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With the emergence of knowledge-centered economies and the knowledge society, Information & Knowledge Management has emerged as a major area of concern and importance to large corporate houses, R & D Institutions and even governments. The area cuts across several disciplines including Information Technology, Library Science, and Management sciences, to mention a few. The Documentation Research & Training Centre, a unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, founded by Late Prof. S. R. Ranganathan is an internationally recognized centre for advanced training and research in this area. The DRTC now offers a novel M.S. Programme in Library & Information Science with the primary objective of preparing the next generation information managers. This new and unique programme offers an ideal blend of courses spanning library science, information technology, knowledge management and quantitative studies. The graduates of the programme will find excellent openings in industry, especially the IT industry, R & D organizations and institutions of higher education & research. For those with an aptitude for higher studies and research the M.S. Programme provides a solid foundation for Ph.D. programmes. Several universities across the country have recognized DRTC as a centre for doctoral research.

M.S. Library and Information Sciences


The minimum qualification for admission to the M.S. programme is a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized Indian or foreign university (obtained after a minimum of 12+3 years of education).

Selection Procedure

Selection of candidates for the M.S. programme will be based on academic records and performance of the candidate in an all-India written entrance test and interview. There is no tuition fee for the programme and all eligible students will receive a stipend.


The duration of the Programme is 24 months (2 Years); the programme is offered only at the ISI Bangalore Centre

Syllabus for Entrance Exam

Syllabus: (ML-I)

There will be 60 objective type questions. These are given to test quantitative skill (at 10 +2 level) and reasoning skills (at the undergraduate level), knowledge of mathematics, ability to read and understand graphs & statistical tables (preferably 10 +2 level).

Syllabus (ML-II): (Duration 2 Hrs.)

This paper will mostly test language proficiency and aptitude. The broad pattern of the question paper will be as below:

Comprehension Ability Test (2 questions are given; each question consists of a text followed by 4 or 5 objective type questions on the text; estimated time, 10 minutes each) The candidate is expected to go through the text and understand its content, to answer the objective type questions.

  • Test of English Language Proficiency (20 objective type questions; estimated time 40 minutes); questions are given to test the knowledge of antonyms, analogy,synonyms and elementary English grammar.
  • Test of knowledge of Books, Libraries, Information and Computers (20 objective type questions; estimated time 40 minutes)
  • Test of Writing Skills (1 question, estimated time 20 minutes) The candidate will be asked to write a note (not more than two paragraphs) on current or related topics such as Personal computers, e-books, Internet, libraries, etc.


Junior Research Fellowship


Masters in Library and Information Science/Associateship in Documentation and Information Science by DRTC/Associateship in Information Science by INSDOC or any exam equivalent from a recognized Indian or foreign university (obtained after a minimum of 12+3+2 years of education) with at least 60% marks in the qualifying examination.

Selection Procedure

Selection of candidates for the JRF programme will be based on academic records and performance of the candidate in an all-India written entrance test and interview. There is no tuition fee for the programme and all eligible students will receive a stipend.


The duration of course is 4 1/2 year. Every six month Research committee evaluates the work done by research fellow and on satisfactory report by expert he/she is allowed to continue.

Syllabus for the Entrance Examination for “Junior Research Fellow” in Library and Information Science

Candidates are expected to have knowledge in all areas included in the course contents of the ADIS programme of the Indian Statistical Institute or NISCAIR or a Masters degree in Library and Information Science (MLISc) awarded by the universities in India. Some topics are given below:

Area I : Foundations of information Science

Information : Definition, kinds, nature, use Information models and theories. Economics of information. Information and National Development System.

Information System as a basic Component of NDS :

Primary Information Communication System, Theories of human communication; Information diffusion, Secondary Information Service System. Normative principles of information systems. Different information phenomena (activities), and corresponding applied and fundamental disciplines. Information professions and their specializations. 

Information Science : Definition; Scope; Educational Programmes in Library Science, Documentation, and “Information Science”. Relationship of “Information Science” with other disciplines.


Area II : Information Sources, communication Media, Information Systems and Programmes.

Identification, organization, utilization, limitations and other relevant characteristics of information sources.

  1. Documentary sources
  2. Human sources
  3. Institutional sources

Structures, functions, products, and services of different categories of information systems such as, libraries, documentation centres, clearing houses, referral centres, information analysis centres, databank etc., national, regional, global information systems, services and programmes; overall objectives, basic factors to be considered in system design, characteristic features, illustrative examples, with emphasis on computerised systems and services and the methodology of handling the respective data bases.

Area III : Information Processing and Organisation

Information Dissemination and Retrieval System and the concept of “:surrogate” Descriptive indexing: Entry, Index and Indexing. Standardised description of Sources of Information as objects; Methodology of designing codes (Standards and Specifications) for descriptive indexing. General theory of subject Indexing Language (SIL): Linguistic and SIL. Subject and Subject-proposition. Universe of Subjects.

Elements and their interrelationships, semantic structure, syntactic structure, and Pragmatics of SIL. Attributes of the Universe of Subjects; Modes of formation of subjects; the concept of development of the University of subjects. Subject Classification and Subject Indexing;

Organising classification; Associative Classification, Tools for classification / indexing Notational-cum-verbal schemes for classification; their design and application. Verbal schemes for classification - Thesauri, Subject authority lists, etc., their design and application. “Classaurus” (a Classification scheme incorporation all essential features of a thesaurus): Its design and application. Defferent systems of indexing. Computerization of classification / indexing. Organization of information and the role of classification principles.

Area IV : Information Transfer and Dissemination

Category of users, user needs, user studies. Information diffusion patterns and studies. Organization, structures and provision of information services including:

Current awareness services, SDI, Reference Services, Abstracting Services, Digests, Technical notes, New briefs, Product and process bulletins, State-of-the-art and Trend Reports, Products of information analysis, Data service, Translation service, Extension service and Technology transfer, Presentation of information, Marketing of information services, Information resources sharing.


Paper V : Information Technology and its Applications

Brief overview of Computer technology, Communication technology and Reprography /printing technology as applied to information storage, retrieval and dissemination. Systems analysis and systems design concepts. Bibliographic formats such as MARC, ISO2709, CCF etc. Networking and Internet. Library Automation and MM Application.

Area VI : Information System/Centre Planning and Management

Planning methodology. National Information System Planning; Information policy. Organization structures. Management by objectives, Budgeting Techniques – PPBS, Zero Budgeting, etc.

Management: Personnel, Financial, Material and other resources management, and the application of modern management ideas and techniques to libraries; Documentation and Information Centres; Referral centers; Data Banks and Information Analysis Centres. System evaluation.

Area VII : Research Methods, Bibliometrics/ Informetrics and Scientometrics.



For details an application form can be obtained from the following offices of Indian Statistical Institute (by post or in person)

a) Dean of Studies, Indian Statistical Institute, 203 B.T Road, Kolkata – 10008.

b) Head. Delhi Centre. Indian Statistical Institute, 7 SJS Sansanwal Marg, New Delhi 110016,  

c) Head, Bangalore Centre Indian Statistical Institute, 8th Mile Mysore Road, Bangalore 560059,

d) Head, SQC-OR Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, 110 Nelson Manickam Road (1st Floor), Aminjikarai, Chennai 600029,

e) Head, SQC-OR Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Street No.8, Habshiguda, Hyderabad 500007,

by paying an amount of Rs.450/- (Rs.225/- for reserved categories) (Please check the amount for the current year in the current prospectus) in cash (from 11a.m to 2 p.m on working days from Monday to Friday), or by Bank Draft drawn in favour of ‘Indian Statistical Institute” payable at Kolkata (Proper).

Request for application forms should have the mailing address in CAPITALS. Postal orders, Money orders and cheque will not be accepted.


Distribution of Prospectus & Application forms: 2nd week of Feb to 3rd week of March (every year)

Date of Admission Test (India and abroad): 2nd week of May (every year)

Prospectus and application forms are also available on in pdf format.


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