PhD Program at IIT M and IIT B for GATE 2020 Aspirants

What is Doctorate Program or a PhD?

A PhD is a postgraduate degree conferred by universities. It is the top academic degree available in a field. A PhD program is a research degree in its purest form. To be awarded with a PhD degree in India, students need to conduct research and also defend their thesis as well.

India has many prestigious colleges that offer PhD degree programs. Students aspiring to pursue a PhD program have many options to choose from for their field of study ranging from Biochemistry to Natural Sciences, Engineering, Management and many more.

Let’s look at the Doctorate Program at IITM and IIT B.

IIT Madras

Founded in 1959, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Chennai is a top-level institute in the research & technology education field. IIT Madras is ranked as the top engineering institute for research and technology by National Institutional Ranking Framework (MHRD) for the past 4 years from 2016 until 2019. IIT Madras invites applications for admission to PhD programs under regular or part time or external schemes of the institute program for the session every year in the month of July.

PhD Programs

IIT Madras offers admissions under regular full time (with or without Half time Teaching Research Assistantship (HTRA) and part time or external programs for the following PhD & Research Programs:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Management studies
  • Metallurgical & Materials Engineering; and
  • Ocean engineering and Physics

IIT Madras offers an opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary PhD in exciting areas of research.

Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2020 Aspirants at IIT Madras for regular research scholars

  • PhD in Engineering

    Candidates with master’s degree in engineering or technology with a good academic record and a valid GATE score are eligible to apply.

  • PhD in Sciences

    Master’s degree in Sciences with a good academic record and a valid GATE 2020 score is eligible for applying.

  • PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences

    Master’s degree or dual degree or equivalent with a good academic record and a valid GATE 2020 score is eligible for applying.

  • PhD in Management

    Master’s degree or a 2 year PG Diploma in a relevant field with good academic record and a valid GATE 2020 score is eligible for applying.

Admission Process for PhD admission at IIT Madras

  • Candidates opting for admission at IIT Madras for PhD programs can apply online from their official website at Candidates should check their eligibility criteria before applying.
  • Online application form and brochures are available on their website for applying.

Application fees

Male Candidates (General, OBC-NC) ₹ 100/-
Female Candidates (General, OBC-NC) ₹ 100/-
PwD/SC/ST Candidates ₹ 50/-

Fees should be paid online through either debit card, credit card or net banking.

Selection process for IIT Admissions

  • Eligible candidates with the required educational qualifications and valid GATE 2020 score (scores are set by the departments from time to time), are called for a test and interview or just interview by the selection committee of the respective department.
  • A departmental test would be conducted for candidates who had completed their post-graduation 10 years before applying for their PhD programs.
  • Applications of international students would be considered without a test or interview.
  • Reservation of seats – reservations are applicable to candidates such as SC/ST/OBC/Persons with disability (PwD) as set by the Government of India.

Provision of Financial Assistance

  • Candidates who are admitted to the PhD programs under the regular scheme are eligible for HTRA. They are required to work 8 hours per week in the respective departments to earn this benefit.
  • Students enrolled in PhD programs with B.E./B.Tech/M.Sc or equivalent qualification with a valid GATE 2020 score would be eligible for ₹25,000 per month for the first 2 years.

IIT Bombay

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay was founded and established in 1958. The Indian Parliament decreed IITs at “Institutes of National Importance” in 1961. Since then, IIT Bombay has grown to great heights to become one of the top technical universities in India and in the world.

IIT Bombay has been identified as a top lead in the field of research and engineering education worldwide.

IIT Bombay draws the best students of our country, India for its bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate programs. This institute is reputed for the outstanding performance of its students graduating from their UG and PG programs.

IIT Bombay are run by professional faculty. Many of the faculty are well known for their contributions towards researches internationally. IIT Bombay collaborates with other institutions and universities at the national and international levels to enrich its academic programs and to enhance research.

PhD Programs

IIT Bombay offers PhD program in a variety of areas in Engineering Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences. The main objective of the PhD program is to expand knowledge and offer research training in a broad way.

IIT Bombay offers PhD Degrees for the following:

  • Biosciences & Bio Engineering
  • Earth Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Climate Studies
  • Industrial Design Centre
  • Industrial Engineering and Operation Research
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical engineering
  • Energy science and engineering and
  • Mechanical engineering

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must possess a valid GATE 2020 score or should have cleared other equivalent national exams.

The following are the eligibility criteria in terms of marks.

Qualification Category Minimum Qualifying Marks
Master’s degree in Engineering or technology or an equivalent degree General 60%
SC/ST 55%
Master’s degree in Science or equivalent degree General 60%
SC/ST 55%
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or technology General 60%
SC/ST 55%
Master’s degree in Arts/Commerce or equivalent degree General 55%
SC/ST 50%

Admission Process for PhD admission at IIT Bombay

Candidates who clear the interview (which is held a month before the commencement of semester) are offered admission.

The management or responsible department may choose to give a written test rather than an oral interview should the necessity arise. However, written test and oral interview does not guarantee admission.

Only SC/ST and PwD category candidates who are called for the written test or oral interview under Teaching Assistantship (TA) category are provided a paid single second class railway ticket to return back to their houses by the shortest route from the institution.

Application Procedure

All candidates are required to submit your application online. Application forms would not be available for download. Candidates are requested to take a print out of the filled in/submitted form for record purposes.

Application fees are as follows

PwD/SC/ST Candidates ₹ 150/-
Women ₹ 150/-
All other candidates ₹ 300/-

The fee can be paid online through debit or credit card or online payment system or SBI Internet banking. Applications that do not have the online payment details will be rejected.