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Ph.D. Admissions

The CSE department invites applications from students with a "research" bent of mind, to apply for admission to the Ph.D. programme. Applicants must have a creative drive, the willingness to work on challenging technical problems for a sustained duration, and the academic preparation in basic subjects of Computer Science.


Admission to the Ph.D. programme can be gained in various different categories (Full-Time, Part-Time, etc.). Please familiarize yourself with the categories and the admission requirements for each category by reading the official Ph.D. Information Brochure here.


CSE department admission procedure

  1. The CSE department's recommendation will be based on the performance of the candidate in the following:
    • Basic written test.
    • For candidates shortlisted from basic test
      • Advanced written exam.
      • Verbal Interview.


  2. The syllabus for the Basic test and the Advanced exam is as follows:
    • Mathematical Aptitude: Discrete structures (sets, graphs, elementary counting and probability), elementary calculus, linear algebra, geometry.
    • Programming Aptitude: Ability to write programs in C/C++ to solve simple problems. Use of elementary data structures such as arrays, lists, stacks, queues, trees. Familiarity with recursion. Ability to reason about programs, e.g., writing loop invariants and assertions.
    • Computer Science and Engineering: Questions from the following 8 areas of undergraduate Computer Science curriculum.
      • Algorithm Design and Analysis
      • Artificial Intelligence
      • Compiler Construction
      • Computer Graphics and Image Processing
      • Computer Networks
      • Database Management Systems
      • Operating Systems
      • Theory of Computation


  3. The Basic written test will consist of simple fill-in-the-blank type questions. The test will have around 40 blanks to be answered in 2 hrs. All questions are compulsory. All candidates, except those granted waiver, have to appear for the basic test on the morning of 01st December, 2017. The eligibility conditions for waiver from the basic test is given on pages 23 and 24 of the Ph D Information brochure. Click here for the May2016Question Paper. Results of the basic test will be announced on 01st December afternoon and only shortlisted candidates will have to appear for the Advanced test on 01st December evening and interview on 02nd December, 2017.


  4. The Advanced written exam will consist of design-based/analytical questions from the 8 areas of Computer Science mentioned above. The candidate is expected to answer 3 - 4 questions in 2 hrs. The advanced test is scheduled on 01st December evening.


  5. In the verbal interview, a panel of faculty members will assess the candidates on their academic background and research potential. Candidates will be given an option to appear before at most 2 interview panels based on their choice of area.

    The dates of the written tests and interview are final and cannot be changed under any circumstance.



  6. Two new categories called TAP (Teaching Assistantship through Project) and PA (Project research Assistantship) have been recently added. Under these categories candidates are selected to work on specific sponsored research projects, their funding comes from the project, and their Ph.D. problem is expected to be closely related to the project. A tentative list of projects for these categories can be found here. Further questions will be answered after the presentations on the available projects and positions on the day of the admission test.
    Please note that the admission process for these categories remains similar and the candidates have to qualify the same written test. The only difference is that the candidates will be required to give their choice of projects on the day of the admission test and will be interviewed for their suitability for the project as also for admission to Ph.D.


    1. Last Modified Date: 21-Oct-2017

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