IISER Eligibility Criteria 2024: Age Limit, Educational Qualification

Rajalakshmi BK
Rajalakshmi BK

Updated on - Apr 30, 2024

IISER exam eligibility 2024 has been released on the official website i.e,  iiseradmission.in by the IISER officials. IISER applicants must be Indian nationals, PIO, or OCI to apply through KVPY, JEE (advanced), or IAT channels. Students who are not Indian nationals, PIO, or OCI students can apply for admission only through the JEE (Advanced) channel. Applicants must have qualified for the Class XII (or equivalent) exam with a science stream from CBSE recognized board.

Students should have a minimum of three subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics during their Class XII (or equivalent) exam. Applicants belonging to SC/ST/PwD must have scored a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in their Class XII (or equivalent) exam. Other categories of students should have scored at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent degree. Candidates are advised to go through all the factors of IISER exam qualification before filling out the IISER application form.

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IISER Entrance Exam Eligibility 2024

IISER Aptitude Test is a national-level test for admission to the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research's five-year BS-MS dual degree program. Candidates who wish to appear for the exam must look for IISER exam eligibility details. The age criteria for the IISER exam must also be verified. IISER exam eligibility details are given below.

 lIISER Eligibility Criteria 2024
Category Criteria
Nationality Both Indian and Foreign Nationals
PIO / OCI Candidates Considered as Indian Nations
Foreign Nationals Admission only through JEE Advanced Channel
Age Not Specified
Education 10+2 with IISER prescribed cut off of your state/central board
Compulsory Subjects Physics and Chemistry with Mathematics or Biology
Marks requirements General Category 60% aggregate marks in 10+2
Marks requirements Reserved Category 55% aggregate marks in 10+2

SCB Channel - IISER Aptitude Test (IAT)
JEE Advanced

Performance Criteria in Class 12 or Equivalent Board Exam for IISER Admission 2024

As part of the IISER exam qualification, the candidates must follow the given performance criteria in the Class 12th (or equivalent) Board Examination for IISER Admission 2024

  •  The candidate must have marks within the category-wise cut off above for their respective Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination for being eligible to get admission to IISERs.
  •  For candidates who appeared in Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination for the first time in 2021 and reappeared in any subject (for whatsoever reason) in 2024, the better of two performances will be considered.
  •  If a Board gives aggregate marks considering both Class XI and Class XII examinations (in the 10+2 system), only Class XII marks will be considered. If a Board gives aggregate marks considering the results of all three years of a 3-year diploma or courses of equivalent duration, only the marks scored in the final year will be considered. Similarly, for Boards that follow a semester system, the marks scored in the final two semesters will be considered.
  • If a Board awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade -sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying the equivalent marks and submit it before the deadline for the mark sheet submission. In case such a certificate is not provided by the Board, meeting minimum eligibility criteria will be assessed as follows: If CGPA/CPI is reported on any scale other than 10 (for example, 4 points or 8 points scale), an equivalent CGPA/CPI will be calculated as per the following formula: CGPA/CPI in a 10 point scale = (CGPA/CPI Obtained×10)/PS. Finally, the marks will be linearly scaled out of 500. (Here PS stands for Point scale used by the Board).

IISER Eligibility Criteria 2024 for Each Channel

The qualification to write the entrance exam for IISER depends on the channel through which you are willing to apply. The 3 channels through which a candidate can apply for IISER 2024 are as follows.

  • SCB (State and Central Boards) Channel - IISER 2024 Aptitude Test
  • KVPY exam (Kishor Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana)
  • JEE Advanced.

KVPY Channel - Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana

Candidates must have a valid KVPY fellowship commencing from the 2022-23 session. Candidates with a KVPY fellowship need not have to take IISER Aptitude Test.

JEE Advanced Channel - Joint Entrance Examination Advanced

Candidates must qualify for the JEE Advanced exam & secure a rank within 10,000 in Common Rank List (CRL).

  • Relaxation: For candidates belonging to the reserved category (OBCNC, SC, ST, PD), their rank should be within 10,000 ranks under the respective category.
  • IISER Aptitude Test 2024: Candidates with a valid JEE Advanced rank/scorecard need not have taken the IISER aptitude test.

Read More: IISER Registration 2024

SCB Channel - State and Central Boards 

The candidates who apply under SCB Channel have to mandatorily take IISER 2024 Aptitude Test, to be able to get admission. Before applying, candidates should make sure they satisfy the eligibility criteria.

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates must pass the 10+2 examination with science stream(PCM) in 2024 or 2019.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidates have to secure marks equal to or above the cut-off percentage in their respective boards to qualify for IISER 2024. 
  • Relaxation: There is a 5% relaxation in qualifying marks for the OBC-NC & PwD category.
  • Cut Off Percentage: For reserved SC/ST/KM category candidates, the cut-off percentage marks are 55% in the 10+2 level for all boards.

To take admission under this channel you need to satisfy the cut off of the qualifying exam before taking IISER Aptitude Test. The cut off marks and the respective board in 2019 are listed below.

IISER SCB 2019 Cut Off
Board Name Cut Off Percentage Board Name Cut Off Percentage
AMU Board 81.4 Andhra Pradesh 95.4
Assam 74.5 Bihar 71.0
CBSE 90.0 CISCE (ISC) 92.9
Chattisgarh 76.6 Goa 83.3
Gujarat 65.9 Haryana 86.3
Himachal Pradesh 79.7 Jammu Kashmir 84.4
Jharkhand 61.0 Karnataka 87.5
Kerala 93.3 Madhya Pradesh 82.0
Maharashtra 77.9 Manipur 77.6
Meghalaya 68.3 Mizoram 67.4
Nagaland 66.5 Orissa 71.6
Punjab 80.7 Rajasthan 78.7
Tamil Nadu 95.2 Telangana 97.3
Tripura 68.2 Uttar Pradesh 74.2
Uttarakhand 67.9 West Bengal 78.9
Visva-Bharati 83.1 NIOS 83.6




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