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National Board for Higher Mathematics NBHM Doctoral Scholarship 2020

National Board for Higher Mathematics Scholarships For PhD

National Board for Higher Mathematics NBHM Doctoral Scholarship 2020

About National Board for Higher Mathematics NBHM Doctoral Scholarship 2020

The Doctoral Scholarship Scheme 2020
Scholarships for pursuing doctoral studies (PhD) in Mathematics / Applied Mathematics for the academic year 2020-21


The National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) invites applications to appear for its Doctoral Scholarship Test (hereafter called “the test”) scheduled for Saturday, 25 January 2020. The test is the first of two steps in the selection process for grant of the NBHM Doctoral Scholarship 2020 (hereafter called “the scholarship”).


The test scores are also used for screening of candidates for admissions to PhD / integrated PhD programmes of certain institutions including:


• Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI)

• Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali (IISER Mohali)

• Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER Pune)

• National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)

• The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc)


The scholarship and the test are described in more detail below. The official FAQ page that is updated from time to time is intended to provide further clarification.


Whom is the scholarship for?


The scholarship is intended to support pursuit of research leading to the PhD degree in Mathematics / Applied Mathematics. To qualify for it, one must satisfy both these conditions:


• qualify in the test and the subsequent interview;


• enrol by August 2020 (if not already enrolled) in a recognised PhD programme in Mathematics / Applied Mathematics in a university or institution in India.


Whom is the test for?


Anyone who fits at least one of the following three descriptions may apply:


• enrolled in a full time PhD programme in Mathematics / Applied Mathematics in a recognised university or institution in India;


• aspiring to enroll in such a programme by August 2020;


• aspiring to enroll by August 2020 in the PhD / integrated PhD programme of an institution that receives from NBHM the test scores for screening for admission to that programme (such as the five mentioned above).


Details of the scholarship


The scholarship is granted for a term of four years starting August 2020, but needs to be renewed every year, the renewal being subject to satisfactory progress as judged by NBHM. It is extendable to a fifth year at NBHM’s discretion.1 It consists of a monthly fellowship and a contingency grant, the rates of which are revised from time to time. The current rates are as follows: monthly fellowship |31,000/- for the first two years and |35,000/- for the subsequent two / three years; yearly contingency grant |40,000/-. In addition, house rent allowance (HRA) is payable as per central government norms.


Provision for maternity leave: Women scholars are eligible for maternity leave once during the term of the fellowship for a period not exceeding 180 days. If the leave is availed, the total period of fellowship will be increased accordingly.


A precondition for tenability of the scholarship is that throughout its term the candidate must be enrolled in a recognised full time PhD programme in Mathematics / Applied Mathematics in India. This means that the candidate must get enrolled in such a programme by August 2020 (if not already enrolled) and such enrolment must continue for the entire duration of the scholarship. If the enrolment should cease for any reason, the scholarship will also cease at the same time. The scholarship will be paid only through the scholar’s institution.


Selection procedure for the scholarship


Selection will be on the basis of performance in the test and the subsequent interview. Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview based on the performance in the test. At the time of the interview, the academic track record of the candidate will be scrutinised and taken into consideration.


The test is scheduled for Saturday, 25th January 2020, 1030 to 1330 hrs. It will feature questions requiring short answers (including multiple choice, possibly with negative marking as indicated) from areas of mathematics that a student with a masters degree is expected to know. Question papers from previous years along with the keys are available from the NBHM website and also from this repository. These however should be taken with a pinch of salt: the pattern and difficulty level of the test are subject to change without any notice whatsoever.


The test will be conducted at the following centres, divided into five zones:


• Zone 1: Chandigarh, New Delhi, Srinagar.
• Zone 2: Indore, Jabalpur, Prayagraj, Raipur.
• Zone 3: Goa, Mumbai, Pune, Vallabh Vidyanagar.
• Zone 4: Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata, Ranchi, Shillong, Tezpur.
• Zone 5: Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode.


Candidates must make their own arrangements for travel and stay to take the test. The interview will be conducted in only one centre, to be announced later, in each zone. The date(s) of the interview will also be announced later and may vary with the zone.


Each zone has a coordinator who is responsible for the administration of the test and interviews in that zone. The names and addresses of the zonal coordinators can be found at the end of this advertisement.


How to apply?


Applications to appear for the written test will be accepted exclusively online through the following portal:




(cut and paste the address on to your web browser; security issues if any are being addressed and should be resolved soon). The application portal will open around 26th November and will remain open until 5th January 2020.
An application fee (along with applicable collection charges) needs to be paid online at the time of the application. For applications completed on or before 25th December, the application fee will be |500; for applications completed after that date, the fee will be Rs.650. The first centre-wise sorted list of candidates for the test will be published around 20th December. A second list will be published around 1st January and a third list around 12th January.


Important Dates


26 November 2019 Online application portal scheduled to open
20 December 2019 First centre-wise list of candidates for the test published
26 December 2019 Application fee hike will kick in
01 January 2020 Second centre-wise list of candidates published
05 January 2020 Application portal closes
12 January 2020 Third and final centre-wise list of candidates published
25 January 2020 The test


Information Document 


For more details please refer the Official Website


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