IISER Entrance Exam


Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research Aptitude Test (IISERs) is one of the prestigious institutes to study BS-MS as a dual degree. However, getting into this institution is not a piece of cake, candidates have to clear the IISER Entrance exam in order to get admission into any of the campuses of IISER. If you are gearing up for this aptitude test, this blog brings you a complete guide on IISER Entrance Exam 2021, pattern, syllabus, placements, books, requirements and more!

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What is the IISER Aptitude Test?

Exam IISER Aptitude Test
Conducted by  Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs)
Course BS-MS Dual Degree
Eligibility Class 12th with Science stream
Pattern 30 Objective questions in three hours

IISER Aptitude Test is administered by the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) to provide candidates with admission to the five-year BS-MS dual degree programme offered by them. The candidate needs to qualify this exam in order to gain admission to IISER in Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, or Tirupati on the basis of a candidate’s score in the IISER Entrance Exam (also known as the IISER Aptitude Test). Candidates who have completed their Science Stream in Class 12th are eligible to apply for the 2021 IISER entrance exam.

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Eligibility Criteria

Here are the eligibility requirements that a candidate has to fulfill in order to sit for the IISER Entrance Exam –

Indian National who belong to –

  • Person of Indian Origin
  • Overseas Citizenship of India

Admission to IISER is undertaken via three channels, so a candidate needs to fulfill all the requirements under any channel –

  1. State and Central Boards (SCB) Channel
  2. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY ) Channel
  3. Joint Entrance Examination of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT-JEE) Channel

IISER Cut-off for State and Central Boards (SCB) Channel

Students who have cleared their 10+2 examinations in the Science Stream in 2020 or 2021 are eligible to apply for IISER. However, they must have obtained marks equal to or more than the cut-off on the basis of the board.

Candidates who wish to apply through the SCB Channel will have to appear for the IISER Entrance Exam 2021. Here is the cut-off for different boards (out of 500 marks).

CBSE, New Delhi 431 420 401 385 385
Andhra Pradesh 469 465 452 447 447
Assam 368 364 353 322 322
Aligarh NA NA NA NA NA
Patna 310 305 295 299 295
Council for the Indian School
Certificate Examinations,
New Delhi
441 424 412 381 381
Goa 371 355 348 349 348
Gujarat 357 335 325 299 299
Kerala 447 425 402 393 393
Madhya Pradesh 400 391 376 360 360
Meghalaya 366 337 336 345 336
Mizoram 364 356 332 343 332
Nagaland 368 368 346 340 340
Punjab 389 387 375 366 366
Telangana 468 465 454 457 454
Tripura NA NA NA NA NA
Maharashtra 342 344 325 318 318
Uttar Pradesh 358 347 339 333 333
Rajasthan 390 391 375 368 368
Himachal Pradesh 399 388 384 383 383
Haryana 405 397 381 347 347
Manipur 337 340 330 358 330
Karnataka 419 400 346 360 346
Odisha 321 321 291 266 266
Chhattisgarh 375 379 355 355 355
Ranchi 314 318 300 292 292
Jammu and Kashmir 395 383 325 303 303
Visva – Bharati NA NA NA NA NA
Uttarakhand 312 310 296 292 292
West Bengal 347 352 327 294 294
Tamil Nadu 431 432 429 409 409
National Institute of Open Schooling 343 332 327 329 327

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY ) Channel

Applicants with a valid KVPY fellowship beginning from the 2020-21 academic session are eligible for IISER 2020 admissions. Such applicants do not, however, need to appear for the 2020 IISER entrance exam.

Joint Entrance Examination of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT-JEE) Channel

Candidates in the general category who have earned a rank of 10,000 in the JEE Advanced Common Rank List (CRL) are eligible for IISER admissions. Similar to the admission process under the KVPY channel, however such candidates do not have to appear for the IISER entrance exam.

Note: The rank requirement for candidates belonging to OBCNC/SC/ST/PwD will be different.

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IISER Entrance Exam Pattern

The official exam pattern for IISER entrance exam 2021 has been released and it includes all the details pertaining to the length, mode, kinds of questions asked, total number of questions, marking scheme, and more. Here is IISER Aptitude Test pattern

Particulars Details
Mode Online (Computer-based)
Type of Questions MCQ
Duration 3 hours
Number of Questions 60
Sections The paper is divided into 4 sections of 15 questions each –PhysicsChemistryBiologyMathematics
Total Marks 180
Marking Scheme Candidates will be awarded 3 marks for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

IISER Entrance Exam Admission Process 2021

Here are the steps to be followed to register for the IISER Entrance exam –

  • First, the candidate will have to fill the Entrance exam form by making the application fee payment which is INR 2000 for General category, OBCNC and INR 1000 for SC/ST, Kashmiri migrants, PwD.
  • Next, the candidate has to download the admit card for the IISER Entrance exam from the official website. The hall ticket will also have the details of the test centre.

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