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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 are invited from highly motivated applicants for admission to the Ph.D. Programme starting in January 2019, in the departments given below:-

(i) Aerospace Engineering
(ii) Avionics
(iii) Chemistry
(iv) Earth and Space Sciences
(v) Humanities
(vi) Mathematics
(vii) Physics

Fellowship
  • All scholars selected to the programme specializations listed in Table 1 shall receive a fellowship of Rs.31000/- per month. (Research Scholars selected with UGC/CSIR/NET-JRF/NBHM and State Government Science and Technology Scheme etc., shall draw fellowship from the concerned organizations). For all research scholars with external fellowship, the concerned rules and regulations apply.
  • The fellowship will be enhanced to Rs. 35000/- 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 applicable fees as well as 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, NBHM, UGC and candidates who have been provided research fellowship by State Government Science and Technology Scheme through competitive written test etc., the Institute will not bear the fellowship of the student if the same is stopped due to any reasons by the concerned agency.
  • The Institute is completely residential and will provide accommodation to all the regular Ph.D students. However, in the event of shortage of rooms in the hostels, preference will be given for room allotment to candidates whose fellowships are borne by the Institute.
Selection Procedure
  • Applications will be received until May 06, 2019 through on-line only
  • 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 2 may also apply for other research areas in Table 1, if eligible. Final decision on the eligibility of such fellowships will be taken by IIST
  • Candidates are advised to visit the individual department profile for more details on the respective areas of research
  • Candidates with valid fellowship from Government funding agencies shall upload a scanned copy of the fellowship award letter
  • A short-list of applicants for written test or interview will be displayed in IIST website by May 16, 2019
  • The Ph.D. written screening test will be for one and half hours, starting at 9:30 AM on May 26, 2019 (Sunday) in the cities listed below.
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • New Delhi
  • Kolkata
  • Ahmedabad
  • Hyderabad
  • The written screening test for candidates without holding eligibility through a national test for PhD admissions will have two parts A & B. Part A (40 marks) will comprise of questions that test both aptitude and mathematics, Part B (60 marks) will have questions related to subject area that are identified in the eligibility. While Part A (30 minutes duration) will be conducted first for all candidates, Part B (60 minutes duration) will be held starting from 10:15 AM and lasting one hour for different subject areas. A student applying to multiple research areas can write the corresponding subject area (Part B) of the various different research areas in the indicated time slot.
  • Candidates screened in through the written test will be called for an interview to be held at IIST, Thiruvananthapuram on 10th and 11th June, 2019
  • Provisionally selected candidates list, after the interview, will be displayed in the IIST website on June 14, 2019.
  • 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 are advised to make their own arrangements for their stay at Thiruvananthapuram
  • No travel support will be provided for attending the written screening test
  • Admissions are governed by Ph.D Rules and Regulations of IIST. (https://www.iist.ac.in/academics/rules-regulations).
  • The date of the Written Screening Test and the dates of Interview will not be changed under any circumstances

   How to Apply

  • Applications shall be submitted online at the IIST website: http://admission.iist.ac.in.  Applications received online only will be considered.
  • 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
  • Application  fee  is  to  the  extent  of  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).
  • The application fee shall be paid, once enabled by the system one day after the registration, through “SBI Collect” only.
  • 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.

 

IMPORTANT DATES
Sl. NoEventDate
1Opening of IIST website for online submission of applicationsApril 18, 2019 - 1600 hrs  
2Closing of IIST website for online submission of applicationsMay 06, 2019 - 2359 hrs
3Last Date of Payment of application feeMay 07, 2019 - 2345 hrs
4Display of shortlisted candidates for TestMay 16, 2019 - 1700 hrs
5Date of written screening testMay 26, 2019 at 0930 hrs
6Publishing of screening test resultsMay 31, 2019– 1700 hrs
7Interview DatesJune 10 & 11, 2019
8Display of Provisionally selected candidatesJune 14, 2019-1700 hrs
9Last Date of remittance of semester feeJune 21, 2019
10Reporting date at the InstitutionJuly 20, 2019
11Classes begin for Ph.D ProgrammeJuly 22, 2019

 

Research Plan for July-2019 PhD Admission

Table 1: IIST Fellowship

Sl. No.DepartmentDepartment codeResearch AreaEligibility
1Aerospace EngineeringPAE01Laser spectroscopy for high temperature gas dynamics applicationsM.E./M.Tech/MS or equivalent in Aerospace/ Mechanical/Thermal Engineering- background in laser diagnostics desirable
OR              
MSc*(Physics)/M.Tech Photonics or equivalent with background in laser spectroscopy
Syllabus for Written Screening Test
For M.E./ M.Tech/ MS or equivalent in Aerospace/ Mechanical/Thermal Engineering
Fluid Mechanics: Fluid Statics, conservation equations of mass, momentum and energy (integral and differential form) potential flow theory, viscous flow of incompressible fluids, boundary layer, elementary turbulent flow.
Compressible Flows: Basic concepts of compressibility, conservation equations, and one dimensional compressible flow. Fanno flow, Rayleigh flow, isentropic flows, normal and oblique shocks, Prandtl-Meyer Flow, Flow through nozzles and diffusers.
For M.Tech. Photonics
Basic statistical mechanics:  Maxwell Boltzmann & Fermi Dirac statistics, Partition function, Internal energy modes, Thermodynamic properties of equilibrium gas mixtures
Basic Quantum mechanics & spectroscopy: Wave function, Schroedinger equation, Atomic/molecular structure and energy levels, Light matter interaction- Einstein coefficients, Beer Lambert law,  Selection rules for transition between energy levels,   Line broadening effects, Spectroscopy applications
*Candidates with Master’s degree in Science need to satisfy the Eligibility criteria as provided in the “minimum qualifications clause No.2 (Check the Notification)”
PAE02

Computational fluid dynamics based optimisation

M.Tech. Aerospace/Mechanical/Computational Mechanics/Scientific Computing or equivalent MSc*(Mathematics)  or equivalent
Syllabus for Written Screening Test
For M.Tech Aerospace/Mechanical
Fluid Mechanics: Fluid Statics, conservation equations of mass, momentum and energy (integral and differential form) potential flow theory, viscous flow of incompressible fluids, boundary layer, elementary turbulent flow.
Compressible Flows: Basic concepts of compressibility, conservation equations, and one dimensional compressible flow. Fanno flow, Rayleigh flow, isentropic flows, normal and oblique shocks, Prandtl-Meyer Flow, Flow through nozzles and diffusers.
For M.Tech Computational Mechanics/Scientific Computing or equivalent
1. Linear algebra (Basic matrix operations - eigenvalues - iterative solvers )
2. ODEs (Numerical integration - RungeKutta time integration - Finite difference methods - stability)
3. Optimisation (Linear programming - Simplex - Optimality conditions -  Gradient optimisation algorithms - barrier/penalty methods)
4. Probability (Basic notions - Regression)
5. Computer Programming (OOPS concepts - Floating point arithmetic) “*Candidates with Master’s degree in Science need to satisfy the Eligibility criteria as provided in the “minimum qualifications clause No.2 (Check the Notification)"
PAE03Heat Transfer and fluid flow related to space applicationsMasters (M Tech/ ME/ MS) in Thermal Sciences/ Thermal Engg/ Fluid Mechanics/ Engg Mechanics/ Heat Transfer/ Cryogenics/ Propulsion Engg/ Refrigeration Engg/ Turbomachines/Chemical Engg or equivalent.
Syllabus for Written Screening Test
Note:- Screening test has two papers. Paper 1 - Fluid mechanics is compulsory. Candidates can choose Heat Transfer or Compressible flows for Paper 2.
Fluid Mechanics: Fluid Statics, conservation equations of mass, momentum and energy (integral and differential form) potential flow theory, viscous flow of in compressible fluids, boundary layer, elementary turbulent flow.

Heat Transfer: Modes of heat transfer; heat conduction, resistance concept, thermal boundary layer, free and forced convective heat transfer, radiative heat transfer.
Compressible Flows: Basic concepts of compressibility, conservation equations, and one dimensional compressible flow. Fanno flow, Rayleigh flow, isentropic flows, normal and oblique shocks, Prandtl-Meyer Flow, Flow through nozzles and diffusers.
PAE04

Flight Dynamics and Control of Aerial Vehicles, Design and development of autonomous Unmanned Aerial systems, System Identification for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

M.Tech Aerospace / Mechanical or equivalent
Syllabus for Written Screening Test
For M.Tech Aerospace:Drag polar; takeoff and landing; steady climb & descent, absolute and service ceiling; cruise, cruise climb, endurance or loiter; load factor, turning flight, V-n diagram; Winds: head, tail &cross winds;

Static stability: Angle of attack, sideslip; roll, pitch & yaw controls; longitudinal stick fixed & free stability, horizontal tail position and size; directional stability, vertical tail position and size; dihedral stability. Wing dihedral, sweep & position; hinge moments, stick forces;
Dynamic stability: Euler angles; Equations of motion; aerodynamic forces and moments, stability & control derivatives; decoupling of longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamics; longitudinal modes; lateral-directional modes.
For M.Tech Mechanical:
Engineering Mechanics: Free-body diagrams and equilibrium; trusses and frames; virtual work; kinematics and dynamics of particles and of rigid bodies in plane motion; impulse and momentum (linear and angular) and energy formulations, collisions.
Vibrations: Free and forced vibration of single degree of freedom systems, effect of damping; vibration isolation; resonance;

2AvionicsPAV01Engineering Electro Magnetics

M.Tech in Electronics/Electronics and Communication Engineering/ Electrical /Communication/RF and Microwave Engineering/ Radio Physics and Electronics/Wireless Technology or equivalent
Syllabus for Written Screening Test
Electromagnetic Theory: Electrostatics, Magnetostatics, Ampere’s Law, Faraday’s law, Electromagnetic Energy – Boundary Conditions – Maxwell’s Equations – Pointing Vector.
Electromagnetic Waves: Wave equation & Uniform Plane waves – Plane waves in lossy and lossless mediums – Normal and oblique incidences of plane waves.
Transmission Line Theory: LCR model for transmission lines – Analogy with wave equations – characteristics of lossless lines – VSWR, Impedance matching – Smith chart – Case study, Stub and Lumped Matching.
Waveguides: TEM, TE, TM Waves – wave propagation in Rectangular, Circular & Planar wave guides.
Microwave Passive Components and Planar Transmission Lines
Antennas: Basic Radiation Mechanism, Fundamental of Radiation, Antenna parameters, Equivalent Circuit of Antennas, Antenna in receiving mode.

Wire Antennas: Electrically Short or Small Dipoles , The Half-Wave Dipole, monopole antenna, Loop Antenna, Antenna Arrays – Fundamentals of Antenna Arrays , basic analysis and pattern of two element array, N-element linear array, broadside and end fire array, Pattern Multiplication Theorem, Yagi-Uda Antennas, Log Period Antenna, biconical antenna, Travelling wave antennas, Helical antenna, Folded dipole Antenna, fundamental concept of UWB Antennas, Microstrip Antennas, Fundamentals of Horn and Reflector Antenna Fundamentals of Antenna Measurements
3Earth and Space SciencesPES01Astronomy & Astrophysics

Master of Science in Physics / Astronomy & Astrophysics /Space Physics / Integrated MS (Physics) / BS-MS (Physics)

PES02Vegetation Diversity Mapping Using Hyper Spectral And High Resolution Satellite Data

ME/ M Tech/ MS or equivalent in Remote Sensing/ RS & GIS /`Geoinformatics or equivalent field of study
Syllabus for Screening Test

1.Remote Sensing
Electromagnetic radiation, Spectral signatures, remote sensors and platforms - optical, infrared and microwave sensors, active remote sensing techniques: LIDAR and Microwave remote sensing, data formats, interpretation, radiometric and geometric distortions and corrections, image transformations, filtering and image noise reduction, multispectral image analyses - supervised & unsupervised classification, separability measures, post-classification analysis, hyperspectral image processing - applications.

  1. Geographic Information System

Data types and models- Spatial data quality - Scale - Coordinate systems, Map projections - Input / output techniques, Editing, Topology, Database structure - Analysis: vector and raster overlay, spatial interpolation -Spatial Auto correlation, Variogram, Kriging, network - optimization of path, Facility location, 3D analysis – Delaunay triangulation, Digital elevation model, Surface analysis - Geovisualization - OpenGIS, WebGIS.

  1. Probability & Statistics

Probability: discrete and continuous random variable, probability distribution, binomial, Poisson distribution, multivariate distribution, hyper geometric distribution, frequency interpretation of probability, random numbers, population and samples, exploratory data analysis - central limit theorem, sampling distributions of mean and variance, covariance, point estimation, confidence interval, tests of hypotheses, sampling methods, design of experiments, curve fitting by the method of least squares, chi-square test, contingency tables, inference based on the least square estimators, correlation, linear and multiple regression, polynomial regression.

4Physics

PPH01

Steady states in coupled non equilibrium systems

Master of Science in Physics/Applied Physics,

BS-MS in Physics/B Tech  Engineering Physics with Master of Science in related areas of Physics

Table 2 : External Fellowship Holders

Candidates having a valid fellowship from Government agencies such as DST, CSIR, NBHM, UGC and State Government Science and Technology Scheme etc. may also apply for Ph.D. admission in various departments in IIST in the areas given below. Such candidates will be selected based on an Interview.
Sl. NoDepartmentDepartment codeResearch AreaEligibility
1EAerospace EngineeringEAE01Molecular Spectroscopy

MSc*-Physics or MSc*-Chemistry or BS-MS* (Physics) or BS-MS* (Chemistry) or Masters* in Optics/ Optical Engineering/ Photonics/ Applied Mechanics/ Aerospace/ Mechanical

*Candidates with Master’s degree in Science need to satisfy the Eligibility criteria as provided in the “minimum qualifications clause No.2 (Check the Notification)"
EAE02Computational Fluid Dynamics, Numerical Methods for Fluid Dynamics,  Computational Aeroacoustics

M.Tech or MS or equivalent in Aerospace/ Mechanical Engineering in CFD, Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Science, Aerodynamics, Propulsion areas, OR

M.Sc/MS* in Physics /Mathematics with knowledge in numerical methods for fluid dynamics.

*Candidates with Master’s degree in Science need to satisfy the Eligibility criteria as provided in the “minimum qualifications clause No.2 (Check the Notification)”

EAE03Aerospace Propulsion/ CombustionM.Tech/ME/MS in Mechanical/Thermal/ Chemical/ Applied mechanics/Aerospace/Aeronautical
2EAvionicsEAV01Spacecraft attitude dynamics and control/ Space mission designM.Tech/ME/MS in Control systems, Automation, Control and instrumentation, Systems and Control, Navigation guidance and control, aerospace engineering and related areas
3EChemistryECH01Light Emitting Polymers/ Polymer NanocompositesM.Sc. in Chemistry (all branches)/BS-MS (with specialization in Chemistry)/M Tech in Materials Science and Technology, Polymer Technology and allied fields.
4EHumanitiesEHS01Cultural StudiesM.A. in English Language and Literature
5EMathematicsEMA01Numerical Solution of Partial Differential EquationsM.Sc in Mathematics, BS-MS in Mathematics or equivalent
EMA02Partial Differential Equations and Applications to Control TheoryM.Sc in Mathematics, BS-MS in Mathematics or equivalent
6EPhysicsEPH01Molecular Mass SpectroscopyM. Sc. Physics, M. Tech. Optics (or related areas in optics), BS-MS in Physics, Master of Science in Solid State Physics
EPH02Quantum Optics and Quantum InformationM.Sc. Physics/ BS-MS in Physics/B Tech  Engineering Physics with M.Tech/ Master of Science in related areas of Physics

 

 

Nationality

Applicant should be an Indian citizen

Age Limit

Applicants should be below 35 years as on May 06, 2019. Age relaxation applicable as per Government Rules.

There is no provision for PhD admission in IIST under Self Financing Category

Minimum Qualifications
  • 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 7.00 CGPA or equivalent in the Qualifying Master’s degree (60%marks or 6.50 CGPA for OBC, 55%marks or 6.00 CGPA 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 a written screening test followed by an interview. However, candidates with a valid fellowship such as CSIR/NET-JRF fellowships and CSIR-NET Lectureship post their ME/M Tech, will be directly called for the interview.

  • Applicants with Master’s Degree in Science as their highest qualifying degree

    Applicants must have Master’s Degree in the relevant area with a minimum of 65% marks or 7.00 CGPA or equivalent in the Qualifying Master’s degree (60%marks or 6.50 CGPA for OBC, 55%marks or 6.00 CGPA for SC/ST/PD). They must have cleared a National level eligibility test, such as a valid UGC-CSIR-NET-JRF/Lectureship/ fellowship or NBHM/JEST/GATE and State Government Science and Technology Scheme, in the relevant disciplines.

    Selection Procedure: For candidates applying with their Master’s degree in Sciences as their qualifying degree and having a valid score card/certificate in any of the National level eligibility tests listed above, selection to the programme will be based on an interview to be conducted at IIST.

    Applicants applying with their JEST score should have secured a rank within the first 300.

    Candidates applying with a valid GATE score in a Science discipline, having a minimum score of 500 for General Category (450 for OBC and 350 for SC/ST/PD categories), are exempted from the Ph.D. written screening test conducted by IIST. Applicants having GATE score in Science disciplines less than indicated cut-off above will not be considered for Ph.D. Admission
  • Applicants with Master’s Degree in Humanities/Management/Social Sciences as their highest qualifying degree

    Applicants must have Master’s Degree in the relevant area of Humanities/Management / Social Sciences with a minimum of 65% marks or 7.00 CGPA or equivalent in the Qualifying Master’s degree (60%marks or 6.50 CGPA for OBC, 55%marks or 6.00 CGPA for SC/ST/PD). They must have cleared a national level eligibility test, such as a valid UGC-NET-JRF fellowship/ State Government Science and Technology Scheme or similar fellowship schemes of Central/State Governments.

    Selection Procedure: For candidates applying with their Master’s degree in Humanities/Management/Social Sciences as their qualifying degree and having a valid score card/certificate in any of the National level eligibility tests listed above, selection to the programme will be based on an interview to be conducted at IIST.

    Candidates who have been provided research fellowships by State Government Science and Technology Scheme through competitive written test can also apply. For Candidates having research fellowship by State Government without competitive written test will have to appear for written screening test.
Note

Candidates awaiting their results in the final year/semester are also eligible to apply, provided they satisfy all the other requirements. Such applicants may be screened in for written test/interview based on the marks obtained by them until the current year/semester.  Based on their written 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.  If they fail to produce the provisional/ degree certificate, transfer certificate and conduct certificate by this date, their admission offer will be withdrawn and the offer may be given to next eligible applicant in the waiting list.

A provisionally selected applicant who is awaiting his/her final certificates may be allowed to join IIST without submitting the provisional/degree certificate on the stipulated date of joining, subject to the conditions that (a) At the time of joining the applicant should have completed all the requirements for the award of the qualifying degree including all examinations, project works and viva voce,  (b) The applicant should produce at the time of joining, a Course Completion Certificate issued by the competent authority in the University/Institute specifically confirming that all examinations, project works and viva voce for the qualifying degree are completed, (c) If the above condition is satisfied, the applicant can be given  provisional admission with the undertaking that all pending certificates, mark sheets, degree certificates (Original or Provisional) will be submitted to IIST , latest by 31st October 2019, failing which the admission shall stand cancelled. For such applicants who are funded by IIST and provisionally admitted to the IIST Ph.D. Programme as per (c) above, no fellowship will be paid during the period before the required certificates are submitted. However, on regularization of admission following the submission of all required documents before the stipulated date, the applicant will be paid fellowship with retrospective effect from the date of joining.

Applicants who are employed in Government/Semi Government/PSUs/Autonomous Bodies should produce a “No Objection Certificate (NOC)” from the current employer at the time of Interview.