PhD Admissions

PhD Admissions July 2024

Date Announcement
May 29th, 2024 Please note that the shortlisting process for PhD programs has been completed, and the shortlisted candidates have been informed through email. We advise all applicants to check their email thoroughly (including the spam folder). You can find the application numbers of the shortlisted candidates here: PHD (External) & PHD (Regular)
May 14th, 2024 PhD Admission process will be starting on 3/4/5 June 2024 tentatively in physical mode.
April 14th, 2024 Application deadline has been extended until April 20th, 2024.
March 20th, 2024 PhD admissions portal opens for July 2024 round of admissions. Click here to apply. The PhD admissions brochure for the AI department can be found here. The Tentative Deadline for Online Application is April 11th, 2024. Keep visiting this page for all Latest Updates.

PhD Admissions January 2024

Date Announcement
December 14, 2023 Candidates selected for the PhD program are informed by email on December 6th, 2023. This concludes our PhD admissions for January 2024 round. We sincerely thank and send our best wishes to all candidates who expressed their interest in the program.
November 09, 2023 Candidates shortlisted for the written test and interview to PhD admission will be informed by Nov 10. Shortlisted candidates have to give a written test and interview physically on campus on Nov 23rd and Nov 24th respectively.
October 12, 2023 PhD admissions portal opens for January 2024 round of admissions. Click here to apply. Last date for applications is 26th-October-2023. The PhD admissions brochure for the AI department can be found here.

Overview :

The Department of AI at IIT Hyderabad helps in creating a complete ecosystem for AI Academics and Research at IIT Hyderabad. The department offers B.Tech, M.Tech. and PhD programs (full time and part time). The emergence of the department is the consequence of the heavy demand from the industry on artificial intelligence and data analytics, and the need to tackle the many fundamental and foundational research problems arising in a rapidly evolving field. The department's mission is to

  1. Train students to have a sound understanding of the fundamentals of the theory and practise of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
  2. Enable students to become leaders in the industry and academia nationally and internationally
  3. Meet the pressing demands of the nation in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

The Department of Artificial Intelligence has a sizable number of highly dedicated and dynamic faculty members, with a wide variety of expertise. Faculty publishes regularly in top AI conferences and journals such as NeurIPS, ICML, AAAI, IJCAI, CVPR, ICCV, ACL, EMNLP, AAMAS, JMLR, TIP, TACL etc. Currently there are 29 faculty members affiliated with the AI department. Candidates can discover the profiles and teaching/research areas of different faculty members by visiting Faculty Profiles

The PhD students will be provided with excellent laboratory facilities that they can access at any time. The laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including software and hardware (including high-end DGX servers and other GPU servers).

The Department of AI seeks talented and dedicated PhD students to develop highly skilled human resources who can contribute to modern and cutting edge research in AI.

Eligiblity Criteria for Different PHD Programs

Type Eligibility
Regular PHD Program
  • The Candidate must have a MTech/ME/MS in CS/ECE/EE or related areas in Artificial Intelligence.
  • The applicant must have already earned the Master's degree, or should at least be in the final year of the respective program.
  • In the latter case, it would be assumed that the candidate will be able to complete the degree by the time of admission into the PhD program.
  • Candidates with MSc/MCA/equivalent PG degree with an EMDS at IIT-H may apply for Regular PhD program.
Part Time PHD Program
  • Part time PhD program have the same eligibility criteria listed above.
  • In addition the candidate must be employed with a relevant employer at the time of application and admission.
Direct PHD Program
  • The candidate must have a BTech/BE/MCA in CS/EC/EE/AI/DS ( Note that AI refers to the Artificial Intelligence branch, and DS refers to the Data Science branch.), and have a valid GATE score in CS/EC/EE/DA.
  • Candidate with BE/B-Tech in CS/EC/EE/AI/DS or MCA/MSc(Maths)/MStats (Maths) from any Centrally Funded Technological Institutes (CFTI), with CGPA 9 or above can apply without a valid GATE score (For candidates from IITs/NITs/IIITs this is relaxed to CGPA 8 or above)
Selection Process:

For admission to the program, there will be a preliminary shortlisting depending upon the academic background. Candidates who satisfy the shortlisting criteria need to appear for a written test and/or an interview. The shortlisting criteria could be higher than the eligibility criteria. In addition, the department also reserves the right to set any cut off criteria for shortlisting the candidates and not to select anybody if no appropriate candidates are found.

Application Process:

IIT Hyderabad has a centralized online application portal for the PhD admission. Candidates are requested to visit IITH PHD Admissions for the application format and the submission link. Candidates applying for any of the PhD program are requested to submit their application through the portal. For other related information, such as last date of application, shortlist announcement, written test and interview dates, please visit

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