IISER Aptitude Test 2020: Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility


IISER or Indian Institute of Science Education and Research application form will release in March 2020. It is one of the prestigious institutions of India. And, the students willing to take admission in IISER can do so on the basis of IISER 2020 Examination, KVPY, or JEE Advanced. Also, as is the name of the institute, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research offers education in the field of science and research. Further, there are seven campuses of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in India located at Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati. And, these campuses impart 5 Years B.S. – M.S. Program (dual degree course). Here is the complete detail about IISER Aptitude Test (IAT).

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IISER Aptitude Test (IAT) Important Dates

For SCB Stream:

Events Dates (Tentative)
Opening of online application 31 March 2020
Last date to apply online 06 May 2020 (Extended)
Availability of admit card 25 May 2020
IISER SCB aptitude test 06 June 2020 (Revised)
Answer Key 07 June 2020
Answer Key objection 08 – 11 June 2020
Declaration of result 1st week of July
Releasing of allocation of seats 02 July 2020
Payment of fee Last week of July


Events Dates (Tentative)
Starting of Application form 26 May 2020
Closing of application forms 20 June 2020
Starting of seat allocation 24 June 2020

For JEE (Advanced) Stream:

Events Dates (Tentative)
Online application starts 15 June 2020
Last date to apply online 20 June 2020
Announcement of first seat allocation 25 June 2020

Check the details information about IISER Important Dates here.

How to Apply for IISER Aptitude Test (IAT)?

IISER 2020 Application Procedure: The IISER Aptitude Test (IAT) application process is given below:

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  1. Firstly, the candidates who want to seek admission in any of the campuses of IISER should fill the Online Application Form from the official website via SCB stream, or KVPY & JEE Advanced Stream.
  2. Also, at the time of filling the Application Form, candidates need to upload recent photograph & Mark Sheet / Rank Card (if applicable) in the given format.
  3. Next, the applicants need to fill their preferences of campuses out of the seven IISERs for admission.
  4. Finally, take a print out of the application form and keep it safe for future reference.

Relevant Forms

All the relevant forms are attached along with your offer letters. However, if any of them are missing then you may download them from the links below.

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IISER 2020 Application Fee

The candidates applying for admission to IISER in the Year 2020 need to pay a non-refundable application fee of Rs. 1,500/-. And, the aspirants can pay this application fee either through Online mode or Offline mode.

IISER Aptitude Test 2020 Cut-off percentage of different State and Central Boards

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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Eligibility Criteria

Only candidates who are Indian Nationals, Person of Indian Origin, or Overseas Citizen of India are eligible to apply for IISER.

Stream Qualifying Exam Minimum Marks Relaxation Cutoff Percentage
SCB 10 + 2 Examination with Science Stream in 2017 or 2020 Secure marks equal or above cutoff percentage in their respective boards 5% relaxation in qualifying marks for OBC – NC and PWD candidates For SC / ST / KM candidates, the cutoff percentage marks are 55% in 10 + 2 Examination for all Boards
KVPY Valid KVPY scholarship commencing from 2020 – 2020 session N.A. N.A. N.A.
JEE Advanced Qualify JEE Advanced Exam and secure a rank within 10,000 in Common Rank List (CRL) N.A. For OBC – NC / SC / ST / PWD candidates, IISER will consider their category rank N.A.

IISER Aptitude Test 2020 Syllabus

The Syllabus for the IISER Aptitude Test is mention below. The syllabus is based on the NCERT syllabus for classes XI and XII.

  1. Sets
  2. Relations and functions
  3. Trigonometric Functions
  4. Inverse Trigonometric Functions
  5. Principle of Mathematical Induction
  6. Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations
  7. Linear Inequalities
  8. Permutations and Combinations
  9. Binomial Theorem
  10. Sequences and Series
  11. Straight Lines
  12. Conic Sections
  13. Introduction to Three Dimensional Geometry
  14. Limits and Derivatives
  15. Mathematical Reasoning
  16. Statistics
  17. Probability
  18. Matrices
  19. Determinants
  20. Continuity and Differentiability
  21. Application of Derivatives
  22. Integrals
  23. Applications of integrals
  24. Differential equations
  25. Vectors
  26. Three-dimensional geometry
  27. Linear Programming
  1. Physical World and Measurement
  2. Kinematics
  3. Laws of Motion
  4. Work, Energy and Power
  5. Motion of Systems of Particles and Rigid body
  6. Gravitation
  7. Properties of bulk matter
  8. Thermodynamics
  9. Behavior of perfect gas and kinetic energy
  10. Oscillations
  11. Waves
  12. Electrostatics
  13. Current Electricity
  14. Magnetic effect of current and magnetism
  15. Electromagnetic Induction
  16. Alternating Current
  17. Electromagnetic Waves
  18. Optics
  19. Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter
  20. Atoms
  21. Nuclei
  22. Electronic devices
  23. Communication Systems
  1. Some Basic Concept of Chemistry
  2. Structure of Atom
  3. Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
  4. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
  5. States of Matter
  6. Thermodynamics
  7. Equilibrium
  8. Redox Reactions
  9. Hydrogen
  10. The s-block Elements
  11. The p-Block Elements
  12. Organic Chemistry – Some Basic Principles and Techniques
  13. Hydrocarbons
  14. Environmental Chemistry
  15. The Solid-state
  16. Solutions
  17. Electrochemistry
  18. Chemical Kinetics
  19. Surface chemistry
  20. General principles and processes of isolation of elements
  21. The p-block elements
  22. The d- & f-block elements
  23. Coordination compounds
  24. Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
  25. Alcohols, phenols and ethers
  26. Aldehydes, ketones and carboxylic acids
  27. Organic compounds containing nitrogens
  28. Biomolecules
  29. Polymers
  30. Chemistry in everyday life
  1. Diversity in the living world
  2. Structural organization in animals and plants
  3. Cell structure and function
  4. Plant physiology
  5. Human physiology
  6. Reproduction
  7. Genetics and evolution
  8. Biology and human welfare
  9. Biotechnology and its application
  10. Ecology and environment

Sample Question Paper

Candidates can download some sample question papers here: (Model 1 (English)Model 2 (English)Model 2 (Hindi)).

Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research Highlights

Name of Examination

Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research

Commonly Known As

IISER Aptitude Test

Exam Conducting Body


Examination Level

National Level


Undergraduate,post-graduation Entrance Examination

Purpose of Exam

Admission in  B.S. – M.S. Program (dual degree course)

Mode of Examination



3 Hours

Total Marks


Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research Contact

The Chairperson
Joint Admissions Committee 2020
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali
Knowledge City, Sector 81, Mohali
P.O Manauli 140306

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +91 172 229 3122 (10 AM to 1 PM on weekdays)

Other Campuses: Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)


Q1: I am a class XII science student. To which programmes can I apply in IISERs?

A: Student who has qualified Class XII examination in science stream or any other stram either in the year 2018 or 2020 can apply to the BS(four year) degree / BS-MS (five year) dual degree programmes in IISERs. However, if the candidature meets all the eligibility criteria. Specifically, for applying to any of the BS degree programmes in Engineering or Economics at IISER Bhopal, students must have Mathematics as one of the subjects in class XII examinations.

Q2: Who awards the BS-MS degree?

A: Each and every IISER Institute is autonomous. Therefore, the degree is awarded by individual IISERs.

Q3: Who awards the BS degree?

A: Currently, IISER Bhopal is offering BS degree programs. Therefore, the degree is awarded by individual IISERs.

Q4: Do I need to apply separately for different IISERs?

A: No. All IISERs admit students through a common application process. One application form is valid for all the IISERs.

Q5: How many seats are available for the admission to the BS-MS dual degree programme in 2020?

A: The combined total number of seats available in all IISERs for BS-MS degree programme is 1425. The number of seats available in each IISER is as follows: Berhampur — 150, Bhopal — 220, Kolkata — 220, Mohali — 220, Pune — 240, Thiruvananthapuram — 200, Tirupati — 175.

Q6: How many seats are available for the admission to the BS degree programme in 2020?

A: At present only IISER Bhopal is offering BS degree programmes. Total number of available seats are 100 (Engineering Sciences —60 and Economics—40).

Q7: Are there seats for foreign students other than PIO/OCI card holders?

A: Yes. Foreign students can apply only through the JEE. The top 100,00 rank holders (including the foreigners) in the CRL of IIT JEE (Advanced) become eligible for admission to BS/BS-MS programme of IISERs. For details on admission procedure.

Q8: I am an OCI/PIO card holder. Should I apply as a foreign student?

A: No. You should apply through our regular application portal. Foreign students are those candidates who are NOT citizens of India by birth or naturalized, and do not belong to PIO/OCI category, and whose parents are not citizens of India and do not come under PIO/OCI category at the time of applying.

Q9: What is the curriculum structure for BS-MS dual degree programme?

A: Students are trained in various aspects of basic sciences as per the designed curriculum of respective IISERs during the formative years. Subsequently, they can take up specialized subject(s). Please refer to the website of individual IISERs for a description of their curriculum structure.

Q10: What is the curriculum structure for BS degree programmes?

A: Students are trained in various disciplines of basic sciences and introductory courses in Engineering/Economics during the first year of study. Subsequently, they take courses toward specialization in Engineering/Economics. Please refer to the website of IISER Bhopal for a description of the curriculum structure.


Q11: How do I apply?

A:Only applications through our online admission portal will be accepted.

Q12: What are the channels available for admission to IISER?

A: There are three channels available for admission into IISERs:

  1. KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana),
  2. IIT JEE (Advanced)
  3. SCB (State and Central Boards).

Q13: Can I apply through more than one channel?


Q14: Do I need to apply separately for each channel? 

A: Yes. Each channel requires a separate online application and payment of application fee. You must meet the eligibility criteria for each channel through which you wish to apply.

Q15: Is there an application fee?

A: There is a non-refundable application fee of Rs. 2,000/- for candidates applying under General and OBC-NC categories, and Rs. 1,000/- for Kashmiri Migrants, physically challenged candidates and candidates under SC/ST category. The fee for foreign nationals is USD 100.

Q16: Can I pay application fees by Cash/DD/Cheque?

A: No. All payments will be accepted only through secure payment gateway on our application portal.

Q17: What should I do if I have paid the application fees more than once for a single application?

A: You must send your proof of payments to ask-jac2020[AT]iiserb.ac.in. All legitimate refund claims will be processed once the admission process is over.

Q18: What should I do if I have already paid the application fees, but the payment has been reversed?

A: Immediately notify through email to ask-jac2020[AT]iiserb.ac.in, else your application may stand cancelled.

Q19: Do I have to write the IISER aptitude test?

A: Yes, only if you are applying through the SCB channel.

Q20: Can I apply for IISER aptitude test if my XII exam result is awaited?

A: Yes, you can apply and appear for the aptitude test. But, you will be eligible for admissions only if you satisfy minimum eligibility criteria. Please check the timeline.

Q21: What is the intake through different channels?

A: A maximum of 50% of the seats will be filled through KVPY and JEE channels. Remaining seats will be filled through the SCB channel based on the merit in the IISER Aptitude Test. Unfilled seats from KVPY and JEE channels will be added to the SCB channel for allotment.

Q22: Are all candidates who are eligible to apply, get offers for admission to IISERs?

A: No. Admission to IISERs, for each channel, is based on merit and the total number of available seats in respective channels in different IISERs.

Q23: How do I make my choice of IISER?

A: You will be asked to give your preferences in the online application form.

Q24: Will I get the IISER of my choice?

A:The allotment is based on the availability of seats in respective IISERs, your rank in the merit list, and your preferences.

Q25: Will I get admission to the stream of my choice?

A: The allotment is based on the availability of seats in each stream, your rank in the merit list, and your preferences.

Q26: What is ‘Float’ option?

A: Float option allows a candidate to either retain the seat in the IISER allotted to them or opt for a change as per the candidate’s preference mentioned in his/her application form and as per merit.

If you select “No” under the Float option in your application form, then your first allotment (if any) to one of the IISERs is final.

If you have selected “Yes” as the Float option and if you did not get the IISER of your first preference during allocation, then your application will be considered in subsequent rounds of allocation

Q27: What is ‘Freeze’ option?

A: If you have selected “Yes” as the Float option in your application, and in the rounds of allocation you are satisfied with the allotment and opt not to be floated in subsequent (if any) round, then you could freeze your allotted seat.

Q28: My percentage marks have changed after scrutiny/revaluation. I have two sets of marks related documents (instead of only one otherwise). What should I do?

A: You need to upload your original mark sheet in the application portal but the percentage in the application form should be the revised one. The revised marks statement from your board confirming the change of marks must be sent to ask-jac2020 iiserb.ac.in with a subject line “Revised Marks. You should also mention your application number in the subject line. Please check the timeline.

Q29: I want to change my choice of IISERs/I want to change my guardian’s name, etc. What should I do?

A: Aside from your name and category, you can change any other detail in your application till the last date to submit application. Please remember to re-download you application after you have made the change.

Q30: I have paid the application fees. Is my application complete?

A:Your application is not complete until you can download the application form after you make the payment (appropriate application fee). In case you experience any issue in downloading your application form, please write an email to ask-jac2020[AT]iiserb.ac.in.

The IISER Aptitude Test

Q31: What is the mode of the IISER Aptitude Test 2020?

A: The IISER Aptitude Test 2020 will be conducted in the computer based test mode.

Q32: What is the syllabus for the IISER Aptitude Test?

A: The syllabus for the aptitude test is available.

Q33: What is the format of the Aptitude Test?

A: The format of the aptitude test is as follows:

  • Multiple-choice questions in four subjects – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics with equal weightage
  • 15 questions in each subject (total: 60)
  • Duration: 180 minutes
  • Evaluation: +3 (correct response), 0 (no response), -1 (wrong response)

Q34: Can I have model questions for the Aptitude Test?

A:The model questions for the aptitude test are available below.

Q35: I have not studied Biology/Mathematics at +2 level, can I take the test?

A: You must have atleast one of the two subjects Mathematics and Biology in 10+2 level. Note that the questions in the IAT will be from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics with equal weightage.

Q36: In what languages will the IISER Aptitude Test be conducted?

A:The question paper will be available in Hindi and English separately. However, the candidate should opt for his/her preferred language while submitting the application form online.

Q37: Where is the IISER Aptitude Test conducted? 

A: It is conducted in various cities across India. The details of the test centres will be available on this website soon. Choices for the city where the candidate wishes to write the aptitude test have to be indicated while completing the online application form. A single city may have multiple centres for the aptitude test. The hall ticket will have the centre details printed. If the examination cannot be conducted in any of the centres due to unforeseen reasons, the candidate would be allotted an alternate centre, and such information will be communicated in due time.

Q38: Where/When do I get the hall ticket for the IISER Aptitude Test? 

A: The hall ticket will be available on the website a few days before the IISER aptitude test. The candidate can download their hall ticket after logging into their account in the application portal.

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Q:39: Is Mathematics at +2 level mandatory to take admission in IISERs?

A: No, it is not mandatory for BS-MS degree programmes. However, for admission to BS degree programmes in Engineering and Economics at IISER Bhopal, Mathematics as one of the subjects at +2 level is mandatory.

Q40: Does reservation policy apply for admission? 

A: Yes, as per Government of India rules. SC — 15%, ST — 7.5%, OBC-NC — 27%, PD — 5%, and KM — 3 seats per IISER (supernumerary). 

Q41: What is the meaning of OBC and OBC-NC? 

A: OBC-NC stands for Other Backward Classes (non-creamy layers). If you belong to this category, then you must select OBC-NC as your category. Other OBC candidates must select ‘General’ as their category.

Q42: What is the fee structure for BS / BS-MS programme at IISERs? 

A: The overall fee structures for individual IISERs are different. Please visit the websites of individual IISERs for information about their fee structure.

Q43: Is there any financial support for students admitted to IISERs? 

A: KVPY scholars admitted to IISERs will draw fellowship as per KVPY norms.  In addition, DST provides a limited number of INSPIRE scholarships of Rs. 5000/- per month to candidates admitted through JEE and SCB channels, upon fulfilling the criteria set by DST. Students admitted to the BS programme in Engineering or Economics are not entitled for the scholarship. This supersedes all earlier announcements regarding scholarship.

Q44: Can I be a day-scholar at IISERs? 

A: No. IISERs are fully residential campuses and students are required to stay in campus hostels.

Q45: I have not been offered admission in the current round. Will I be considered for allocation in a later round?

A: Depending on your rank and seats available in a particular channel, you may be considered for allocation in a later round. The candidates must keep periodically checking the admission websites for updates related to the opening and closing of float rounds.

Q46: How will I know if a new round of allotment/float round is opened?

A: The candidates must keep periodically checking the admission websites for updates related to the opening and closing of float rounds. It is the student’s responsibility to check the website for appropriate updates until it is declared in the website that the admissions for 2020 are over.

Q47: What is Seat Acceptance Fee (SAF)?

A: If you have been allotted to one of the IISERs, you need to pay the Seat Acceptance Fee (within the due date) in order to accept our offer and confirm that you intend to join one of the IISERs. The Seat Acceptance Fee amounts to Rs. 25,000/- for General/OBC-NC/KM categories and Rs.12,500/- for SC/ST/PD categories. Payment of Seat Acceptance Fee entitles you to avail the Float option, provided you have selected “Yes” for Float option in your application form.

Q48: Can I withdraw my application after the payment of Seat Acceptance Fee?

A: Yes. Withdrawal is possible ONLY through the application portal. You can withdraw the offer by the stipulated date (to be notified soon). There is no cancellation fee if withdrawal is made within this time. However, bank charges, if any, will apply.

Q49: I have been offered admission to one of the IISERs. However, this is not my first choice. Will there be a second round in which I would be floated to the IISER of my first choice?

A: You must accept the offer by paying the Seat Acceptance Fees, as mentioned in the offer letter. Once you have accepted the offer, you would be considered for Float in subsequent rounds provided you have selected “Yes” under the Float option in your application form. If there are vacancies, you may be allotted to an IISER, which is higher in your preference list. See Q26.

Q50: I have paid the Seat Acceptance Fees as mentioned in my offer letter. I have now been allocated to another IISER. Do I have to pay the Seat Acceptance Fees again?

A: No

Q51: I have paid the Seat Acceptance Fees as mentioned in the offer letter. Do I have to pay anything else?

A: The overall fee structures at various IISERs are different. You may have to pay an additional amount after joining a particular IISER. For more details contact that particular IISER or visit their website.

Q52: Can I transfer my admission from one IISER to another at any time?

A: You have to take admission only to the IISER in which you will be offered for. However, if you have opted for “float” option and based on that if you get floated to another IISER, you have to abide by that. Moreover, even after registration no application/request for transfer to another IISER will be entertained.

Q53: How do I check if my SAF payment has been successful?

A: Once you have paid the SAF, download your offer letter again. Your SAF payment details will appear on your updated offer letter.

Q54: What happens if my Seat Acceptance Fee (SAF) payment details do not appear in my offer letter?

A: Once your SAF is paid, download your offer letter again from the application portal. The new offer letter should have the SAF payment details. These details are required at the time of joining a particular IISER. In case it does not appear, please enquire by sending an email to ask-jac2020[AT]iiserb.ac.in.

Q55: What is the ‘Withdraw application’ link? Do I have to click it?

A: If you have accepted an offer to join one of the IISERs, this link will appear under your “My Application(s)” tab. You need to click on this link only if you do not wish to join any of the IISERs. This link is meant only for those who wish to give up the seat, which they have accepted earlier.

Q56: My question is not listed above. What should I do?

A: You may ask JAC 2020 any questions that are not answered in the FAQ, by sending an email to ask-jac2020 iiserb.ac.in.

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