PhD Admissions Apr 2018

IIIT Delhi is looking for bright and dedicated young scholars interested in research to join us as PhD scholars.
Currently, we offer PhD programs in

  • » Computational Biology (CB)
  • » Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
  • » Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE)
  • » Mathematics (Maths) . For details on Ph.D. (Maths) admissions, please visit
  • » Social Sciences (SS)

Prospective candidates satisfying the eligibility criteria are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the research areas of our faculty members for suitable match of interest.

Salient Features

  • » More than 140 PhD scholars - Many with fellowships viz Prime Minister’s Fellowship, TCS, IBM, Intel, Cognizant & Visvesvaraya.
  • » Highly prolific faculty and Collaborations with leading international research groups.
  • » Attractive stipend of Rs.27,000/- per month in the first year and up to Rs.30,000/- after the 2nd Year. Financial support to present papers in top international conferences.
  • » Fresh B.Tech. graduates with research aptitude are strongly encouraged to apply. GATE score is not mandatory.
  • » Students interested in acquiring a global exposure may enroll in the collaborative PhD program with selected partner groups / institutes across the world. Students are also eligible for IIIT-Delhi Overseas Research Fellowship under this program (details).
  • » Industry / employed persons have an option to pursue a sponsored full-time PhD program (details).

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

For discipline wise minimum eligibility criteria, please click here. The concerned Department may use higher cut off levels for short listing besides giving due consideration to the way questions are answered in the application form. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PD categories would be eligible for relaxations, as per norms, in the selection criteria.

In 2017, 13 students graduated with PhD degree. Our PhD Graduates are doing well in their concerned areas. Find more about them here.

Research Areas (For Admissions to 2018-19 academic session)


Research Area


Application of Machine Learning for Chemoinformatics; ​Biomedical Data Analytics; ​Network Biology; Computational Gastronomy

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Cancer Genomics; Genomics and Machine Learning; Mathematical Biology; Statistical Genomics


Computer Vision


Deep Learning, Pattern Recognition

Discrete and Computational Geometry, Approximation algorithms/Combinatorial Optimization/ Discrete Optimization and Complexity

HCI and Ubiquitous Computing

High Performance and High Productivity Parallel Programming

IoT Security

Machine Learning

Machine learning in Graphics and VR

Multimedia Computing, Social Media Analysis, Multimedia Information Retrieval


Personalized Speech Synthesis

Program Analysis / Program synthesis / Program Optimization / Code Search

Securing smart environments with self-adapting techniques

Social Media Analytics

Social Network Analysis, Data-driven Cybersecurity, NLP

Wireless Networks, Mobile Computing


Architectures for AI and ML applications

Computer Vision

Designing of High Capacity and Secured Elastic Optical Networks

Machine learning

Microwave (Antennas, Radar, RF Circuits)


Optical Networks

Personalized Speech Synthesis

Robotics / Control Systems


Signal Processing / Data Analytics

VLSI (Digital / Analog / Mixed Signals)

Wireless systems / Wireless networks



Applied and Computational Math


Coding Theory


Number Theory

Mathematical Logic

SS (Social Sciences)

Economics: Game Theory, Market Design, Microeconomics, Topics on the intersection of Economics and Computer Science, e.g. Algorithmic Game Theory and Market Design

Sociology: Social Media, Digital Divide, Communication Studies and Policy, Topics in Information & Communication Technologies for social good.

» Candidates in the final year of their programs and who expect to complete all their qualifying degree requirements before the date of registration are also eligible to apply for admissions. For short-listing and selection purposes, their performance until the preceding semester (preceding year if their programs are year based) would be considered but their admission would be provisional, subject to their meeting the minimum eligibility criteria, after their final qualifying examination results are announced. Requirements may be relaxed for exceptional candidates with publications / R&D / software development experience in their area of interest or those from institutes of national and international repute.

Application Process

  • » Fill up the online PhD application form (Available here)
  • » The online applications portal will be available from 7th March 2018 (17:00 Hrs) till 1st April 2018 (17:00 Hrs).
  • » Candidates can apply only through the online application portal. There is no provision for offline submission of application forms
  • » There is no application fee for PhD program.

Selection Process
Admission is generally offered on the basis of an interview, which may be supplemented by a written test, if necessary. The Institute will invite a limited number of candidates for a written test and interview based on the academic records, statement of purpose, etc. The final selection will be mainly based on academic credentials, written test and/or interview.

The candidates who do not qualify in the written test need not appear for interview. The reserved category candidates will be given due relaxation in cutoff marks as per the norms.

Important Dates

Online Application Starts on

7th March 2018, 17:00 Hrs onwards

Last Date of Online Application

1st April 2018 (till 17:00 Hrs).

Announcement of shortlisted candidates

6th April 2018 (after 17:00 Hrs)

Written test/ Interview

21st April 2018


Get most of your doubts cleared about PhD Admission 2018 in Frequently Asked Questions

Travel Logistics

For the outstation candidates (non-NCR) who are shortlisted to appear for the written test/ interview, IIIT-Delhi will reimburse their travel fare by second sleeper or public bus fare by the shortest route, whichever is cheapest. They will have to furnish the proof of travel. If a candidate decides to choose a different mode (e.g. 3AC, air, etc.), IIIT-Delhi will only reimburse the second sleeper or public transport bus fare by the shortest route.

Admission Enquiry

For general queries, please refer to the frequently asked questions. Please do not email us with your resume/CV. The application must be entered online. For other information, you may contact us through:

For Admission related queries 011-26907505 (During office hours between 9:30 am to 5:30 pm)
For Technical queries (Related to application form filling only) 011-26907575 (During hours between 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm )

Note: All admission related decisions (i.e. screening, shortlisting, and selection) made by the IIIT-D PhD Admission Committee will be final.