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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 July 2018, in the areas given below:-

  1. Aerospace Engineering
  2. Avionics
  3. Chemistry
  4. Earth and Space Sciences
  5. Humanities
  6. Mathematics
  7. Physics


Research Fellowship
  • All scholars selected to the programme specializations listed in Table 1 shall receive a fellowship of Rs.25000/- per month. (Research Scholars selected with UGC/CSIR/KSCSTE/NET-JRF/NBHM, 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 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, KSCSTE, MeiTY, NBHM, UGC 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 to candidates whose fellowships are borne by the Institute.
General Selection Procedure
  • Applications will be received until May 08, 2018 through on-line only.
  • Candidates having fellowship from funding agencies such as DST, CSIR, MeiTY, NBHM, KSCSTE, UGC 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 15, 2018.
  • The Ph.D. written screening test will be for one and half hours, starting at 9:30 AM on May 27, 2018 (Sunday) in the cities listed below.
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • New Delhi
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • Hyderabad
  • Chennai
  • 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.
  • Provisionally selected candidates list, after the interview, will be displayed in the IIST website on June 19, 2018.
  • 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 screening written test. The date of the screening written test and the dates of interview will not be changed under any circumstances.
  • Admissions are governed by Ph.D Rules and Regulations of IIST. (
How to Apply
  • Applications shall be submitted online at the IIST website: 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.
  • SC/ST/OBC/Persons with Disabilities (PD) applicants shall upload the relevant certificate in the website before the prescribed date.


Sl. NoEventDate
1Opening of date for online submission of applicationsApril 24, 2018 - 1700 hrs (Tuesday)
2Closing date for online submission of applicationsMay 08, 2018 (Tuesday)
3Last Date of payment of application feeMay 10, 2018 (Thursday)
4Display of shortlisted candidates for test/interviewMay 15, 2018 (Tuesday)
5Date of written screening testMay 27, 2018 (Sunday)
6Publishing of screening test resultsJune 01, 2018 (Friday)
7Interview DatesJune 11 & 12, 2018 (Monday & Tuesday)
8Display of provisionally selected candidatesJune 15, 2018 - 1700 hrs (Friday)
9Last date of remittance of semester feeJune 20, 2018 (Wednesday)
10Reporting date at the InstitutionJuly 21, 2018 (Saturday)
11Commencement of classesJuly 23, 2018 (Monday)


FEE STRUCTURE:(To be paid at the beginning of every semester)
Sl. NoDescriptionFull Time
1Tuition Fee/Statutory Semester Fee1,500/-*
2Student Amenities Fee1,350/-
3Hostel Charges4,500/-**
4Establishment Charges4,000/-
5Medical Charges 800/-
6Registration Fee (One-Time)1,000/-
7Thesis Submission Fee (One-Time)1,000/-
8Re-Registration Fee (If any)1,500/-



*For SC/ST/PD Tuition Fee/Statutory Semester Fee is exempted.

**Students of Ph.D programmes can purchase food coupons for Canteen Services separately.

*** Based on decisions of Board of Management, fees could be revised during the study period.

Research Plan for July-2018 PhD Admission
Sl. No.DepartmentDepartment codeResearch AreaEligibility
1Aerospace EngineeringPAE01Combustion, Jet/swirl flame dynamics, Micro combustionME/M.Tech/MS or equivalent in Aerospace /Aeronautical / Mechanical / Applied Mechanics / Chemical / any other relevant areas Syllabus for Written Test Basic fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer/compressible flows as in the GATE 2018 syllabus
PAE02Structural health monitoring

ME/MTech/MS or equivalent degree in Aerospace Engg, Mechanical Engg., Production Engg, Civil Engg., Applied Mechanics or equivalent specialization.
Syllabus for Written Test
Engineering Mechanics: System of forces, free-body diagrams, equilibrium equations; Internal forces in structures; Friction and its applications; Kinematics of point mass and rigid body; Centre of mass; Euler’s equations of motion; Impulse-momentum; Energy methods; Principles of virtual work.

Solid Mechanics: Bending moment and shear force in statically determinate beams; stress and strain relationships; Theories of failures; Simple bending theory, flexural and shear stresses, shear centre; Uniform torsion, buckling of column, combined and direct bending stresses.

Structural Engineering/ Computational Solid Mechanics/ Probabilistic Structural


Masters in Structural Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Engineering
Structures, Offshore Structures, or related areas with B. Tech or equivalent in Civil, Mechanical, Applied mechanics,
Aerospace Engineering or Aeronautical Engineering
Syllabus for Written Test

Same as in Department code PAE02.
2AvionicsPAV01Power Electronics and Drives

ME / M.Tech / MSc (Engg.) or equivalent in Electrical Engineering / Power Electronics / Power Electronics and Drives / Industrial Electronics / Power Systems or equivalent
Syllabus for Written Test

Power Electronics, Electrical Circuits, Electrical machines sections in the GATE 2018 (EE) syllabus. Additional topics include DC-DC converters, inverters, control of electric drives, and basics of grid-connected converters.
PAV02Power Systems

MTech in Power Systems or MTech in Control Systems.
Syllabus for Written Test

Power systems and control systems as in GATE 2018 (EE) syllabus
PAV03Design and performance analysis of computing and communication networks

M.Tech/M.E/M.S or equivalent in Electronics / Electronics &  Communication/Electrical/Electrical & Electronics/ Communication/Communication
Networks /Telecommunication/ Signal Processing / Machine learning/ Computer Science/ Control Systems / System Science / Data analytics or equivalent.
Desirable: Good/demonstrable programming skills in C/C++/Python/Matlab, good/demonstrable mathematical and analytical skills, and/or prior research/industry experience.
Syllabus for Written Test

Communication Systems, as in the GATE 2018 (EC) syllabus, and Computer Networks, as in the GATE 2018 (CS) syllabus
PAV04Computer NetworksM.Tech/Master of Science (by Research)/MS from foreign universities/ME or equivalent in Computer Science/Computer Science and Engineering/ Computer Science and Automation/Information

Technology with B.Tech or equivalent degree in Computer Science/Computer Science and Engineering/Electronics and Communication Engineering/ Information Technology/ equivalent.
Syllabus for Written Test
Selected Computer Networks topics from the GATE (CS) 2018  syllabus:

Concept of layering. LAN technologies (Ethernet). Flow and error control techniques, switching. IPv4/IPv6, routers and routing algorithms (distance vector, link state). TCP/UDP and sockets, congestion control. Application layer protocols (DNS, SMTP, POP, FTP, HTTP). Basics of Wi-Fi. 
3ChemistryPCH01Nano materials for sensor/energy applicationsMSc/BS-MS in Chemistry (all branches)
4Earth and Space SciencesPES01Astronomy & AstrophysicsMaster of Science in Physics / Astronomy & Astrophysics /Space Physics /BS-MS (Physics)/ equivalent
PES02Atmospheric Modeling

M.Sc in Physics / MSc in  Meteorology / M.Sc in Oceanography / equivalent or
MTech in Earth System Sciences /MTech in Atmospheric Sciences / M.Tech in Climate Science / M.Tech in Physical Oceanography or equivalent
Syllabus for written test

Candidates with M.Tech degree as their qualifying degree shall be screened for the interview through a written test based on GATE 2018 (Atmospheric and oceanic Sciences) syllabus.
5HumanitiesPHS01Operations and Supply Chain Management

M.E / M.Tech/ Master of Science (By Research) in Industrial Engineering/Production Engineering/
Manufacturing Engineering / Production and Industrial Engineering / Technology Management / Industrial Management/ related areas or MBA.
Syllabus for written test
Candidates without UGC-NET-JRF will be screened for the interview through a written test based on sections of operations research and operations management in Production and Industrial engineering as in GATE 2018 syllabus

6PhysicsPPH01Applied Optics

MSc in Physics/, BS-MS in physics or equivalent Degree, M.Tech in Applied Optics/Optical Engineering / Solid State Technology or equivalent.
Syllabus for written test

Candidates with M.Tech degree as their qualifying degree shall be screened for the interview through a written test based on GATE 2018 (PH) syllabus.
PPH02Classical and Quantum Optics, Quantum Information Theory.
7MathematicsPMA01Differential Equations and Applications

MSc in Mathematics/ Applied Mathematics/ BS-MS in Mathematics or equivalent

PMA02Application of Functional analysis to control theory.
Table 2 : External Fellowship Holders

Candidates having a valid fellowship from Government agencies such as DST, CSIR, MeiTY, KSCSTE, NBHM, UGC 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 Dynamics SimulationMSc/BS-MS in. Physics/ Nanotechnology/Material Science or related areas MTech/MS Nanotechnology/ Mechanical/Civil/Aerospace/Applied Mechanics or related areas
2EAvionicsEAV1AVLSI Architectures for Signal/Image Processing

MTech in Signal
Processing/VLSI and

Embedded systems/Digital Electronics/VLSI and Microsystems/Communication systems with BTech in Electronics and Communication Engineering
  EAV1BRF and Microwaves/ Antenna engineeringMTech or equivalent in RF and Microwaves/Microwave and TV Engineering/ Antenna Engineering/ Radio Physics/ related areas with BTech or equivalent in Electronics and Communication Engineering
3EChemistryECH01Smart materials for additive manufacturing/ Inorganic functional materials/ Polymer nanocomposites/ Nanomaterial based sensors/   Nanomaterials for electrochemical energy storage/Ceramic materials/ Materials for OLED applications/ plasma surface modificationMSc/BS-MS in Chemistry (all branches), MSc/MTech or equivalent in Nanoscience/Materials Science/Polymer Technology and allied fields
4EEarth and Space SciencesEES1AGeology/Planetary GeologyMasters Degree (M.Sc./M.Sc.Tech/M.Tech.) in Geology / Applied Geology / Geochemistry /equivalent
  EES1BMachine learning and BDA for  remote sensing

M.Tech/M.E in Computer Science & Engineering / Digital Signal Processing / Digital Image Processing / Geoinformatics / Machine Learning /equivalent  

With B.E/B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering / Electrical & Electronics Engineering / Electronics & Communication Engineering / Information Technology  / M.Sc in Mathematics  / equivalent
5EHumanitiesEHS1ACultural StudiesM.A. in English Language and Literature
  EHS1BScience, Technology, and SocietyM.A in Sociology/Social Work
  EHS1CEconomic analysis of Indian space programsM.A in  Economics
 MathematicsEMA01Differential geometry and its applicationsMSc in Mathematics, BS-MS in Mathematics or equivalent
 PhysicsEPH01Adaptive optics/ Quantum optics and quantum information/ Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics/ Molecular mass spectroscopy/ Semiconductor heterostructuresMSc in Physics, BS-MS in physics or equivalent Degree
Table 3: Project Fellowship (for 3 years)

Candidates can register for Ph.D programmes through project fellowship by qualifying the basic eligibility criteria of Ph.D admission July 2018.

Sl.NoCategory No.DepartmentQualification / SkillProject Title
1JRF-04/2018Earth and Space SciencesM.Sc / M.E./ M.Tech. or equivalent Post Graduate degree in Geoinformatics/ Remote Sensing/ RS & GIS or equivalent field of study with valid GATE score/UGC/CSIR-NET-JRF/ JEST score. Master’s Degree Engineering / Technology should have been pursued on the basis of qualified GATE scoreMonitoring the health of mangroves of Maharashtra State using near real time satellite remote sensing data. (Externally Funded Project)
2JRF-05/2018Earth and Space SciencesM.Sc in Physics/ Astrophysics/ Astronomy/Space Sciences or BS/MS in Physics or equivalent / M.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics with GATE / JEST score in Physics or UGC-CSIR NET in Physical Sciences

Max Planck Partner Group for Galatic Star Formation

(Externally Funded Project)

M.E. / M. Tech. / M.S. in Nanotechnology or Electronics or Equivalent.

Master’s Degree Engineering/ Technology should have been pursued on the basis of qualified GATE score

Investigating the Nanomaterial Based Exosome Sensor for Cancer Prognostic: An approach towards Liquid Biopsy for Cancer

(Externally Funded Project)

Note: The eligible candidates will be allowed for registering PhD programme in IIST subject to undergoing the Written Screening Test and/or Interview and fulfilment of eligibility conditions for PhD programme in IIST. For further information in this regard please refer to Candidates can register for Project Fellowship at IIST Opportunities.

    * Please refer to faculty research areas and apply accordingly



Applicant should be an Indian citizen

Age Limit

Applicants should be below 35 years as on May 08, 2018. Age relaxation applicable as per Government Rules.

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 outstanding academic record may 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/KSCSTE 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/KSCSTE fellowship or NBHM/JEST/GATE, 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 or KSCSTE fellowship and similar fellowship schemes of Central/State Governments.

    Selection Procedure: For candidates applying with their Master’s degree in Humanities/Management 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 awaiting results

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  2018, 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.

  • Ph.D. Admission July-2018 shortlisted candidates list for Written test/Interview will be published tomorrow(16 May,2018) after 1900Hrs