IISER Aptitude Test 2018 – Dates, Eligibility, Fees, Registration, Syllabus

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IISERs conduct IISER Aptitude Test under State and Central Boards Channel (SCB) channel for admissions to 5 year BS-MS Degree programmes of Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research and 4 year BS programme at IISER Bhopal. Students applying through SCB channel have to appear in the IISER Aptitude Test which is conducted at various centres across the country.

Exam NameIISER Aptitude Test
Also Known AsIAT
Exam CategoryUndergraduate
Exam LevelNational
Exam ModeOffline (Pen-Paper based test)
Conducted byIndian Institutes of Science Education and Research


  • The exam will be a Pen-Paper based test of 3 hours duration.
  • All the questions will be Multiple-choice questions from four subjects, namely, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics with equal weightage.
  • A total of 60 questions, with 15 questions in each subject.
  • 3 marks will be awarded for each correct response while 1 mark will be decuted for each wrong response.
  • The medium of the paper will be English and Hindi.
  • Check the sample questions here.


June 24, 2018


  • Students who have passed (10+2) level with science stream in 2017 or 2018 with marks equal or above the cut off percentage in their respective boards.
  • OBC (Non-Creamy), PD category: 5% relaxation
  • Cut-off percentage for SC, ST, KM category candidates: 55% for all boards
  • Check cutoff percentage here.

Sample Questions


GEN and OBC (Non-Creamy) Candidates₹2000
SC, ST, PwD and KM Candidates₹1000


  • The registration for IISER Aptitude Test will begin on May 24, 2018 (9AM).
  • The last date to apply for IISER Aptitude Test is June 12, 2018 (12PM).
  • UPDATE: IISER Aptitude Test 2018 Registrations have started, read more here.

Application Procedure


Only candidates eligible for IISER SCB channel admission can register.


  • Interested candidates can register on IISER Admission website with a valid email address.
  • Candidate shall be required to fill in his / her basic details and upload his/her Photograph in the registration form.
  • He/she needs to enter his/her subject-wise marks (name of the subject, marks obtained out of maximum marks).
  • Pay the application fees online.
  • Download a copy of the application for future reference.

Hall Ticket / Admit Card

  • The hall ticket can be downloaded from the IISER Admissions site after it’s notified.
  • Please note that the Admit Card will be issued only to those candidates whose Application form is complete in all respects and has been submitted successfully on or before the last date of filling.
  • The candidates can download their hall ticket after logging into their account in the application portal on IISER Admissions site.
  • Candidates are required to produce the admit card at the test centre without which entry will not be allowed.

Test Centres

Test Cities

Test Cities

  • To be announced

Merit List

  • A Merit list will be prepared based on the score obtained by the candidate in the examination.
  • Admissions in SCB Channel will be done based on the candidate’s rank in the merit list.


  • Result of IISER Aptitude Test will be declared on July 3, 2018.
  • If you have been allotted a seat at one of the IISERs, you need to pay the Seat Acceptance Fee (within the due date) in order to accept the offer and confirm that you intend to join one of the IISERs.


  • Candidates will be asked to give college and branch preferences in the online application form.
  • The seat allotment will be done based on the availability of seats in respective IISERs, candidate’s rank in the merit list, and the candidate’s preferences.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1

I have not studied Biology/Mathematics at +2 level, can I take the test?

Yes, you can. However, the questions will be from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics with equal weightage.

Question 2

Where is the IISER aptitude test conducted?

It is conducted in various cities across India.

Question 3

Where/When do I get the hall ticket for IISER aptitude test?

The hall ticket will be available on the IISER Admissions website a few days before the IISER aptitude test.

Question 4

I am a class XII science student. To which programmes can I apply in IISERs?

Any student who has qualified Class XII examination in science stream either in 2017 or 2018 can apply provided he/she meets the eligibility criteria. For applying to the 5 year BS-MS programme in Engineering Sciences and the 4 year BS Programme in Economic Sciences at IISER Bhopal, students should have Mathematics as one of the subjects in class XII examination.

Important Dates

Application portal opens for SCB channelMay 24, 2018 (9 AM)
Last date for applications through SCB channelJune 12, 2018 (12 PM)
Admit Card downloading for IISER aptitude test for SCB channelJune 18, 2018
IISER aptitude test for SCB channelJune 24, 2018
Results of the aptitude testJuly 3, 2018
Submission of Seat Acceptance Fee beginsJuly 4, 2018
Last date for submission of Seat Acceptance FeeJuly 21, 2018

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