Prospective Research Scholars (MS/PhD)
Frequently asked questions
M-Tech is mainly a course work oriented master's program which covers over all aspects of Aerospace Engineering. MS is a full fledged research oriented master's program. Bright candidates with strong motivation for research are advised to apply for MS rather than M-Tech. At the end of 2 year M-Tech program, a project report has to be submitted which will be graded and added to the total credits. MS program usually takes 2-3 years to complete (minimum 1.5 years) and thesis submitted will be evaluated based on the contribution to the topic under investigation. Option for converting to PhD program at the end of first year is available to outstanding students of both M-Tech and MS programs. Admission to M-tech is entirely based on GATE score. MS candidates undergo an interview process based on GATE or GRE score. Scroll down to see further information about MS admission process.
All admissions to MS/PhD are through interviews which are held twice a year. For further details, see last question.
"Bachelor's degree in Aerospace/Civil/Chemical/Computer Science/Electrical/Mechanical/Metallurgical/Naval Architecture OR Master's degree in Physics/Mathematics/Chemistry and aptitude for research. Candidates with degree in other branches of Engineering can also be considered if they have three years relevant experience in Aerospace industry/Research Organisation."For PhD:
"Master’s degree or its equivalent in Aerospace/Civil/Applied Mechanics/Mechanical/Electrical Engg. or Master’s degree in Mathematics / Physics and aptitude for research. Science Post-graduates should have exceptional merit and research or industrial experience in the appropriate field. Candidates with Master's degree in other allied engineering specialisations can also be considered provided they have either basic degree in Aerospace Engineering OR at least five years experience in Aerospace industry/Research Organisation."
YES, candidates with GATE score in any subject with a Bachelor's degree mentioned above are eligible for admissions to MS in Department of Aerospace Engg.
YES. GATE score is a requirement for HTRA scholarship(institute scholarship), but candidate with GRE score can be considered for MS with scholarship from project under the concerned faculty member.
YES, if you satisfy either(a) even without GATE score if your CGPA is above 8.0 on a 10 point scale,
YES, you need a CGPA of above 8 and a valid GATE score.
Prior to the interview, the candidates are asked to identify an area of interest from the possible areas of (a) Aerospace Structures (b) Combustion and Propulsion and (c) Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics. Correspondingly there are three separate interview panels and the suitability of the candidate for his/her chosen area is ascertained during the interview. The candidate's preference for analytical or computational or experimental work is also elicited during the interview. Without compromising on these preferences of the candidate, and duly taking into account the departmental needs, the allocation of the guide is done by the department and communicated to the candidate along with the offer of admission. If it is possible to identify more than one prospective guide for a candidate, he/she will be allowed to choose one of them after joining the institute.
Admissions are done twice a year. One for semester starting August (odd semester) and another starting January (even semester). Application dead lines are typically sometime in March and October for odd and even semester respectively, please visit IITM website for exact deadlines for any given year. The interview dates for candidates are tentatively sometime in April for odd semester and sometime in November for even semester at department of aerospace engineering. Candidates should refer their call letters for exact date and time of the interview.