How do I get a prospectus and application form?

You can either (1)Write to the Deputy Registrar Academic, Admissions Unit, IISc, Bangalore 560012 or (2) buy it from a nearby Canara Bank branch.

I have an M. Tech. degree. Am I eligible directly for interview or do I need to appear for any entrance test?

Anyone with a consistently good academic record right from school will be eligible to apply. There is no requirement of any entrance test for applicants with a ME or MTech in ECE/CS/EE.

I am a BE (ECE or CS) candidate and I have not appeared for GATE. Am I still eligible for admission to MS (research)?

No. You must have a valid GATE score which is above our department’s cutoff level, to be called for an interview for admission to the MS program. However, you may apply to the direct PhD Program, if you have maintained 75% or above throughout your education. Please note that the MS program is referred to as MSc (Engg) in IISc.

I want to apply to more than one department. Do I need to get separate application forms and is there a cap on the number of departments I can apply to?

You can apply to up to 3 different departments for research admission through a single application form.

I am a BSc/MSc (CS, Mathematics, Electronics) graduate. Am I eligible to apply for MS programs by research?

BSc graduates are not eligible. MSc graduates with a GATE score above the EE department’s cutoff level, may be considered for MSc (Engg).

I want to apply for admission under the external research program (ERP). Do I need to appear for the entrance test?

You do not need to write any entrance test for the external research program.

What is the duration of a Ph.D program in Engineering?

Generally, a minimum of three years.

What are the criteria for applying to the Direct Ph. D. program?

BE graduates with excellent and consistent academic record (above 75%) right from X standard can apply for direct Ph D program, even if they do not have a GATE score. They may be called for a rigorous technical interview based on screening of the applications by the faculty of the department. People who perform exceptionally well in the interview will be offered admission directly to the Ph D program.

Which is the last date for submission of application forms?

Generally, third week of March. Check IISc admissions website.

Can a BE graduate apply to both ME and MS programs?

Yes. However, one needs to apply on two different application forms.

What is the basic knowledge required for the research interview?

A research aspirant must have complete understanding of linear algebra, probability and random processes and digital signal/image processing. Applicants with M Tech qualification will also be interviewed on some advanced topics related to their expressed field of research interest.

What is the nature of study during the first year of the research program?

During the research training program (RTP), a student needs to study and credit research related courses and also undertake an indepth study of relevant research literature.