Good points: Exceptional faculty and environment World-class research facility Modern coursework and brilliant exposure Stipend and zero fee Academic, cultural and social variety and a harmonious unity amidst all these diversities ZERO politics Bad points: Lack of accommodation space, and food All in all: 'Ao kabhi TIFR mein!' :) My conclusion: Its a privilege to be a part of this legacy.
TIFR conducts its very own rigorous entrance examination. I, like many other aspirants, took the exam and qualified for Integrated M.Sc.-PhD course. As TIFR doesn't disclose the student's marks, and no merit list is assigned based on ranks, I don't know my score. However, in general one may assume that one needs to get at least more than 50% in order to qualify. TIFR is one of the premiere institutes for basic science research in India. As someone aspiring to be a physicist, TIFR was a natural...
Its a really good institute for research. Faculties and students are enthusiastic and put lots of effort in research. Institute management is up to the mark.
There is a separate exam for TIFR where I scored 21 out of 40.