May 2020

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Candidates can apply for PMRF through two channels:

DIRECT ENTRY CHANNEL
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.

OR

(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

(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) at the end of the first semester with a minimum of
four courses. For those candidates who are applying after the first semester,
the CGPA or CPI requirement of 8.0 will be based on all the courses, labs,
thesis that the candidate has completed.

(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.

LATERAL ENTRY CHANNEL
To apply for PMRF through this channel, the candidate must satisfy all of the following
criteria:
(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.

(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.