Eligibility conditions and schedule for the admission process for the PhD programme can be found here and various categories of PhD students are described here. PhD programmes are available in all specialisations .
The admission process involves shortlisting based on prior academic performance, GATE score, and other credentials; followed by an admission test (not conducted during the covid pandemic), whose syllabus can be found here; followed by an interview (conducted via a video call during the covid-19 pandemic). Tentative Schedule for Ph.D Admission can be found here.
Research Scholars spend their work time producing novel research. They read about the latest advances in their area, propose and experiment with novel ideas, critically analyse their results, and publish and present their findings at highly selective international conferences and journals for peer-review and information dissemination. While doing so, they develop, under the apprenticeship of their faculty supervisors, skills for critical reading, ideation, experimental design, implementation, analysis, synthesis, writing, and communication. Many Research Scholars also help their faculty supervisors in informally guiding Master’s and Bachelor’s students on smaller projects, write proposals for research funding, and actively pursue collaborations with other research groups from around the world. PhD students are expected to take their own initiative and transition to become independent researchers over the course of time. To obtain a PhD, the Research Scholars have to publish their research in reputed journals and conferences, and produce a PhD thesis (dissertation).
PhD studies is also a time to develop a well-rounded personality by pursuing extra-curricular activities. Mumbai provides a cosmopolitan and metropolitan lifestyle, being the financial capital of India, with its experience of diverse cultures, cuisines, and industries. Most students can find accommodation in one of the hostels of the IIT Bombay campus. There are also studio apartments available for married students. The campus is well-equipped with numerous sports facilities and it has numerous student interest clubs. More about IIT Bombay campus life can be found here. Students facing any problems can avail any of the support mechanisms available, such as those depicted here.
The overall process for a successful Ph.D. includes completing the required coursework, qualifying, annual progress seminars, pre-synopsis, synopsis, provisional acceptance of the dissertation, dissertation defense, and final submission of the dissertation.
Limited seats are available for international students to pursue a Ph.D. at IIT Bombay. More information for international students can be found below.