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MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

Minimum Educational Qualifications for Ph.D

For Regular (full time) Research Scholars

Ph.D. in 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.
  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:
    1. B.Tech. degree holder of Centrally Funded Technical Institute with a minimum CGPA of 8.0 on a 10.0 point scale or with a valid GATE score
    2. Bachelor’s degree holder in Engineering/Technology with 8 CGPA or equivalent from any other University and having a valid GATE score.
    3. Bachelor’s degree holder in Engineering/Technology from a reputed R & D organization 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 is 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 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/CAT/AIMA/JRF or Lectureship or equivalent qualification as applicable for regular (full time) research scholars may not be required in these cases.

Further the residential requirement is treated as fulfilled for MS/PhD scholars admitted from among the employees of the organizations posted to IITM Research Park.

Candidates seeking admission for External/Part-time category from organization having approval for lab facility to submit NOC and leave sanction orders clearly stating that the candidate is relived for the minimum residential period.(Leave not mandatory for persons working with in commutable distance)

Minimum Educational Qualifications for M.S:

For Regular (full time) Research Scholars:

M.S. in Engineering:

M.S. in Entrepreneurship/Management

AND

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/CAT/AIMA or equivalent qualification as applicable for regular (full time) research scholars may not be required in these cases.

General:

Additional and stiffer criteria than the minimum educational qualifications given in (Ph.D) and (M.S) may be set by the Department/Selection Committee from time to time for short listing candidates to be called for interview and or test.

The Department Selection Committee may find fit to consider meritorious candidates from disciplines other than listed in the Research Admission Brochure if there is a good match between the educational/ research background of the candidate and the proposed area of research.

Research works are carried out in the interdisciplinary areas among the Departments which may be pursued by research scholars for the Ph.D degree.

Candidates seeking admission for External/Part-time category from organization having approval for lab facility to submit NOC and leave sanction orders clearly stating that the candidate is relived for the minimum residential period.(Leave not mandatory for persons working with in commutable distance)

Note:

  1. Each department offers degrees in different Areas of Research
  2. There is also a for admission to the various programmes, that depends on the Category of the applicant.
  3. Please download the Brochure with all the rules and regulations.

This is a department-wise list of degrees that are recognized for admission in to the different research programmes at IIT-Madras

Eligible Degrees

Ph.D. Programmes

Aerospace Engineering

  1. Master's degree or its equivalent in Aerospace/Civil/Applied Mechanics/Mechanical or Master's degree in Mathematics/ Physics and aptitude for research.
  2. Science Post-graduates should have exceptional merit and research or industrial experience in the appropriate field.
  3. 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

  1. Solid Mechanics: Master's degree in Civil/Aerospace/Mechanical/Naval Architecture Engineering or in related areas with an aptitude for research in Solid Mechanics.
  2. Fluid Mechanics: Master's degree in Engineering Mechanics/Civil Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace Engineering/Chemical Engineering.
  3. Biomedical Engineering: Master's degree in Civil/Mechanical/ Electrical/Biomedical Engineering/ Computer Science.

Biotechnology

  1. Masters Degree in Engineering / Pharmacy / Science

Chemical Engineering

  1. Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering or any other discipline of Engg. or Technology or equivalent.
  2. Science/Mathematics postgraduates to be considered should have exceptional merit and/or Research / Industrial experience in the appropriate field.
  3. 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

  1. Master's degree in Sciences (in areas such as chemistry, applied chemistry, biochemistry, chemical physics, physics, material sciences, mathematics, pharmacy, or similar such area) with a good academic record and having a valide GATE score or UGC/CSIR-NET JRF/Inspire qualification in the relevant area.
  2. Master's degree in Engineering/Technology (in areas such as electrical engineering, computer sciences, chemical engineering, materials engineering, biotechnology or similar such area) witha a good academic record
  3. B.Tech degree holder of an IIT witha minimum of CGPA of 8.0 on a 10.0 point scale or a valid GATE score

Civil Engineering

  1. 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.
  2. In addition, the following non-Civil Engineering degrees qualification are also eligible for different specializations:
    1. 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.
    2. Geotechnical Engineering: Master's degree in Engineering Mechanics/Master's degree in Mining Engineering with 2 years relevant experience.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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

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

Electrical Engineering

The department will examine your understanding and potential for research using a combination of written and oral evaluations.

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

  1. 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
  2. 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.
    • At least 5 years of managerial experience in lieu of the above examination. (This clause is only for Non-HTRA candidates)
  3. 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

Master's degree or equivalent in Metallurgical Engineering or Engineering 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

  1. M.Sc/M.Sc (Tech) in Physics, Applied Physics, Materials Science, B.Tech. /M.Tech (Solid State Technology)/M.Tech (Materials Science) or equivalent, with a valid GATE/JEST score or CSIR JRF .
  2. 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

M.S. Programmes

Aerospace Engineering

Bachelor's degree in Aerospace/Civil/Chemical/Computer Science/Electrical/Mechanical/Metallurgical/Naval Architecture OR Master's degree in Physics/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

  1. Solid Mechanics: Bachelor's degree in Civil/Aerospace/ Mechanical/Naval Architecture Engineering or in related areas.
  2. Fluid Mechanics: Bachelor's degree in Civil / Mechanical / Aerospace / Chemical Engineering.
  3. Biomedical Engineering: 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

  1. Bachelors Degree in Engineering or Pharmacy or M.B.B.S or B.D.S
  2. 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.
  3. The final selection process will be based on performance in the Departmental written test and interview.

Chemical Engineering

  1. 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

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

Civil Engineering

  1. Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from any recognised University for all specialisations in Civil Engineering.
  2. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.

The department will examine your understanding and potential for research using a combination of written and oral evaluations.

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

  1. Qualifying Test : National-level entrance/eligibility test such as JMET/CAT/XAT/MAT/ATMA/GATE/ UGC or CSIR NET JRF or Lectureship or equivalent
  2. International level post graduate admission qualifying examination such as GMAT/GRE or equivalent
  3. Candidates having qualified in MFT (Major Field Test) will also be eligible for admission to the M.S. programme
  4. Minimum Educational Qualifications :
    1. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Metallurgical Engineering or other Engineering 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.