PhD Admission Information

The Admission process for Ph.D in the Spring, 2020-2021  session has commenced. Please check the IITB admissions website for details. Information specific to  interview procedure and different categories of intake is available on this page.  Vacancy for the seats under Teaching Assistantship is available in IITB admissions website. In addition to that there are seats available under TAP category.  Visit this page frequently for updated information. 


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 areas. 
  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, Shortlisting for interview: Shortlisting will be done based on academic performance  in qualifying examination and GATE score.

2. Stage-2, Interview: If you are shortlisted and called for an interview, you will have to appear for an online interview (Video Conference mode) through WebEx/Google-meet etc on 7th and 8th December, 2020. The exact date and slot/time for individual candidates will be  uploaded on this page. Interviews will focus on the following areas previous project work, Research interest and on two or three courses you have taken in your Bachelor's or Master’s program.

If you are shortlisted for interview, refer this page in the second week of November for updated information


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

  1. Teaching / Research 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 in 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 2.5 to 5 years. In cases where the duration is less than 5 years, IIT Bombay pays the student equivalent salary for the remaining time at IIT (i.e. up to 5 years).  Before the interview candidates are asked to submit their preferences on the TAP topics. Therefore, you are requested to review the topics which will be announced after 18th June on this page.
  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 will be made available by 18th June, 2020 in this page.
  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.

Teaching Assistantship
(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/ Commerce background will be considered for assistantships under the JRF category.
  2. Those students having M.Tech./M.E./M Arch./ Msc(Engg) or equivalent qualification with Engineering/ Technical background will be considered for assistantship under the SRF category.
  3. The assistantship is paid for a 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 requires 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 performance.
  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.