Minimum qualifications for i-students

All i-student applicants must meet the following requirements for consideration for entry into the joint PhD programme, noting that since this is a competitive program the standards for admission may be higher than the minimum.

Qualifying Degree Minimum Marks/Grades for Eligibility (primary method of evaluation to be considered) Scores in public examinations*
Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology • CGPA of 6.50 on a 10.00 point scale
• Aggregate percentage of 65%
• First Class (wherever awarded)
No requirement.
However, a high score in GATE, UGC-NET, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, DST-INSPIRE will be given due consideration.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology • CGPA of 8.00 on a 10.00 point scale
• Aggregate percentage of 80%
• First Class (wherever awarded)
No requirement for candidates from CFTI’s.
For others a High score in GATE, UGC-NET, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, DST-INSPIRE
Master’s Degree in Sciences • CGPA of 6.50 on a 10.00 point scale
• Aggregate percentage of 65%
• First Class (wherever awarded)
High score in GATE, UGC-NET, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, DST-INSPIRE
Master’s Degree in Arts or Humanities • CGPA of 6.50 on a 10.00 point scale
• Aggregate percentage of 65%
• First Class (wherever awarded)
High score in UGC-NET

Additional notes:

  • While it is not a requirement that all candidates possess a valid GATE, GRE, NET, CSIR score (or scores of any competitive entrance test), it is expected that successful applicants will have a good score in any of these many exams in order to be competitive.
  • Candidates without a valid GATE score or CSIR/UGC/DBT award can be considered for admission to the joint-PhD program if they have a minimum of two years of professional work experience in lieu of GATE score and if they meet all other eligibility requirements.

A few points to note:

  • For purposes of comparison, it is understood that a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology is an 8-semester program with course components including basic sciences, engineering fundamentals, and specialization in a chosen discipline.
  • For purposes of comparison, it is understood that a Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology is a 4-semester program with specialization in a chosen discipline, and a significant research component.
  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Sciences, Arts or Humanities will be considered at par with a four years Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology, for purposes of comparison.
  • For Arts and Humanities disciplines, an M. Phil. degree will be considered to be on par with a Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology (and hence will have only a minimum marks/grades requirement with no additional requirement for public examinations.
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International i-students:

  • For i-students applying from countries other than India, a high score in any national examination (in the candidate’s home country) or international examination (such as GRE) will be given due weightage, in lieu of the required public examinations listed in the Table above.
  • Candidates who have been awarded a CSIR/UGC/DBT Research fellowship (government fellowships) are encouraged to apply.