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What is the name of the Degree that will be offered under the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

The degree offered is "Bachelor of Science (Research)".

Which are the major disciplines being offered?

Six major disciplines are being offered: (1) Biology (2) Chemistry (3) Earth & Environmental Science (4) Materials (5) Mathematics (6) Physics. The major discipline chosen will appear in the degree certificate of each graduate.

What is the duration of the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

The duration of the programme is four years, organized as eight semesters. The batch of students joining in 2015 will commence classes from August 1, 2015 and graduate in June 2019.

What is the structure of the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

See Chapter 2 of the Information Brochure.

What are the unique features of this Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

The uniqueness of this programme lies in its interdisciplinary approach, strong flavour of engineering, exposure to disciplines in the social sciences, and a one-year research project. The graduates of this programme will obtain a Bachelor of Science (Research) degree in a specialization. Though this programme is designed to offer specialization in a science stream, the knowledge imparted carries a strong flavour of engineering and an exposure to social sciences. The students specializing in a particular discipline are encouraged to take courses from other disciplines, thus maintaining strong interdisciplinary links. One full year of participation in a research project identifies the programme as unique and innovative. This research based interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme is well suited to meet the present vocational and post graduate demands of a highly technological world.

The Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme is embedded in a mature and highly sophisticated research culture which has a strong base in both science and engineering. This research culture has evolved over the last hundred years, engendered primarily by a highly distinguished faculty and brilliant graduate students and post doctoral fellows. The academic environment is open, free, pedagogic and non-hierarchical.

How many students are expected to be admitted in a batch?

The Institute plans to offer admission to about 120 students. Seats will be allotted to general and special categories as per Government regulations.

Which are the entry channels to get admitted to the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

To save additional burden of an entrance exam on the overtaxed 12th standard students, the Institute will make use of the merit lists of existing highly competitive national level entrance exams such as KVPY, IIT-JEE (Main and Advanced) and AIPMT. Students desirous of applying to the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme must take at least one of the above examinations.

Which are the national examinations considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

Students who have appeared or are appearing for any of the national examinations listed below are eligible to apply.

KVPY-SA (appeared in 2013 and selected for the Fellowship)
KVPY-SB (appeared in 2014 and selected as Fellow)
KVPY-SX (appeared in 2014 and selected as Fellow)
KVPY Fellows selected through the Empowerment Initiative for SC/ST candidates.
IIT-JEE (Main) (appearing in 2015)
IIT-JEE (Advanced) (appearing in 2015)
AIPMT (appearing in 2015)

What is the minimum qualification for admission through IIT-JEE and AIPMT?

IIT-JEE (Main): 60% (GN), 54% (OBC-NCL), 30% (SC/ST/PH)

IIT-JEE (Advanced): 60% (GN), 54% (OBC-NCL), 30% (SC/ST/PH)

AIPMT: 60% (GN), 54% (OBC-NCL), 30% (SC/ST/PH)

How are the students selected for the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

The selection will be based on the performance of the applied candidates in any one of the national examinations listed above. A separate merit list of candidates who have applied will be prepared for each of these national examinations and the seats will be offered based on the performance in the examination and the number of seats available. A candidate who has qualified in multiple examinations listed above will be included in all the appropriate merit lists. Separate merit lists will be prepared for candidates belonging to different reserved categories, as per standard Government of India regulations.

Will a candidate with outstanding performance in the above national examinations be automatically considered for admission even if he/she does not apply to the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

No. Only candidates who apply to the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme will be considered for possible selection.

Which subject groups are mandatory at the II PUC/12th STD level for admission to the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

The Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme will be open to students of PUC/12th standard whose main subjects include Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (all three). Students who have studied Biology, Economics, Electronics, Computer Science, Statistics, etc., should also have taken Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

What are the time-lines for applying to the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

Online applications will be received during 2 February - 30 April 2015. The first set of admission offers will be made to KVPY candidates in May 2015. Additional offers will be made in June and July. All the admitted students are required to attend the counselling sessions to which they are invited. Classes will commence from 1 August 2015.

What are the different ways of applying to the programme?

Candidates must apply on-line. Online application may be prepared and submitted by accessing the IISc UG website with effect from 02.02.2015. Online application fee is Rs. 500/- for GN/OBC/KM candidates and Rs. 250/- for SC/ST/PH categories. The deadline for submitting the online application is 30.04.2015.

While applying, what information needs to be provided in respect of IIT-JEE and AIPMT roll number?

In the case of IIT-JEE (Main and Advanced), you have to enter the registration number that is mentioned in your admit card for the examination. Please note that this number is not the application number. In the case of AIPMT, the number you must enter is the roll number given in your admit card for the examination.

I do not have the IIT-JEE and AIPMT registration number at this point of time. What number do I need to give while filling in the application?

The above number will be available to you only when you receive the admit card for the respective examination. You can fill the application form after knowing the number (the deadline for submitting the application is April 30, 2015). Alternatively, you can fill the application form now without filling the details of the qualifying examinations and fill the details later, after receiving the admit card(s).

While applying through KVPY, what information needs to be provided in the application form?

If you received the Fellowship in KVPY-SA 2013, give your Roll Number and rank. The Roll Number is the letter "A" followed by a 7 digit number. This is the number that you were provided with when you applied for the fellowship. If you appeared in KVPY-SB 2014/SX 2014, give your Roll Number and leave the rank column blank. Update the rank immediately after the declaration of the results. The Roll number is the letter "B" followed by a 7 digit number for KVPY-SB and the letter "X" followed by a seven digit number for KVPY-SX. This is the number that you were provided with when you applied for the Fellowship.

What are the hostel and mess facilities in IISc? Where will UG students be housed?

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 one of these hostels. UG boys in their first two years will be housed together in a single hostel. We currently have two messes that cater to the tastes of a variety of cuisines from different parts of India.

How do I apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

See:" The Selection Process" (Chapter 3 of the Information Brochure) and "How to Apply for Admission".

What are the different opportunities available to the graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

Academic Opportunities: The Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme graduates with their solid foundation and multidisciplinary training can either embark on a career of their choice or pursue advanced degrees such as PhD in their chosen discipline and allied interdisciplinary areas anywhere in the world. The extensive course curriculum, in conjunction with a strong laboratory module and exposure to modern instrumentation and research, will prove to be of immense value to students in either pursuit. The opportunity to engage in an intense two-semester research project in an inspiring environment will enable students to make intelligent career choices, especially pertaining to research.

Industry Opportunities: To meet the growing demand for a broad-based human resource pool with strong analytical skills, personnel who are competent enough to specialize quickly in specific fields of expertise are envisaged. Given this emerging industrial scenario, graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme with their multidisciplinary training will be ideally suited for recruitment by modern industry.

What is the medium of instruction of the Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme?

The medium of instruction is English.

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