Ph.D. Admissions

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December 2016 Ph. D. Admissions are over

Eligibility For Admission

Candidates with a B.E./B.Tech./M.E. /M.Tech. in any branch of Engineering or M.Sc. (Physics or Mathematics) - with First Class or 60% marks (55% for SC/ST)are eligible to apply for the doctoral program in Systems and Control. Shortlisted candidates will be called for a written test and interview at IIT-Bombay on a pre-specified date. The final selection is based on the performance in the test and interview. (B.E./B.Tech. candidates requiring institute financial support must have a valid GATE score.)

The written test will be common for Engineering, Mathematics and Physics majors and students can choose questions to answer from any topic of the ones mentioned below. However as a general guideline we ask that

  1. Engineering majors should be prepared to be examined on:
    - basic notions of classical control - transform calculus, transfer functions, stability, root locus, Bode plots, Nyquist plots and simple compensators used in feedback control.
    - state-space models, state feedback, controllability and observability.
    - ordinary differential equations, elementary linear algebra and probability, and basic optimization techniques.

  2. Mathematics majors should be prepared to be examined on:
    - basics of analysis, probability and statistics, geometry, discrete mathematics, and algebra
    - basics of optimization and variational techniques
    - basics of dynamical systems.

  3. Physics majors should be prepared to be examined on:
    - basics of classical and quantum mechanics, and probability
    - basics of variational techniques and optimization
    - basics of ordinary differential equations and dynamical systems.

Candidates interested in pursuing a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in Systems and Control may send in the following two documents at any time of the year to the e-mail address (or postal address) given below:

  1. A two-page CV (resume) detailing your academic background, marks/grades obtained, work experience, research experience, publications. In your CV you could include the following:
    - work experience, with the following details:
        * for teaching experience, the courses taught
        * for research experience, the project detail(s) and his/her contribution to the project(s)
        * industry (R&D) experience, the project detail(s) and his/her role and/or contribution to the project(s)
    - details of the B.Tech. and/or M.Tech. project(s), or any other relevant project(s)

  2. A "Statement of Purpose." This is one to two page write-up on why you wish to pursue a Ph.D. in this group. In this write-up, you could include the following:
    - What motivates you to do a Ph.D. ?
    - Which subjects have inspired or motivated you so far in your academic career ?
    - Why would you like to do a Ph.D. in Systems and Control at IIT-Bombay ?
    - Are there any particular areas of research in the field that you are specifically interested in ?

Email address: phdcandidates[at]

Postal address:
The Systems and Control Engineering Group,
101, Systems and Control,
IIT Bombay,

NOTE: In addition to the above two documents, which may be sent in at any time of the year, you need to fill in the application form available at the IIT-Bombay academic office website, for the particular semester that you wish to apply for.

Admitted Students
NOTE: All students admitted to the doctoral program in Systems and Control have to register and clear a minimum of 6 courses (including 4 compulsory courses.) This course requirement is normally completed within two or three semesters of joining the program.
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