May 2021

1. Q. How do I apply for PMRF Direct Entry?
A. You need to apply for the regular PhD programme in one of the PMRF Granting Institutions. If selected, and your candidature is found strong enough, the institute will nominate you. Note that you must have been selected in the PhD programme at the beginning of the current semester. In case you were selected in the PhD programme earlier, you can only be considered in the lateral entry mode. Nomination does not guarantee acceptance for PMRF. After nomination, an expert panel will look at the nominations and make decisions.

2. Q. Is there a central portal where I can apply for Direct Entry?
A.
No. There is no such portal because you have to go through one of the institutes and get admission in the PhD programme.

3. Q. What is the deadline for Direct Entry Application?
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There is no separate deadline. You need to look at the deadlines for applying to the regular PhD programme in the PMRF Granting Institutions.

4. Q. When will the interviews for PMRF be held?
A.
There will be no such interviews.

5. Q. How do I apply for PMRF Lateral Entry?
A.
You need to be a PhD student in one of the PMRF granting institutions, and then get nominated by the institution.

6. Q. If I am a PhD student in Institution A, can I get lateral entry PMRF in some other Institution B?
A.
No. You will get PMRF for continuing your PhD in Institution A only.

7. Q. What are the deadlines of degree completion for applying for PMRF Lateral entry - May 2021?
A.
In case you joined the PhD programme after a Masters degree, then your date of admission should be in May 2020 or later. In case you joined the PhD programme after a Bachelors degree, then your date of admission should be May 2019 or later. For candidates in Integrated Masters-PhD programme, the date of completion of all requirements of the Masters programme should fall in May 2020 or later. For candidates who convert from Masters to PhD during the tenure of the Masters programme, the date of joining PhD programme should be in May 2020 or later.

8. Q. How many times can I apply for PMRF Lateral Entry ?
A.
At most twice.

9. Q. What is the deadline for applying for PMRF this year?
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We accept nominations only through PMRF granting institutes. The deadline for receiving this nomination (not from you, but from the institutions) will be announced soon.

10. Q. I am a PhD student in one of the PMRF granting institutes. Who should I approach for lateral entry nomination?
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Your point of contact should be your supervisor, Head of Department and PhD coordinators.

11. Q. I am enrolled in Integrated Masters-PhD programme. Will the courses done during the completion of Masters requirements count towards the 4 course requirement for lateral entry?
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Yes. These will count if you are enrolled in Integrated Masters-PhD programme or convert to PhD programme during the tenure of Masters programme. Note that courses like thesis work, seminar or any other course which only requires one-to-one interaction with an instructor will not count towards the 4 course requirement.

12. Q. I am in an intergrated Masters-PhD programme. From what date will the 12 month period for lateral entry start getting counted?
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It should be 12 months from the date when you have completed all requirements of the Masters programme.

13. Q. What is the overall selection process?
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For both direct entry and lateral entry, one of the PMRF Granting Institute needs to nominate you (as explained above). Then a central discipline specific selection panel will look at your application and make decisions.

14. Q. Is there reservation quota for PMRF.
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No.

15. Q. I converted from Masters programme to PhD programme in one of the PMRF granting institutes. Am I eligible for direct entry ?
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No. Candidates who convert from Masters to PhD programme during the tenure of Masters programme, or complete requirement of Masters programme during an Integrated Masters-PhD programme are not eligible for Direct Entry.

16. Q. Once I get nominated by my institute, what is the application process?
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Once the PMRF committee receives your nomination (through your institute), you will receive a link to submit your application. You will be asked to submit details of your academic background along with transcripts, details of research experience or internship, CV, research proposal or statement of purpose, list of publications, and reference(s) who are willing to write a strong letter of recommendation for you.

17. Q. Are there any disciplines excluded in the PMRF scheme?
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The scheme is meant for areas in science and technology only.

18. Q. I am not a citizen of India. Can I apply for PMRF?
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No (sorry), but check out ASEAN.

19. Q. I satisfy all the eligibility criteria for PMRF nomination, but I haven't been nominated by my institute/university.
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The PMRF eligibility criteria are a minimum criteria. Each institution is free to run its own selection process for PMRF nominations. It can impose additional criteria during this process.

20. Q. Who will make the final decision?
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A sub-committee made up of experts in each discipline as per the table below will recommend.

Discipline(s) Institute
Civil Engineering, Earth Science, Architecture, Ocean and Naval Engg Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Design Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Computer Science & Engineering, Data Science, Mathematics Indian Institute of Science
Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences, Agricultural Sciences Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Chemical Engineering, Textile Engineering Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Physics Jawaharlal Nehru University
Chemistry Banaras Hindu University
Interdisciplinary areas in Science and Engineering Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Based on the recommendations, the PMRF National Coordination Committee will make the final decisions.