NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ROURKELA
Notice for Admission to PhD Program
Commencing in Autumn (July) Semester of AY 2021-22
Applications are invited online from eligible candidates for admission to PhD Program of the Institute
in Autumn (July) Semester of the Academic Year 2021-22. Admission will be given preferably to the
applicants who are eligible for Institute fellowship or have qualified for External fellowship. However,
admission may also be considered without fellowship. Students with external fellowship like JRF-NET
are especially encouraged to apply.
B. Eligibility Criteria for PhD Program
The minimum qualification required for admission to PhD programs in Engineering, Science, Planning
& Architecture, Management, and Humanities & Social Sciences is one of the following:
a) ME/MTech/MScEngg/MPharm/MArch/MPlan/MDes in relevant discipline with at least 6.5
CGPA or 60% marks or 1st class in both BE/BTech/BScEngg/MSc/BPharm/MCA/BArch/ BDes
or equivalent, and ME/MTech/MScEngg/MPharm/ MArch/MPlan/MDes from a recognized
Technical Institute or University.
b) BE/BTech/BScEngg/MSc/BPharm/MCA/BArch/BDes or equivalent in relevant discipline with
CGPA of 7.0 or 65% marks.
c) MSc in Basic Sciences with CGPA 7.0 or 65% marks in relevant disciplines. For applicants
with valid GATE/NET/GPAT or equivalent score, requirement may be relaxed by maximum
0.5 CGPA or 5% marks.
d) MBBS/BVSc with CGPA 6.5 or 60% marks or 1st class.
Further, candidates having the following qualification can also apply for PhD in Management and
Humanities & Social Sciences:
e) MA/MCom/MBA/MSc in Humanities and Social Sciences or Management or BTech with 6.5
CGPA or 60% marks or 1st class for PhD in Management, and Humanities and Social Sciences
In addition to the above eligibility criteria (based on BTech, BArch, MSc, MBA, MA, MCom, MTech,
MArch, MPlan, MDes and MPharm, etc. examinations), the following additional criteria will also be
a) A candidate should score minimum 6.5 CGPA or 60% marks or 1st class throughout career
to be eligible for admission to PhD programme. The Departmental Research Committee
(DRC), however, may make exception (marks < 60% or CGPA < 6.5) at its discretion in only
one among the results of 10th, +2, BA, BSc, BCom, Diploma etc. (except qualifying degree)
if the candidate has qualified in GATE/NET/GPAT or other national level fellowship tests like
DST-INSPIRE, etc. or joined as JRF/SRF in any research project.
b) For admission to Engineering and Science disciplines (except Life Science), a candidate
should have passed Mathematics in +2 Science or Diploma.
c) Science students admitted to PhD programme in Engineering/Physics/ Mathematics must
have passed Mathematics at +3 level. Students without Mathematics at +3 level may be
admitted under the condition that they will have to register for 14 credits of 1000 and 2000
level Mathematics and 1000 level Computer Science courses (Theory and Practical) in
addition to their normal course requirement, and secure at least C grade in each course.
d) A student should have passed Life Science or Biological Science either at +2 or +3 level for
admission to PhD in Life Science department.
e) Students without having qualifying degree in the primary discipline will be required to take up
additional course work of 6 credits to gain adequate knowledge on the subject so as to be
considered to qualify along with students with specialization in a primary discipline, unless
explicitly exempted by the Senate. List of primary disciplines for specializations under various
departments is given in Clause “D” below.
However, a higher shortlisting criteria (possibly different for different departments and for different
categories of students) may be set by the Department during scrutiny of applications depending on
departmental requirement, number and quality of applicants. Therefore, merely satisfying the
minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee a candidate to be called for interview and also mere
attending an interview does not guarantee admission.
C. Applicants Awaiting Results
a) For thesis based Postgraduate degrees [(M. Tech. (Research), MS or equivalent], a student is
permitted to submit the final result within one year from the date of thesis submission. However,
one documentary evidence (proof of thesis submission) from the candidate’s Institute/University
is required to be submitted at the time of admission.
b) For all course based degrees [B. Tech., M. Sc.., MBA, M. Tech. (Regular), etc.] results need to
have been published before admission is granted. In exceptional cases when a university will not
be in a position to publish result by the time of admission, submission of qualifying degree result
may be permitted till 30th September, 2021 but not beyond.
D. Qualifying Degrees and Primary Disciplines for Admission
Different academic eligibility across the departments has been made considering the departmental
requirement, availability of candidates in the respective departments and uniform growth of all
departments in the Institute.
Onus of proving a Degree / Specialization / Discipline as equivalent with any of the above mentioned
Degree / Specialization / Discipline shall lie with the applicant claiming equivalency. However, decision
of the Institute shall be final and binding in this matter.
1. Where regular mode of education is available for any Degree/Qualification then
Degree/Qualification obtained through any modes other than regular mode, i.e. Distance
Learning, Correspondence Course, etc. will NOT be considered for the purpose of admission to
PhD program of the Institute.
2. For selection of research scholars in any engineering discipline, students with BTech degree will
be given preference over students with MSc degree, even if the latter may have an MTech Degree.
3. Students with any other relevant background may be eligible, but only with approval of the Senate
or Chairman, Senate on the recommendation of the Departmental Research Committee (DRC).
4. There is no relaxation in academic requirement for SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PWD students, because the
minimum academic requirements have been set to meet the basic challenges of the academic
program. Also, the academic eligibility shall be same across all studentship categories (Institute
fellowship, External fellowship, Project fellowship, Sponsored, etc.).
5. If the evaluation system is in grades, CGPA value will be considered and if the evaluation system
is in marks, percentage value will be considered.
6. Students of one discipline may seek admission in a related department which will be considered
on the basis of merit of the individual case(s).
7. Selection will be made on the basis of academic record, relevance of qualification, candidate’s
research interest, existing research programs and facilities of the departments, and performance
of the candidate in tests and/or interviews. Therefore, merely attending a tests and/or an interview
does not guarantee admission.
F. Financial Support
Institute Fellowships are available to the PhD students of all the departments. Prevailing rate of
fellowship is given in the following table:
* Subject to clearing the Progress Seminar to be conducted by the department.
Payment of Institute fellowship is effective from date of enrollment or starting date of biometric
attendance whichever is later, but will be paid only after submission of all required documents by the
scholars. Financial support is initially for a period of one year and will be renewed on year to year
basis on satisfactory performance/progress.
Individual External Fellowships
Candidates with individual external fellowships (CSIR-NET/UGC-NET/DSTINSPIRE/RGNF/ICSSR/Women Scientist, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply. The selection process will be same as that for other candidates. The rate and mode of payment of fellowship to such
students will be governed as per the rules of the Sponsor / Funding Agency.
1. If a student with Institute fellowship or project fellowship leaves the Institute in the mid-session
on his own accord without completing the program, the entire amount paid to him/her towards
fellowship need to be returned by the student before leaving the Institute. S/he will not
receive any certificate from the Institute unless s/he refunds the fellowship received in full.
Students with project fellowship may not be required to refund only if sponsor’s rule permit
him leaving the project without refunding fellowship. Students receiving external fellowships
will be governed as per the rules of the Sponsor / Funding Agency.
2. All students, with or without fellowship or receiving any other financial support are required to
assist faculty members of their department in teaching and research activity. They may be
required to take tutorial and laboratory classes, assist in student projects or other R & D
activities as assigned by the HOD/Coordinator.
G. Fee Structure
Fees to be paid at the time of admission to PhD Program is as follows:-
1. The above fee is only for the 1st semester. For remaining semesters the approximate fee will be
Rs.44,000/- per semester (Rs.36,500 /- for SC/ST students) which is inclusive of Mess dues.
However, the Institute reserves the right to amend the fee structure from time to time, which will
be implemented with immediate effect for all students irrespective of the date of admission.
2. Fee will be paid by the selected students online in the Institute payment portal details of which will
be notified along with selection result.
Refund of Fee
If a student is removed or withdraws/leaves himself/herself from the Institute after admission without
completing the entire program, all fees paid including the caution money deposit will be forfeited by
the Institute. Mess advance may be refunded after deduction of dues, if any. This clause is applicable
even before formal registration to the 1st semester and starting of classes.
H. Sponsored / Local Sponsored Candidates
The Institute welcomes candidates from reputed academic Institutes, Industry, R & D Institutions, and
from Government organizations.
a) A sponsored candidate is expected to work full time in the Institute till completion of his/her
program, or at least 3 years (2 years for M. Tech (Res)) from beginning in the Institute. However,
in deserving cases, if facilities exist at his/her place of employment and his/her job assignment
matches with the research problem, s/he may be permitted to work at the place of employment
after satisfying minimum residential requirement (normally 6 months to a year).
b) Local sponsored candidates (working in and around Rourkela having permanently nontransferable jobs) must have enough time and flexibility in their job assignment in order to continue the program applied for. Their working hours to be suitably adjusted in the sponsoring
organization so that s/he can work on his/her studies at NIT Rourkela for at least 120 days and
500 hours per semester [25 days and 75 hours in case the scholar has a Co-Supervisor in his/her
work place, his research work is related to his work in the job place and availability of adequate
research facility in the work place].
c) Sponsored candidates must have completed at least two years of continuous service in the
sponsoring organization, which must be an Institution of Repute employing good number of
engineering/science professionals. The completion of two years continuous service shall be
counted as on June 30, 2021.
d) Sponsored students are expected to serve their sponsoring organization on completion of their
degree in NIT, for at least 3 years after completion of the academic program.
Sponsored candidates may apply for PhD program of any discipline.
I. Application Fee and Procedure
Interested candidates satisfying the eligibility criteria may submit their online application at
http://eapplication.nitrkl.ac.in. The applicants are advised to:
a) Read this advertisement and the instructions to fill up the online application form given in
the online portal carefully,
b) Pay non-refundable Application Fee of Rs. 500/- through SBI Collect only. No other mode
of payment is acceptable. The applicants has to search SBI COLLECT -> ODISHA ->
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION -> DIRECTOR NIT ROURKELA -> PhD APPLICATION
FEE. Note down the SB Collect Reference Number. Application fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances.
c) Fill up the online application form and enter the SB Collect Reference Number in the
appropriate column of Application Fee section and submit the same. In case one fails to
submit SB Collect Reference Number in the appropriate column of Application Fee section
in the online application portal, his/her application will not be submitted and will not be
considered as a valid application.
d) Sponsored candidates are required to submit the scanned copy of the sponsorship
certificate while submitting online application.
Applicants are NOT required to send hard copy of the application form or any other document(s) to
NIT Rourkela. However, candidates who will be called for interview will be required to submit signed
copy of the application form, a set of photo copies of all certificates and original Sponsorship
Certificate (for Sponsored/Local Sponsored candidates only) at the time of interview. They also need
to produce original certificates from HSC onwards for verification.
J. Tentative Schedule
The list of selected candidates will be displayed in our Institute website www.nitrkl.ac.in and no postal
intimation will be sent to the selected candidates. The applicants are required to visit the
“Announcement” section in the “Home Page” of the Institute website regularly for further updates.
L. How to reach the Institute
Rourkela is located in the Howrah-Mumbai main Train route. Train connections are also available
from Bhubaneswar and Ranchi. Night AC/Non-AC bus services are available from all major cities of
Odisha (Bhubaneswar/Berhampur/Balasore, etc.). The Institute is located around 8 km. away from
the Railway Station and 2 km away from Sector-3 Bus Stop. Usual rate of auto fare at present is
Rs.140/- and Rs. 80/-, respectively. App based taxi services are also available from the Railway
Station to the campus.
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