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The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) invites applications for admission to Ph.D and M.S (by research) programmes.

Scholars admitted to Ph.D. and M.S. programmes under regular scheme (fulltime) are eligible for the following Half-time Teaching/Research Assistantship (HTRA) for which:
(a) They should work for 8 hours per week in the Departments to earn this assistantship.
(b) Renewal of assistantship every semester will be contingent on enrolment, satisfactory progress in research work and good performance during the preceding semester in the discharge of responsibility as teaching/ research assistant.

Ph.D
In Engineering and Management for those with Masters Degree in Engineering
Rs.14,000/- p.m. for first 2 years & Rs.15,000/- p.m. for next 2 years

In Engineering for those admitted directly with B.E / B.Tech degrees
Rs.12,000/- p.m. for first 2 years & Rs.14,000/- p.m. for next 2 years

In Sciences / Humanities & Social Sciences Management
Rs.12,000/- p.m. for first 2 years & Rs.14,000/- p.m. for next 2 years

M.S.
In Engineering / Management Rs.8,000/- p.m. for first 3 years

Other scholarships like UGC-JRF, CSIR-JRF, ICMR, ICAR, DAE-JEST & AICTE etc. may also be available for those who had qualified for these schemes and get admission and the amount of fellowship will be as per the norms of the funding agency.

Admission without Assistantship:
A few candidates may also be considered for admission to the Ph.D./M.S. programme without assistantship also (Non-HTRA) under full time (regular) category.

The eligible qualifications are the same as for the Regular (fulltime) HTRA candidates.
Such candidates have to enclose a letter along with the Application Form stating that they may be considered for admission even without assistantship (Non-HTRA).

Selection Procedure:
Eligible candidates possessing the minimum educational qualifications (as given in section 5, eligible degree as given in section 6) and satisfying additional and stiffer criteria set by the departments from time to time, will be called for an interview and/or test by the Selection Committees of the respective departments.
For candidates who have obtained PG degree 10 years earlier as on the last date prescribed for receipt of the completed application, a departmental test will be conducted.
The applications of foreign nationals may be considered without a personal interview / test (details vide section 8).
Based on the academic record and the performance of the candidates in the interview and/or test, the Departmental Selection Committee will recommend to the Chairman, Senate the names of candidates found suitable for admission to the Ph.D. programme.

MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

Minimum Educational Qualifications for Ph.D:
For Regular (full time) Research Scholars: Ph.D. in Engineering:
a) Candidates with a Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology with a good academic record or a Master’s degree by Research in Engineering/Technology with a good academic record.

b) Candidates with Master’s degree in Sciences with a good academic record and of exceptional merit where eligible, for the relevant Engineering discipline and with a valid GATE score or UGC/CSIR NET/NBHM or equivalent qualification in the relevant area tenable for the year of registration.

In the case of candidates with more than 5 years relevant experience after the Master’s degree, the requirement of a test score may be waived by the Selection Committee.

c) Candidates who have qualified for the award of Bachelor’s degree in
Engineering/Technology with exceptionally good academic record in an eligible discipline
will be considered for direct admission to Ph.D. Programme as a regular full time scholar
subject to the following conditions:

• a B.Tech degree holder of an IIT with a minimum CGPA of 8.0 on a 10 point scale or with a valid GATE score.
• a Bachelor’s degree holder in Engineering/Technology from any other University should be among the top 10 rank holders in the University and having a valid GATE score.
• a Bachelor’s degree holder in Engineering/Technology from a reputed R & D organisation and having a proven research record.

Ph.D. in Sciences:
1. Master’s degree in Sciences with a good academic record and having a valid GATE score or UGC/CSIR NET/NBHM or equivalent qualification tenable for the current year in the relevant area.

2. Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology are eligible with a good academic record.

3. B.Tech degree holder of an IIT are eligible with a minimum of CGPA of 8.0 on a 10.0 point scale or with a valid GATE Score.

4. B.Tech / B.E degree of any recognized University in India with a minimum CGPA of 8.0 on a 10.0 point scale or equivalent with valid GATE score.

5. Students who get more than 8.0 CGPA in M.Sc. in Science Departments of IIT Madras can be admitted directly to their Ph.D programme in Sciences with interview at departmental level; sanction of HTRA to these candidates is subject to the clearance of MHRD.

Ph.D. in Humanities and Social Sciences:
Master’s degree in an eligible discipline with a good academic record or equivalent and having a valid GATE score or UGC/CSIR NET/NBHM or equivalent qualification tenable for the current year in the relevant area.

Ph.D in Management:
Masters degree or equivalent PG Diploma or Associateship in a relevant discipline, and a Bachelor’s degree with a good academic record OR Five year integrated masters degree / dual degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline with a good academic record

AND
Qualifying in national level examinations such as JMET /CAT /XAT /MAT /ATMA /GATE /UGC or CSIR / NET / JRF or Lectureship or equivalent or international level post graduate admission examination such as GMAT / GRE or equivalent.
OR
At least 5 years of managerial experience in lieu of the above examination. (This clause is only for Non-HTRA candidates)
Master’s degree in Engineering / Technology with a good academic record or a Master’s degree by Research in Engineering / Technology in a relevant discipline are exempted from qualifying in National level examinations.

For Institute staff members / Research Scholars under QIP / Research Scholars under External Registration / Research Scholars working on part-time basis:
For Research Scholars in the above categories, the minimum educational qualifications are the same as prescribed for Regular (full time) Research Scholars in 5.1.1 for admission to the Ph.D. Programme in the respective categories.

However, valid GATE score or CSIR/UGC NET/NBHM/JMET/CAT/AIMA/JRF or Lectureship or equivalent qualification as applicable for regular (full time) research scholars may not be required in these cases.

Minimum Educational Qualifications for M.S: For Regular (full time) Research Scholars:

M.S. in Engineering :
a) Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology with valid GATE score or a Master’s degree in appropriate Sciences Management/Humanities and Social Sciences where eligible with a good academic record and a valid GATE score or CSIR/UGC NET/NBHM/JMET/CAT/AIMA or equivalent qualification tenable for the current year in the relevant areas.

Candidates having Associate Membership of the following professional bodies will also be eligible for admission to the M.S. programme of their parent discipline provided they have a valid GATE score and have passed both part A and part B of the Membership examinations with a good academic record.

The Institution of Engineers (India) (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics and Communications), the Aeronautical society of India, the Indian Institute of Metals, the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering and other professional bodies approved by the Senate from time to time.
Candidates having qualified in MFT (Major Field Test) will also be eligible for admission to the M.S. programme if the concerned department opt for it.

M.S. in Entrepreneurship/Management
A) Bachelors degree or equivalent in any professional discipline of minimum four years duration or Masters degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, with a good academic record,
AND

B) A good score or pass in:
a) national level post graduate admission qualifying examinations such as JMET/CAT/XAT/MAT/ATMA/GATE/ UGC or CSIR NET JRF or Lectureship or equivalent, or
b) International level post graduate admission qualifying examination such as GMAT/GRE or equivalent

c) at least 3 years of managerial experience in lieu of the qualifying test. (This clause is only for non-HTRA candidates)

C) Candidates having qualified in MFT (Major Field Test) will also be eligible for admission to the M.S. programme if the concerned department opt for it.

For Institute staff members/Research Scholars under External Registration / Research scholars working on part-time basis:
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or a Master’s degree in appropriate Sciences/Management/Humanities and Social Sciences where eligible with a good academic record.

However, valid GATE score or CSIR/UGC NET/NBHM/JMET/CAT/AIMA or equivalent qualification as applicable for regular (full time) research scholars may not be required in these cases.

ELIGIBLE DEGREES FOR ADMISSION TO Ph.D AND M.S PROGRAMMES

Aerospace Engineering
Master’s degree or its equivalent in Aerospace/Civil/Applied Mechanics/Mechanical or Master’s degree in Mathematics/ Physics and aptitude for research. Science Post-graduates should have exceptional merit and research or industrial experience in the appropriate field.
Candidates with Master’s degree in other allied engineering specialisations can also be considered provided they have either basic degree in Aerospace Engineering OR at least five years experience in Aerospace industry/Research Organisation.

Applied Mechanics
Engineering Mechanics and Solid Mechanics areas: Master’s degree in Civil/Aerospace/Mechanical/Naval Architecture Engineering with an aptitude for research in Solid Mechanics.

Fluid Mechanics area: Master’s degree in Engineering Mechanics/Civil Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace Engineering/Chemical Engineering.

Biomedical Engineering area: Master’s degree in Civil/Mechanical/ Electrical/Biomedical Engineering/ Computer Science.

Biotechnology
Masters Degree in Engineering / Pharmacy / Science

Chemical Engineering
Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering or any other discipline of Engg. Or Technology or equivalent.

Science/Mathematics postgraduates to be considered should have exceptional merit and/or Research / Industrial experience in the appropriate field.

BTech/BE in Chemical Engineering, allied disciplines (eg. petroleum, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, environmental, polymer, biochemical, biotechnology, electrochemical, instrumentation) and other disciplines of engineering/technology with exceptional merit can also be considered for direct PhD admissions.

Chemistry
Master’s degree in Chemistry. M.Sc. in Physics or M.Tech degree holders with adequate background in Chemistry will also be considered.

Civil Engineering
Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or Ocean Engineering (including integrated M.Tech / M.E. degree) with First Class or equivalent grade for specialisation in Civil Engineering.
In addition, the following non-Civil Engineering degrees qualification are also eligible for different specializations:
Building Technology and Construction Management: Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering / Industrial Management / MBA after obtaining a basic degree in Civil Engineering with first class. First class Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture, Town and Country Planning.

Geotechnical Engineering: Master’s degree in Engineering Mechanics/Master’s degree in Mining Engineering with 2 years relevant experience.

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering: M.Tech or M.S. or equivalent degree in Engineering Mechanics/Aerospace Engineering / Agricultural Engineering / Environmental Engineering
OR
M.Tech or M.S. or equivalent degree in Environmental Science & Engineering/Chemical Engineering/Biotechnology/Applied Geology.

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering: M.Tech or M.S. or equivalent degree in Engineering Mechanics/Aerospace Engineering / Agricultural Engineering / Environmental Engineering
OR
M.Tech or M.S. or equivalent degree in Environmental Science & Engineering/Chemical Engineering/Biotechnology/Applied Geology. Structural Engineering: Master’s degree in Engineering Mechanics / Aerospace Engineering / Naval Architecture / Mechanical/Architectural/Ocean Engineering/Master’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering with basic degree in Civil Engineering.

Transportation Engineering: Master’s degree in Architecture/ Master’s degree in Town and Country Planning/Regional Planning/City Planning/Urban Engineering or 2 years full time Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning with specialization in Traffic and Transportation Planning of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi / MBA after obtaining a basic degree in Civil Engineering with first class.

Computer Science and Engineering
Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology. Preference will be given to those with M.Tech/M.S degree in Computer Science & Engineering.

Electrical Engineering
Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Electrical and Electronics Engineering)/ Electronics Engineering (Electronics and Communication Engineering) / Instrumentation Engineering or Master’s degree in Physics followed by a Master’s degree in Engineering in an area of relevance to the area of research. Candidates not having Master’s degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering should qualify in a written test to be eligible for interview.

Engineering Design
Master’s degree in Aerospace, Automobile, Biomedical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical, Electronics, Engineering Physics, Instrumentation, Mechanical, Metallurgical, Naval Architecture, Production / Manufacturing Engineering, or Master’s degree in Design (M.Des.) or M.Tech (Industrial Mathematics.)

Humanities & Social Sciences
Master’s degree or equivalent with a First Class or a minimum of 6.5 CGPA on a 10-point scale or 60% aggregate marks in Commerce or a minimum of 55% aggregate marks in Humanities and Social Sciences and allied areas.

Management Studies
Masters degree or equivalent PG Diploma or Associateship in a relevant discipline, and a Bachelor’s degree with a good academic record OR Five year integrated masters degree / dual degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline with a good academic record AND Qualifying in national level examinations such as JMET /CAT /XAT /MAT /ATMA /GATE /UGC or CSIR / NET / JRF or Lectureship or equivalent or international level post graduate admission examination such as GMAT / GRE or equivalent.
OR
At least 5 years of managerial experience in lieu of the above examination. (This clause is only for Non-HTRA candidates)

Master’s degree in Engineering / Technology with a good academic record or a Master’s degree by Research in Engineering / Technology in a relevant discipline are exempted from qualifying in National level examinations

Mathematics
Master’s Degree in Mathematics/Statistics/Physics/Computer Science with
GATE/UGC/CSIR/NBHM or M.Tech (Industrial Mathematics & Scientific Computing) or any M.Tech degree with Master’s degree in Mathematics/Physics/Statistics/ Computer Science.

Mechanical Engineering
Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Automotive Engine Tech, Bio-Medical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Energy Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Instrumentation, Maintenance Management, Metallurgical Engineering, Production/ Manufacturing Engineering/Agricultural Engineering and in related areas depending on the research topics.

Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Master’s degree or equivalent in Metallurgical Engineering or other appropriate branch of Engineering/Technology. Science postgraduates to be considered should have exceptional merit and research or industrial experience in the appropriate field

Ocean Engineering
Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology and preference to those with Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering.

Physics

M.Sc/M.Sc (Tech) in Physics, Applied Physics, Materials Science/M.Tech (Solid State Technology)/M.Tech (Materials Science) or equivalent.

Students who get CGPA of 8.0 and above in M.Sc degree from IIT Madras are also eligible for admission to Ph.D programme in Sciences

Eligible Degrees for Admission to M.S programme

1. Aerospace Engineering
Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace/Civil/Chemical/Computer Science/ Electrical/ Mechanical/ Metallurgical/Naval Architecture OR Master’s degree in hysics/Mathematics/Chemistry and aptitude for research. Candidates with degree in other branches of Engineering can also be considered if they have three years relevant experience in Aerospace industry/Research Organisation.

Applied Mechanics
Engineering Mechanics and Solid Mechanics areas: Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Aerospace/ Mechanical/Naval Architecture Engineering. Fluid Mechanics area: Bachelor’s degree in Civil / Mechanical / Aerospace / Chemical Engineering.
Biomedical Engineering area: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Master’s degree in Science with Mathematics as optional subject and aptitude for research. MBBS candidates with Mathematics in +2 and having 2 years research/teaching experience may also apply for M.S sponsored programme in the area of Biomedical Engineering.

Biotechnology
Bachelors Degree in Engineering or Pharmacy or M.B.B.S or B.D.S
Selection Process: The candidate should have a valid GATE score or qualified for JRF through CSIR or ICMR exams or all India PG admission test or equivalent in order to be called for the interview.
The final selection process will be based on performance in the Departmental written test and interview.

Chemical Engineering
Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, allied disciplines such as polymer, petroleum, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, environmental, biochemical, biotechnology, electrochemical, instrumentation etc and other disciplines of engineering/technology

M.Sc.(Mathematics/Physics/Chemistry/Env. Science/Biochemistry/Biology etc.) with aptitude for research.

Civil Engineering
Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from any recognised University for all specialisations in Civil Engineering.
In addition, the following non-Civil Engineering Degree Qualifications are also eligible for different specialisations but M.Sc. degree holders in Science with two years experience admitted to the M.S. programme should take additional Engineering Courses to acquire enough engineering background. Building Technology and Construction Management: Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or First Class M.Sc degree in Physics/ Applied Science/Material Science with 2 years experience in Civil Engineering area.

Geotechnical Engineering:
M.Sc. degree in Mathematics/ Physics/Chemistry/Applied Geology with 2 years experience in Civil Engineering area. Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering with one year relevant experience.

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering: Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering or Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics/Applied Geology/ Geophysics with 2 years experience in Civil Engineering area.
OR
Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering/ Chemical Engineering/Biotechnology or Master’s degree in Environmental Science/Microbiology/Bio-Chemistry with 2 years experience in Civil Engineering.

Structural Engineering: Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering/Naval Architecture/Mechanical/ Architectural Engineering or First Class M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics/ Chemistry/Materials Science/ Physics with 2 years experience in Civil Engineering area.

Transportation Engineering: Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or First Class B.E/B.Tech (Mechanical) working in Transportation Field
OR
Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering/ Chemical Engineering/Biotechnology or Master’s degree in Environmental Science/Microbiology/Bio-Chemistry with 2 years experience in Civil Engineering.
Structural Engineering: Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering/Naval Architecture/Mechanical/ Architectural Engineering or First Class M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics/ Chemistry/Materials Science/ Physics with 2 years experience in Civil Engineering area.
Transportation Engineering: Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or First Class B.E/B.Tech (Mechanical) working in Transportation Field

Computer Science and Engineering
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any branch of Engineering / Technology or Master’s Degree in Mathematics/ Statistics/ Physics/Computer Science/MCA with Mathematics/ Physics/ Statistics basic degree

Electrical Engineering
Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Electrical and Electronics Engineering)/ Electronics Engineering (Electronics and Communication Engineering) / Instrumentation Engineering or Master’s degree in Physics.

Engineering Design
Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Automobile, Biomedical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical, Electronics, Engineering Physics, Instrumentation, Mechanical, Metallurgical, Naval Architecture, Production / Manufacturing Engineering, or Bachelor’s degree in Design (B.Des.) or Master’s degree in Physics.

Management Studies

Qualifying Test :
National-level entrance/eligibility test such as JMET or CAT or ATMA or GATE or UGC-NET JRF or Lectureship
Minimum Educational Qualifications : B.E./B.Tech or equivalent with First class or 60% marks in aggregate or Four-year professional degree (like AMIE) or equivalent programmes in a relevant discipline with First class or 60% marks in aggregate.
or
A Master’s degree in any discipline with 55% marks in aggregate from a recognized Institution or University.

Minimum Work Experience :
1. NIL for those fulfilling the above conditions for Qualifying Test and Minimum Educational Qualifications.
2. THREE years’ managerial experience for those who fulfill the Minimum Educational Qualifications condition but have not taken or are ineligible to take the Qualifying Test. Such applicants will be administered by a Departmental test to evaluate their eligibility. These candidates are not eligible for HTRA.
Candidates with MBA or equivalent from universities/institutions other than IIMs, XLRI, IRMA, IITs should have either a UGC/CSIR NET JRF or Lecturership or a GATE score for admission to Ph.D or M.S programmes in Management with HTRA.

Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Energy Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Instrumentation, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Production/ Manufacturing Engineering and in related areas depending on the research topics.

Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Metallurgical Engineering or other appropriate branch of Engineering/ Technology or Mater’s degree in Physics/Chemistry/Materials Science or allied fields with GATE with ‘XE’. Master’s Degree in Mathematics with GATE with Metallurgy.

Ocean Engineering
Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in Civil/Mechanical/ Aerospace/Naval Architecture or Master’s degree in Oceanography/Applied Mathematics/Physics

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – ADMISSION (MS/Ph.D)

Foreign nationals can only register as regular full-time scholars. Foreign nationals with degree from Indian Universities will be treated on par with Indian nationals for admission purposes. Foreign nationals with foreign degrees must meet the minimum educational requirements as given in R.2.1 equivalent to a Indian Master’s degree in the relevant disciplines. In addition, they should have a valid GRE/ GMAT / GATE /JMET/CAT/XAT/MAT/ATMA/UGC or CSIR /NET /JRF or an equivalent examination and should have cleared TOEFL score in the relevant discipline. International students are expected to have a working knowledge of English. Once admitted, IIT Madras will apply for necessary clearance from the Government of India for study in India.

Important Dates

  • Registration of Application forms will be open on … 28.02.2010
  • Last date for Registration of application through on-line .. 24. 03.2010

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