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Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore)

1.About University

Indian Institute of science is a deemed research university dedicated to education & research in the fields of Science, Engineering, Design & Management. The institute is established in Bangalore in 1909, granted the status of deemed university in 1958 & is declared as an Institute of Eminence in 2018. The Institute was established with just two departments, General & applied Chemistry and Electrical Technology. Today it has over 40 departments across 6 divisions, Biological, Chemical, Physical, Mathematical, Electrical, Mechanical Sciences & Interdisciplinary research.

The Institute was the brain child of Jamshetji Tata who incepted the thought of establishing an Indian University in 1889. Jamshetji Tata has offered to endow his property towards the expenses for proposed university & formed a provisional committee under Burjorji Padsha in 1898. The Institute was first called the “Imperial University of India”, then Lord Curzon called it “Indian University of Research” and finally the committee formed by David orme&Colonel John cribbon named the University as “Indian Institute of Science.” The Institute was finally established on 27th May 1908, 4 years after the death of Jamshetji Tata.

The campus of the Institute is around 371 acres which is donated by SeshadriIyer on behalf of Mysore Darbar. The darbar also supported the establishment of the university by donating Rs.5,00,000 apart from its annual contribution of Rs.50, 000. Rest of the amount for Annual expenses came from Tata’s endowment which is about 1,25,000/ year & Government’s contribution about 87,500/ year.

2.Regulating Body

Director: Prof. Anurag Kumar

Deputy Directors: Prof. Jayant M Modak& Prof. RudraPrathap

Dean: Prof. N. Srikanth

Registrar: Mr. M.V. Rajarajan

Chairman (Council): Prof. P. Ramarao

3.Salient features

  • The former Directors of the University, C V Raman & C N R Rao were awarded highest civilian award – Bharat Ratna.
  • The university has collaboration with various Government organizations like DRDO, ISRO, CSIR, Aeronautical Development Agency, National Aerospace Laboratories, IT department (government) etc.
  • IISC also works in collaboration with many private organizations like Google, General Motors, Microsoft Research, IBM Research, Boeing& Bosch Research Foundation.
  • Super Computer Education & Research Centre (SERC) which was established as a Central Computing Facility in 1970 with the aim of providing state of the art computing facility for its faculty & students. SERC is funded by MHRD& houses India’s first Pet scale Super computer Cray XC- 40 which is the fastest computer in India.
  • The library in the university was established in 1965 with the grants from UGC & was renamed as JRD Tata Memorial Library. The National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM) has recognized this library as Regional Center for Mathematics in southern India.
  • Pravega, the annual science, technology & cultural festival started in 2013 is usually conducted in the 3rd week of January.
  • Vijyoshi, an annual National Sciece Camp for secondary school & Undergraduate students is hosted by IISC.
  • IISC also conducts Inter IISER Sports Meet annually in which students are tested for various sports.


  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Physical & Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Sciences
  • Electrical, Electronic & Computer Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Research


Category Ranking Body Rank
International ARWU 401-500
International Leiden 245
International The 301-350
International QS 530
International USNER 184
Asia Times Asia 29
Asia QS Asia 50
Special (Emerging Economics) The Brics 16
Special QS Brics 10
Special (Employability) Qs 301-500


IISC is a fully residential campus spread over 400 acres of land in the heart of Bengaluru city. The campus houses more than 40 departments marked by routes such as the Gulmohar Marg, the Mahogany Marg, the Badami Marg, the Tala Marg, the Ashoka Marg, the Nilgiri Marg, the Silver Oak Marg, the Amra Marg and the Arjuna Marg. The campus features six canteens (cafeterias), a gymkhana (gymnasium and sports complex), a football ground and a cricket ground, four dining messes (halls), one multi-cuisine restaurant, nine men’s and five women’s hostels (dormitories), a library, two shopping centers and residences of the faculty members and other staff, besides other amenities. In front of the main building, a beautiful statue of J N Tata was erected in his loving memory. The building, as one of the prominent landmarks of Bengaluru, was designed by C. F. Stevens and Company of Bombay in 1912–13.

A second campus is in Challakere, in 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) lot of land. It currently holds the Talent Development Centre, established in 2011


  • Candidates should have completed their IIPUC / 12th class
  • Candidates must have studied Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics.
  • Candidates must have secured first class or 60% in 12th class examination. (Exception for SC/ST students who can get admission with 40% marks in 12th class exam.)
  • Selection is done based on the candidate’s score in the KVPY exam, IIT exam, NEET –UG Exam.
  • The minimum marks in these exams for various categories are as follows:

General – 60%, EWS- 54%, OBC-NCL- 54% & SC/ST/PwD – 30%.

IIT Exam pattern is already described in our other articles. Please refer to them here:

8. Courses Offered

IISC offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate & Doctoral programs for aspirants. Students pursuing Doctoral programs constitute 70% of the University population. Master’s degrees offered by the institute are classified into two categories: degrees by coursework (M.Tech. M.Mgt, and M.Des.) and degrees by research [M.Tech. (Research)]. The two-year M.Tech. Program is available in almost all engineering departments “The Undergraduate program by IISC offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (Research) and a five-year integrated Master of Science course in six disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Material Science, Mathematics, and Physics”. The first batch of students was admitted in 2011. Admission to Undergraduate program is offered to students through JEE Mains & Advanced, NEET & JAM.

9.KVPY Pattern

  • Kishore VignanicProtsahanYojana (KVPY) is a national level exam conducted for Science aspiring students initiated & funded by the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.
  • KVPY is a 3 hours (180 min) exam conducted in English & Hindi languages.
  • The exam has Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • The exam is conducted in 2 shifts KVPY SA (9:30 AM -12:30 PM), SB & SX (2 PM -5 PM).
  • The exam is conducted in 2 parts. In Part -1, each correct answer carries 1& wrong answer takes away 0.25 (1/4th) mark while in Part -2, each correct answer holds 2 marks & each wrong answer takes away 0.5 (1/2) negative mark.
  • The exam is for 160 marks & students need to attempt only 80 questions out of 120 questions.
  • The exam fee is Rs.1000 for General& 500 for SC/ST/PH/PWD.
  • The exam is a Computer Based Test (CBT) conducted in the 1st week of November.
  • The exam is conducted in around 111 centers across India.
  • Application fee can be paid either Online or Offline through DD.

10.Marks for the exam

Subjects Part-1 Questions Part-2 Questions Marks
Maths 20 10 40
Physics 20 10 40
Chemistry 20 10 40
Biology 20 10 40
Total 80 40 160

11.Important Dates

Events Commencement Date
Application Release date 2nd week of July
Last date to fill Application 4th week of August
Admit Card Release date 4th week of October
KVPY date 1st week of November
Result date 2nd week December
Interview Window 4th week Jan- Feb

12.Application Procedure

  1. Registration: Using ID & password.
  2. Fee Payment: Online / Offline through DD.
  3. Documents submission: X th class & XII th class documents (300KB).
  4. Digital Signature (80 KB) & Digital Photograph (150 KB).

13.Admission Process

  • Registration for Undergraduate course in IISC.
  • Application is available from 1st week of February while the last date of application is the last week of April.
  • Application fee for the General category is Rs.500 while for SC/ST/PWD is Rs.250.

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