Candidates can apply for PMRF through two channels:

To apply for PMRF through this channel, the candidate must satisfy all of the following criteria:

(1) The applicant should have satisfied one of the following criteria in the preceding three years from the date of submission of the application :

(a) completed or be pursuing the final year of four (or five) year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech. or 2 year M.Sc. or five year undergraduate postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERSs/IIEST and centrally funded IIITs. These candidates should have secured a CGPA/CPI of at least 8.0 (on a 10-point scale). For applicants in the five year integrated or dual degree programs, if separate CGPAs/CPIs are awarded for UG and PG parts of the program, the CGPA/CPI of the UG part (first four years) will be considered.


(b) completed or be pursuing the final year of four (or five) year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech. or five year integrated M.Sc. or 2 year M.Sc. Or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from any other Institute/University recognized in India, not covered in 1(a) above. These candidates should have secured a minimum CGPA of 8 or equivalent apart from a minimum score of 650 in the respective GATE subject, or a UGC/CSIR JRF rank of 100 or less, or those with NBHM fellowship.


(c) qualified GATE and be pursuing or have completed M.Tech./MS by research at one of the PMRF Granting Institutions having a minimum CGPA or CPI of 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) with a minimum of four courses at the time of application.

(2) They apply for Ph.D. programme in one the PMRF granting institutes and get selected in the programme.

(3) The PMRF granting institute, which has admitted the student in the Ph.D. programme makes a strong recommendation, and uploads the relevant information at the PMRF web-portal. Student can only get admission in those institutes where he/she has got selected and wishes to seek admission (i.e., selection in one institute and availing PMRF from another institute which does not support the student for PMRF will not be allowed).

(4) The metrics on which the candidates will be judged will include (but not restricted to): research exposure, publications, performance in international competitions (like Math. Olympiad, ACM ICPC Programming Contest), grades and recommendation letters.

(5) Within 12-18 months of admission into the PhD programme, the progress of the candidate will be reviewed by the PMRF panel, and continuation of PMRF will be subject to candidate’s satisfactory performance. A strong research proposal is
mandatory, and a clear assessment from the host institution in support of continuation of PMRF status. Due weightage would be given to publication in reputed journals/conferences.


To apply for PMRF through this channel, the candidate must satisfy all of the following

(1) The candidate should be pursuing Ph.D. in one of the PMRF granting institutions. Further, he/she should have completed at most 12 months in the PhD programme if he/she joined the programme with a Master’s degree; and should have completed at most 24 months in the PhD programme if he/she joined the PhD programme with a Bachelor’s degree. The relevant period of 12 months or 24 months will be counted from the date of admission in the PhD programme till the
date of application for lateral entry. A candidate can be considered at most twice through lateral entry channel PMRF. In case of Integrated M.Tech/MSc and PhD programmes, the candidate will be eligible to apply within 12 months of the date of satisfying the Master’s degree requirement.

(2) The candidate should have completed at least four courses in the PhD programme, each of which should be a full-semester course, and obtained aggregate CGPA of 8.5 (out of 10) or higher. Only full subject courses are considered; General courses such as Seminar, Communication Skill, Research Methodology etc are not considered as full subject courses.

(3) The PMRF Granting Institute, in which the student is enrolled, makes a strong recommendation for the candidate and uploads the relevant information on the PMRF web-portal. This includes a research proposal and soft copies of publications (which could include those under submission).

(4) Candidate continues work only in the host institute and transfer to another PMRF eligible institute is not allowed. Further, once enrolled in a PhD programme through lateral entry, the candidate cannot be considered for direct entry channel in a subsequent year.

(5) The metrics on which the candidates will be judged include (but not restricted to) a strong research proposal, publications record and grades. Due weightage should be given to publication in reputed journals/conferences.

Broad areas under which Applications can be made :

Broad area: 01-Civil Engineering, Earth Science, Architecture, Ocean and Naval Engineering.

Sub areas include (but not limited to)
Architecture & Planning: Architectural, building and climate science
Architecture & Planning: Interdisciplinary architecture and design
Architecture & Planning: Planning – Urban/Rural
Civil Engineering:  Environmental engineering
Civil Engineering:  Geospatial technology
Civil Engineering:  Geotechnical Engineering
Civil Engineering: Structural engineering
Civil Engineering: Transportation engineering
Civil Engineering: Water resources engineering
Earth Sciences: Applied geology
Earth Sciences: Applied geophysics
Ocean Engineering: Coastal engineering
Ocean Engineering: Naval architecture
Ocean Engineering: Offshore engineering
Ocean Engineering: Petroleum engineering

Broad area: 02-Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Design.

Sub areas include (but not limited to)
Fluid Mechanics/Heat Transfer
Thermodynamics/Airconditioning & Refrigeration/Cryogenics
Experimental Methods in Engineering & Design
Computational & Higher Order Numerical Methods
Boiling/Condensation/Phase change
Robotics & Automation
Solid Mechanics/Kinematics
Materials/Fracture mechanics
Aeroacoustics/Structural Health Monitoring
Vibrations and control systems
Combustion and propulsion systems

Broad area: 03-Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering.

Sub areas include (but not limited to)
Image processing
Integrated Circuits
Signal processing
RF and Photonics
Power systems

Broad area: 04-Computer Science & Engineering, Data Science, Mathematics.

Sub areas include (but not limited to)
Computer Science - Theory
Computer Science - Systems
Data Science
Broad area: 05-Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences and Agricultural Sciences.

Sub areas include (but not limited to)
Tissue engineering, biomaterials and regenerative medicine
Nanotechnology, nanomedicine and theranostics
Genetics and epigenetics
Computational biology, systems biology and bioinformatics
Cell biology
Molecular Biology, biochemistry and Enzymology
Cancer Biology
Developmental biology
Structural biology and protein engineering
Plant sciences
Ecology and evolution
Wildlife sciences, Aquaculture, & Fishery Sciences
Food Technology
Environmental Sciences
Bioprocess Engineering

Broad area: 06-Chemical Engineering, Textile Engineering.

Sub areas include (but not limited to)
Chemical Engineering: Heterogeneous Catalysis, reaction engineering
Chemical Engineering: Molecular simulation and modelling, CFD, process control and instrumentation
Chemical Engineering: Fuel cell, energy starage, hydrogen production, petroleum engg
Chemical Engineering: Wastewater treatment, environmental engineering
Chemical Engineering:Electrochemical engg, corrosion
Chemical Engineering: Fluid mechanics, rheology
Chemical Engineering: Heat transfer and thermodynamics
Chemical Engineering: Mass transfer, membrane, separation processes
Chemical Engineering: Biomedical application, point of care device
Chemical Engineering: Food science and technology, smart packaging
Chemical Engineering: Carbon capture
Textile Engineering: Natural fibre composite, electrospun nanofibre,  Polymeric Nanocomposites
Textile Engineering: Yarn engineering
Textile Engineering: Fibre science and technology
Textile Engineering: Nanocoating, nanomaterials for textile
Textile Engineering: Apparel Engineering
Textile Engineering: Garment Technology
Textile Engineering: Smart textile, phase change materials for hest storage
Textile Engineering: Nonwoven and Technical Textiles
Textile Engineering: Yarn and Fabric Production
Textile Engineering: Medical Textiles

Broad area: 07-Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering.

Sub areas include (but not limited to)
Mechanical behaviour of materials and working
Physical metallurgy (Alloys/materials development and materials characterization
Electronic materials, devices and batteries
Extractive metallurgy of ferrous and nonferrous metals/alloys and continuous casting
Modeling/Simulation/machine learning related to materials
Corrosion and environmental degradation, wear and surface modification
Materials processing/advance materials manufacturing/Joining/Casting

Broad area: 08-Physics.

Broad area: 09-Chemistry.

Sub areas include (but not limited to)
Theoretical & Computational Chemistry
Thermodynamics/Kinetics/Electrochemistry/ other areas of Physical Chemistry
Solid State Chemistry
Coordination /Organometallic Chemistry/Bio-Inorganic Chemistry
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Physico-organic Chemistry/Bio-Organic Chemistry
Materials Chemistry

Broad area: 10-Interdisciplinary areas in Science and Engineering.

Sub areas include (but not limited to)
Analytics & Data Mining
Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) & Molecular Dynamics
Energy, Environment, & Process Safety
Human-Computer Interaction (e.g., e-Learning & Image processing)
Microfluidics, Nanofluidics & Transport Processes
Operations & Supply Chain Management
Soft Computing & Control Engineering
Wastewater Treatment & Membrane Separation
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