MS & PhD Admission

MS & Ph.D Admission

Important Information About the MS and PhD Programmes

 

Applications to the MS and PhD programme at IIT Madras are done through an online process that is centrally conducted by Institute through the MS/PhD Admission for Jan-May 2014 web site. Please follow instructions there. On this page you can find a few more details specific to the Electrical Engineering department.

 

 

Structure of the Programmes:
The MS and PhD programmes include the following:
  1. Coursework: Minimum of 5 courses for MS and minimum of 4 courses for PhD with good academic performance.
  2. Thesis: High quality research resulting in publications in reputed international journals such as IEEE Transactions.
MS/PhD Selection Process:
The selection is a two-stage process for each group - EE1, EE2, EE3, EE4 and EE5. Candidates called for selection should indicate their preferences while applying for the program. The first stage is a written test ( for syllabus, click on the tabs corresponding to the groups ). Candidates selected in the written test will have to appear for an interview in the second stage of the selection process. Final selection will be made based on both the written test and the interview.

After admission to the PhD program, the candidate has to succesfully complete the comprehensive exam.

MS and PhD categories of application:
The categories under which you can apply for MS and for PhD are given on pages 6 and 7 of the brochure (attached here for your convenience). Some of the categories require that you fill various forms. These have been collected for your convenience and are available for download here

 

Research in the EE1 (Communications) group is carried out in the broad areas of Telecommunications, Signal Processing, Networking and Optics. Please click here for more details.

Syllabus for EE1
  • Signals and Systems by Oppenheim and Willsky, Second Edition, Chapters 1 to 10.
  • Discrete-time Signal Processing by Oppenheim and Schafer, Second Edition, Chapters 1 to 5 and Chapter 8.
  • Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes by Papoulis and Pillai, Fourth Edition, Chapters 1 to 5.
  • Linear Algebra and its Applications by Gilbert Strang, Fourth Edition, Chapters 1 to 5 (OR)
    Linear Algebra and its Applications by David C Lay, Third Edition, Chapters 1 to 6.

Solving all example problems and exercises from the above books is strongly recommended as preparation for the entrance exam. Sample questions from the written exams in the previous years can be found here.

Video lectures from NPTEL are available for Signals and Systems, Linear Algebra and Digital Signal Processing

Research in the EE2 (Power Systems and Power Electronics) group is carried out in the broad areas of Power Systems, Power Electronics and High Voltage Engineering.

Please click here for more details on the Power Systems Engineering Division.

Syllabus for EE2
The written examination will contain questions that aim to test the understanding of the fundamental principles that relate to the areas of activity of the EE2 group. These questions will be from
  • Control engineering
  • Power electronics
  • Electrical machines
  • High voltage engineering
  • Power System Instrumentation
  • Power systems

The students will need to answer as many questions as possible. Some sample questions may be found here.

Research in the EE3 (Microelectronics and VLSI) group is carried out in the broad areas of Analog/Digital IC design and Fabrication/Modelling of semiconductor and optoelectronic devices. Please click here for vlsi and MEMS for more details.

Syllabus for EE3
  1. Microelectronic devices: Ben G. Streetman, *Solid State Electronic Devices*, Prentice Hall, 4th Edition,1995. Chapters 1-7.
  2. Electrical Networks: Hayt and Kemmerly, *Engineering Circuit Analysis*, McGraw Hill, 6/e. Chapters 1-10.
  3. Analog electronics: (a) Sergio Franco, *Design with operational amplifiers and analog ICs*, Tata McGraw Hill. Chapters 1-5, 8-10 OR (b) Sedra and Smith, *Microelectronic Circuits, *Oxford University Press, USA. (various editions). Part I, chapters 1,6 in Part II.
  4. Digital systems and Design Automation: Topics: Number systems, combinational and sequential circuits, finite state machines, basic computer organization; data structures and algorithms; Reference books: Morris Mano, *Digital Design*, Prentice Hall, 3rd edition, 2001; Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C, Mark Weiss

Note: The research areas in digital systems expect supporting background areas including algorithms and data structures, probability and random processes (for design automation), signal processing (for architecture exploration). Although no specific texts are specified in these areas, basic undergraduate level knowledge of these topics is assumed and will be tested.

Solving all example problems and exercises from the above reference books is *strongly* recommended as preparation for the entrance exam. Sample questions from the written exams in the previous years Circuits can be found here and that on devices can be found here.

Research in the EE4 (Control Systems and Instrumentation ) group is carried out in the broad areas of Control Systems, Embedded Systems (including FPGA-based system design), Robotics and Instrumentation.
Syllabus for EE4

The written examination will contain questions that aim to test the understanding of the fundamental principles that relate to the areas of activity of the EE4 group. These questions will be from

  1. Circuits (Digital & Analog)
  2. Control Engineering (including basics of linear algebra and robotics)
  3. Measurements and Instrumentation.

For the controls and Digital Circuits portion the text books to read from include:

  • K. Ogata, Modern Control Engineering, 4th Ed, Prentice-Hall, 2001
  • B.C. Kuo, Automatic Control 7th Ed, Prentice-Hall, 1995
  • M. Mano, Digital Design, 3rd Ed, Prentice-Hall, 2001
  • C. Roth, Fundamentals of Logic Design, Jaico Publishers, 2002

The students will need to answer as many questions as possible. Sample questions can be viewed here.

 

Research in the EE5 (Photonics) group is carried out in the broad areas of Devices and Components (including Integrated optoelectronics, Fibre Bragg Gratings (FBGs), Plasmonics, Optical MEMS, All optical logic), subsystems (including a combination of optoelectronic devices and mixed signal electronics for metrology and instrumentation) and optical communication networks (both at a physical layer and the implementation of algorithms and protocols at the service layer, and advanced encryption schemes using quantum key distribution). Click here for more details.

 

Prospective students interested in our MS/PhD programme are encouraged to contact individual faculty members with similar research interests.

Syllabus for EE5
The written examination will contain questions that aim to test the understanding of the fundamental principles that relate to the areas of activity of the RF and Photonics (EE5) group. These questions will be from
  • ElectromagneticsVector analysis, Static electric and magnetic fields,Poissons, Laplace equations, method of images,steady electric currents,Time varying fields and Maxwells equations,Plane electromagnetic waves in free space,Reflection & transmission off an interface, Snell's law, Rectangular Waveguides, Parallel plate/Two-wire/Coaxial transmission lines and Hertzian/Dipole antennas
  • Solid State Electronic Devices and Circuits Holes and electrons, Wave function of an electron, Density of states, Band diagram, Semiconductor Diodes, transistors, Operational Amplifiers (ideal/practical, op-amp circuits), Noise in circuits
  • Signal Processing Fourier Series, Fourier Transforms, Frequency Response, Sampling Theorem, Causality, stability, linearity and time invariance of filters, FIR vs IIR filters, group delay in filters
Suggested books include Engineering Electromagnetics by Hayt and Buck, Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Robert Boylestead, Solid State Electronic Devices by Streetman and Banerjee, and Louis Nashelsky, and Signals and Systems by Oppenheim and Willsky. We also advise you to view the NPTEL lectures on electromagnetics http://nptel.iitm.ac.in, networks and systems http://nptel.iitm.ac.in, solid state devices and analog circuits.

The students will need to answer as many questions as possible. Sample questions can be viewed here