IISER Aptitude Test 2020 Exam – Information, Eligibility, Dates, Fees, Syllabus

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IISER Aptitude Test 2020

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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 programmes 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.

UPDATE (Oct 29, 2019): IISER Aptitude Test 2020 details announced, check IAT Important Dates.

Exam NameIISER Aptitude Test
Also Known AsIAT
Exam CategoryUndergraduate
Exam LevelNational
Exam ModeOnline (Computer based test)
Conducted byIndian Institutes of Science Education and Research

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Applications Open

SRM Institute of Science and Technology (Top Private University)

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Institution of Eminence)

Chandigarh University (New)



  • The exam will be a computer based test (CBT) of 3 hours duration.
  • All the questions will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) i.e. each question will have four choices, only one being the correct choice.
  • The exam will have a total of 60 questions with 15 questions each from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics subjects.
  • Candidates will be awarded 3 marks for each correct answer while 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect response.
  • The medium of the paper will be English and Hindi.
  • Check the sample questions here.

No. of Questions:

SubjectNo. of MCQTotal Marks



May 31, 2020


09:00 AM – 12:00 PM


  • Students who have passed (10+2) level with science stream in 2019 or 2020 with marks equal or above the cut off percentage in their respective boards.
  • Cutoff percentage for IAT 2020 is yet to be announced. Check category-wise cutoff percentage for 2019 here.

Applications Open

SRM Institute of Science and Technology (Top Private University)

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Institution of Eminence)

Chandigarh University (New)

Mock Test

  • An official mock test is made available to the candidates appearing for IAT.
  • Candidates can take the Mock Test to understand the pattern of the computer-based test and make themselves familiar with the interface.
  • Mock test is for practice purpose only.

Sample Questions


IAT 2020 Application Fee is yet to be announced. Application fee for last year was:

GEN, EWS and OBC (Non-Creamy) Candidates₹2000
SC, ST and PwD Candidates₹1000
Foreign NationalsUSD 100


  • The registrations for IISER Aptitude Test 2020 examination will begin on March 23, 2020 (11 AM).
  • The last date to apply is April 30, 2020 (5 PM).

Application Procedure


Only candidates eligible for IISER SCB channel admission can register.


  • Interested candidates need to visit IISER Admission website and register with a valid email address.
  • Fill in the basic details and upload self photograph in the registration form.
  • Enter the subject-wise marks in the prescribed form (name of the subject, marks obtained out of maximum marks).
  • Pay the application fees online.
  • Download a copy of the application for future reference.

Test Centres

Test Cities

Test Cities

Test Cities

  • Agartala
  • Agra
  • Ahmedabad
  • Alappuzha
  • Allahabad
  • Ambala
  • Amravati
  • Amritsar
  • Asansol
  • Aurangabad
  • Bareilly
  • Bengaluru
  • Berhampur
  • Bhatinda
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Bikaner
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Cuttack
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Dhanbad
  • Ernakulam
  • Gandhinagar
  • Goa
  • Greater Noida
  • Guntur
  • Gurugram
  • Guwahati
  • Gwalior
  • Haldwani
  • Hamirpur
  • Hooghly
  • Hubballi (Hubli)
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jabalpur
  • Jaipur
  • Jalandhar
  • Jammu
  • Jamshedpur
  • Jodhpur
  • Kalaburagi (Gulbarga)
  • Kannur
  • Kanpur
  • Kanyakumari
  • Karnal
  • Kolhapur
  • Kolkata
  • Kollam
  • Kottayam
  • Kozhikode
  • Kurnool
  • Kurushetra
  • Lucknow
  • Ludhiana
  • Madurai
  • Malappuram
  • Mangaluru (Mangalore)
  • Mohali
  • Mumbai
  • Muzaffarpur
  • Mysuru (Mysore)
  • Nagercoil
  • Nagpur
  • Nasik
  • Navi Mumbai
  • New Delhi
  • Noida
  • Palakkad
  • Panipat
  • Patna
  • Puducherry
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Rajkot
  • Ranchi
  • Roorkee
  • Rourkela
  • Salem
  • Satna
  • Shillong
  • Shimla
  • Shivamogga (Shimoga)
  • Sikkim
  • Siliguri
  • Surat
  • Tezpur
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Thoothukudi
  • Thrissur
  • Tiruchirappalli
  • Tirunelveli
  • Tirupathi
  • Tirupur
  • Trichy
  • Udaipur
  • Udupi
  • Vadodara
  • Varanasi
  • Vijayawada
  • Virudhunagar
  • Visakhapatnam
  • Vizianagaram
  • Warangal


  • Candidates can select any five preferred test cities for the IAT examination.
  • However, the test city allocation will be subject to the availability.

Hall Ticket / Admit Card

  • The hall ticket can be downloaded from the IISER Admissions site after May 18, 2020.
  • 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 the IISER Admissions site.
  • Candidates are required to produce the admit card at the test centre without which entry will not be allowed.

Answer Keys

  • The answer keys of Computer based examination will be made available on the IAT website.
  • If a candidate is unsatisfied with an answer, he/she can challenge the answer keys with all necessary enclosures.
  • Provisional Answer Key is expected to release on June 1, 2020 while Final Answer Key will be released on June 8, 2020.

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.


  • The result of IISER Aptitude Test is expected to be declared in June 2020.
  • If a candidate has been allotted a seat in any of the IISERs, the candidate needs to pay the Seat Acceptance Fee (within the due date) in order to accept the Admission offer and confirm that the candidate intends to join.
  • Read more about Seat Acceptance rules and Refund policy here.


  • 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.
  • Read more about Seat Acceptance rules and Refund policy here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1

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

You must have atleast one of the two subjects Mathematics and Biology in class XII. 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 2019 or 2020 can apply provided he/she meets the eligibility criteria. For applying to the 4 year BS Programmes, students should have Mathematics as one of the subjects in class XII examination.

Important Dates

Announcement of class XII cutoff criteriaTBA; Expected: March 2020
Release of Mock TestTBA; Expected: March 2020
Opening of Admission portalMarch 23, 2020 (11 AM)
Last date for applicationsApril 30, 2020 (5 PM)
Admit Card downloading for IISER aptitude testMay 18, 2020
IISER aptitude test for SCB channelMay 31, 2020
Release of IAT Provisional Answer KeyJune 1, 2020
Availability of Candidates ResponsesJune 2, 2020
Last date to submit objection on Answer KeyJune 4, 2020
Release of IAT Final Answer KeyJune 8, 2020
IAT Result DeclarationTBA; Expected: June 2020
CounsellingJune 22, 2020 – July 19, 2020
Start of Academic sessionAugust 3, 2020

Contact Information

Candidates can contact IISER authorities through written communication, phone or email.

IISER Contact Information
AddressThe Chairperson,
Joint Admissions Committee 2020,
Indian Institute of Science Education & Research Thiruvananthapuram,
Maruthamala PO, Vithura,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695551, Kerala (India)
Admission Helpline0471-2778200, 0471-2778182
Email[email protected]

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