Thursday, June 27, 2013


Professor Balaram signs off as the editor of Current Science effective this issue. His editorials will be missed and many used to read Current Science just for these editorials.

Friday, June 14, 2013

IISc admission 2013 updates

Subsequent to the expose of the manipulation (okay, moderation) of marks in CBSE and ICSE, I have received many emails asking whether board marks will play any role in the admissions to IISc. This is understandable because NITs and IITs do consider these marks for their admission.

The answer is NO. For the UG program, the admission is based on KVPY, JEE (Main), JEE (Advanced) and NEET. For the PG M.E. program, the admission is based on GATE. For the Ph.D program, it is based purely on marks obtained in the research interview.

The admission to the UG program through KVPY, JEE (Main) and NEET has been completed and the offer letters were emailed yesterday. The cutoffs for various streams are mentioned here. I am aware of the very high cutoffs for the program. As the director of IISc puts it, "More recently, the introduction of a four year Bachelor’s degree in science, using the widely discussed but rarely implemented flexible course structure, with the primary aim of providing research exposure at undergraduate level, is an experiment..." This experiment has been hugely successful due to the faculty involved in the program.

The admission to the Ph.D program has been completed and the offers letters will be emailed by June 17. The last date to pay the fees will be June 26. The candidates can withdraw till June 30. The waitlist will then be operated in the first week of July.