An FAQ for Prospective M.Tech and PhD Students at CSE, IIT Hyderabad

Table of contents:

Questions common to M.Tech/PhD programs        2

Accommodation at IITH and reaching IITH        2

Short-listing/Interview        2

After joining        3

Questions common to MTech (TA) and MTech (RA) programs        3

Questions related to M.Tech (TA)        4

Questions related to M.Tech (RA)        4

Questions related to PhD        5

Unusual circumstances:        6

* This document provides suggestive information only. For most up-to-date information about the graduate-level programs, please check CSE dept website.

*  For all the programs, see most up-to-date curriculum and fee structure 

* The shortlisting/admission criteria for a given admission cycle will be posted on respective admission webpages of PhD and MTech 

* This webpage may also answer some of your other questions about IITH in general

* If your question is not answered by this document, contact:

mtech_cse@iith.ac.in   for queries related to M.Tech program

cse_phd_admissions@iith.ac.in  for queries related to PhD program

hostel@iith.ac.in  for queries related to accommodation

transport@iith.ac.in  for queries related to transportation

or call CSE office at  +91-40-2301-7006

Questions common to M.Tech/PhD programs

Accommodation at IITH and reaching IITH

* Can you provide list of hotels/lodges near IITH? 

You can find the list here.

* How to reach IITH?

For directions check this link.

* How much time will it take to get accommodation after registration?

You can get the accommodation immediately after the registration. For further queries regarding the hostel you can contact hostel office link.

* Can I stay on campus during the dates of the interviews?

No, we don’t provide accommodation in hostels at the time of interviews.

* Does IITH provide hostel facility for married students?

        Yes, Type 1 quarters are allotted if and when available.

* Are PhD students allowed to stay outside the hostel?

 MHRD-funded PhD students are allowed to stay outside the campus, HRA will only be given if the student is married or has dependent parents.

Short-listing/Interview

*  What is the minimum score requirement in GATE to get a call?

The minimum score required is not fixed. It changes year to year. You can visit here to check the last year cutoff.

* I did not get the call letter even if I fulfill the eligibility criteria?

Kindly email us with the following information :

This will help us check the status and get back to you.

* What can be expected in the interview?

There is no specific format or style of the interview. Candidates may be asked about their background, past projects and questions from any of the subjects in GATE.

* I have not been shortlisted after the interview. Is there any waiting list?

You would be informed through email if you are on the waiting list. So, please do not email us asking about this.

* What is the procedure for selecting the candidates?

Applications are shortlisted on the basis of minimum qualifications. Shortlisted candidates are invited to appear for a written test. There will be further shortlisting on the basis of the performance in the written test. Those shortlisted after the written test  appear for an interview. The written test and the interview are scheduled on the same or consecutive days.

* How many times admissions happen in a year?

Twice. In April for July - December semester and in September for January - April semester.

After joining

 * Can I convert from M.Tech (RA) or M.Tech (TA) to PhD?

Yes, depending on the availability of funds/positions

* Can I convert from PhD to M.Tech (RA)?

This is not possible

Questions common to MTech (TA) and MTech (RA) programs

* Can you briefly tell the similarities and differences between M.Tech (TA) and M.Tech (RA) programs at IITH?

Sure!

Differences:

- The duration of TA and RA programs is 2 and 3 years, respectively

- An MTech TA needs to perform 8 hour of TA duties. An MTech RA performs RA duties, but no TA duties.

- The stipend of MTech RA is higher than that of MTech TA

Similarities:

- Both programs have same number of total credits 

- At the completion of the program, both get the same degree “MTech in CSE”. The only point to note is that for M.Tech (RA), the transcript will provide the grade sheet for 6 semesters instead of 4 semesters

Questions related to M.Tech (TA)

* Can I convert from M.Tech (RA) to M.Tech (TA)?

No, this is not possible.

* What are the TA responsibilities

An M.Tech (TA) is expected to perform 8 hours of TA duties per week

Questions related to M.Tech (RA)

* What are the highlights of M.Tech (RA)? Why should I join M.Tech (RA) program?

 - RA program is ideal for students who are not sure about doing a PhD, but still want to get exposure to research

 - Students in RA program complete courses with slow pace, which allows them to start research right from first semester. Also, the students have no TA responsibility

 - The duration is RA program is fixed (3 year), thus, there is surety of time-bound graduation

 - The stipend of RA program is higher than that of TA program

 - Our RA program has been quite successful and our previous batch of students have had very good publication/placement record.

* After completing M.Tech (RA), is there an obligation to join the company which sponsored it?

No

* If I am unable to complete my research target in 3 year, is my graduation delayed

No. M.Tech (RA) is a program with time-bound graduation

 

Questions related to PhD

* Can I join PhD directly after a B.Tech degree

Yes

* How long does a typical Ph.D. take?

        4 - 5 years depending upon various factors.

* Does having an M.Tech degree reduces the time required to complete PhD?

It depends on many factors, such as alignment of the research area in M.Tech and PhD, student’s progress etc.  

* For how long is the MHRD funding available?

5 years (generally)

* Can a full-time PhD student convert to part-time PhD program?

Yes, it is possible to do so after taking the approvals.

* What are the differences and similarities in the full-time and part-time PhD program?

Similarities

Differences

*  Are there any entrance exam or interview for getting into the Ph.D. programme?

        The department may conduct both entrance test and interview. See this page for a sample exam paper. The test will have the syllabus similar to GATE CS. Interview is generally taken on the field of candidate’s interest.

* What facilities can a Ph.D. scholar expect?

Refer this webpage 

* What will be the scholarship amount?

Refer this webpage 

*  What are the documents required for admission?

The offer letter will provide you the details of all the documents required.  

* Is a PhD student  required to do TA duties

Yes, the PhD students are expected to do 8-hours of TA work per week. This may be in the form of departmental duties or course-related duties

* I have done M.Tech from an IIT.  Does it help?

Subject to the approval of CSE department post-graduate committee (DPGC), your coursework requirement may be reduced. Please contact the DPGC.

* How is the research area decided?

Research area will be decided based on the student’s interest and availability of faculty in the area.

 

Unusual circumstances:

* I didn’t apply for the admission during standard dates? Is there any way to apply now?

No, please wait for next round of admissions. We have Mtech RA and PhD admissions twice in a year so you can apply for that. Check our website for more updates.

*  I am not able to come for the admission test on the scheduled date. Can I appear for the exam on some other date?

No. Admission test cannot be reconducted as we require all applicants to answer the same question paper. Also, the scheduled date for the interview cannot be changed.  It is necessary to appear on the announced date and time.

* If I get selected this session but unable to join now but will join next session, will I have to go through the admission procedure again?

Yes

 

*  Will I be considered for the interview if I don’t have original copy of the certificates at the time of interview?

Please bring photocopies for verification. If you get selected, your admission will be provisional, and subject to verification of your original certificates.

* I have paid the advance fees and have accepted the admission offer. Is it possible to withdraw the admission and get refund?

Any request for withdrawal will be entertained only before commencement of classes. If the withdrawal request is received on or after the date of commencement of classes, the

component of refundable deposits and proportionate dining charges will only be refunded to the candidate.

Note that the application fee cannot be refunded in any case.

*  What is the procedure for the refund of the advance fees?

Fill the corresponding decline form provided in the original offer email to you, and email us the duly filled form, addressing jracad@iith.ac.in (who are responsible for processing any refunds).

* Please cancel my application. I have attached my payment proof and document for your perusal. Kindly refund my application fee.

Note that the application fee cannot be refunded in any case. 

* Will my admission be cancelled if I am not able to join on the date of registration?

In case of any emergency, you can contact the Academic Section (acad@iith.ac.in) and also your supervisor or faculty advisor and take permission for a day or two. The registration may be allowed with some late fee. However, the decision is made on a case-to-case basis, so please do notify us as mentioned above.