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Programme: Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Avionics Engineering, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics and Physics.


1. Applicants with Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology: A first class or equivalent in the Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. They must have pursued their Master’s degree on the basis of qualified GATE score.
Candidates with MS in Engineering or equivalent from leading foreign Universities with outstanding academic record (or) MS by Research with outstanding academic record can be considered without GATE. Candidates with Integrated Masters degree (or Dual Degree) in Engg/Tech from IITs and IISc with minimum CGPA 9.0/10 can be considered without GATE.

2. Applicants with Master’s Degree in Science: Master’s Degree in the relevant area with a first class or equivalent in their Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. They must have qualified UGC/CSIR NET -JRF (or) NET-Lectureship (or) GATE qualified in the relevant disciplines.

3. Applicants with Master’s Degree in Humanities: Master’s Degree in Humanities with a first class or equivalent in their Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. They must be qualified UGC/CSIR NET-JRF (or) NET-Lectureship in the relevant disciplines.

4. Applicants with Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/Technology: Outstanding candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with an excellent academic record and aptitude for research may be considered for direct admission to the Ph.D. Programme. Such candidates must have secured CGPA of 9.0/10 or better and a valid GATE score of 675 or better. B. Tech students from IITs with CGPA better than 9.0/10 do not require GATE.

Note: Result awaited candidates in the final year/semester are also eligible to apply, if they have qualified for GATE/NET as required. Such candidates may be screened in for Test/Interview based on the marks obtained by them until the current year/semester.

Age Limit: Applicant should be below 28 years as on 20th November 2012. Age relaxation applicable as per Government Rules.

IIST Ph.D. programme with Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology: Rs. 18000/- p.m.
IIST Ph.D. programme with Master’s degree in Science or Humanities with NET-JRF or GATE qualification: Rs. 16000/ pm.
Scholars with NET-Lectureship: Rs. 12000/ pm, to be enhanced to Rs. 16000/ pm if the scholars qualify for NET-JRF.

Note: After two years of research experience, their performance will be evaluated by a review committee constituted by Director IIST. Based on the review, the fellowship amount of Rs. 18000/16000/12000 may be enhanced to Rs. 20000/18000/14000 respectively.


  • The scholars will be required to assist the Departments in tutorials / practicals or related academic activities normally limited to 6 hours per week.
  • Boarding / lodging / medical costs to be borne by the candidates as per IIST rules.

How to apply:
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Duly filled application form along with attested copies of documents as mentioned in the application form and a DD for Rs 250 (Rs 125 for SC/ST)in favour of The Registrar, IIST payable at Thiruvananthapuram should be sent to
The Administrative Officer,
IIST, Valiamala Post,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695547
Note: Envelope should be with the superscription “Application for IIST Ph.D. Programme-January 2013”.

Important dates:
Application Deadline:  20th November 2012
List of short-listed candidates for written test or interview: 1st week of December 2012
Written test of two hours duration and Interview at IIST, Trivandrum: 1st week of January 2013.
Selected candidates will be intimated within a week after the final interview.

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Indian Institute of  Space Science and Technology
Valiamala P.O.,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 547, Kerala
Phone: 0471-256-8462

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