PhD Admission Information

Applications for admissions to the Autumn, 2017 session have commenced. Please check the IITB admissions website for details. Information specific to the written test and interview is available now.


The Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay, has a dynamic post-graduate programme with opportunities and strong emphasis on basic and applied research in a wide range of areas including several inter-disciplinary fields. This post-graduate programme includes a large number of Ph.D. scholars who primarily contribute to the research activities of the department. The Department recruits Ph.D. scholars twice a year, in sync with our semester system.

Candidates with a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology, or a Master’s in Science are eligible to apply. Most candidates who apply have Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology background, but the Department invites candidates from other backgrounds, especially in the context of carrying out interdisciplinary research. 


For admission to the Ph.D. programme in chemical engineering department minimum requirements are (one of)

  1. B.Tech./M.Tech. or equivalent degree in Chemical Engineering.
  2. B.Tech./ M.Tech. or equivalent degree in any branch of Engineering/ Chemical Technology and Interdisciplinary
  3. M.Sc. in disciplines consistent with the research areas of the department.


 Selection procedure and sample questions


Selection for the Ph.D program will be through two-stage procedure.

1. Stage-1, Written test: You have to appear for a written test in which the question paper format is such that there is a common section which is mandatory for all students and a second part which is specific to the candidates' background. Sample questions are available here.

Venue: Room: LH101 (Lecture Hall Complex, 1st Floor). Report at 9:00 am on 5th May, 2017.

2. Stage-2, Interview: if you are shortlisted based on your performance in stage-1, you will have to appear for the interview. Interview will be conducted based on the following areas.

2.1 Project work:
You have to submit one write up (half to one page) to the panel on your B.Tech/ project. Write down the abstract, motivation, key contribution, and future scope.

2.2 Research Interest:
During the interview you might be asked about the broad areas of research you are interested in. You should be aware about the recent status of research in that area. It is not mandatory that you have to pursue your research only in that area. But the process is to test your awareness and critical thinking about an area in which you are probably interested in. Interview Panel may ask you about your future objective and how the doctoral program will help you to achieve your goal.

2.3 Interview on the subjects:
You have to opt for one or two subjects of your preferences. You will be asked fundamental questions from the subjects. Sample questions are available here.

*Before appearing for the interview you have to submit your preferences on the TAP topics. Even if you are interested in TA position, providing a preference on TAP topic will improve your chances of getting an offer. TAP/FA topics are available here.


Admissions to the PhD programme of IIT Bombay can be obtained by qualifying under any of the following categories:

  1. Teaching / Reseach Assistantship (TA/RA): The best candidates who make it through our selection process are awarded IIT Bombay funded teaching assistantships or research assistantships. These scholars have the flexibility to select thesis topics and supervisors after one semester of coursework, after exposure talks on the various research areas in the Department, and on consultation with a number of faculty.

    For the other scholarship categories below, chosen candidates are made immediate offers against specific topics and supervisors.

  2. Teaching Assistantship through Project (TAP): Candidates are offered financial support originating from sponsored projects; such projects have a faculty from the department as the principal investigator (PI) and selected candidates pursue a PhD (with that PI as thesis supervisor) in the given topic. The projects are typically funded by the Department of Science of Technology (DST), Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) etc. The student is paid scholarships throughout the length of the project; this could vary from 2-4 years. In cases where the duration is less than 4 years, IIT Bombay pays the student equivalent salary for the remaining time at IIT (i.e. up to 4 years).  Before the interview candidates are asked to submit their preferences on the TAP topics. Therefore, you are requested to review the topics which are available (list contains FA topics as well) here.
  3. Govt./Semi Govt. Fellowship Award (FA): Candidates have their own sources of funding via scholarships such as those from CSIR, UGC, DBT, ICMR, or DST-Inspire. On joining a lab in the Department, you will have to activate that scholarship. FA topics are available (list contains TAP topics as well) here.

  4. Project Staff (PS): For individuals who are already working as Project Staff members, at IIT Bombay.

  5. External candidates(EX): For candidates sponsored by recognized R & D organizations, for example BARC.

  6. College Teacher (CT): For candidates working in Colleges / Educational Institutes.

Teaching Assistantships 

(These are general Institute guidelines) 

Students joining Ph.D. programme will be placed in the above categories based on the following norms:

  1. Those Students having B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch/ M.Phil./B.Sc.(engg)/ M.Sc./ M.A./ M.Com. or equivalent and who have either a valid GATE or National Level test - UGC/ CSIR/ NBHM etc. subject to financial support from respective organisation) and Management students with M.B.A. qualification with Science/ Commerece background will be considered for assistantships under the JRF category.
  2. Those student having M.Tech./M.E./M Arch./ Msc(Engg) or equivalent /M.B.B.S./MD/MS and Management students with M.B.A. qualification with Engineering/ Technical background will be considered for assistantship under the SRF category.
  3. The assistantship is paid for maximum period of 5 years for candidates with B.E. / B. Tech./M.Sc. as qualifying degree and maximum period of 4 years for candidates with M.E./ M.Tech. as qualifying degree.
  4. The above assistantship require that the student assist in teaching or research, as assigned by the Institute, to the extent of 8 hours of work per week. The continuation of the assistantship will be subject to satisfactory performance of the duties assigned by the Department as well as satisfactory academic performace.
  5. Students getting assistantships from the Institute can later join projects sponsored by external agencies DST, DBT, CSIR etc. and obtain corresponding TAP or FA fellowships.

Research Areas 

The department is involved in a variety of frontier and traditional areas in chemical engineering research.  More details and the list of faculty working in various areas are given here.


  • Biotechnology & Bio-Systems Engineering
  • Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
  • Energy & Environment
  • Materials Engineering
  • Process Systems Engineering
  • Transport, Colloids, and Interface Science

Details are available in the information brochure. Please check this page frequently for updates.


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