IISER Kolkata an autonomous research and education institute in Nadia district of West Bengal. It was established in 2006 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The institute was established with an aim towards excellence in research in basic science at the undergraduate and graduate level with equal emphasis on higher education. The institute follows a bi-semester system, which includes a spring (Jan-May) and autumn (Aug-Dec) semester for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in science. IISER Kolkata Admission is done through Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) and JEE.

IISER Quick Update

May 13: IISER Admission 2021: Registration Deadline for Integrated Ph.D Programme is May 14. Check Here

April 28: IISER PhD Admission 2021: The list of shortlisted candidates for PI has been released. Check Here

IISER Kolkata PhD Admission 2021 has begun for Autumn Semester, apply online till 15 April 2021.

IISER Kolkata Important Dates

Particulars Date
PhD application  15 March – 15 April 2021
Shortlist for interview 26 April 2021
Interview dates 20 – 31 May 2021
Ph.D interview result 21 June 2021

IISER Highlights

Official Website https://www.iiserkol.ac.in/web/en/
Type of Programs UG, PG, Ph.D. and Post-Doctorate
Entrance Exam KVPY and JEE
How to Reach Aerial Dist. From the airport 40 km

Rail Dist. 9 km
Road Dist. 1.7km from national highway


IISER Kolkata: Courses and Eligibility

IISER Kolkata offers UG, PG, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate programs under various specializations. Mentioned below are the details for the same:

Course 1: BS-MS Dual Degree Program

Duration: 5-year
Eligibility: Intermediate graduate
Offered Majors: Biological, Chemical, Geological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Course Fee: INR 46,250 and INR 18,750 for SC/ST/PwD/KM students

Course 2: MS in Space Physics

Duration: 2-year
Eligibility: Graduate in B.E/B.Tech (OR) valid score in either GATE or JEST

Course Fee: INR 46,250 for General and INR 18,750 for SC/ST/PwD/KM students

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be short-listed on the basis of their qualifications and will be called for an interview. Final selection is based on the performance in the interview, academic background of the candidate and any other criterion determined by the selection committee.

Course 3: Integrated Ph.D 

Eligibility:  B.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./M.B.B.S. or an equivalent degree
Offered Majors: Biological, Chemical, Geological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Course Fee: INR 35,250 for General and INR 18,750 for SC/ST/PwD/KM students

Course 4: Doctor of Philosophy 

Eligibility: Masters degree
Research Areas: Biological, Chemical, Geological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Course Fee: INR 35,700 for General and INR 19,200 for SC/ST/PwD/KM students

Course 5: Post Doctoral Research

Eligibility: Ph.D.
Broad Research Areas: Biological, Chemical, Geological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences

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IISER Kolkata Admissions

The University accepts the score of national or state level entrance examination. For some courses, the institute also accepts merit scored in the previous qualifying examination. Given below are the details for the same:

Course Name Exam name/ type
BS-MS JEE Advanced or KVPY
MS Merit in B.E/ B.Tech
Integrated Ph.D IIT JAM

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IISER Kolkata Placement

The acumen of the trained students have been displayed in various fields and they are ready to join research and corporate world and contribute in various research fields and industries like Bioinformatics, Exploration & Mining, Specialty and Fine Chemicals, Polymers, Synthetic Chemistry, Optics, Statistical Modeling. The top recruiting companies of the Institute include 


IISER Kolkata Facilities

  • Hostel: 400 seater hostel for both girls and boys, with hostel warden on duty 24/7.
  • Computer labs: For the course students and research scholars, the section manages a Computer center which has about 50 desktops and some of which are connected to form a small experimental cluster named Meghnad.
  • Laboratories: IISER-K boasts of world-class equipment both for the teaching and the research laboratories
  • Medical facilities: At least 20 doctors are assigned to the medical department of the university, which is believed in for the welfare of students as well as the staff members.
  • Canteen: For the students and staff member there is an eating place where they can relax and have scrumptious food.
  • Guesthouse: There is a few guest house accommodation for students as well as outsiders coming to visit the students.

IISER Kolkata FAQs

Ques. How is the library facility of IISER Kolkata?

Ans. The library facility is good at IISER Kolkata as it has a collection of 29500+ books among which 13000+ are electronic books and rest are in print. The students can use the library for study purposes 24*7.

Ques. Is IISER better institute than IIT?

Ans. Yes, IISER, Kolkata is better than any IIT in India for pursuing research work or higher studies in the field of science. IISES, Kolkata is considered the best institute in India for doing research programs and excelling in a career as a scientist.

Ques. What is the rank of IISER Kolkata as per NIRF?

Ans. As per the NIRF ranking of IISER, Kolkata, it has received 29 ranks among all other institutes in India. In the World University Ranking, It ranks at 601-800th among all other global Universities.

Ques. What is the placement trend of IISER, Kolkata in part three year?

Ans. in the year 2019, total 145 students graduated UG programs from IISER among which only 23 students got placed and majority of the students opted for higher studies. The average placement package that has been offered to graduated in past three years as follows:
  • 2017- 8.0 LPA
  • 2018- 6.5 LPA
  • 2019- 7.2 LPA

Ques. In what ways, IISERs Kolkata different from other IISERs?

Ans. The main factor of IISER Kolkata being different from other IISER is that the campus provides good faculty and student relations. The faculty helps students with course work and be supportive during the early years of the course. The instrumental facilities are better than other IISERs.

Ques. Should I choose IISER Kolkata over IIT Kharagpur for M.Sc integrated Physics course?

Ans. Yes, it is the best option to choose for pursuing M.Sc course. IISER ranks at 29th amongst other institutes. The course structure at IIT is not updated as compared to IISER, and for pursuing higher studies in science IISER is better as compared to IIT.

Ques. Is IISER Kolkata better than IISER Pune?

Ans. IISER Kolkata is better in terms of course choice that is offered to the students, students get to choose rare subjects like earth science. The faculty are very friendly and supportive at IISER Kolkata.

Ques. Are there hostel facilities in IISERs Kolkata?

Ans. Yes, there are hostel facilities for students in IISER Kolkata. There are 400 seater hostels for both girls and boys in the institute.

Ques. How is IISER Kolkata for Research and academics?

Ans. IISER Kolkata is good for academics as per the interest of students in pursuing studies in science field. It is known for its faculty in the Physics department. The institute offers research programs that maintain high research standards along with its unique monitor and major degree.

Ques. What is the fees for the Post Doctorate program in IISER Kolkata? 

Ans. The fees for post-doctorate program in IISER Kolkata is 47900 INR. There are specializations like Mathematics, chemistry, Geological, Physical Science, and Biological Science.