Complete list of the Eight IITs that have opened PhD Admissions for January 2021 (Spring Sem II)

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In India, there are 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). They offer PhD admissions through two Sessions in a year, whereby 8 IITs have begun PhD Admissions - January 2021 intake. These include IIT Ropar, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Indore, IIT Jodhpur, IIT Patna, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee.


Candidates should refer the exact admission notification before applying any programmes of any universities or institutes. Some PhD Admissions dates have gone, for example, IIT Palakkad. Meanwhile, the dates for other IIT PhD admissions are inching closer.

1. IIT Ropar

The PhD Admissions here are for Regular, Direct, Part-Time & External PhD Semester II -2020-21. The online application portal opened from 04 October 2020. Last day of receiving applications is 26 October 2020.


Departments: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and/or Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics, English, Management, Philosophy).

Eligibility Conditions: BE/BTech/ ME/MA/MSc/MCA/MPharma/MVSc/MD/MS/Integrated BS-MS etc. This is basics eligibility conditions. For department-specific and more details, the candidates should refer to the PhD Admission Prospectus of IIT Ropar.

Selection Process: Written Test and Interview.


Read and apply on the official website.

2. IIT Bombay

IIT Bombay is inviting applications for PhD Classes that will commence from January 2021. The institute also offers Teaching Assistantship with Institutional Fellowships to PhD students. The total number of PhD Seats with Teaching Assistantship is 249. The last date for submission of completed application forms for Spring Semester is October 26, 2020.


Departments: Aerospace Engineering, Biosciences and Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering, Industrial Design Centre, Climate Studies, CESE, Educational Technology, Electrical Engineering, Energy Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics, English, Philosophy, Sociology, Indian Science and Technology in Sanskrit), Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Centre for Research for Nanotechnology & Science, Physics, IE &OR, Systems & Control Engineering, Centre of Studies in Resource Engineering, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, Center for Research in Nano Technology and Science, Centre for Policy Studies, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Mgmt.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Master’s or equivalent degree in Engineering/Technology

2. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology

3. Master’s or equivalent degree in science

4. Master's or equivalent degree in Arts/Commerce (or allied subjects)


For qualifying degree listed under (2), (3) & (4), candidates must also fulfil ONE of the following additional


Valid GATE/CEED/ score

Selected through National Eligibility Test – UGC NET including lectureship (Assistant


Selected through a national level examination conducted by MHRD or its agencies / Institutions such as UGC/IIT/IISc./IISER/IIIT etc.

Minimum of TWO years of professional experience (acquired after obtaining the qualifying degree and completed before the starting of the semester in which admission is sought)

Read and apply on the official website.

3. IIT Indore


IIT Indore invites PhD admissions for January intake for several departments. The last date to apply is different for all departments starting from 23rd October to 10 November.

Departments: Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Metallurgy Engineering and Materials Science, Biosciences and Biomedical Engineering, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Engineering.

Eligibility Criteria: Masters’ degree in the relevant discipline of Engineering/ Technology (with the first division as defined by the awarding Institute/ University) AND GATE qualification,


Four-year Bachelors’ degree OR five-year integrated degree in the relevant discipline of engineering (with the first division as defined by the awarding Institute/ University) AND valid GATE qualification,


Masters’ degree in the relevant discipline of Science (with the first division as defined by the awarding Institute/ University) AND

valid GATE qualification OR UGC/CSIR-JRF qualification OR Equivalent Fellowship.


Masters’ degree in the relevant discipline of Science (with the first division as defined by the awarding Institute/ University) with UGC-NET (Lecturership) AND valid GATE qualification


Read and apply on the official website.

4. IIT Gandhinagar

IIT Gandhinagar will conduct 2020-21 Sem-II PhD admissions via online interviews only. Students joining the PhD program as regulars (RR) will be considered for Institute Fellowship based on the Ministry of HRD norms. The last date to apply is November 2.

Departments: 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.

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 are minimum at Institute level. For discipline wise minimum eligibility criteria, the candidates should refer to the PhD Admission Page.

5. IIT Patna

IIT Patna invites applications for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme, starting in January 2021 in the various Departments. The last date to apply is November 4.

Department: Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

Electrical Engg, Humanities and Social Sciences, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics

Eligibility Criteria: In all the disciplines, the upper age limit is 28 years (B.Tech./B.E./M.Sc./MA/MCA/MBA) and 32 years (M.Tech./ M.E./ M.S./ M.Phil.) to be calculated as on the last date of application and is applicable only for candidates applying in Regular and Full-time category, as institute fellow.

Read and apply on the official website.

6. IIT Jodhpur

Although IIT Jodhpur invites applications for PhD throughout the year, the deadline for Spring intake is October 25 as that is when the institute will announce its shortlisted candidates.

Departments: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering Sciences, Biosciences and Bioengineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Robotics and Mobility Systems, Science of Intelligence, Digital Humanities, IOT & Applications, Quantum Information and Computation, Smart Healthcare, Space Science & Technologies, Humanities & Social Sciences, Management and Entrepreneurship.

Eligibility Criteria: The applicant must have a master’s degree in engineering, pharmacy, agricultural science, science, humanities, social sciences, management with at least 60% marks or at least 6.0/10 CPI or CGPA for GEN/GEN-EWS/OBC (55% for SC/ST/PD)


The applicant must have MBBS with MD/MS, BVSc with MVSc, BDS with MDS, BPTh with MPTh, BOTh with MOTh or equivalent with at least 60% marks or at least 6.0/10 CPI or CGPA for GEN/GEN-EWS/OBC (55% for SC/ST/PD) in bachelor’s degree,


The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree of minimum four-year duration in engineering or science or medicine or pharmacy or agricultural science or veterinary science or equivalent with at least 70% marks or at least 7.0/10 CPI or CGPA for GEN/GEN-EWS/OBC (65% for SC/ST/PD).

7. IIT Madras

The closing date for submission of online application is 23 October 2020.

Departments: Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Design, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management Studies, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Physics, Interdisciplinary.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates can apply to pursue the Direct PhD programme in Engineering/Sciences/Management/Humanities & Social Sciences stream after their Bachelor’s Degree. For more details including eligibility criteria for applying to the Direct PhD programme, refer the Research Admission Brochure . Meritorious M.S. scholars under Engineering/Management stream with minimum CGPA of 8.0 on a 10.0 point scale are eligible to upgrade to the PhD programme in the same department and will receive two degrees (M.S.+Ph.D.) on completion of the programme.

For further details about eligibility conditions, how to apply and other details, the candidates should refer the Admission Notification, uploaded on the official website of IIT Madras.

8. IIT Roorkee

There are 23 departments where a candidate can apply to seek PhD Admissions. The Last Date for submission of Online application (Website Closure) is October 29, 2020.

Apply through the official website.

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