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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 2020, in the departments given below:-

(i) Aerospace Engineering
(ii) Avionics
(iii) Chemistry
(iv) Mathematics
(v) 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 November 11, 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.
  • 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 November 19, 2019
  • The Ph.D. written screening test will be for one and half hours, starting at 9:30 AM on December 01, 2019 (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 syllabus. 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 16th and 17th December, 2019
  • Provisionally selected candidates list, after the interview, will be displayed in the IIST website on December 23, 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, through bill desk after the course registration 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 applicationsOctober 29, 2019 - 1600 hrs  
2Closing of IIST website for online submission of applicationsNovember 11, 2019 - 2345 hrs
3Display of shortlisted candidates for TestNovember 19, 2019 - 1700 hrs
4Date of written screening testDecember 01, 2019 at 0930 hrs
5Publishing of screening test resultsDecember 06, 2019 - 1700 hrs
6Interview DatesDecember 16 & 17, 2019
7Display of Provisionally selected candidatesDecember 23, 2019 - 1700 hrs
8Last Date of remittance of semester feeDecember 31, 2019
9Reporting date at the InstitutionJanuary 01, 2020
10Classes begin for Ph.D ProgrammeJanuary 02, 2020

 

Research Plan for January 2020 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 spectroscopySyllabus 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 MSc (Physics)/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
PAE02Smart Structures, Structural Health MonitoringMasters (M.Tech/M.S.) in Machine Design/ Machine Dynamics, Structural Engineering or Allied Branches in Mechanical/ Applied Mechanics/ Aerospace/ Aeronautical/ Civil Engineering, with B.Tech in Mechanical/ Applied Mechanics/ Aerospace/ Aeronautical/ Civil Engineering or Allied branches

 

Syllabus for Written Screening 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 for 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.

 

Free and forced vibrations of undamped SDOF systems
PAE03CombustionM.Tech/ ME/MS in Mechanical/ Thermal/ Propulsion/ Chemical/ Applied Mechanics/ Aerospace/ Aeronautical
PAE04Computational Fluid Dynamics, Reactive Flow Modelling, Ablative Thermal Protection SystemsB.Tech (Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering) or Equivalent and M.Tech (Thermal Sciences, Thermal Engineering, Propulsion Engineering, Heat Power Engineering, Turbomachines, Energy Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Chemical Engineering) or Equivalent
PAE05Computational Fluid DynamicsM.Tech/ ME/ MS in Mechanical/ Aerospace/ Thermal/ Applied Mechanics
PAE06Compressible flowBTech/BE in Mechanical/Aerospace/Aeronautical and MTech/MS/ME in Mechanical /Aerospace /Aeronautical/Thermal/Propulsion /Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics /Applied Mechanics

 

Written Test Pattern and Syllabus for PAE03, PAE04, PAE05 and PAE06
Written test consist of questions from Fluid mechanics (compulsory) and Compressible flow or Heat transfer. Candidates can choose either Compressible flow or Heat transfer.

Syllabus for Written Screening Test

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, basics on 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.
Heat Transfer: Modes of heat transfer; heat conduction, thermal resistance concept, thermal boundary layer, free and forced convective heat transfer, radiative heat transfer
2AvionicsPAV01Power Electronics in distributed generationME/ M. Tech/ MS in Power Electronics or related disciplines/ Electrical Engineering / Control Systems Engineering/ Applied Electronics.
Desirable experience: Final year Masters’ dissertation in the broad area of Power Electronics would be preferred. Experience in designing and building hardware setup would be an advantage.


Syllabus for Written Screening Test

 


Electric Network analysis- Transients in R-L, R-C, R-L-C circuits – Time domain and frequency domain analyses.
Switched mode power conversion – Basic principles, behavior of reactive elements (L and C) in power electronic circuits.
DC to DC converters: Buck, Boost, Buck-Boost, Flyback and Forward converters.
DC to AC converters: Single Phase and Three-Phase voltage source inverters, square wave operation, sinusoidal PWM.
PAV02Power Electronics and Drives
PAV03Wireless Communication and Signal ProcessingM.Tech/ ME in  Signal processing, communication and its equivalent


Syllabus for Written Screening Test

 

Signals and Systems: - Continuous-time and discrete-time signals and systems - LTI systems , sampling  and reconstruction - Transform domain analysis of LTI system- Fourier, Laplace, and Z-transforms - Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT)- Fast Fourier Transform algorithm -Design of FIR Digital filters,  IIR Digital filters. Basics of Multirate processing - Decimation and InterpolationProbability and Random Processes: Probability axioms, conditional probability, discrete and continuous Rvs-CDF, PMF, PDF, conditional PMF/PDF, expected value, variance, functions of a RV, multiple random variables, joint CDF/PMF/PDF-independent/uncorrelated Rvs, sums of Rvs, moment generating function, random sums of Rvs- The sample mean, laws of large numbers, central limit theorem, convergence of sequence Rvs. Introduction to random processes(RP)- Mean and correlation of RP, stationary, wide sense stationary and ergodic processes. RP as inputs to linear time invariant systems: power spectral density, Gaussian processes as inputs to LTI systems, white Gaussian noiseLinear Algebra :- Vector Spaces ,Properties of Vector Spaces, Subspaces, Span and Linear Independence, Bases, Dimension Inner-Product Spaces - Inner Products, Norms, Orthonormal Bases, Orthogonal Projections -Null Spaces and Ranges- Eigenvalues and  Eigen vectorsDigital Communication:- Signal space concepts-Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization procedure. Matched filter receiver, ISI, Pulse Shaping, Nyquist criterion for zero ISI, Signaling with duobinary pulses, Eye diagram, Equalizer- Decision Procedure: Maximum aposteriori probability detector- Maximum likelihood detector, Error probability performance of binary signaling. Digital band pass modulation schemes: ASK, FSK, PSK, MSK – Digital M-ary modulation schemes – signal space representation Detection of signals in Gaussian noise
PAV04Semiconductor Optoelectronics/ Photonics/ Optical CommunicationM.Tech/ME in Optical Engineering/ Applied Optics / Optoelectronics/ Electronics and Communication / VLSI and Microsystems/ Electrical Communication / Solid State Physics/ Electronics and Communication. A good knowledge in semiconductor device physics is desirable
Syllabus for Written Screening Test

Optoelectronics:Carrier concentration, Fermi and Quasi Fermi levels, Drift, Diffusion, carrier generation and recombination. Direct and indirect bandgap materials. Finite and infinite potential wells. Quantum wires, Quantum dots. p-n junction, Heterojunction, Schotkky junction, p-n, pin photodetectors, Solar cell. Light emission and absorption, Semiconductor laser, LED, Light modulation, Electrooptic, Electroabsorption, Thermooptic effects. Kerr and Pockel’s effect. Reflection, Refraction, Total internal reflection
Optical Communication: Optical fibers fundamentals – single mode and multimode fibers, step index, graded index fibers, attenuation effects, cut-off wavelengths, linear and non-linear scattering losses, fiber bend losses, fiber dispersion, dispersion compensating fibers, polarization maintaining fibers, fiber connectors,  alignment losses, fiber splices. Coupled mode theory, directional couplers, Optical amplifiers (fiber and SOA), Optical multiplexing, Fiber bragg Gratings, Fiber optic link design. Single frequency light sources, VCSEL, DFB, DBR laser, Plasmonic lasers
3ChemistryPCH01Organic Functional MaterialsMSc Chemistry / BS-MS with Specialization in Chemistry (specialization in Organic/ Bioinorganic / Bioorganic Chemistry is desirable)
4MathematicsPMA01Machine LearningM.Tech/ M.E. or related degree in Computer Science/Machine Learning& Computing/ Electronics & Communication or related areas



Syllabus for Written Screening Test
Linear Algebra: Vector spaces, subspaces, linear independence, inner product spaces, orthogonal basis, conditional number, regularization techniques.
Matrices: Traces and determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, matrix derivatives.
Probability: Fundamental axioms in probability, conditional probability, independence, random variables, expectation, probability distributions.Machine Learning: Classification, regression, clustering, cross validation techniques, performance measures, dimensionality reduction methods, feature selection, association rules, neural networks, kernel methods, deep learning, graphical models, reinforcement learning
4PhysicsPPH01Steady states in coupled non equilibrium systemsMaster 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 EngineeringEAE01Satellite Thermal Control/Low Temperature PhysicsMasters (M Tech/ MS/M.Sc) in Physics/ Thermal Sciences/ Mechanical/ Civil/ Aerospace/ Applied Mechanics or related areas.
EAE02Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Nanocomposites/ Physics of FractureMaster's degree in Physics/ Nanotechnology/ Material Science/ Mechanical/ Civil/ Aerospace/ Applied Mechanics or related areas
2EAvionicsEAV01Spacecraft Mission DesignM.E./ M.Tech - Control Systems, Aerospace Engineering and related areas
 ChemistryECH01Nanomaterials/ Analytical ChemistryMSc Chemistry (all branches)/ BS-MS with Specialization in Chemistry/ MTech in Nanoscience and Technology/Materials Science and Technology/ Polymer Science and Technology and allied branches
 ECH02Porous Carbon/ Ceramic Materials for EMI shielding
 ECH03Polymer Nanocomposites
3EECH04Energy Storage Materials
4EMathematicsEMA01Suspension RheologyM.Sc/BS-MS in Mathematics/ M.Sc/BS-MS in Physics with Good Background In Mathematics
5EPhysicsEPH01Quantum Information and Quantum ComputingMSc in Physics/Master of Science in Solid State Physics/BS-MS in Physics

 

 

Nationality

Applicant should be an Indian citizen

Age Limit

Applicants should be below 35 years as on November 11, 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.
  • Candidates who have been provided research fellowships by State Government Science and Technology Scheme/DST-INSPIRE etc, are eligible to apply If they have already cleared a National level eligibility test, such as a valid UGC-CSIR-NET Lectureship or JEST/GATE. A valid GATE score of minimum 500 for General Category (450 for OBC and 350 for SC/ST/PD categories) in a Science discipline or JEST rank within the first 300 is required
 

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.