tentative total number of seats(including supernumerary) available for BS programme is 115.

IISER Bhopal
Course NameNo. of Seats
BS (Engineering Sciences)73
BS (Economic Sciences)42

Q7: I am an OCI/PIO card holder. Should I apply as a foreign candidate?

– No. You should apply through our regular application portal. Foreign students are those candidates who are NOT citizens of India by birth or naturalized and do not belong to PIO/OCI category, and whose parents are not citizens of India and do not come under PIO/OCI category at the time of applying.

Q8: Are there seats for foreign candidates other than PIO/OCI card holders?

– Yes. Foreign candidates can apply only through the JEE-Advanced channel. The top 10000 rank holders (including the foreigners) in the CRL of IIT JEE (Advanced) become eligible for admission to BS/BS-MS programme of IISERs. Application of a foreign candidate through any channel other than JEE-Advanced will be rejected.

Q9: What is the curriculum structure for BS-MS dual degree programme?

– Students are trained in various disciplines of basic sciences as per the designed curriculum of respective IISERs during the formative year(s). Subsequently, they can take up specialized subject(s). Please refer to the websites of individual IISERs for a description of their curriculum structure.

Q10: What is the curriculum structure for BS degree programmes?

– IISER Bhopal offers BS degree programmes in Economics and Engineering Sciences. Students are trained in various disciplines of basic sciences and introductory courses in Economics/Engineering during the first year of study.

Subsequently, they take courses toward specialization in Economics/Engineering.

Q11: What are the major courses offered by each IISER?

– Please click here.


Q12: Who are not eligible to apply for IISER admission from 2021-2022 admission onwards?

– The following candidates will not be eligible for admission to IISERs from 2021-2022 admission onwards.

i) a candidate admitted earlier in any of the IISERs

ii) a candidate who accepted an IISER seat, but did not join

iii) a candidate whose admission to any of the IISERs was cancelled after joining

Q13: How do I apply?

– Only applications through our online admission portal will be accepted.

Q14: What are the channels available for admission to IISERs?

– There are three channels available for admission into IISERs:

  1. KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana),
  2. IIT-JEE (Advanced)
  3. SCB (State and Central Boards).

Q15: Can I apply through more than one channel?

– Yes

Q16: Do I need to apply separately for each channel?

– Yes. Candidates are required to first do the registration on application portal. Then, this registration account could be used to fill application form(s) of any of the three channels. Each channel requires a separate online application and payment of application fee. The candidate must meet the eligibility criteria for each channel through which they wish to apply.

Q17: What is the required percentage/cut off marks in class XII or equivalent for getting admission to IISERs?

The candidates’ Class (10+2) marks should be within the cut-off of various boards (generally, top 20 percentile). When the cut off for boards are unavailable, cut-off scores of CBSE board will be applicable. Additionally, for admission to engineering program through JEE-Advanced channel, candidates with a minimum of 75% marks for GEN/PWD/OBC-NCL and 65% marks for SC/ST/PWD in class XII or equivalent exam is required. Click here for 2020 admission cut-off marks.

Q18: Is there an application fee?

– There is a non-refundable application fee of Rs.2,000/- for candidates applying under General, EWS, and OBC-NCL categories, and Rs.1,000/- for Persons with Disabilities and candidates under SC/ST category. The fee for foreign nationals is USD 100.

Q19: Can I pay application fees by Cash/DD/Cheque?

– No. All payments will be accepted only through secure payment gateway on our application portal.

Q20: What should I do if I have paid the application fees more than once for a single application?

– You must send your proof of payments to ask-jac2020[AT] with the subject line as “Problem with application fee”. All legitimate refund claims will be processed once the admission process is over.

Q21: What should I do if I have already paid the application fees, but the payment has been reversed?

– Immediately notify through email to ask-jac2020[AT] with the subject line as “Problem with application fee”, else your application may stand cancelled.

Q22: Do I have to write the IISER aptitude test?

– Yes, only if you are applying through the SCB channel.

Q23: Can I apply for IISER aptitude test if my XII exam result is awaited?

– Yes, you can apply and appear for the aptitude test. But, you will be eligible for admissions only if you satisfy minimum eligibility criteria. Candidates, whose result of Class 10+2 (or equivalent) exam is awaited at the time of application submission, can choose Result Awaited option while filling the qualifying exam result. However, they must upload their marksheet, category certificate and fill subject details and respective marks on the application portal. In order to complete the application, the tentative dates for uploading the marksheet can be seen from the timeline link given below:

KVPY and SCB channel: Check Timeline

IIT-JEE: Check Timeline (Tentatively; likely to change based upon JEE (Advanced) result)

Marksheet uploading will not be allowed post deadline, and any incomplete application will not be considered for counseling/admission. Please keep checking the timelines here.

Q24: What is the intake through different channels?

– A maximum of 25% of the seats will be allocated through KVPY and JEE-Advanced channels. Remaining seats will be filled through the SCB channel based on the merit in the IISER Aptitude Test. Unfilled seats from KVPY and JEE channels will also be added to the SCB channel for allotment.

Q25: Do all candidates, who are eligible to apply, get offers for admission toIISERs?

– No. Admission to IISERs, for each channel, is based on merit and the total number of available seats in respective channels in different IISERs.

Q26:How do I make my choice of IISER?

– You will be asked to give your preferences in the online application form.

Q27: Will I get the IISER of my choice?

– The allotment is based on the availability of seats in respective IISERs, your rank in the merit list, and your preferences.

Q28: Will I get admission to the stream (BS-MS or BS) of my choice?

– The allotment is based on the availability of seats in each stream, your rank in the merit list, and your preferences.

Q29: What is ‘Float’ option?

– Float option allows a candidate to be allotted an offer of higher preference (if any) than the one allotted in the current round, in subsequent rounds (if any). During counselling, the float option has been enabled for all candidates.

Q30: What is ‘Freeze’ option?

– If you are satisfied with the offer allotted to you in any round and do not wish to float, you can freeze your offer upon the fee payment. Freeze option once exercised is final and cannot be changed under any circumstances.

Q31: My percentage marks have changed after scrutiny/revaluation. I have two sets of marks related documents (instead of only one otherwise). What should I do?

– You need to upload your original mark sheet in the application portal but the percentage in the application form should be the revised one. The revised marks statement from your board confirming the change of marks must be sent to ask- jac2020[AT] with a subject line “Revised Marks”. You should also mention your application number in the subject line. Please check the timelines here.

– Please note if the subject line is not as mentioned above, we may not be able to help you.

Q32: I have submitted my application. I want to change some information in my application. What should I do?

– Once you have submitted your application, no information contained in the application form can be changed.

Q33: I have paid the application fees. Is my application complete?

– Your application is not complete until you can download the application form after you make the payment (appropriate application fee). In case you experience any issue in downloading your application form, please write an email to ask-jac2020[AT]

The IISER Aptitude Test

Q34: What is the mode of the IISER Aptitude Test 2020?

– The IISER Aptitude Test 2020 will be conducted in the computer-based test mode. The mock test will be available soon.

Q35: What is the syllabus for the IISER Aptitude Test?

– The syllabus for the aptitude test is available here

Q36: What is the format of the Aptitude Test?

– The format of the aptitude test is as follows:

  • Multiple-choice questions (each with only one correct answer) in four subjects – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics with equal weightage
  • 15 questions in each subject (total: 60) Duration: 180 minutes
  • Evaluation: +3 (for each correct response), 0 (for each no response), -1 (for each wrong response)

Q37: Can I have model questions for the Aptitude Test?

– The model questions for the aptitude test are available below.

Q38: I have not studied Biology/Mathematics at +2 level, can I take the test?

– You must have at least one of the two subjects Mathematics and Biology in 10+2 level. Note that the questions in the IAT will be from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics with equal weightage.

Q39: In what languages will the IISER Aptitude Test be conducted?

– The computer-based test will be available in both Hindi and English.

Q40: Where is the IISER Aptitude Test conducted?

– It will be conducted in various cities across India. Choices for five preferred cities where the candidate wishes to write the aptitude test have to be indicated while completing the online application form. The hall ticket will have the allotted centre details printed. If the examination cannot be conducted in any of the centres due to unforeseen reasons, the candidate would be allotted an alternate centre, and such information will be communicated in due time.

Q41: Where/When do I get the hall ticket for the IISER Aptitude Test?

– The hall ticket will be available on the website a few days before the IISER aptitude test. The candidates can download their hall ticket after logging into their account in the application portal.


Q42: Is Mathematics at +2 level mandatory to take admission in IISERs?

– No, it is not mandatory for BS-MS degree programmes. However, for admission to BS degree programmes in Economics and Engineering sciences at IISER Bhopal, Mathematics as one of the subjects at +2 level is mandatory.

Q43: Does reservation policy apply for admission?

– Yes. SC — 15%, ST — 7.5%, OBC-NCL — 27%. PwD — 5% (supernumerary), KM — 3 seats per IISER (supernumerary), and EWS — up to 10% (as per Government of India rules)

Q44: What are the meanings of OBC and OBC-NCL?

– OBC-NCL stands for Other Backward Classes (non-creamy layers). If you belong to this category, then you must select OBC-NCL as your category. Other OBC candidates must select ‘General’ as their category.

Q45: What is the meanings of EWS?

– EWS stands for the Economically Weaker Sections. It refers to the reservations for those persons who are not covered under the reservation scheme for SCs/STs/OBCs etc and satisfy the criteria of income and assets as laid out by the Government of India.

Q46: What is the fee structure for BS / BS-MS programme at IISERs?

– The overall fee structures for individual IISERs are different. Please visit the websites of individual IISERs for information about their fee structure.

Q47: Is there any financial support for students admitted to IISERs?

– Students admitted through the KVPY channel will be eligible for scholarships as per KVPY norms. Students admitted through IIT-JEE (Advanced) and SCB channels will be eligible for a limited number of INSPIRE fellowships as per the norms of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Q48: Can I be a day-scholar at IISERs?

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

Q49: I have not been offered admission in the current round. Will I be considered for allocation in a later round?

– Depending on your rank and seats available in a particular channel, you may be considered for allocation in a later round. The candidates must keep periodically checking the admission website for updates.

Q50: How will I know if a new round of allotment/float round is opened?

– The candidates must keep periodically checking the admission website for updates. It is the candidate’s responsibility to check the website for appropriate updates until it is declared in the website that the admissions for 2020 are over.

Q51: What is Seat Acceptance Fee (SAF)?

– If you have been allotted to one of the IISERs, you need to pay the Seat Acceptance Fee (within the due date) through the counselling portal in order to accept the offer and confirm that you intend to join one of the IISERs. The Seat Acceptance Fee amounts to Rs. 35,000/- (Rs.25000/- + Rs. 10000/- (Non refundable administrative fee)) for General/EWS/OBC-NCL/PwD/KM categories and Rs.22500 (Rs.12,500/- + Rs. 10000/- (Non refundable administrative fee)) for SC/ST categories. Failure to deposit the SAF within the stipulated time will result in the cancellation of the offer. Furthermore, you will not be considered in any subsequent rounds of seat allotment during admission 2020. Once you register in your allotted IISER, this amount will be adjusted against your first semester fee.

Q52: Can I withdraw my application after the payment of Seat Acceptance Fee?

– Yes. Withdrawal is possible ONLY through the counselling portal. You can withdraw the offer by the stipulated date. There is no cancellation fee if withdrawal is made within this time. However, bank charges, if any, will apply.

Q53: I have been offered admission to one of the IISERs. However, this is not my first choice. Will there be a second round in which I would be floated to the IISER of my first choice?

– You must accept the offer by paying the Seat Acceptance Fees, as mentioned in the offer letter. Once you have accepted the offer, you would be considered for Float in subsequent rounds provided you have exercised the Float option. If there are vacancies, you may be allotted to an IISER, which is higher in your preference list. See Q29.

Q54: I have paid the Seat Acceptance Fees as mentioned in my offer letter. I have now been allocated to another IISER. Do I have to pay the Seat Acceptance Fees again?

– No

Q55: I have paid the Seat Acceptance Fees as mentioned in the offer letter. Do I have to pay anything else?

– The overall fee structures at various IISERs are different. You may have to pay an additional amount after joining a particular IISER. Fee details will be provided in the offer letter. For more details, visit respective IISER’s website.

Q56: Can I transfer my admission from one IISER to another at any time?

– No. Inter-lISER transfer of students is NOT permitted.

Q57: How do I check if my SAF payment has been successful?

– Once you have paid the SAF, download your updated offer letter again from the counselling portal. Your SAF payment details will appear on the last page of the updated offer letter.

Q58: What happens if my Seat Acceptance Fee (SAF) payment details do not appear in my offer letter?

– Once your SAF is paid, download your offer letter again from the counselling portal. The new offer letter should have the SAF payment details on the last page of the updated offer letter. In case it does not appear, please verify whether your payment was successful or not. In case of any difficulties, please enquire by sending an email to ask-jac2020[AT] with the subject line “SAF payment”.

Q59: My question is not listed above. What should I do?

– You may ask any relevant question related to the admissions that are not answered in the FAQ, by sending an email to ask-jac2020[AT]