The Integrated PhD (Int-PhD) program at NCBS accepts students with an excellent academic record at the B.Sc. level and who are strongly motivated to pursue a career in research. Candidates are invited to apply in response to advertisements issued by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai appearing nationally in the last week of August/first week of September every year. All applicants are required to take the written test conducted in December. The test assesses basic analytical skills and +2 level mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. There is no specified syllabus, nor do we give out sample question papers. NCBS sends out an application package to students who qualify the written test for the next phase of the selection procedure. Performance in the written test, together with the information requested in the application package is used to short-list candidates for interviews at Bangalore in May/June. Interviews typically comprise two rounds. The details of these will be provided to candidates short-listed for the interviews. The new academic year begins in August. Students are eligible to register for a PhD at the TIFR Deemed University typically 1.5-2 years from the date of joining, after meeting coursework requirements and passing a comprehensive examination.