Research Admissions at IIST
Thiruvananthapuram: The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, has invited applications from highly motivated applicants for admission to the Ph.D. Programmes in (i) Aerospace Engineering (ii) Avionics (iii) Mathematics and (iv) Physics starting in January 2018.
Applications are also invited from External Fellowship Holders in the Departments of Aerospace Engineering, Avionics, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics and Physics. This scheme is only for those receiving Ph.D. fellowship from agencies such as DST, CSIR, MeiTY,NBHM,UGC etc.
Details of the research areas are given in the Notification at https://www.iist.ac.in/sites/default/files/admissions/Ph.D2018.pdf. Applicants may visit the faculty profile for the areas of research.
Eligibility: Applicant should be an Indian citizen and should be below 35 years of age, as on December 16, 2017. Age relaxation is applicable as per Government Rules.
Master’s Degree holders in Engineering/Technology, must have secured first class or equivalent at the Master’s degree. They must have pursued their Master’s degree on the basis of qualified GATE score. Applicant should have secured minimum GATE score of 450 & above for General category, 405 & above for OBC and 225 & above for SC/ST/PD categories. Those who qualified UGC/CSIR/NET-JRF/other similar fellowships, with eligible degrees and meeting the above mentioned GATE score requirements, are particularly encouraged to apply.
Those with Master of Science in Engineering or equivalent from leading foreign Universities with outstanding academic record or Master of Science (by Research) with outstanding academic record may be considered without GATE score. Applicants with Integrated Master’s degree (or Dual Degree) in Engineering/ Technology from IITs and IISc with minimum CGPA 9.0/10 may also be considered without GATE score.
Master’s Degree holders in Science/Humanities must have the Master’s Degree in the relevant area with first class or equivalent in their Master’s degree. They must have qualified UGC/CSIR NET-JRF/JEST or GATE in the relevant disciplines. Applicants applying with their JEST score should have secured a rank within the first 300.
Those awaiting results of final year/semester are also eligible to apply, if they have qualified for GATE/JRF-NET as required. Such applicants may be screened in for Test/Interview based on the marks obtained by them until the current year/semester. Based on their 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. In exceptional cases, a provisionally selected applicant may be allowed to join IIST without submitting the provisional/degree certificate on the stipulated date of joining, subject to the conditions specified in the Notification.
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.
Research Fellowship: Research Fellowship for GATE and UGC/CSIR NET-JRF/JEST qualified students is Rs 25,000 per month. Research Scholars selected with UGC/CSIR NET-JRF shall draw fellowship from the concerned organizations. For all research scholars with external fellowship, the corresponding rules and regulations apply.
The fellowship will be enhanced 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 fees and 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, MeiTY, NBHM, UGC etc., the Institute will not bear the fellowship of the student if the same is stopped due to various reasons.
The Institute is completely residential and will provide accommodation to all the regular Ph.D students.
Application: Applications can be submitted online latest by December 16, 2017 at the link provided at https://www.iist.ac.in/admissions/phd/regular
Application fee is Rs. 600 per Department (Rs.300 for SC/ST/PD and Women applicants per Department). Applicant need not pay any additional application fee, if he/she is eligible and wants to apply for more than one Research Area in the same Department. However, they should indicate their choice of Research Areas in the order of preference. Application fee can be paid after one day of registration through ‘SBI Collect’ only.
Application fee can be paid latest by 2300 hrs on 18.12.2017 (Monday)
SC/ST/OBC/Persons with Disabilities (PD) applicants should upload the relevant certificate before the prescribed date.
Applicants are to enter GATE score through which Master’s Degree has been pursued. They may provide best GATE score if the applicant possesses more than one GATE score.
From the eligible applicants, a short-listing will be done, taking into account their applicable GATE/NET scores.
List of short-listed applicants for written test or interview will be displayed in IIST website by December 19, 2017.
Depending on the number of applicants who have applied, the final selection is based on an interview, which will be conducted at IIST, Thiruvananthapuram during December 27 and 28, 2017. In case of very large number of applicants being shortlisted for Ph.D. admission, a written test will be conducted for shortlisted applicants for the interview.
Provisionally selected candidates lists will be displayed in the IIST website on December 29, 2017.
Outstation applicants will be reimbursed to and fro sleeper class train fare/bus fare by shortest route from the place mentioned in the application to Thiruvananthapuram, or actual fare paid (whichever is less) for attending the interview. The applicants should make their own arrangements for their stay at Thiruvananthapuram, at their cost.
Classes begin on 08/01/ 2018 (Monday).
For details, visit https://www.iist.ac.in/admissions/phd/regular