MS-PhD Admissions - Short Listing Criteria for applications submitted from March 1, 2018 - Feb. 28, 2019

In addition to the minimum eligibility conditions given in the admission brochure, the following cut-off marks and conditions are applied for shortlisting the candidates.

Selection Criteria

M.S Program
IIT BTech Regular HTRA Ext/PT IITM Project
(>= 6 months exp. in project)
Reg. with GRE
(for NHTRA)
Category UG% UG% GATE UG% UG% UG% GRE
GEN 75 75 600 75 75 75 300
OBC-NCL 75 67.5 540 67.5 67.5 67.5 280
SC/ST/PD 75 60 300 60 60 60 265
Regular PhD Program
Full TimeExt/PT
WS=0.6*(UG%) + 0.4*(PG%)
Direct PhD Program


  • In case the qualifying degree score obtained is CGPA, then the equivalent percentage is obtained by applying the formula 100*(x/y) - 5.0), where x is the CGPA out of y. We have noted that some universities do issue certificates stating conversion from CGPA to Percentage. In such cases, the candidate is expected to send a scanned copy of the conversion certificate for the converted score to be considered for the above cut off. This should be sent to
  • For MS Program :
    • UG% refers to the percentage of marks scored in the eligible degree (UG degree in Engineering, PG in case of BSc-MSc or BSc-MCA applicants).
    • Candidates with a valid GRE score and no GATE score will be considered only for non-HTRA category, (i.e., without any financial assistance) even if the candidate has applied for HTRA category.
    • All other criteria being met, 5% reduction in marks cutoff may be applied only for External/Part-time candidates with at least 10 years relevant industry experience. Candidates should submit proof of this experience at the time of test/interview.
    • Eligible Bachelor's Level Disciplines:
      • For IIT Candidates: Computer Science and Engg., Electronics and Communication Engg., Electrical Engineering.
      • For non-IIT candidates : BE/B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering (OR) BE/B.Tech in Electronics and Communication (OR) (OR) BE/B.Tech in Information Technology, (OR) B.Sc (Computer Science) + M.Sc (Computer Science) (OR) BCA+MCA. The UG degree must be accompanied with a valid GATE CS score.
  • For PhD Program, the following eligibility conditions apply:
    • UG/PG Disciplines:
      • B.E/B.Tech degree in Computer Science/Computer Science and Engg/Information Technology/ Electronics and Communications Engg (OR) Candidates with BCA/MCA degrees (OR) B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IITs (OR) B.E/B.Tech. in disciplines very closely related to Computer Science. The UG degree must be followed by an M.Tech in in Computer Science/Computer Science and Engg/Information Technology.
      • For Part-Time candidates, candidate's workplace must be within 50 Km from IIT Madras.
      • For External candidates, his/her current employer must have been approved as an External research organization by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India or by IIT Madras.
      • Part-time and External candidates must have a minimum of 2 years work experience in an organization, where the work done is relevant to CSE.
      • Candidates with a Master's degree in CSE/IT from IITs if their CGPA is at least 8.0 for general category, 7.5 for OBC-NCL and at least 7.0 for SC/ST/PD categories at the Master's degree and 70% and above for General in UG degree (65% and 60% respectively for OBC-NCL and SC/ST/PD respectively)
  • For Direct PhD Program, the eligible UG Disciplines as as follows
    • For CFTI Candidates: B.E/B.Tech. in Computer Science, Computer Science and Engg, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology.
    • For non-CFTI candidates: B.E/B.Tech. in Computer Science, Computer Science and Engg, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Information Technology. Closely related disciplines may also be considered.

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