UG% means the percentage marks scored in your 4 year UG programme, as reported by you, rounded up to the next integer multiple of 0.1.
PG% means the percentage marks scored in your 2 year PG programme, as reported by you, rounded up to the next integer multiple of 0.1.
GS means the Gate Score (out of 1000) obtained in your Gate exam. Gate score should have been taken in 2019 / 2020 / 2021.
If your degree reported performance in CGPA, the equivalent marks are computed according to a formula.
Conversion of CGPA to Percentage of Mark base point 10 CGPA [ %mark = CGPA*10 ] Other then base point 10 CGPA, scale to 10 and use above step.
Note: If any of these marks are incorrectly reported in your application form, IIT Madras reserves the right to cancel your application on that basis.

Norms for Full-Time MS Programme
 Shortlisting for interviews for M.S. are based on UG marks and GATE score
General Category: We will shortlist based on the number of seats vacant, with the following minimum norms. In addition we will also shortlist other candidates on the basis of criteria at the end of this document.
GS >=575
UG >= 65
Weighted average of GS and UG = 2/3*0.1*GS + 1/3*UG >= 68
 EWS, OBC and SC/ST Categories: Proportionately scaled number of candidates will be shortlisted from these categories ranked by the weighted average of GATE and UG subject to the following minimum norms.
EWS Category: GS >= 550, UG >=62, Weighted average >= 65
OBC-NCL Category: GS >= 480, UG >=57, Weighted average >= 60
SC/ST: GS >= 350, UG >= 50, Weighted average >= 50
Norms for Full-Time Ph.D. Programme

Shortlisting for interviews for Ph.D. are based on UG marks and PG marks
General Category: We will shortlist based on the number of seats vacant, with the following minimum norms. In addition we will also shortlist other candidates on the basis of criteria at the end of this document.

PG >= 75
UG >= 65
Weighted average of PG and UG = 0.5*(PG+UG) >= 80
 EWS, OBC and SC/ST Categories: Proportionately scaled number of candidates will be shortlisted from these categories ranked by the weighted average of PG and UG subject to the following minimum norms.
EWS : PG >= 72, UG >= 62, Weighted average >= 77
OBC: OBC: PG >= 70, UG >= 60, Weighted average >= 75
SC/ST: PG >= 65, UG >= 55, Weighted average >= 70
Norms for Direct Ph.D. Programme
Shortlisting for interviews for Direct Ph.D. are based on UG marks and GATE score. Candidates from centrally funded technical institutes(CFTI) need to satisfy the norm for the UG marks OR the GATE score. Candidates from other institutes need to satisfy both UG and GATE score norms.
 General Category: We will shortlist based on the number of seats vacant, with the following minimum norms. In addition we will also shortlist other candidates on the basis of criteria at the end of this document.
 GS >= 600, UG >= 80
 EWS, OBC and SC/ST Categories: Proportionately scaled number of candidates will be shortlisted from these categories ranked by the weighted average of GATE and UG subject to the following minimum norms.
EWS Category: GS >= 575, UG >=75
OBC-NCL Category: GS >= 550, UG >=70
SC/ST: GS >= 290, UG >= 60

In addition the following types of application are handled as follows:

  • MSc is considered to be a UG degree, and BSc is not considered as a qualifying degree. MSc students should have cleared NET or GATE to be called for interview. Such students may also be called for PhD test and interview on a case by case basis.
  • 4 Year BS will be considered equivalent to a UG degree. BS students should have cleared NET or GATE to be called for interview. Such students may also be called for PhD test and interview on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants from IITs with high CGPA (above 8.0 for general category students, and above 7.5 for reserved category students) are eligible to apply for MS without clearing GATE.
  • Applicants who have been (and continue to be) in an IIT Madras project for six months are eligible to apply for MS even if they do not have a gate score. All such project students must have a strong recommendation from their project supervisors. Shortlisting will be done based on a case-by-case basis.
  • PhD applicants with good GATE score who are not otherwise eligible may be shortlisted on a case by case basis.
  • PhD applicants with high GRE scores who are not otherwise eligible may be shortlisted on a case by case basis.
  • MS or PhD applicants with relevant (non-teaching) work-experience who are not otherwise eligible may be shortlisted on a case by case basis.
  • MS or PhD applicants with publications in reputed journals or conferences who are not otherwise eligible may be shortlisted on a case by case basis.
  • MS applications with GRE scores not accepted as of now.
  • PhD applications from candidates with 1 year masters cannot be accepted. The application may be considered for the MS programme instead, provided the UG and GATE scores meet MS norms.