Ph.D July-2017

  • 9th June 2017: List of candidates shortlisted for the PhD  admission interviews on 9th and 10th June 2017 can be seen here
  • 7th June 2017: The candidates have to report at Room no 317 in Academic Block by 8:30am on 9th June for the written test. Directions to reach the Academic building are here
  • 18th May 2017: List of candidates shortlisted for written test/Interview can be seen here . Call-letters have been emailed to all the shortlisted candidates. For any queries, please contact: cse_phd_admissions@iith.ac.in
  • 12th May 2017: The Interview dates for PhD admission : 9th-10th June,2017
  • 9th May 2017: The last date for the applications is extended to 11th May, 2017 (4:00PM IST).
  • 15th April 2017: The Ph.D admissions page is open: http://iith.ac.in/phdadmissions/. The last date for the applications is: 08th May, 2017(4:00PM IST).
  • 25th Mar 2017 Update: Applications portal for our Ph.D admissions will be available soon. Kindly track this page for further updates. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Computer Science and Engineering department invites applications from motivated and research-oriented students for the Ph.D. program. IIT Hyderabad, one of the IITs established by the Govt of India in 2008, has quickly grown to be one of the best institutions for education and research in the country in a very short period. IIT Hyderabad has been in top 10 rank among all engineering institutes in India as per the NIRF ranking in year 2016 and 2017. Aided by visionary administration and world-class faculty, IIT Hyderabad is gradually carving out a name for itself among the other IITs, and is an exciting place to study and carry out research today. It has been operating from its permanent campus since October 2015, and has 13 departments with 172 faculty and more than 2000 students, with almost half of them being post-graduate students.

The CSE department at IITH is comprised of 52 PhD students and 17 young and dynamic faculty members. The department has already graduated 7 PhD students and some of them are pursuing Post-Doc at prestigious places such as University of Chicago, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and University of Quebec. The faculty members were affiliated with world class universities and industry such as University of Oxford, UCSD, Iowa State University, University of Melbourne, INRIA, Samsung, and Georgia Tech. Their research spans a wide variety of areas including algorithms, computational complexity, formal methods, constraint solving, program analysis, graph theory, networks and mobile systems, Internet of Things, big data, databases, parallel/distributed systems, compilers, VLSI, computer architecture, machine learning, and image/video processing. The faculty have received substantial sponsored research projects in the application domains of converged cloud radio access networks, big data analytics and visual intelligence, and have active research collaborations with various academic and industry partners such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Microsoft Research, IBM Research, Intel, AMD, INRIA, Eurecom, DRDO as well as University of Oxford, IISc and other IITs. Our faculty also have strong publication records in tier-1 venues such as VLDB, SIGMOD, POPL, KDD, CVPR, ACL, IEEE TPAMI, PR, IEEE TNNLS, etc.

Why join CSE@ IITH for PhD?

  • The department has a strong collaboration with Japanese universities/industries. Many of our research scholars have spent time in Japan as part of academic/cultural exchange programs.
  • Hyderabad city offers a huge locational advantage in terms connectivity. A lot of technology companies are situated in Hyderabad which makes it easier to have a strong collaboration with software industry.
  • Every PhD student will be provided with a personal laptop and a workstation.
  • The department has state-of-the-art computational infrastructure for research.
  • The department frequently hosts experts from academia and industry to deliver seminars on state-of-the-art research topics.

Financial Assistance

Full time PhD students are eligible to receive financial assistance through various avenues.

  • MHRD Fellowships: As per current norms, MHRD fellowships provide monthly stipend of  ₹25000 for the first two years (at JRF level) and ₹28000 for the next three years (at SRF  level). There is a provision of 30% HRA in case IITH can not provide campus accommodation to the student.
  • PM Fellowships: PM fellowships are very prestigious fellowships which pays double the amount as compared to MHRD fellowship. These fellowships are quite competitive and require an industry partner, where the student will be working on research problems that is of mutual interest to a faculty member and the industry partner. Please see https://primeministerfellowshipscheme.in/ for more details.
  • Visvesvaraya Fellowships: PhD students of CSE department can also apply for Visvesvaraya Fellowship which pays ₹31500 per month for the first two years of the program and ₹35000 per month. Additional 30% HRA is provided if applicable. It also has provision for some contingency funds.  At present, 16 of our research scholars are Visvesvaraya fellows. Please see http://phd.medialabasia.in/fulltimephd.php for more details about Visvesvaraya Fellowship.
  • Industry fellowships: Companies such as Intel, Infosys, TCS, Google often provides fellowships for full time PhD students. Some of our PhD students have got TCS and Intel Fellowships. Getting such fellowships also adds a plus point in your CV. These fellowship amounts vary but usually provides similar monthly stipend as MHRD fellowships.
  • Project funded fellowships: Faculty members of the department work on various research projects and students can be hired for doing research in a particular project. The fellowship amount remains the same as MHRD fellowship but an added advantage is that the research problems are clear from the beginning.
  • The institute provides financial assistance to present their research papers in international and national venues during their PhD program.

The Dept. brochure is available here . To know more about the department and research interests of the faculty, please visit here

The details for applying for Ph.D to the department  will be available here

The department invites applications under both full-time (MHRD/Sponsored Project) and part-time categories in this admission round.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Full-Time PhD
  1. Candidates with a B.Tech/B.E/B.S./M.Sc./MCA degree in any discipline and having a M.Tech/M.E/M.S. degree in in CSE/IT/ECE/EE can apply if they meet the following eligibility criteria:
    1.1 General/OBC (Cream Layer)
    • B.Tech/B.E/B.S/M.Sc/MCA: 7.0 CGPA  or above and           
    • M.Tech/M.E./M.S. in CSE/IT/ECE/EE: 7.0 CGPA or above
    1.2 Reservation - OBC non-creamy layer Category
    • B.Tech/B.E/B.S/M.Sc/MCA: 6.3 CGPA  or above and            
    • M.Tech/M.E./M.S. in CSE/IT/ECE/EE: 6.3 CGPA or above
    1.3 Reservation - SC, ST Category
    • B.Tech/B.E/B.S/M.Sc/MCA: 5.9 CGPA  or above and
    • M.Tech/M.E./M.S. in CSE/IT/ECE/EE: 5.9 CGPA or above
  1. Direct-Ph.D – Candidates with a B.Tech/B.E/B.S./M.Sc/MCA in CSE/EE/IT/ECE (without having M.Tech/M.E/M.S. degree in in CSE/IT/ECE/EE) can also apply, provided they have a valid GATE CS score AND
    • General/OBC(creamy layer): 7.5 CGPA
    • OBC non-creamy layer: 6.75
    • SC, ST: 6.4 CGPA
    • B.Tech. in CSE/IT/EE/ECE from IITs with CGPA 8 or above can apply without a valid GATE score
Part-time Ph.D
  1. Candidates with a B.Tech/B.E/B.S./M.Sc./MCA degree in any discipline and having a M.Tech/M.E/M.S. degree in in CSE/IT/ECE/EE can apply if they meet the following eligibility criteria:
    1.1 General/OBC(Cream Layer)
    • B.Tech/B.E/B.S/M.Sc/MCA: 7.0 CGPA  or above and           
    • M.Tech/M.E./M.S. in CSE/IT/ECE/EE: 7.0 CGPA or above
    1.2 Reservation - OBC non-creamy layer Category
    • B.Tech/B.E/B.S/M.Sc/MCA: 6.3 CGPA  or above and           
    • M.Tech/M.E./M.S. in CSE/IT/ECE/EE: 6.3 CGPA or above
    1.3 Reservation - SC, ST Category
    • B.Tech/B.E/B.S/M.Sc/MCA: 5.9 CGPA and
    • M.Tech/M.E./M.S. in CSE/IT/ECE/EE: 5.9 CGPA
  1. Direct-Ph.D – Candidates with a B.Tech/B.E/B.S./M.Sc/MCA in CSE/EE/IT/ECE (without having M.Tech/M.E/M.S. degree in in CSE/IT/ECE/EE) can also apply, provided they have a valid GATE CS score AND
    • General/OBC(creamy layer): 7.5 CGPA
    • OBC non-creamy layer: 6.75
    • SC, ST: 6.4 CGPA
    • B.Tech. in CSE/IT/EE/ECE from IITs with CGPA 8 or above can apply without a valid GATE score

Notes:

  • All the CGPA mentioned above are out of 10. CGPA received on any other point scale (such as 8) and marks/percentages will accordingly be converted to 10 CGPA scale.
  • Candidates having degrees with specialization in various sub-disciplines of CSE/EE/IT/ECE such as MTech/ME in Artificial Intelligence, Information Security, Data Sciences, Signal Processing & Digital Design, Communication Systems etc., can also apply. They will be considered as having MTech/ME in CSE/EE/IT/ECE and the eligibility criteria will be applied accordingly.
  • The department reserves the right to set a suitable cutoff criteria for shortlisting the candidates for exam/interview. The department also reserves the right to NOT select any candidate.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE

  • The admission process typically consists of a written test followed by an interview.
  • The department reviews the applications and calls short-listed applicants for the written test/interview. The department reserves the right to call/not call an applicant.
  • The written test will have the syllabus similar to GATE CS.
  • Candidates short-listed from the written test will be interviewed and the final selection will be announced on the CSE website approximately within two weeks of the interview date. Selected candidates will also be intimated by email.

WAIVER FOR THE WRITTEN TEST

  • Among the candidates shortlisted for the interview, candidates meeting one of the following criteria may apply for a waiver of the written test:
    • B.Tech. from the IITs who have graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering/Information Technology within the last five years and with a CPI/CGPA of 8/10 and above.
    • Masters from the IITs/IISc who have graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering/ Information Technology within the last five years and with a CPI/CGPA of 8.5/10 and above.
    • Bachelors/Masters who have passed the GATE exam in the discipline of Computer Science within the last five years and with a GATE score of 800/1000 and above.

All the shortlisted candidates will receive the call-letter for the written test/interview through email. Shortlisted candidates who are eligible for the waiver from the written test may then seek waiver for the written test by replying back to the email.  Their reply emails must contain proof of one of the criteria mentioned above. Candidates for whom the waiver has been approved will be notified by email.

DOCUMENTS AND CERTIFICATES FOR VERIFICATION DURING INTERVIEW

  • Each candidate must bring a statement of purpose (Maximum 1-page A4 size with 11 point font size) describing the reason for pursuing PhD, which research problems/areas the candidate finds interesting and why.
  • The following certificates are to be produced by the candidates in original at the time of interview for verification:
  • Degree / Diploma Certificates or provisional certificates from the competent authority of the University or Institute concerned. (In case of candidates whose result are awaited, producing the mark sheets / grade card will be sufficient. However, if selected, they have to produce the certificate mentioned, for verification, at the time of admission);
  • All Mark sheets / Grade Cards of your qualifying examinations;
  • OBC/SC/ST Certificate, if applicable;
  • Sponsorship Letter, if applicable;
  • Publications, if applicable; and
  • No objection certificate from the present employer, if applicable

Candidates  who appear for the interview (either after having cleared the written test or being eligible for waiver of the written test) for the full-time Ph.D. program are eligible for reimbursement of single second class (reserved sleeper) train fare by the shortest route from their city/town of residence to IIT Hyderabad and back for attending the interview on submission of the claim in the prescribed format with all relevant particulars (Train No., Coach No, Ticket No., Fare Paid, Date of Journey, Station from and to, etc). Only one claim is admissible though you may attend more than one interview at this institute in the same trip.

For any clarifications, contact us at cse_phd_admissions@iith.ac.in. or 040-23017006