IISc Bangalore-Courses, Fees, Admission dates, Campus, Placements


IISc Bangalore is a top college in India which was established in 1909 with active support from Jamshedji Tata and Krishna Raja Wadiya IV.

IISc Bangalore
IISc Bangalore

It has a vibrant and diverse campus spread over 440 acres of greenery in the city of Bengaluru, formerly Bangalore, India’s hub of high-technology companies (in aerospace, electronics, and information technology), educational and research institutions, and numerous start-ups.

The institute is for research and higher education in science, engineering, design, and management.

IISc Bangalore has reputation and preeminence ensures that it attracts the best of young faculty members trained in the best laboratories around the world. The faculty, numbering around 500, carries out research across 42 departments in most areas of the basic and applied sciences, publishing vigorously in premier journals.

The Institute’s commitment to excellence is not restricted to the high calibre of its faculty. With some of the best students in the country seeking entry into IISc, the Institute ensures that the students who are admitted are exposed to a strong research training programme and pursue cutting edge research.

Certainly, the doctoral students are carefully selected based on their performance in national examinations,and also in addition to personal interviews. All the degree programmes emphasise the Institute’s stated objective of conducting original investigations.

The Institute also has a Centre for Continuing Education which offers several courses to those from outside IISc. These courses are designed keeping in mind the requirements of non-traditional students like high school teachers, researchers and engineers. With the help of a recently-established office called DIGITS, we are now in the process of creating a best-in-class IT and networking system.

The Institute also has a new campus at Challakere in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka. The flagship project of this 1,500 acre campus has been a training programme for science teachers. This programme has now been recognized as a Centre for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education by the Government of India.

DEPARTMENTS AT IISc:- Departments, Centres, and Units of all divisions are

A) Biological Sciences

  1. Department of Biochemistry
  2. Central Animal Facility
  3. Centre for Ecological Sciences
  4. Centre for Infectious Disease Research
  5. Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology
  6. Centre for Neuroscience
  7. Molecular Biophysics Unit
  8. Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics

B) Chemical Sciences

  1. Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  2. Materials Research Centre
  3. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Research Centre
  4. Department of Organic Chemistry
  5. Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit

C) Electrical Sciences

  1. Computer Science and Automation Department
  2. Electrical Communication Engineering Department
  3. Electrical Engineering Department
  4. Electronic Systems Engineering Department

D) Mechanical Sciences

  1. Department of Aerospace Engineering
  2. Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  3. Centre for Earth Sciences
  4. Department of Chemical Engineering
  5. Centre for Sustainable Technologies
  6. Department of Civil Engineering
  7. Divecha Centre for Climate Change
  8. Department of Materials Engineering
  9. Department of Mechanical Engineering

E) Physical and Mathematical Sciences

  1. Astronomy and Astrophysics Programme
  2. Department of Mathematics
  3. Centre for High Energy Physics
  4. Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics
  5. Centre for Cryogenic Technology
  6. Department of Physics

F) Interdisciplinary Research

  1. Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning
  2. Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering
  3. Department of Management Studies
  4. Centre for Contemporary Studies
  5. Department of Computational and Data Sciences
  6. Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
  7. Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research
  8. Supercomputer Education and Research Centre
  9. Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems
  10. Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research
photo of IISc Bangalore Entrance gate
IISc Bangalore entrance gate

The IISc campus is located in the north of Bengaluru, about 4 kilometers Bangalore city railway station and Kempegowda Bus station, on the way to Yeshwantpur.

The campus houses more than 40 departments marked by routes such as the Gulmohar Marg, the Mahogany Marg, the Badami Marg, the Tala Marg, the Ashoka Marg, the Nilgiri Marg, the Silver Oak Marg, the Amra Marg and the Arjuna Marg. The Institute is fully residential and is spread over 400 acres of land in the heart of Bengaluru city The campus features six canteens (cafeterias), a gymkhana (gymnasium and sports complex), a football ground and a cricket ground, four dining messes (halls), one multi cuisine restaurant, nine men’s and five women’s hostels (dormitories), an air strip, a library, two shopping centers and residences of the faculty members and other staff, besides other amenities.

The IISc campus harbors both exotic and indigenous plant species with about 110 species of woody plants The roads on the campus are named after the dominant avenue tree species.

Facilities in the Campus:-

1) Hostel and Dining Hall Facilities:-

Separate hostel accommodation for male and female students is available in the campus. Nearly 3000 students, including about 500 girls, are housed in various hostels on campus. Two hostels, each of capacity 600, have been built recently. Girl students are housed in single rooms in one of these hostels. UG boys in their first two years will be housed together in a single hostel and provided with single rooms.

2) Recreation:-

The Gymkhana in the Institute campus is the centre of all cultural and extra-curricular activities of the students. It has some of the best sports facilities in Bangalore with a cricket ground, tennis courts, swimming pool, cinder track, indoor badminton court, billiards, table tennis tables, etc. A well-equipped gymnasium with the latest multi-trainer and wall-bar equipment is another attraction. It also has indoor and outdoor auditoria.

The Ranade library, attached to the Gymkhana, has a collection of 10,000 books and subscribes to over 50 magazines. A well-maintained outdoor swimming pool, a T.V room, music and reading rooms, and a snack parlor situated in the premises, are all very popular. Film, Music, Yoga, Nature, Debating and Photography Clubs are being nurtured by the Gymkhana.

3) Health Centre:-

The Institute provides medical facilities to students and staff at the Health Centre. An out-patient clinic and in-patient wards are administered by full-time professional doctors and nursing staff. In addition, specialist consultancy services are provided in Medicine, Ophthalmology, Dental Health, Psychiatry and Gynaecology. Cases requiring other specialist services are referred to the appropriate Medical Centres in the city. The Health Centre has a diagnostic laboratory, an X-ray facility and non-invasive diagnosis by ultrasonography.

4) Computational Facilities:-

The Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC) supports state-of-the art computing facilities that cater to the ever-increasing demands of high performance computing for scientific and engineering research. The supercomputing facility at SERC is a symbiosis of computing, storage, graphics, visualization and network. The Centre has been conceived of as a functionally distributed supercomputing environment housing leading-edge computing systems with sophisticated software packages, and connected by a powerful high-speed network.

In addition to the facilities offered by SERC, computer laboratory facilities are available exclusively for undergraduate students in the UG infrastructure complex.

5) JRD Tata Memorial Library:-

The main library of the Institute has nearly 5 lakh volumes of books, periodicals, technical reports and standards. It receives over 1500 current periodicals and has the latest technical reports, standards and patents. These are maintained in separate sections. Over 6000 electronic journals are now available online in addition to a large number of e-books. In addition, most of the departments maintain separate libraries for use by their faculty and students. A small library for text books used in UG courses is operated in the UG administrative complex exclusively for undergraduate students.

6) Placement Services:-

Many leading industrial organizations visit the Institute for campus recruitment and offer good career opportunities to graduating students. The Placement Centre also provides advice and assistance to students about other placement opportunities, including those notified through advertisements, references and special requests from various industrial and research organizations.

IISc Under Graduate courses

The four-year Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme is organized into eight semesters. The final semester is devoted exclusively to a research project. The following major disciplines are available in the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Materials
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Students specializing in any of the above disciplines will have to take a set of prescribed core and elective courses in the chosen discipline. They will also take courses in engineering, humanities, and interdisciplinary areas for a well-rounded learning experience. While a student specializes in a major discipline, he/she can also broaden his/her knowledge and skills by taking courses in other disciplines. Students who take a sufficient number of designated courses in a discipline other than their major will qualify for a “minor” in that discipline. The combination of courses taken by a student will be listed in his/her final transcript.

Semesters 1, 2 and 3: A systematic exposure to scientific, mathematical and engineering principles will take place during the first three semesters. In each of these semesters, the students will take one course each in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, engineering and the humanities. The teaching of the compulsory core courses in science and engineering will include substantial components of laboratory demonstrations and hands-on experiments. The students will also be exposed to courses in the humanities that will help them appreciate science and its implications for society and also sharpen their skills in communicating science to both experts and to the general public.

Semesters 4, 5 and 6: At the beginning of the fourth semester, each student will choose a discipline for specialization (“major”) according to his/her academic interest. The following specializations are available: (1) Biology (2) Chemistry (3) Earth & Environmental Science (4) Materials (5) Mathematics (6) Physics. All these specializations are interdisciplinary in nature and will have adequate exposure to other disciplines. The number of students in each discipline will be approximately the same. Both the academic interests of the student and his/her performance in the first three semesters will be considered in assigning a major discipline. In addition to a “major” discipline, a student may also choose a “minor” discipline. In each of these semesters, the students will typically take four courses in the chosen major and minor disciplines; they will also take one elective course in engineering and one seminar course in the humanities.

Semesters 7 and 8: A research project will be started in the seventh semester along with advanced elective courses. The final semester will be devoted exclusively to the project. The project should be in the chosen major discipline or an interdisciplinary topic that substantially overlaps with the major discipline.

IISc Post Graduate courses

The IISc offers course programmes based on following course work: Master of  Technology (M Tech), Master of Design (M Des) and Master of Management (M Mgt). The Institute admits about 400 students every year for its course programmes.  The number includes about 50 sponsored candidates from the Defence Services, Defence Research and Development Organization, Indian Space Research Organization, NTRO, BARC, KSRTC, BMTC, NAL, CPRI, PWD and BDA and faculty members from engineering colleges under the Quality Improvement Programme.

The participating departments/centres and the disciplines offered, minimum qualifications and areas of study are listed in the table given below. Candidates can choose to apply to a maximum of 5 disciplines from the M Tech and M Des programmes.

Candidates with qualifications in BE / B Tech or an equivalent degree should have qualified and hold valid GATE score card.

For the M Des Programme – Candidates with qualifications in BE/ B Tech/ B Des/ B Arch degrees, should have qualified in GATE or CEED.

M-Tech offered in various disciplines is given below:-

1) Aerospace engineering (AE):-

Intake: 21

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in AE; CE; CH; EC; EE; ME).

Areas of study: Structures; Aerodynamics; Propulsion; Control and Guidance of Aircraft; Rockets and Spacecraft.

2) Chemical Engineering (CH):-

Intake: 20

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in CH).

Areas of study: Catalyst design and synthesis; Cell membranes and soft interfaces; Computational biology; therapeutic engineering; host-pathogen interactions; and dynamics of infectious diseases; Energy storage in batteries and supercapacitors; gas hydrates; High resolution single molecule techniques to probe nanoscale biosystems; Microfluidics and soft solids; Modelling; optimization and control of bioreactors; Nanotechnology for sensors; actuators; fuel and solar cells; Polymer degradation; Reaction engineering in multifunctional and microreactors; Rheology and dynamics of powders; and suspensions of living and nonliving matter; Water remediation/purification; activated carbon fabric.

3) Civil Engineering (CE):-

Intake: 40

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in CE).

Areas of study: Geotechnical Engineering; Water Resources and Environmental Engineering; Structural Engineering.

4) Mechanical Engineering (ME):-

Intake: 28

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE/ B Tech or equivalent degree

Areas of study: Solid Mechanics; Finite Element Analysis; Computer Aided Design; Non-Linear Dynamics; Vibration; Technical Acoustics; Design of Mechanical Systems; Robotics; Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems; Nano-Mechanics; Biomechanics; Tribology; Advanced Manufacturing Process; Material Science; Fluid Mechanics; Heat Transfer; I C Engines; Combustion; Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning.

5) Materials Engineering (MT):-

Intake: 34

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in CH; ME; MT; XE).

Areas of study: Materials: Structural Alloys (light metal; superalloys; refractory metals); Shape Memory Alloys; Engineering Ceramics; Nanomaterials; Electronic Materials; Ferroelectrics and Multiferroics; Polymer Blends and Nanocomposites; Organic Photovoltaics. Phenomena: Phase Transformations; Rapid Solidification; Mechanical Alloying; Diffusion; Texture and Grain Boundary Engineering; Mechanical Behaviour including Creep; Superplasticity; Fatigue and Fracture; Thin Films and Coatings; Contact Deformation; Tribology; Thermoelectromechanical Phenomena; Biomaterials; Tissue Engineering; Sensors; Mineral Processing; Biohydrometallurgy; Extractive Metallurgy. Computational Modeling of Processes; Alloy Stability; Defects and Transformations.Adhoc Mobile and Sensor Networks; Graphics and Visualization.

6) Computer Science & Engineering (CS):-

Intake: 58

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in CS).

Areas of study: Theoretical Computer Science: Algorithms; Complexity Theory; Combinatorial Optimization; Graph Theory; Information and Coding Theory; Cryptography; Cryptology; Computational Geometry; Computational Topology; Algorithmic Algebra; Computational Biology; Automata Theory; Formal Verification. Computer Systems and Software: Computer Architecture; Multi-Core Computing; Parallel and High Performance Computing; Operating Systems; Storage Systems; Security; Database Systems; Cloud Computing; Distributed Computing; Modeling and Simulation; Compiler Design; Program Analysis; Programming Languages; Software Engineering; Adhoc Mobile and Sensor Networks; Graphics and Visualization. Intelligent Systems: Data Mining; Data Analytics; Deep Learning; Information Retrieval; Machine Learning; Pattern Recognition; Reinforcement Learning; Convex Optimization; Stochastic Control and Optimization; Game Theory; Auctions and Mechanism Design; Electronic Markets; Social Network Analysis; Cognitive Systems; Natural Language Processing.

7) Microelectronic Systems (MI):-

Intake: 15

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE/ B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in EE; EC; CS; IN).

Areas of study: Digital VLSI Design; FPGA; ASIC; Nano CMOS Technology; Analog and RF Circuits Design; MEMS; Photonic Integrated Circuits. Optics.

8) Signal Processing (SP):-

Intake: 15

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in EE; EC).

Areas of study: Digital Signal Processing; Image Processing; Signal Compression; Neural Networks; Biomedical Signal Processing; Speech/Audio Info. Processing; Array Processing; Pattern Recognition; Signal Processing for Communication; Sparse Signal Processing; Compressed Sensing Indoor Localization. Detection and Estimation.

9)  Systems Engineering (SE)

Intake: 19

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE/ B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in CH; CS; EE; EC; IN; ME). Candidates should have done a formal course in programming in C and C++.

Areas of study: Digital Signal Processing; Machine Learning; Pattern Recognition; Computer Vision; Graphics; Stochastic Systems; Multimedia; Real Time and Fault Tolerant Systems; Sensor Networks; E Commerce; Speech Processing; Real Time Signal Processing and Embedded Systems.

10) Instrumentation (IN)

Intake: 7

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in EE;EC; IN) or M Sc or equivalent degree with specialization in Instrumentation/ Physics/ Electronics (with a GATE Paper in relevant discipline).

Areas of study: Semiconductor Devices and Circuits; Control Systems; Sensors and related Instrumentation; Materials Engineering; Microscopy and Imaging; Analytical Instrumentation; Electronic Instrumentation; Lasers and Optical Instrumentation; Microfluidic Devices; Vacuum and Thin Films. Micro and Nano Systems.

11)  Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering (TI)

Intake: 5

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in CE).

Areas of study: Program covering Traffic & Transportation Systems; Intelligent Transport Systems; and Infrastructure Engineering.

12) Electronic Systems Engineering (ED) (selection through an aptitude test & interview process)

Intake: 36

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree (with a valid GATE in EE; EC; CS; IN) or M Sc or equivalent degree in Physics; Mathematics; Statistics; Electronics; Computer Science or Photonics (with a valid GATE Paper in EE; EC; CS; IN) (M Sc or equivalent degree holders should possess 2 years experience in Electronics hardware).

Areas of study: Communication Networks; Embedded Systems; Power Conversion; VLSI Design; Electronics Systems Packaging; Electro Magnetic Compatibility; Analog Circuits; Mechatronics; Product Engineering. Signal Processing and Information Theory; VLSI Systems Architecture.

13) Computational and Data Science (CP) (selection through an aptitude test & interview process)

Intake: 30

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline (with a valid GATE) or M Sc or equivalent degree in any discipline (with a valid GATE) or Master’s in Computer Application (with a valid GATE) or Four year B.S or equivalent in any discipline of science/research (with a valid GATE). In all cases a strong mathematical and programming background is required.

Areas of study: Multidisciplinary Program Addressing: Computational and Data Science. Topics include: Numerical Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods, Modeling and Simulation,Optimization, Scalable systems, Cloud computing, scalable methods,data analysis, visualization, Deep Learning, and Big Data platforms.

14) Climate Science (CL) (selection through an aptitude test & interview process)

Intake: 12

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline (with a GATE Paper in AE; CE; CH; EC; EE; ME; XE) or M Sc or equivalent degree in Physical Sciences (with Gate Paper in GG; PH).

Areas of study: Interdisciplinary Programme Covering Atmospheric Dynamics and Thermodynamics; Ocean Dynamics; Clouds Radiation and Climate; Earth System; Numerical Modeling of Climate; Methods of Observations; Satellite Meteorology; Climate Data Time Series Analysis.

15) Earth Science (ER) (selection through an aptitude test & interview process)

Intake: 5

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline (with a GATE paper in ME; CH; CE; CS; XE; XL) or M Sc or equivalent degree in any discipline (with a GATE paper in GG; CY;PH; MA).

Areas of study: Interdisciplinary programme covering solid Earth processes; geochemistry and geochemical cycles; petrology; Earth system interaction; seismotectonics; seismic hazards; geophysical fluid dynamics.

16)  Electrical Engineering (EE) (selection through an aptitude test & interview process)

Intake: 28

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in EE).

Areas of study: Power Systems; Power Electronics; High Voltage Engineering.

17) Communication & Networks (CN) (selection through an interview process)

Intake: 28

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree (with a GATE Paper in EC).

Areas of study: Communications and Networking; Information and Coding Theory; Microelectronics; Microwaves; Photonics; Signal Processing; Optical Communication; Wireless Communication Information Theory and Coding.

18) Nano Science and Engineering (NA)(selection through an interview process)

Intake: 15

Qualification with required GATE paper (in brackets): BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline (with GATE paper in AE; BT; CH; EE; EC; IN; ME; MT; PH; XE) or M Sc or equivalent degree in Electronics; Physics; Chemistry (with GATE in CY; EC; IN; PH paper).

Areas of study: Interdisciplinary program covering Solid state physics; Nanomaterials; Nanoelectronics; MEMS and NEMS; Nanophotonics; Biosensors; Micro/Nano fluidics; with hands-on training on Nanofabrication and Nano Characterization techniques

IISc Research courses

The Institute offers opportunities for pursuing advanced research in frontier areas of science, engineering and technology to motivated and talented students with a keen sense of scientific inquiry.  Research students constitute the largest group on the campus (more than 70% of the student body).  The Institute awards about 250 Ph-D and M Tech (Research) degrees, every year.

The departments offering PhD/MTech (Research) are given below:-

Biochemistry (BC)

Molecular Reproduction; Development and Genetics (MD)

Ecological Sciences (ES)

Microbiology and Cell Biology (MC)

Molecular Biophysics (MB)

Neuroscience (NS)

Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (IP)

Materials Research (MR)

Organic Chemistry (OC)

Solid State and Structural Chemistry (SS)

Astronomy and Astrophysics (AP)

Mathematics (MA)

Physics (PH)

High Energy Physics (HE)

Computer Science and Automation (CS)

Electrical Communication Engineering (EC)

Electrical Engineering (EE)

Electronic Systems Engineering (ED)

Computational and Data Sciences – Computational Science (CD-CP)

Computational and Data Sciences – Computer and Data Systems (CD-CS)

Nanoscience and Engineering (NE)

Aerospace Engineering (AE)

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AS)

Chemical Engineering (CH)

Civil Engineering (CE)

Earth Sciences (ER)

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Product Design and Manufacturing (PD)

Materials Engineering (MT)

Sustainable Technology (ST)

Management Studies (MG)

Instrumentation and Applied Physics (IN)

Biosystems Science and Engineering (BE)

Energy (EN)

Mathematical Sciences (MS)

Nanoscience and Engineering (NA)

Water Research (WR)

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)

Climate Change (CC)



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