PhD: List of candidates selected for interview on 06 July 2018. Click here

Important Dates

Submission of online Application Form commences on

18 February 2018

Submission of online Application Form closes on (Revised)

30 May 2018

Entrance Examination for Candidates not called for direct interview (Revised)

16 June 2018

Announcement of list of candidates called for interview

22 June 2018

Date of Interview

6 July 2018

Announcement of Result

6 July 2018

Registration and document verification at DAIICT campus for candidates with a confirmed offer

19 July 2018

Orientation for the new batch

20 to 23 July 2018

Commencement of classes

25 July 2018

Program Overview

DA-IICT invites applications from bright scholars interested in pursuing research in ICT and other allied domains. The doctoral program at DA-IICT is an intense program geared towards preparing students for careers both in academia and industry.  Research at DA-IICT is conducted in ICT & allied disciplines, Mathematical & Computational Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences.  Candidates interested in any of these disciplines, or in interdisciplinary areas, are encouraged to apply.

The details of the faculty members with their research interests can be found here. Candidates are advised to interact and discuss their prospective research supervision with faculty members over email and/or in person. Admission to the PhD program is conducted twice in an academic year, once prior to the Autumn semester (July) and the other prior to the Winter semester (December).

Program Structure

The PhD program comprises of both course and research work.  The amount of coursework one has to undergo depends on the candidates' past background and the research one is engaged in.  The research work to be undertaken for PhD must include original contribution to the knowledge reserve culminating in a thesis to be submitted for the doctoral degree. The detailed Program structure, academic requirement, and comprehensive examination information can be found here.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

DA-IICT admits doctoral students under four categories:

Educational Qualification/Eligibility Criteria
Selection Criteria
A ICT and related domains M.Tech./M.E./M.C.A./M.Sc./M.Phil./B.Tech/B.E. or equivalent degree in ICT / CS / EC / IT / EE / IN / Mathematics / Statistics / Physics / Bioinformatics / Electronics or other appropriate disciplines with 60% marks or its equivalent in the qualifying degree as per the norms set by degree awarding Institute/University.

1. Direct Interview for candidates with valid JRF/DST Inspire/PM scholarship/Visvesvaraya PhD scheme at the time of application.

2. Shortlisting based on entrance test to be conducted at DAIICT Gandhinagar, and other centers (tentative list of centers: Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and DAIICT Gandhinagar) and selection on the basis of personal interview at DAIICT Gandhinagar.

B Computational Science, Mathematics and Physical Sciences M.Sc./M.Tech./M.Phil./B.Tech./B.E. or equivalent degree in Engineering Physics / Computational Science / Computer Science / Scientific Computing / Physics / Mathematics / Electronics / Bioinformatics or other appropriate disciplines with 60% marks or its equivalent as per the norms set by the degree awarding Institute/University.
C Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

M.A./M.Com./M.B.A./ M.Phil. or an equivalent degree in the desired discipline with at least 55% marks or equivalent as per the norms set by the degree awarding Institute/University.  M. Phil. degree holders will be preferred.

The candidate must furnish a clear academic statement of purpose (SOP) conveying his/her intellectual background, research interests, achievements, and competences.

1. Candidates with valid JRF and/or M Phil degree will be shortlisted for the interview solely on the basis of their statement of purpose (SOP) and other relevant academic credentials.
2. Shortlisting based on entrance test to be conducted at DAIICT Gandhinagar, and other centers (tentative list of centers: Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and DAIICT Gandhinagar) and selection on the basis of personal interview at DAIICT Gandhinagar.
D Sponsored Candidates in category A and B above

Educational qualifications as mentioned in category A or B above with three years of relevant experience. 

The candidates should be sponsored by an R&D organization with whom DA-IICT has established over five years of cooperative research programme or has signed an MOU.

The candidate who intends to apply in this category should forward his/her application through proper channel, that is, a forwarding certificate/letter by the head of the department/institute.

DA-IICT reserves right to relax eligibility criteria for the sponsored category for deserving candidates based on candidate’s research profile and experience.

Direct Interview at DAIICT Gandhinagar


  • The guidelines and syllabus for PhD entrance test can be found here.  Click here for sample paper of Part I and here for sample paper of Part-II.
  • Candidates with M.Sc./M.C.A., unless they have a subsequent M. Phil. degree will be considered equivalent to candidate with a B.Tech./B.E. degree and are required to fulfil (additional) course and research requirements.
  • Allotment of centres will depend on their availability and number of candidates opting for that center.
  • DA-IICT reserves right to relax eligibility criteria for the sponsored category for deserving candidates based on candidate’s research profile and experience.
  • The decision of the Competent Authorities of DA-IICT regarding eligibility of any candidate shall be final.

Fees Structure*

At the time of admission an amount of Rs.30,000/- (Rs.15000/- towards tuition fee for the first Semester and Rs.15,000/- towards caution deposit) is to be paid by way of bank draft drawn in favour of ‘DA-IICT,’ payable at Ahmedabad. The registration fee is payable at the time of registration and hostel rent on allotment of the hostel room.

Tuition Fee

Rs. 15,000 per Semester

Registration Fee

Rs. 2,500 per Semester

Hostel Rent

Rs.15,000 per semester (subject to revision).The male PG students have to make their own arrangements for accommodation. A good number of paying guest facilities are available in Gandhinagar which can be availed by the students. A limited number of hostel rooms on twin sharing basis are likely to be available at NICM campus (distance 1.5 km, from DA-IICT) which the students are required to reserve in advance on admission. All outstation (other than Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and nearby places) female students will be accommodated on the campus.

Caution Deposit Rs. 15,000 (Refundable at the end of the Program)

*Subject to revision.


Financial assistance:

The following is a summary of financial assistance provided by the institute to the non-sponsored category students.

DA-IICT fellowship: All those admitted as full-time PhD students will be eligible for financial support in the form of Teaching Assistantship (TA)/Research Assistantships (RAs). The assistantship is Rs. 21,000/- per month till the end of the semester in which the candidate clears the comprehensive examination. For the subsequent period, for candidates with B Tech/M Sc degree the assistantship gets revised to Rs. 25,000/- per month, and for candidates with M Tech/M Phil degree the assistantship gets revised to Rs. 28,000/- per month.   The fellowship is for a maximum duration of four years after passing the comprehensive examination or clearing of Synopsis, whichever is earlier.  The responsibilities associated with the teaching / research assistantship includes conducting laboratory courses and tutorials for undergraduate students, assisting in teaching, research projects, and academic administration.

TCS Research Fellowship: The Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has recognized DA-IICT as one of the Institutions to administer the TCS Research Scholar Program. This prestigious program provides attractive doctoral fellowships to full-time students pursuing PhD programs in selected areas. The eligibility and other details are as follows:

The scheme is open for Ph D students in their first year of the program. Students who are within 28 years of age, having a first class throughout their education, and wish to pursue research in broad areas of Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology and Software Engineering.

Period: For a maximum of four years or submission of thesis, whichever is earlier.
Fellowship: Rs. 28,000/- per month for the first two years and Rs.32,000/- per month for the next two years. Other Incentives are:

A contingency of Rs.1,00,000/- is available in first year for use during the tenure of studies.

A student enrolled as TCS Research Scholar is eligible to receive support for paper presentation in one International refereed conference, held outside India, and two National/International refereed conferences, held in India, during her/his tenure.

Selection: Institute will invite applications from students who are offered PhD admission, and recommend suitable candidates to TCS. TCS reserves the right of final selection for the award of the fellowship.

CSIR-NET Fellowship: Candidates who have qualified through the NET examination and admitted to the program can avail their CSIR fellowships.

Other Fellowships: Candidates who have been selected for DST Inspire / PM Scholarship / Visweshvaraya PhD scheme and other appropriate fellowships and admitted to the program can avail their fellowship.

Application Procedure

  • Submit online application form by clicking on the link given below. Application fee (non-refundable) is Rs. 1200/- (Rupees One thousand two hundred only) Click here to apply online.
  • The Candidate has to satisfy the eligibility criteria in order for her/his application to be considered for admission into the PhD. program.
  • Applicants who have not been invited directly for the interview are required to appear for DAIICT’s PhD Entrance Examination.
  • The candidates shortlisted based on either their performance in the DA-IICT PhD entrance test OR invited directly for interview, have to appear for personal interview.  In the interview, the candidates will be evaluated by a panel of expert faculty on foundational as well as specialized topics of their background and research interests.  For this purpose, the candidates have to submit a one page statement of purpose as a part of their application.  Final merit list for admission into the program will be prepared based on the written examination (wherever applicable) and/or the interview.
  • The candidates who have accepted admission offers will be notified to appear for registration, followed by document verification, payment of fees and on confirmation of admission, the orientation program.

Admission Offer

List of candidates selected for admission to the Ph.D. Program will be posted on the website of DA-IICT, and the candidates will be intimated accordingly through post and/or email.

For inquiries

Phone: (79) 30510574/5/6