Applying for PhD Programme

Admissions to the PhD programme are held twice a year, in May and December. Applications can be submitted online at the IIT Delhi Admissions webpage, starting March and October respectively. Follow the "PG Admission" link.

General Information

All information regarding admissions can be found on the IIT Delhi Admissions webpage vis-a-vis the following.

  • Important Dates
  • Application Fees for different programmes and payment procedures
  • Application form and guidelines for filling up the application form
  • Information Brochure
  • Advertisement for PhD Admissions
  • FAQs - Technical problems and other general questions
  • Minimum Requirements

    Please check the PG admission brochure.

    Following the application submission, candidates will be shortlisted for a test/interview. Shortlisting criteria for test/interview calls will be published on the Department website. The test/interview will test your familiarity with basic concepts in Computer Science and Engineering and your ability to analyze and formulate a solution to a problem.

    We will test you on fundamentals of computer science, including (but not limited to) programming, data structures and algorithms, computer architecture, operating systems, programming languages, computer networks, theory of computation, etc. In general, if you are interested in a particular stream of computer science, we expect you to have a strong grasp of that stream, along with a good breadth knowledge of other CS areas. We will first have a written/programming screening test on basic aptitude and CS fundamentals and/or basic programming skills, followed by interviews for the shortlisted candidates.

    Preparing for PhD Interviews

    Several students ask us how to prepare for the Ph.D. interviews. We test the depth of your grasp on Computer Science concepts and logical reasoning. We ask conceptual, creative questions to test whether you are reasoning based on first principles, whether you can think critically, and can solve problems intelligently.

    Here are some resources that should help you prepare : Preparing for PhD Interviews.

    Documents required at the time of interview

    The candidates are expected to bring the interview call letter, a copy of resume, qualification documents, work experience documents (if any), and other documents which the candidate may deem relevant for putting up his/her credentials.

    Notification of Selection

    The list of selected candidates will be published on the department websites of CSE and SIT.

    While there are formal announcements for application for admission into our Ph.D. programme (typically in October and March of every year), we accept application forms round the year from interested candidates.

    A print version of application form needs to be submitted along with a demand draft (of amount Rs. 300/- in favour of Registrar, IIT Delhi payable at Delhi) and relevant documents (application form, CV/Resume and any other relevant document) and sent to Deputy Registrar (at Deputy Registrar, PG Section, IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-16). Based on the review of the application by the department, a call for interview will be communicated to the candidate from the department.

    Once selected through rolling admission process, a candidate is typically expected to join within a month of the offer of admission. However under special cases (like serving notice period in their organization, or any other justified reason), a request to join later can be initiated with the academic section.

    While a candidate can join the department in the middle of a semester through process, he/she can register for courses only whenever the subsequent semester starts.