Open to students with a strong master's level background in physics. During the first year, the students need to complete a set of mandatory courses and clear comprehensive examinations at the end of the year.
The students are selected through an interview conducted by the department. Those who have qualified for at least one GATE/NET are eligible to apply.
Students coming in with a master's degree need to earn a minimum of twelve credits. The doctoral committee could prescribe more courses if required. Students have to give a comprehensive exam and viva at the end of the first year.
Students can take departmental courses after discussion with the guide.