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About TIFR

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, TIFR is the foremost institution for advanced research in foundational sciences based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The institute offers a master's course, an integrated M.Sc and Ph.D. course and a Ph.D. degree in different science fields. One can get admission into this institute by clearing the TIFR Entrance Exam. It is a perfect place for pioneering scientists to commence their careers.


TIFR Entrance for Integrated M.Sc-Ph.D. Programme in Mathematics


The eligibility criterion to be considered for admission to the Integrated Ph.D. programme is a Bachelor's degree in any of Mathematics, Statistics, Science or Technology (B.A. / B.Sc. / B.Math. / B.Stat. / B.E. / B.Tech.) from any recognized university.

Duration of the course

The duration of integrated courses is 6 years.

Application Procedure

Candidates can fill the application form online through the university website. After filling the form, candidates can pay the application fee online through internet banking or Debit/Credit Card.

Generally, the admission process takes place in the month of December.

Candidates can secure the admission in the following colleges:

  • TIFR, Mumbai
  • CAM, Bengaluru
  • HBCSE, Mumbai
  • ICTS, Bengaluru
  • NCRA, Pune
  • NCBS, Bengaluru
  • TIFR, Hyderabad

Selection Procedure

The selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of the Graduate School (GS) exam. A list of selected candidates will be published on the official website, on the basis of which, interview round will take place. This interview will be conducted by the university.

TIFR GS Entrance Exam Pattern

PartType of QuestionsNumber of Questions
BObjective (True/ False)20

The time duration of the Exam is 3 hours in total.

This is the latest exam pattern followed in 2020 paper and patterns may change.


The syllabus includes:

  • Algebra
  • Real Analysis
  • Geometry / Topology
  • General

How to prepare for TIFR Entrance

Books for TIFR Entrance

Books for Linear Algebra

  • Chapter 0 of Serge Lang’s Introduction Linear Algebra
  • Introduction to Linear Algebra by Gilbert Strang
  • Linear Algebra: A geometric Approach by S Kumaresan
  • Linear Algebra by Hoffman & Kunze
  • Algebra by Artin
  • Linear Algebra Done Right by Axler

Books for Abstract Algebra

  • Contemporary Abstract Algebra by Gallian
  • SAGE Math (computation software)
  • Abstract Algebra by Dummit and Foote
  • Topics in Algebra by Herstein

Books for Real Analysis

  • Introduction to Real Analysis by Bartle Sherbet
  • Problems in Real Analysis by Kaczor
  • A basic course in Real Analysis by Kumar & Kumaresan
  • Analysis 1 & 2 by Terence Tao
  • Principles of Mathematical Analysis by Rudin

Books for Topology

  • Topology of Metric Spaces by Kumaresan
  • Topology by Munkres

Books for Vector Calculus and Differential Equation

  • Calculus, Early Transcendentals by James Stewart
  • Basic Multivariable Calculus by Marsden, Tromba, and Weinstein.
  • Calculus Vol 1 and 2 by Apostle

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Preparation Tips

Go through the syllabus:-

Learning about the syllabus is an essential part of preparation. This helps to have a better understanding of the preparation strategy and what topics to focus on. It saves you time as well.

Work on your concept and solve different questions:- 

Try to clear your concepts on each topic and practice questions based on that topic from different books. This way, you will be able to understand your understanding of the topic.

Solve Previous Papers:- 

This will help you know the exact difficulty level of the exam and prepare accordingly. Try to solve them in a time-bound manner.

Take Mock Tests:- 

Take Mock Tests to check your ability of problem-solving. If it is an online test, then it can help you know your preparation status in the competition. You will be able to know where you stand and what should be improved.

Track your progress:-

You should also track your progress. If something unimportant is stealing your time, recognise it and try to avoid it. Keep yourself surrounded by people who encourage you. Discuss your dreams and goals with them.

Take proper rest and believe in yourself:- 

It is the biggest myth that studying for long hours brings productivity at your work. There should be a routine with a proper work-rest balance and then you should ritually follow it. Also having low self-esteem can ruin your performance in exams.

All the best!

Prepare for TIFR Mathematics with Cheenta

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  1. Two Group classes per week (conceptual and problem solving)
  2. Access to Cheenta Genius App
  3. Regular Quizzes and Assignments
  4. Access to the Doubt Clearing Group

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5 comments on “What is TIFR and how to prepare for it?”

  1. You might want to update the following things
    1-Selection Procedure
    2-Exam Pattern
    3-Marking Scheme
    Also this admission process is for PhD in Math at TIFR, Mumbai and Joint CAM-ICTS. So you might want to update it as well

  2. Does TIFR also have a descriptive exam from 2023? The website mentions something about a Stage II written exam.

  3. It's great that so much information that can help us all is readily available. The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, is the world's preeminent center for basic science research. The institute grants master's degrees, combined master's and doctoral degrees, and doctorates in a variety of scientific disciplines. Successful completion of the TIFR Entrance Exam is required for admission. Pioneering scientists will thrive in this environment. Many thanks for your fantastic blog.

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