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IIST Ph.D. Programme – January 2022 Admissions

IIST Ph.D. Programme – January 2022 Admissions      

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 for admission to the Ph.D.  Programme starting in January 2022, in the departments given below: -

  • Aerospace Engineering

  • Avionics

  • Chemistry

  • Earth and Space sciences

  • Humanities

  • Mathematics

  • Physics 







Opening of IIST website for online submission of  applications

November 24, 2021 - 1600 hrs



Closing of IIST website for online submission of  applications ( for IIST Funded and IIT Palakkad  IHub Foundation (IPTIF) Doctoral Fellowship  Scheme)

December 13, 2021 – 2359 hrs



Closing of IIST website for online submission of  applications ( for External fellowship)

December 20, 2021 – 2359 hrs



Display of shortlisted candidates for Test

December 17, 2021 – 1700hrs (Friday)  (Tentative)*


Date of online screening test

December 22, 2021 (Wednesday) (Tentative)*


Display of shortlisted candidates for Interview

December 29, 2021-1700hrs

(Wednesday) (Tentative)*


Interview Dates

January 04 – 05, 2022 (Tentative)*


Display of Provisionally selected candidates

January12, 2022-1700hrs (Tentative)* (Wednesday)


Last Date of remittance of semester fee

January 14, 2022 (Friday) (Tentative)*


Reporting date at the Institution

January 14, 2022 (Friday) (Tentative)*


Classes begin for Ph.D Programme

January17, 2022 (Monday) (Tentative)*

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


1) Applications will be received through on-line only.

2) 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 3 may also apply for other research areas  in Table 1, if eligible.

3) Candidates are advised to visit the individual department profile for more details on  the respective areas of research.

4) Candidates with valid fellowship from Government funding agencies shall upload a  scanned copy of the fellowship award letter and indicate the period of fellowship  validity.

5) A short-list of applicants for Online screening test or interview will be displayed in  IIST website by 17.12.2021 (Tentative)

                    6) Online screening test will be on 22.12.2021 (Tentative)

7) Selection Criteria based on Online screening test & Interview: (i) The candidates who have participated in the Online screening test will be  shortlisted if they secure a minimum of 30 % in each of Section A (section A  comprises questions based on aptitude and class 12 Mathematics) and Section B (the research area) 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.

8) Provisionally selected candidates list, after the interview, will be displayed in the  IIST website.

9) Admissions are governed by Ph.D Rules and Regulations of IIST.  (https://www.iist.ac.in/academics/rules-regulations).

10) 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.

11) During interview, candidates will be tested in their main research area and not  restricted to the syllabus of the Online screening test.


1) Applications shall be submitted online at the IIST website:  http://admission.iist.ac.in. Applications received online only will be considered.

2) 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

3) 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).

4) The application fee shall be paid through online after completing the process of  registration.

5) 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.

6) SC/ST/OBC/EWS/Persons with Disabilities (PD) applicants shall upload the  relevant certificate in the website before the prescribed date.OBC-NCL/EWS  certificates issued after 01/04/2021 only will be accepted.


(To be paid at the beginning of every semester)

Description of Fees

Amount (Rs.)

Tuition Fees(*)/ Semester


Other Fees/Semester


Total Fee/Semester


Hostel Fee/ Semester


Admission Fee(Non-Refundable)One-time


Caution Deposit (Refundable)(One-time)


Mess Bill/(Nominal) in advance

Rs.18000 (#)

Total 1st Semester


2nd Semester onwards



A candidate who confirms the seat has to remit the fees of Rs. 7450/-. ∙ (*) SC/ST/PD students are exempted from payment of Tuition Fees.

(**) will be collected at the time of physical reporting at the institution. (#) 3000 p.m. X 6 months as advance

∙ Additional fees: Supplementary Examination fees - Rs.100/- per paper and Thesis  Submission - Rs.1000/- and Convocation fees - Rs.2000/- &Alumni Registration fees - Rs.500/-, which will be collected with the final semester fee.


1. Nationality: Applicant should be an Indian citizen.

2. Age Limit: Applicant should be below 35 years as on 13.12.2021. Age relaxation is  applicable as per Government Rules.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. 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 7.00CGPA on a scale of 10 or equivalent in the Qualifying Master’s degree  (60%marks or6.50CGPA on a scale of 10 for OBC / EWS, 55%marks or6.00CGPA 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. 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.

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