Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Q1: I am a class XII science student. To which programmes can I apply in IISERs? 
Any student who has qualified Class XII examination in science stream either in the year 2017 or 2018 can apply to the five year BS-MS dual degree programme in all IISERs provided he/she meets the eligibility criteria. Specifically for applying to the five year BS-MS programme in Engineering Sciences and the four years BS Programme in Economic Sciences in IISER Bhopal students should 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: 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.

Q4: How many seats are available for the admission to the BS-MS dual degree programme in 2018?

The combined total number of seats available in all IISERs for BS-MS degree programme is 1325. The number of seats available in each IISER is as follows: Berhampur — 100, Bhopal — 250 (Basic Sciences – 200; Engineering Sciences – 50), Kolkata — 200, Mohali — 200, Pune — 225, Thiruvananthapuram — 200, Tirupati — 150.

 Q5: How many seats are available for the admission to the BS degree in Economic Sciences programme in IISER Bhopal in 2018?

The number of seats available for BS degree in Economic Sciences in IISER Bhopal is 40 for the year 2018.

Q6: Are there seats for foreign students other than PIO/OCI card holders?Yes. Foreign students can apply only through the JEE channel. The top 10000 rank holders (including the foreigners) in the CRL of IIT JEE (Advanced) become eligible for admission to BS-MS programme of IISERs. For details on admission procedure, click here.

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

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: 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 website of individual IISERs for a description of their curriculum structure.

Q9: What is the curriculum structure for BS degree in Economic Sciences offered in IISER Bhopal?

The first year of the programme consists of core courses in basic sciences and introductory courses in Economics. The next three years are dedicated to specialization in Economic Sciences. Please refer to the website of IISER Bhopal for detailed description of curriculum structure.


Q10: How do I apply? 

Only applications through our online admission portal will be accepted. The step-wise details of the application procedure is given here.

Q11: What are the channels available for admission to IISER? 

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).

Q12: Can I apply through more than one channel? 


Q13: Do I need to apply separately for each channel? 

Yes. Each channel requires a separate online application and payment of application fees. You must meet the eligibility criteria for each channel through which you wish to apply.

Q14: Is there an application fee? 

There is a non-refundable application fee of Rs.2,000/- for candidates applying under General and OBCNC categories, and Rs.1,000/- for Kashmiri Migrants, physically handicapped candidates, and candidates under SC/ST category.

Q15: Can I pay application fees by Cash/DD/Cheque? 

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

Q16: 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-jac2018[AT] All legitimate refund claims will be processed once the admission process is over.

Q17: What should I do if I have already paid the application fees, but the payment has been reversed?

 Immediately notify through email to ask-jac2018[AT], else your application may stand canceled.

Q18: Do I have to write the IISER aptitude test? 

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

Q19: What is the intake through different channels? 

A maximum of 50% of the seats will be filled through KVPY and JEE 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 be added to the SCB channel for allotment.

Q20: Are all candidates who are eligible to apply, get offers for admission to IISERs? 

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

Q21: How do I make my choice of IISER? 

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

Q22: 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.

Q23: Will I get admission to the stream of my choice?

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

Q24: What is ‘Float’ option? 

Float option allows a candidate to either retain the seat in the IISER allotted to them or opt for a change as per the candidate’s preference mentioned in his/her application form and as per merit.

If you select “No” under the Float option in your application form, then your first allotment (if any) to one of the IISERs is final.

If you have selected “Yes” as the Float option and if you did not get the IISER of your first preference during allocation, then your application will be considered in subsequent rounds of allocation.

Q25: 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-jac2018[AT] with subject line “Revised Marks”. You should also mention your application number in the subject line.

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

Q26: I want to change my choice of IISERs/I want to change my guardian’s name, etc. What should I do?

Aside from your name and category, you can change any other detail in your application till the last date to submit application. Please remember to re-download you application after you have made the change.

Q27: 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-jac2018[AT]

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The IISER Aptitude Test

Q28: What is the mode of the IISER Aptitude Test? 

The IISER Aptitude Test is OMR based.

Q29: What is the syllabus for the IISER Aptitude Test? 

The syllabus for the aptitude test is available here.

Q30: What is the format of the Aptitude Test? 

The format of the aptitude test is as follows:

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

Q31: Can I have model questions for the Aptitude Test? 

The model questions for the aptitude test are available below.

Model 1 (English)
Model 2 (English)
Model 2 (Hindi)

Q32: I have not studied Biology/Mathematics at +2 level, can I take the test? 

Yes, you can. However, the questions will be from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics with equal weightage.

Q33: In what languages will the IISER Aptitude Test be conducted?

The question paper will be available in Hindi and English separately. However, the candidate should opt for his/her preferred language while submitting the application form online.

Q34: Where is the IISER Aptitude Test conducted? 

It is conducted in various cities across India. The details of the test centers will be available on this website soon. Choices for the city where the candidate wishes to write the aptitude test have to be indicated while completing the online application form. A single city may have multiple centers for the aptitude test. The hall ticket will have the center details printed. If the examination cannot be conducted in any of the centers due to unforeseen reasons, the candidate would be allotted an alternate center.

Q35: 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 candidate can download their hall ticket after logging into their account in the application portal.

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Q36. Is Mathematics at +2 level mandatory to take admission in IISERs?

No. However, for admission to BS-MS programme in Engineering Sciences and BS programme in Economic Sciences in IISER Bhopal, Mathematics as one of the subject at +2 level is mandatory.

Q37: Does reservation policy apply for admission? 

Yes, as per Government of India rules. SC — 15%, ST — 7.5%, OBCNC — 27%, PD — 5% (supernumerary) and KM – 3 seats per IISER (supernumerary).

Q38: What is the meaning of OBC and OBCNC? 

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

Q39: What is the fee structure for 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.

Q40: Is there any financial support for students admitted to IISERs? 

KVPY scholars admitted to IISERs will draw fellowship as per KVPY norms.  In addition, DST will provide a limited number of INSPIRE scholarships of Rs.5000/- per month to candidates admitted through JEE and SCB channels, upon fulfilling the criteria set by DST. Students admitted to the BS-MS program in Engineering Science or to the BS program in Economic Sciences are not entitled for fellowship. This supersedes all earlier announcements regarding scholarship.

Q41: Can I be a day-scholar at IISERs? 

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

Q42: I have not been offered admission in the current round. Will I be considered for allocation in the next round? Or 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.

Q43: 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) in order to accept our offer and confirm that you intend to join one of the IISERs. The Seat Acceptance Fee amounts to Rs. 25,000/- for General/OBCNC/KM categories and Rs.12,500/- for SC/ST/PD categories. Payment of Seat Acceptance Fee entitles you to avail the Float option, provided you have selected “Yes” for Float option in your application form. See Q24.  Once you are registered in your allotted IISER, this amount will be adjusted with your first semester fees.

Q44: Can I withdraw my application after the payment of Seat Acceptance Fee?

Yes. Withdrawal is possible ONLY through the application portal. You can withdraw the offer till 12 noon on July 17, 2018 (Tuesday). There is no cancellation fee if withdrawal is made within this time. However, bank charges, if any, will apply.

Q45: 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 selected “Yes” under the Float option in your application form. If there are vacancies, you may be allotted to an IISER, which is higher in your preference list. See Q24.

Q46: I have paid the Seat Acceptance Fees as mentioned in my offer letter. If I do not want to join the IISER system, will I get a refund? 

If you withdraw your application from the IISER system before July 17, 2018 (Tuesday) as mentioned in Q44, full refund (except for bank charges, if any) will be made.

Any cancellation beyond that date will be refunded after deducting some administrative expenses. However, the refund process will start from August 21, 2018.

Q47: 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? 


Q48: 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. For more details contact that particular IISER or visit their website.

Q49: Can I transfer my admission from one IISER to another at any time? 

You have to take admission only to the IISER in which you will be offered for. However, if you have opted for “float” option and based on that if you get floated to another IISER, you have to abide by that. Morover, even after registration no application/request for transfer to another IISER will be entertained.

Q50: How do I check if my SAF payment has been successful?

Once you have paid the SAF, download your offer letter again. Your SAF payment details will appear on page 3 just below the photograph.

Q51: 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 application portal. The new offer letter should have the SAF payment details. These details are required at the time of joining a particular IISER. In case it does not appear, please enquire by sending an email to ask-jac2018[AT]

 Q52: What is the ‘Withdraw application’ link? Do I have to click it?If you have accepted an offer to join one of the IISERs, this link will appear under your “My Application(s)” tab. You need to click on this link only if you do not wish to join any of the IISERs. This link is meant only for those who wish to give up the seat, which they have accepted earlier. If you want to join IISER, do not click on this link.

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Q53: My question is not listed above. What should I do? 

You may ask JAC-2018 any questions that you have, by sending an email to ask-jac2018[AT]

However, if your question is already answered on this website then you may not be given a response.