IISER 2020 counselling started for the SCB and JEE Advanced channel. Earlier the answer key was released. The counselling process of IISER has been rescheduled. The authority has released the IISER Cut Off For 2020.  Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) has released the application form through a KVPY on 24th April & SCB channel on 23rd March 2020. IISER provides education in the field of science and research. The institute will conduct the IISER Exam for a 5-year dual degree course known as the BS-MS program.

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Admission for IISER 2020 will be granted via three channels and they are KVPY, SCB, and JEE. The authority will conduct an IISER Aptitude Test 2020 (IAT 2020) for applicants opting for the SCB channel whereas direct admission will be offered to eligible candidates who are opting for the other two channels. Applicants can apply through any of the three channels but they must fulfill the eligibility criteria of the channel they are applying. There are seven participating Institutes of IISER 2020.


  • The first round of counselling for candidates of SCB and JEE channels will commence on 20th October. The second round of counselling for candidates of all channels (KVPY, JEE, and SCB ) will commence on 01st November 2020: Click Here
  • IISER Answer Key Released: Click Here
  • Candidates appearing for the exam are requested to show a copy of this letter to the local authorities in case of any difficulties in reaching the test venues.
  • IISER Application Form for JEE Main Channel: Click Here
  • Download IISER Admit Card: Click Here
  • Mock Test for IISER will start from 7th- 17th September 2020. 
  • IISER 2020 Cut Off Released. Check Now 
  • The cut-off marks in 10+2 or eligibility for IISER Admissions in 2020 be modified as follows: either 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade for General/ OBC and OBC-NCL categories and 55% for SC/ST/PWD in any boards or the cut-off marks already announced for each of the boards in the admission website, whichever is lower

IISER Exam 2020

  1. Joint Entrance Examination of Indian Institutes of Technology (JEE) – Candidates opting for this channel are eligible for direct admission through valid JEE Advanced 2020 score.
  2. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) –  Based on a valid KVPY fellowship, an applicant will be offered admission to the institute.
  3. State and Central Boards Channel (SCB) – Aspirants need to appear in an Aptitude test for this channel. the details regarding the aptitude test are mentioned below in the article.

Overview of IISER 2020

A quick overview is depicted below in the table for IISER 2020. Applicants can go through this to have knowledge about the same.

NameIndian Institutes of Science Education and Research Admission 2020
Commonly Known asIISER 2020
Conducting InstituteIndian Institutes of Science Education and Research
Channels of AdmissionIISER 2020 Admission is conducted via 3 channels: KVPY, JEE, and SCB.IISER Aptitude Test 2020 will be conducted for candidates opting for the SCB channel. While direct admission will be offered to eligible candidates opting for the other two channels.
PurposeTo provide admission in 5-year degree course known as BS-MS program at one of the seven participating institutes
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Application FeeApplication fee of Rs. 2000 for General Category applicantsApplication fee of Rs. 1000 for SC/ST/Kashmiri Migrants/Physically Handicapped candidatesThe application fee will be non-refundable
Number of Seats Reserved50% of seats will be allotted to KVPY and JEE candidates while remaining seats will be allotted to SCB candidates.
Combined total number of seats1285 (Approximately)

IISER 2020- Dates

Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) will announce tentative dates for the occurrence of any particular event regarding IISER. The important dates for all the three channels differ and are tabulated below:

KVPY ChannelJEE Main ChannelSCB Channel
Events Dates
Opening of the Application portal24th April 2020
Final date to submit the Application form18th August 2020
Uploading Marks & Category Certificate29th August 2020
Last date of uploading XII Marks & Category Certificate4th September 2020
First round of seat allotment. SAF begins with float/freeze
First-round SAF closes at 5 PM
The second round of seat allotment SAF begins with float/freeze
Second round SAF closes at 5 PM
Withdrawal of SAF closes at 5 PM
Reporting at allotted IISER for registration
Commencement of Classes
Events Dates
Opening of the Application portalTBA
Last date of Uploading XII Marks and Category Certificate. (Application portal closes at 5 PM)
Application Portal Closes
1st round of seat allotment SAF begins with freeze only
First-round SAF closes at 5 PM
Withdrawal of SAF closes at 5 PM
2nd & Final Round of Seat Allotment (SAF begins with freeze only)
Reporting at IISER for registration
2nd Round SAF (Channel Counselling Closed)
Commencement of Classes
Events Dates
Application portal goes live at 11 AM (accessible via www.iiseradmission.in)March 23, 2020
Application portal closes at 5 PM18th August 2020
Last date of Uploading XII Marks & Category Certificate closes at 5 PM29th August 2020
Downloading Hall Ticket7th September 2020
IISER Aptitude Test 9.00 to 12.0018th September 2020
Answer Key Release20th September 2020
Response Sheet and Representation starts at 9 AM
Last Date of Uploading XII Marks & Category Certificate
Response Sheet and Representation Ends at 5 PM
Revised Answer key released at 5 PM if there is any change
1st round of seat allotment SAF begins with float/freeze
1st round SAF closes at 10 PM
2nd round of seat allotment SAF begins with float/freeze
2nd round SAF closes at 5 PM
3rd round of seat allotment SAF begins with float/freeze
3rd round SAF closes at  10 PM
Withdrawal of SAF closes at 10 PM
4th round of seat allotment SAF begins with float/freeze
Reporting at IISER for Registration
4th Round closes at 10 PM (Channel Counselling Closed)
Commencement of Classes

IISER Eligibility Criteria

The admission authority has set different eligibility criteria for each of the three channels of IISER 2020. Applicants must check and meet the eligibility criteria for whichever channel they are applying for. IISER Eligibility Criteria 2020 is given below for all the three channels:

For Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Channel

  • Applicants must have a valid KVPY fellowship for academic session 2020-2021. In addition, cut-off criteria may be applicable

For Joint Entrance Examination of Indian Institutes of Technology (JEE) Channel

  • Applicants belonging to the General category must obtain a rank within 10000 in the Common Rank List (CRL) of JEE Advanced 2020 to be eligible for admission.  Candidates belonging to the reserved category (OBCNC, SC, ST, PD) must secure a rank within 10000

For State and Central Boards Channel (SCB) Channel

  • Applicants must have passed class 12th or intermediate examination with science stream in 2019 or 2020
  • Candidates must have a score equal or above the cut-off in their respective boards
  • The cut-off percentage for SC/ST and Kashmiri Migrants is set as 55% in 12th standard for all boards
  • There is 5% relaxation for the OBC-NC and PwD category in the qualifying examination


  • Applicants of Indian nationality, POI and OCI are eligible for IISER 2020.

IISER Application Form 2020

Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research has released the online application form for the different channels separately. Hence, a separate application form needs to be filled for each channel along with the payment of the application fee.  Candidates need to register through their valid email ids and enter the required details. After registration, an applicant can log in and proceed to fill the IISER Application Form 2020. Applicants opting for SCB need to fill the marks secured by them in the Aptitude test and they also need to upload documents. These documents must be in the specifications notified by the authority.

IISER Application Fee 2020

Aspirants need to pay an application fee which differs for different categories. Given below is the table displaying an amount that needs to be paid:

S.NoCategoryAmount In INR
1General/OBC-NCL applicants2000
2SC/ST/PwD applicants and Kashmiri Migrants1000

NOTE – Application fee is non-refundable and payment can be made only via online mode through Net Banking or Credit/Debit card.

IISER Test Centres 2020

Applicants have to select test centres as per their convenience and preference while filling an application form. The aptitude test will be conducted in the following test centre cities.

BangaloreIndian Institute of Science Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore
BhubaneswarNational Institute of Science Education and Research Bhubaneswar
BhopalIndian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal
BarodaThe Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
ChennaiIndian Institute of Technology Madras
DelhiIndian Institute of Technology Delhi
GuwahatiIndian Institute of Technology Guwahati
HyderabadKendriya Vidyalaya, Uppal No. 1, Hyderabad
KolkataKendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Salt Lake, Kolkata
MohaliIndian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali
MumbaiInstitute of Chemical Technology, Matunga, Mumbai
NagpurLaxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur
PuneIndian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune
ThiruvananthapuramIndian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram
VaranasiIndian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi

IISER Exam Pattern 2020

The table below shows the exam pattern of IISER Aptitude Test 2020 also known as IAT 2020. This aptitude test will be conducted for applicants who opt for SCB Channel.

Test Duration3 hours
SubjectsConsists of four subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology

All the four subjects will carry equal weightage

Total time duration180 minutes (45 mins for each subject)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Questions asked in each subject15
Total number of questions60
Marking Scheme3 marks will be awarded for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for the wrong answer
Exam Date4th week of June 2020 (Tentative)

IISER Admit Card 2020

The conducting authority will release IISER Admit Card 2020. Applicants appearing for IAT 2020 have to collect the admit card first. IISER 2020 Hall Ticket will be available in online mode. the candidate can download the admit card from the official website by logging in using their email id and password. The admit card will contain details of the candidate and instructions regarding the test. Aspirants are advised to check the details mentioned on the card carefully before downloading it. The admit card acts as an identity proof for the candidate and it must be kept safe and secure until the admission process gets over.

IISER Syllabus 2020

The syllabus for IISER 2020 Aptitude Test for all four subjects is mentioned below. The candidate must prepare according to the given syllabus.

  1. Physics:- Work, Energy and Power, Gravitation, Properties of bulk matter, Physical World and Measurement, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Thermodynamics, Oscillations, Waves, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Electromagnetic Waves, Optics, Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter Electromagnetic Induction, Alternating Current.
  2. Mathematics:- Permutations and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Sets, Relations and functions, Trigonometric Functions, Sequences and Series, Limits and Derivatives, Mathematical Reasoning, Continuity and Differentiability, Integrals, Applications of integrals, Statistics, Probability, Matrices, Determinants, Differential equations, Vectors, Three-dimensional geometry.
  3. Chemistry:- Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, States of Matter, Some Basic Concept of Chemistry, Structure of Atom, Thermodynamics, Redox Reactions, Hydrogen, Organic Chemistry, Hydrocarbons, Environmental Chemistry, The s-block Elements, The p-block Elements, The solid-state, Solutions, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Organic compounds containing nitrogen, Biomolecules, Polymers, Chemistry in everyday life, Surface chemistry, The d- & f-block elements.
  4. Biology:- Structural organization in animals and plants, Diversity in the living world, Cell structure and Function, Plant Physiology, Human Physiology, Biology and human welfare, Biotechnology and its application, Reproduction, Genetics and Evolution, Ecology and environment.

Preparation of IISER Aptitude Test 2020

Candidates opting for the SCB channel must know how to crack the aptitude test of IISER 2020. In order to qualify the test, an applicant must also be aware of how to prepare for the test. Some resources which will help in preparation are listed below:

  • Syllabus – The test is generally based on the NCERT syllabus of Class 11th and 12th
  • Books – Candidates can prepare from NCERT books and also they can take help from reference books for practice purposes
  • Preparation Strategy/Timetable – Applicants must create a timetable and follow it. This will help them to prepare in the best possible way

IISER Answer Key 2020

Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research will release IISER answer key 2020 for the aptitude test. Using this answer key, applicants can calculate their probable score. The candidate needs to check their response against the question asked in the test. If the candidate’s response is correct, then he/she will be awarded 3 marks and if the response is wrong then 1 mark will be deducted. The calculation should be based on this marking scheme.

IISER Result 2020

Candidates are shortlisted for allotment of seats via KVPY and JEE channels through the result of IISER 2020. IISER Result 2020 for the aptitude test will be available online from the 1st week of July 2020.

Result for KVPY Channel: The KVPY result and cut-off will be made available in online mode. The cut-off will be made according to the minimum qualifying marks secured by aspirants.

Result for JEE Channel: The result for the JEE channel will be announced for the combined three subjects. The JEE Advanced rank will be based on the marks secured in JEE.

Aptitude Test Result: Applicants who have opted for the SCB channel can check their IAT 2020 result by logging in using their roll number and registration id. The result will be generated for candidates who will score minimum qualifying marks. Thus, those candidates will be offered admission to IISER.

IISER Merit List 2020

The admission authority will publish the IISER Merit List 2020. The merit list will be prepared based on the total number of available seats through all three channels. Seats will be allotted to only those candidates whose names will be listed on the IISER 2020 merit list. On the basis of selection of programme and institute, the candidate’s name will be mentioned on the merit list of IISER 2020.

IISER Cut-off 2020

The minimum qualifying score required by candidates for admission in the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research is known as IISER cut-off 2020. The cut-off for the previous year of all states is given below:

Name of BoardCut- off %Name of BoardCut- off %
Andhra Pradesh95.4 %Nagaland66.5 %
Bihar71.0 %Punjab80.7 %
Goa83.3 %Tamil Nadu95.2 %
Haryana86.3 %Uttar Pradesh74.2 %
Jammu Kashmir84.4 %West Bengal78.9 %
Karnataka87.5 %ICSE92.9 %
Madhya Pradesh82.0 %AMU Board81.4 %
Manipur77.6 %NIOS83.6 %
Mizoram67.4 %Viswa-Bharathi83.1 %
Orissa71.6 %Telangana97.3 %
Rajasthan78.7 %Assam74.5 %
Tripura68.2 %Chhattisgarh76.6 %
Uttarakhand67.9 %Kerala93.3 %
CBSE90.0 %Maharashtra77.9 %
Himachal Pradesh79.7 %                                 –

IISER Counselling 2020

The admission authority will organize IISER Counselling 2020 for the qualifying applicants of aptitude test who have opted for SCB channel. The counselling process will be conducted for all three channels separately. Also, the authority will publish seat allotment lists separately for all the channels. Participation in counselling of IISER 2020 is must for shortlisted aspirants who wish for admission in the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research.

IISER Seat Matrix 2020

There are approximately 1285 seats offered to candidates through IISER 2020. The IISER Seat Matrix 2020 is given below:

S.NoLocation of IISER InstitutesSeat Matrix

IISER Participating Institutes 2020

There are a total of seven IISER Participating Institutes 2020. These institutes will offer seats to the shortlisted candidates. These institutes will also provide admission through KVYP, JEE Advanced 2020 and SCB. Applicants are advised to select participating institutes according to their convenience as seats will be allotted based on this selection during the counselling process. The seven IISER 2020 participating institutes are given below:

  1. Bhopal
  2. Tirupati
  3. Berhampur
  4. Thiruvananthapuram
  5. Pune
  6. Kolkata
  7. Mohali

Address of Correspondence

The Chairperson,
Joint Admission Committee,
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune,
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan, Pune 411008,
Phone: +91 020 2590 8222 (10 AM to 3 PM on weekdays)


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