Ph.D. / Direct Ph.D. / M.S. (by Research) ADMISSION @ IIT MADRAS FOR JANUARY 2020

  • Applications received from April 1st 2019 to October 31st 2019 will be considered against “January 2020” admission except the applications which were already considered by certain Departments against "Anytime Admission Mode".
  • Candidates who have completed their U.G/P.G degree may apply now against "January 2020" admission for M.S./Ph.D./Direct Ph.D. programme.
  • Candidates who are in their final semester/year of their U.G/P.G degree may apply now against "January 2020" admission for M.S. / Ph.D. / Direct Ph.D. programme.
  • Candidates applying from other than Centrally Funded Technical Institutes; who are in the 4th year of B.E/B.Tech/B.S (4 year) programme with minimum aggregate CGPA of 8 and above may apply for Direct Ph.D. programme without GATE score for January 2020 admission but they will be eligible for admission [if selected] subject to qualifying in GATE 2020 exam. Click here to view the list of Centrally Funded Technical Institutes [CFTI's].
  • Please make sure to see the eligibility criteria in the admission brochure (SI. No. 4, 5 & 6 in Page No. 8 - 18) before applying.
  • Candidates applying under External category for research programme may confirm whether the current organization/industry/institution in which you are working is having R & D recognition from IIT Madras or else certified by DST / DSIR.  Click here for more details.
  • Candidates applying under Part-time category for research programme may confirm whether the current organization/industry/institution in which you are working is situated within commutable distance from IIT Madras.
  • For candidates applying under various categories of Research admission which requires sufficient work experience, the experience will be reckoned based on the last date for submission of online application. The work experience acquired after completion of the qualifying degree (i.e. U.G/P.G degree as per eligibility criteria) will be only considered as valid.

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Applications are invited from eligible candidates for admission to Ph.D. and M.S. (by Research) programmes under regular/part-time/external schemes of IIT Madras. Half-Time Research Assistantship (HTRA) funded by MHRD as well as fellowships from other funding agencies like CSIR, UGC, DST, ICMR, AICTE etc. are available for those who have qualified for these schemes. Shortlisted candidates will be called for “test and interview” or “interview” by the Selection Committees of the respective departments from time to time. For any further updates regarding January 2020 admission, see the concerned department website in which you have applied.Click here to access the department website.

Candidates possessing B.E / B.Tech / B.S (4 year) can apply to pursue Direct Ph.D. programme in Engineering/Sciences/Management/Humanities & Social Sciences stream after their Bachelor’s Degree. Meritorious M.S scholars under Engineering/Management stream with minimum CGPA of 8.0 are eligible to upgrade to the Ph.D. programme in the same department and will receive two degrees (M.S.+Ph.D.) on completion of the programme.

Opportunities to carry out Joint Ph.D. between IITM & reputed Foreign Universities exist after enrolling into our Ph.D programme; for details click here


  • Candidates are instructed to confirm whether they are fulfilling the eligibility criteria as provided in the research admission portal before applying to Research programme. After logging into you registered account, fill the necessary fields & upload the relevant documents in the application form and pay the requisite application fee to complete the application process.

  • Candidates who wish to apply to multiple departments or research programmes should register individual application and pay the application fee separately subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria for applying to the concerned department/research programme as mentioned in the research admission portal.

  • Refer FAQ, which provides answers for some research application queries.

  • The department(s) will decide on the date(s) of test and interview or interview from time to time. You are requested to keep in touch with the department(s) in which you have applied for the status of your application. For contact details of the department(s) - click here

  • All the communication(s) [such as issuance of test/interview Call letters, Offer of admission letters, etc.] will be made through Email only. Therefore, all the applicants are advised to provide correct Email ID while creating new account and regularly check your email for any updates with respect to your application for admission to Research programme(s) of this institute.


  • Application window for January 2020 Research Admission will be open upto 31st October 2019.
  • For the Interdisciplinary Research Programme [IDRP] January 2020 admission, the applications received upto October 15th 2019 will be considered.

    For any other updates including Shortlisting cut-off/schedule, Test/Interview Dates, Syllabus/Structure of Test/Interview and Results for January 2020 admission with respect to each department, check the concerned department website. For contact details of the department(s) - Click here

 Financial Assistance (HTRA)

For Ph.D./Direct Ph.D./Upgraded to Ph.D.
  • Rs.31,000/- p.m. for first 2 years
  • Rs.35,000/- p.m. for subsequent 3 years.
For M.S.
  • Rs.12,400/- p.m. for 212 years


  • PMRF is inviting applications for Ph.D. Program at IISc, IISERs, IITs and Central Universities. For more details - Click here