Stream Stream Name
EE1 Communications, Signal Processing and Communication Networks
EE2 Power Systems, Power Electronics and H igh Voltage
EE3 Microelectronics, MEMs and Analog and Digital VLSI
EE4 Control Systems, Measurements and Instrumentation
EE5 Photonics, Optical Communications and RF
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Activation of the website for submission of appln. online 28th February, 2016 (Sunday)
Last date for submission of completed application form through on-line closed
List of shortlisted Candidates for Written Test PhD / Direct PhD (9th April 2016)
MS – (11th April 2016)
Call Letter sent to Candidates through mail PhD / Direct PhD (Call Letter has been sent to all shortlisted candidates)
MS –
Issue of admission letter to selected candidates yet to be announced
Stream M.S.  Test & Interview Ph.D. / Direct Ph.D.  Test & Interview Remarks
EE1 9th May 2016 11th May 2016
Depending on the no. of candidates Interview may continue next day hence students are requested to come prepared for two days stay.
EE2  12th May 2016  11th May 2016
EE3  13th May 2016  12th May 2016
EE4  13th May 2016  12th May 2016
EE5 (First Round) 28th April 2016 27th April 2016 Students can come to either.
EE5 (Second Round)  13th May 2016  12th May 2016 Students can come to either.
Time Action Details
8.00 to 9.00am Registration Registration (Submitting the Signed Application, Signing the attendance )
9.00 to10.30am Written Test
11.00 am Written test Result / TA distribution to HTRA Regular PhD students


The syllabi have been given on the site . Please study the relevant portions. You are, of course, expected to know the entire curriculum in general, but these are the areas of focus.

Ultimately the decision on your application and interview comes from the administration. So all of this – shortlisting, test and interview – are provisional to approval of your candidature by the academic section of IIT Madras. If you have claimed a reserved category, you must bring proof of the same. Also bring your marksheets and degree certificates, as they will be checked if you are shortlisted for interview.

Bring documents required by your type of registration as mentioned in the instructions. If you have done a project in your UG or PG programme, you can bring it to show. However, be prepared to explain the technical details of the project when you do so. If you have work experience related project or journal publications, please do bring them to show to the committee and discuss.


The different streams in Electrical Engineering follow slightly different procedures in allotting students to guides. These are described below for the information of prospective students.

EE1 – Communications and Signal Processing

  1. Students are given a form in which they indicate areas of interest and list three preferred guides.
  2. Students are asked whether they wish to decline if their guide preference was not met.
  3. After the interviews, the faculty orally communicate their student preferences to the convener.
  4. Finally, a simple matching between the two sets of preferences is done to perform guide allocation.

EE2 – Power Engineering

  1. At the time of interview, candidates have to give areas of expertise and names of probable guides (3 in priority).
  2. List of faculty looking for students is provided
  3. Guides assigned during interview taking student choice and guide availability into account.

EE3 – Microelectronic Devices and VLSI

  1. New students spend a couple of days of their first week meeting with all the faculty who have shown interest to guide a MS/PhD scholar. The list of faculty who are willing to take a student is circulated among students when they join.
  2. After meeting ALL the interested faculty, students list down their choice and submit it to the coordinator.
  3. The coordinator and faculty meet to assign students their respective advisors.

EE4 – Control and Instrumentation

  1. During the interview, students are asked which faculty (in Control/Robotics/Sensors/Biomedical/PSI) he/she wants to work with.
  2. If the candidate’s talent (assessed from the interview & written test) matches with their wish, the area and faculty asked by the candidate is given.
  3. Otherwise we try to convince the student that he/she must choose one of the areas wherein his/her native talent is demonstrated.
  4. If the student accepts our offer, the same is recommended. If the candidate insists that he/she wants only his/her wish and the committee finds the candidates talent in that area is lacking, he/she is not selected.

EE5 – RF, Photonics and Optical Communications

  1. Students are given a form to fill with their choice of guides (and priority). These choices are confirmed during the interview.
  2. All faculty members interested in taking students, participate in the interview. If the student performs well especially in the chosen area of research, he/she will be given their first choice of faculty.
  3. If their responses were better in another area, they are then assigned to the relevant faculty member.
  4. If more students opt for a faculty member than the faculty member is willing to take, their second or higher choices will be considered.
  5. In cases where the faculty who are in the students’ choice list do not select him/her, the student can be offered a chance to interview with another faculty member.

In addition to the eligibility criteria listed in admissions brochure for the MS/PhD program, the Electrical Engineering department applies the following link. July-November 2016 criteria


In order to ensure smooth allocation of hostel rooms for shortlisted candidates, we request that the following be observed:

  1. The visiting students are requested to directly apply through “” for accommodation.  Requests coming through this portal will only be entertained.  They should also upload the correspondence letter for verification.
  2. The allotment to the candidates will be made on first-come-first basis subject to availability.
  3. Accommodation in the hostels, if provided, will be only on a room sharing basis, with no bedding or furniture.
  4. Accommodation is available to out-station candidates on payment. Payment may be made by Demand Draft (drawn in favour of THE CHAIRMAN, COUNCIL OF WARDENS, IIT MADRAS, CHENNAI-36 (Preferably SBI and Payable at Chennai) or by SBI DEBIT CARD or CASH at the rate of Rs.300/- per day / person and is to be made at time of arrival. Only basic room will be provided (double occupancy) in any one of the Boys/Girls hostels. You should bring blankets etc as the accommodation will be very bare bones. We apologies for this but are unable to offer more than this. On your arrival please contact the Security personnel at the OFFICE OF THE HOSTEL MANAGEMENT, IIT MADRAS(Ground Floor), show your call letter. I look forward to your active participation in our test and interview process.
  5. Please note that accommodation for guardians is extremely limited and they may have to stay in a hotel outside the campus.
  6. For any clarification regarding accommodation  please contact 22578503 / 22578500.

Travel instructions to IIT from the entry points into Chennai are given below for your convenience. Costs given were valid prior to the recent fuel price increase.

IIT Madras is situated on Sardar Patel Road and is flanked by localities called Guindy, Adyar, Taramani and Velachery.The campus is half-way between the Raj Bhavan and the Adyar bus terminus. Other landmarks around the campus include the Guindy Snake Park, the Cancer Institute (Adyar) on one side of the IIT main gate and the Madhya Kailash temple on the other side. The campus is situated opposite to the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) campus and close to the Anna University – Guindy campus.

The following are the ways to reach IIT from railway stations, airport, and bus terminus Railway Stations Chennai receives trains mainly at the Chennai-Central station (from North and West) and Chennai- Egmore station (from South)

Chennai-Central City Bus: If you are travelling with light luggage, you can take a city bus to IIT. The bus stop is opposite to the Central Station. The direct buses to the campus are 19B and 5C . You can always take any 18 to Saidapet and from there a bus that goes to Adyar (5B, 47, 47A, 47D, 147, 23C etc.) will drop you in front of the IIT gate. Or else you can take a bus to Adyar Depot (1LSS, 4LSS, 1A, 1C, 1D, 6A) and then get to IIT easily by another one (5B, 47, 47A, 47D, 147, 23C). Cost is less than Rs. 20 over all.

Auto or Taxi: If you have heavy luggage, it would be convenient for you to hire an auto or a taxi. The Chennai Central Railway Station has a system of pre-paid autos and taxis. Mention at the counter that you need to go to IIT Campus. Inside the campus, you may have to travel about 3 kms. Mention this if required. Else, you can travel by call taxi. There is a token booth for call taxis outside the station. Alternatively, you may also choose to hire an auto or taxi by yourself. The fare, depending on your bargaining skills, can be between Rs. 250 – Rs. 300 for auto.

Call Taxi: You can also call Ola Cabs at 044-33553355 or other call taxi services. They typically charge Rs. 200, but you have to wait till the taxi comes. Local train from Chennai central : If you do not have heavy luggage, the MRTS Station called Park Town on the Beach-Velachery line, opposite to Chennai-Central station, is a good option. From there, you can take a train to Kasturba Nagar (Adyar) and walk to campus. Be ready to climb several stairs. Another EMU (local) train station (also called Park station) is on the Beach-Tambaram line. From there, you can take a train to Guindy and reach the campus from Guindy station by bus or auto. We advise you not to use this mode if you are traveling with heavy luggage.

Local Train/Bus from Chennai-Egmore : You can take 23C, 22A, 29L to IIT or a 23E, 23A, 23G to Adyar signal from where there are a number of buses to IIT. Current auto and taxi fares from Egmore are around Rs. 200/-. You can also make use of Call-Taxi service mentioned below. Alterna- tively, a local train to Guindy station on the Beach-Tambaram line can be taken.

From Airport: If you arrive at the Chennai Airport, you can make your way to the Institute in a Pre-paid Taxi. Mention at the pre-paid counter that you need to go to IIT campus. There are three or four counter (rates given below may have changed): A state-government pre-paid taxi, which is quite efficient, with old ambassadors for about Rs. 450. There are private operators who charge Rs. 600 or more: Aviation express, which operates new Taveras and Innovas, and Fast track, which operates Indicas. Again, call taxi is an option (see Ola cabs above), but you will have to wait for the taxi to arrive. Across the airport is the subarban railway station. There is a subway connecting the airport to the station. This will take you to central station from where you can catch a bus to IIT.

Bus from Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus : commonly known as CMBT. From CMBT, you can come to institute by taking city bus 23M or by Call-Taxi. Alternately M70 and D70 will take you to Guindy from where you can take an auto to IIT for about Rs. 100