Admission opens for PhD January 2019 session in BITS Pilani for all its campuses

The admission to PhD Program (both full-time and part-time) for second semester 2018-19 of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, starting January 2019. As per the official notification, the admission is for all its campuses including Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad.

BITS Pilani offers PhD programme under the following schemes

  1. Full-Time PhD
  2. Part Time PhD
  3. Faculty development scheme
  4. PhD aspirant scheme

Important dates

  • The closure of online application is December 8, 2018, at 17:00 hours.
  • Name of the shortlisted candidates will be declared on December 20, 2018
  • PhD Research Departments are the following:
  • Science: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
  • Engineering: Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical and Pharmacy
  • Economics and Finance, Management, Humanities and Social Sciences

Eligibility for full time

(a) M.E/M.Pharm./MBA/ M.Phil of BITS or its equivalent with a minimum of 60% aggregate.

(b) Candidate with an M Sc/B.E or an equivalent with a minimum of 60% will also be considered for provisional admission to the Ph D programme. For Ph D programme in languages and humanities, candidates with an M.Phil/MA and with a minimum of 55% aggregate may also be considered. Such candidates have to undergo a minimum of two-semester coursework prescribed by DRC.

(c) The rare and unique case of a person of high professional standing and proven competence which is deemed to have acquired mastery over all or substantial part of the coursework of a higher degree of the Institute through long professional experience.

Part Time PhD

A person working in reputed research organisations, academic institutes and industries, situated preferably in the close vicinity of one of the campuses of BITS Pilani, can be admitted on a part-time basis provided

(i) The candidate is working in an organisation which encourages and facilitates research

(ii) Candidate meets the requisite minimum qualification for admission to Ph. D programme of BITS Pilani as mentioned in (a), (b) or (c)

(iii) The candidate has a minimum of one-year work experience in a related field, and (iv) candidate furnishes a “consent & no objection certificate” from his/her parent organisation.

Fellowships: are eligible to be considered for an Institute fellowship of 25,000 per month in the first year. The higher assistantship will be made available in subsequent years. Consideration for the fellowship will be as per Institute norms. 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 him/her by the institute. For other details on eligibility conditions, how to apply an additional aspect, the candidates should refer to the PhD Admission page on the official website of BITS Pilani.

PhD Aspirant scheme

Industries and R & D Organizations collaborating with BITS can sponsor candidates to work for PhD under the PhD Aspirants Scheme. Under this Scheme, such Employed professionals working in Industries and R&D Organizations having long experience and proven competence is aspiring for PhD programme will be considered and will be allowed to pursue their research at their locations of work. They will choose one BITS faculty as supervisor and or as co-supervisor.

Admission Modality

Admission to the Ph D programme is made in both the semesters against the advertisement, which can be checked at, the candidates have to apply along with details required in the application form.

A candidate usually is admitted to the PhD programme after passing his/her PhD qualifying examination. A few candidates may be admitted to the programme as provisional candidates before passing the PhD qualifying examination. This provision applies to full-time research scholars on the campus.

Instructions before you fill  the application form for Admission to the PhD programme – BITS Pilani Website 

Application for Admission to PhD Programme

2nd Semester 2018-19


  1. Carefully read the instructions and eligibility conditions before proceeding to apply online.
  2. Once you confirm the correctness of the entered data, it will be recorded, and you will not be allowed to change it after that.  Therefore before confirming ensure the accuracy of all entered information. After reading the instructions, click on the ‘Allow me to apply online’ link at the bottom of this page. (You may have to scroll down the page to see the link)
  3. Before printing out the filled form, the system will generate a unique application number for you. Note down this number without fail and use it in your future communication
  4. After completing the form online, you can take a print out of the filled-in form. You can keep it at yourself for any future reference. The last date for applying by completing the online application form along with prescribed fee is 5:00 PM on 8th December 2018. You are not required to send this form by post.
  5. While applying online, do not use the ‘Back’ button on the toolbar of your browser. Use the links and buttons available on the page to move from one page to another. Further, when you have completed applying, close all the open browser windows so that others cannot copy your details.
  6. When you are ready to apply online, you can click the link at the bottom of this page.
Payment Details: The application fee 2400/- is non-refundable. The cost can be paid using any of the following modes:

  1. Payment by Credit Cards and Debit Cards using Online Payment Gateway: All credit & Debit cards issued by Master and Visa are accepted. More details are available on the payment page.
  2. Payment through Net Banking enabled accounts of Indian banks using Online Payment Gateway: participating banks list will be displayed once you choose to pay through this mode.
  3. By cash payment at all ICICI Bank branches in India along with a specially generated Pay-in-Slip:  You can choose to pay through Cash at ICICI Bank branches. You have to download the specially designed Pay-in-slip from the website on the payments page and walk-into any ICICI bank branch along with cash. The bank shall deposit cash and give you a confirmation receipt for the same.
  4. Payment by Credit Cards and Debit Cards using PayTM: You can make payment through Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking/ Paytm Wallet.
  • Note:-
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