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The Masters program is offered once every two years (in even years). Admission to the program is advertised in August-September of the year prior to the start of the course. Students are selected based on a written test, a detailed application, referee letters, and an interview of short-listed candidates. The written test assesses general knowledge, aptitude, English language skills, analytical and quantitative abilities, and knowledge of basic biology, ecology, and conservation issues. 

This test is conducted in over 50 centres across India, including most state capitals, in early December.

Application are closed for the 2024-26


Indian applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (including those in their final year of graduation) with a minimum of 50% marks in the core subjects are eligible to apply. 

The next round of admission to the program is usually announced on NCBS / TIFR websites and in leading national dailies, along with admission to other courses at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. The entrance exam is usually held in December, followed by interviews with shortlisted candidates in May.  The course commences in August. 

For more details, kindly visit the TIFR website. 


Application procedure for International Candidates: Applications are closed


Course Fees and Fellowship

We cover the  complete tuition costs of all candidates admitted into the program. The program is residential and hostel facilities are provided on campus. Students are awarded a monthly stipend towards their living expenses, and a one-time small grant for their research projects.

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