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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal: Courses, Eligibility, Cutoff, Admission, Placement, Scholarships

Last updated on August 23rd, 2021 by Nikita Joshi

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal is one of the highest-ranking autonomous public research universities in India. IISER Bhopal was established in 2008 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), India.

IISERs were created by the Ministry of Human Resource Development under the institutes of national importance in 2006.

The purpose of passing the development of this institute was to promote quality education and research in basic science at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

There are 7 IISERs in different cities of India ( Pune, Kolkata, Mohali, Bhopal, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Behrampur) and each IISER is an autonomous degree-granting institution with a prime focus to integrate science, education, and research.

IISER Bhopal offers four different types of courses: BS-MS(dual degree) for 5 years, BS for 4 years, Integrated Ph.D. for 4 years, and Ph.D. for 3 years.

Each course has its own selection and admission procedure which we will go through in detail in this article.

Students and Alumni of this Institute are placed as professors and research scientists in the top universities in the world like UCLA, Harvard, Princeton, etc. Students don’t have many options to get a job in multinational companies, but, Career development and Placement Council is making it possible as some students got good jobs in the past few years.

IISER Bhopal: Highlights

College highlights is an easy glance at some of the most common particulars of the institute.

Established | Institute Type 2008 | Public
Approved by Ministry of HRD
Set by MHRD, Government of India
Entrance Exam JEE Advanced, KVPY Fellowship, IISER Entrance exam, GATE, NET, UGC-JRF, CSIR-JRF, JEST, JGEEBILS, INSPIRE-PhD, NET-LS
Courses Offered 4 Courses: BS, BS-MS, Integrated Ph.D., PhD
Popular Courses BS-MS
Application Mode Online
Admission Criteria Merit-based & Entrance Test
Top Recruiters Morgan Stanely, Elucidata, Dr. Reddy’s, nucleome, Unilever, excel Instruments, Avanti, toppr, Next Education
Campus Area 250r Acres
Facilities Available Library, Hostel, Auditorium, respective departments research facilities
Official Website https://www.iiserb.ac.in/

IISER Bhopal: Ranking

Rankins in different magazines or website are given below:

QS Asia University Rankings 201 2021
THE World University Rankings 801 – 1000 2021
NIRF Overall Rankings 40 2020
ARIIA Public Institution Rankings 26-50 2020
Nature Index Ranking(academic Institutions) 10 2019

The students and faculties have achieved remarkable honors and credits for the work they had done at the institution. Below is a glimpse of the achievements of the academic year 2019 – 2020

Honors And Rewards

  • Researchers at IISER_B published a total of 254 research papers in the year 2019.
  • Dr. Sourav Dutta’s research work on Plant Protection against UV-B rays featured in the Hindustan Times.
  • Dr. Vineet Sharma’s study on colorectal cancer gut microbiome was highlighted in the Times Of India.
  • Dr. Sanjeev Shukla’s research work on breast cancer got highlighted in The Hindu.
  • Two graduate students from the Department of Biological Sciences received the ‘MP Young Scientist Award 2020” in the 35th MP Young Scientist Congress.


  • The undergraduate team from the department of physics secured 4th rank globally in the International Theoretical Physics Olympiad(IPTO), which is the best performance by any Indian Team ever in the Olympiad.
  • An institute’s team secured a Silver Medal at iGEM(International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in synthetic biology held in Boston, USA
  • An undergraduate student from the Department of Biological Sciences secured All – India 1st Rank in the CSIR – NET JRF examination in Life-Sciences, December 2019.
  • An undergraduate student from the Dept. of Chemistry is selected to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2020, in Germany.
  • A fake news detection app, NewsChase was developed by a team from the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The app was highlighted in The Times Of India.

IISER Bhopal: Courses

IISER is a science research institute, so there are only research degrees offered. Following are the details of the courses.

  • Subjects: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Eligibility: 10+2 with Maths as one of the subjects cleared from a recognized board.
  • Course Fee: INR 7500 one time and 37400 per semester
  • This is a flagship program in which students take mandatory core courses in the first two years, and following three years, intensive study of their chosen major subject. In the fifth year, students undertake laboratory research under a faculty supervisor.
  • Subjects: Chemical Engineering, Data Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Humanities and Social Science.
  • Duration: 4 Years
  • Eligibility: 10+2 with Maths as one of the subjects cleared from a recognized board.
  • Course Fee: INR 50,000 per semester.
  • This program is offered in two broad streams: Engineering Sciences and Economic Sciences. Students can also opt for a BS-MS(Dual Degree) by devoting an additional year to a research project for their Master’s thesis.
Integrated Ph.D.
  • Subjects: Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics
  • Duration: 4 Years
  • Eligibility: Graduation in B.Sc or B.Tech or B.E. from a recognized university.
  • Course Fee: INR 7500 one time and 62400 per semester.
  • The institute offers this integrated MS-PhD program to undergraduates. Here program starts with the master’s thesis and then swift into PhD
  • Subjects: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Physics
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • Eligibility: Master’s degree in related field from a recognized university.
  • Course Fee: INR 7500 one time and 39000 per semester.
  • In the Ph.D. program, all students are required to complete coursework, exams, seminars, and a dissertation, as well as participate in the undergraduate teaching program of the institute.

IISER Bhopal: Admissions

BS-MS Program

This is the flagship program, offered to high school graduates. Admission in this program happens through 3 channels:

  1. JEE Advanced of IITs
  2. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) channel
  3. State and Central Boards Channel (SCB)

Among these three channels, you can opt for one or more. The minimum rank you have to secure in JEE Advanced is decided by the institute. Students who are eligible for the KVPY fellowship can directly apply through this channel and they’ll get admission if they clear their board exam cut-off. As for the students opting for SCB they have to give the IISER entrance exam.

The IISER entrance exam is based on Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Applications to apply to this program are made available online. There are certificate formats available for reserved categories which they have to fill and upload while applying for the course. You just have to go to the IISER admission portal and download that certificate separately. Application form link will be announced and will be available at the institute’s site,

You can apply for multiple channels too, but for your admission, only one channel would be considered.

BS Program

This program is only available at IISER Bhopal, no other IISER campus offers this course.

The admission process for this program is the same as BS-MS integrated. You can fill up your preference for this course while filling the form online.

Integrated Ph.D. Program

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for this program. Admission to this program will be made once a year and notice for the same will be made available between March and April.

A written exam or an interview will be conducted by the institute at the campus. In case of the candidates who are seeking admission in Chemistry should have a valid JAM(Joint Admission Test for MSc) score and candidates seeking Physics should have a valid JEST(Joint Entrance Screening Test) score.

Candidates will need to provide self-attested photocopies of your supporting documents such as grade reports/mark sheets, JAM certificate/scorecards, and SC/ST/OBC/PD/EWS certificate if any, along with the print out of the application at the time of the interview, if you are shortlisted.

Ph.D. Program

The application forms for Ph.D. admission are available online at the website. You have to fill the form online and upload all the necessary documents. Links for different streams are different. Along with the form you have to upload your mark sheets, all academic records, recommendation letters in the form itself. It is mandatory to take the printout of the form pdf as it will be required during the interview.

IISER Bhopal: Cutoff 2020

BS-MS Program

CHANNELS Gen Rank SC Rank ST Rank OBC Rank
SCB Channel 3248 13209 21738 6336
JEE Advanced 9976 3402 901 9089
KVPY Channel 1713 154 121 1702

BS Program

CHANNELS Gen Rank SC Rank ST Rank OBC Rank
SCB Channel 3546 13248 21979 6592
JEE Advanced 9791 3200 803 9203
KVPY Channel 1714 91 621

IISER Bhopal: Placements

Institute does not provide the stats of placements hence we cannot say for sure how many students got placed and in which sector. It was in the reports that in 2019, 87% of students got placed in MNCs from BS-MS flagship.

The Institute Career Development and Placement Council(ICDPC) is responsible for managing all the placement-related activities. There is a procedure that they follow:

  1. Invitations are sent to the concerned companies a few weeks before the placement season.
  2. Companies express their interest in recruiting by filling out the Job Notification Form.
  3. JNF along with job descriptions and other information is made available to the students.
  4. Interested students register and their resumes are made available to the companies.
  5. Recruiters scrutinize applications and update the ICPDC with the details of shortlisted candidates
  6. Campus recruitment dates are provided to the companies.
  7. Companies submit a list of all the selected students at the end of the session. Offer letters are sent to final recruits within the next three weeks.

Top Recruiters

  • Morgan Stanely
  • Elucidata
  • Dr. Reddy’s
  • Nucleome
  • Unilever
  • Excel Instruments
  • Avanti
  • Toppr
  • Next Education

IISER Bhopal: Scholarships

The following is the help provided by the institute to at different courses:

  • Scholarship
  • Assistantship
  • Fellowship


Scholarship Eligibility Amount
  1. Students among top 15 in 12th standard and are pursuing Natural and Basic science at integrated MSc. level
  2. Students who have secures top 10,000 rank in JEE- Advance, JEE- Mains, NEET and opted to study natural and basic science at integrated pg level
INR 80,000 per annum conditioned to the following:

  1. Pass in all subjects
  2. Secure minimum 7 CGPA
KVPY KVPY fellows joining MSc integrated and pass every year with 60% minimum aggregate marks.
  1. Stipend INR 5000 and annual contingency INR 20,000 during first three years
  2. Stipend INR 7000 per month and contingency amount INR 28,000 during the third and fifth year
Ishaan Uday Students with the domicile of North Eastern Region whose parental annual income does not exceed INR 4.5 lakh. INR 5400 per month

Institute Assistantship

Assistantship Eligibility Amount
Assistantship to Integrated Ph.D. students Academic performance above 7 CGPA
  1. INR 10,000 per month for the first three years.
  2. INR 25,000 per month for the third and fourth year
  3. INR 28,000 during the fifth year
Assistantship to Ph.D. students Teaching Assistantship INR 25,000 per month.


Fellowship Eligibility Amount
Smt. Gouri Mukharjee Junior Academic Fellowship(JAF), IISER Bhopal
  1. For a girl student in the 1st year second semester of BS-MS degree
  2. Parental gross income less than INR 2 Lakh
INR 15000 one time
Smt. Gouri Mukherjee Senior Academic Fellowship(SAF), IISER Bhopal
  1. This is for the third year second semester of the BS-MS degree program.
  2. Parental gross income less than INR 2 Lakh
INR 15000 one time

IISER Bhopal: Facilities

  • Hostels: Double accommodation rooms with one almirah, one chair, one study table, and nets on windows. Each hostel has a common room with A.C, fridge, led T.V, a big study desk and table for table tennis. Hostels are also equipped with a lift, CCTV, Water purifier, Water dispenser.
  • Central Library: The library consists of 10,000 books, and the collection includes textbooks for the degree programs, light reading materials, fiction, Stories, General books, Encyclopaedias and Dictionaries, Magazines, etc. Research books & Monographs are also included in the collection for labs & research purposes.
  • Central Instrumentation Facility: It is an interdisciplinary shared user facility with state-of-the-art instruments needed for research.
  • Other Facilities include visitor’s hostel, transportation, healthcare, Lecture Hall Complex.

IISER Bhopal: Faculty

IISER Bhopal consists of world-class faculties consisting of international and national scientists and professors. The details of a number of faculties are given below:

  • Regular Faculty: 112
  • Adjunct Faculty: 9
  • Instructors: 3
  • International Faculty: 1
  • Visiting Faculty: 7

IISER Bhopal: FAQs

Ques. What package do IISER graduates get after BS-MS?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. IISER is a research institute, the motto is not to just provide placements. IISER Bhopal has been working on their placement cell for some years now. To a research candidate, JRF provided is around INR 31,000 monthly. If after taking a degree from IISER and you decide to join the corporate world, you can get a salary ranging from INR 8,00,000 to INR 25,00,000.

Ques. Why don’t IISERs provide placements?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. Some IISERs are developing their own placement cells so that they can provide every opportunity there is to their students, like IISER Bhopal.

Some IISERs don’t provide placements because students getting admission in this institute don’t look for placements, they aim for higher studies like Ph.D. or an MBA, or civil services.

Ques. What are the future prospects and scopes after completing BS-MS from IISER?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. You can be a Ph.D. student, IISER students are readily accepted as students in leading institutes. A Research Assistant, a scientist, a teacher/teaching assistant, a public or private officer, a software developer, a freelance writer, a science communicator, a businessman, an MBA, a designer, and many more.

Ques. Can I directly get into ISRO after a BS-MS course at IISER?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. IISERs don’t guarantee placement in ISRO, neither ISRO has any provision of going to the institutes for campus placements, but students apply to the vacancies and get a job there. ISRO actively looks for candidates with a strong understanding of basic Sciences. Students at IISER are trained in basic science as their prime goal is to make students good at research.

Ques. Which course is better BSc honors or BS-MS from IISER?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. It depends on your career goal. BS-MS courses at IISER are focused on research more than a BSc honors degree. In India BS-MS courses at IISER are generally preferred over many courses of the same field.

Ques. Can I quit after completing my BS from IISER in order to pursue MS abroad?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. Normally IISER doesn’t allow students to leave the course in between, but they have a provision named BS exit in which a candidate is allowed to complete the major project without earning an F grade and exit the integrated program. For this provision to be applicable to a candidate, he/she must have to have 5 years of residence on the campus.

Ques. What percentage do I have to get in 12th class in order to be eligible for IISER?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. IISER considers candidates in the top 20 percentile, hence candidates having a percentage above 85% are eligible for admission.IISER considers students in the top 20 percentile along with their marks in IAT. There are other channels of admission too.