First Semester, 2021-22
BITS Pilani offers UG, PG, and PhD programmes to nearly 17,000
students across its campuses in Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai.
BITS Pilani has established itself as a symbol of Excellence and was
declared as an Institution of Eminence by the Ministry of Education,
Government of India in 2020. BITS Pilani has been ranked in the
Top 351-400 by QS World University Subject Rankings 2020 in four
areas, namely, Mechanical Engineering (in top 10 in India),
Computer Science (in top 12 in India), EEE (in top 12 in India) and
Chemical Engineering (in top 14 in India). Nature Index India 2020
has ranked BITS at #9 in Physical Sciences category amongst the
academic institutes. NIRF 2020 has ranked BITS at #15 in
University category, at #23 in Overall category and at #6 in
Pharmacy. In QS Asia University Rankings 2021, BITS is at #194,
only private institute from India in the Asia Top 200, and #18 in
India. The Institute has secured more than Rs 330 crore as external
research grant in the last 5 years. State of the art facilities have
been developed to support cutting edge research, led by students
and about 850 faculty members, leading to an h-index of 122,
~11700+ publications with ~1,25,000 citations as per Scopus
Database and with 85+ patents filed in the last 5 years. Recently,
BITS Pilani was chosen by DST, GoI to establish a Technology
Innovation Hub on Bio-Cyber Physical Systems with a grant of Rs
125 Cr; BITS is the only non-Govt institute amongst the 25 chosen
nationally for this prestigious grant. Recent studies have identified
BITS at #3 in terms of number of Indian start-ups founded by the
graduates of an institute.
Applications are invited for full-time and part-time PhD programs
for the First Semester of the Academic Year 2021-22 in Pilani, Goa
and Hyderabad campuses of BITS Pilani in the following
o Engineering: Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical &
Electronics, Mechanical
o Science: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
o Pharmacy
o Economics & Finance, Humanities & Social Sciences, Management
Department preference with regard to the full-time and part-time
Ph.D. student admission is available on the BITS Pilani admission
o Yes – A Department intends to admit students under the specified
o No – A Department does not intend to admit students under the
specified mode.
Minimum Eligibility Qualifications
o ME / MTech / MPharm / MBA / MPhil (minimum of 60%
o MSc/BE/BPharm or an equivalent degree (minimum of 60%
o For admission into Humanities and Social Sciences, MA degree
(minimum of 55% aggregate)*
[*In the Qualifying Degree examination]
In addition, Departments may set specific admission criteria for
shortlisting. Meeting the minimum eligibility qualifications does not
guarantee admission into the PhD programme. Shortlisted
candidates will have to appear for an admission test, which may
comprise a written exam and/or interview. Information on specific
Departments and related research activities is available on the
Department homepage of respective campuses.
Full-time students
Preferably individuals who would like to pursue PhD in-house,
residing on campus.
Part-time students
Preferably individuals who are working in organizations providing
basic facilities and an environment for research.
Financial Assistance
Full-time PhD students admitted into the PhD programme are
eligible to be considered for fellowship of ₹28,000 or ₹31,000 per
month as per intake qualifications. Consideration for fellowship will
be as per Institute norms, details of which are available in the PhD
brochure on the admission website. It will be obligatory on the part
of every admitted full time student to undertake 8 to 10 hours (per
week) of work as assigned to her/him by the Institute.
For details on the admissions process, refer
( ). Deadline to receive filled
applications with the prescribed application fee is 17:00 hrs. on
26th July, 2021.
Application Procedure
o Click on “online application” at
o Following documents will have to be uploaded:
o 1. Photograph
o 2. Signature
o 3. Date of Birth Certificate
o 4. Marksheet of Qualifying degree
o 5. Certificate of Qualifying degree
Important Dates
Activity Date
Admission Portal Open 26-Jun-2021
Last Date for filling application form online 26-Jul-2021
Declaration of shortlisted candidates (on BITS
admission website) 31-Jul-2021
9th to 16th
August 2021
Announcement of admission offers to PhD
Programmes (on BITS admission website) 23-Aug-2021
Reporting of selected students to respective
campuses 30-Aug-2021
Registration 1-Sep-2021
The Institute reserves the right to change the above deadlines.
Candidates will be informed well in advance should there be such a
Refer to PhD Admission Brochure for details on financial assistance,
written test, important dates etc.

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