PhD Admissions

PhD Admissions January 2024

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.

PhD Admissions July 2023

July 4, 2023: PhD offer letters were sent to the selected candidates on 19th June, 2023

May 31, 2023: Interview call letters haven been sent to candidates shortlisted from written test. The interview date, time, as well as the reporting instructions are mentioned in the email.

May 20, 2023: Candidates shortlisted for written test has been informed though their regsitered email. Please check your spam folder also.

May 09, 2023: Candidates shortlisted based on the written test performance will be called for interviews at IITH campus. The interviews will be held on the 9th June 2023. Requests for online interviews will not be considered.

May 09, 2023: The online written test for the PhD program will be held on 27th May 2023, from 10 am. Details about the modalities of the test will be informed to the shortlisted candidates by email. Shortlisting is currently under progress, and is expected to be completed by early next week.

March 27, 2023: The Department of AI is currently accepting applications for PhD admissions for the July 2023 cycle. The link to the PhD admission portal can be found here. The brochure containing the instructions can be downloaded from here. The deadline is 23rd April 2023.


The Department of AI is a newly launched department at IIT Hyderabad. Considering the interdisciplinary nature of AI, a separate department helps in creating a complete ecosystem for AI Academics and Research at IIT Hyderabad. The department will offer B.Tech, M.Tech. and PhD programs, and plans to offer a variety of Minor Programs in AI. 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. Currently there are 22 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 GPU servers). All the laboratories are provided with internet connectivity.

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 and industrial demand in AI.

Eligibility Criteria for Application to the PhD program:

The Eligibility criteria for regular PhD program is MTech/Equivalent Degree 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 pro-gram. 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.

The Department of AI considers Direct-PhD admission, where the eligibility criteria is BTech/BE/MCA/MSc/Equivalent Degree in any engineering discipline or Maths, and have a valid GATE score in CS/EC/EE/MA/ST. Candidate with BTech/BE/MCA/MSc/Equivalent Degree in any engineering discipline or 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).

Department also admit students to the part time PhD program. Part time PhD program have the same eligibility criteria listed above and in addition the candidate must be employed with a relevant employer at the time of application and admission.

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.

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