Research (M.Tech. (Research)/Ph.D.) Program Admission – August 2024 Session

The Research (M.Tech. (Research)/Ph.D.) Program admissions for international students at IISc for August 2024 session are open now. The details of the available programs and eligibility is available here. The candidates that are admitted will be eligible for scholarship and fees structure similar to General candidates (details can be found here)


  1. All International candidates who are foreign Nationals holding a foreign passport are eligible to apply.
  2. As per the decision dated February 03, 2023 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Writ Petition (Civil) 891 / 2021, the OCI/PIO candidates who have secured OCI/PIO card before 04.03.2021 shall be considered as Indian nationals. Therefore, the foreign national candidates will be those who are NOT citizens of India (by birth or naturalized) (but not Overseas Citizens of India / Persons of Indian Origin (OCI/PIO) candidates who have secured OCI/PIO card on or after 04.03.2021) shall be considered as FOREIGN NATIONALS. The OCI/PIO candidates who have secured OCI/PIO card before 04.03.2021 shall be considered for the seats in the OPEN category.
  3. Candidates with equivalent degrees as specified in the eligibility of research programs (access the list and eligible degree programs here)
  4. The medium of instruction for Bachelor’s program (or equivalent) should have been English. Exemptions can be made for exceptional candidates.
  5. Preferred to have atleast one valid Standard Test (GRE/IELTS/TOEFL) score

Selection Procedure (2 steps):

  1. Shortlisting based on educational qualifications for interview
  2. Interviewing (online) of shortlisted candidates

The decision of the admission committee is final and binding.

Procedure for Applying

  1. Application Form (available only online): The online application may be prepared and submitted by accessing the International Admissions Website during February 22, 2024 to April 08, 2024
  2. The Detailed Instructions are available at this document.
  3. You will also require details and score obtained in standard exam (as given in eligibility section)
  4. If applicable, please upload your Academic Achievements along with the qualifying documents/certificats. This may include the Research Publications, conferences & workshops attended and awards/certifications.

Important Dates

Applications opening date: February 22, 2024

Online Interactive Session: Will be updated on OIR website

Applications closing date: March 31, 2024, at 11:59 PM IST

Start date of the Program: August 2024

For any queries, please contact:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1. I looked at the eligibility for the research programs, they mention B.E./B.Tech./M.Sc., the degree currently I am possessing/pursuing is not B.E./B.Tech./M.Sc., so what should I do?.

It should be equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./M.Sc., which essentially means post 10+2 (high school), if the qualification is B.E./B.Tech. that means you should have major in the subject area mentioned and duration of your bachelors program should have been 4 years. If the qualification is M.Sc. that means you should have major in the subject area mentioned in the master’s program and duration of masters program should be for 2 years, which is preceded by 3 years bachelor’s program.

2. Is having standard test score preferred for the research program?

Yes. It is only preferred (not mandatory).

3. What will be the fees structure for the research program?. Will I receive scholarship/stipend per month?

Currently, the total fees will be around Rs. 35,200/- for Ph.D. & Rs. 29,200/- for M.Tech.-Research (subjected to change as approved by the Dean) for one year of study excluding hostel. In case you want to avail the hostel (student accommodation), an additional amount of Rs.45,000/- (Rupees Forty Five Thousand only) should be paid, Rs.20,000/- towards refundable hostel deposit and Rs.25,000/- towards advance payment of Mess and Room Rent for first five months.

All admitted research program students will receive a scholarship/stipend. For M.Tech. (Research), it is Rs. 12,400/- per month. For Ph.D., it is Rs.31,000 for first 2 years and Rs.35,000 from 3rd year till end of 5th year
(subject to passing the comprehensive exam)

4. I am having technical difficulties in filling up application form, whom should I contact? 

Please contact:

5. What is the difference between M.Tech course and M.Tech. (Research) program?

M.Tech.(research) is a thesis based degree program with a strong research component (it was earlier known as M.Sc. (Engg.) program), where as M.Tech. course program is a degree program that is by course work with a project dissertation. The duration of M.Tech. course program is strictly 2 years. The duration of M.Tech. (research) is between 1-3 years with average duration being 2.5 years. Also M.Tech. course program along with eligibility degree program, it requires the applicant to have standard test scores (GRE/GRE Subject/GATE)

6. Will TOFEL/IELTS will be considered as standard test score?

Yes, TOFEL/IELTS both are considered as a standard test, however are not mandatory but preferred for admission into research programmes.

7. Can I apply for both Course and Research Admissions?

Yes, absolutely.

8. Is there a separate application for M.Tech. (Research) and Ph.D. programs?

No. They both are considered as part research program, it will be same application. The department while interviewing candidate might decide on what program is best suited for the student.

9. Which Departments offer M.Tech. (Research)?

The programs and eligibility is available here. Under each tab, (for example if you see under Electrical Communication Engineering (EC)), the research programs are listed (for EC case it is Programme: Research [Ph D / M Tech (Research)]). Only those departments which have M.Tech. (Research) listed will offer M.Tech. (Research).

10. Is there an application fees?

It is waived for international students.