PhD Admission Information

Information for  shortlisted candidates called for a written test

The following information is relevant to those candidates who have been called for written test

  1. Accommodation during written test and interview: To book your accommodation for your upcoming written test and/or interview at the IIT Bombay campus login to the admission portal at the earliest.

  1. TA, TAP, and FA topics: You have to submit your preferences on the TA/TAP/FA topics. TA/TAP/FA topics are  available here.
  2. Information regarding filling up the preference form: Read the information regarding filling up the preference form. 
  3. Online meeting to discuss admission process: An online discussion session will be organized to clarify the queries/issues that the candidates may have on the admission process/topic selection (TA/TAP/FA etc.) on 29-Apr-2023 at 12:00 noon. 


  1. Submission of preference (TAP/FA topics) form: Submit the preference form on or before 04 May 2023. 

             Link to submit the preference form:  

  1. Submission of presentation slides: The candidates shortlisted for the interviews should make a 5-minutes presentation consisting of 3-5 slides on the project/thesis/dissertation work carried out by them in the past. The presentation should include: i) objectives of the work, ii) methodology used, iii) key results, and iv) conclusions. The presentation should be converted to pdf format and named as RCL____presentation.pdf (for example,. RCL202310292_presentation.pdf). The presentation should be emailed to phd [dot] chemical [dot] iitb [at] gmail [dot] com on or before 01-May-2023.   
  2. Written test and Interview: The written test will be conducted on 08-May-2023 at the Lecture Hall Complex (LH301) at IIT Bombay campus. Reporting time is 9:00 AM.  Exam duration: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Based on the performance in the written test, the candidates are shortlisted for the in-person interviews to be held on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of May 2023. Sample questions are available here.
  3. For any other clarification, write to phd1 [dot] chemical [dot] iitb [at] gmail [dot] com

    For more information refer to the following sections.

PhD Admission Information

Application process for admission in Ph.D. programme for the Autumn  2023-2024 session has commenced. Please check the IITB admissions website for details. Information regarding the interview process and schedule is available now. The written test and the interview (for the shortlisted candidates) will be conducted on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of May 2023 in the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay.


The Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay, has a dynamic post-graduate program with opportunities and a strong emphasis on basic and applied research in various areas, including several interdisciplinary fields. This post-graduate program includes a large number of Ph.D. scholars who primarily contribute to the Department's research activities. 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 backgrounds, but the Department invites candidates from other backgrounds, especially in the context of carrying out interdisciplinary research. 


For admission to the Ph.D. program in the Chemical Engineering department minimum requirements are (one of) the following 

  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 areas. 
  3. M.Sc. in disciplines consistent with the research areas of the Department. 

Selection procedure 

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

  1. Stage-1: Shortlisting of the candidate to call for a written test is done based on academic performance in qualifying examinations and GATE score. 
  2. Stage-2: Written test: Written test will be conducted on 8th May 2023 at the IIT Bombay campus. 
  3. Stage-3, Interview: If you are shortlisted based on your performance in the written test, you will have to appear for an interview (In-person) which will be conducted on 8th, 9th, and 10th of May 2023  in the department of Chemical Engineering IIT Bombay. 

Interviews will focus on the following areas.

          2.1 Project work:  If you are shortlisted for an interview, you may be asked to discuss the project/thesis topic you have completed as a part of your qualifying degree.

          2.2 Interview on courses credited: You have to mention your preference for a couple of courses you have taken in your Bachelor's or Master's program. You will be asked fundamental questions from these courses. 

          2.3 Research Interest: During the interview, you may be asked about the broad areas of research you are interested in. You should be aware of 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. The Interview panel may ask you about your future objective and how the doctoral program will help you to achieve your goal.

          2.4 Submission of topic preference: If you are called for a written test, you must submit a preference for the TA/TAP/FA topics against the topics uploaded. Even if you are interested in a TA position, providing a preference on a TAP topic will improve your chances of getting an offer. If you have been awarded a JRF from CSIR/DBT or another funding agency and have your own fellowship, then only you are eligible to opt for FA topics.

You have to submit your topic preferences in a google form (which will be shared on this web page) on or before 4th May 2023. 
The Google form will be available after 30 April 2023.
An online meeting will be organized on 29 April 2023 to discuss the admission process.

We request you to visit this webpage frequently for updated information. 

Admission Categories

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

  1. Teaching Assistantship (TA): The best candidates who make it through our selection process are awarded IIT Bombay funded teaching assistantships or research assistantships. 
  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 2.5 to 5 years. In cases where the duration is less than five years, IIT Bombay pays the student equivalent salary for the remaining time at IIT (i.e., up to 5 years).
  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. After joining a lab in the Department, you will have to activate that scholarship. 
  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, DRDO, etc.
  6. College Teacher (CT): For candidates working in Colleges / Educational Institutes.

        For more details, refer to the information brochure available on the IITB admission page (

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