Overall Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be Indian nationals, PIO or OCI to apply for IAT 2024.

  • The candidates must have passed the Class XII or equivalent level examination in 2022 or 2023 or 2024 from any board recognized by the Council of Boards of School Education in India COBSE.

  • Candidates must have taken at least three subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics during their Class XII (or equivalent) examination.

  • Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD require to score a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in their Class XII (or equivalent) examination. Candidates belonging to other categories require to score a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in their Class XII (or equivalent) examination.

NOTE:
1. The students from the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE), from Kashmir division/Winter Zone areas of Jammu division and the U.T. of Ladakh, who appeared in their Class XII or equivalent level examination in Dec 2021, are also eligible to apply for the IAT 2024, provided they satisfy all the other eligibility criteria. During the application process, these students must pick 2022 as their year of passing the class 12 examination.

2. Candidates belonging to Kashmiri Pandit/Kashmiri Hindu Families (Non-Migrants) may apply for the IAT-2024 as Kashmiri Migrants subject to the fullfillment of other eligibility criteria. These candidates must upload a valid domicile certificate at the time of application in place of "Kashmiri Migrant Certificate".

Admission to IISERs

Admission to IISERs is exclusively through the IISER Aptitude Test (IAT), which is a computer-based test scheduled on Sunday, June 09, 2024 at 9:00 AM, at various centres across the country.

Performance Criteria in Class XII/equivalent examination

  • Candidates whose Class XII (or equivalent) examination results have not yet been declared, can apply for IAT 2024. However, their admission will be subject to fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria given above.
  • For candidates who had appeared in the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in 2023 and reappeared in any subject (for whatever reason) in 2024, the better of two performances will be considered.
  • If a board gives aggregate marks considering both Class XI and Class XII, then only Class XII (or equivalent) examination marks will be considered. If a board gives aggregate marks considering the results of all three years of a 3-year diploma or courses of equivalent duration, then only the marks scored in the final year will be considered. Similarly, the marks scored in the final two semesters will be considered for boards that follow a semester system.
  • If a board awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade-sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the board specifying the equivalent marks and submit it before the deadline of the mark-sheet submission. In case the board does not provide such a certificate, the percentage marks will be assessed as follows:

            percentage marks = (CGPA or CPI obtained × 100) / PS, 
    

where PS is the maximum value of the point scale used by the respective board.

Reservation Policy

  • Reservation policies as mandated by the Govt. of India will apply
  • Scheduled Caste (SC) - 15% of seats
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST) - 7.5% of seats
  • Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) - 27% of seats
  • Persons with Disability (PwD) with at least 40% impairment - 5% of seats (supernumerary)
  • Kashmiri Migrants - 3 seats per IISER (supernumerary)
  • Economically Weaker Section (EWS) - up to 10% (as per Government of India rules)
  • Note that the EWS/OBC-NCL certificate should be valid for the financial year 2024-25

Services of a Scribe

  • As per the office memorandum of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the PwD candidates who are visually impaired OR dyslexic (severe) OR have disability in the upper limbs OR have lost fingers/hands, thereby preventing them from properly operating the computer-based test platform may avail the services of a scribe (amanuensis) for the IISER Aptitude Test.
  • As per the office memorandum of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment candidates with less than 40% disability and having difficulty in writing may avail the services of a scribe (amanuensis). These candidates must also upload the “Disability and Difficulty in Writing Certificate” (see Downloads section) duly issued by the competent authority.
  • Eligible candidates who desire to avail the services of a scribe need to opt for this during the online application process of IAT 2024.
  • If it is found at any stage that a candidate has availed the services of a scribe, but is not eligible to do so, the candidate will be excluded from the process of evaluation, ranking, and admission. If such a candidate has already been admitted to any IISER, the candidate's admission will be cancelled. The opinion of the medical board constituted by individual IISER shall be final.

Compensatory Time

  • PwD candidates having disabilities with at least 40% impairment as applicable, are eligible for one hour compensatory time in the IISER Aptitude Test. Persons with less than 40% disability and having difficulty in writing covered under the definition of Section 2 (s) of the RPwD Act, 2016 but not covered under the definition of Section 2(r) of the said Act are also eligible for one hour compensatory time on the production of “Disability and Difficulty in Writing Certificate” (see Downloads section) duly issued by the competent authority.
  • If it is found at any stage that a candidate has availed of compensatory time, but is not eligible to do so, the candidate will be excluded from the process of evaluation, ranking and admission. If such a candidate has already been admitted to any IISER, the candidate's admission will be cancelled. The opinion of the medical board constituted by individual IISER shall be final.

OCI/PIO

OCI/PIO card holders can apply for IAT 2024, provided they satisfy other eligibility criteria. They shall be eligible to compete for the unreserved seats.

Foreign Nationals

Candidates who are not citizens of India AND do not hold OCI/PIO cards shall be considered foreign nationals. Such candidates if eligible to appear for IAT 2024 may contact the Chairperson Joint Admissions Committee at askjac2024@iiserb.ac.in with the email subject line "Foreign National - Application for IAT 2024".