December 2018

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Eligibility:

1. Q. Which students are eligible to apply for the PMRF scheme?

A. The final year students and those who are awarded degree in past five years, of four year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech. or integrated M.Sc. program from IIEST/IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/centrally funded IIITs are eligible.

B.Des. admitted through JEE/UCEED and 4-year BS or B.Sc students of IIEST, IISc, IITs, or IISERs admitted through JEE, KVPY, and SCB are also eligible.

2. Q. I completed my B.Tech. degree three years ago from an NIT/IIT. Am I eligible to apply for PMRF?

A. Yes. Those who are awarded degree in past five years (i.e. graduated during or after 2015) are eligible to apply for PMRF 2018. Each application will be treated as a fresh application.

3. Q. I am a final year student of BS program in an IISER. I joined my course through KVPY. Am I eligible for PMRF?

A. Yes. The final year students (and those who are awarded degree in past five years) of four year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech. or integrated M.Sc. program from IIEST/IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/centrally funded IIITs are eligible. B.Des. admitted through JEE/UCEED and 4-year BS or B.Sc students of IIEST, IISc, IITs, or IISERs admitted through JEE, KVPY, and SCB are also eligible.

4. Q. I completed my B.Tech. from a college not included in the list of qualifying institutes above and thereafter obtained M.Tech. from an IIT. Am I eligible to apply?

A. No. The qualifying degree (i.e., four year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech or five year integrated M.Sc. or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree program in Science and Technology streams) must be from IIEST, IISc or an IIT/NIT/IISER or a centrally funded IIIT.

5. Q. I am a dual degree student at an IIT. I have been awarded two separate CGPAs for my B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees. Which CGPA will be considered as qualifier?

A. The CGPA/ CPI of B.Tech. shall be considered as the eligibility criteria for the applicants with dual degrees (B.Tech. + M.Tech.) where two separate CGPA/CPI for B.Tech. and M.Tech. are provided. If a combined CGPA / CPI is given, then the combined CGPA will be considered.

6. Q. My CGPA until seventh semester is 8.19, however, I have a backlog. Am I eligible to apply?

A. No.

7. Q. I am a final year student and have <8 CGPA until seventh semester. Should I be provisionally allowed to appear for the selection procedure subject to the condition that I will improve my CGPA at the end of my B.Tech?

A. No. You will not be considered this year for the selection procedure. However, you may apply for the PMRF next year should you secure CGPA of 8 or more at the time of graduation.

8. Q. I am a PhD scholar in an IIT/IISc. I graduated from NIT and joined IIT under the Direct PhD programme. Whether existing scholars like me who meet all the criteria, but have joined last year will be eligible to upgrade to PMRF?

A. You will have to apply afresh. If you are allotted any institute other than the parent institute you will have to join as a totally fresh registration at a new institute.
In case, based on your merit position, you are allotted the same institute where you are currently registered for the PhD program, you may continue the PhD program under the PMRF scheme. In this case you will be eligible for PMRF for the rest of the PhD tenure. For example, if you have availed MHRD fellowship for two years, you will be entitled for maximum two or three years of PMRF, if you entered the PhD program after B.Tech. or MTech., respectively.

9. Q. I am currently in B.Tech. final year. If I am selected in PMRF December 2018 , when would I be able to join PhD program?

A. You will be able to join after completion of your B.Tech., i.e. from July 2019 semester.

10. Q. I graduated in 2017. If I am selected in PMRF December 2018, when would I be able to join PhD program?

A. You will be able to join from January 2019 semester.


Application

11. Q. Which are the institutes where PMRF Fellows can join to undertake research work as a Ph.D. student?

A. The institutes are the 23 IITs and IISc.

12. Q.I have interests in two disciplines, chemistry and nanotechnology. Can I apply for more than one discipline?

A. Yes. An applicant can apply for multiple disciplines. She / he will need to individually appear for multiple written tests and/or interviews conducted at the respective nodal institute.s and/or interviews conducted at the respective nodal institute.

13. Q. Do I need to submit a project proposal along with my application?

A. You must submit an abstract as described on the PMRF website.

14. Q. Does PMRF scheme apply for part-time Ph.D.?

A. No, PMRF is for undertaking full-time Ph.D. program at IITs/IISc.

15. Q. Is there a word limit for the abstract? Can I upload the proposal in JPEG format?

A. The word limit is 1000 and it must be in PDF format. No other format is acceptable.

16. Q. What is expected from the project abstract?

A. The requirement for a project abstract is aimed at assisting the selection committee to judge research and analytical capability of the applicant. The originality of the abstract is very important. The abstract will be checked for plagiarism. The project abstract need not necessarily be the topic of PhD research.

17. Q. Should I attach all the grade-sheets /market-sheets?

A. Yes, you need attach the transcript or grade-sheets /market-sheets till the last semester completed in one pdf file. If you upload multiple files, the last file only be saved.

18. Q. Who can be the referees?

A. The referees should be from among those with whom the applicant has closely interacted during her or his undergraduate or post- graduate programme and who can comment on the applicant’s academic knowledge and research and analytical skills.

19. Q. How many times can I apply for fellowship under the PMRF scheme?

A. You can apply two times provided all eligibility criteria are met each time.

20. Q. If I am selected for fellowship under the PMRF scheme this year, but do not avail the offer, can I apply once again next year?

A. No. However, you can defer your admission for one year subject to approval of the host institute.

21. Q. Is the PMRF scheme the same as the CII-PMF scheme?

A. No, they are different.

 

Written test and interview

22. Q. What will be the syllabus for the written test?

A.The Nodal Institute will define the syllabus for the test. Please frequently visit the PMRF website for the latest updates.

23. Q. Where will the test centres be located?

A. A single written test and/or interview for each broad discipline will be conducted at the IIT or IISc which is the Nodal Institute for that broad discipline.

24. Q. Will the written test/ interview of different streams be conducted on the same date.

A. No. The tests will be conducted on different dates with a gap of a day or two so that an applicant may reach from one Nodal Institute to the other Nodal Institute in time.

25. Q. Will there be any TA/DA provided for appearing for the test or interview?

A. No TA/DA will be provided to applicant appearing for the written test or interview.

26. Q. Will all the eligible applicants be called for the written test and/or interview?

A. Not necessary. In case of a large number of applicants, only shortlisted applicants will be called for the written test and/or interview.

Preference, allocation of seats

27. Q. How will be the institute and discipline be allotted to the selected applicant if the applicant has selected more than one institute?

A. The applicants will be asked at the time of application to give up to five choices for the broad disciplines wherein they would like to appear for interview. The applicants will be asked to online provide their preferences of combinations of institute and discipline only for which the candidate is selected. The combination of discipline and the institute will be allotted based on the preference indicated by the applicant and the merit position of the candidate. For example, a candidate who appeared for interview in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Programs in Science and Engineering and is selected for Chemistry, will be able to give preferences only in the Chemistry broad discipline.

28. Q. Can I give preference for different disciplines in an IIT/IISc?

A. Yes. An applicant will be allowed to give up to 31 preferences (combinations of the institute and discipline) from the discipline/s she/he would have been selected for e.g. an applicant selected for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering can give preference of Chemistry at IISc, Chemical Engineering IIT Bombay, Chemistry at IIT Delhi, etc.

29. Q. I have a specific idea for my potential research topic. Will the selection committee consider this while allocating me an institute/discipline if I am selected?

A.The selection committee will take holistic view of the project details, subject knowledge, research & analytical skills, and any other aspect deemed fit in their opinion in making recommendation on suitability of the candidate for PhD program under PMRF scheme.

The selection and allocation are decoupled. Once the candidate is selected for PMRF for a discipline/s, the allocation will be based on an algorithm that will take care of merit position of the selected candidate in the discipline the candidate is selected for and the preference order of the combinations of the institute and discipline the candidate has provided. Once the candidate joins the host institute, she/he may explore with the concerned faculty members about the possibility of the potential research topic. The rules and regulation of the host institute will prevail in selection of research topic and the supervisor.


Fee Payment:

30. Q. Is there an application fee, and if yes how can I pay the application fee?

A. Yes, there is an application fee of Rs 1000. The applicant should click on the fee payment link that will connect to SBI Collect. The applicant does not need to have an SBI account to pay the fees on the SBI Collect page. The fee can be paid through various modes that include net banking, debit, and credit card etc. The applicant will need to enter the SBICollect Reference Number and upload the SBICollect e-receipt pdf file for the online application