Indian Institute of Technology, Patna

Indian Institute of Technology, Patna

Indian Institute of Technology, Patna

Indian Institute of Technology, Patna

Course levelPostgraduate-PG
Application Start Date Application End Date

1st September 2017

27th October 2017

Admission Details:

Ph.D. Admission – December 2017


Applications are invited for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programme, starting in December 2017 in the following Departments. The areas of research in IIT Patna are as follows:


Department Areas of Research
Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Process system engineering, Process design and optimization, Process Integration, Energy management, Pinch Analysis, Renewable energy integration for process applications, Scheduling and optimization of batch processes, Sustainable engineering of resources, Molecular Modeling and Simulation, Statistical Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Dynamic and Interfacial Properties of Complex fluids, Nano-materials; Self-Assembled Monolayers in application of Chemical Sensor; Modeling and simulation, Waste Water Treatment Technology, Microwave Assisted Material/Biomaterial Processing, Renewable energy sources and their applications, Catalysis, Gasification/ Pyrolysis, Chemical Reaction Engineering and Reactor Design, Heat Transfer, Fluidization Engineering, Process intensification and purification technology, Nano catalysis Engineering for clean energy applications (particularly for reactions such as NH3 production, photocatalytic CO2 reduction to fuel,CO2 capture), Investigation of Gas-solid reaction at micro/nanoscale with aid of in situ spectroscopy Catalysis for clean energy application, Solid-gas based reactions at bulk and nanoscale, electrochemical energy storage, fuel cells and batteries. Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, Bioenergy, Algal Technologies and Nanotechnology for biofuel/bioremediation and any other important specialization in chemical engineering.
Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Carbohydrate Chemistry, Gas Phase Molecular Spectroscopy, Computational Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry: Reaction dynamics and Spectroscopy,Theory and Molecular Simulation of Liquid. Biochemistry, Biophysical Chemistry Bioorganic Chemistry, DNA Nanotechnology, Coordination driven self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry, Polymer chemistry (synthesis/characterization and applications). Green Polymer Synthesis, Polymer Bioconjugates and Nanomaterials, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Solid state and Materials Chemistry
Civil & Environmental Engineering Environmental Engineering - Water and Wastewater Treatment, Waste Treatment and Resource Recovery, Automated Waste Sorting, Environmental application and implication of nanotechnology; Geotechnical Engineering- Geotechnical earthquake engineering, Soil dynamics, High level radioactive waste disposal, geothermal energy, Environmental geotechnics; Infrastructure engineering - low cost housing; Rail track geotechnology; Structural Engineering
Candidates may be asked to provide referee detail. Applicants having external fellowship from recognized Government funding agencies are encouraged to apply
Computer Science and Engineering Algorithms, Real Time Embedded Systems, Fault Tolerant Computing, CAD for VLSI, Deep Learning, VLSI Design and Methodologies, Reliability Aware Designs, Hardware Security, Lightweight Cryptography, Cloud computing Security, IoT System Security, Intrusion Detection System, Security & Privacy, Formal Methods for Analysis and Verification, Information Systems Security, Programming Languages, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Cross Lingual IR, Information Extraction, Data Mining, Text Mining, Pattern Recognition, Multiobjective Optimization, Bio-Text Mining, Bioinformatics, Soft Computing, Online Algorithms, Complex Networks, Social Networks, Big Data, Peer-to-Peer Systems, Distributed Systems, Wireless Networking, Mobile Social Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Big Data Computing, Cloud Computing, Distributed Algorithms for Wireless Networks, Image Processing, Medical Imaging, Bioinformatics, Computer Vision.
Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering:
Power System Dynamics and Control, Wide area measurement and control for Power Systems Protection, Power Electronics, Electrical Drives, Smart Grid, Renewal Energy Integration, Control systems, Control for cyber physical systems, Statistical signal processing, Signal processing for biological systems;
Electronics Engineering:
Micro-optoelectronics, VLSI Architecture, Processor Architecture, Embedded Systems, System On Chip;
Communication Engineering:
Digital Communication, Wireless Communication, Optical Communication, Photonics, Digital Signal, image and video processing, Video Surveillance, Neuroscience, Neural Signal Processing, Neuro-congnition, Medical Signal and Image Processing, multimedia. Wireless Sensor Networks, Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber-Physical Systems;
Humanities and Social Sciences English Language Teaching, Drama, Contemporary Literary Theory, British fiction, Indian writings in English, Gender Studies and Diasporic Literature, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Population and Public Health, Gender and Development, Regional Development and Health Care Management, Sociology of Knowledge and Development, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Social Networks, Public Policies, Youth.
Materials Science & Engineering Metal matrix composite, ceramic matrix nanocomposite, Thermal Spraying, Process-structure-property relationship, mechanical properties of materials, Tribological property Polymer science and technology with specialization in plastics, rubbers, polymer blends / polymer alloys, new generation nanofillers, nanocomposites, adhesion, rheology, and chemical synthesis related to polymers and nanofillers
Mathematics Topology, Topological graph theory, Algebraic graph theory, Graph theory, Functional analysis, Group Theory, Rings and Modules, Theoretical and Numerical analysis of ODEs and PDEs, Finite Difference and Finite Element Methods, Application of differential equations, Dynamical systems, Mathematical modeling, Optimal control, Multi-criteria decision making, Aggregation operators, Uncertainty handling in decision making, Applied algebra for wireless communication, Sequence design for wireless communication, Nonlinear Optimization, Variational Inequalities
Mechanical Engineering Robotics, CAD/CAM, Virtual Reality, XFEM, Fracture and Fatigue Mechanics, Atomistic Modeling of Plastic Deformation of Metals, Smart Seals (Ferrofluid/ MR fluid seals), Studies on Smart Grease Flow, Hydrodynamic Stability, Bio-physical Aerodynamics, Fluid-Solid Interaction, Boiling and Condensation Heat Transfer, Two-phase flows, Nuclear Reactor Safety,Non-Newtonian Fluids, Microfluidics,Solar Thermal Collectors, In-situ Analysis of Surface Deformation, Tribology of Manufacturing Processes,Rotordynamics, Incremental Forming, Rapid Prototyping, Path Planning for Machining, Friction Stir Welding, Additive Manufacturing, Hot Deformation of Metallic Materials, Surface Engineering. 

Please visit the link below to know more about the research activities in the Department of Mechanical Engineering:
Physics Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoelectronics, Spintronics
Quantum Optics (Experimental)
Computational Atomic and Molecular Physics
Nanoscale device applications based on atomic switch technology
Experimental Condensed Matter Physics: Nanomaterials, Magnetic materials, Multiferroics, Nanocomposite, Ferroelectric relaxor materials & highly correlated electron materials, 2 D materials
Boase-Einstein Condensate (Theory), Quantum Weak Value Measurement (Theory) 
Biophotonics & Nanophotonics
Applied Optics (optical information processing, information security), Digital Holography, Plasmonics
Ultrafast spectroscopy & Biophysics
Renewable Energy & Devices, EMI Shielding, Ferroelectrics & Dielectrics 
Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Condensed Matter and Nanoscale Physics(CSIR, UGC, DST (INSPIRE), etc. Fellows are encouraged to apply)


Category of Admission:

The Institute admits Ph.D. students under the following categories:


A student in this category works full-time for her/his PhD degree.  They can be classified as

1.1 a) Institute Fellows
She/he receives assistantship from the Institute.

The qualifying Degree for Financial Support is:

1.1.1 BE/ BTech/ M.Sc./MCA equivalent with valid GATE score above the prescribed cut off level/ NET / NBHM/ DBT-JRF qualification.

1.1.2 ME/ M.Tech. or equivalent.

Age Limit: Please refer Eligibility Criteria for Admission into Ph.D. Programme

1.1 b) JRF/SRF Fellows

She/he receives fellowship from any government recognized funding agencies, such as CSIR, UGC, DBT, NBHM, DST (INSPIRE programme), etc.


A student in this category is sponsored by a recognized industrial R&D organization, academic institution (universities/colleges), government organization (defence or other ministries of the Government of India or any other government organizations including PSUs and autonomous bodies) or reputed industries (as may be recognized by this Institute) for doing research in the Institute.

The Institute does not provide any assistantship/fellowship to such a student.

Candidate in Sponsored category must be a regular employee of the sponsoring organization (of repute) with a minimum of two-year job experience in the respective field. A student in this category is therefore a professionally employed person, who pursues PhD while continuing the duties of her/his service. An intending sponsored candidate must submit his/her application in prescribed format (online generated) for admission through his/her employer, who will forward the same to the Institute with suitable endorsement.

A sponsored candidate selected for admission shall be required, at the time of joining the Institute, to produce certificate in the prescribed form from the employers to the effect: (i) that she/he has been officially released from her/his duties for purpose of joining the PhD program and has been granted leave for the required period; (ii) that her/his services shall be retained with the employer. In the case of a sponsored candidate admitted as such to the Ph.D. program, the minimum residential requirement is one or two semester (s) depending on the completion of mandatory course work required for PhD students by the respective departments.


This category refers to a student who as a project staff is working on a sponsored project (registered in R&D Unit, IIT Patna). The said project staff is eligible to be admitted in the PhD Program (of this Institute) to work on a full-time basis. The minimum remaining duration of the project at the time of admission as well as tenure of the project employee should be at least 2 years from the date of joining the Ph.D. program.
If the project gets completed before the student completes her/his PhD, her/his category will no longer be that of Project Staff.
A project staff intending to join the PhD program of IIT Patna must submit her/his application in prescribed form (online generated) for admission through Principal Investigator, Head of the Department and Associate Dean R&D with suitable endorsement.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Admission in to Ph.D. Programme

In all the disciplines, the upper age limit is 28 years (B.Tech./B.E./M.Sc./MA/MCA/MBA/PGDM) and 32 years (M.Tech./M.E./M.S./M.Phil.) to be calculated from the last date for receiving the application form (Printed and Signed version, 03.11.2017) and is applicable only for candidates applying in Regular and Full time category. Upper age is relaxed up to 05 years in case of candidate belonging to Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes, Women, Physically Handicapped and OBC applicants.
A.1 PhD in Engineering
For admission to the PhD Programme in Engineering Department, a candidate must satisfy one of the following criteria:
A.1.1 Candidates having M.Tech./M.E. degree in a Engineering/Technology, with a minimum CPI of 6.5 or 60% of marks.
A.1.2 Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 or 60% of marks.
A.1.3. Master’s degree in Science in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 or 60% of marks.
A.2  Ph.D in Science
For admission to the PhD Programme in Science departments, a candidate must satisfy one of the following criteria:
A.2.1 M. Phil. or Master’s degree in Science in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 or 60% of marks.
A.2.2  Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 or 60% of marks.
A.2.3 Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 or 60% of marks.
A.3 PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences
For admission to the PhD Programme in the department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), a candidate must satisfy one of the following criteria:
A.3.1 M. Phil. or Master’s degree in Arts/Commerce/Science/Management in a relevant area with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent.
A.3.2 Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Design in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 or 60% marks.
A.3.3 Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 or 60% of marks.

Direct Admission (Waiver of Written Test):
For candidates in Sciences, Engineering &Technology:
The Institute may admit exceptionally bright students and Full-time (Institute Fellows) directly (i.e., without written test) into the Ph.D. program.
Eligible candidates meeting one of the following criteria may be considered for a waiver of the written test:

  1. B.Tech. from the IITs, graduated within the last five years, with a degree in the respective discipline with a CPI/CGPA of 8/10 and above.
  2. Masters from the IITs/IISc, graduated within the last five years, with a degree in the respective discipline with a CPI/CGPA of 8.5/10 and above.

Further relaxation criteria and requirements if any would be decided by the Department and applied after approval by the Chairman, Senate.

Such a candidate has to apply online.  Additionally, an application must be sent with supporting documents to the Assistant Registrar, Academics.

There would be no admission in direct admission category in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Relaxation for SC/ST Candidates:
Eligibility criteria will be relaxed by 5% marks or 0.5 CPI for SC/ ST applicants.
The reservation of seats in admissions for SC, ST, OBC categories and for Persons with Disability (PD) will be as per Government of India rules.  OBC (Non-creamy layer) candidates will have to enclose certificate and self-declaration statement as per formats as indicated at Annexure- I and II.  

Financial Support:
The Institute assistantships will be available to eligible (Indian) students as per prevailing (MHRD, GoI) norms, as applicable from time to time.

Qualifying Degree Revised Emoluments
(Per Month)
Junior Research Fellow (JRF): Post Graduate Degree in Basic Science with NET/GATE Qualification or Graduate Degree in Professional Course with NET/GATE Qualification or Post Graduate Degree in Professional Courses. Rs. 25,000/-

Assistantships from external funding organizations will be available as per terms and conditions of the concerned funding organizations.
Students receiving assistantships from the Institute or fellowships from any other funding agencies are required to perform academic duties as per prevailing norms.
The continuation of the assistantship/fellowship is subject to satisfactory performance of the assigned duties and satisfactory progress of the student in the Ph.D. Programme.
Applicants appearing in the Ph.D. interview under Regular and Full-time category, to-and-fro Sleeper Class Railway Fare or equivalent will be paid by the shortest route from the place of contact address (as filled in the application form) to IIT Patna, Permanent Campus, Bihta on producing the original tickets.

Application Procedure:

Candidates are requested to use the following link to fill and submit application form online.


For December 2017 admission in one of the Departments, the online link will remain active till, 27.10.2017  Please login and fill up all the parts of the application form. Follow the instructions given in the document “Instructions to Candidates”. At the end a final PDF will be generated. You can download it from your registered email address or from your application page.
The application fee of Rs. 300/- for General/OBC (Male) candidates and Rs. 150/- for SC/ST/PD/Female (all categories) candidates must be submitted through online mode.

Candidates are requested to use the following link to submit application fee online.


You are requested to send final submitted application generated online duly signed along with self attested copies of mark sheets & certificates (from class X to highest degree obtained/appeared), caste certificate (if applicable), GATE /NET/Relevant certificate related to any fellowship, experience certificate and other testimonials (both sides) and e-receipt of online payment to the following address “The Assistant Registrar(Academics), Indian Institute of Technology Patna, Bihta, Kanpa Road, District - Patna, Bihar , PIN – 801106” to reach on or before 03.11.2017.

The words “Application for Ph.D. admission in the Department of _________” should be written on the top of the envelope for sending the completed form.

Candidates applying for more than one department should submit a separate application for each department.


The Institute reserves the right to call a limited number of candidates for written test or/ and interview, based on performance in GATE/NET, grades/marks in the qualifying examination, etc.

Important Dates for Application in Departments:

Start Date of On-line Application:   09.10.2017

Last Date of On-line Application:    27.10.2017

Last Date for receipt of completed Application Forms by IIT Patna is: 03.11.2017


Note: The above information is not the complete set of Rules & Regulations for the Ph.D. programme of IIT Patna.


For any further information, please contact

The Assistant Registrar (Academics),
Indian Institute of Technology Patna, Bihta,
Kanpa Road, District - Patna, Bihar,
PIN – 801106
Email –
Phone : +91 (612) 3028240/3028697


Legal Jurisdiction The court at Patna alone shall have the jurisdiction to settle and decide all matters and disputes related to the above referred admission process.