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Research Admission in AcSIR through GATE

Last Updated - October 10, 2017

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The Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi has released its notification for its academic session. The session will be commencing from January 12, 2018. The notification has been released to invite applications from eligible candidates for admission into the PhD programs in Science and Engineering offered by the associated institutes.

  • Interested aspirants must register themselves on the AcSIR- Online Admission Portal latest by October 26, 2017.
  • Students must submit the online application form which is available on the official website of the academy i.e.
  • Applicants must have a Master’s/Bachelor’s degree in required discipline along with a valid GATE score to fulfill the basic eligibility criteria of PhD engineering programs.
  • Individuals who have a UGC/ CSIR NET/ NBHM or valid CSIR JRF/ SRF or equivalent national fellowship are also eligible.

The programs offered by AcSIR will equip selected students to undertake research and practical training in the national laboratories of CSIR. These programs are structured around a unique academic coursework leading to a PhD degree.

Important Dates for AcSIR PhD Engineering Programs

Applicants who wish to pursue the PhD engineering programs offered by the affiliated labs of AcSIR through GATE must go through the important dates of the admission process. These are depicted in the table below-

Commencement of online application forms for AcSIRSeptember 22, 2017
Last date for submission of online application forms isOctober 26, 2017
Declaration of Shortlists (on AcSIR website)October 31, 2017
Aptitude Test/ Interview will be held fromNovember 27, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Declaration of Final resultsDecember 20, 2017
Enrolment for various programs will be held fromJanuary 8 to January 9, 2018
Commencement of academic sessionJanuary 12, 2018

Eligibility criteria for research admission in AcSIR through GATE

Applicants must fulfil the eligibility criteria as decided by the institute. The minimum eligibility criteria for various PhD engineering programs offered by AcSIR through GATE are given below-

PhD Engineering:

  • Applicants should have a Master's degree in Engineering, Technology or Pharmacy with a good academic record.
  • Students having a Master's degree in Sciences along with a valid GATE score or a recipient of UGC/ CSIR NET/ NBHM or valid CSIR JRF/ SRF or equivalent fellowship is also eligible.
  • CSIR Scientists, Senior Research Fellows and Project Assistants are also eligible to apply for AcSIR.

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Direct PhD Engineering:

Individuals having any of the following qualifications are eligible to apply:

  • BE/ B Tech with CGPA 8.5 with a valid GATE score or NET rank (Engineering stream with a rank less than 2000)
  • BE/ B Tech with CGPA 8.5 with an experience of 2 years as PA/ CSIR SRF
  • BE/ B Tech/ M.Sc. with CGPA 8.5, ranked 1st in the respective University and has also received a National level fellowship

Sponsored PhD Engineering:

  • For regular admission into sponsored PhD engineering programs, aspirants must have M Tech degree in Engineering with an endorsement from the respective institute.
  • Candidates having a BE/ B Tech degree (CGPA of at least 8.5) and is a top rank holder of the university will be eligible for direct admission.

How to apply for research admission in AcSIR through GATE?

Individuals who fulfil the eligibility norms must visit the Online Application Portal of AcSIR. They must fill the application form by providing general details about themselves. Applications will be accepted through the online mode only.

Only those candidates who complete the application process within the stipulated time will be eligible for the PhD programs. Here are 3 easy steps to complete AcSIR 2017 application process:

Step 1: Online Registration

Aspirants will have to fill basic details about themselves. The fields that have to be filled in the form are-

  • Basic details: Individuals have to fill personal details like-
  1. Name
  2. Father’s name
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Gender
  5. Category
  • Contact Details: They have to enter their permanent address, mobile, telephone number and valid email ID.

After successful registration, students will receive their login credentials- Username and Password, on the registered email ID. Candidates must login using these credentials to complete the further process.

Step 2: Filling of AcSIR Application Form

Students must fill details about their academic and work background. The fields that have to be filled are-

  • Official Information: Individuals have to enter details about the institute they are currently affiliated to, relevant research experience and the total number of papers published.
  • Student Personal Details: They must then provide general details and upload their recent passport sized photograph and signature (upto 50 kb).
  • Educational Background and Fellowship Details: Candidates must enter details about their qualification (stream, year of passing, percentage, etc.) and information about the fellowship received if any.

Step 3: Confirmation Page and Printing Acknowledgement form

Once aspirants fill the application form, they must verify all the details and submit the form. Upon submission, they must print a system generated Acknowledgement form of Admission Receipt which will have the Unique Form Number. This form should be preserved till the entire admission process is completed.

Selection process for research admission in AcSIR through GATE

The participating CSIR Labs will announce details of the admission criteria and procedure of admission through national newspapers and their official website. Shortlisted applicants who fulfil the shortlisting criteria of respective participating CSIR Labs will be called for Aptitude Test/ Interview. These rounds will be conducted by the Selection Committees of the respective laboratories of CSIR.

The selected candidates will be notified electronically and they will be required to appear for the interview for selection at the designated centers on the dates announced by the institutes. The number of aspirants shortlisted for test/ interview will commensurate with the number of students required in each laboratory.

The Selection Committee of the concerned CSIR Laboratory will recommend names of the selected participants to the respective Deans based on the academic record and the performance of the individuals in the test interview round. The final selection will also depend on the vacancies available at each institute.


AcSIR offers credible research enthusiasts an incredible chance of working at the national CSIR labs. A degree from AcSIR opens a wide range of opportunities for candidates who wish to pursue a career with a focus on research.



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