Eligibility for pursuing PhD from IITs



Doing PhD from any Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a matter of pride and it is an honour. 

Following are the IITs who offer PhD programmes


  1. IIT Bombay
  2. IIT Roorkee
  3. IIT Madras
  4. IIT Kanpur
  5. IIT Gandhinagar
  6. IIT Mandi
  7. IIT Bhubaneshwar
  8. IIT Hyderabad
  9. IIT Delhi
  10. IIT Ropar
  11. IIT Kharagpur
  12. IIT Indore
  13. IIT Guwahati
  14. IIT Patna
  15. IIT BHU, Varanasi



General   Eligibility   criterion   for   Admission  in   all   Departments/Centres/   Schools/ Interdisciplinary Groups.
  ONE of the following in appropriate subject areas: 

1) Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology or equivalent degree, with First class or  60% marks  (55% marks for SC/ST)  as described in the PhD Information Brochure.  

2) One of the following :
 (a)  Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology with First class or 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ST) as described in the PhD Information Brochure.  

(b)  Master’s degree in Science or  equivalent degree, with First class or 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ST) as described in the PhD Information Brochure. 

(c)  Master's degree in Arts/Commerce or equivalent degree with a minimum of 55% marks (50% for SC/ST), only for admission to the Ph.D. programmes offered by the Industrial Design Centre and Department of Humanities & Social Sciences.  

Such candidates must also fulfill ONE of the following additional requirements:  i.   Valid GATE/CEED Score ii.  Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of CSIR/UGC/NBHM/DBT or DST      INSPIRE Fellowship. iii. Candidates having UGC­NET Lectureship (LS)  are also eligible for  Teaching        Assistantship in addition to other academic qualifications in Humanities &        Social Sciences Department. iv. Minimum of 2 years of professional experience (acquired after obtaining the     qualifying degree and completed before the starting of the semester in which      admission is sought).  3)  B.Tech. Degree from an IIT, with a minimum CGPA/CPI  of 8.00 (on 0­10 scale). 

In addition to the general eligibility criterion, the applicant must satisfy the eligibility criteria specified for the respective Academic Units and the eligibility criteria for admission with different types of financial support as given in the Ph.D. Information Brochure. 

Does IIT offer PhD in engineering only?


No. IITs offer PhD in management primarily. But they also offer programme in other discipline too. 
However, the specialisation differ from institute.
Aerospace Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Earth Sciences
Electrical Engineering
Energy Science and Engineering
Mathematics
Industrial Engineering
Operations Research
Environmental Science and Engineering
Geoinformatics and Natural Resource
(above in IIT Delhi)


Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, History, Language & Literature, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Epidemiology and Sociology. (IIT Gandhinagar)

Sl. No.CourseStudents Strength
1.Biotechnology121
2.Chemical Engg.60
3.Chemistry133
4.Civil Engg.176
5.Earth Sciences79
6.Electrical Engg.83
7.Elect. & Comp. Engg.94
8.Mathematics93
9.Metallurgical & Materials55
10.Mech. & Ind. Engg.127
11.Hydrology25
12.Physics65
13Earthquake Engg.43
14.Architecture & Planning46
15.W.R.D.&M.32
16.Hum. & Social Sciences04
17.DPT37
18.Management75
19.AHEC32
20.IIC09
21.C-TRAN12
22.Centre for Nano Technology30
23.Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation & Management
Above is for IIT madras
You will find many other subject. Please go through website of respective IITs.


Does IIT have part time and external PhD programme?
Yes, most of the IIT offers part time and external PhD programmes. However, for any mode minimum 6 months residential pre PhD programme is mandatory, only after this you will be able to pursue PhD

When does the admission start?
The admission is open twice in a year, in August and in March. Please check rspective IIT website for details. 

Is it easy to qualify for IIT PhD
No, if you are not doing your study well specially your research proposal, your knowledge on research methodology. Only theoretical knowledge and only high grades are not enough. Your PhD research proposal should add value. 

I have less than 60% marks, am I eligible?
You are eligible only in humanities subject such as sociology, English etc. For that too you should have minimum 55% marks. 

My score is 59.98%, will it be considered as 60%
No. 60% means clearly 60% and above. 

I am working in the corporate, can I do PhD without leaving job from IIT?


Yes, only for 6 months you need to visit campus regularly to complete pre-course work. After that you need to be in touch and as and when your research guide need. 


Who decides my guide, do I need to search it?


Yes, external guide, you need to search, main guide will be provided by IIT.

I have done my masters through distance learning / open university, am I eligible for PhD?
Yes. There is no restriction. Whether you holds a part time degree, full time degree, distance education or open university degree, you are eligible. Your University and degree should have been approved by UGC and respective body. 

What is the fee for PhD in IITs?
IIT PhD are cheapest in India. If you are staying in hostel, the cost is around 30000 per semester and if you are not, it is around 10000 per semester (Reference, IIT Guwahati). The same is the case with IIT Roorkee. This is for year 2015-16. Please check website for latest fee update.


How many seats are available in each IIT?
Depends upon the course being offered and faculty available. The seat can be 5 to 20 in each stream. IIT Madras had total 190 seats collectively for different stream for december 2016. 

Is there reservation for SC, ST and OBC?
Sadly, yes. There is reservation and  5% mark relaxation also. Also, SC, ST and OBC do not need to pay tuition fee. 

I have an engineering degree of 4 years. Am I eligible?
Yes, many IITs accept a bachelor's degree in engineering even when they do not have a masters degree. However, your percentage should be more than 70/80 and CGPA should be 8 and above. 


How should I prepare?
First of all, zero down on the topic you want to research. My all time favourite topic was comparative study of performance management tool available and its impact and developing a new tool. It is not easier as said. You need lot of preparation. First of all, attend or read a good book on research methodology. You should know what is research topic, what is a research design, what is hypothesis and whether your research writing skill and thinking capacity is upto the mark. There are many resource available including MOOC.You should have conceptual clarity about the subject you are presenting. 

 My blog has details about them. If you still face issue, get in touch with me. 
You should draft your research proposal well. It should be in proper format, should not have copied at all. Copying is strictly not allowed as IITs have software to check plagiarism. 

So wish you all the best. I hope soon we will join together to do PhD in IIT. 

Govind
Mumbai
December 28, 2016

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