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PhD Program (May 2024)

Located on the lap of the lower Himalayas, near the beautiful hill town of Nainital, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) is an autonomous research institute funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). ARIES extends the opportunity to all M. Sc. qualified students to pursue an exciting research career as a PhD student in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Atmospheric Sciences.

Astronomy & Astrophysics division of ARIES is engaged in cutting-edge research in the fields of Solar Physics, Extrasolar Planets, Stellar physics, Interstellar Matter, Transients like Supernova and GRBs,  AGN,  Galaxy MorphologyRelativistic Astrophysics etc. The Atmospheric division specializes in atmospheric chemistry, trace gases, boundary layer meteorology, atmospheric dynamics, aerosols etc.

 Ph.D Admissions (May 2024) in ARIES (coordinated jointly by ARIES, Nainital and IIT, Roorkee)

In this round, students with M. Sc. Physics/Astrophysics are invited to apply for Junior Research Fellowship programme of ARIES leading to Ph.D. The Ph.D. programme will be jointly coordinated by ARIES, Nainital and IIT Roorkee (Physics Department). Students admitted to the Ph.D. programme are initially offered a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). Successful completion of the course work is mandatory for all the JRFs. After completing two years as a Junior Research Fellow, a student is offered a Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) after an assessment. The total tenure of the fellowship will not exceed five years, including the course work. The details of the shortlisted candidates will be posted on the ARIES website. The interview will be conducted in-person at IIT Roorkee, Roorkee.

Fellowship: Rs 37000/- per month (JRF); Rs 42000/- per month (SRF).

Minimum Qualification for PhD interviews at ARIES

  • M.Sc. Physics/Astrophysics with minimum 55% marks for General/OBC and 50% for SC/ST. Post-graduation degree should be from a UGC-recognized college/University.
  • The candidate should have passed M. Sc. on or after June 1, 2022. 
  • Age limit: 28 years as on 01 June 2024. The upper age limit for reserved categories may be relaxed as per the UGC rules.
  • Applicants should have a valid CSIR/UGC-NET (JRF/LS) qualified in Physical Sciences -OR- valid GATE qualified in Physics -OR - valid JEST qualified in Physics OR INSPIRE.
  • All the applications will be further screened by taking into account marks/ranks in GATE/CSIR, UGC-NET/JEST and M.Sc. and other guidelines decided by ARIES. Fulfilling the minimum qualifications does not guarantee a call for an interview.

Application Process

Online application is mandatory for the PhD applicants. Final selection will be made on the basis of an in-person (OFFLINE) interview to be held at IIT Roorkee, Roorkee.


  • Deadline for online application submission: 23:00 Hrs, 20th April, 2024
  • Announcement of shortlisted candidates for Interview: 30th April, 2024
  • Date of Interview (OFFLINE): 16-18 May, 2024 at IIT Roorkee.
  • Announcement of Final list of selected candidates: 21 May, 2024
  • Date of Academic Registration: TBD (at IIT Roorkee, in-person)


The Chairman
Academic Committee
Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES)
Manora Peak, Tallital Sub PO,
Nainital -263 001 Uttarakhand