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List of Candidates Provisionally Selected for Admissions to Ph.D. Programme (Special Round & TAM) for AY 2020-21, Semester-I              Result Announced

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 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.

Notification The admission process for Ph.D. for the academic year 2020-21 is complete.


Important Dates

  • 10 May 2020

    Application submission deadline

    24 May 2020

    Announcement of shortlist

    28 May 2020

    Applicants register for interview
    This step is no longer necessary

    3-7 Jun 2020


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  • Eligibility Criteria

    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 besides giving due consideration to the way questions are answered in the application form. Candidates belonging to EWS/SC/ST/PD categories would be eligible for relaxations, as per norms, in the selection criteria.

  • Admission Categories

    Admission Categories

    Regular(RR): Fulltime residential research candidate.

    Continuing Doctoral Programme (CDP): This if for the candidates working in industry or 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 organization subject to significant progress in thesis work. Subsequently, the candidate is expected to complete at least 2 weeks of residency at the Institute for each semester all through the PhD programme. A certificate in support of the candidature must support the application. Click here for more details about the programme.

  • Financial Support

    Financial Support

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

    • 1. Post Graduate Degree in Basic Science with NET/GATE Qualification or Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (B.Tech/B.E.) with NET/GATE Qualification or Post Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (M.Tech/M.E. etc) : Rs. 31,000/- per month.
    • 2. Qualifications mention at (i) above with two years of Research Experience: Rs. 35,000/- per month.

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  • Admission Procedure

    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, statement of purpose, 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.750/- 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.650/-. 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.

  • Application Procedure

    Application Procedure

    "Reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS), as per MHRD OM dated 17th January 2019, for Post Graduate admissions at IIT Gandhinagar will be implemented from Semester I, Academic Year 2020-21".

    All applications must be submitted online. If you are applying for more than one discipline, please submit a separate application for each discipline. After successful submission of the application form, you will receive an application number and a link to download the application form. Please save the application form. You need to furnish hardcopy of the application form and self attested copies of all the relevant documents at the time of interview. Incomplete applications will be rejected

    Application Fees: Rs. 100/- (SC/ST/PD Category), Rs. 200/- (Others)
    You NEED NOT send the hard-copy of the application form.

    Important Dates

    Phase 1
    Discipline Written test/Interview Dates
    Mechanical Engineering 4-Mar-2020
    Civil Engineering
    Cognitive Science
    Mechanical Engineering 5-Mar-2020
    Computer Science and Engineering
    Electrical Engineering
    Humanities and Social Sciences
    Mathematics 6-Mar-2020
    Chemical Engineering
    Materials Engineering
    Biological Engineering
    Phase 2
    Application Submission Deadline - 10 April
    Announcement of Shortlist - 21 April (Tentative)
    Written Tests and/or Interview - 8-11 May (Tentative)

  • Focus Areas
    • Biological Engineering

      Epigenetics, DNA Regulatory Mechanisms, Quadruplex Nucleic Acids in Disease Regulation, Biomolecular Simulations, C. elegans neuronal transport, Molecular motors and intracellular transport system, Kinases involved in DNA Damage/Repair pathways: cellular mechanisms & novel Cancer therapeutics, Targeted therapeutics for Helicobacter pylori and related pathogens, Nanobiocatalysts with new architectures and scope of application, Neuroscience, Biomechanics, Neural Control of Movement, Movement Disorders, Rehabilitation, cellular response to bio-nanomaterials,Biomedical engineering and Instrumentation, Structural DNA Nanotechnology, Stem Cells Programming and regenerative medicine, Cellular and Chemical Biology, Protein Aggregation in Neurodegenerative Disorders, small molecule & macromolecular crystallography and structural biology of proteins

    • Chemical Engineering

      Process Safety, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Multiphase reactions, Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Polymer Processing, Polymer Gels, Polymer Blends, Shape memory polymers, Smart Polymeric Materials, Polymer Ionic Liquids, System Identification, Waste Water Treatment, Process Systems Engineering, Colloids and Interfaces, Rheology, Powder Technology, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Molecular simulations, Protein aggregation and protein folding

    • Chemistry

      Computational Chemistry, Molecular Dynamics; Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery: Infectious diseases ( H pylori) and Cancer (Kinases); Anti-Inflammatory, anti-glaucoma and epilepsy; Chemical Biology of Cancer: Targetting DNA damaging mechanism involving Kinases, Chemical Biology of Nucleic Acids: DNA interacting dyes; Asymmetric Supramolecular catalysis / Asymmetric Organocatalysis; Bioorganic Chemistry: Photoresponsive π-conjugated materials for organic electronics and bioimaging applications; Bio-inorganic chemistry, elctrochemistry, enzyme-inspired catalysts design, small molecule activation for renewable energy research; spectroscopy of gold nanoparticles, plasmon-enhanced spectroscopy; Chemical crystallography, cryo crystallography of liquids, structural chemistry of drug like molecules, polymorphism of drugs; Organometallic complexes of heavy metals: singlet oxygen generation and photo-catalysis; Glycosylated porphyrins, Boron based dyes: bio-imaging and Photo-dynamic therapy.

    • Civil Engineering

      Critical Infrastructure resilience, Complex System Modeling, and Physics Guided Data Sciences for Hydrology, Performance-based earthquake design of masonry and concrete structures, and non-structural components; Blast-resistant design; 3D Concrete printing;Analysis and design of structures under fire; Assessment of fire behaviour of green building envelopes; Multi-physics analysis of systems; Complex and Tall structures; Structural health monitoring; Constitutive modelling of frictional materials; Numerical Modelling of Geotechnical Structures; Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering; Liquefaction and Cyclic instability; Geotechnical behaviour of problem soils; Experimental studies on Strain Localization; Seismic hazard and ground motion characterization for Structural Design;High performance fibre reinforced concrete; Geosynthetics; Reinforced earth structures; Modelling of hydrologic extremes (droughts and floods); Real time flood/drought monitoring; Climate change impacts on water resources; Water resource management; Large scale hydrologic modelling; River engineering; Transients in pipes; Transients in open channels; Dam and levee breach; Urban drainage.

    • Cognitive Science

      Motor learning and memory, Visual attention, Psychoacoustics, Decision making, Neuroinformatics, Brain Computer Interface, Affective Computing, Rehabilitation Robotics, Curiosity/p>

    • Computer Science and Engineering

      Theoretical Computer Science, Algorithms and Data Structures, Computational Complexity, Game Theory, Data Mining, Social Networks, Data Science, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Computer Systems, High Performance Computing, Natural Language Processing, Computational Sustainability, Internet of Things (IoT), Computational Algebra, Spectral Graph Theory, Large scale numerical linear algebra, Dynamic graph algorithms, Streaming algorithms,

    • Earth Sciences

      Environmental Archaeology

    • Electrical Engineering

      1. Nanoelectronics, Semiconductor Devices, Nanotechnology
      2. VLSI Design, Asynchronous Circuits, Computer Architecture
      3. Biomedical Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Ultrasound Imaging and Therapy
      4. Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition
      5. Signal Processing, Soft Computing, Image & Video Processing, Multimedia Forensics & Security
      6. Control Systems, Estimation Theory, Robotics
      7. Power Systems and Smart Grid
      8. Fiber Optics, Photonic Sensors, Nanophotonics, Electromagnetic Metamaterials, Computational Electromagnetics
      9. Deep Learning, High Performance Computing
      10. Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

    • Materials Engineering

      1. Colloidal processing of ceramics, Dewetting, Soft lithography, Mass transport,
      2. Optoelectronic materials, Transparent conductors, Thin film solar cells, Oxidation of magnetic materials
      3. Processing: Friction stir welding and processing, Modeling of additive manufacturing, Materials processing and electrochemical analysis, Wire arc additive manufacturing
      4. Mechanical properties of lamellar metal composites
      5. Material Mechanics (Metals, Ceramics, Polymers, Foams and Biomaterials)
      6. Biomaterials, Nanosafety, environmental applications of nanomaterials

    • Mathematics

      Algebraic Geometry; Arithmetic Geometry; Algebraic Number Theory; Analytic Number Theory, Special Functions; Commutative Algebra; Partial Differential Equations; Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes, Dynamical Systems; Non-linear Analysis; Operator Algebras, Non-commutative Geometry, Quantum groups

    • Mechanical Engineering

      1. Thermal Sciences and Engineering
      2. Fluid Mechanics
      3. Combustion and Energetic materials
      4. Energy Systems
      5. Water and Desalination
      6. Systems and Controls
      7. Biomechanics
      8. Robotics
      9. Linear and Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibrations
      10. Wave Propagation in Solids and Acoustic Metamaterials
      11. Experimental Structural Dynamics
      12. Solid Mechanics and Material Mechanics
      13. Laser based Manufacturing
      14. BioNanomaterials

    • Physics

      1. Theoretical High Energy Physics, Hot QCD Matter.
      2. Holography, AdS-CFT and Quantum Information Theory,

  • PMRF

    Prime Minister's Research Fellowship

    IIT Gandhinagar has been selected as one of the few institutions in India that can offer Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PMRF) to meritorious Ph.D. candidates at the time of admission into the Ph.D. program. The fellows get a monthly stipend of Rs 70000 along with an annual contingency grant of Rs 2 Lakh. To apply for PMRF, the candidate needs to get selected in our regular Ph.D. program, and the Institute will recommend selected few candidates (with high academic credentials and demonstrated potential for research) for PMRF. The final award of the PMRF is subject to approval by the discipline-specific selection committee. Recipients of PMRF will be subject to the rules and obligations of the fellowship scheme, and the continuation of the fellowship will depend on demonstrated research excellence that will be reviewed annually.