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List of Selected Candidates for Provisional Admission to Ph.D Programme for the Semester-II of 2014-15

Sample Offer Letter to Ph.D. Programme 2014-15 (Semester-II)

Sample Offer Letter to Ph.D. Programme 2014-15 (Semester-II) Under CDP

IIT Gandhinagar is looking for bright and dedicated young scholars interested in research to join us as Ph.D. scholars. Currently, we offer Ph.D. programmes in Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, History, Language & Literature, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Epidemiology and Sociology. Prospective students satisfying the eligibility criteria are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the research areas of our faculty members for suitable match of interest. IIT Gandhinagar also offers a Start Early Ph.D. Fellowship with additional financial support for exceptionally qualified undergraduate students from select colleges wishing to start on a direct Ph.D. programme after B.Tech.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria
At least 55% marks or 5.5 CPI marks in M.A./M.Sc./B.Tech./M.Tech. or equivalent degree in appropriate branches. Above mentioned eligibility criteria is minimum at Institute level.

For discipline wise minimum eligibility criteria, please click here. The disciplines may use higher cut off levels for short listing. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PD categories would be eligible for relaxations, as pernorms, in the selection criteria.

Credits Requirement
IIT Gandhinagar strongly believes in value addition through course work. There is a significant number of course work a Ph.D. student needs to do depending on his/her background. Ph.D. students entering the programme will have to take total credits ranging from 88 through 120, out of which coursework credits (courses worth 4 credits each) can range anywhere between 32 through 64 credits, depending upon the previous degree attained by the student. Out of the minimum credits through coursework, a minimum of 12 credits are required to be completed through project-based courses.

Qualifying Degree

Minimum Credits through Coursework

Minimum Credits through Research

Total Minimum Credits for Graduation

B.Tech., BE or equivalent 4-year bachelor’s degree

64 52 120

MSc, MA or equivalent 5-year Master’s degree

44 52 100

M.Tech., M.E & M.Phil. or equivalent

32 52 88

Residential Requirement
Ph.D. programme is fully residential. The regular candidates will have to stay on campus. For external candidate the minimum residential requirement is normally one year. For candidates under Faculty Development Program, currently 2 years of residency requirement after completion of 1 year of advanced admission is followed.

Admission Categories
Regular(RR): Fulltime residential research candidate.

External (ET): Candidates serving in research institutions/industry. The candidates must complete the expected course work requirement by staying full-time on campus. The minimum residential requirement is normally one year. External candidates may furnish their employer’s consent (see Annexure 1) at the time of interview. The candidates under this category may require an additional supervision at their parent institutions.

Faculty Development Program (FDP): Candidates working as a faculty in any educational institution.In this category the candidate is given advance admission with 90 days of residency requirement in 1st year and on successful completion of 1st year, the admission is confirmed with the expected minimum 2 years of full time residential requirement on campus for completing course work and a major part of thesis work. After 2-years, the candidate may be permitted to go back to parent institute subject to significant progress in thesis work. A certificate in support of the candidature must support the application (see Annexure 2).

Financial Support
Students joining the Ph.D. program as regulars (RR) will be considered for Institute Fellowship based on the following norms:

  • Students with B.E./ B.Tech. / B.Arch / B.Sc.(Engg)/ M.Sc. / M.A. / M.Com. degrees or equivalent, who have qualified GATE or National Level test (UGC / CSIR / NBHM / DBT etc.), will be considered for monthly assistantship of Rs.16000/- for the first 2 years and enhanced rate of Rs.18000/- for the remaining 3 years.
  • B.Tech./B.E. students from Centrally Financed Technical Institutions (CFTIs) with CGPA of more than 7.0 (At the end of their third year) would be considered for financial assistantship without requirement of GATE scores.
  • Students with M.Tech. / M.E. / M.Arch. / M.Sc.(Engg) or equivalent/ M.Phil./ M.B.B.S / MD / MS degrees and Management students with a combination of M.B.A. and Engineering/ Technical background will be considered for monthly assistantships of Rs. 18000/- for the first 2 years and enhanced rate of Rs.20000/- for the remaining 2 years.


  • Full time PhD students are encouraged to present their research work at international conferences. Financial support of up to Rs. 2.00 Lakhs for the entire duration of the programme is available. Additional funding may also be provided.
  • A support of up to US$ 12,500 may be considered in deserving cases to do research work at the best Universities/Labs abroad for a period of 4 to 6 months.
  • Candidates who have obtained at least one of their previous degrees from a premier institution like IIT, IISc etc. can be considered for an additional fellowship of Rs. 10,000/- per month.
  • Over and above the monthly assistantship, an additional fellowship of Rs. 5,000/- per month is provided to the candidates ranking within the top 5% in any relevant National level qualifying examination. A candidate can receive only one of the mentioned two additional fellowships. Payment of assistantship is subjected to a candidate complying with the prescribed norms and work output.

Know Our Students

IIT Gandhinagar has been quite successful in attracting some of the brightest minds in the country for our Ph.D. programmes. You can see the background of our existing Ph.D. students here.

Research Areas [Admissions to Semester II (2014-15)]


Tentative Intake

Broad Area of Research

Biological Engineering


Cell Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, DNA Regulatory Mechanisms, Neuroscience, Motor Control, Motor Learning,  Macromolecular X-ray Crystallography, Cancer Biology, Biomolecular Simulations, Nucleic Acid Aptamers, Enzyme-nanoparticle Applications, Biomedical Technologies.

Chemical Engineering


Process Systems Engineering, Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Dry Powder Processing and Nano-coating, Polymer Processing, Smart Polymeric Materials, System Identification, Waste Water Treatment, Colloids and Interfaces, Rheology.



SiO2 and Carbon composites and Electrochemistry; Networks and Organic Chemistry; Design of Photoresponsive Systems; Synthesis and Studies of Porphyrin-Triarylboron conjugates; Small molecule kinase inhibitors for cancer therapeutics; Asymmetric hydrogen bond donor catalysis.

Civil Engineering


Dynamic response of fine grained soils, Liquefaction and Cyclic Instability in Soils, Constitutive modeling of frictional materials, Numerical Modeling of Geotechnical Structures, Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Modeling of hydrologic extremes (droughts and floods), Real time drought monitoring using remote sensing, Climate change impacts on water resources, Ground motion characterization, Spatial variability of ground motion, Seismic protective systems, Structural performance assessment, Behavior of irregular buildings under seismic excitation, Confined masonry buildings, Multi-physics study of structures under fire, GPU algorithms for structural control, Large Scale Hydrologic Modeling, River hydraulics, Transients in pipes, Transients in open channels

Cognitive Science


Physiology sensitive affective computing, Motor control and learning, serial order and sequence learning, cognition and emotion, attention and action, philosophy of mind

Computer Science & Engineering


Computational complexity, data mining, social networks, approximation algorithms, algorithms for big data, crowdsourcing, machine learning, computer vision, computer architecture, computer organization and systems, physiologically informed intelligent human computer interaction, complex networks and application to social and biological systems, design and analysis of cryptographic algorithms, cloud security, crypto-currency, serious gaming, computational neuroscience.

Earth Sciences

Earth Surface Processes, River Science, Remote Sensing and GIS

Humanities and Social Sciences


South Asian Literature; Ancient, Medieval, and Modern India; History of Colonial Assam; Gujarat: Society, Politics, Literature; Partition Studies; Ageing/Gerontology; Social Demography; Public Health; Social Epidemiology; Language, Identity and Politics; Bengali Literature; Democracy and Civil Society; Translation Theory and Practice.

Electrical Engineering


Computer Vision, Image Processing, Computer Graphics, Adaptive signal processing, photonic sensors for biological applications, semiconductor devices, compact modeling, Asynchronous circuit design, Neuromorphic architectures, Biomedical Engineering, Affective Computing, Power systems and renewable energy, smart distribution grid, automation and control of power distribution network

Mechanical Engineering


Computational solid mechanics,  Fluid-structure interaction,  Computational aero-mechanics, Control systems, Thermo-fluid engineering.

Materials Science & Engineering


Joining of materials, protein-lipid interactions, drug delivery peptides, antibiotics, tissue regeneration, nanotoxicology, nanoparticles synthesis and reactivity, nanocomposites



Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes;  Tannakian Group Schemes, Moduli Spaces, Vector Bundles, Commutative Algebra.



Gravitation,  Black Hole Thermodynamics, Networks and Complex Systems, Theoretical High Energy Nuclear Physics​​Strong interaction Physics: Bulk and transport properties of hot and dense nuclear matter

"Category wise reservations on overall available seats will be followed as per Government of India norms."

Admission Procedure
Admission is generally offered on the basis of an interview, which is supplemented by a written test if necessary. The Institute will invite a limited number of candidates for a written test and interview based on the academic records, SOP, etc. The final selection will be mainly based on academic credentials, written test and/or interview.

The written test is generally based on the topics related to general aptitude (logical reasoning, analytical and numerical ability, etc.), writing skills, and basic courses of various disciplines at undergraduate level. The candidates who do not qualify in the written test need not appear for interview. The reserved category candidates will be given due relaxation in cutoff marks as per the norms.

The candidates called for the Test / Interview will be reimbursed any amount exceeding Rs.600/- for to and fro single second-sleeper class railway fare by the shortest route from their place of residence to the Institute /venue of the Test / Interview. For example, in case of total railway fare of Rs.1400/- the candidate will be reimbursed Rs.800/-. It is required to produce evidence (railway ticket) in support of the claim.

In addition to the announced admission cycles with prescribed deadline of application, the Institute also considers applications any time of the year in case of exceptional candidates. Based on the qualifications of the candidates and the need of the discipline concerned, applications received are processed through duly constituted selection committees at regular intervals.

Important Dates
Application form submission start date - 05 September, 2014
Application form submission deadline - 05 October, 2014
Web announcement of short-listed candidates for interview - 17 October, 2014


Tentative dates of the PhD (Regular and Start Early) interviews. The selection of candidates will take place after the Application form submission deadline.
Tentative Date of the Interview Discipline
November 7, 2014 (Friday) Chemistry, Physics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Cognitive Science.
November 8, 2014 (Saturday) Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Biological Engineering
November 9, 2014 (Sunday) Mechanical Engineering, Earth Science, Chemical Engineering and Computer Science.

Application Procedure
All applications must be submitted online. If you are applying for more than one discipline, please submit a separate application form for each discipline. A soft copy of the submitted application will be sent to given email ID. You need to furnish hardcopy of the application form with photograph and all the documentary evidence in original (testimonials, certificates, publications, work experience and research/professional experience) at the time of interview. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

  • There is NO application fee.
  • You NEED NOT send the hard-copy of the application form.

The online application for PhD program (Regular and Start Early) 2014-15 (Semester II) is now closed, please visit this page for further updates.

For further information, you may contact us at academics@iitgn.ac.in