Top 10 Universities for PhD in Physics in India

The top 10 Indian Universities for pursuing a PhD in Physics are listed in this blog post. The Universities are listed based on the latest NIRF Ranking.

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is a ranking methodology adopted by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, to rank institutions of higher education in India.

In the ranking for pursuing a PhD in Physics from a top university, The Indian Institute of Science stands at the top (Rank 1) followed by the Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia.

The basic eligibility for admission is M.Sc. or an equivalent degree from a recognized university.

The admission process starts with filling out an application form. Shortlisted candidates are required to appear for an interview and a written test as part of the selection process. The interview assesses the candidate’s research aptitude, subject knowledge, and motivation for pursuing a Ph.D.

Important information like basic qualification/eligibility is provided in this blog post. Moreover, information like important dates for admission, and selection procedure is available on the official websites of universities. The links to the official website are also provided.

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List of Top 10 Universities for PhD in Physics in India

1) Indian Institute of Science

NIRF Rank: 1

Score (out of 100): 83.16

City: Bengaluru

State: Karnataka

Program (s): Ph.D.Option of stream (a)Experimental Condensed Matter Physics (b)Condensed Matter Theory to be specified at the time of interview.

Basic Qualification for Eligibility: M Sc or equivalent degree in Physical Sciences/ Mathematical Sciences/ Chemical Sciences/ Biotechnology or BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or Graduate of 4-year Bachelor of Science programs.

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2) Jawaharlal Nehru University

NIRF Rank: 2

Score: 68.92

City: New Delhi

State: Delhi

The School of Physical Sciences (SPS), Jawaharlal Nehru University offers Ph.D. programs in Physical and Chemical Sciences and Mathematics.

In Physics, the research emphasis is on Chemical Physics, Complex Fluids, Disordered Systems, Granular Materials, Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Materials Science, Magnetism, Superconductivity, Semiconductors, Polymers, Nano-materials, other aspects of Condensed Matter Physics and Plasma Astrophysics. Moreover, Computational Physics, Mathematical Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Quantum Chaos, Statistical Nuclear Physics, Nonlinear and Quantum Optics, Neutrino Physics and String Theory are also active areas of research.

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3) Jamia Millia Islamia

NIRF Rank: 3

Score: 67.73

City: New Delhi

State: Delhi

Level of Program: Ph.D.(Physics)

Program Type: Regular


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4) Jadavpur University

NIRF Rank: 4

Score: 66.07

City: Kolkata

State: West Bengal

The Department of physics was established in 1956. Over the years, the department has developed into a significant Centre of academic activities involving different branches of Physics. It has acquired distinction as a Centre of Advanced Studies and Research in both theoretical and experimental Physics.

5) Banaras Hindu University

NIRF Rank: 5

Score: 65.85

City: Varanasi

State: Uttar Pradesh

Department offers Ph. D. Programme in different specialized areas of physics. (Specialized Areas: Solar Physics, Space & Planetary Physics, Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics (Theory & Experiment), Biophysics, Fiber optics, Photonics,Remote Sensing, Materials Science, Quantum information, Renewable Energy)

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6) Manipal Academy of Higher Education-Manipal

NIRF Rank: 6

Score: 64.98

City: Manipal

State: Karnataka

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7) Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

NIRF Rank: 7

Score: 64.67

City: Coimbatore

State: Tamil Nadu

Applicants must typically hold a master’s degree in Physics or a related field from a recognized university or institute. The minimum qualifying marks or CGPA requirement must be not less than 60% or 6.0 / 55% or 5.5 in the case of Reserved category candidates (SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD)

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8) Vellore Institute of Technology

NIRF Rank: 8

Score: 64.33

City: Vellore

State: Tamil Nadu

Major Research Areas: Photonics, Quantum Information & Computation, Nuclear Physics, Medical Physics, Crystal Growth & Crystallography, Materials Physics, Nano Biomaterials

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9) Aligarh Muslim University

NIRF Rank: 9

Score: 63.88

City: Aligarh

State: Uttar Pradesh

Specialization: Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Astrophysics, Photonics and Non Linear Dynamics

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10) University of Hyderabad

NIRF Rank: 10

Score: 62.09

City: Hyderabad

State: Telangana

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