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Frequently Asked Questions on Ph.D. Admissions

General Questions about Ph.D. Admission

What is the minimum Eligibility Criteria for Ph.D. Admissions?

Refer Here

What is the reservation policy for Ph.D. admissions at IIIT-Delhi?

5% relaxation in marks obtained in X, XII, B.Tech, M.Tech and other degrees will be given to SC/ST candidates during screening, as well as all the Ph.D. entrance exams held on campus. Same relaxation also applies to candidates who are physically handicapped (category PH) or children/war widow of defense personnel killed/disabled in action (category CW). For candidates falling in multiple reservation categories, a maximum of 5% relaxation as specified above will be given.

Is there a part time Ph.D. program?

IIIT-D Ph.D. program is a full time program; part-time option is currently not available.

Is there any option to do a part-time sponsored Ph.D.?


How is full-time sponsored Ph.D. different from part-time Ph.D.?

IIIT-Delhi does not have part-time Ph.D. program - both for regular as well as sponsored candidates. Full-time sponsored Ph.D. candidates have same load as that of regular Ph.D. candidates. They are expected to work full-time on their research problem. However, they may be permitted to work up to 10-12 hours a week in teaching/R&D related activities of their sponsoring organization with permission from the Institute.

For example, full-time regular Ph.D. students spend 10-15 hours a week on Research/Teaching Assistant duties. Similarly, afull time sponsored Ph.D. student from a company may be allowed to do some other work (which is somewhat aligned to his Ph.D.) for about 10 to 12 hours a week in the sponsoring company, and, a full-time sponsored Ph.D. student from a collegemay be allowed to do about 10-12 hours of teaching work (including all preparation, examination, grading time) in the sponsoring college.

This is different from a part-time Ph.D. program, where a candidate works only part-time on the research problem.

What do I need to do other than filling up the online form? Do I need to post a print out of the application form? Do I need to post copy of my certificates, mark sheets, etc.?

You do not need to send us print out of your application form, copies of your mark sheets, certificates or anything else. Filing up an online form is enough.

How many seats are there for Ph.D. admission this year?

There is no fixed number of seats for Ph.D. program in any year. The number of candidates admitted will depend primarily on the quality of applications.

Will I be selected for the written test/interview if I meet the eligibility criteria?

No, not necessarily. You can apply only if you meet the eligibility criteria. However, after you apply, the admission committee verifies your application, and performs a screening (usually done by a committee of faculty members). You will be selected for the next step (written or interview, as appropriate) only if you clear the screening.

Screening is done considering each application in totality, and is a subjective decision made on the basis of marks, education, qualifications, awards, projects, work experiences, research experiences, and other relevant information present in the application.

I am in my final semester of BTech/BE/MTech/ME. Am I eligible to apply?

Candidates in the final year of their programs and who expect to complete all their qualifying degree requirements before the date of registration are also eligible to apply for admissions. For shortlisting and selection purposes, their performance until the preceding semester (preceding year if their programs are year based) would be considered but their admission would be provisional, subject to their meeting the minimum eligibility criteria after their final qualifying examination results are announced.

What are the coursework requirements for the Ph.D. program?

Refer to the PG regulations.

What is the duration of the program? How many courses do I have to take? What are the minimum performance requirements? How to choose a guide/advisor?

Refer to the Ph.D. requirements page.

How to choose a research area? Can I change my research area later?

You should choose a research area based on your research interest. Please go through the list of research groups and faculty members. Also, after admission, you can change your area anytime during your Ph.D. (as specified in the PG regulations)

Last updated: 07-03-2024