Eligibility criteria for PhD admissions

    A. Applicants must have ONE of the following in appropriate subject areas.

    1. 1. Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology or equivalent degree, with first class, 60% marks or equivalent (55% marks for SC/ST).
    2. 2. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology, with first class, 60% marks or equivalent (55% marks for SC/ST).
    3. 3. Master’s degree in science or equivalent degree, with first class, 60% marks or equivalent (55% marks for SC/ST).

    B. Applicants must also fulfill ONE of the following additional requirements.

    1. 1. Valid GATE Score (consult Table 1).
    2. 2. Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of CSIR/ UGC/ NBHM/ DBT/ ICAR/ ICMR/ ICPR or DST INSPIRE Fellowship.
    3. 3. Minimum of 2 years of professional experience. The experience gained while acquiring Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology or experience acquired after obtaining the qualifying degree and completed before the starting of the semester in which admission is sought may be considered as professional experience.
    4. 4. CPI/CGPA of 8.0 or more for BTech from an IIT.

    An ongoing degree may also be considered as a qualifying degree provided the applicant graduates before the PhD program starts. Department specific requirements are given in Table 1.

    Table 1: Department specific criteria for PhD admissions
    Computer Science and Engineering GATE score in CS/ EC/ EE/ MA/ PH if applicable Excellent programming skills.
    Electrical Engineering GATE score in EE/ EC/ IN/ CS/ MA/ PH if applicable
    Mechanical Engineering GATE score in AE/ CE/ ME/ PI/ PH/ XE if applicable

Sponsored PhD Programs

  • Sponsored student needs to apply as one the following:
    • Full-time: A sponsored applicant may apply for admission to PhD program as sponsored full-time student. Such a student needs to be present on the campus for the duration of PhD as per the rules of IIT Bhilai.
    • Part-time: Professionally employed personnel such as working engineers, scientists and teachers who can, while employed, attend regular classes as per schedule of IIT Bhilai may apply for admission to PhD program as sponsored part-time student. The applicant must be an employee of a recognized organization and be engaged in professional work in the area to which admission is sought. The student must be available in person for discussion/meeting with the supervisor on a regular basis. The applicant shall give an undertaking endorsed by the employer that the applicant will be relieved to attend all classes.
    • External: An applicant working in industry / academic establishment / research laboratories having R&D facilities may apply for admission to PhD program as external applicant. Such a student is expected to carry out all/major part of the research work in the organization employing the student. The employer must explicitly undertake to relieve the applicant for staying on the campus to complete the required course work. A certificate to that effect from the sponsoring organization must be provided by the applicant at the time of applying for admission. The student will be under joint supervision of a supervisor from IIT Bhilai and one from his/her parent organization. The applicant shall provide the CV of the prospective supervisor who would supervise the applicant's work at his/her organization. Such applicant may apply as external full-time or part-time student.
      • External Full-time: An external full-time student needs to be involved in full-time research at the organization employing the student.
      • External Part-time: An external part-time student may be involved in his/her regular job assignments along with the research for PhD.

    Guidelines for PhD applications

    1. 1. Applicants must read the instructions given in the brochure carefully before filling up the application form.
    2. 2. Applicants must fill out the online application form available at www.iitbhilai.ac.in/phd_admission. There is no need to send hardcopy of the application forms.
    3. 3. Separate application form is to be filled if applicants are applying in more than one department.
    4. 4. As a special gesture to the premier batch seeking admission to the Ph.D. programs at IIT Bhilai, no application fee is levied this time.
    5. 5. Reservations are applicable for applicants in other Backward Class-Non-Creamy layer (OBC-NC)/ Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Person with benchmark disability (PwD) category, as per Government of India rules. The caste certificate must be submitted at the time of admission.
    6. 6. Applicants should complete the application form in all respects. Incomplete application will not be considered.
    7. 7. Applicants MUST upload the following along with their applications:
      • Photograph.
      • Academic testimonials
      • Mark-sheet of the last semester/Consolidated mark-sheet of the qualifying degree. Result awaited candidates have to upload their latest/previous semester mark-sheet.
      • Caste certificate (OBC-NC/SC/ST), if applicable.
    8. 8. Applicants must also provide the details of at least two well acquainted people who can provide reference letters in support of candidature of applicant. At least one of them must be an academician and must have taught the applicant.
    9. 9. Applicants having degree from foreign universities should upload equivalence certificate from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi for qualifying Exam and proof of having first class or 60% (55% for SC/ST) marks or equivalent in qualifying examination.
    10. 10. Applicants are advised to check the Institute website for results / important announcements. Applicants are also advised to check emails sent to the email address provided in their applications for all important communications and announcements.
    11. 11. Applicants called for written test/interview should bring with them
      • Photo ID Card,
      • Printed copy of the application submitted online,
      • Thesis / dissertation / report / publications,
      • Original certificates and mark-sheets
    12. 12. Applicants who are admitted as students must submit self-attested copies of their qualifying degree certificate / final transcripts (if not available at the time of admission/application) on or before February 1, 2018, failing which the admission shall stand cancelled.

Tentative Schedule of Admission for Ph.D. Programs 2017-18 Sem-II

    Particulars Dates
    1 Advertisement
    Mode of application (online only)
    October 12, 2017
    2 Last date for submission of the completed application form online November 6, 2017
    Entrance tests and interviews
    3 Chemistry Dec 5, 2017 (Written Test and Interview)
    Computer Science and Engineering Dec 6, 2017 (Written Test and Interview)
    Electrical Engineering Dec 7, 2017 (Written Test and Interview)
    Mechanical Engineering Dec 8, 2017 (Written Test and Interview)
    Physics Dec 11, 2017 (Written Test and Interview)

Note: Results shall be declared on IIT Bhilai website: http://www.iitbhilai.ac.in. The dates given above are tentative. Any changes in the dates will be indicated on the website.