Q1. What are the different modes of payment available?

ANS: Debit Card/Credit Card /Net Banking.

Q2. I have paid the Application fee? And Still the Status is "Pending"?

ANS: The Application Status will be upgraded shortly. (Or) your transaction has failed and the amount will be refunded to your account shortly. Please confirm the refund to your account after 48 hours.

Q3. I am residing Outside India. How I can make payment?

ANS: Foreign students will be able to use the Debit Card/Credit Card /Net Banking option to make the payment.

Q4. What are required documents for upload?

ANS: Photo is mandatory. If you have taken any Qualifying Exam, the Score Card of Qualifying Exam is mandatory. If you have got a University Rank, a certificate of the University Rank is mandatory.

Q5. How long is a GATE Score valid?

ANS: Only for 3 years.

Q6. It is keeping on showing; your GATE detail is incorrect?

ANS: GATE Score is valid for only 3 years. Please check the validity of your score. While entering GATE details, enter Registration No. with subject code. eg: ME18S12345678. Under the field "Score" in "Qualifying Exam" details in Step-1 , enter your GATE score (out of 1000) and don't enter the GATE marks here.

Q7. I want to apply to more than 4 departments now, how to do?

ANS: You can submit separate application to departments of your choice by paying separate application fee.

Q8. I have additional Qualification, where to enter?

ANS: In Additional Information Space.

Q9. I am not able to apply to any department?

ANS: You need to fill up the mandatory field in "My Profile" section, Check the "Submit Profile" option and then move to "Apply to Department" Page.

Q10. I have committed mistakes in my application?

ANS: Inform us at the time of Interview.

Q11. My university doesn't issue University Rank certificate. What is the solution?

ANS: If you claim Rank then you have to upload some proof to support your claim.

Q12. My Discipline is not listed, what can I do?

ANS: Name of the Degree is sufficient. Select the option "All other disciplines…" in the respective field".

Q13. I am using Chrome/Firefox/IE/Opera browser. I am unable to apply to any departments?

ANS: Perhaps you have not submitted your profile. Please check the Check box above and click the "Submit Profile" button. The application has been tested on multiple browsers and operating systems.

Q14. When/how to know, whether my application is submitted successfully?

ANS: After Payment is Successful.

Q15. Site is slow?

ANS: Please be patient. We cater to over 5000 users, many of whom will be concurrent users of the database.

Q16. I have not received any mail after submitting the application?

ANS: In case the mail is not delivered, use "apply to department" menu to download application.

Q17. I am facing a problem when I applied through On-line; I am not able to upload my supporting documents as my qualification certificate of UGC-NET test since it has not reached yet. I have GATE score card but my selection procedure has to be done according to my UGC-NET Rank?

ANS: Select the UGC-NET and if possible upload proof for that. If not possible to upload, produce the certificate at the time of interview.

Q18. I wrongly entered the Date of Birth instead of the correct DOB, What can I do?

ANS: At the time of Admission, submit your Birth Certificate Photo copy for correction.

Q19. I want to know, if I would apply for more than one department then how much amount should I pay?

ANS: You can submit separate application to departments of your choice by paying separate application fee.

Q20. What is the percentage of mark equal to CGPA?

ANS: 75% will be considered as equivalent to 8.0 CGPA.

Q21. What is the minimum residential requirement for External / Part-time Category?

ANS: For External / Part-time Category, one semester residential requirement is compulsory to do course work. However, person residing within the commutable distance from IIT Madras will be permitted to do course work without the residential requirement with the permission of their institution subject to fulfilling the course requirement.

Q22. What are the eligibility criteria’s for applying to Direct admission to M.S+Ph.D.?


  1. ) B.Tech./B.S (4 year) degree holder of Centrally Funded Technical Institute with a minimum CGPA of 8.0 on a 10.0 point scale or 75% without valid GATE Score.
  2. ) B.Tech./B.S (4 year) degree holder of Centrally Funded Technical Institute with CGPA less than 8.0 on a 10.0 point scale or <75% with valid GATE Score.
  3. ) B.Tech./B.E/B.S (4 year) degree holder from any other University with 8 CGPA or 75% and having a valid GATE score.

Q23. I have completed my B.Tech. in Mechatronics, can I apply for M.S.?

ANS: Candidates having main subject in one department can apply for another department. However, please check area for research in the admission brochure before applying.

Q24. I have completed my M.S. in US, whether it is equivalent to M.Tech, am I eligible for Ph.D.?

ANS: For M.S. from US/UK, if it is 2 years programme then it is equivalent to M.Tech. Courses having duration of below 2 years and it will not be considered as PG Degree equivalent for admission.

Q25. There is an error in my Profile, is it necessary to correct the error?

ANS: You have to submit the proof and rectify the error at the time of Interview.

Q26. I am having MBA with 13 years work experience and heading a IT start up as a Co-founder & CEO, can I apply for research program under External category?

ANS: External / Part-time category is meant only for regular employee's working in public/private sector etc. However, for applying under External category, R&D approval from IIT Madras or GoI or is required. Applicants possessing P.G degree with 5 years and above managerial experience can apply for Ph.D. under regular NHTRA category in the Department of Management Studies.

Q27. I am working at Mumbai currently, can I apply for M.S/Ph.D under Part-time category?

ANS: Your current working location must be within commutable distance from IIT Madras for applying M.S/Ph.D. programme under Part-time category.

Q28. The profile related to my basic information got created but when I switched on to the department, the application status is shown as pending and is not proceeding forward?

ANS: Click on the pending link to pay through online

Q29. How can I UPLOAD GATE Score Card?

ANS: Scan GATE Score card and upload it in the "Supporting Documents" field.

Q30. What Registration Number I have to enter in GATE Reg. No. field?

ANS: Enter your GATE Registration number (eg: ME18S12345678)

Q31. How to get Completed Application?

ANS: There is two way to get application (1) You will get it after payment through email, if this mail function fail (2) you can login to research portal and go to "Apply to Department" menu on that page there will be a link "download application", click on the link to get completed application.

Q32. How to get Modified Application?

ANS: You can login to research portal and go to "Apply to Department" menu on the page; there will be a link "download application", Click on the link to get modified application.

Q33. Whether the application can be edited after final submission?

ANS: NO, you have to re-apply and pay the application fee.

Q34. Any other Issue other than mentioned in FAQ?

ANS: Register a complaint.