FAQ


1. General

1.1. Should I pursue a post-graduate degree in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur?

ABSOLUTELY YES. There are several compelling reasons why you should. Please see

1.2.How to apply?

You should apply through the online PG Admissions portal. The link will be active once registration starts for an admissions session.

1.3. I am a foreign national. How do I apply?

The procedure is slightly different, please refer to International Students Admission page. The deadline is slightly relaxed for foreign nationals, but the process has to be completed well before the beginning of the semester (around mid-July).

1.4. I would like to do an MTech/PhD as a sponsored candidate. What do I need?

The requirements can be summarized as follows. For details, please check the Sponsored Candidates page on DoAA website.

  1. At least 2 years of experience with the current employer.
  2. A written letter from your employer agreeing to relieve you for the duration of your stay at IIT Kanpur.
  3. You need a written letter from your employer agreeing to sponsor you by providing you full salary during your period of study. This is very important, and we will not consider applications without this.

Candidates will have to still pass the tests/interviews at IITK. Only the GATE requirement is waived for sponsored candidates.

1.5. When are the tests/interviews?

MTech admissions:

For selection to our MTech program, the admission tests and interviews are usually held in the beginning-mid of May.

PhD admissions:

PhD selections generally happen twice a year, once in the month of December and once in May. In addition, for exceptional PhD candidates, we conduct walk-in interviews all through the year. You have to arrange for the dates in advance.

Please follow the Upcoming Admissions page for updates.

1.6. When will I know the results?

We release the results typically within a week of the interview. The selected candidates will be listed on our website. We will also mail the candidates individually.

Please follow the Upcoming Admissions page for updates.

1.7. How do I reach IIT Kanpur?

See the How to Reach IIT Kanpur page for information.

1.8. Where do I stay at Kanpur during admissions?

We will arrange the accommodation (mostly on-campus) for you. There will probably only be a bed and a mattress in the room, please carry your own blankets for winter admissions.

1.9. Do I need to bring anything with me other than the certificates?

For admissions held during winter, consider bringing warm clothes and blankets. Kanpur can get quite cold during the months of December and January.


2 MTech Admissions

2.1. Should I have a valid GATE score for MTech admission?

There are two aspects where GATE score is considered - Admissions and Financial Assistantship.

For Admissions: The requirement of GATE score is waived off for BTech graduates from IITs with a minimum overall CPI of 6.5 and a minimum CPI of 8.0 in the last two years in BTech.

For Financial Assistantship: GATE requirement is waived in the case of MTech applicants who are BTech graduates from IITs with a minimum CPI of 8.0.

GATE requirement is also waived if you are a sponsored or part-time student.

2.2. What is the syllabus for the entrance test/interview at IITK?

All candidates have to appear for a programming test, there will be no written test. Based on the programming test, shortlisted candidates can be called for interviews.

The syllabus for the test can be found here: Syllabus for the Written tests. The tests have a syllabus similar to as that of GATE and involves basics in Computer Science and Engineering.

2.3. Can I do a part-time MTech?

We rarely select part-time MTech students. We do not run special evening classes since we feel it will be difficult for such candidates to succeed in our program.

2.4. Is an MCA eligible to apply for MTech?

Yes. The same qualification criteria as BTech students apply.

2.5. I am working as a teacher. How do I apply for an MTech?

Please apply through the QIP program. The eligibility criteria is mentioned there.


3. MS Admissions

3.1. Should I have a valid GATE score for MS admissions?

A valid GATE score is not a must for admission to the MS program. However, a good GATE score may help strengthen your application.

3.2. What is the syllabus for the entrance test/interview at IITK?

All candidates have to appear for written test and/or programming test. Based upon the result of written and/or programming tests, shortlisted candidates can be called for interview.

You can go to the following link to find the syllabus: Syllabus for the Written tests.

The syllabus for the tests is similar to that of GATE and involves basics in Computer Science and Engineering. Although the interview is also based on the same syllabus, we would like to gauge the depth of understanding of the candidate. Often, questions would be asked in specific topics which you are comfortable with or in areas that you will have to work on for your MS.

3.3. Is there a fixed number of candidates who will be selected?

There is no fixed number. We will select all able candidates. What we are looking for are competent, motivated students who are highly likely to succeed our MS (by Research) program.

3.4. How long does an MS take?

The duration of the programme is usually five-six semesters, but it is not set in stone. The duration also depends on the progress of the student on the project that he/she is working on and on the evaluation of the advisor.


4. PhD Admissions

4.1. Should I have a valid GATE score for a PhD?

For Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Sciences (4 year program) from CFTIs:

For admissions:
The requirement of GATE score is waived for candidates with bachelor's degree in engineering from the centrally funded technical institutes (CFTIs).

For Financial Assistantship:
In the case of PhD students, GATE requirement is waived for those with bachelor’s degree in engineering from CFTIs.

For MTech/ME students:

If you have an MTech or ME degree in any discipline with minimum requirements from a recognized university, there is no need for GATE. This includes dual degrees (BTech-MTech dual) from places which offer this, like BITS Pilani. If you have doubts about whether your postgraduate degree is recognized, please contact admissions[AT]cse.iitk.ac.in. The minimum requirements are given in Section 2 of the PG Manual.

For BTech, MCA and MSc Computer Science students (general):

The requirement of GATE score is waived for candidates with bachelor's degree in engineering from the centrally funded technical institutes (CFTIs).

For PhD students, we provide PhD scholarship against teaching assistance in the courses taught here. The GATE score is necessary to obtain such a teaching assistantship from the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India. Note that this is technically not an admission requirement, but is practically relevant. Unlike MTech admission, PhD admission has no cutoff for GATE score. We will select candidates based on their performance in our admission tests and interviews. The exact requirements are given in Section 2 of the PG manual.

4.2. What is the syllabus and format for the written test, programming test, and interviews for PhD candidates?

All candidates have to appear for written test and/or programming test. Based upon the result of written and/or programming tests, shortlisted candidates will be called for interview.

You can go to the following link to find the syllabus: Syllabus for the tests.

The syllabus for the tests is similar to that of GATE and involves basics in Computer Science and Engineering. Although the interview is also based on the same syllabus, we would like to gauge the depth of understanding of the candidate. Often, questions would be asked in specific topics which you are comfortable with or in areas that you want to work on for your PhD.

4.3. Is there a fixed number of candidates who will be selected?

No. We will select all able candidates. What we are looking for are competent, motivated students who are highly likely to succeed our PhD program.

4.4. Can I do a part-time PhD?

There is a provision for a part-time PhD. You can go through the guidelines for part-time programme and section 2.9 of the PG manual.

If you are selected after the test/interview and you want to do a part-time PhD, you have to do the following. There are 3 components for a PhD - coursework for about 2 years, a qualifying exam, and thesis work after that. During the time you take coursework and the qualifier, you have to attend classes during normal hours. (There are no evening classes or weekend classes for part-time students.) This means that you will have to be on campus during these 2 years.

Afterwards, during the thesis requirements, the institute specifies that the students be "local". This is vague, and we will liberally interpret it — you can make a satisfactory arrangement with your PhD guide about this.

4.5. Can I do an external PhD?

Yes. You need to be working at your current institution for more than 2 years. You also need a written consent from your employer, relieving you from duties. Moreover, you need a person who can supervise you at your location outside IITK campus. If you don't have someone of that sort, then you could try for a part-time PhD.

Such students are selected through our test/interview. External PhD students need not have a GATE score.

You can go through the Guidelines for Admission to External Registration Programme further details.

4.6. What is the difference between external and part-time PhD?

External PhD was designed to be able to do a PhD from another academic, scientific or research institution. In effect, it means that you should be working at a location where at least one person is willing and able to supervise your PhD work.

Part-time PhD can be done by a person who is currently working in a setting where (s)he need not have any PhD guide - for example, in the industry.

4.7. Is an MCA eligible to apply for PhD?

Yes, subjected to satisfying each of the following three criteria:

  • (a) a minimum of 65 percent marks/6.5 CPI in the master's degree,
  • (b) first division in bachelor's degree, and
  • (c) JRF/95 percentile or higher in GATE score.
For full details see here: http://www.iitk.ac.in/doaa/DOAA/pg-eligibility-criteria.htm.

4.8. How long does a PhD take?

It really depends. You have to spend time to finish the coursework and qualifiers, which takes about 2 years.

The typical duration for a PhD degree is about 5 years. But there are instances where students have graduated with a PhD degree from the CSE department in around 3 years.

Unlike any other degree that you do, a PhD degree does not have a fixed duration, or a predefined outcome. It depends on a willingness to explore, and to do research at the highest level. There is no minimum period you have to spend, just a level of quality and productivity that you have to meet.