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Here is a simple lookup that attempts to help you determine an appropriate category to apply to

Category Additional Requirements, apart from Bachelor’s/ Master’s degrees and Qualifications specified by Depts Fellowship paid by Minimum Residential Requirement
CSIR Valid CSIR fellowship for research (NOT lecturership) CSIR Full Time
External Sufficient experience; must be sponsored by parent institution NA One semester*
Foreign National Full Time
IIT Staff Must be a staff member of the institute NA As an IITM Employee
IIT Project Must be presently employed on a sponsored or consultancy research project with an IIT faculty* Salary as per ICSR norms As an ICSR Employee
NHTRA NA NA Full Time
NHTRA/FN - NA - - NA - Full Time
Part-time Sufficient experience NA One semester
Regular NA IIT Madras Full Time
Fellow Valid UGC or Inspire fellowship for research UGC, DST Full Time

* A research scholar under the external registration programme will normally carry out part or all of his / her research work in the industry/organization/national laboratories/universities employing the scholar under the supervision of a co-guide also employed in the same organization and a guide at IIT Madras. The requirement is waived if the scholar is posted to work at a company in the IITM-Research Park

* Summer projects/past projects do not count if you want to apply under IIT Project category

Ph.D programme

Categories

Applicants may choose to apply for the Ph.D. programme under various categories.

Full-time scholars

Applicants may apply with or without Institute fellowship or with project support.

Quality Improvement Programme (QIP)

Applicants may be sponsored under the Govt. of India's QIP programme.

Staff members of the Institute

External registration programme

Applicants must be sponsored by and employed in

  1. industry/organisation having R & D facilities and recognized by DST or IIT Madras,
  2. national laboratories,
  3. reputed universities/colleges
  4. employed in research/analysis jobs in public sector/private sector/government in the case of management area.

A research scholar under the external registration programme will normally carry out part or all of his / her research work in the industry/organization/national laboratories/universities employing the scholar under the supervision of a co-guide also employed in the same organization and a guide at IIT Madras.

The candidate must have at least two years experience in the case of registration in Engineering/Sciences /Social Sciences/ Management.

Part Time

Research scholars working on a part-time basis from a reputed University/Institution/ Organisation. They should have two years experience for registration in Engineering, Sciences and Humanities & Social Sciences Depts./Department.

(A research scholar working on a part time basis shall normally carry out the research work at IIT Madras under the supervision of a guide at IIT Madras. The feasibility of doing this with sufficient intensity will be an important consideration in admitting the scholar in this category).

The minimum residential requirement for the Ph.D scholar under external registration and Ph.D. research scholars working on part-time basis not employed in the Institute is one semester.

Required Documents

Candidates applying for admission in the External/Part-time categories:

  1. Should submit a relief certificate at the time of admission
  2. Should submit one page write-up about the research topic.
  3. Must belong to any one of the following category:
    1. Industry/organization having R& D facilities and recognized by DST, GoI or IIT Madras
    2. National Laboratories
    3. Reputed Universities / Colleges
    4. Public sector / Private sector / Government Departments engaged in research/analysis jobs of their executives in the case of management area.

Qualifications

These are the *Minimum Educational Qualifications* required to apply under the various categories

Regular (full time)

Engineering
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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.

Humanitites 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.

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.

Others

For

  1. Institute staff members
  2. Research Scholars under QIP
  3. Research Scholars under External Registration
  4. Research Scholars working on part-time basis

the minimum educational qualifications are:

M.S programme

Categories

Applicants may choose to apply for the Ph.D. programme under various categories.

Full-time scholars

Applicants may apply with or without Institute fellowship or with project support.

Staff members of the Institute

External registration programme

Applicants must be sponsored by and employed in

  1. industry/organisation having R & D facilities and recognized by DST or IIT Madras,
  2. national laboratories,
  3. reputed universities/colleges
  4. employed in research/analysis jobs in public sector/private sector/government in the case of management area.

(A research scholar under the external registration programme will normally carry out part or all of his/her research work in the industry/organization/national laboratories/ universities employing the scholar under the supervision of a co-guide employed in the same organization and a guide at IIT Madras. The candidate must have at least two years experience).

Part time

Research scholars working on a part-time basis from a reputed University/ Institution/Organization. They should have two years experience.

(A research scholar working on a part-time basis shall normally carry out research work at IIT Madras under the supervision of a guide at IIT Madras. The feasibility of doing this with sufficient intensity will be an important consideration in admitting the scholar in this category).

The minimum residential requirement for the MS scholar under external registration and MS research scholars working on part-time basis not employed in the Institute is one semester.

Required Documents

Candidates applying for admission in the External/Part-time categories:

  1. Should submit a relief certificate at the time of admission
  2. Should submit one page write-up about the research topic.
  3. Must belong to any one of the following category:
    1. Industry/organization having R& D facilities and recognized by DST, GoI or IIT Madras
    2. National Laboratories
    3. Reputed Universities / Colleges
    4. Public sector / Private sector / Government Departments engaged in research/analysis jobs of their executives in the case of management area.

Qualifications

These are the Minimum Educational Qualifications for admission into one of the MS by Research programmes

Full time (regular)

Engineering
  1. 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.
  2. 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 Tele-communication Engineering and other professional bodies approved by the Senate from time to time.

  1. 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.

Entrepreneurship/Management
  1. 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
  2. A good score or pass in:
    1. 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
    2. International level post graduate admission qualifying examination such as GMAT/GRE or equivalent
    3. at least 3 years of managerial experience in lieu of the qualifying test. (This clause is only for non-HTRA candidates)
  3. 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.
Others

For

  1. Institute staff members
  2. Research Scholars under External Registration
  3. Research scholars working on part-time basis