PhD admissions, December 2023

Last updated 05/12/2023

An email has been sent to all those shortlisted for the written test with login instructions to access the moodle platform.

A mock test has also been uploaded. It is mandatory that you take the test - so we get to know if you are able to login the site and access the site or not.

Last updated 20/11/2023

The venue for written test will be Software Lab SL2 (Room 202), 2nd Floor,  Kanwal Rekhi Building, Department of computer science and engineering, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai - 400076. 

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Please note a minor change:  You do NOT have to bring your laptops.  We have managed to arrange for sufficient number of PCs for all candidates. You will take the test here on these PCs in computer lab.

You can view a sample question paper here:

Last updated:  12/10/2023:  

There will be two rounds:  a) written test;  b) interviews

Only those who have been shortlisted in written test will be invited for the interview round. 

Written test is scheduled for December 7th; 7.30 AM;  venue will be announced in due course.

Interviews are scheduled for December 8th: whole day

Note: both written test and interview rounds will be held in-person at IIT Bombay.  You will have to come here to take the test and interviews.  Important:  you will be taking the test on PCs in software labortory.  

All details regarding PhD admissions test scheduled for 7th Dec 2023, and interview on 8th Dec 2023 will be posted here.

Please visit this page frequently to get updated information. Due to the sheer number of applicants we will not be to contact the applicants individually over email/phone. 

Frequently asked questions

1. Is there a web forum where I can get further info, ask a specific query other than those covered here, and stay tuned for updates?

We would recommend that you use this page as your primary source of information about the admissions process.

2. What documents should I keep for the Written Exam and Interviews?

You should keep a Govt. issued Photo ID card for the verification process. You should also keep plain paper and pens/pencil handy as these will be required for working on the written test problems as well as answering questions from the interview panel. 

3. My GATE Score card/qualifying degree certificate has not reached at my home address? What shall I submit?

You can submit the VALID GATE Score card printed from the internet/provisional certificate during the virtual interview. However, at the time of admission, you have to submit the original one.

4. What are the documents required for identification?

A government identity card showing the candidate’s name, date of birth, and a photo.

5. If proper identification is not available, what shall we do?

You will not be allowed to appear for the online exam and interview.

6. What are some of the available and possible areas/projects for PhD in DESE?

Please visit the faculty web pages to know more about research topics of individual faculty members. A list of research areas and possible topics will be posted here in the coming days.

If you have any other questions/ queries please contact the DESE office at or by phone 022-2576 7890 (from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm on Monday - Friday) 

7. If I cannot attend the written test on that date, will I be given a re-exam ?

No re-exam will be conducted. Its your responsibility to ensure you are available during the written test, and ensure proper network connectivity at your place.