Ph.D. and M.S. (by Research) ADMISSION

For Academic Year 2019 - 2020
(Anytime Admission Mode)

  • Candidates who have completed their U.G/P.G degree can apply now against "Anytime Admission Mode" for admission to M.S/Ph.D/Direct admission to M.S+Ph.D programme throughout the year.
  • Students who are in their final semester/year of their U.G/P.G degree may apply against "Anytime Admission Mode" to M.S / Ph.D / Direct admission to M.S+Ph.D programme.
  • Please make sure to see the eligibility criteria in the admission brochure (SI. No. 5 & 6 in Page No. 10 - 18) before applying.
  • Candidates applying under External category 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.
  • For candidates applying under various categories of Research admission which requires sufficient work experience, the experience will be reckoned based on the date of submission of application through Anytime Admission Mode. The work experience acquired after completion of the qualifying degree (i.e. U.G/P.G degree as per eligibility criteria) will only be considered as valid.

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Applications are invited at any time 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 next round of 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 Admission to M.S.+Ph.D in Engineering/Sciences after their Bachelor’s Degree. Meritorious M.S scholars with CGPA>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


  • Application window for July 2019 Research Admission was closed on 31st March 2019.
  • Candidates who are Ongoing or Completed their UG/PG degree can apply now against "Anytime Admission Mode" for admission to M.S/Ph.D/Direct admission to M.S+Ph.D programme throughout the year.
  • 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.

 Financial Assistance (HTRA)

For Ph.D./Direct admission to M.S.+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 the period of eligibility.