Ph.D. Admissions @ IOP, Bhubaneswar

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About our Institute

Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar is an autonomous research institution funded by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. The research activities in the Institute spans theoretical and experimental research in the areas of condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, high energy physics and interdisciplinary areas such as quantum computation, biological physics, complex systems, nano-science, material science, etc. With its distinguished research faculties and worldclass facilities, Institute of Physics offers an ideal platform to motivated and aspiring students to initiate their research career.

  • Institute of Physics has large number of world class experimental facilities.
  • Institute is actively involved in international collaborations with CERN (Switzerland) (ALICE, CMS), BNL (USA), ANL (USA), GSI (Germany).
  • Institute is also participating in various research activities related to India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO).

One of the important objectives of the Institute is to train and guide young scholars for research and career in physics. For this, the Institute conducts regular Ph.D program, where the degree is awarded by Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy. During the first two years of the Ph.D program (which includes the period of course work), scholars are paid a fellowship of ₹ 25,000/- p.m. Thereafter, scholars are placed in Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) grade and are paid ₹ 28,000/- p.m. In addition, there is an annual contingency grant of ₹ 32,000/- to meet expenses on books and other research related expenses including academic travel. The HBNI also supports the scholars for participating in an International conference once during the doctoral programme. On campus hostel accommodation is normally provided to all scholars. Medical facilities are also available to them.

Ph.D. Admission Criteria

Call for Ph.D. 2016

The Institute invites application for its regular Doctoral Programme starting from August, 2016. Indian nationals satisfying the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  1. M.Sc. in Physics with a minimum of 55% marks (in aggregate) or equivalent CGPA cumulatively till the last year/ semester. (Candidates appearing for M.Sc. in 2016, and who satisfy any of the criteria (2) as mentioned below can apply. Their admission will be treated as provisional.)

  2. A valid GATE score with rank upto 200,
    CSIR NET (JRF) within the last one year (Examinations held in June and Dec 2015),
    DST-INSPIRE fellowship for carrying out Ph.D.

(Candidates are required to upload the supporting documents regarding GATE/ NET/ DST-INSPIRE and produce the same in original at the time of selection.)
If a candidate has a rank beyond 250 in JEST-2016 but satisfies the criteria mentioned above, she/he is encouraged to apply.

Those who have qualified JEST-2016 with rank upto 250 may kindly register below using the Login ID and Password sent to you from


Procedure and Stages

Eligible candidates are required to appear for a written test at around 10 AM in the morning of 3 May, 2016 or 31 May, 2016 (depending on the choice of the candidate) at IOP, Bhubaneswar. Those shortlisted on the basis of the performance in the written test will appear for a personal interview during 4-5 May, 2016 or 1-2 June, 2016. The final selection will be based on the performance in the test and the personal interview.

Candidates appearing for the written test will be reimbursed sleeper class round trip train fare between their place of residence and Bhubaneswar. A sum of ₹ 600/- will be provided to meet living expenses.

Important Information

Call for Ph.D. 2016

Based on the registrations received till date, list of all the candidates that have been selected to appear for the Ph. D. selection at Institute of Physics is been uploaded at the following website.

In case of any discrepancy kindly bring it to our notice so that we can make necessary corrections.

  1. All the candidates appearing for Ph. D. selection are required to be present at IOP at 9.00 am on May 3, 2016 or May 31, 2016 for written test starting 10.00 am.
  2. Based on the results of written test, about 23-30 students will be selected for interview to be held on May 4-5, 2016 or June 1-2, 2016.
  3. All the candidates appearing for the written test will be reimbursed (a maximum amount equivalent to) sleeper class round trip train fare between their place of residence and Bhubaneswar on production of train ticket.
  4. A sum of ₹. 600/- will be provided to meet living expenses.
  5. We are not providing any accommodation during the Ph. D. selection process. However, you can contact few nearby guest houses for accommodation
  6. You are required to bring all the academic documents like marks card, certificates, etc. starting X standard (till the highest degree that you have attained/pursuing) to appear for the Ph. D. selection.
  7. You are also required to bring JEST/GATE/CSIR-UGC (JRF)/INSPIRE documents/marks card etc. to prove your eligibility for our Ph. D. selection.
  8. In case you belong to a reserved category you are required to bring the necessary certificates.

Guest houses with in 1 Km from IOP campus

  1. Miskys: 9337594381
  2. Priya: 9437364399
  3. Indu: 9338707460/0674-2301662
  4. Shanti: 9853850087/9437170087
  5. Padma Residency: 7377136796/9437412765

Guest houses Near Railway station (IOP is about 5 Km from railway station)

  1. Sai Amrit Residency: 9438433987/ 0674-2535007/8
  2. Chandra Kal Guest house: 0674-2532411/2535346
  3. Dream Land inn: 9337747761/0674-2530206
  4. Hotel Gokul Plaza: 0674-2534404
  5. Bishnu Priya lodge: 0674-2530233

How to reach Institute of Physics is mentioned at the following website.

Hope to see you at IOP for Ph. D. selection at the slot of your choice.

Ph. D. Test Schedule

May 31-June 2, 2016

May 31, 2016
9:00 - 9:30 Reporting
Venue: Institute of Physics, Main Lecture Hall
9:30 - 11:30 Written Test
(8 multiple choice questions and 4 long questions)
11:30 - 14:30 Evaluation of Papers
15:00 Declaration of Results of written exam/
List of Candidates qualified for Interview
15:30 - 18:30 Interview + Document Verification
June 1, 2016
9:30 - 13:00 Interview + Document Verification
14:00 - 18:30 Interview + Document Verification
June 2, 2016
9:30 - 13:00 Interview + Document Verification
14:00 - 18:30 Interview + Document Verification

Contact us

Address for correspondence

Ph.D. Admissions-2016

Institute of Physics

Sachivalaya Marg, P.O. Sainik School, Bhubaneswar - 751 005

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