The Union Public Services Commission has invited applications for the Civil Services Preliminary Examination to be held on May 20. Applications can be submitted online on www.upsconline.nic.in till March 5. In Kerala, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram are the test centres. Graduates in any discipline, including engineering and medicine, are eligible to apply. Age limit: 21-30 as on August 1. The preliminary examination will consist of two papers of objective-type, multiple-choice questions for 400 marks. Those who qualify in the preliminary examination will be called for the main examination. For details, visit www.upsc.gov.in

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, has invited applications for the IISc entrance test to be held on April 29 across the country for admission to integrated Ph.D. programmes in biological sciences, chemical sciences, physical sciences, and mathematical sciences. Those with a first-class degree in physical sciences, chemical sciences, biological sciences, and mathematical sciences or a BE or B.Tech. degree in the relevant disciplines are eligible to apply. The last date for submitting online applications is March 21. www.iisc.ernet.in.

Aligarh Muslim University has invited applications for admission to its B.Tech. and B.Arch. courses. The last date for submitting applications is March 17. The admission test will be held in Kozhikode, Hyderabad, Aligarh, Lucknow, Bhopal, and Kolkata on May 20.

The Faculty of Medicine of the university has invited applications for a combined admission test to be held in Kozhikode, Hyderabad, Aligarh, Lucknow, Bhopal, Srinagar and Kolkata on May 27 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses. Online and offline application facilities are provided. Last date: March 24. www.amucontroller exams.com.

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, has invited applications for admission to B.Sc. nursing and B.Pharm. (Ayurveda) courses. Eligibility is a pass in Plus Two or equivalent examinations with physics, chemistry, biology, and English with minimum 50 per cent aggregate marks. Age of applicants should be between 17 and 25. Download application forms and information booklet from www.bhu.ac.in before March 22. The last date for submitting the applications is March 28. The application fee is Rs.1,000. The entrance test will be held on June 3. www.imsbhu.nic.in

Indian Maritime University, Chennai, has invited applications for admission to B.Sc. nautical science and maritime science courses and B.Tech. courses in marine engineering and naval architecture and ocean engineering commencing in August. Selection is on the basis of the rank in the Joint Entrance Examination conduced by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT-JEE) to be held on April 8. The application form and information brochure can be downloaded from www.imu.tn.nic.in. The application fee is Rs.1,000 (Rs.600 for those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes). Last date: April 24.

The university has also invited applications for admission to its MBA course in port and shipping management on its Chennai and Kochi campuses and in international transportation and logistics management on its Chennai campus. Graduates in any discipline with 50 per cent marks (45 per cent for those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes) are eligible to apply. Selection is based on the IMU Common Entrance Test to be held in Kochi, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Kolkata on April 8. Last date: March 31. www.imu.tn.nic.in

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, has invited applications for a common entrance test to be held in Bangalore, Lucknow, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Jaipur, Jalandhar, and Kolkata on May 12 for admission to its MBBS course. There are 150 seats. Last date: April 16. http://ipu.ac.in.

The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, has invited applications for admission to M.Tech, courses in computer sciences and engineering; computer science and information security; VLSI and computer engineering; computational linguistics; computer-aided structural engineering; and bioinformatics and Ph.D. programmes. Last date: March 24. The postgraduate entrance examination will be held on April 15. http://admissions.iiit.ac.in.

The National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, has invited applications for admission to its postgraduate diploma course in industrial engineering and fellow (doctoral) programme. Those with a first-class BE or B.Tech. degree in any branch with a valid score in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering are eligible to apply. Apply online from February 20 onwards. Last date: April 6. www.nitie.edu.

Gopakumar Karakonam