PhD Admissions

About Photonics Science and Engineering Programme (PSEP)

Photonics Science and Engineering Programme (PSEP) is an inter-disciplinary PG Programme offered by the Center for Lasers and Photonics (CELP). The aim of PSEP is to train engineers/scientists in interdisciplinary activities in photonics and related areas.

PhD candidates admitted after a Masters degree in Engineering have to complete a minimum of four courses. The most important part of the PhD program is the research work leading to a thesis. The research should represent an original investigation and is expected to make a significant contribution to the knowledge in the subject. The thesis is examined by a board of examiners appointed by the institute and is also defended by the candidate in an oral examination before a thesis board.


Eligibility: PhD

Candidates with good academic record(click here for details) across all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

M.E/M.Tech in optics & optoelectronics related areas
MSc in Physics/ MSc in Photonics related areas with GATE/CSIR/UGC-NET


Exceptional candidates with Bachelors degree may also be considered


Typically top hundred candidates among the received applicants are called for the interview.

Please note that interview date cannot be changed to accommodate candidates requests. However candidates can attend interviews in other departments at IITK (if they are scheduled on the same day as PSEP interviews) by notifying us in advance.


The candidates attending the interview will be provided accommodation. Details of accommodation will be provided in the interview call letter.
The list of candidates called for interview is based on GATE score. Candidates are offered admission based on their performance in interview.


There is no set syllabus for interview. Candidates are expected to be reasonably sound in the areas of their basic degree (B.E/B.Tech/MSc). Please note that we do NOT answer queries related to syllabus.