PhD Admissions at IIT Bhilai

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IIT Bhilai is an institute of national importance declared as such under the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act 2016 to provide for education and research in various branches of engineering, technology, science, and arts. The main focus of IIT Bhilai is to prepare young individuals to become professional leaders of tomorrow by imparting cutting-edge technical skills and knowledge, so that they can take on the real-life challenges in the future with confidence and maturity. IIT Bhilai is striving for research-driven undergraduate and postgraduate education. Our objective is to create an educational system with multifaceted outcomes, including research, entrepreneurship, technical leadership, and above all, responsible citizenship.

IIT Bhilai offers PhD programs in the following disciplines.

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electric Vehicle Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Physics
  • IIT Bhilai invites applications for admission to PhD programs in various disciplines for the session starting from July 2022.

    Eligibility criteria for PhD admissions

    A. Applicants must have ONE of the following in appropriate subject areas.
    1. Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology or equivalent degree, with first class, 60% marks or equivalent (55% marks for SC/ST).
    2. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology, with first class, 60% marks or equivalent (55% marks for SC/ST)
    3. Master’s degree in science, arts, social sciences, or equivalent degree, with first class, 60% marks or equivalent (55% marks for SC/ST).
    B. Applicants must also fulfil ONE of the following additional requirements.
    1. Valid GATE Score or CSIR-UGC NET (JRF/LS) (Also refer to Table below for discipline specific criteria).
    2. Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of CSIR/ UGC/ NBHM/ DBT/ ICAR/ ICMR/ ICPR/DAE or DST INSPIRE Fellowship (Also refer to Table below for discipline specific criteria).
    3. Minimum of 2 years of professional experience. The experience gained while acquiring a Master's Degree in Engineering/Technology or experience acquired after obtaining the qualifying degree and completed before the starting of the semester in which admission is sought may be considered as professional experience.
    4. BTech from IIT with a CPI/CGPA of 8.0 or more.
    An ongoing degree may also be considered as a qualifying degree provided the applicant graduates before the PhD program starts.

    Discipline specific requirements are given in Table 1.

    Table 1: Discipline specific criteria for PhD admissions

    DisciplineCriteria
    ChemistryCSIR-UGC NET (JRF/LS) in Chemical Sciences if applicable,
    GATE in CY if applicable.
    Computer Science and EngineeringGATE score in CS/ EC/ EE/ MA/ PH if applicable.
    Data Science and Artificial IntelligenceGATE score in any engineering discipline/MA/ST, if applicable.
    Electrical Engineering GATE score in EE/ EC/ IN/ CS/ MA/ PH/ XE if applicable.
    Electric Vehicle Technology GATE score in ME/ EE/ EC/ IN/ AE/ CY/CH/XE/XE-F/XE-C/PI, if applicable.
    CSIR-UGC NET (JRF/LS) in Chemical Sciences/Physical Sciences, if applicable.
    Liberal Arts CSIR-UGC NET (JRF/LS) in Psychology/ English/ Economics, if applicable.
    GATE in XH, if applicable. ICMR JRF in Social Sciences, if applicable.
    MathematicsCSIR-UGC NET (JRF/LS) in Mathematical Sciences, if applicable.
    GATE in MA/ST,if applicable.
    JRF in NBHM/DST-INSPIRE if applicable.
    Mechanical EngineeringGATE score in AE/ CE/ ME/ PI/ PH/ XE if applicable.
    Mechatronics GATE Score in ME/EE/EC/PI/IN/AE if applicable.
    PhysicsCSIR-UGC NET (JRF/LS) in Physical Sciences, if applicable
    GATE in PH/EE/XE/ME, if applicable
    DST-Inspire, if applicable.

    Application categories for PhD admission

    Applicant meeting the eligibility criteria may apply for admission to the PhD program under any of the following categories.

    1. Regular
    2. Sponsored external full-time
    3. Sponsored external part -time
    4. Sponsored non-external full-time
    5. Sponsored non-external part -time

    A.Regular: Applicant applying under this category has to be a full-time scholar at IIT Bhilai and needs to be present on the campus for the duration of PhD program as per the rules of IIT Bhilai.
    A regular student receives Institute Fellowship as per the norms defined by the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India.

    B.Sponsored external full-time:An applicant working in industry / academic establishment / research laboratories having R&D facilities may apply under this category. A sponsored external full-time student needs to be involved in full-time research at the organization employing the student.

    Such a student is expected to carry out all/major part of the research work in the organization employing the student. The employer must explicitly undertake to relieve the applicant for staying in the campus to complete the required course work. A certificate to that effect from the sponsoring organization must be provided by the applicant at the time of applying for admission. The student will be under joint supervision of a supervisor from IIT Bhilai and one from his/her parent organization. The applicant shall provide the CV of the prospective supervisor who would supervise the applicant's work at his/her organization.

    C.Sponsored external part-time: An applicant working in industry / academic establishment / research laboratories having R&D facilities may apply for admission to PhD programs as an external applicant. A sponsored external part-time student may be involved in his/her regular job assignments along with the research for PhD.

    Such a student is expected to carry out all/major part of the research work in the organization employing the student. The employer must explicitly undertake to relieve the applicant for staying on the campus to complete the required course work. A certificate to that effect from the sponsoring organization must be provided by the applicant at the time of applying for admission. The student will be under joint supervision of a supervisor from IIT Bhilai and one from his/her parent organization. The applicant shall provide the CV of the prospective supervisor who would supervise the applicant's work at his/her organization. Such applicants may apply as full-time or part-time scholars.


    D.Sponsored non-external full-time: An applicant who is either awardee of research fellowship from some recognized funding agency (CSIR/ UGC/ NBHM/ DBT/ ICAR/ ICMR/ ICPR etc. or DST INSPIRE Fellowship) or is sponsored by his/her employer or is ready to self-sponsor himself/herself for the duration of PhD tenure may apply under this category. A sponsored non-external full-time student needs to be present on the campus for the duration of PhD and be involved in full-time research as per the rules of IIT Bhilai. A certificate/declaration of sponsorship from the sponsoring body(self-declaration in case of self-sponsored) must be submitted by the applicant at the time of applying for admission.

    E.Sponsored non-external part -time:Professionally employed personnel such as working engineers, scientists and teachers who can, while employed, attend regular classes as per schedule of IIT Bhilai may apply for admission to PhD program under sponsored non-external part-time category. The applicant must be an employee of a recognized organization and be engaged in professional work in the area to which admission is sought. The student must be available in person for discussion/meeting with the supervisor on a regular basis. The applicant shall give an undertaking endorsed by the employer that the applicant will be relieved to attend all classes.

    N.B.:
    1. Candidate applying under category B to E DOES NOT receive institute fellowship.
    2. Candidate applying for PMRF under direct entry mode : Choose a category from A to E above, based on your preference if PMRF is not awarded.

    Guidelines for PhD applications

    1. Applicants must read the instructions given in the brochure carefully before filling up the application form.
    2. Applicants must fill out the online application form available at www.iitbhilai.ac.in/index.php?pid=phd_admission. There is NO need to send a hardcopy of the application forms.
    3. Separate application form is to be filled if applicants are applying in more than one discipline.
    4. Reservations are applicable for applicants in other Backward Class-Non-Creamy layer (OBC-NCL)/ Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Person with benchmark disability (PwD) / Economically weak section (EWS) category, as per Government of India rules. Necessary supporting documents must be attached to avail such reservation during online application and the same will be verified at the time of admission.
    5. Applicants should complete the application form in all respects. Incomplete application will not be considered.
    6. Applicants MUST keep the following documents (softcopy) ready to upload during their application process:
    ● Photograph.
    ● Academic certificates (10th/12th, UG & PG certificates, etc. whichever is applicable)
    ● Mark-sheet of all semesters/Consolidated mark-sheet of the qualifying degree. Result awaited candidates have to upload their latest/previous semester mark-sheet.
    ● Caste certificate (OBC-NCL/SC/ST), if applicable.
    ● Experience certificate and any other relevant documents., whichever applicable.
    7.Applicants are encouraged to combine all their testimonials as a single PDF file and upload the same in the application portal.
    8.Applicants must also provide the details of at least two well acquainted people who can provide reference letters in support of candidature of applicant. At least one of them must be an academician and must have taught the applicant.
    9. Applicants having degree from foreign universities should upload equivalence certificate from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi for qualifying Exam and proof of having first class or 60% (55% for SC/ST) marks or equivalent in qualifying examination.
    10. Applicants are advised to check the Institute website for results / important announcements. Applicants are also advised to check emails sent to the email address provided in their applications for all important communications and announcements. All communications related to admission will be communicated only through email.
    11. Applicants called for written test/interview should bring with them
    ● Photo ID Card,
    ● Printed copy of the application submitted online,
    ● Thesis / dissertation / report / publications,
    ● All Original certificates and mark-sheets.

    Thrust Research Area (Not limited to)

    Discipline Broad Areas of Research
    Chemistry Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Halide Perovskite and Photo(electro)chemistry, Biomaterials, Inorganic & metal- organic chemistry, Theoretical and computational chemistry, catalysis and organic synthesis, Molecular Modeling, MD Simulations , Bioinformatics and Bioinorganic Chemistry.
    Computer Science and Engineering Systems and Networks:High Performance computing, Embedded computing, Edge computing, VLSI, Computer/Wireless networks, Compilers, Distributed systems, Multi-UAV systems, Scalable and Distributed Machine Learning Systems, Performance Analysis, Flying and adhoc network.
    Theoretical computer science: Algorithms, Formal Verification Methods. algorithms for mobile agents, Graph based Problems, UAV Path Planning, Graph theory.
    Security: Hardware, Software, Blockchain, Quantum Computing and Quantum Cryptography, High Performance Cryptanalysis, Fault Attacks.
    Data Science and Artificial Intelligence AI & Machine Learning: Pattern Recognition, Graph Neural Networks, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Explainability and Fairness in AI.
    Data analytics: Computer vision, Time Series Analysis, Analysis of multimedia data such as audio, image, and video. Analysis of remote sensing data, Medical Image Processing, Edge Analytics, Big Data Analytics and Visualization.
    Social & complex network analysis: Social Computing, Network science, Information diffusion, fake news detection, community detection.
    Electrical Engineering Communications & Systems: Computer/Wireless networks, Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces, Embedded systems & ML applications in IoT & Healthcare. Edge Computing applications.
    Devices: Solar cells, PV module, fabrication of large area devices, large area perovskite solar cells, perovskite photodetectors, perovskite-Si tandem solar cells, PV module reliability.
    Circuit Design: VLSI and Microelectronics, Analog/Digital/Mixed signal IC Design, CMOS Image sensors, Application Specific ICs (ASICs), System-on-a-chip (SoC), CMOS image sensors, Event Based Sensors for Machine Vision, LiDAR.
    Power: Application of Power electronics to power systems, Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicle.
    Control & Instrumentation: Remote sensing, Bio-sensors, Digital Control.Signal Processing: Digital Speech Processing, Image Processing, Computer Vision, Signal Processing for Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Analysis of remote sensing images/data.
    Electric Vehicle TechnologyData-driven Control, Battery Modeling, Electric Drives, Motors, Power Electronics based Control for Electric Vehicles (EV) Application, Welding for Battery Packs, Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Components,Numerical Simulation, Battery Thermal Management System (BTMS), EV Management Systems including Battery Management, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, Battery Protection against Mechanical Abuse, Energy StorageTechnologies, Battery Chemistry, Energy and Electrochemistry, Development of Electrode Materials for Battery, Battery Pack Construction.
    Liberal Arts Literary and Cultural Studies, Development Economics, Positive Psychology, and Positive Organizational Behavior.
    MathematicsFunctional Analysis, Operator Theory, Probability Theory, Statistics, Commutative Algebra, Number Theory, Topology and Combinatorics, Operation Research, Numerical Analysis, Complex Analysis.
    Mechanical EngineeringSolid Mechanics and Design: Computational mechanics, Experimental Mechanics, Damage and Fracture Mechanics.
    Fluid and Thermal Sciences: Microfluidics, Multiphase flow and heat transfer, Droplet and Interfacial Science, Thermal hydraulics of nuclear reactor, Internal combustion (IC) Engines Alternative fuels and exhaust aftertreatment, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Boiling and Condensation, Thermal Comfort, Building Energy Efficiency, Renewable energy.
    Manufacturing and Material Science: Bioinspired microtextured surfaces, Metal cutting, non-conventional machining, metal forming, Incremental forming, Advanced PVD coating for cutting tools, simulation of manufacturing processes, Additive manufacturing, Laser based manufacturing, Micromachining, Surface treatment, Surface texturing, Aluminum, Magnesium and Titanium alloys, Metal matrix composites, High entropy alloys, High-temperature materials, Severe Plastic deformation, Casting, Powder metallurgy, Structure-Property Correlations, Thin & Thick-film tribology, Welding, Wire arc additive manufacturing, Friction stir welding and processing, Surface Engineering.
    MechatronicsOnline condition monitoring in advanced manufacturing processes, Microfabrication, Building mechatronics, and Intelligent buildings, AI-assisted laser-based manufacturing/metal forming, Feedback controlled material testing, Application of machine vision in mechanical testing, Portable devices for manufacturing, Pneumatic actuator systems control using thermally responsive fluids, Digital microfluidics, Maglev micro robotics, Neuromechanics and Assistive Robotics, Consensus control of UAV, Cognitive automation and Machine/Artificial Intelligence, Cooperative and adaptive mechatronics system, Computer vision, Data-driven modeling and control.
    PhysicsThin-Film Fundamentals, Perovskite Photovoltaics- Materials, Devices and Integration; Time-Resolved Optical spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy of hybrid 2D materials and density functional theory calculations; Self-assembly and self-organization in soft matter systems, Micro- and Nanorobots/Nano motors, Nanomaterials for bio applications, Biosensing; Thermal Field Theory, Heavy Ion phenomenology, High Energy Physics, Astro-particle Physics, Neutrino Physics, Astrophysics and cosmology.

    Tentative Schedule of Admission for Ph.D. Program in 2022-23-M session

    S.N.ParticularsTentative Dates
    1. Start date for application (online only) April 05, 2022 (10:00 Hrs IST)
    2. Last date for submitting online application form and completing the payment. May 20, 2022 (17:00 Hrs IST)
    3. Entrance tests and interviews
    Chemistry June 20, 2022
    Computer Science and EngineeringJune 20, 2022
    Data Science and Artificial IntelligenceJune 21, 2022
    Electrical EngineeringJune 22, 2022
    Electric Vehicle TechnologyJune 23, 2022
    Liberal ArtsJune 23, 2022
    MathematicsJune 24, 2022
    Mechanical EngineeringJune 21, 2022
    Mechatronics June 24, 2022
    PhysicsJune 22, 2022

    The dates given above are tentative. Any changes in the dates will be indicated on the website.

    Application Process

    STEP-I: Apply Online
    Candidate has to apply online from IIT Bhilai website. After filling the details, an Application Number will be generated. Candidate should note down the Application Number. Please note that you have to upload your testimonials wherever it is required to validate your information along with your digital photograph and signature. After final submission of your online application, you will be able to generate your online application print with your specific details/data. This application print may be retained with you for future requirement.

    STEP-II: Make Payment
    Application fee of 100 INR is applicable for SC/ST/PwD/female candidates and 200 INR is applicable for other candidates. Payment of application fee has to be made through State Bank Collect only. Candidate to visit SBI Collect, for fees payment and select PhD Application Fee as per the appropriate category. The candidate has to clearly mention the application id in the correct format(Eg: ME-101) while filling-up SBI collect challan for payment. After making payment, SBI Collect will generate payment reference number (viz. DU12345678), candidate has to retain a copy of sbi i-collect receipt for any future reference.

    Note: Successful completion of all the above two steps is mandatory.


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