Dear applicant,
Welcome to PRL!
PRL is an autonomous institution under the Department of Space and was
established in 1947. The current areas of research at PRL are Astronomy and
Astrophysics, Geosciences, Planetary Sciences & Exploration, Space and Atmospheric
Sciences, Experimental Laser and Atomic Physics and Theoretical Physics. We have
two campuses at Ahmedabad and astronomical and solar observatories at
Mt. Abu and Udaipur respectively. More details are available via links on the PRL
Ph.D. students at PRL, referred to as Research Scholars, take courses in the first
year and then start their research with a guide. Research scholars are awarded a
Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for the first two years, and subsequently a Senior
Research Fellowship (SRF) for the remaining three years. A JRF receives a stipend
of ` 16,000/- per month and an SRF receives a stipend of ` 18,000 per month.
A book grant of ` 7500/- per year is given to all research scholars.
Accommodation will be provided by PRL at a nominal charge.
Students may also be supported for attending conferences abroad,
once during their tenure. In addition, all expenses connected with registration
for Ph.D., application fees, registration fees, tuition fees, examination fees etc.
are to be borne by the institute.
The online application form for the Ph.D. Programme at PRL is provided here.
Please fill it out carefully.
Short-listed candidates will subsequently be called for a written test or an
interview at PRL. They will be provided II-class return train fare by the shortest
route and per diem as per PRL rules. Eligibility criteria for admission to PRL are
contained in the advertisement given below that appeared in major newspapers
across India.
In case you are unable to submit the online application form, you may
download the form and send it by post to Head, Academic Services, P
hysical Research Laboratory, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380 009
[Email:; Fax: (079) 2631 4912]. Only students from remote
areas who have no access to internet may send their request for application
form along with a self addressed envelope (25 cm x 17 cm) superscribed by
PRL JRF 2010 (Subject) to the address given below. All others to submit
online applications only. The completed application should reach PRL on
or before the last date mentioned in the advertisement.
  • Candidates should produce all the relevant certificates/testimonials as 
  • proof of age, educational qualification, caste, physical disability, 
  • experience, etc, at the time of written test/interview.
  • Candidates who are already in employment under Central/State 
  • Government, Central/State Public Sector Undertakings or Autonomous 
  • Bodies have to produce a `No Objection Certificate’ from the employer 
  • concerned at the time of written test/interview.
  • Short-listed candidates appearing for the written test/interview will have 
  • to carry the call letter along with hall ticket generated after the successful 
  • submission of the application form with self-attested passport size colour 
  • photograph pasted on it.
  • If any information furnished on-line is found to be wrong or false on 
  • verification, the candidate will not be interviewed and Travelling Allowance 
  • will not be paid.
  • Candidates attending the written test/interview will be paid second 
  • class rail fare excluding the reservation charges/sleeper charges.
  • Only Indian Nationals need apply.
  • No interim correspondence will be entertained.
  • Canvassing in any form will result in disqualification.
Upon on-line registration, applicants will be provided with an on-line
Registration Number and password for resubmission, which should be carefully
preserved for future reference.
If you wish to update your application, or correct errors in a previous submission,
you can do so via the resubmission link below.
Guidelines To Fill The Online Application
Fill in all the information correctly and “SUBMIT”. 
On successful application, your registration number will be displayed on screen and an
e-mail will be sent to you. Note down your Registration Number and keep in a safe place.
This would be required for checking the status of your application in future.
Your Password for resubmission and name would be the referencecode that will be
generated by the system on successful registration. If certain fields show error while
registering, please try to modify the data and avoid using special characters such
as .  ,  `  ‘  (  )  /  – ” etc. Check all the details before clicking the submit button.
You may take a print of your application after successful submission or save the
same as a pdf file. 
Students will be able to login to their account and check the status of their application
and hall ticket. Give details of your marks/GPA of all the examinations taken so far.
If you are currently working toward a degree, mention the expected date of its completion
and enter your marks up to the last examination for which the marks are known.
Please carry your photo ID card (eg: College ID, Students card, Passport) at the time
of admission test / Interview.)
In case of grade point average, normalize to 100% i.e if GPA out of 10, multiply 
by 10 etc.
Important Dates to Remember
1. Opening Date for Online Registration: 09.02.2011
2. Closing Date for Online Registration: 25.03.2011
3. Closing Date for Receiving Application by Speed-post: 04.03.2011
4. Closing Date for Resubmission : 15.04.2011
For general inquiry             079-26314869

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