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Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology envisions basic and applied research for meeting the national R&D requirements of Science and Technology in general and the Indian Space Programme in particular. The institute provides a vibrant research atmosphere and offers doctoral and post doctoral programmes.

Applications are invited from highly motivated applicants for admission to the Ph.D. Programme starting in July 2020, in the departments given below:-

 

(i)Aerospace Engineering

(ii)Avionics

(iii)Chemistry

(iv)Earth and Space sciences

(v)Humanities

(vi)Mathematics

(vii)Physics

Fellowship
    • All scholars selected to the programme specializations listed in Table 1 shall receive a fellowship of Rs.31000/- per month. (Research Scholars selected with UGC/CSIR/NET-JRF/NBHM and State Government Science and Technology Scheme etc., shall draw fellowship from the concerned organizations). For all research scholars with external fellowship, the concerned rules and regulations apply.
    • The fellowship will be enhanced to Rs.35,000/- per month based on a performance review after two years of Research.
    • The scholars will be required to assist the Departments in tutorials, practical training in labs or similar academic activities normally limited to 6 hours per week.
    • The scholars will have to pay applicable fees as well as charges for the services provided by the Institute like boarding/lodging/medical facilities etc., as per IIST rules.
    • For those who receive fellowship from agencies such as DST, CSIR, NBHM, UGC and candidates who have been provided research fellowship by State Government Science and Technology Scheme through competitive written test etc., the Institute will not bear the fellowship of the student if the same is stopped due to any reasons by the concerned agency.
    • The Institute is completely residential and will provide accommodation to all the regular Ph.D students. However, in the event of shortage of rooms in the hostels, preference will be given for room allotment to candidates whose fellowships are borne by the Institute.
Selection Procedure
      • Applications will be received through on-line only.
      • Candidates having fellowship from funding agencies such as DST, CSIR, NBHM, UGC, State Government Science and Technology Scheme etc, applying to research areas in Table 2 may also apply for other research areas in Table 1, if eligible.
      • Candidates are advised to visit the individual department profile for more details on the respective areas of research.
      • Candidates with valid fellowship from Government funding agencies shall upload a scanned copy of the fellowship award letter.
      • A short-list of applicants for Online screening test or interview will be displayed in IIST website by 24.06.2020(Tentative).
      • Details of Online screening test  will be announced later

Selection Criteria based on Online screening test & Interview:

(i) The students who have participated in the Online screening test will be shortlisted if they secure a minimum of 30 % in each of Section A and Section B and a combined mark of 50 % and above for Section A and Section B together.
(ii) There will be a relaxation of 5 % for SC/ST/PD and OBC / EWS students, i.e., SC/ST/PD and OBC / EWS students require a combined mark of 45 % and above for Section A and Section B together, while the minimum is 30% in each of the Section A and B respectively.
(iii) There will be a 70 % weightage for the PhD Online screening test and 30 % weightage for the interview.
(iv) A student securing less than 10 marks out of 30 marks in the interview will not be selected irrespective of category and irrespective of the performance in the Online screening test.
(v)  The combined mark for the PhD Online screening test and interview for a UR student should be 60 % and above to be selected 
(vi) For the SC/ST/PD and OBC / EWS students, the combined mark for the PhD Online screening test and interview should be 55 % and above.
Candidates screened in through the online screening test will be called for an interview through Video Conference mode (Skype/ Zoom)

        • Provisionally selected candidates list, after the interview, will be displayed in the IIST website; the date will be announced later.
        • Admissions are governed by Ph.D Rules and Regulations of IIST. (https://www.iist.ac.in/academics/rules-regulations).
        • The date of the Online screening test will not be changed under any circumstances. The date of interview span over a period of several days. In case the date and time of the interview clashes with the applicant’s End semester examination in his/her qualifying examination, the Institute will consider shifting the date and time of interview within the overall window available.
        • During interview, candidates will be tested in their main research area and not restricted to the syllabus of the Online screening test.

   How to Apply

  • Applications shall be submitted online at the IIST website: http://admission.iist.ac.in. Applications received online only will be considered.
  • The applicants will not be allowed to make any changes in their registration profile once submitted. Hence utmost care should be taken by the applicants while filling their         profile
  • Application fee  for General/EWS/OBC candidates who are male is  Rs. 700/-  per  Department (for  SC/ST/PD and Women applicants - Rs.350/- per Department).  If the applicant is eligible and wishes to apply for more than one Research Area in the same Department, he/she need not pay any additional application fee.  The application fee is non-refundable. Applicants, who wish to apply to multiple departments, will have to pay the appropriate application fee (sum of the application fee for each department).
  • The application fee shall be paid through online after the course registration only.
  • Applicants who are employed in Government/Semi Government/PSUs/ Autonomous Bodies need to produce a “No Objection Certificate (NOC)” from the current employer at the time of Interview.
  • SC/ST/OBC / EWS/Persons with Disabilities (PD) applicants shall upload the relevant certificate in the website before the prescribed date.

 

IMPORTANT DATES
Sl. NoEventDate
1Opening of IIST website for online submission of applicationsMay 15, 2020 - 1500 hrs (Friday)
2Closing of IIST website for online submission of applicationsJune 15, 2020 – 2359 hrs (Monday)
3Display of shortlisted candidates for TestJune 24, 2020 – 1700 hrs (Wednesday) (Tentative)*
4Date of online screening testWill be announced later
5Publishing of screening test resultsWill be announced later
6Interview DatesJuly 06 – 10, 2020 (Tentative)*
7Display of Provisionally selected candidatesWill be announced later
8Last Date of remittance of semester feeWill be announced later
9Reporting date at the InstitutionWill be announced later
10Classes begin for Ph.D ProgrammeWill be announced later

 

* These dates are tentative and could change depending on the situation of the pandemic Covid-19 in the country.

Research Plan for January 2020 PhD Admission

Table 1: IIST Fellowship

Sl. No.DepartmentDepartment codeResearch AreaEligibility
1Aerospace EngineeringPAE01 Computational Fluid Dynamics M.Tech / ME/MS in Aerospace, Aeronautical, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.
PAE02 Optimisation, Computational, Fluid dynamics, Hypersonics
PAE03 Mechanics of Bio-inspired Composites Master’s Degree in Mechanical / Aerospace / Civil / Applied Mechanics or allied / equivalent areas with Solid Mechanics background.
PAE04 Machining and Precision Manufacturing Masters (M.Tech/ME/MS) in Manufacturing Technology / Production Engineering/Mechanical Engineering / Applied Mechanics/Machine Design or Equivalent.
2AvionicsPAV01 Wireless Communication and Signal Processing B.Tech in ECE and M.Tech in Signal processing, Digital Signal Processing, Communication Systems and its equivalent.


PAV02 5G communication
PAV03Locomotion control of Humanoid RobotsM.E/M.Tech in Control Systems or Equivalent
PAV04Semiconductor Optoelectronics/ Photonics/ Optical CommunicationMasters in Engineering / Technology with Specialization in RF and Microwave Engineering or equivalent areas. The Candidate must have pursued the master’s degree on the basis of qualified GATE score in Electronics and Communication
PAV05 Development of Real Time Gas Sensor Array to Monitor Critical Gases in Crew Module for Human Space Program ME/M.Tech in Electronics / VLSI /Instrumentation or equivalent areas. The Candidate must have pursued the master’s degree on the basis of qualified GATE score in Electronics and Communication or Instrumentation engineering
Desirable:-
Candidates should have good knowledge in Semiconductor Devices or Material Synthesis or Electronics Circuit or Gas sensors
3 Earth and Space Sciences PES01 3D LiDAR Point Cloud Data Processing using Machine Learning Techniques M.E/M.Tech/M.S. in Geoinformatics/Remote Sensing/GIS/Computer Science/Machine Learning/Information Technology or equivalent.
PES02 Atmospheric Science (Aerosol-Cloud Interaction) *M.Sc / M.Tech (Atmospheric Science), M.Sc / M.Tech (Meteorology), M.Sc (Physics), M.Tech (Earth System Science) or any equivalent
*Candidates with M.Sc. have to mandatorily clear a National Test indicated in Sl No.2. Such candidates can be exempted from the screening test for PES02.
4MathematicsPMA01 Machine Learning M.Tech / M.E. or related degree  in Computer Science / Machine Learning & Computing  or related areas
5 PhysicsPPH01 Experimental Quantum Optics and Quantum Sensing M.Sc. in Physics or BS-MS in Physics or equivalent.
Table 2 : External Fellowship Holders
Candidates having a valid fellowship from Government agencies such as DST, CSIR, NBHM, UGC and State Government Science and Technology Scheme etc. may also apply for Ph.D. admission in various departments in IIST in the areas given below. Such candidates will be selected based on an Interview.
Sl. NoDepartmentDepartment codeResearch AreaEligibility
1EChemistryECH01 Nanomaterials for  EMI shielding and Energy Storage Applications M.Sc or BS-MS in Chemistry or equivalent / M.Sc in Polymer Science or  Biopolymers /  M.Tech in Materials Science or allied branches
ECH02 Toughened Ceramic Layered Composites M.Sc or BS-MS in Chemistry or equivalent / M.Tech in Materials Science or allied branches
ECH03 Energy Storage Materials M.Sc or BS-MS in Chemistry or equivalent/ M.Sc in Polymer Science / M.Tech in Materials Science or allied branches
ECH04 Organic Functional Materials
2E Earth and Space Sciences EES01 Mangroves Dynamics using Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS Master degree in Remote Sensing/RS & Geographic Information System / Geoinformatics / Geography/ Applied Geography or equivalent field of study with master degree project carried out in remote sensing and GIS
EES02 Atmospheric Science M.Sc / M.Tech (Meteorology), M.Sc / M.Tech (Atmospheric Science), M.Sc / M.Tech (Oceanography), M.Sc (Physics) or M.Tech (Earth System Science) or any equivalent subject
3E Humanities EHS01 Operations and Supply Chain Management M.E / M.Tech / M.S (By Research) in Industrial Engineering / Manufacturing Engineering / Industrial & Production Engineering / Technology Management/ Industrial Management / related Areas
Or M.B.A. (Specialization in Operations Management with UGC-JRF
4EMathematics EMA01 Numerical Analysis M.Sc Mathematics / BS-MS in Mathematics or Equivalent
EMA02 Stochastic Processes; Queuing Theory M.Sc / BS-MS in Mathematics
5EPhysics EPH01 Quantum Information and Nonclassicality MSc in Physics/Master of Science in Solid State Physics / BS-MS in Physics or Equivalent
EPH02 Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Strongly Correlated Electron System, High Tc Super Conductors, Magnetic Sensors, Transport Studies and Spectroscopic Imaging M.Sc. in Physics, BS-MS in Physics / B.Tech in Engineering Physics with M.Sc./M.Tech in related areas of condensed matter physics
EPH03 Applied/Adaptive Optics M.Sc (Physics / Applied Physics) / M.Tech (Applied Optics / Optical Engineering / Optoelectronics / Photonics / Laser Technology) / BS-MS in Physics or Equivalent
EPH04 Classical Optics, Quantum Optics, Quantum Information M.Sc in Physics or Equivalent.
M.Tech in Applied Optics / Optical Engineering or any Physics related areas.
BS-MS in Physics or Equivalent.

 

 

Nationality

Applicant should be an Indian citizen

Age Limit

Applicant should be below 35 years as on 15.06.2020.  Age relaxation is applicable as per Government Rules.

There is no provision for PhD admission in IIST under Self Financing Category

Minimum Qualifications
  • Applicants with Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology as their highest qualifying degree

    Applicants with Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology must have secured 65% marks or 7.00 CGPA on a scale of 10 or equivalent in the Qualifying Master’s degree (60%marks or 6.50 CGPA on a scale of 10 for OBC / EWS, 55%marks or 6.00 CGPA on a scale of 10 for SC/ST/PD). They must have pursued their Master’s degree on the basis of qualified GATE score.  However there is no GATE cut off score for applicants with M.Tech./M.E as the highest qualifying degree, who are applying for Ph.D. in Engineering Discipline. Applicants with Master of Science in Engineering or equivalent from leading foreign Universities with minimum CGPA 8/10 or 3.6 /4 or equivalent can be considered without GATE score.

    Selection Procedure:For candidates with M.E/M.Tech.as their highest qualifying degree, selection to the PhD programme will be based on online screening test followed by an interview. Interview will be conducted through Video Conference mode (Skype / Zoom). However, candidates with a valid CSIR / NET-JRF or Lectureship post their ME/M.Tech, will be directly called for the interview through Video Conference mode (Skype / Zoom).

  • Applicants with Master’s Degree in Science as their highest qualifying degree

    Applicants must have Master’s Degree in the relevant area with a minimum of 65% marks or 7.00 CGPA on a scale of 10 or equivalent in the Qualifying Master’s degree (60%marks or 6.50 CGPA on a scale of 10 for OBC / EWS, 55%marks or 6.00 CGPA on a scale of 10 for SC/ST/PD). They must have cleared a National level eligibility test, such as a valid UGC-CSIR-NET-JRF / Lectureship / fellowship or NBHM / JEST / GATE and State Government Science and Technology Scheme, in the relevant disciplines.

    Selection Procedure:For candidates applying with their Master’s degree in Sciences as their qualifying degree and having a valid score card/certificate in any of the National level eligibility tests listed above, selection to the programme will be based on an interview through Video Conference mode (Skype / Zoom).

    Applicants applying with their JEST score should have secured a rank within the first 300.

    Candidates applying with a valid GATE score in a Science discipline, having a minimum score of 500 for General Category (450 for OBC / EWS and 350 for SC/ST/PD categories), are exempted from the Ph.D. online screening test conducted by IIST. Applicants having GATE score in Science disciplines less than indicated cut-off above will not be considered for Ph.D. Admission.

  • Applicants with Master’s Degree in Humanities/Management/Social Sciences as their highest qualifying degree

    Applicants must have Master’s Degree in the relevant area of Humanities/Management / Social Sciences with a minimum of 65% marks or 7.00 CGPA on a scale of 10 or equivalent in the Qualifying Master’s degree (60%marks or 6.50CGPA on a scale of 10 for OBC / EWS, 55%marks or 6.00 CGPA on a scale of 10 for SC/ST/PD). They must have cleared a national level eligibility test, such as a valid UGC-NET-JRF fellowship/State Government Science and Technology Scheme or similar fellowship schemes of Central/State Governments.

    Selection Procedure: For candidates applying with their Master’s degree in Humanities/Management/Social Sciences as their qualifying degree and having a valid score card/certificate in any of the National level eligibility tests listed above, selection to the programme will be based on an interview to be conducted through Video Conference mode (Skype / Zoom)

Candidates who have been provided research fellowships by State Government Science and Technology Scheme/DST-INSPIRE etc, are eligible to apply If they have already cleared a National level eligibility test, such as a valid UGC-CSIR-NET Lectureship or JEST/GATE. A valid GATE score of minimum 500 for General Category (450 for OBC / EWS and 350 for SC/ST/PD categories) in a Science discipline or JEST rank within the first 300 is required.

  • Candidates awaiting results:

Candidates awaiting their results in the final year/semester are also eligible to apply, provided they satisfy all the other requirements. Such applicants may be screened in for online screening test/interview based on the marks obtained by them until the current year/semester.  Based on their online screening test/interview performance, these applicants may be provisionally selected, subject to the condition that they have to produce the provisional certificate of obtaining the qualifying degree with required percentage of marks by the date stipulated in their provisional admission letter.  If they fail to produce the provisional/ degree certificate, transfer certificate and conduct certificate by this date, their admission offer will be withdrawn and the offer may be given to next eligible applicant in the waiting list.

A provisionally selected applicant who is awaiting his/her final certificates may be allowed to join IIST without submitting the provisional/degree certificate on the stipulated date of joining, subject to the conditions that (a) At the time of joining the applicant should have completed all the requirements for the award of the qualifying degree including all examinations, project works and viva voce,  (b) The applicant should produce at the time of joining, a Course Completion Certificate issued by the competent authority in the University/Institute specifically confirming that all examinations, project works and viva voce for the qualifying degree are completed, (c) If the above condition is satisfied, the applicant can be given  provisional admission with the undertaking that all pending certificates, mark sheets, degree certificates (Original or Provisional) will be submitted to IIST , latest by 31st October  2020, failing which the admission shall stand cancelled. For such applicants who are funded by IIST and provisionally admitted to the IIST Ph.D. Programme as per (c) above, no fellowship will be paid during the period before the required certificates are submitted. However, on regularization of admission following the submission of all required documents before the stipulated date, the applicant will be paid fellowship with retrospective effect from the date of joining.

Applicants who are employed in Government/Semi Government/PSUs/Autonomous Bodies should produce a “No Objection Certificate (NOC)” from the current employer at the time of Interview.

Online Submission of Application

Opening Date for Oline Application : May 15 ,2020 - 1600 hrs

Closing Date for Online Application : June 15 ,2020 - 2359 hrs