Admissions to the PhD programme are held twice a year, in May and December. Applications can be submitted online at the IIT Delhi Admissions web site, starting March and October respectively. Follow the "Admission->PG Admission" link.
- Important Information
All information regarding admissions can be found on the IIT Delhi Admissions web site vis-a-vis the following
The candidate should have one of the following degrees:
Direct PhD for Undergraduate students. If you are a B.Tech. student from a Centrally Funded Technical Institute (IIT, NIT, etc.), you may be eligible to apply directly to the PhD programme, with No GATE score requirement.. Refer to the Information Brochure for details.
Admission to Ph.D. programme in our department is highly competitive and the below description serves as a minimum requirement for getting shortlisted for written/programming test/interviews. A confirmed admission is offered only after satisfactory performance in personal interview of shortlisted candidates by a panel of faculty members from the department.
For full-time (with fellowship):
|Qualifying Degree||GATE/ NET/ entrance exam needed?||Shortlisting Criteria for the interview|
|M.Tech./M.E./M.S||NO||Marks secured in qualifying examination|
|B.Tech./B.E./M.Sc./MCA from CFTI*||NO (if CGPA/ percentage above cutoff for GATE waiver)||Marks secured in qualifying examination|
|B.Tech./B.E./M.Sc./MCA from CFTI*||YES (if CGPA/ percentage lower than cutoff for GATE waiver)||Marks secured in qualifying examination and GATE score|
|B.Tech./B.E./M.Sc./MCA from non-CFTI*||YES||Marks secured in qualifying examination and GATE score|
*List of CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Insitutions): IITs, IIMs, IISc, IISER, NITs, IIITs (4 ‐ Allahabad, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kancheepuram), NITTTRs (4), and 9 others (SPA, ISMU, NERIST, SLIET, NITIE & NIFFT, CIT) [http://mhrd.gov.in/technical-education-1]
For full-time (sponsored by employer, teachers through QIP):
The cutoff marks from qualifying examination are similar to applicants with fellowship, however qualification in GATE is not mandatory.
|Qualifying Degree||GATE/ NET/ entrance exam needed?||Shortlisting Criteria for the interview|
|M.Tech./M.E./M.S||NO||Marks secured in qualifying examination. 2 years of experience is mandatory.|
|B.Tech./B.E./M.Sc./MCA||NO||Marks secured in qualifying examination. 2 years of experience is mandatory.|
The cutoff marks for shortlisting or cutoff GATE score for shortlisting varies from year to year. A representative overview of cutoffs from the last selection process can be found here
The department is actively engaged in the following areas of research:
PhD aspirants are advised to connect with faculty and scholars working in their respective areas of interest before as well as during the application process. This will help them to gain better clarity on research possibilities and expectations. Also about research groups and ongoing work and where they can fit in and effectively contribute.
Many faculty members are taking up interdisciplinary research (e.g. assistive technologies). Aspiring candidates are advised to get in touch with faculty working in such areas to find out more about what these directions entail for them.
One can know more about the areas and related faculty members here
One can get in touch with PhD coordinators @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the application submission, candidates will be shortlisted for a test/interview. Shortlisting criteria for test/interview calls will be published on the Department web site. The test/interview will test your familiarity with basic concepts in Computer Scienceand 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. There is a lot of misunderstanding about what we are looking for, and how we ensure that students that make it have not just "seen" the answers to the questions we ask. We are testing for the depth of your grasp on Computer Science concepts. 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 By Prof. Shweta Agrawal
- Travel and accommodation availability/reimbursement eligibility
All applicants who are shortlisted and called for an interview are provided to-and-fro travel reimbursement for Sleeper class by train or Non-AC bus from their place of residence to New Delhi. They need to provide appropriate proof (copy of tickets) for claiming the same. Accommodation in hostels are provided (on a shared basis) on payment of nominal charges (will be informed in the interview letter).
- 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/enquiry of selection and joining letter
The list of selected candidates is published on the department websites -
CSE department - www.cse.iitd.ac.in
SIT department - www.sit.iitd.ac.in
All full-time PhD students receive some form of financial assistance during PhD
- Institute Assistantship
All full-time PhD scholars are eligible for Institute scholarship (Rs. 28,000 per month for students with a M.Tech or equivalent degree, and Rs. 25,000 per month for students with a B. Tech. or equivalent degree) are available for PhD students. An additional top-up of Rs. 10,000 per month is also possible based on contribution to ongoing research projects.
Various other schemes are also available for covering expenses such as those related to conference travel, books, and other contingencies.
- Industry and Other Government Fellowships
- TCS Fellowship: It happens twice per year. Department will be mailing you with the requisite details before each deadline.
- Microsoft India PhD Fellowship: Know more
- Google India PhD Fellowship: Know more
- Prime Minister Fellowship Scheme: Know more
- Xerox Fellowship: Know more
- IBM PhD Fellowship: Know more
- Intel PhD Fellowship: Know more
*Fellowships have been received in the past by students and are just representative examples. Newer fellowships are announced every year and there are many such fellowships available, which the student can check once he/she joins and apply as per eligibility.
- TA requirements for scholarship funded students
Teaching assistant duty of 8 hours per week is expected from students getting financial aid. This may include : course related duties like assessment, grading etc., lab related duties or other administrative duties.
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.
Difference between admission to CSE and SIT
Most of the faculty members are associated with both CSE and SIT departments and a student can be enrolled in either of them to work with our faculty. Both the departments maintain similar quality of research standards. However, a key difference is that a student enrolled in CSE department is expected to have sound concepts in core computer science related fields and is expected to work on problems related to computer science. But, a student enrolled in the SIT department is expected to just have awareness of computer science but expertise in a related field (e.g. electronics, mechanical, etc.) and wants to do interdisciplinary research involving computer science. Typically, student who have done their earlier studies in non-CS fields apply for SIT while students with CS background apply for the CSE department. Barring slight difference in the comprehensive requirements of the two departments (provide a link), the students enrolled in both the departments are treated equally and follow similar academic requirements.
Full-time PhD students are provided accommodation on campus. Married students are provided an apartment (subject to availability) while unmarried students get hostel accommodation.
Students and their dependents also have free access to the medical and sporting facilities on campus. PhD Scholars are provided free on campus medical facilities (consultancy, medicines, treatment) and free consultancy for spouse and kids.
Notes for Part-time PhD applicants/students
The requirements for part time students can be found here. Students working in technology industry/research establishments can apply for admission under part time category. We mention some general advice for part time students to enable them take right decision on admission.